Whitestone Restaurant & Bar

4.4
285 Reviews
$31 to $50
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.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
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OPRO
Orange County
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, ambiance and food... Oh and the cocktail menu!!! We each had a different entree - Lamb (huge portion), scallops and prosciutto, special hamburger (a bit overcooked) and the birdseed salad. All wonderful. Very enjoyable evening, we will be back.

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LocalBusinessGuy
Los Angeles
17 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

On a lark decided to try this restaurant. Soooo glad we did. Warmly welcomed by the hostess and manager. A very solid wine list... not over the top like some restaurants. Enjoyed a house salad to share for three. Followed by exceptional main courses. We had the salmon, the sea bass, and lamb. Very good proportions. Outstanding preparation, presentation and flavor. And accompanied with sides. Service was spot on. Will definitely be back. Found a new favorite in Dana Point.

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MARYM
Hawaii
15 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, service and ambiance. We’ll be back

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RobertS
New England
21 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous meal and ambiance. The waiter was quite friendly with a good sense of humor. We were not rushed through our meal at all. Everyone had a great time.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall2food5service1ambience3

Reservation was at 6:30. It wasn’t until after 7 pm that anyone even came to our table. We didn’t have a designated server. It seemed like maybe the manager may have been the one coming to our table? If so, he was completely out of it, talked so low we could barely hear him, and was not attentive to our table at all throughout the evening. There was no one around to even ask for help. Service was unbelievably awful to the point that we would never come back here. But I will say that the food was excellent. At least it had that going for it. We came on a Thursday when it was not busy at all, so I really hope this place has more staff for the busier weekend hours. Otherwise this place is one big yikes.

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KelseyM
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Food was amazing, very high quality for the price point. Bartender went out of his way to go across the street to Bevmo just to get the ingredients to make me an appletini! Would absolutely recommend and will be going again.

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Denise
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Excellent service. We will be back!

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Your staff of hostesses waiters bus boys and chef are very friendly and are truly happy to serve you‼️
They pay attention to detail and the restaurant is very clean.
Thank you.

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vipZydecoEd
Orange County
34 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our party of four came early, got a nice table outside and had excellent service. We enjoyed our appetizers, main dishes and dessert. Although they ran out of sparkling water, we were able to enjoy everything else. Did they rush us in clearing the table and moving us out - well, yes.

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MlbLvr6
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great menu and the bartender was really good and offered great suggestions for food.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Palm Springs
16 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything about this place was exceptional: exceptional service, food and atmosphere.

They pay attention to the details! We cannot wait to go back.

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WallyNik
Orange County
9 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The fish and chips are amazing and enough for two meals. They graciously modified my wife's meal to account for her food allergy.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
18 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience3

My husband and I decided to try this place again. The first time was pre-pandemic. The food and service was ok. This time the service was slow, but we knew they were short staff and we were in no hurry. However, our server did forgot our order, but he was managing a lot of tables. When we did receive our orders the food was really good. Not sure if we will be back since there are some many choices, but I glad we did try it again.

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vipRGeenie
Orange County
19 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience3

This is the second time in two months that we have gone there. It seems that there is only one gentleman taking all the orders while there are many servers. The food was fine, not great. I expected more. It took forever to get attention to get our check. Probably will not go back.

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PatrickK
Atlanta
4 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Fantastic place! Sat at the bar. Great bartender. Amazing appetizers and entrees. Limited wine list, but good selections.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic service & food. Highly recommend

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vipOpenTable Diner
Dallas
9 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience3

This is not the same Whitestone as it once was. The food (and menu) are nothing special. The menu has changed from an upscale restaurant to more “fancy” pub fare. My wife and I visited for Happy Hour. She ordered sangria that was decent and I ordered a mezcal old fashioned (also decent). The food was just okay. Our server was the GM. At first, he was a bit too attentive. At the end, not so much (it was difficult to get a check, and the restaurant maybe had 6 other patrons). After paying, I discovered that the sangria (supposedly on happy hour) was charged full price. GM first argued me that it wasn’t, then offered to redo the check. I said keep the $8.
While he said he would pay for our next three drinks when we come back, I seriously doubt we will.

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vipcarolep
Austin
21 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and atmosphere. Massimo, the gist, was charming and attentive. Highly recommend!

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vipfoodfan6
Orange County
12 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

White Stone is a culinary treasure in the middle of Dana Point. We have never had a bad meal here and we love the seasonal changes that keep their menu current and intriguing. This has become our favorite OC restaurant.

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vipRose
Los Angeles
13 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

We believe Whitestone has the most innovative chef (outside the 5 star hotels) in Dana Point. The food has been excellent the five times we have eaten at Whitestone.

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vipThereseD
Orange County
16 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience4

Food was not very good. Filet was dry and veggies burned. Very disappointing for $250!

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DebbieP
Orange County
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The manager is funny and kind and gave us lots of time to chat. Sophie always made sure we had lots of water!

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vipAnon
Orange County
9 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall2food4service1ambience2

Avoid this place. Food was OK but service was terrible. We waited a long time for our server to show up. No menus, no water, nothing. We were about ready to leave when our server showed up. No excuse for this kind of service.

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vipChefBene
Los Angeles
38 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Barely Mediocre.

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vipmarchefan
Los Angeles
125 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tasty spinach salad. Good wine list. Succulent duck and moist scallops. Excellent service. Dana Point’s best kept dining secret ! Nothing in/near the harbor that comes close.

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vipmike
Orange County
25 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

My wife and I had a great evening that white stone. SERVICE is friendly, and the manager on duty, Massimo he is as always an excellent host and reason enough to come back. They revised the menu with some excellent choices. We will return.

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vipDiscerningDiner
Orange County
349 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Restaurant was elegant and on point. The dish I ordered was unexpectedly different from what I thought it was going to be, I guess a little creative license on a tried and true favorite, while I would have preferred the traditional version more than the dish I got it was interesting and flavorful. The service was outstanding. I would recommend and would return.

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Whitestone is consistently excellent! Food is always high quality with impressive presentations. I’m not one of those who takes pictures of their dining experiences to then share on social media, but if I was, this would be the place!!!

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vipsunsetdiner
Orange County
21 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time eating here, excellent selection of appetizers and entrees. We sat in a 4 person booth which was perfect for catching up with friends

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vipOpenTable Diner
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall2food1service5ambience5

My meal and my friends meal wasn’t good.

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vipCoastalK
Los Angeles
24 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall4food4service1ambience4

Great local spot.

Understaffed, so we waited an unusually long time for our order to be taken, for a server to appear at all, for the check, and everything in between.

When we did see then, service was warm and welcoming.

Food was mostly very good. Tuna crudo appetizer was the only miss… fish was tough and chewy.

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carolynk
Orange County
7 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Another great meal at our new favorite local restaurant. Sat outside and enjoyed the evening. Food was excellent. Had the scallops for dinner and the cheese plate for appetizer. Yummy! Trevor was our waiter, and just as attentive and professional as last time. We will be back!

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Ashley
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very attentive. Helped celebrate my close friend's Birthday.
We had a really good night. Thank you for being apart of the celebrations and making her feel special.

GA
vipGaryA
Palm Springs
11 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

We were looking for a place we could meet our friends. They were coming from Laguna and we were driving from North County San Diego. We found this wonderful gem in Dana Point and loved it! Everyone raved about their entrees - lobster ravioli, lamb ragu pasta, carbonara, and the evening special pasta which included tips of filet and lovely spring veggies. We will definitely return!

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JEFFREYH
San Diego
10 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service. Glad to have found this incredible restaurant in Dana Point. Excellent drinks. Salmon was perfectly cooked. Will return.

MM
vipMarkM
Las Vegas
6 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall3food5service2ambience3

Food here is much better than the service, which is slow and inattentive. We never knew exactly who are waiter was, and getting the services' attention was like pulling teeth. We ordered cocktails, but we had to remind the waiter to bring them to us AFTER our starters were served. Cocktails should always come prior.
That being said, some of our food was delicious ( a Northern Italian pasta dish), but the scallop dish was a letdown. Dessert was good. Not good enough to endure the poor service here for a repeat though.

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viptomm
Orange County
9 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

This is our second time back since the newest team took over. If you haven't been since the new team took over you owe yourself a visit. Everything is better. Great food, wine list, bartender.
Their homemade pasta is outstanding. This time I repeated the caeser salad, we shared the yellowtail crudo and I had the duck paired with a pinot. It was cooked to perfection!

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vippyrifera
San Diego
35 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food and cocktails were interesting and delightful; service was great too.

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DrCZ
Orange County
21 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Had the Caesar salad followed by the lamb ragu…food was delicious. Our server, Austin, was attentive and kind. Atmosphere is great. A little expensive overall but we’d go back.

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HowardR
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall3food2service2ambience4

Limited menu at high prices. Service was fair... Took 10 minutes to get a glass of water.

FAQs

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

Whitestone Restaurant & Bar is rated 4.4 stars by 285 OpenTable diners.

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.