Harbor Lights Tacoma

4.5
627 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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88% of people would recommend it to a friend
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MargO
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Everything was ok. Thanks very much.

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vipAndrewM
Las Vegas
27 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just fabulous!

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BillS
Seattle
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

For a great, classic waterfront dining experience Harbor Lights did not disappoint. Reservation was on time, price was reasonable and the food was great. Above all, service gets the top spot. My family has had many "less-than-positive" experience with other venues in these past 2 years but Harbor Lights will be memorable based on the service alone. Nothing spectacular, it didn't need to be. Just attentive, clean, friendly, helpful and available. Next area dining we will contact Harbor Lights without a question!

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RichardR
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A very enjoyable experience with quality food profiles.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience4

The description of the food on the menu is deceptive. The shrimp cocktail is actually a shrimp salad. Some things are great like the crab dip while others are terrible such as my over cooked and rubbery shrimp scampi. The consistency between all 4 of our dishes was all over the place. We will never go back for the averageness this resturant radiates.

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jeanb
San Diego
35 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a favorite stop at the Tacoma waterfront. The menu offers a nice selection. Too bad dungeness crab and other shellfish are in short supply at this time. I really like their Dungeness crab leg sections sauted to perfection.

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newchef1
Seattle
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ate outside on the deck at noon, perfect 73 degree weather, view of the Puget Sound; quick, efficient service including a request to have a perfectly cooked trout "revised" a bit from the menu (blackened on the menu, came without the spices...perfection). Slightly sweet rice pilaf was a great accompaniment.

My guest was also quickly accomodated, excellent fresh seafood, water kept coming without asking.

Great food, great service, very reasonable prices.

Harbor Lights has been on the waterfront since 1952 (and has that same 1950's look and feel), a throw-back. You don't stick around that long unless you are doing a lot of things right....and they are.

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LindaB
Seattle
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food2service4ambience2

Personally i didn't like the Clam Chowder it was the worse i ever had!!!

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KarenT
Seattle
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Reservation on time, courteous staff, delicious food, good size portions and food hot when arrived at table (butter melted as it should on the baked potato which we really appreciated.) Terrific view of beautiful Puget Sound from every table. Wonderful experience overall.

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Egads
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Attentive service, great food, with a greaet view!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great service, food was good but a little less butter on the green beans would have been better. Also, it would be great if the starter salad was included instead of ala carte. Price would then seem more reasonable.

Sockeye salmon and oysters were delicious.

Table was ready for our reservation and the server was great!!

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BrianO
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Server was not very attentive. Other than that, my girlfriend and I had an excellent date night there. The sunset was beautiful and the scenery we loved. I do highly recommend this restaurant.

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Beachbum
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always good food and great service. We will be returning again. We recommend this as an excellent place to dine.

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Hansen333
Las Vegas
4 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience3

Food prices where high for what you got. We had steak and to add shrimp it was a additional $9.00 and all you got where two little shrimps. Service was ok only came to check on us twice. We have always loved to eat there but i feel it will be a long time before we go back.

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DEBBIEL
Seattle
6 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have been going to Harbor Lights for 40+ years, we will always love this restaurant!
Food and drinks are constantly good, along with service.

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OhioJac
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Very nice, small restaurant on the water, with beautiful views. Portions were just right and tasty. A friend had recommended the "crab paws" from a visit a while ago but those weren't available. Seating outside, which we should have taken. We were seated inside (which we asked for) but in a small area with a very large, loud group. That made it difficult to hold a conversation.

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KaraG
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

We had reservations for our anniversary. They were out of crab, oysters, and clams. The restaurant was very loud, the service was mediocre, and the interior was pretty rundown. All of this would've been totally fine, but the price point of the restaurant suggested a finer dining experience. The food was okay, steak and prawns were overdone.

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KathleenB
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of our favorite restaurants on the sound. Always great food an excellent service. 😌

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KimG
Seattle
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience3

The menu was very small which is understandable. However, the portions were very small. The seafood mac and cheese was watery and everything needed seasoning. The baked potato with the scampi was over cooked. The server was wonderful and very nice and efficient.

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vipcraigw
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Very Limited Menu for a Seafood restuarant. No oysters and No prawn shrimp cocktail. Even clam chowder was not traditional white or red! No bread available etc. I will not be back. The food was OK...just very disappointed that this was not a great fish restuarant.

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DianeG
Seattle
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They reserved a wonderful corner table for us. The clam broth chowder was an unexpected surprise, and delicious! The trout was perfect and the green beans were flavorful, nicely crisp and not overcooked.

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AndreaA
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall1food1service4ambience1

The food was awful, couldn’t cut the green beans with a steak knife, steak was equally as tough. The noise level was so loud we couldn’t even hear each other at our table. So not worth it for the prices.

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LawrenceF
Seattle
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome pan fried Oysters,my MIL loved them. Great service and view. More of a family style, comfortable.

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Courtney
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

The fried oysters were outstanding. Great portion and taste. The prawns were bland and not worth the money.

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JOANG
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday!!

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Jeffp
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Server was awesome and the setting outside was great!

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RHSea
Seattle
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good seafood and service in a charming old-school setting, but menu was quite limited and they were out of what we wanted.

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EdOwenowski
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a great visit with friends and our server was awesome.

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65Roses
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience3

View was fantastic, food was very good. We had a reservation for 4:30 and they were out of several items on a very limited menu.

Crab was one of the items we were most looking forward to but the delivery was going to be the following day.

We were celebrating a special occasion and I had contacted the restaurant ahead of time asking for a great spot to sit. We were a bit disappointed finding dirty water glasses on the table and two dead flies in the windowsill of the corner table we were seated at.

I brought a special cake to be presented after our meal but the waiter never took it from the table, we ended up bringing back home with us.

I guess our expectations were to high for this “Landmark Restaurant” of Tacoma. Dinner was very good but our waiter was very slow in returning with extra condiments that were requested.

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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

It was ok for a local spot nothing fancy. The drinks were very good.

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Camaro
Seattle
7 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall5food5service2ambience5

Had a nice dinner, Harbor Lights has always been my favorite restaurant, but the server didn't do much and wasn't very attentive, she was nice but didn't pick up the dishes passed by our table many times and it wasn't very busy.
We ordered dessert to go and the portions were so small it literally was only 3 bites, that was very disappointing. The food though was amazing as always and me and my husband had a wonderful date night.

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LindaH
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Would highly recommend! Staff is very friendly and attentive. The Halibut was lightly seared and grilled till just done. The fish and chips were very good also.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had not been there since start of pandemic- we were seated next to window snd able to enjoy the scenery- saw a heron and a few other bird species. We had not been together for over a year- very pleasant luncheon.

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MichelleY
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Friendly staff make this older place continue to be a great spot. Food is very good and the views of Puget Sound amazing

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AlisonB
Seattle
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2021
Overall4food2service5ambience5

We’re regulars and generally always have good food and great service…last nights food was not so great! The fish was thin and so overdone/fried, it was chewy. The shrimp was also over fried but was mediocre. Tessa we love, so no issues with service, just food. 😕

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BradleyH
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice service and food! Perfect place for a date

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JackieM
Seattle
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So glad that dining is open again. We have missed going to Harbor Lights. Love this place.

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Paul
Portland
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience2

Wasn’t the best. We have been there before ages times before and have always received great food and service. Not so much this time.

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HaFa
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2021
Overall1food1service4ambience1

Harbor Lights is very dated. The food, decor, and general vibe of the place reflects that. I'm sure it does well with elderly folks (which is great since there are many living in the area nearby) and it looks like the bar attracts a good number of people as well.

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Leee
Seattle
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent views with great food! The calamari appetizer was amazing. Only thing is the menu is limited but what is there is amazing. Will be back.

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 627 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.