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Whitestone Restaurant & Bar, Dana Point, CA

Whitestone Restaurant & Bar

4.6
4.6
339 Reviews
$30 and under
Contemporary American
whitestone restaurant is located along the iconic pacific coast highway in the coastal town of dana point, ca. Our restaurant is hospitality-driven while serving modern, yet approachable dishes from acclaimed chef, Anthony Celeste. handcrafted cocktails & a curated wine list with some of the most sought-after wines from around the world, accompany our seasonally inspired dishes. rich wood finishes and beautiful chandeliers adorn our expansive dining room, a stone's throw away from the pacific ocean.

We are committed to curating healthy, sustainable, locally grown & sourced produce in exciting and fun ways.

We look forward to welcoming you to our restaurant.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 8 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Elegant Dining

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American, American, Seafood

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sun 10:30 am–3:00 pm Happy Hour Tue–Fri 4:00 pm–6:30 pm Dinner Tue–Thu, Sun 4:30 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:30 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (949) 489-8911

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Tony Celeste

  • Private party facilities

    Contact us for you next banquet, special event and Chefs Table reservation.

  • Neighborhood

    Dana Point / Monarch Beach

  • Cross street

    Between Copper Lantern and Golden Lantern

  • Parking details

    Main parking is behind the building. Front entrance is accessible from there as well.Some parking also on PCH in front of building.Entrance in not accessible from PCH.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Dog Friendly, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 339 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Orange County

    Contemporary American

  • South Orange County

    Contemporary American

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  1. D

    Danvillediner

    Orange County

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food and service were excellent. Can’t wait to go back!
  2. RS

    RolandS

    Las Vegas

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    From the hostess to the bus boys to manager Massimo everyone was very attentive they were short of staff but you would not have known it because of the amount of wonderful service we receive. The food was excellent and we loved the mushroom raviolis.
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Incredibly good. GREATEST STAFF EVER! Thank you Massimo, Melissa, Leo and “Badman” for a truly exquisite evening.
  4. CM

    ChrisM

    Cleveland

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Whitestone is our absolute favorite! Mossimo and the staff are amazing. The food is top notch. You can’t beat this place!
  5. P

    Paul

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall2food4service1ambience3
    Took 20 minutes for a waiter to take our order while the owner (or someone who works there) and his wife were provided service immediately. Massive turn off. It's too bad because the food is good but the service was terrible
  6. WL

    WarrenL

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This restaurant is a gem!!! Service, food and ambiance are excellent. Everything - from the flowers on the table to the presentation of each dish - has been given loving thought and attention. My wife and I were thrilled.
  7. DC

    DCPKobeFan

    Orange County

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 23, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Birthday dinner for my wife. Had been here when it was Two Left Forks and wanted to try the new owner/chef/management team. Ordered the Grilled Shrimp appetizer. Nicely spicy and a great beer sauce. Wife had the Lobster Ravioli and I had the Scallops and Prosciutto. Good amount of lobster meat with the ravioli and nicely done pasta. Scallops were perfect and the succotash was very good. Prosciutto was a little chewy - could have gone a few more seconds in the fryer to give it that extra crunch. Asparagus purée was good but needed a touch more acid to bump it up. Had the Butter Cake for dessert. It was as a little dry/over baked but still tasty. Not as buttery as I had expected. Service was attentive but not rushed. Wine list was somewhat limited but provided quality options. Overall a very good evening. Will probably be back again in the future.
  8. JW

    JohnW

    Los Angeles

    18 reviews

    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent sea food and very attentive service. On the pricier side, but worth it.
  9. CM

    ChefMagazineEditor

    Orange County

    48 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    48 reviews

    Dined on June 3, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience4
    Mom’s dish came out with a mountain of cheese on top, which was not mentioned on the menu or else she would have ordered it with no cheese, since she can’t eat cheese. Rather than asking the kitchen to redo the dish, she traded with someone else at our table, which meant neither of them got to eat what they really wanted. And my burger, which I ordered medium rare, came out raw throughout. They re-cooked it a little bit, but it was still partially raw when it came out the second time. While the server and manager (owner?) were apologetic, they did not offer any discount off the bill or free dessert or any accommodation for our unpleasant dining experience. We will never go there again. There are too many good restaurants in the area!
  10. SJ

    SteveJ

    Los Angeles

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on May 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Top shelf dining in every way. Excellent service and diverse menu that has something for everyone.
  11. RP

    RichardP

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service and food in an upscale restaurant. We sat on the heated patio which was very comfortable. The salmon with mole sauce was a winner.
  12. P

    Philly

    Orange County

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Optional dining areas give you flexibility; patio, bar or quieter inside dining provide you with nice choices.
  13. NF

    NapFoodie

    San Francisco

    23 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall3food5service3ambience4
    Whitestone had been a favorite of ours in the past for brunch and dinner. We scheduled for a Saturday night - prime time - and service was a bit challenged to say the least. Still the food was amazing - blackened baba ganoush was incredible as always. We ordered the lamb and the bougie Mac and Cheese. There is a great wine list available and we chose a lovely bottle of Amarone. There was a 20 minute delay before anyone greeted us and another 10 before we were asked for our drink order. We can see that prices have increased considerably- each entree was $48. Service was lacking - not much follow-up. It got so late that we lost our appetite and so we asked for more than half of the lamb to be wrapped up to go and found it was missing from our bag when we arrived home. Like many businesses they appeared very short staffed. There were times in last couple of years that we were some of the only diners there and we were happy to support. Would love to continue to support these kinds of neighborhood restaurants this last visit does not inspire us to return any time soon.
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Incredible meal, sevice and ambiance.
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic quality and great service. Love it here!
  16. KN

    KayN

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    vip
    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 9, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Ask for a table with a window view. We were seated in a rather cramped space with no outside view while many tables were available. I guess they saved the better views for the 6pm seating vs the 5pm seating or perhaps those people reserved before I did (several days ahead).
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent menu and the food was outstanding! Great wine selection, lovey table covers and outstanding service. Can’t wait to go back!
  18. v

    vincentverduzco

    Orange County

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    I was looking for a nice place to take my mom and family for Mother’s Day and we decided to try Whitestone. I booked a table for 7 in advance and we were seated within minutes of walking in into a basically a private room which felt extra special. The lighting was bright enough to see each other but not too bright. The noise level was great not too loud but not quiet. I do wish there would’ve been music playing in our sitting room (although I didn’t ask). The cocktails were amazing, the food was on par with the price, and very good. Portions weren’t huge but just the right size. Our waiter was attentive but could’ve been a bit more talkative and helpful answering our questions as first timers. Overall happy with our experience, will recommend to others as an affordable upscale option for fine dining.
  19. BJ

    BJinSJ

    Orange County

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, the entrees were incredible and the desserts absolutely delicious (especially the cheesecake). Very relaxing comfortable environment, just a great experience. Everyone was great, took care of whatever we needed. Looking forward to the next visit....very soon.
  20. M

    Mike

    San Francisco

    73 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    73 reviews

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had such a lovely time at this restaurant. They didn’t rush us through. They took their time for different courses because they could tell we wanted to visit for awhile. We hadn’t seen my family since before Covid. This was our first get together. It ended up being such a special night with incredible food. Definitely coming back!
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was great. Service was great too. Will definitely be back
  22. F

    Foodieopinion

    Los Angeles

    28 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on May 1, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Good food in a local restaurant. Like many places in Orange County, however, this is a place where you might like to dress a little nicer than a T-shirt or where the kids might wear something other than shorts. It is a higher end restaurant that should have a dress code. While I am not a proponent of formality every night at dinner, this is, and should be sure it maintains itself, as a place to dress nicely casual and feel the environment.
  23. CC

    CherylC

    Orange County

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on May 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great time to celebrate my birthday
  24. HL

    HarryL

    Los Angeles

    23 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on April 29, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    This restaurant is a successor to Two Left Forks which was a restaurant we loved dining at when in Dana Point. The food was excellent starting with the grilled octopus appetizer through the Affagato for dessert. Each entree was perfectly cooked and seasoned. Our group enjoyed the succulent Maple Leaf Duck, the Branzino special and well prepared Bone-in Rib-eye. The staff was engaging. The only reason why we didn’t give this a 5 star rating was because the service was slow and not s attentive as we would have appreciated. We I’ll not hesitate to return or refer this restaurant to our family and friends.
  25. R

    Rose

    Los Angeles

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on April 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fine food and environment.
  26. LL

    LeanneL

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We dine here fairly often & have never had an off experience. Cocktails are just right & food is excellent. Staff is friendly & attentive. A great place
  27. RG

    RenateG

    Orange County

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 15, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Grilled octopus was probably the best I've ever had! The babaganoush had no flavor of actual eggplant but the pita and accruements were delish! The grilled artichoke was fantastic. The big disappointment was the lobster ravioli. They served it with beautiful pieces of lobster along with the ravioli stuffed with minced lobster and the ravioli itself was very good but the 2 pieces of lobster I attempted to eat were so chewy I couldn't eat them. The General Manager (I believe he was the GM) was delightful, warm, engaging and he ended up waiting on us after our server took our drink order, brought us our drink and then the server disappeared. Maybe they were short staffed so GM stepped in, which was fine. For 3 appetizers, 1 entrée, 3 cocktails our bill was $147, not including tip. Ambience is nice (very similar to the old Two Left Forks) and I really appreciated that it was not noisy. But with that said, it was not very busy either. We arrived at 5:30 PM and left at 9 PM. Whitestone was thoughtful and generous with a special complimentary dessert for a birthday celebration. We appreciated it very much. I understand they have Happy Hour but ONLY if you sit at the bar, so keep that in mind if you want Happy Hour items and prices. Overall, 4+ stars.
  28. R

    Rose

    Los Angeles

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on April 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The salmon mole is an inspired entry—keep it on the menu.
  29. b

    barryn

    Orange County

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on April 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We ordered the Scallops as an app to share with 4 ppl and delicious- perfect cook! Lamb amazing- as was the Filet, Short Ribs, and Lobster rav. Wine list nice too, maybe a few more value picks?
  30. DH

    DavidH

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 2, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience3
    My wife and I invited another couple along and we all had a very enjoyable evening. I had an Old Fashioned from the bar that was well made. My wife had one of the house specialty cocktails and the happily accommodated her request for gin rather than Vodka. The food was creative and delicious. I would highly recommend Whitestone for a nice dinner out.
  31. d

    damionh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service and food! We'll definitely go back again.
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was excellent!
  33. BM

    BrettM

    Orange County

    34 reviews

    5.0

    34 reviews

    Dined on March 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    great wine selection and the octopus was delicious
  34. EB

    ErikaB

    San Diego

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on March 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had the filet and the 90 day burger!! Both were amazing!! Service was excellent. Crème brûlée was delicious as well as the butter cake. We will definitely be back. Great atmosphere
  35. LU

    LUISR

    Charleston

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on March 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It’s a bit pricey but the food is EXCELLENT! The scallops and crispy prosciutto were fabulous. The mole salmon was great too. Massimo is the manager and he is AWESOME! Just knows how to take care of his guests. Rodrigo was our super helpful server, just a delight to talk to. We’ll come back for sure!
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on March 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    This is one of my favorite restaurants! The service is impeccable and they treat you like family. The food is always so flavorful and good. We had a family dinner there recently and everything we ordered was so good; I highly recommend the Octopus, blackened lamb chops and cheesecake. They put a lot of love into their food and it shows. We’re regulars!
  37. SS

    SuzanneS

    Columbus

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 10, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Loved the ambiance, selection of music (smooth jazz) and service.
  38. LL

    LeanneL

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had the short rib & salmon. Both were excellent, as were the cocktails
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The Chilean Sea Bass was cooked to perfection. Flaky and moist with a delicious sauce. The grilled chicken was also very delicious and came with a large potion that satisfied my husband. Overall, the service was top-notch and we will definitely return. Highly recommended.
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    8 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on February 13, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience4
    Forced valentine menu unknowing. Overcooked filet. Desserts took 45 minutes to come out.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

Whitestone Restaurant & Bar offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (949) 489-8911.

Whitestone Restaurant & Bar is rated 4.6 stars by 339 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 8 times today
Google Map for Whitestone Restaurant & Bar

34212 Pacific Coast Hwy, Dana Point, CA 92629-3836

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Between Copper Lantern and Golden Lantern

  • Neighborhood

    Dana Point / Monarch Beach

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sun 10:30 am–3:00 pm Happy Hour Tue–Fri 4:00 pm–6:30 pm Dinner Tue–Thu, Sun 4:30 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:30 pm–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American, American, Seafood

  • Dining style

    Elegant Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Main parking is behind the building. Front entrance is accessible from there as well.Some parking also on PCH in front of building.Entrance in not accessible from PCH.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Tony Celeste

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Dog Friendly, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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