Harbor House

3.6
36 reviews
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$30 and under
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Californian
Dotted with flowing Cyprus and olive trees contrasting the backdrop of a polished granite skyscraper, dinner on the wraparound patio is a hidden jewel unearthed from the downtown skyline. Unwind with small bites along the leisurely striped couches and roaring fire pit. Mingle with neighbors at communal tables as strings of bistro lights twinkle above.

Cozy up to the curvy velvet banquettes and muted marble within the candlelit interior. An array of California classic staples, like wild-caught salmon or steak frites dressed with chimichurri, meet delectable starters and items to share, such as fresh oysters, charcuterie & cheese boards, ceviche, chilled jumbo shrimp, and decadent Weiser Farms loaded potatoes. For convenient access, curbside valet is situated at the base of the patio entrance.
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Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

The layout is not very traditional; however the outdoor patio is quaint.

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N
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

No one was at the restaurant when our group showed up. Didn't look open for business so we went elsewhere.

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OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Tried to eat here, but even though I made a reservation, nobody at the restaurant thought to communicate that they were actually closed during the time I reserved. Not likely to return.

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Amazing food and Excellent service!

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MM
1 review
Dined on January 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

They knew who I was upon arrival. Waiter was extremely knowledgeable on plates and pairing was on the spot. I will be back with other people.

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GT
Los Angeles
27 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 2

Not exactly what we expected. This is a restaurant is, basically, in the lobby of the building. There is a noisy bar at one end. Tables out on a patio. The food was good, but sitting at a table in the darken lobby (the bar was way too noisy and it was too cold on the patio, and the area we were sitting is apparently only used at lunch time) wasn’t our idea of a classy restaurant.

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JM
Denver
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Service was great but the food was underwhelming. I ordered my steak medium it arrived very well done. Our desserts tasted like a refrigerator.

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3
Los Angeles
13 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was excellent! Food was great too. We ordered 5 different items and our server remembered everything

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

The restaurant was actually closed.

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J
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 3

Absolutely atrocious service, restaurant was literally empty and it still took over an hour to be served. I had arranged for the restaurant to do something for my friends birthday (the reason for our dinner there) but they did nothing. Food was cold and tasted old. Do not be fooled... don’t go back!

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M
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

This restaurant is hidden at the back of a hotel however the entrance is accessible via steps across from the parking entrance to 7th & Fig.
First visit was during Restaurant Week/DineLA and returned for their burger.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Place was closed even though we had reservations and called beforehands!!

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M
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

Went there for dinela. The crab cakes were tasty. The mushroom ragu gnocchi was tasty but on the salty side. My friend had salmon which was pretty good.

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OT
Orange County
9 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2018
Overall 3food 1service 5ambience 4

I did the DineLA menu and you would assume, they do the very best to impress you so it brings you back to try the rest of the menu however I felt it was half-assed meals. The lobster bisque was salty, very very salty, even tried the toast with it but it was still salty. So I didn’t finish that. Then we also had the lemongrass beef salad which was a little more decent but wouldn’t recommend that either. As for enteee I had the 35 days aged steak, medium rare, with mash potatoes and green beans... it tasted like frozen steak for 35 days and for being an outdoor seating restaurant-you would think they serve the steak on a hot plate but it was cold, like the dish had been sitting for a few hours. On top of the horrible experience so far, the desert part really tipped me off, I ordered the bread pudding and it was hard as a rock! It’s not bread, nor pudding, it was solid as a caramel bar with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. The place was very nice, servers and host were friendly and caring but the food-THE FOOD SUCKED! I want to come back so bad and even recommend to my local friends but I can’t, it’s just disappointing.

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TS
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place is amazing! I went to catch up with a friend but it would be great for drinks with coworkers after work. The mostly outdoor space is clean and cute. The food is AMAZING. The staff is friendly. I cannot wait to go back

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 1

They forgot about us. We ordered off of the Dine LA menu and it took 55 minutes to get our lunch entree. The value would have been higher for the food but unfortunately the appetizer and entree both came cold. Overall the experience was pretty disappointing because it took two hours for my party of three to eat a $15 lunch. Improving the service would dramatically enhance the experience.

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SO
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 3

I came here excitedly wanting check out Dinela. We got seated in a reasonable time, but it took forever for anybody to pay attention to us and bring us our menus. We ordered drinks first but that took ages to come out...

After about an hour, the appetizer finally came. We got the lobster bisque (they forgot to bring our bread, which took another 15 min) and crab cakes (lukewarm) which comes with two.

For the main course, we got the dry aged steak (once again lukewarm) and the gnocchi, which was the only thing that was hot.

The dessert (bread pudding) was the best part to say the least. I'm not sure why the service here is so bad and slow...the food was mediocre...so I'm giving this place one star since it had nice scenery/ambience at least.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

Poor service and poor food. I’ve never gone to a restaurant where the food has been inedible, especially a place that’s on the DineLA list. I was hoping the food would redeem the restaurant for the crappy service we received but wow the food tasted like prepackaged airplane food. My risotto tasted like mush, and I said something and received a truffles gnocchi which tasted ok compared to the mush but nothing special at all. Avoid this place at all costs. Worst of all, I took my parents here on their last night visiting me before they headed home to Australia.

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DC
Los Angeles
14 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Great food! Service seemed to be short on staff so it was a bit slow. Suggest placing reservations with a view!

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LM
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 4

I’ve never written a review for food or products. Unfortunately, this experience was exceptionally awful. I just want to give a descriptive warning to anyone else who might be tempted to throw their money.

My boyfriend and I came to Harbor House during Dinner for the kickoff of DineLA. We paid $29.00/each for their prix-fixed menu.

In retrospect, we should have left when we waited 20-30 after our reservation to be seated. We were seated inside at a table that had been cleared of plates and silverware, but covered with crumbs. We were provided with silverware wrapped in cloth napkins, but unfortunately my napkin was covered in crumbs and black (dirt?) marks. Our waitress, who doubled as he bartender, quickly and politely replaced my napkin upon request.

We waited 45 minutes before someone took our first order: lobster bisque. It was not a bisque at all; it was incredibly soupy. The flavor was awful- so salty that neither my boyfriend nor I took more than two sips of our “bisque”. A passing staff member asked why we hadn’t eaten. I’m not one to send food back to a kitchen, but he pressed us so I told him. He apologized and took our plates. He didn’t return with an alternative, but did offer us two glasses of rosé on him. My boyfriend wasn’t drinking, but he took the offer to be friendly.

About 30 minutes later, we received our food. I ordered the scallop risotto while my boyfriend ordered the steak and mashed potatoes. Fortunately, my scallops were cooked pretty well. The risotto, however, was a mushy, bland mess. My boyfriend’s food was completely cold. He finished the cold steak (supposed to warm and medium temperature), but didn’t touch the cold mashed potatoes. We each only ate the meat in our dishes.

We were so disappointed with meal so far, and so done with waiting (we’d been there for two hours by the time we attempted to eat our second plate), that we asked for our check before the dessert course we paid for. We ordered pizza on the way home.

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RL
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

I called ahead and the host was not very friendly. Because I know the area, I decide to take a chance and just go anyway. Seated at the bar, I found a most agreeable bartender and ditched my reservation to enjoy her company and insights. Glad I did! The host and greeting waiters need alternative employment. The place was near empty and I'm guessing they are the reason...

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SF
Portland
6 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

A great restaurant for a nice evening out for any occasion. The servers are tons of fun and the food delicious. We've been whenever we visit Victoria and will definitely go again when in the area. Highly recommend them.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Good music, good staff, good food, good location. Enjoyed the whole experience.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Resturant was closed due to rain

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service, ambiance, drinks and just overall amazing experience!

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T
Los Angeles
114 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2017
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

great outdoor seating; however, the weather was very hot and we opted for inside seating for our lunch meeting. Our reservation for 8 was honored inside, but dining tables inside do not cater to parties of 4 or more. The host audibled to put together 4 tables (that seats 2 each), in order to seat. That was fine, but they should think about expanding to accommodate table for 4 or more occupants. We would still go back, but possibly for happy hour only.

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FF
Los Angeles
31 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2017
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Pretty basic fare on a limited menu. Service was fine and the outdoor patio was nice.

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T
Los Angeles
114 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was our first time at HH! Great happy hour meeting place and paito seating was huge and wide open with great views! This venue is excellent for afternoon meetings!

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2017
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 2

The service was horrible ,waited for an hour for the food and they forgot my son dinner by the time they brought his dinner we were almost done .

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JS
Chicago
18 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was amazing and the patio seating was so cute! There were comfy couches and heat lamsp in case it got cold. Very scenic and overall great experience!

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New England
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2017
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 2

Harbour House was overall a great experience - the food was excellent and the service was even better. The only reason it doesn't get 5 stars is because we decided to sit inside due to it being a chilly evening, and their indoor tables were less than great. Otherwise it was a really enjoyable night out.

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I
Los Angeles
61 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2017
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

The restaurant is nice. There are tables inside or outside. Service was good. The waiter was friendly and attentive.

The mac n cheese was not very cheesy and was pretty expensive at $14 for a pretty small serving. The garlic fries were good fries, but I could not taste any garlic. The shrimp tempura tacos were just okay.

I think it would be a nice place for happy hour after work, but I don’t think the food is that tasty.

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MK
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2017
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 3

This was an unfortunate experience. Valet wasn't at the valet stand so the host actually had to let us out of the garage when we left. We were served by a waiter, the host, a bus boy and the bar tender. It was like every interaction was with a different person. The food was awful. My friend ordered the shrimp tacos and that's all that came on the plate, no sides and it was ineatable. I ordered the burger, it was burnt on the outside and undercooked. The bun was stale. The champagne was flat and the wine list was a joke. The charcuterie and cheese board was a joke. 3 basic cheeses and toast. The atmosphere was beautiful but overall it was a nightmare and very disappointing since I read some many things about it opening and it was the last night my friend was visiting so this was our last meal... the service was wonderful but I could tell the staff felt awful about our experience. The space has great potential but desperately needs new management and a new chef.

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C
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2017
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 5

The waitress was so rude.
We never come back here.

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FL
Los Angeles
30 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Since this is the new place in town, we wanted to check it out. The restaurant portion (there is also a café with quick bites for breakfast and lunch) is all outdoor seating, so the weather needs to be nice to enjoy. It is also a bit breezy, so you need to hang on to your menus. The view is nice. The food was really good. The menu is simple but again, has all the options you are looking for from the Avocado Toast & Brussel Sprouts (... got to have those now to be in the trends), to Mac n' Cheese (really good), to salads (we tried 2 and both were very good), sandwiches and entree's. Wine list was small but well diverse, and not too overly priced. The service is fine, but you can tell they are still learning tables numbers, etc. That will get better with time and definitely not a reason not to go. There is not a lot of seating, so I would suggest making a reservation, and expect to share a table.

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PS
Los Angeles
416 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2017
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 4

Slow service and very limited menu...

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