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Mahe - Dana Point

4.1
169 reviews
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$30 and under
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Seafood
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  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Good for Groups
  • Vibrant Bar Scene

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About

Mahe in Dana Point, CA is a popular location for diners in Orange County. The eatery offers up a range of food on the menu. The look of the restaurant is upscale, but it remains a very casual and fun place to dine. Live entertainment is available on certain days of the week.

Mahe has some great options on the menu. Some of the starters you can enjoy include the coconut shrimp, ahi poke stacks, shishito peppers, tataki wraps and asparagus fries. Try some of the different sushi rolls that are available, too. The burgers, chicken, filets and rib eye at Mahe should help to satisfy even hearty appetites.

Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Seafood, Steak, Sushi
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Hours of operation

Lunch: Friday - Sunday: 11:30am - 4:00pm
Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Sunday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm
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Phone number
(949) 240-6243
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Chef Christopher Allen
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Cross street
Golden Lantern
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Entertainment
We have live entertainment Thursday-Sunday nights.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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4.1based on all time ratings
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4.1
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4.0
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84% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined on January 30, 2015

I took my wife here for her 40th birthday through a referral and boy I am so glad I did. From the appetizers and main course to the ambiance and service this is by far one of the best places I have ever eaten. Brad even went out of his way to give my wife the royal treatment and provide an amazing dessert. I will definitely be coming back!

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3.0Dined on January 10, 2015

I made a reservation online for 6:45.
When we arrived we were told that we couldn't eat inside, outside only (irritating). I did question it but they were not willing to accommodate me. If I would have known that we would have gone a different night. I am very sensitive to the outdoor heaters (it was cold and raining outside). I saw 2 inside open tables from my seat that only filled up right before we left.
The food was good and our waitress was very good and nice.

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5.0Dined on December 31, 2014

We had our New Years dinner at Mahe, the food and service was outstanding.

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1.0Dined on December 29, 2014

Service was great but the food was just ok. I wouldn't go there again.

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2.0Dined on December 27, 2014

We went as a family to this restaurant for the first time. We weren't very impressed with the ambiance nor the food. Everything was OK, but not outstanding. The service was the same. I'm not sure I would visit this place again nor recommend it. There are much better Sushi restaurants down the street in Laguna Beach that make the trip well worth it.

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5.0Dined on December 17, 2014

We went to Mahe to celebrate a birthday. The hostess sat us promptly inside but we quickly requested to move outside (it such a nice night to eat outdoors). There were heaters to keep the temp perfect. The waiter was prompt and not pushing us to hurry. As for the food we recommend the main dishes over sushi rolls. I had ahi tuna and my spouse had the fish special and both were excellent. My daughter had the sushi roll which was good but not as good as ours! The bar area inside looked fun and the happy hour prices are reasonable. We will definitely go back again!

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3.0Dined on December 13, 2014

I was disappointed that when I made the reservation for teppan, it was actually not for teppan. It was a birthday dinner for my 13 yr old son. We normally go to Benihana but this was much closer. We ended up getting sat right away but it was extremely busy and the food was just okay. Make sure to call and request teppan if that's what you desire. Would be nice if they had that option online.

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5.0Dined on December 12, 2014

We love Mahe! Always great food and wonderful service. Start with the pineapple martini and the seafood nachos. You will NOT be disappointed! The outside patio is warm even when it's cold! Sushi is fresh and delicious!

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5.0Dined on December 6, 2014

Everything we ordered was delicious...service was great...and with the Dana Point Boat Parade taking place...it was a fantastic evening! Loved it!!

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5.0Dined on December 4, 2014

This was a pleasant and welcome surprise. We had a last minute chance to meet a friend from out of town who was staying at the Ritz. Ritz restaurants were way too costly for our tastes and this was a simple Yelp find. WOW!

Staff was great, food was excellent and we enjoyed everything served us immensely. Creative and fun dishes with wonderful twists. Bar was a bit noisy but Thursday nite football may have been the reason. Lots of indoor and outdoor seating. This is a "don't miss" and worth more than a single visit. We will definitely return and we live in San Diego!

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5.0Dined on November 26, 2014

Great place, great happy hour.....................................................................

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4.0Dined on November 23, 2014

This restaurant is great for seafood, and wonderful for sushi and sashimi as well.

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5.0Dined on November 14, 2014

Great menu--creative and has a good variety of food choices. Service is always very good and there are seating options for large groups that are not at all crowded.

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3.0Dined on November 8, 2014

Appetizer was undercooked, sent it back for something different, the food came before the appetizer so we cancelled. I ordered the salmon and it was undercooked and mushy in the middle. Just overall not a great first time experience.

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2.0Dined on November 8, 2014

Having gone to Mahe in Seal Beach years ago, we were excited to try out the new Dana Point location. Probably not the best dinner spot for 6 p.m. as there were a lot of families with small children and babies. Well behaved, but not the dining environment we were looking for . . . appetizer was 5 Star delicious Ahi Poke, dinner was 1 star with the veggies having WAY too much Garlic (and I love garlic) and my piece of Mahi Mahi was inedible as I don't care for fish with over 1/2 being the dark meat blood line. . . my husband had Salmon that was great, rice and again, his veggies had way too much garlic. May try it again, but NOT on a Saturday night!!!

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4.0Dined on November 3, 2014

always great food and great atmosphere... kid friendly too! when we are in Dana Point we always visit!

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4.0Dined on November 2, 2014

Slow start, about a 25 min wait for server to show at table. Food was excellent as usual. Manager did comp first round of drinks because of the delay.

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4.0Dined on October 22, 2014

We sat at the sushi bar, and had sashimi and sushi rolls. We also had a waiter for providing drinks and plates. My husband had eaten here before and was impressed with the sushi. It was good, but not as tasty as I expected it to be. The sashimi was fresh, but the sushi rolls were a little bland. The sushi bar was quiet, but there was a din coming from other parts of the restaurant.

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4.0Dined on October 4, 2014

Great setting, terrific food, and good service. Highly recommend the Stuffed Chicken entree! And the Mahe Burger is phenomenal! Must show up when Parkaimoon plays there! They take the overall experience to greater heights!

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1.0Dined on September 27, 2014

This was our second try. Food OK, not great, service friendly, but since smoking is allowed right next to the outside area all we could really taste and smell was cigarette smoke. I do not think we will try it a third time.

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4.0Dined on September 21, 2014

Loved the variety of the menu, from sushi to steak, and great location. There was live music playing Sunday night and the place was not too busy. The staff may have been missing some folks as our server was a little frantic being the only one for our section, and seemed to be training a new person. But they worked hard and got our food out (if not all at once, was a bit scattered...)

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2.0Dined on September 11, 2014

Blackened sword fish was overcooked, dry, and therefore not so tasty. Disappointing.

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4.0Dined on September 10, 2014

Excellent food selection and quality, however service was a bit slow this time...

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4.0Dined on September 6, 2014

Visited again last evening and food was as good as ever. Enjoyed everything. Service was off a little, they seemed a little confused and disorganized. Also got there in plenty of time to get an order in for happy hour and the bartenders were all too busy with a few cute women until a minute after the cut-off. It was all computer monitored, so we were out of luck. Definitely disappointed about them playing that game on good customers.

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4.0Dined on September 3, 2014

My sister and I took our mom to Mahe for her 80th birthday celebration. We sat in the back patio area which created the perfect ambiance for the celebration. The waiter was amazing. He totally took care of my mom, making sure the room temperature was perfect and taking photos. Food was excellent. I would definitely recommend this restaurant for special occasions.

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4.0Dined on September 1, 2014

Delicious veggies & brick chicken; okay sea bass, salty edamame.

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4.0Dined on August 30, 2014

Nice outdoor dining within earshot of the duo performing in the bar. Nice sushi menu with lots of other seafood choices. The wine list was decent and not too overpriced. Service was attentive without being annoying. I would definitely go back.

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5.0Dined on August 17, 2014

We were looking for sushi/seafood and because of the ratings decided on Mahe. We sat outside, the sushi was delicious and they had a musical group playing Hawaiian music. People were dancing on the pavement and everyone was having a good time. We would definitely return to this restaurant.

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4.0Dined on September 30, 2012

We have eaten here a few times and it is one of our local favorites now. The emphasis of the menu is on fish and sushi/rolls, but they offer a wider range than that. I ordered the steak last time and it was cooked exactly as I asked for. Veggies were all fresh, the ambiance was nice, and the service was just frequent enough.

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4.0Dined on September 23, 2012

Great food and entertainment from the chefs at the teppan tables.

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5.0Dined on September 17, 2012

It was the perfect spot for us (parents of the Groom) to have dinner with the soon to be bride and groom. We also held the Rehearsal Dinner there a few nights later in the private dining room. The food, service and atmosphere were all perfect!

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5.0Dined on September 3, 2012

Great place for casual dinning with great energy and food.

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4.0Dined on August 17, 2012

The sushi was great !!!!! Very fresh and
Some excellent special rolls. My young son had the crusted mahi
Dinner and finished every bite. Would highly recommend
This resturant and can't wait to try the one in
Seal Beach.

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5.0Dined on August 13, 2012

Best place out of the three restaurants we went to while in Dana Point.

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5.0Dined on August 11, 2012

Wow, what a night! Our waiter Nick was fantastic, really nice young man. His recommendation on a sushi dish was really good. Great outdoor seating.

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4.0Dined on August 11, 2012

The food was excellent.
The service was good, I little more attention would have been better.
Lots of kids inside and out led to some noise (not too bad).
The band in the bar was good.

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4.0Dined on August 4, 2012

Overall, we had a very fun time and the food was good! The rocking shrimp tasted good, but we would have liked it to be more crispy. If they served it on a platter instead of a bowl with the sauce on the side vs. over the shrimp, I think it would stay crispy. Regarding the service, our waiter was very attentive so the good rating vs. very good was not due to him. We have eaten here before and the food takes a while to get out, and because it comes from different chefs (i.e. the kitchen vs. sushi chefs), it doesnt't always come out in a synchronized manner and one person at the table can be left without an entree for a while, when everyone else has gotten theirs. If something could be done to improve upon this, it would be great.

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4.0Dined on July 27, 2012

We like the Happy Hour prices for their selected drinks and appetizers.

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5.0Dined on July 24, 2012

I wanted to share w/ you my recent dining experience at Mahe’s Dana Point Location… It was just last night, (August 24th) and I had made a Table Reservation through Open Table. My reservation was for 7:00pm straight-up, and I had arrived w/ my date just a couple of minutes after 7:00pm and we were seated right away at a very nice table, no problem… Our Waiter took Extremely good care of us throughout the evening, and we had an excellent dining experience there at your establishment !

My date was indeed a First-Timer at Mahe’s, and she was very impressed with everything… She had the Steak & Lobster, & I had the Steak & King Crab Legs. Our Steaks were Cooked to Perfection to our liking, and our drinks were good too. Everything from start t

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2.0Dined on July 23, 2012

We had a party of 10 and all agree we would not go back to Mahe. We ordered 6-7 sushi appetizers and they all tasted the same. While the servers were very nice, the service was terrible. We had dishes spilled on us, we had to ask over and over again for items, and one of our meals didn't even make it to the table. It was served in a To-Go box after the rest of us had finished eating. There's no ambiance to speak of. While located in Dana Point Harbor, the location of this restaurant is far from the marina and for all you know, you could be anywhere. Maybe we were just there on an off night, but we would not recommend this restaurant. For a great meal in Dana Point, try Harbor Grill instead.

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