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Coastal Kitchen, Dana Point, CA

Coastal Kitchen

4.8
4.8
3666 Reviews
$30 and under
American
Christina and Mike Grant, the owners of Coastal Kitchen, have created an experience that will delight and satisfy the most discerning guest. Fueled by their passion for food and a love of hospitality, the Grants have established Coastal Kitchen as the go-to spot in Dana Point. The menu is clean and fresh consisting of fish and steaks cut in house, great salads, freshly ground burgers and more. Coastal Kitchen has a full bar, patio with fire pits, and fresh coastal design.

Our mission is to deliver a quality dining experience in a comfortable, friendly atmosphere with a consistency that will bring guests back again and again. We look forward to serving you.

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2 people

8:00 PM


Booked 83 times today

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    American, Seafood, Californian

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu, Sun 11:30 am–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 11:30 am–9:45 pm

  • Phone number

    (949) 449-2822

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Executive chef

    Michael Grant

  • Neighborhood

    Dana Point / Monarch Beach

  • Cross street

    Pacific Coast Hwy & Blue Lantern

  • Parking details

    You can park in our private lot. Please enter through the back alley. There is also free street parking in front of the restaurant off Pacific Coast Hwy and on Blue Lantern. Coming with 2 cars? Use our tandem parking in the back.

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 3,666 people are saying

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Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Orange County

    American

  • South Orange County

    American

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  1. JR

    JonR

    San Diego

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious, good value, great service, casual ambiance.
  2. B

    Back9birdies

    Detroit

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Solid. Great staff. Food was on Point and PH rolls delivered.
  3. JD

    JerryD

    Orange County

    51 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    51 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had an amazing dinner last night with friends. Couldn’t resist the Hawaiian ribeye one of our guests had the pork chop which they said was over the top and the other ribs. All our favorites. Food was excellent. Service was wonderful….what an amazing restaurant and service team!
  4. CA

    CAP20

    Central Coast

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing ambience especially this time of year, the food is delicious and service is outstanding. Thank you we had a fabulous time celebrating my husband's birthday.
  5. K

    Kwilliams

    Orange County

    63 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    63 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    This is one of our favorite restaurants in Dana Point. The food and service are always outstanding.
  6. H

    Hockeyvop

    Orange County

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Love the coastal decor, fantastic heated patio and friendly environment. The food is fresh, dessert is to die for and the best Parker house rolls.
  7. J

    Jennifer

    San Diego

    20 reviews

    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Coastal kitchen is both a casual, fun restaurant and special occasion destination. The food is consistently flavorful and delicious. Service is always stellar!
  8. RR

    RedrockRainbow

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We held our holiday luncheon here & all the ladies loved it — the food, the setting, the service!
  9. s

    sueb

    Orange County

    25 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on December 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Crab cake salad and key lime pie are amazing at this delightful restaurant. Ashley took great care of us so we had a wonderful relaxing lunch on the patio next to the fire pit. This is a favorite place of mine to meet friends or have a romantic lunch or dinner.
  10. AG

    AnneG

    Central Coast

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always great meal and service you can count on. Lump crab salad was perfect.
  11. JC

    JaneC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Coastal Kitchen is our local “go to” restaurant for a casual, enjoyable dining experience. The owners have done everything right… from perfectly trained & friendly staff to delicious fresh food served in a very clean and enjoyable atmosphere.
  12. TF

    TerriF

    Orange County

    10 reviews

    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on November 30, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    I took my friend Gwen for her birthday and I noted that on the Open Table res. When we arrived the hostess said “oh, I see we have a birthday today” I said yes, this is Gwen. The waiter did not acknowledge and no one sung or brought anything special, although I heard and saw birthday songs and desserts going out for others in the restaurant. I’m confused why you would do it for some and not others? What did I do wrong?? Thanks Terri
  13. ES

    EstherS

    Charlotte

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on November 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our experience was excellent! The food was delicious. service was prompt and professional and sitting near the outdoor fire pit warmed a chilly night very well. Loved the unrushed approach to our dining as well.
  14. OC

    OCRD

    Orange County

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on November 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food. Average price.
  15. LM

    LynnM

    Orange County

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great customer service, tasty food, beautiful day, wonderful location! Couldn’t have asked for more❣️
  16. SZ

    StaceyZ

    Central Coast

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on November 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Abby Gabby was AWESOME! Nice pace of service and very attentive. Loved the French dip was delish!! Clam chowder was spot on. Dessert is a must - key lime pie 😋
  17. C

    Cathie

    San Diego

    270 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    270 reviews

    Dined on November 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Loved the chicken with citrus glaze and my cocktail was delish! The patio was so inviting with the Christmas lights on the street and the cozy fire pits. We'll definitely be back! Our waitress was lovely. So accommodating, friendly and efficient.
  18. DH

    DaHapa

    Orange County

    34 reviews

    4.0

    34 reviews

    Dined on November 27, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Another great experience at a local favorite. High quality food, prepared correctly with great service in a unique setting. We love Coastal Kitchen and have since it opened. It's not cheap, but nothing is these days and at least the quality remains very high.
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    59 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    59 reviews

    Dined on November 26, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Next time when it’s busy have to remember to get a booth on the periphery to escape the noise on the inside. Food and service was excellent as always. Actually as we were being led down to the back bowels of the restaurant we passed a a number of empty booths at the left next to the windows which I should have asked for. As I usually do when I choose to choose. Shoulda coulda.
  20. IT

    IrishTom

    Los Angeles

    60 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    60 reviews

    Dined on November 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    One of the best restaurants in Orange County.
  21. SD

    SandyD

    Orange County

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fabulous as always! We love it! Food always excellent! Service is the best! We love Lily, Holly, Samantha and all of the servers are excellent. Ambiance beautiful and festive!
  22. SK

    ShannonK

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As always we had a wonderful dinner, the food is delicious and the service is top notch!
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    West Palm Beach

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a delicious lunch and the service was good. I ordered the halibut with lemon sauce and side of broccoli and added side of Ceasar.The fish was really fresh. My husband ordered the French dip wand he said it was the most amazing roast beef he ever had. His plate was served with delicious side of fries and he added a side of ceasar. The menu has other options and we would love to return when we are back in town. The restaurant cMe highly recommended by our daughter in law.
  24. E

    Eatprayeat

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Scrumptious food and great service. Everything was delicious and you could really tell they choose quality ingredients.
  25. K

    Karla

    Orange County

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything we have dish we have ordered has been delicious. The wait staff all work together to insure top service. Coastal Kitchen is our favorite place to enertain colleagues & friends. Overall a Five Star Restraurant!
  27. JP

    JoannP

    Orange County

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were a party of 8 and the service was excellent! Great food and beautiful restaurant.
  28. d

    davidm

    San Diego

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great team-based service. Food was outstanding; the exception being the terrible olives they served with the martini! I have no idea what was inside of it, but it was terrible and ruined the whole drink experience. The drink itself was excellent, however.
  29. SD

    SandyD

    Orange County

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We LOVE it! The food is great, the servers are excellent!
  30. MP

    MikeP

    Orange County

    3 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Great ambience, with the Lantern District Christmas lights as a backdrop to the restaurant's Christmas Tree. Very good food and excellent service. While the Coastal Kitchen is always busy on a Friday evening, this contributes to the positive energy while still maintaining a relaxed feel. It was our first time at this restaurant for a while, but it was as good as we remembered.
  31. JD

    JimD

    Las Vegas

    115 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    115 reviews

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a good meal at Coastal Kitchen!
  32. D

    Dd4eats

    Central Coast

    48 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    48 reviews

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    We have been eating at costal kitchen while our home is being remodeled. We usually have a great meal but last night my husband had a pork chop and it was dark on the patio, his pork chop was raw in the middle not good but they comped his meal. We will still eat at Costal kitchen.
  33. GD

    GDL1

    Detroit

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Another great dinner at Coastal Kitchen. Service was outstanding…prompt and friendly. Both of our meals were very good. Wine selection has interesting options, and a good pour. Decorations for the holidays were up, so the interior had a festive feel.
  34. S

    Scott

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our waitress Reilly or Kiley? was wonderful!! The food was great. We had the award-winning chowder and shared a salad and had the red bell pepper hummus, Key Lime pie for dessert. Would definitely come back!
  35. JD

    JimD

    Las Vegas

    115 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    115 reviews

    Dined on November 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a great experience at Coastal Kitchen. Awesome food, service and atmosphere!
  36. SS

    SteveS

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The Pork Chops & Shrimp Cocktail was excellent. Great Service
  37. F

    Frequentdiner

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food and service. Staff is very attentive and helpful. Good quality food and great presentation
  38. PD

    PaulD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Good food great service. Samantha, was a delight to wait on us.
  39. K

    Kzee

    Orange County

    57 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    57 reviews

    Dined on November 14, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    Breaded chicken was over salted and the lettuce was wilted. Very disappointed in my dinner. Not a Ceaser salad I was expecting for this kind of money!!!!
  40. AL

    AmyL

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Very attentive services and good quality food. However Sunday is a busy day and the restaurant is quite noisy. We sat near the kitchen and saw the kitchen staff making our favorite coleslaw. The staff member was mixing the coleslaw with one hand with glove and one hard without glove. That caused some concerns on eating the fresh coleslaw made by a bare hand.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff temperature check required

FAQs

Coastal Kitchen is rated 4.8 stars by 3666 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

8:00 PM


Booked 83 times today
Google Map for Coastal Kitchen

34091 Pacific Coast Hwy, Dana Point, CA 92629-2728

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Pacific Coast Hwy & Blue Lantern

  • Neighborhood

    Dana Point / Monarch Beach

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu, Sun 11:30 am–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 11:30 am–9:45 pm

  • Cuisines

    American, Seafood, Californian

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Parking details

    You can park in our private lot. Please enter through the back alley. There is also free street parking in front of the restaurant off Pacific Coast Hwy and on Blue Lantern. Coming with 2 cars? Use our tandem parking in the back.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Michael Grant

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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