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Chart House Restaurant - Dana Point

2819 reviews
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$31 to $50
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  • Scenic View
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Special Occasion
From amazing views of the Pacific Ocean & Dana Point Harbor to unparalleled cuisine, Chart House is a feast for the eyes as well as the palate. Savor a seamless blend of fine seafood & steaks, while you enjoy the elegant atmosphere & impeccable service. With 28 historic, waterfront & showcase locations across the U.S., Chart House offers spectacular views & exceptional service that you’re sure to enjoy. From signature fish specialties and seafood to succulent steaks, our renowned chefs have tailored a menu to complement local cuisine while introducing a hint of the exotic. Choose from our famous entrées such as Macadamia Crusted Mahi, Miso Glazed Salmon & our slow-roasted Prime Rib. We also offer a daily selection of fresh fish, an extensive collection of fine wines and our famous Hot Chocolate Lava Cake. Don't miss out on our exceptional Happy Hour!

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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Seafood, Steak
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Hours of operation
Dinner: Sunday - Thursday 5:00pm - 9:30pm, Friday - Saturday 5:00pm - 10:00pm; Happy Hour: Monday - Friday 4:30pm - 6:30pm
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Phone number
(949) 493-1183
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
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Cross street
Pacific Coast Highway
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Parking details
Valet parking is available for $5 per car. Street parking is also available.
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Public transit
PCH/Blue Lantern - bus
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Gift Card
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Private Dining

Spectacular ocean views available for corporate meetings, breakfast, lunch & dinner, beautiful receptions, rehearsal dinners, wedding ceremonies, tour groups, bar mitzvahs or any special event. Private & semi-private spaces are available for groups from 14 to 225 guests.

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What 2819 People Are Saying
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4.3  based on recent ratings
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87% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner 
5.0  Dined 2 days ago

Waitress was extremely helpful and knowledgeable! We got one of the prime seats because we were the first to arrive for our reservation time and the view was lovely.

TanyaC (Orange County)
3.0  Dined 2 days ago

We’ve been to Chart House several times over the years. Used to love it and would only go for special occasions. The food was always delicious and service amazing. Last couple of times, not so much. The waiter kept forgetting to bring stuff. Our soup, salad and meal came at the same time. The soup was cold, my friends fish was raw on the inside. The waiter completely disappeared at some point. We had to go to the hostess desk to get someone to take our payment. It was disappointing. We raved about this place to our friends, who have never been. They and us were left unimpressed.

3.0  Dined 6 days ago

Very disorganized. Several parties were grumbling about waiting 40+ minutes past their reservation times, yet there were several tables available. That set a bad tone for the evening. The food was good, and the service was average.

OpenTable Diner (Orange County)
3.0  Dined 7 days ago

Everything was amazing except waiter was inappropriate and rushing, host + bus boy kept watching us and waiting for us to leave. Rest of the experience was great though

vipOpenTable Diner (New Orleans)
4.0  Dined on February 17, 2018

MUCH better than our first experience. Service was good form Kristzian. No issues with the wait or seating this time. We were invited to go to the bar, which is a good technique vice waiting in a random corner and being seated late. Great tasting food. Cooked to perfection. Waiter's recommendations were spot on. Thanks!

1.0  Dined on February 17, 2018

My wife and I go every Valentine's to celebrate. We had a reservation at 6:30 . We sat at the bar to wait for a window table. A hosted showed up at the bar and told us they will be getting a table ready soon - this was around 7:50 pm, At 8:30 we still had not been seated. We paid our bar bill and left.
We made a special date to enjoy our time with some drinks dinner and a Beautiful view- and all we got was Drinks at the bar. Mel was very nice and apologized to us on the missed dinner date.

3.0  Dined on February 17, 2018

I used to love the chart house. I've been a local since the 70s but now it seems to be living off a reputation from 25 years ago. So annoying to make a reservation a month in advance requesting a oceanview table and then arrived to find no table available and worst of all, a rehearsed excuse from pretentious hostesses that could care less that you're dropping a lot of cash on an outdated menu again from the 90s. It was our anniversary and it was fine but not great. Good luck to you, glad your first come first serve seniors get all the window seats at 5pm but your short sightedness to please the younger generation will impact you very soon

vipOpenTable Diner (Palm Springs)
5.0  Dined on February 16, 2018

Beautiful restaurant with a great view of Dana Point Harbor - food and service were outstanding!

OpenTable Diner (Hawaii)
4.0  Dined on February 15, 2018

Made reservations at6:30 pm and arrive on time. There were severe people waiting in the small waiting area, no place to sit. I was told that there was a delay in the reservation times. Everyone one waiting was called before us. I assume we all had reservations. When we were finally called, we were seated in back with no view. Two large tables in the middle area were filled with large noisy groups. Food was good and service was good. Overall experience was poor and the value was below average that evening.

LarryB (Orange County)
2.0  Dined on February 15, 2018

We went to the Chart House to celebrate my retirement and were joined by family we only see once a year. I requested a nice table or booth and let them know it was a special occasion when I called ahead of time. We were seated at the worst table in the room that was in the entry hall. When the server, Cory, came there was an empty booth and I requested we be moved to the better table and was told no. There were several empty booths that opened up soon after being seated. I felt my requests for our special occasion fell on deaf ears. Food and service were fine, but I won't return to any Chart House in the future.

OpenTable Diner (Orange County)
4.0  Dined on February 15, 2018

Great venue to watch coastal sunset and views. Booth seating makes for a romantic date.

OpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on February 15, 2018

We definitely will come back.

AllenO (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

Wife and I went there for Valentines Day. We had reservations for 10pm. We’re 15 minutes late do too car trouble. The staff were very nice and friendly. The meal was terrific, and the view spectacular. I would highly recommend The Chart House in Dana Point.

CarlosB (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

Overall experience was great. Place reservation a week in advance and staff honored it. Valet parking isn't expense either. The scenery is very nice. It regrettable we didn't a window seat to fully enjoy our evening. The noise level was very loud but that was due to the cramming of many smaller tables in center of room. The food was fantastic, prime rib was very flavorful.

OpenTable Diner (Orange County)
1.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

Overpriced chain restaurant is what Chart House really is. Nothing great about the food, in fact the chef over cooks salmon. Not sure how that’s even possible. Clearly, this place isn’t familiar with high volume as it can’t keep up with the demand on a busy evening. Hostesses are friendly and act as if they are in Hollywood. Bar tenders can’t get a glass of wine out in under 15 minutes and food is just boring. We will only return for burgers and an outdoor seat during the late afternoon for the ocean and marina views. Outside of that, this place is simply mediocre with a high and unjustified price tag.

Gregsgirl (Orange County)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

We always go to the Chart House for Valentines Day and any other occasion we can think of. Never disappointed. The prime rib is perfectly cooked. The staff are great and the views are out of this world. A beautiful restaurant

vipJARM (Orange County)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

The best lobster tail i have ever had. The flavor was incredible. Didn't really need the butter to dip. So sweet and flavorful.

OpenTable Diner (Orange County)
4.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

Overall it wasn’t to bad. However it took the waiter 15-20 minutes before he finally showed up at our table. The lobster bisque wasn’t as good as previous. My prime rib arrive Luke warm. I didn’t dare send it back because it would have taken forever to get it back. The ambience was awesome and the view was fabulous!

RobertB (Orange County)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

Service friendly & good, Small problem with an appetizer - they apologized and took it off bill without us asking them to. View great, good food, nice folks.

llewloc (Orange County)
3.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

We had a gift certificate for the Chart House. We have dined here in past years, but had not been back for 4 or 5 years. It was never the quality I expected, but with the increase in price, frankly the food was marginal at best. I do not mind paying for food the quality of Ruth Chris, but a filet for $40.. that is marginal is not in my opinion worth going back to. If we had been given the gift certificate we would not have chosen the Chart House in Dana Point. We have been to other Chart House Rest. in other places that far exceed the quality of this one.