Harbor Lights Tacoma

4.5
543 Reviews
$30 and under
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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93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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GrandmaGay
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had the best time here. The views were incredible. Our server was just perfect, professional, yet fun. Highly recommend the fish and chips and rhubarb slump if rhubarb is in season. It was a wow.

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SusanH
Seattle
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food3service5ambience5

A little disappointed in the halibut and chips. You always make the best food but you changed the recipe on your halibut. Please bring back the original halibut and chips. Wasn’t impressed with the Panko style. I love the original tempura style.

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MichaelJ
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We really enjoyed our meal. Tasty, and a great view!

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LBEdgewood
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall2food2service4ambience2

Food was not very fresh. Service was good but very loud.

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Susan
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The crab cakes as excellent as it is always. Had the rhubarb slump for dessert. Really good. I will definitely go back. Delicious meal

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KathyT
New Orleans
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food3service3ambience4

Nostalgia visit with visiting family - scenery/setting right on water is outstanding!!
Have eaten here many times over the years! Food always good, but not exceptional. Service is adequate / nothing special !

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Debs
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We can always count on Harbor Lights for great food and drinks, fabulous views and excellent service. Which is why we keep coming back.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great food and service as always.

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Alsuz
Seattle
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

As always, the food was excellent, especially the clam nectar.
Service, this time around, was only so-so. But we'll be back, for sure.

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JamieK
Seattle
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always the view, service and food were all wonderful. A wonderful evening, highly recommended.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Seattle
56 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our place to go! Great food and service!

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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Steak was tender and cooked to perfection

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Portland
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and great service! One of our favorite places to go!

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TheresaL
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience5

The food was delicious and came out hot. Very relaxing atmosphere.

The server could have taken more time with us. Wearing masks muffles what someone is saying. She would walk away and still be talking to us.

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AnnikaD
Seattle
1 review
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service, view and food! One of our favorite restaurants for years.

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RebeccaW
Seattle
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, superb service, incomparable view along Commencement Bay/Puget Sound. We will remain steadfast customers as we have been for four decades. Choose Harbor Lights Tacoma!

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PaulS
Seattle
7 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Old style seafood restaurant. Very good clam diner.

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MaryMc
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Harbor Lights never disappoints! The service is perfect from the time we walked in the door until we were leaving. The food is always top notch and the drinks are spot on! We will be back for the next special occasion we celebrate!

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ChuckB
Dallas
1 review
Dined on April 29, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience3

I have not been to Harbor Lights for some time. It made me quite sad to see what has been done to the restaurant I went to my entire life. The wonderful memoralbilia was gone, the great food was replaced with the standard Anthony's faire, and feeling of being somehere that has great history was gone. I will not be back. I can get that at most any restaurant.

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TorreyO
Seattle
1 review
Dined on April 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best dinner experience for my wife, I and my hard-of-hearing dad in years! Delicious food, great value, excellent service as we watched sailboats in and the mountains above Tacoma Bay. Other Ruston Way restaurants have good food too but it was so nice to not have blaring noise at Harbor Lights. This is now our new favorite restaurant. You will see our whole family there again soon.

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Waterfrontfriend
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is one of our favorite spots. Great food and drinks, great service! Great view!

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amandat
Seattle
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A lovely experience! We absolutely adored our server, Nancy.

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Palm Springs
4 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place. Tracy is my favorite waitress! We celebrate all of our special dates here.

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Starfish
Seattle
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love their food and the view. I have been coming here for years. I had the pan fried oysters, fries, asparagus and side salad. Highly recommend.

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Abcam
Seattle
5 reviews
Dined on April 22, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience3

One in party had halibut fish & chips. It was awful. Dried out, no flavor. One had fish & chips cod that was good. They were going a good job with Covid restrictions. Wait staff was excellent!

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BryceM
Seattle
1 review
Dined on April 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful server beautiful views of sound. Food was great for the pricing

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Pommy
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

I'd read the reviews about the clam chowder and while it seems many felt that the version that Harbor Lights makes is sub-standard, I actually enjoyed it. I don't eat dairy and I greatly appreciated that this didn't have any dairy. They could tone down the pepper in it though and this is written by someone who enjoys spice.
The service was excellent!

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WilliamH
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Harbor Lights is a gem in the rough. Not the newest decor, but the best prices and best food in it's class. And the pan fried oysters are a treat. Just be aware, they're not kidding when they say they make strong drinks.

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RussellB
Seattle
1 review
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place for a quite romantic birthday celebration. The food was as excellent as the view on a beautiful day.

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PattyP
Seattle
1 review
Dined on April 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a pleasure to dine at Harbor Lights and enjoy the great views and sunsets along with delicious food. I've been coming to this location since it's inception in the latter 50's.

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CarolL
Seattle
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Everyone enjoyed their meal with the exception of their clam chowder. Many very good chowder recipes. Please find one.

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TeresaA
Seattle
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had reservations and were seated right away, great view, wait staff was attentive, drinks and food were amazing!! Definitely coming back!

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MaxL
Seattle
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service, our favorite place for a date.

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JamieC
Seattle
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My first visit and I loved it! Food option was great and priced reasonably. I was there for Saturday lunch, and I will definitely try dinner next time.

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mangerbouger
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great classically prepared food, great quality, and professional service. Ready to go back!

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STUFF
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Harbor Lights consistently serves some of the best food in the Puget Sound region. The location overlooking the water is beautiful and serene. We have yet to order something that we don't like and the service is always outstanding. Highly recommend!

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vipAndy
Seattle
8 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Superb wait staff and sanitizer. Talented cooks with excellent preparation and presentation of food. My wife has been coming to Harbor Lights since the late 1950's, and I since 1972. We try to make the 60mi round trip, from Eatonville, once a week for a tasty dinner. Their early bird specials are a really good deal too.

Honestly, I am a little wary of too strong of a recommendation because we do not want the Harbor Lights to fill-up and we get 'COVID occupancy limits' blocked out. Hmmm. Forget this review- try CI Shenanigans next door instead.

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Kingrad
Seattle
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

As always! Harbor Lights delivered. Excellent food and service

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CHRISG
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

we were seated quickly.Our drinks came quickly.We were able to order and change things a little to our liking.the food and service were outstanding (they were really kind after I bumped over my water.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Last minute reservation on Easter Sunday so very happy for the spot.

FAQs

Harbor Lights Tacoma offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (253) 752-8600.

Harbor Lights Tacoma is rated 4.5 stars by 543 OpenTable diners.

Harbor Lights Tacoma does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://www.anthonys.com/gift-cards/.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.