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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JW
Seattle
9 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 1

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
31 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

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
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

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

MC
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waitress was wonderful and the food was excellent.

LW
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

CC
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

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
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

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
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

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

RS
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

My favorite seafood restaurant in Tacoma. Has wonderful views of Puget Sound and a outdoor seating area. Excellent happy hour as well

R
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Grate food, great service, timely service, the server was professional and treated us with respect. Food was excellent!

MS
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

50th anniversary and they provided a wonderful experience for us with great service and good food. The view is also tops.

AM
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 5ambience 1

The food is unpalatable and the drinks taste like straight well liquor

BC
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Consistently good. A little spendy but that’s the cost of quality product and service I guess. Plus everyone knows they have the strongest drinks in town so that’s nice.

CB
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

We had a very good dinner and good service. We were there to celebrate my husband's 78th Birthday and I put that on our reservation. I noticed that other people were getting candles on their dessert for celebrations. We did not. Other than that everything was great. I will definitely be back.

LP
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Harbor Lights always delivers on quality and an enjoyable atmosphere. Love the early bird specials!!

OT
Seattle
44 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service. Excellent serving by Carolyn and love the seafood. Steak Oscar with Crab and the salmon/halibut duet were both hot and well presented. Split a wedge salad with shrimp and peach ice cream. Great place!

S
Palm Springs
14 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service. Robin did a great job and made sure we had everything we needed.

C
Seattle
17 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Excellent waterfront location & views. We had their Sunset dinner
Specials. 4 course meal w/ multiple options. Both our meals were very good. Service was excellent. They were very busy, but handled the crowd well. Definitely will try again.

AM
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Such great food and amazing service. Our server Carolyn was such a delight it was a great evening.

OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was amazing service was very friendly and attentive and fast.

LW
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 4food 2service 4ambience 4

Dirty water glass when we sat down. Husband tried to point it out before the waiter poured water into it, was ignored. It had finger prints and crusted orange pulp on the inside.
I had the top sirloin, and I’m pretty sure the menu described as coming with seasonal seafood. My plate didn’t not, but got seasoned broccoli instead. This could have been an error on my part. The baked potato was good. My husband had the captains platter, which was pretty underwhelming. The un-fried shrimp looked like the mini imitation salad shrimp you buy at the deli counter. The single fish filets he received we’re pretty tasty. The way the menu described the meal made it sound like a feast, which it was very much not. Overall, the service was good but not memorable.

BP
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Took visiting family from Cleveland Ohio. She loved the view of the waterfront! The food was excellent as usual. Our server was personable, helpful and all around great!

j
San Diego
31 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a special place for my wife and me. We order lunch off the dinner menu and we have been totally pleased with the entrees and the service. We visit Tacoma once a year and this is a must stop.

LD
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 3

The service was terrible however the food was good. It will probably be a while before we go back. Hopefully the waiter will no longer be there.

e
Seattle
14 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We had an inside water view table for lunch to celebrate a birthday.

RS
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The view was spectacular! The cost was a bit pricy. However it was a nice treat.

JR
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We decided early in the day to have dinner on the waterfront in Tacoma. We reserved a table no problem. We had a table for four by the window to enjoy the view. The service staff was prompt and friendly. The mixed drinks were excellent! Dinner and dessert were also great! Love this place.

RG
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

I took my friend for lunch. She's 97 and going strong! They gave us window seating with a view of the bay. Our server was nice. Our lunch was okay but will try something different next time. Knats were disturbing that's why only a 4.

AV
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 3

Good food, great service, good drinks. Would recommend to friends but would not frequent.

CH
Vancouver
12 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

Service terrible; inattentive server that was challenged with simple tasks . Food okay. Great location.

LW
Portland
5 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Very tasty meal, server was efficient but not personable, stunning view, no deck seating for more than 2 people, will be back for sure for steamed clams.

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