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Harbor Grill

4.7
4.7
2600 Reviews
$30 and under
Seafood
Since 1984 proprietors John, Wanda and Keegan Hicks have welcomed guests and taken special pride in the sincere, friendly attitude of the staff and quality of the food.
Located in the heart of beautiful Dana Point Marina, midway between Los Angeles and San Diego, the award-winning Harbor Grill Restaurant has enjoyed a reputation for the freshness and variety of its seafood and the warmth of its atmosphere.
Serving lunch, dinner and Sunday breakfast, The Harbor Grill features Certified Angus Beef as well as a daily selection of fresh seafood cooked in delicious inventive styles, including Southwestern, Pacific Rim, Caribbean, Cajun and Mediterranean.
With its reasonably priced menu, premium cocktails, and extensive wine list, The Harbor Grill has become a favorite with locals and a popular destination for visitors who are made to feel like "regulars" on their first visit.

Permanently Closed

This restaurant is permanently closed.

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Seafood, Steak, Creole / Cajun / Southern

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Mon–Sat 11:30 am–4:30 pm Sun 10:00 am–4:30 pm Brunch Sun 10:00 am–2:00 pm Dinner Daily 4:30 pm–9:30 pm

  • Phone number

    (949) 240-1416

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Angel Fabian

  • Catering

    No catering outside of the restaurant

  • Private party facilities

    Limited bookings for private parties. Please call restaurant for details. 949-240-1416

  • Private party contact

    lisbeth@harborgrill.com: (949) 240-1416

  • Neighborhood

    Dana Point / Monarch Beach

  • Cross street

    Dana Point Harbor Drive

  • Parking details

    Valet Parking on Friday nights. Self parking available in parking lot adjacent to our restaurant.

  • Public transit

    OCTA bus stop at Golden Lantern and Dana Point Harbor Drive

  • Entertainment

    Every evening for your listening and dining enjoyment, our pianist performs classic American and international favorites.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 2,600 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.5Value

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  1. TA

    TammyA

    Orange County

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The is our favorite Restaurant ever. We have been going there for over 28 years. We love Harbor Grill. Thank you SO much for all of the Great memories.
  2. j

    jasons

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was their last day of business. Closing after over 50 years, sad but glad for them!
  3. s

    stevenw

    Orange County

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Still the best restaurant in Dana Point for Seafood. To bad this is their last night.
  4. m

    mikel

    Orange County

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food and service were perfect, unfortunate that the greed of the developers is forcing the closure of this gem in the Harbor
  5. LD

    LinD

    Los Angeles

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on September 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This fabulous restaurant is closing on 9/30 because the Dana Point Marina is getting a full remodel and the restaurants will all be closed for 2-3 years!.. seems like they might have done it in segments to save the best - one of which is the Harbor Grill.
  6. TA

    TammyA

    Orange County

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Harbor Grill is our family's Favorite Restaurant of all time. It feels like family there and the food is the best we have ever had anywhere.
  7. LC

    LauraC

    Los Angeles

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on September 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    What a wonderful meal in a lovely place. It's a shame they will be serving their last meal on 9/30.
  8. MB

    MrsB

    Orange County

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on September 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of the best in Dana point. We are sorry to see them go and have fun memories of the wonderful food, ambience and amazing service.
  9. LE

    LeslieE

    Orange County

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on September 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The closing of The Harbor Grill is one of the Great Losses for the enormous number of Locals who've been eating here for over 30 years.. We love all who work here and their amazing attitudes & devotion to their Guests. To Keegan & John & Victor we hope to see you again. With all our best Wishes & Love! THE EARLEY FAMILY
  10. C

    jCee

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    So sad Harbor Grill is closing after 38 years, this was our last Hurrah with them after enjoying meals there over 25 years. We voted their new England clam chowder, best Ever. Never disapointed dining with friends & Family.
  11. RK

    RogerK

    Orange County

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    This has been our local family owned go-to for over 30 years. The food is always outstanding. My wife had the lobster and I had the lobster ravioli. Both were delicious. Too bad they are closing because the harbor commercial area is being redeveloped. Last call 9/29/2022. WE WILL MISS YOU HARBOR GRILL!!!
  12. MH

    MarleneH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    the food is outstanding and the scallop dishes are like nothing I've had anywhere else
  13. J

    Jaril

    Orange County

    42 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    42 reviews

    Dined on September 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We love coming here. It’s quite a drive from Newport Beach to Dana Point, and as you can imagine, we drive past multiple restaurants in PCH along the way, but we drive here because the food is excellent and the service is always great! We started coming here for their Tuesday/Thursday oysters deal and they’ve stopped it since last month, but we still come here because they are one of the few great seafood restaurants in OC :) highly recommended and we will definitely come back!
  14. MS

    MarkS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our fish and pasta were superb. I will miss the restaurant.
  15. LG

    LindaG

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The Shrimp Tempura is to die for. But hurry, they are permanently closing the restaurant on Sept. 29th.
  16. AG

    ArtGirl2

    Orange County

    29 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on September 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I'm going to miss these fine folks after September 29th. Grateful to have reservations to eat there 2 more times before they retire and move on to the next chapter of their lives. Thank you for all of the great meals, the wonderful, warm service and those fabulous icy cucumber basil martinis. Cheers my friends!!
  17. TA

    TammyA

    Orange County

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Harbor Grill is the Best Restaurant in the O.C. We love it SO much.
  18. N

    Newporter

    Los Angeles

    229 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    229 reviews

    Dined on September 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Celebrating a birthday and Harbor Grill is always our choice. We dined at lunch and I always order the mahi mahi and my guest the trout. Our meals were both outstanding. We are very sad to see our favorite restaurant closing.
  19. L

    Laguna

    Los Angeles

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I have enjoyed your restaurant, the food and service for many years. I wish you much happiness for your retirement. You deserve all the best. You will be missed.
  20. DH

    DaHapa

    Orange County

    35 reviews

    5.0

    35 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic as always . We will sorely miss Harbor Grill and were grateful to get into the restaurant for dinner one last time before that close their doors. Thanks Hicks family for so many years of wonderful food and service
  21. RF

    RamsFan

    Orange County

    52 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    52 reviews

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Harbor Grill IS our Special Celebration place - and we love it. 5 Stars always. Yesterday was another 5 star dining experience in every way.. except we are SO sad to know that you will be closing due to the revitalization. We hope that plans are in the works for the future because HG is One in a Million. Thanks for the great birthday and special occasion celebrations. You never disappointed!!
  22. CB

    ChrisB

    Orange County

    29 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always consistently good! We get the littleneck clams which come in a delicious broth with dipping bread & tuna poke with extra chips. Everyone is so nice. We dine with our dog on the outside patio. Also a great value for the portion sizes.
  23. l

    lesliep

    Mexico City

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on September 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My heart is heavy as I write that sadly- due to the harbor overhaul , the Harbor Grill will be closing September 29 permanently. We have been coming here for 20 years and it is my favorite restaurant. Fresh seafood, deliciously prepared, interesting menu and the best oysters ... Great service and what can I say..? it's at the harbor - quite scenic. Will be greatly missed .. Thank you Harbor Grill for two decades of wonderful culinary memories ..
  24. KP

    KathyP

    Orange County

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I live in Dana Point and this is by far my favorite restaurant in the city and beyond. The fish dishes are amazing with unique sauces and succulent toppings. You must eat here!
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Awesome dinner as always. So sorry to see you go!
  26. NB

    NoBe

    Orange County

    92 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    92 reviews

    Dined on September 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always the best! Going to miss them terribly!!!
  27. P

    chauffeurP

    San Diego

    41 reviews

    5.0

    41 reviews

    Dined on September 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Crab cakes were awesome. Filet and Lobster combo best I've had in years. Great service and harbor view.
  28. OC

    OCZippy1

    Orange County

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on September 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful waitress. Delicious food
  29. N

    None

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 12, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Unfortunately this is probably the last time we will go there. The Dana Point renovation is slowly closing businesses, and Harbor Grill is one of those casualties. They permanently close September 29. Get there while you can
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The Harbor Grill will be closing its doors at the end of the month and we wanted to have dinner there one last time. We had an excellent meal and the service was perfect. The wait staff at Harbor Grill have been there for over twenty years and their attentiveness was apparent. We enjoyed a lovely evening and we will miss them as our local go to restaurant.
  31. TB

    TimB

    Las Vegas

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The closing shortly of this iconic Dana Point harbor restaurant on September 29 will be an incredible loss to the community. The local, county, and state authorities involved in authorizing the (needed) redevelopment plan should be ashamed of how the loss of so many harbor restaurants and businesses was allowed to occur.
  32. R

    Rene

    Los Angeles

    24 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on September 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    So sad it will be closing at the end of the month!
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on September 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a treat this place is.
  34. GB

    GraceB

    Sacramento

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on September 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    So sad to hear that the Harbor Grill is closing its doors at the end of this month! It has been the go to restaurant in Dana Point Harbor for special occasions! Good food, great ambience, great service.
  35. CT

    CaptT

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Unfortunately, they are closing their doors after almost 40 years in business!
  36. W

    Winedude

    Orange County

    30 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on September 5, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Will miss this neighborhood gem when they close. The service is always spot on and the seafood is delicious. The music from the piano bar is an added plus.
  37. T

    Tuffy

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Granddaughter visiting. Dining at a place we’ve dined at for summer vacations since she was a baby
  38. AM

    AlinM

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    I wish we could have stay and enjoy their food. Unfortunately it was one of the extreme hot days and their A/C was not working. So we end up leaving the place without eating. We will go back another time so I will be able to leave more accurate review about this place. Stay safe and cool
  39. KJ

    KJHM

    Orange County

    28 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Going as often as we can before they close!!!
  40. KW

    KatieW

    Orange County

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    2 birthdays. That brought each of them amazing desserts on the house! The waiter was fantastic!!! 👏🏻

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Extra space between tables
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

Harbor Grill is rated 4.7 stars by 2600 OpenTable diners.

Permanently Closed

This restaurant is permanently closed.

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Dana Point Harbor Drive

  • Neighborhood

    Dana Point / Monarch Beach

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Mon–Sat 11:30 am–4:30 pm Sun 10:00 am–4:30 pm Brunch Sun 10:00 am–2:00 pm Dinner Daily 4:30 pm–9:30 pm

  • Cuisines

    Seafood, Steak, Creole / Cajun / Southern

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Valet Parking on Friday nights. Self parking available in parking lot adjacent to our restaurant.

  • Public transit

    OCTA bus stop at Golden Lantern and Dana Point Harbor Drive

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Angel Fabian

  • Entertainment

    Every evening for your listening and dining enjoyment, our pianist performs classic American and international favorites.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (949) 240-1416

  • Catering

    No catering outside of the restaurant

  • Private party facilities

    Limited bookings for private parties. Please call restaurant for details. 949-240-1416

  • Private party contact

    lisbeth@harborgrill.com: (949) 240-1416

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