Whitestone Restaurant & Bar

4.6
298 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.

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

Featured specials

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Valentine's Day Special Menus & More

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Starting Feb 14, 2022

Pre-fixed menu featuring our most popular dishes, with your choice of appetizer, salad, entree and a dessert to share with that someone special. Wine pairings are also available.

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JenniferK
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I brought two of my co-workers that live in other states for dinner last night. The overall experience was excellent. The service, food and ambience were all superior.
We had a very relaxing evening and will return in the future.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing Burger!!! The end… it was great.

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BrianD
Orange County
1 review
Dined on January 7, 2022
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The food was excellent. Nicely prepared and presented. The wine list was extensive and reasonable. My wife had the Duck and I had the Lobster Ravioli. The ambience was good. The restaurant was very clean.
The only negative was were sitting next to the kitchen, a bit noisy.
Thanks for great food!

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vipChrisR
San Francisco
27 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2022
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The wait staff and owner were very responsive and friendly. Worth checking this place out.

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vipPeterS
Birmingham
16 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good was excellent. Wine list is really good. Recommend the Italian Amarone. Filet and Lamb was perfect. Really a nice place to dine.

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Mitch
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding service, that made us feel very special!
The drinks were amazing, and the food was great. We will be back as soon as we are back in town!

TG
vipTheGrandPooBaa
Orange County
26 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

There are many fine ding options in southern California but we have never had better food than the selections we have tried in multiple visits to Whitestone. As good yes, as we've been to many well known places from. But better, no.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

New Years Eve absolutely fantastic the food, the service, the ambience all of it!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Palm Springs
17 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Stellar experience again.
Delicious food.
Incredible service.
Beautiful atmosphere.
Whitestone has become a new favorite.

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Yankel
San Francisco
45 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience4

Whitestone makes an admirable effort to address holiday and Covid issues with attentive service and limited but varied menu. The entrees are good but don't quite seem to make the mark.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience3

Where do I begin. I’m the daughter of a restaurateur and was a server for many years, so I give more benefit of the doubt than the average patron… but this was just terrible.

We were sat outside on the “heated” patio but our table was far from heaters and freezing.

Server came up a minute after we were sat to take our drink order. That was fine, but we needed more time. She was in the weeds and we didn’t see her for another 20 mins.

My husband ordered everything at once bc we were with our toddler and on borrowed time. No exaggeration, nearly AN HOUR passed after we had been seated before our drinks and appetizer came out. We had set a time limit before we left and they arrived with a minute to spare. Excuses like the bar being behind but not apologetic or making it right. They comped the appetizer and gave us free bread (am I supposed to be impressed by that?) but the app was terrible and we barely even ate it. Smoked trout, was extremely salty.

Entrees came out minutes later, right after we got the appetizer. It wasn’t great. Scallops were fishy and the gnocchi was trash. Sooooo much lemon it was inedible.

Also worth noting we didn’t have place settings and when we asked, they came out piecemeal and we had to keep asking for things.

We had gotten takeout from here before and it was good, so maybe they had a bad night. Either way, I won’t be frequenting this place again.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I can’t say enough the hospitality that we received was amazing! Quality food , service , and drinks. They do a very great job working together and chef greeted us when we left! Thank you!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic service and meal

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OPRO
Orange County
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2021
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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vipMARYM
Hawaii
17 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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RobertS
New England
22 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
36 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
18 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
21 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
24 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
14 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
10 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
41 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Barely Mediocre.

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vipmarchefan
Los Angeles
126 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
352 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.

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 298 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.