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StillWater Spirits & Sounds

66 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
Top Tags:
  • Vibrant Bar Scene (83)
  • Great for Outdoor Dining (77)
  • Good for Groups (69)

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StillWater Spirits & Sounds is a Pre-prohibition-themed lounge specializing in locally-sourced cuisine and 1920's to 1940's era drinks.
Located above Dana Point Harbor, StillWater offers patrons a unique dining experience in a relaxed atmosphere.
StillWater is an ideal location to enjoy delicious food from award-winning chef John Cuevas, local entertainment and unique libations in a friendly, customer-centric environment.
With a full-service indoor/outdoor kitchen and bar, state-of-the-art sound system, and expert mixologists, StillWater is the perfect setting for an intimate dinner, corporate dinner, fundraiser or special event for 150+ people.
For more information please visit our website at
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Contemporary American, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service, Gastro Pub
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Hours of operation

Monday - Thursday: 3:p.m.- 11:00pm; Friday: 3 p.m.- 1:00am; Saturday: 10 a.m. - 1 a.m.;Sunday: 10:00am - 10:00pm

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Phone number
(949) 661-6003
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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 John Cuevas
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Private party facilities
With an award-winning Chef, state-of-the-art sound system, and expert mixologists, StillWater is the perfect setting for an intimate dinner, corporate event or fundraiser. Our detail-oriented staff can create the perfect menu, cocktail selections and atmosphere for a variety of budgets.
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Private party contact
Danielle Hooser: (949) 661-6003
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StillWater offers off-site catering to clients whom would like to host a special event at a local park or site in Dana Point.
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Cross street
Golden Lantern
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Parking details
Plenty of parking in the back of StillWater, off Del Prado. There is also street parking.
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From Reggae to Swing to 80's cover bands; StillWater hosts an eclectic mix of bands to please almost every musical preference.
A list of our events can be found on our website at
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Dancing, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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4.1  based on all time ratings
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92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner (Orange County)
4.0  Dined on June 28, 2015

Great drinks, great food and the BEST waiter I have ever had!!!

OpenTable Diner (Orange County)
5.0  Dined on April 18, 2015

Love the bands and dance floor. Need to remodel inside restaurant

Britney (Orange County)
5.0  Dined on February 28, 2015

The manager went above and beyond for my friends who were visiting for our bdays. The menu was varied and the flatbreads and burgers and fries were excellent.
Live band was awesome and the atmosphere very upbeat.

Grayfox (Dallas)
5.0  Dined on January 2, 2015

Being from out of town, didn't know anything about Stillwater's. Now we do. Outstanding customer service from all staff especially Edgar the manager who welcomed us and made us feel appreciated. Outdoor bar area is fantastic and vibrant. Would highly recommend for anyone looking for a great place to relax and enjoy the Cali vibe.

vipNaranja (Orange County)
4.0  Dined on December 10, 2014

The ambiance hasn't changed a lot since it was the Renaissance. But the menu is very limited. The food was okay, but they need to find a specialty and go in one direction.

TerriS (Orange County)
5.0  Dined on November 21, 2014

Stillwater is a fantastic place for everything! Amazing food, great service, and one of the top live music venues in Orange County! There are not many stages set up like this to showcase such great talent. Shawn Jones is incredible if you get a chance to go see him when he's in town definitely go! David is my favorite server there, but all of the servers I've had have been great. Whether you want an inside happening vibe, or a chill by the firepit outside one, Stillwater brings it! Dana Point is lucky to have such a great place in the neighborhood. I hope this venue continues to be such a great success!

Lezliedawn (Orange County)
4.0  Dined on November 21, 2014

I made my reservations specifically because Shawn Jones was playing. And he was excellent. However, I was also impressed by the attentive and friendly service; including the hostess, bus people and our waiter, David Jones. The atmosphere was fun and relaxed. The food was good but, I am being picky now, the portions were not generous. I had a great time and will be back, just keep booking the good bands. Next time, I will order desert.

OpenTable Diner (Orange County)
4.0  Dined on November 1, 2014

Made a reservation for dinner. Arrived on time and was immediately seated and surrounded by empty tables. About half the tables were filled. Lots of wait staff moving in and out of the area constantly... but we were totally ignored.

20 MINUTES later we had to hail someone and ask for service. No one had bothered to even bring water. Once we asked, we got service and the gal was very attentive.

Drinks were very strong. Food was fine. Overlarge portions. MUSICIANS were EXCELLENT and the dancing was fun.

vipamarie (Denver)
3.0  Dined on October 18, 2014

The food was relaly wonderful. The bar/restaurant is supposed to be a pre-prohibition theme, and they do not even come close to it with drinks. I do not recommend having their cocktails. I've had better craft cocktails in SD. This restaurant is trying to catch on the the trend, but just missed the boat and is just a plain old sports bar and grill. Nice try though.

loudnfancy (Orange County)
3.0  Dined on September 29, 2014

The place has a great staff and atmosphere. However, the menu is confusing. The food is good without the goofy extras.

vipGastro (Los Angeles)
3.0  Dined on September 14, 2014

The food and service was very good, but we made the mistake of sitting at the outside bar during a football game. Very noisy from the TV and the crowd. They were having a good time, and the restaurant is definitely made for them, but we just wanted a quiet dinner. The inside dining room was freezing cold; it was beautiful outside ... if we had just not forgotten our noise cancelling headsets.

OpenTable Diner (Orange County)
5.0  Dined on September 10, 2014

Great Ambiance, very good food, yummy drinks and Krista was an amazing waitress!!!! Accommodated our group of 10. Only wish there was live music on Wednesday. A couple of us went back on Thursday and enjoyed the band!!!

bhventura (Orange County)
4.0  Dined on August 2, 2014

I went for Dinner and to see U2 Tribute band U2 Experience. I loved the food - sausage appetizer, Wedge Salad with rib meat (surprisingly very good) and Salmon w/ bbq glaze - all really good. The band was great.

vipMarkNLu0304 (Orange County)
2.0  Dined on July 25, 2014

This place was once an awesome restaurant but they refused to take any ideas from the past.
Now it is a limited ((very) menu with few decent items.
only thing we like is the flat bread pizza...
Music is excellent as they did improve stage and sound but menu needs major work!

OpenTable Diner (Orange County)
5.0  Dined on July 11, 2014

The Reflexx was very entertaining and our server, Trevor, did a great job taking care of our large party.

SoCal (Orange County)
4.0  Dined on July 3, 2014

We enjoyed our food, and really enjoyed the music. Derek and the Day Drinkers were playing. Totally enjoyed. Will go back for sure.

vipReview (Phoenix)
4.0  Dined on June 28, 2014

Enjoyed our meal,service was attentive, will go back

Foodilover (Central Coast)
5.0  Dined on June 6, 2014

Finally a terrific neighborhood eatery. The sausage apps and pizza were delicious. The ambiance was welcoming and fun. Will go back

OpenTable Diner (Orange County)
4.0  Dined on June 5, 2014

After asking our fantastic waiter Dave to explain some intend on the menu we ordered and really enjoyed the food though it was a bit expensive.

Tustinsweethearts (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on May 2, 2014

This was our second visit since the reincarnation of Renaissance into Still Water. We made an Open Table Reservation but the evening was nice and we found an open table on the patio and went for that instead. We split a Wedge salad (topped with short ribs instead of bacon) which was very tasty. Her Cowboy but steak was very good; my chicken was tasty but a little overwhelmed by the grilled Brussels sprouts. Service by Morgan was outstanding again and we had a very leisurely time with dinner after which some friends joined us for drinks and dancing. JD Priest Group was quite versatile and good. My biggest complaint is that the Prime Rib French Dip had been eliminated from the revised menu.

Foodies (Orange County)
5.0  Dined on April 26, 2014

Finally a foodies place in Dana Point!! We had a great time, food is amazing service exceptional. Highly recommend that you try this place...

Drulicious (Los Angeles)
2.0  Dined on April 18, 2014

This was our second time going as a large group (12) and both times the service was very poor. We ordered 2 drinks at a time knowing it would take forever to get one. Food is good. They get good bands to play. They could use fans and crank up the a/c once everyone starts dancing. As a group we decided that we won't go back again no matter what band is playing.

OpenTable Diner (Orange County)
5.0  Dined on April 3, 2014

Was there to see hollywood yates
Was an awesome show with great food
And drinks would definitely recomend
This place to family and friends.

OpenTable Diner (Orange County)
5.0  Dined on March 28, 2014

I was there to see Shawn Jones and was thrilled that the menu has organic chicken! Shawn was brilliant too!!

JenniferKeithfan (Salt Lake City)
5.0  Dined on March 15, 2014

Food and drinks were fantastic. The staff was courteous prompt and cheerful. We asked for seating with a good view of the band and we were seated at the best table in the place. Stillwater did everything possible to make the night a memorable one. We will frequent this establishment every time we visit Dana Point.

Tustinsweethearts (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on March 15, 2014

Stillwater is a makeover of the former Renaissance. Better food, quieter bar, remodeled bar/patio area and better overall ambiance. The 80's cover band was great and the place remains one of the few places in OC where "more mature" folks can rock out and dance like we were kids.

swingkid (Orange County)
5.0  Dined on February 15, 2014

They have live music in the evenings, which is what draws us there. We saw the Jennifer Keith Quintet, and they were great. The food is good, the service is good. It's not a place to go if you want to have a quiet conversation, very energetic bar scene. Make a reservation if you want a table in the evening.

samuel (Las Vegas)
3.0  Dined on February 15, 2014

The food selection on menu looked pretty exotic. So much that the pizza smelled like feet and was not that appetizing. The music did not arrive at the scheduled time that the restaurant had. Instead of starting at 8, the band didn't finish setting up till 915 and we no longer had patience to wait and hear what they had to play.

greyhair21 (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on February 15, 2014

The place is very fun looking in the 20's era decor with all the wait staff dressed in period clothing. It was filled with a very diverse crowd of all ages and some patrons even chose to dress to the period. The outdoor dining looked really nice with plenty of tables, an outdoor bar, and plenty of heating. We decided to dine inside so we could have better view of the stage. The group that was playing our night was comprised of a small jazz band and singer. They were really talented and put on a very professional performance. There was a small area to dance which brought out a lot of swing dancers. The food was very good as well but a little on the pricey side. We really enjoyed our evening out and plan to stop by again.

vipRobi (Las Vegas)
5.0  Dined on February 13, 2014

Enjoyed the prohibition theme, live music and yummy food.