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Hl - Harbor Lights Tacoma, Tacoma, WA

Harbor Lights Tacoma

4.6
4.6
1219 Reviews
$30 and under
Seafood
Welcome to Harbor Lights! For over 50 years we have been a staple in the Tacoma community. A rustic atmosphere that sits on the shore of Commencement Bay with scenic views providing the quintessential Northwest dining experience. Harbor Lights joined the Anthony's family on April 29th, 2000 after being the dream of Anton Barcott, an immigrant from Yugoslavia. On January 26, 1959 Anton opened Harbor Lights among the lumber mills and shipyards along the waterfront. We are well known for serving large portions of seafood such as the two pound bucket of steamed clams and have a loyal following of wonderful guests!

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2 people

9:30 PM


Booked 24 times today

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  • Order online

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Seafood, Steak, Farm-to-table

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu 11:30 am–8:00 pm Fri, Sat 11:30 am–9:00 pm Sun 12:00 pm–8:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (253) 752-8600

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Alex Wilkes

  • Neighborhood

    Tacoma

  • Parking details

    Complimentary parking is available across the street from the restaurant.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 1,219 people are saying

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

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Tacoma

    Best Value

  • Tacoma

    Great for scenic views

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  1. JM

    JackieM

    Seattle

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great time as usual at Harbor Lights, food great, drinks great, service great.
  2. CH

    CHERYLM

    Seattle

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Dinner was beyond delicious. We visit as often as possible.
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 28, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful food, service and view!
  4. PP

    PattyP

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 25, 2023

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Always love the Lights! Our server, a gentleman, wasn't very attentive. The other party had coffee right away and was not offered more. We asked when we ordered dessert. The restaurant was far from busy! All delicious as usual!
  5. RR

    RandyR

    Seattle

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 24, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service was very good as well as our Scallops, scampi and prime Sirloin, and the wine.
  6. VF

    VickiF

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 22, 2023

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    We really enjoyed our time! Saturday night, prime time! Of course they were very busy, but still did well with service and the food was definitely worth the wait. Generous portions and delicious. We can see why it’s a local favorite. Thank you!
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 22, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Asked for window seat rsvp and got the best table in the house. Food was great. Service was a bit slow.
  8. DH

    DavidH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 21, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had a reservation, walk in, was seated within 3 minutes. There was a dozen other people, with out reservations, waiting for their table.
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2023

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Nice atmosphere and good food.
  10. JO

    JONT

    Seattle

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 20, 2023

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Great value, we will be back again for sure
  11. BM

    BeckyM

    Seattle

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on January 20, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Food was delicious and a good value. We had the twilight special with the salmon. Nancy was our server. She was knowledgeable and offered appropriate suggestions. Her service was great! We were not rushed which was nice! I would definitely return!
  12. KH

    KatherineH

    Seattle

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on January 19, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent waiter who provided superb service throughout my meal made the visit very wonderful for me. Views are always fabulous and noise level, ambience and all other aspects of this experience will keep bringing me back to this jewel on the water.
  13. LD

    LynnD

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 18, 2023

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    The food (halibut and seafood pasta) was excellent. The cost of the sunset special has increased to the point of not being the bargain it used to be.
  14. KT

    KathyT

    New Orleans

    9 reviews

    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on January 17, 2023

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Have been coming here for years! Love the food/view and pleasant staff!! Consistently reliable!!
  15. L

    Leroy

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 17, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service. Meals were very good ! Dining was an enjoyable experience.
  16. DN

    DNewton

    Seattle

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on January 15, 2023

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    We have been dining at Harbor Lights for many years, the view out over Commencement Bay is wonderful. While there are plenty of swanky spots in Tacoma theses days it is enjoyable to dine in a place that has stayed pretty much the same for the last 40 years. The staff is professional and courteous; food is well prepared and quite good, atmosphere is NW Casual.
  17. L

    Len1

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 12, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
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  18. S

    Scrapatk1

    Portland

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on January 11, 2023

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    The service was awesome! The food was fabulous, but need just a bit more seasonings. Other than that, it was perfect!
  19. CK

    ChrisK

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 9, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Loved being seated with such a great view. The service was great with Chris as our server. The food was excellent.
  20. KA

    KimA

    Seattle

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on January 8, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My friend and I ordered the fish and chips. The fish was great tender and moist with no grease in the batter. French fries were really good again with no greasy residue. Excellent service very attentive. I would definitely recommend the fish and chips.
  21. JV

    JeanVDubois

    Seattle

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 8, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We were greeted cheerfully and escorted to a water view table (although it was dark which limited the ambiance). The hostess and server were attentive without being overbearing and answered any questions we had. We ordered fish and chips because Harbor Lights is the only place in town with panko-breaded cod and I love crisp and crunchy fish. I ordered mine extra crisp and it was. The fish and the chips were excellent - the slaw pretty ordinary. The beer was very cold and delicious. All in all an enjoyable evening with the sole exception of the adjacent table inhabited by a man who was deeply in love with his own voice and didn't shut up the entire time we were there, Not the restaurant's fault.
  22. MA

    MaryA

    Unspecified

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 7, 2023

    overall3food5service5ambience2
    I understand why you rate noise at level 4 as energetic, that's a very good attempt at a positive spin, however, the noise was awful, everyone was loud and being able to hear at your own table was difficult and discouraging. Although the food and service was excellent we won't come back due to the noise level.
  23. T

    Teresa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 5, 2023

    overall5food4service4ambience3
    Always a Great place to dine. A bit spendy but worth it for the view
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 3, 2023

    overall3food4service3ambience4
    Out of one of the 4 specials, the one we wanted. No substitute. Fairly limited menu overall. We had hoped for a better experience for anniversary dinner.
  25. M

    Marg

    Seattle

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service. Thanks, Andy M. Yummy Caesar salad. Very quiet. Beautiful view.
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall2food1service5ambience4
    I usually don’t post reviews but I was so disappointed with the food. My steak and mashed potatoes were awful. Flavor was completely underwhelming. Mashed potatoes were runny and tasteless. On a positive note, our server was great and a window table was nice.
  27. k

    karen

    Seattle

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall2food3service4ambience3
    Noise level was so high that we couldn't talk as a couple. My food had to be sent back as scallops were over cooked but they were replaced with out a problem.
  28. E

    Elexehente

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was great-Scampi and Halibut Fish and pilaf. ur server Lydia was warm, attentive and very professional, she really contributed to our very positive experience. We plan to go back!
  29. ML

    MelissaL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Early dinner on New Year’s Eve, staff was friendly and welcoming. Server was great, very attentive with a sense of humor. Calamari strips were tasty, scallops were cooked to perfection and the burnt cream was a great finish. Overall a very pleasant evening.
  30. TI

    TIMK

    Exclusive

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Good atmosphere and really good food, but smaller portions than what I would appreciate. Professional service, good food, and safe, relaxing atmosphere is what I recommend you visit this restaurant for.
  31. TJ

    ThomasJ

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Was very busy because of the holiday…New Year Eve. We got a window table and saw an otter family and a seal swim past the restaurant. Food was great and we were happy to see that fried crab legs were back on the menu…expensive but worth it.
  32. B

    Bylibs

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great views from any table in the house. The food was great and the service outstanding. Great food, good service, fantastic view and all around great time.
  33. MW

    MarkW

    Seattle

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on December 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We made reservations for 6:00pm on a Thursday night. It was our 26th wedding anniversary. We sat in the lower section by the window a perfect view of the Puget Sound. My wife had the crab legs seared with a baked potato which both were perfectly cooked. I had the Ocean prawns. Peppermint ice cream with chocolate sauce for dessert was excellent. The server was very attentive. It was a very pleasant time. It was very noisy and difficult to converse. I highly recommend this restaurant. We’ve been coming here for years
  34. B

    Barb

    Seattle

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on December 30, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    The restaurant was very busy so we could understand the delay in being seated, despite the fact that we had reservations. However, pace of service was haphazard and slow. Our server was very good but stretched too thin. Food was excellent. I had the wild Alaskan scallops- delicious. The butter sauce was a bit heavy but I like it that way.
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    vip
    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 29, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Terrible food. Lobster was way over cooked. They brought another, and that new one was way under cooked. Our scallops were over cooked too. Steak was burnt and not good at all. Nothing there was good. Service was terrible. Waitress was short with her words, wasn’t helpful and she just looked like she hated her job. It rolled over into her service.
  36. MD

    MeganD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was wonderful. The service was superb and the food was outstanding. I would highly recommend!
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We went early and discovered their “Early Bird Specials.” We had different seafood dishes and both were cooked to perfection. Can’t beat the setting on the water.
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had my first date with someone amazing at a restaurant I’ve never been to. Even though all we did was talk we didn’t order much of dinner but the service was amazing and so was the view, thank you:)
  39. p

    paulam

    Seattle

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on December 27, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience3
    Staff was effecient. Food was tasty. Drinks fantastic
  40. CB

    CarolB

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 27, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    The food was excellent. We had the Sunset Dinner special, which is a great deal. If you are going to sit and chat be prepared for no service after your meal. They didn't even ask if we wanted after dinner coffee. Overall great. I'll be back.

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Harbor Lights Tacoma using the Order Online button. Harbor Lights Tacoma also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (253) 752-8600.

Harbor Lights Tacoma is rated 4.6 stars by 1219 OpenTable diners.

Harbor Lights Tacoma does offer gift cards which you can purchase here.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

9:30 PM


Booked 24 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online
Google Map for Harbor Lights Tacoma

2761 Ruston Way, Tacoma, WA 98402

Additional information

  • Neighborhood

    Tacoma

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu 11:30 am–8:00 pm Fri, Sat 11:30 am–9:00 pm Sun 12:00 pm–8:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Seafood, Steak, Farm-to-table

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Complimentary parking is available across the street from the restaurant.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Alex Wilkes

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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