Harbor Lights Tacoma

4.6
781 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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Experiences

  • Prix Fixe Surf & Turf

    $35.00 per person

    Jan 10 - Feb 10, 2022

    Feel like starting the New Year with Steak Oscar? Now's your chance! Enjoy a starter, a Surf & Turf entree and dessert for just $35. Feel like exploring our full menu instead? That's fine too!
What 781 people are saying
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4.6
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Courtneyb
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful setting, good food and friendly service

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JeffD
New York Area
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food3service2ambience2

We had reservations but took forever for a waiter to take our table. Service ok and food ok -

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KimberlyR
Seattle
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great, Service was great. Had a great time.

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TrevD
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful service, great atmosphere, and amazing food! Thank you!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2022
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Tracy is a fabulous server who was very friendly and customer oriented; an overall pleasant experience with her.

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ErnieA
Seattle
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service. Wonderful atmosphere.

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GordonR
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Always enjoy the place. View great foot is good and the drink great. Wait staff is very good with good energy

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AdamS
1 review
Dined on January 7, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was awesome. We come in once a week and it it nice to be remembered!

-Adam and Sharon

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Erik
Seattle
5 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2022
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Harbor Lights is a solid choice every time. Great service and very good food. They are one of my go-to business lunch spots and never disappoint.

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vipSeniorDiner
Seattle
50 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2022
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Long-time Ruston Way restaurant with favorites for many "baby boomers". Manila clams appetizer was very good as was the fried oyster lunch with cole slaw and rice pilaf. Shared Caesar Salad with spouse and nice meal with great view except it was raining.

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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2022
Overall5food4service5ambience4

This is our third time coming here for lunch. The wait staff are very friendly and attentive. We love the view of the Bay and Ruston way. We had fried oysters with slaw and rice. Oysters cooked perfectly and you get a dozen. I would Definitely recommend Harbor Lights for a great time and good food.

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Clay
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Harbor Lights is always a great place for dinner. The staff is especially helpful and welcoming. Couldn't be nicer.

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vipKathyJ
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

New Years celebration!

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CatherineH
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Harbor Lights lived up to our expectations, as usual.

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GregoryL
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience5

New Year Eve dinner

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AmyK
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall3food5service5ambience4

Food,service were great. Ice in parking lot very dangerous. Almost cancelled because of it.

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MarkK
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were at Harbor Lights to celebrate our 3rd wedding anniversary. Been going there since I was a kid and always enjoy the views, atmosphere and food.

It's been a family tradition to go there for special occasions for a very long time. We loved the meal we had this last visit and plan to be back again very soon. As always, the service was exceptional!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Seattle
11 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Server Tessa was perfect. Very efficient and personable. Would request to be in her section again. Food excellent. Drinks excellent. Atmosphere very quaint.

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KennyB
Portland
6 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was excellent - Thanks, Craig! We were foodservice pros back in the day. The food was well prepared, and the teamwork on the floor was top notch! Meals and drinks delivered perfectly to our table. Could not have been better!

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Jimbo
Seattle
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great evening with family from out of town before the holidays.

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Marg
Seattle
8 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience3

Very disappointed in food quality. Haven't been there for a few years. Not at all what it used to be.

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vipFoodie
Seattle
24 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience4

I hate to be negative about a place I've always loved in the past, but this recent visit left a lot to be desired. They've done away with Happy Hour appetizers and although I decided to splurge and get their crab artichoke dip anyway for $19, the portion size was noticeably smaller than it used to be at half the price. Also, the early bird Sunset Dinner selections were not options I care to indulge in. They used to have some very nice choices.

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JackieM
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful time at dinner. Everything was great. Noise level was louder than normal because it was during Christmas week.

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BarbaraB
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

The food was very tasty and the service excellent. The flooring is very outdated, worn and stained. This made the experience less enjoyable. Non-the -less the view is sublime and the experience worth repeating.

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markb
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful as always’- one of our favorite restaurants and my parents were so thankful to be there

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CherylH
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrating our 40th anniversary

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Cindy
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience3

My friends and I came her last night for a Christmas gathering, just 4 of us. The server was really slow and she informed us they are having trouble getting most liquors and so we had to settle for something we really didn’t want. I officially want to go on record that it’s sad they no longer have the captains platter harbor lights used to have. I drove all the way down from Bothell, 1 1/2 hours in traffic and dinner was a disappointment. This place has gone down hill. I will not be back.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Family of 4 were seated 20 mins prior to our reservation. We had requested a nice window table online in the reservation and those details were noticed and we had a great table by the window where my kids could watch the boats lit with Christmas light for the boat parade. It was a really great night!

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AnnS
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2021
Overall5food3service5ambience5

Great service, excellent drinks, small portions for the price.

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Islandblvd
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dinner was wonderful from start to finish. We shared a palate pleasing bottle of wine, ordered an appetizer to share, added a side salad that was full of a variety of fresh greens, enjoyed a delicious surf and turf as our main entree, and finished the night with a bowl of house made peppermint ice cream that was truly amazing.
A great experience. Highly recommend.

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NickB
Seattle
1 review
Dined on December 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Horbor Lights: a fair price for an above average dining exerience.

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EduardoF
Seattle
1 review
Dined on December 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent appetizers, great environment, attentive server!

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GaryE
1 review
Dined on December 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Great drinks. Great service. Always a great place to go.

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louiegourmet
Seattle
9 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

View was wonderful! Meals were good!

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CarolR
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2021
Overall2food1service2ambience4

This is not the same as it used to be. Very small menu and food quality was low. Very disappointed. Won’t be going back.

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MargO
Seattle
6 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We had the lower corner table with the lovely view. Service was great and the food was fine. We always enjoy going to dinner at Harbor Lights because we aren’t disappointed.,

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TodB
Seattle
6 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Nice views. The food was fine. Service was slow. Prices high. It was just OK.

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jimn
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We Celebrated our 38th Anniversary dinner at Harbor Lights. Had amazing food and service. Can't wait to go there again. Marcia & Jim

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SheriB
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

HL is always my favorite, but I liked the menu they had before Anthony's took them over. I wish they would go back to their original menu. It was delicious and more food for a more reasonable price.

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TimJ
Seattle
1 review
Dined on December 3, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience2

We had our 15th anniversary there and asked for some special items (window table, roses, Cabernet) but when we arrived, nothing was there at our middle of the room not window table. The receptionist said she called to tell us that they didn’t do any of our requests, but I had zero calls on my phone. Food was good, but the experience was not. Probably won’t go there again.

FAQs

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

Harbor Lights Tacoma is rated 4.6 stars by 781 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.