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About Salt Creek Grille - Dana Point

Salt Creek Grille in Dana Point, California offers hearty surf and turf fare in a private and intimate setting. Each menu item is made fresh to order and includes high quality ingredients prepared with respect to the customer. On the menu at Salt Creek Grille, you can enjoy items such as stuffed jumbo shrimp, ahi tuna steak, seafood chowder, goat cheese flatbreads, seared ahi, pulled pork sandwich, Chilean sea bass, grilled baby back ribs, filet mignon, apple pork chops and more.

Pair each hearty dish at Salt Creek Grille with one of the many homemade sides that offer color and flavor alongside each meat and seafood entr�e. Enjoy the mashed potatoes, roasted Brussels sprouts, citrus brown rice, caramelized shallots and the garlic fries for zest.

32802 Pacific Coast Hwy
Dana Point, CA 92629
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
American, Steak, Seafood

Hours of Operation:

Lunch: Saturday: 11:30am - 4:00pm, Sunday: 10:30am - 4:00pm
Dinner: Monday - Friday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Saturday - Sunday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm
Weekend Brunch: Saturday: 11:30am - 2:00pm, Sunday: 10:30am - 2:00pm

Cross Street:
Crown Valley Pkwy

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(949) 661-7799

Website:
http://www.saltcreekgrille.com/

Entertainment:
We feature entertainment four nights a week. Acoustic with vocals Wednesday and Thursday from 6:30pm - 9:30pm, and from 7:30pm - 10:30pm Fridays and Saturdays in our Bar / Lounge area.

Parking Details:
We offer complimentary valet parking, on the far end of the parking lot, there is a separate space to park if the guest does not want to valet.

Executive Chef:
Scott Green

Private Party Facilities:
Salt Creek Grille offers a selection of charming private rooms available for your business or social holiday parties. Enjoy your own, personalized event menus with our famous mesquite grilled cuisine! Relax with our on-site professional event coordinators to execute your event requests with gracious & friendly service. Contact Helen McClaire for inquires and availability (949) 661-7799 ext.123

Private Party Contact:
Helen McClaire: (877) 925-7450

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Salt Creek Grille - Dana Point Ratings and Reviews

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3.9

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4.0

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3.9

value

4.7

Noise

Moderate

91% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (194)
Neighborhood Gem (190)
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Great for Outdoor Dining (161)
Fit for Foodies (136)
Vibrant Bar Scene (135)
Great for Brunch (116)
Romantic (115)
Great for Lunch (96)
Notable Wine List (96)
Hot Spot (81)
Kid-friendly (66)
Scenic View (58)
Late-night Find (25)
Good for Anniversaries (1)
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Bar Seating (1)
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 (Orange County)·Dined on October 9, 2015

My family likes to go to Salt Creek Grille as it is close to my house with terrific food! A great place to take visitors if one doesn't feel like cooking. Fish is always delicious with great sides. The bar is a fun spot for chatting with friends plus there is usually live music at night.

For my daughter's wedding we held her rehearsal luncheon here and also her baby shower the next year. Excellent service and good items to choose from for guests. Plus, you can bring your own cake which I like to do...yes baked by me?? No but you get the idea!

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 (Orange County)·Dined on September 20, 2015

Went here with a good friend and had a nice meal. Our waiter was excellent and his wine recommendation was spot-on. On Sunday's it's 50% off bottles so that's a nice perk.
I had the beef stroganoff - it was good. My friend had a kale & quinoa salad with grilled salmon which was huge and she loved it. The bread was fresh and hot.
I had the butterscotch pudding which was very good and my friend had the sorbet which she also enjoyed.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on September 16, 2015

We were disappointed in waiter's wine recommendation, while 1/2 off by glass only, it turned out to be worth less than that amount. Our meal selection was excellent.

Tags: Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Orange County)·Dined on September 13, 2015

I have been here twice and had great food both times.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Romantic, Scenic View, Special Occasion
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 5, 2015

Awesome brunch place!!! Love this place! Super casual, lovely place- 1/2 way between San Diego & LA- great food, 9$bottomless champagne- awesome craft ipa beer! Connor was an amazing host!! Great advice and perfect service! Can't ask for more! Will be back with my bestie soon!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Kid-friendly, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Orange County)·Dined on August 30, 2015

Must admit, was really looking forward to our brunch. Service was slow, food was average-waiter forgot the soup I ordered. The best part of the meal was the butter cake for dessert, otherwise, this place is overrated and I can't se my self going back.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on August 22, 2015

We used to go here so much in the mid 90s and then the menu changed drastically. I just recently tried it again. It is fine. Nothing noteworthy but for happy hour or a private party on their patio I'm sure it is nice. The wait staff is very friendly. I'm probably too demanding of the menu as I like to see a chef take risks. This is just good normal food.

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 (Orange County)·Dined on August 21, 2015

Requested outdoor seating due to hearing issues of one person in party...realize that can only be confirmed on arrival....UNLESS you already know that the outdoor venue is sold already for a wedding reception...could have been advised of same...but was not...and it is an EXTREMELY NOISY restaurant for those even with good hearing!

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on August 18, 2015

The Salmon steak stuffed with crab was quite nice and not overcooked. While the food was not particularly creative, it was well executed and good quality. Like most restaurants in the area it is informal and noisy. The sides were good except the green beans that were rather leathery.

The wait staff was attentive and helpful.

The restaurant is fairly large and has a steak house character.

The wine list has many good wines at reasonable prices.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on August 7, 2015

We picked this as it was close to or hotel. Based on TA, a picture looked like it had a scenic view. The ambiance was fine, but as someone on vacation, i would have rather gone somewhere in downtown Laguna. The food was good, we shared stuffed shrimp and the ribs (which was a huge serving). While the food was good and the service outstanding, I felt like I was at a local chain restaurant.

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 (Orange County)·Dined on August 7, 2015

As it was a birthday celebration, we were very disappointed with the meal. The lobster bisque was tasteless as was the filet mignon. All in all not worth a second visit.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on July 30, 2015

Great food, friendly service and nice atmosphere. Perfect for a special occasion or a nice family dinner.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Kid-friendly, Late-night Find, Special Occasion
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on July 24, 2015

We frequent this restaurant @ 2x/month, but will be thinking twice in the future. We waited 25 minutes for our reservation, the music from an outdoor wedding (we were inside) was so loud that we could not hear enough to have a conversation and our waitress broke the cork in our $65 bottle of wine that we brought from home and still charged the $15 corkage fee. With all that went wrong, we never heard from the manager because he was too occupied spending most of his time with one particular table that he apparently knew well. He was at their table for the majority of the time we were there. Not a good experience, however the food is always consistently good.

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 (Orange County)·Dined on July 24, 2015

Our entrees were absolutely delicious, and our service was quite good. This is a consistently wonderful dining experience, however we come here much less often because of the forced parking situation. Not everyone wants to valet park. We prefer to park ourselves. What I don't understand is why they block off the entire front part of the parking lot for valet and make their customers who choose to park themselves have to walk so far? It seems like poor judgement to me for a business establishment that is supposed to be so customers oriented. Other than that, we do enjoy this restaurant.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on July 24, 2015

From the happy hour to the desert, Great. Had the best ribs and seafood chowder ever. Sea bass, excellent. Manager was the best.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on July 22, 2015

We liked everything about Salt Creek! The menu has something for everyone in our family (vegetarian included) and we love the ambience. Service was superb too.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Orange County)·Dined on July 18, 2015

Salt Creek Grille is always consistent! Service is great, food is great, quality of food is great! Nothing but great things to say about Salt Creek Grille!

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Orange County)·Dined on July 17, 2015

I have now been to Salt Creek twice. Once we went for a special event and recently I went there for dinner. The food was amazing. We had a coffee encrusted New York steak with a caramel bourbon sauce and later a chocolate soufflé. Both were delish!!! Food during our brunch was also notable. I can't wait to go back.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (San Diego)·Dined on July 17, 2015

We were there on a Friday night. The service was excellent but it was very noisy. The food was excellent and I recommend the butter cake,if you have room for dessert.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on July 9, 2015

We have booked the private room for my husband's office parties a few times. The food is always fabulous and the service excellent. Met a visiting friend for dinner the other night and sat outside. The regular indoor tables are nothing special but the outside is absolutely lovely. Cute cabana type seating on the perimeter and ambient small tables near the fire in the middle. Really enjoyed everything about it. No matter where you sit the food will be great but I definitely recommend sitting outside.

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 (Orange County)·Dined on July 7, 2015

We were pleasantly surprised by the nice ambience, incredible service and delicious food we received when dining last week. I highly recommend Salt Creek Grille. We live nearby, and we definitely will be going back to enjoy another evening there.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Antonio)·Dined on July 4, 2015

Dining on the patio was wonderful. We highly recommend starting with the lobster bisque and following up with the New York strip.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Diego)·Dined on July 4, 2015

We enjoyed a wonderful meal outside on the 4th of July! We had not dined at the Grille in years and were pleasantly surprised with the menue, food and service. Our table was under one of the outdoor cabanas and with the lights, lanterns and warmers all around it was just charming. Service was spectacular and the food was wonderful! The manager made time to visit our table and chat which is always a good sign of a well run restaurant. We can not wait to return!

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic
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 (Orange County)·Dined on July 3, 2015

The local Halibut was a special last evening not on the menu ... but it certainly deserves to be as the preparation and presentation with rice pilaf and beans was excellent.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List
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 (Orange County)·Dined on June 27, 2015

This was our first experience at Salt Creek Grill and we started out with (Moscow Mules) and they were delicious ! Our awesome waitress. (I believe Tiffany) suggested the flat bread with tomatoes, cheese , arugula and my husband saw the homemade chips so we got those as well. Both were fan fantastic, the homemade onion dip I could have spread over everything 😁. Now is when I wished I stopped. I ordered the BBQ chicken salad and truly it was horrible, the flavor of the dressing, the strangely added apples, feta or Gorgonzola cheese, baby greens as well as romaine .... The flavors just all tasted weird together. In their defense I'm sure all those oddly added items to a BBQ salad were listed and I stopped reading after, chicken, romaine, avocado, corn and tortilla strips ! My husband had the Steak Fritte and by the look of his empty plate her enjoyed that. Would definitely give it another go even for the appetizers and drinks as they were fabulous !

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (Orange County)·Dined on June 27, 2015

nothing to rave about. Wild fish in newport is a lot better for good fish dishes.

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 (Orange County)·Dined on June 27, 2015

Our visit to Salt Creek was superb from the moment we walked through the door! The hostess station was pleasant and accommodating. Our waitress was very friendly and attentive from the moment she introduced herself, and throughout our entire meal. Food was excellent!! We had the NY Steak and the Baby Back Ribs. Large portions of both the main dish and the side dishes as well that came with our meals. Everything cooked as ordered and tasted delicious!! Couldn't have asked for a better meal or service! Great ambiance as well!!! This restaurant definitely puts in the extra effort to make sure their
customers are happy and comfortable.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Hot Spot, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Scenic View, Special Occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Orange County)·Dined on June 20, 2015

Friendly service, reliable food, best ribs!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 19, 2015

Arrived 45 Minutes Early before Our Dinner Reservation. I checked in with the Hostess and Advised her of Our Celebrtion and we would be in the Bar.

Upon Being Seated we were set in a small both for 4. We wanted the larger nicer booth on the next level, Replied Oh that if for a Reservation! I had a Reservation, Oh but that is for a Party of 5. The booth next to that one had 3 Adults and one small Child!! Oh Someone did not show up for that party.

I have beenn coming here for a long time, was Very Upset with the Young Ladies at the Hostess Desk!
Very Rude. Had no View, by the Front Door. I was so Disappointed!

The Only Good Thing was the Wonderful Watress! Service was Excellent!

Will not be going there Again, especially for a Wedding Anniversary Celebration with a Party of 4!

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on June 13, 2015

Disappointing compared to previous visits. My tuna sandwich was not prepared well-roll seemed to just come out of the freezer and our server was not very attentive or polished.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Notable Wine List
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on June 12, 2015

This is a great meeting (half-way!) place for friends who live north of us. We love the service and the food here and we never leave disappointed! Our meal the other evening was served by an exceptional server who treated us splendidly and we left the place full and content! Always a pleasure to dine here!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Orange County)·Dined on June 10, 2015

Service and attentiveness were very good... Made for a very enjoyable time.

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 (Orange County)·Dined on June 7, 2015

We enjoy coming here every couple of months; the food is consistently good, & the staff is always extra nice.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on May 25, 2015

Our server was fantastic! The chips and onion dip were to die for, and they accommodated our request for veggies instead of potatoes. It was half price on the bottle of wine night too. We were told the souffle was going to take an hour because they needed to make more; however, our server came up with one in about 30 minutes! Kudos for the great customer service!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch
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 (Orange County)·Dined on May 8, 2015

Great flavorful food in a casual environment. Service and great and we love sitting out by the fire with drinks.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on April 24, 2015

solid local spot with very good menu items. Quite reliable.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Kid-friendly
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 (Orange County)·Dined on April 24, 2015

The location and ambiance of this location lures you in to what you think will be an excellent experience. The quality of food and wine we had was to be expected at a $40-$50 dinner restaurant, not well over $100.

If you want to spend the $40-$50 go to the Cheesecake Factory, it is better. If you want to spend over $100.00 go to Bayside or Harbor Grill to have food that is worth it.

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 (Orange County)·Dined on April 19, 2015

They changed the recipe for their signature dish- the pork chop. Not a fan of what tasted like flavorless boiled meat and overly sweet apple sauce poured all over it. Where did the 'grill' part go? Although not crowded and good service the food was pretty mediocre.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on April 6, 2015

I took my grandparents here for their anniversary, and the ambiance was very nice but the food was subpar. The calamari wasn't fully cooked so the breading fell off when barely touching it. The "garlic" bread was not garlic bread but just a regular baguette with a light smear to one side of garlic butter. My grandparents had a wonderful time which is all that matters, but the price was not compatible with the food. I also ordered something quite simple, a hamburger and asked for no mayo and to be cooked well done. It was not cooked well done and there was a plethora of mayonnaise on there. For such big prices you would think the ability to pay attention to ones order would be in effect. I would visit this restaurant again, but most likely only for appetizers and a quick drink.

Tags: Good for Groups
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 (San Diego)·Dined on April 5, 2015

I've lived in Dana Point for years and was always told that this place was overrated. It is upscale, valet parking, high price wine list... But the service was excellent, the staff accommodating, and the food was top shelf. Portions excellent (if you can eat one entire at a sitting you were really hungry). I'll be back. So will my date

Tags: Romantic, Scenic View, Special Occasion
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