Harbor Lights Tacoma

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$30 and under
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Seafood
Harbor Lights is located on scenic Ruston Way, overlooking Commencement Bay in Tacoma. For over 50 years, Harbor Lights has become well known for serving colossal portions of seafood such as the four pound bucket of steamed clams. Harbor Lights was 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. Anthony's Restaurants purchased Harbor Lights on April 29th, 2000 and warmly welcomes this landmark to the Anthony's family.
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OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had the lobster dinner and cedar plank salmon dinner. Delicious. Perfect portions. Excellent service. We were late because of traffic and they held our table for us! Would heartily recommend Harbor Lights.

ME
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We booked a reservation through OpenTable and arrived early. We waited for our table in the cozy bar where the friendly bar tender efficiently filled our order for mixed drinks and draft beer. The hostess came to let us know when our table was ready. We had a great view from our table. Our server was warm and welcoming and did not make us feel rushed. The food was outstanding. We will definitely recommend Harbor Lights to our friends and family!

A
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

My server was delightful so positive and friendly.

TS
4 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had reservations, seated immediately. Staff was friendly and knowledgeable about menu items, specials, etc. food and drinks were great. One of my favorite go-to’s.

OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Superb, once again and again and again. Don't tell anybody though....it could get too busy for my next visit. Shhhh!

LL
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Even though we made a reservation well in advance, we had to wait 20-25 minutes to be seated. When we were seated we were set at a table in the corner that was so close to the table next to us that we couldn’t get in to the other side so we were forced to sit next to each other for our meal. It was very uncomfortable but our waitress was wonderful and the food was delicious! Highly recommend the panko portobello mushroom appetizer! Outstanding!

JO
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We arrived a little early. Our table was ready so we got seated immediately. The food was very good and we will be back.

KH
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall3food3service1ambience3

The bartender was wonderful while we waited for our reservation to be seated. Sad to say our server had no time for us, never smiled or even attempted to be cordial. Food was Ok, overpriced for what we got.

Would not go back.

LM
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious, wait staff good and very attentive. Wouls high recommend salted caramel cheesecake!

KN
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Just don’t order the top sirloin or NY steak. My friend & I ordered the top & lobster. The steak was so tough, we couldn’t even chew it. The server graciously took the steak off our bill. Haven’t been here in a few years since I had the same experience when I ordered a NY & crab legs. Seafood is great here but not impressed with RR ranch beef!

DO
Seattle
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Excellent all around as usual.
Friends, relatives always enjoy a visit to & food at this place.

OT
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Had to wait for our table about 15 minutes, never had wait before with reservations. However the service and food made it worth the wait.

LP
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful dinner and visited for awhile. It was very nice and relaxing

OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall2food3service4ambience3

Birthday. Factory food. Deep Fried left nothing to the imagination

OT
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall2food2service4ambience2

Menu isn’t quite what it seems.. make sure to ask your server to be sure..

OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely love this place! Classic & timeless - all the right stuff for any special occasion!

l
Seattle
7 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We always enjoy eating a Harbor Lights. The food and service is consistently of high quality and the specials are always worth a try. Hope is stays that way forever.

FD
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We have been here several times before. The quality of the food remains outstanding the quantity for the price is diminishing.

OT
Seattle
6 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall1food2service1ambience1

This isn’t the Harbor Lights of the past. Anthony’s ownership has changed this restaurant. It is loud, impersonal, and cheap.

MR
Seattle
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

The ambience was wonderful. Our meal was delicious, as well as priced well. We would definitely choose Harbor Lights again.

KB
Seattle
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time eating here, my Wifr and I had a wonderful time. Service, food was excellent. We made reservations for next week when my ason and his Wife come into town from Salt Lake City. Definitely recommend!

SP
Seattle
21 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We took my father to Harbor Lights, his favorite restaurant for his 81st birthday. We ended up being seated by a woman celebrating her 61st and another gentleman celebrating his 82nd. We were in the birthday row! Our meal was fantastic as always. The crab legs are my favorite. Many of us at the table had the 4-course early bird dinner, did I mention 81st birthday, and everyone loved their meal. This place has been a long-time tradition in our family and will remain so. I forget our server's name, but he was a young man who totally dotted on my father. He was very sweet and accommodating. Beyond the great meal, the wait staff is always so helpful and so kind.

OT
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2019
Overall2food1service4ambience4

The food was horrendous. Paid $17 for a salad that looked like it came from a prepackaged box from the grocery store.

JW
Seattle
11 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience1

Love the location and the view. The restaurant is clean and waitstaff is very polite and quick to attend to table side requests.
The service was excellent and the food is really tasty. It’s just a very loud room though, and that made it very hard to hear. Even sitting close my table-mates we could not have a conversation without yelling, and we were not going to do that, so we didn’t talk much.

I took my father out to dinner and I wanted to catch up with him, but we couldn’t hear each other the entire dinner hour (6:30p-7:45p).
That was disappointing :-(

L
Seattle
34 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

An old favorite on the waterfront. Don't always head for the new and shiny. This restaurant has set the standard for waterfront dining for years in Tacoma. The sunset dinners are a true value! Try it. You won't be disappointed.

HL
Seattle
5 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Always a great place to go for dinner out
Love the seasonal drinks and desserts

MC
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience4

Friday night 6:00. Service got off to a slow start.7:00 before we got our meals. Wait staff- clean and efficient- professional. Must be a very busy time of the evening. Very nice place to dine!

m
Seattle
8 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The server was relentless with ensuring we were 110% satisfied. Anticipating our needs at every turn.
The food was delightful. (and I appreciate the gluten free clam chowder!)

MO
Seattle
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We had a lovely dinner with our friends from North Carolina. The weather was beautiful service was good, the food was good. We weren’t rushed either. The salad was acceptable though. My pasta was good. The 2 that had steak were happy with the way they were cooked

OT
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waitress was wonderful and the food was excellent.

LW
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience4

Our main course was extremely disappointing. Salmon luke warm, no taste, sauce unidentifiable, tasteless also. We were entertaining out-of-state relative so extremely embarrassed after telling him how excellent everything was at Harbor Lights. Waiter did not check on us often enough...had to get attention of another server at one time. Will not be returning anytime soon!

MT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was excellent, the service was excellent, the ambiance was excellent. What can I say? “Excellent “

OT
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We got to Harbor Lights early enough to be able to get the early bird special, which was a great value. Four courses, food was excellent.

OT
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

An enjoyable evening. Good food as always.
Thanks

You are not going to get more. Take it or leave it. Ypu forget I am the customer!!!

DK
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience! Love the food! Would definitely dine there again!

CC
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place! I would recommend it every day of the year. Best seafood in the Tacoma area.Service was excellent.

LT
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience2

The service was good but overall, for the price, the experience was a let down. We were there for a special occasion, but couldn't talk due to the noise level being too high. I ordered the pan fried oysters- gluten-free, and my mom ordered the same thing but without the gluten free necessity. Her oysters were much larger. I've had better meals with nicer ambiance for less money. The whole experience was mediocre and disappointing. Next time we're going to Blue Fin or Johnny's.

M
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

We loved our early bird dinners. My salmon was among the best ever. All four dinners were wonderful!

AE
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience3

The food is very overpriced and not very good. They also gave me my soup to go in a ziplock freezer gallon bag which was WEIRD

MK
Seattle
6 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The food was great however the service was a bit slow. Otherwise I'd go back.