Wind & Sea Restaurant

4.3
1106 reviews
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$30 and under
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Seafood
The Wind & Sea Restaurant is located on the water in the Dana Point Harbor. With water on three sides, every table has a spectacular view.
We serve fresh fish selections daily as well as Alaskan King Crab Legs, lobster tail, shrimp, steaks, pasta, and vegetarian dishes along with an extensive wine list which has been awarded a Wine Spectator Award annually for the last six years.

Monday through Friday we have Hawaiian Happy Hour from 4:00 to 7:00 featuring our world famous Mai Tai's as well as draft beer, wine and food specials. Live entertainment on Friday and Saturday, as well as plasma and big screen TV's, keep the lounge exciting at all times.

The waterfront open-air patio serves the full menu and is heated at night, perfect for an order of nachos and a margarita or a full dinner under the stars. Private banquet facilities accommodate 20 to 100.
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KW
Los Angeles
35 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a pleasure to sit on the patio on a summer afternoon and watch the boats coming and going in the harbor. We both enjoyed a salad with grilled shrimp. The shrimp were grilled just right, not over cooked. We live in the area and a trip to this restaurant is like a vacation day.

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OT
Orange County
13 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

No warm fuzzies. Food was okay, service was very good. Music level is obnoxious.

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KS
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great afternoon. Food was great and we had a window seat. Restaurant is older but we had a wonderful time. Looking forward to going back.

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CK
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and atmosphere. Live music at night. Would definitely come back again. Great date night.

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KR
New York Area
32 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Nice spot on the water. Drinks and food are good.

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C
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, view and server. Server Michelle was fabulous!

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WG
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

An extraordinary location, with overall average food at reasonable prices. Service was satisfactory.

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JS
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ambiance, fabulous location and terrific views of the bay, great food....what more can one say. Also, good parking is available.

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FO
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

EXCELLENT!! ALWAYS CONSISTENT! ONE OF THE BEST RESTAURANTS THERE IS.

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DF
Orange County
17 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 3

The restaurant is rather established with an older clientele. I went for lunch during the week which may be why.

The menu was expansive although I should have inquired as to their payment policies simply because I was hosting a business lunch and when I attempted to pay with my AMEX Business Card, they informed that they did not accept??? VERY ODD for an Open Table/beach restaurant and a very high travel destination! I will NOT be visiting this restaurant again if this is the case!

The waitress was excellent and very attentive, the food was ok and the manager was very kind and open to my criticism of their policies and as accommodating as he could be! The owner needs to re-evaluate his business policies and Open Table should be ashamed for offering a restaurant with such limited offerings!

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d
San Francisco
37 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Service was excellent.

Food was very disappointing. The Sea Bass looked like it had been cooked earlier in the day then reheated. The asparagus was over cooked and slimy.

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DB
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

Buffet is a bad idea, from the point of view of customers. I am sure that management and staff make more. :(

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b
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 3

My fish was very dry. My husbands crab was 3 small pieces dried out for $30. Maybe this place is only good for hamburgers.

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JP
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

Artichoke was undercooked. Clam chowder tasted like canned. Drinks were tasteless. Fish was cooked well.

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S
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

We each had a glass of wine at 1.5 times the retail price of a bottle.

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B
Orange County
28 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Aside from excellent food. you get a view of the Dana Point Marina..
Truly magnificent view. Hint : ask for window seat.

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J
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Generous portions - nice view of the harbor entrance.

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LC
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The seafood was fresh and cooked perfectly! Wait staff was very friendly.

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NV
Orange County
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Very loud for a Sunday afternoon. Had a very pleasant server but he just seemed too busy to get our requests met.

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C
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Good selection for Sunday brunch. Nice view of water from the outside patio. Service was pleasant, helpful and professional. Parking is easy with inexpensive valet. "Wind and Sea", dont mess it up by changing what you're doing. Thank you.

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CP
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is the best kept secret in OC. Usually easy to get in for Sunday Brunch. We made a reservation for Father's Day and had expected it to be jammed packed. We were very surprised when we were taken right to our table, even with a line out the door. Making a reservation is KEY!! Food and Service was excellent.

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OT
Nashville
7 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We had an early dinner. The views were great and fun watching the boats come in. The king crab legs were awesome. The calamari was not what we were expecting- it was large like a fish and coated in bread crumbs and not like the crunchy appetizer we were accustomed to. The service was great.

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OT
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great service, they didn't found my OpenTable reservation, but still got seated right away, and in a perfect table. Our food arrived fast, it was well presented and hot, and great tasting. We tried the New England Clam Chowder, The Cobb Salad, Hawaiian Chicken and I got the Seafood Pasta.

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S
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 5

I had the Mahi mahi with fruit salsa and the fish was bone dry. I was so very disappointed. I had a business colleague visit from Chicago and sent $100 on lunch between the 2 of us. I've been to windansea many many times... but this was sure,y under par.

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TS
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Sat outside at Noon on 6/10/19.
Tablecloths, which aren’t Linen are very sticky. They should be cleaned after each guest. Not just wiped off with “clean” rag.

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SC
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 4ambience 4

Nice view. Good service. But the food left a lot to be desired. I guess you can get away with it when the average age of the clientele is about 60 years old. The food was both dated and plain.

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C
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

The halibut special with tempura asparagus is delicious znd a beautiful. We've dined here at Wind & Sea twice in the most recent 4weeks, The halibut presentation is gorgeousl however both times the meal was lukewarm. Needs to be hotter and servers need to ensure when meal is completed by chef that food is brought to table and served immediately. We got the feeling both visits that our meals were sitting on the ledge under a heat lamp or just sitting because even the potatoes and sauces were lukewarm

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OT
Los Angeles
170 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Took out our family members while on a visit. We were greeted warmly and seated immediately. The waiter was very attentive. One party member ordered the seafood pasta, which was very full of different types of seafood, another member had a steak and lobster, my spouse had the swordfish and I had the halibut. Overall everyone had a lovely meal. Will be back again!

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OT
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

Was hoping for a special evening.....however nothing special.

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RM
Oklahoma City
5 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Anniversary

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TB
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Wonderful!

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JB
Orange County
1 review
Dined on May 27, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

Liked our server; she recommended an excellent beer

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MS
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful view, great buffet selection, expert omelet makers, loco moco was superb, good service, and overall a super experience we will repeat!

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NG
San Diego
8 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 3food 1service 4ambience 4

Everything was great except the food. They can cook seafood, but when it comes to chicken, they failed and burned it. Chicken tasted like charcoal.

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P
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Amazing view right on the water. Service was very attentive and, while we all ordered something different, we all enjoyed our choices. Can’t wait to go back!

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CR
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The servers are always so friendly and helpful.....very good management and hiring practices. Have been
going to Wind and Sea for years.....never a misstep. Thank you!

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OT
Las Vegas
50 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Omg the cheese burger was amazing and the ambiance was incredible

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N
Orange County
38 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

A perfect setting to enjoy all that California has to offer

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F
Orange County
20 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 2

The Sunday brunch had terrible food that the restaurant should have been embarrassed to serve. First of all there was no flow to the food line. The fruit selection was minuscule. The hot food was terrible eg the serving spoons were so filthy we were afraid to use them. The muffins on the eggs benedict were uncooked; and the onions in the Obrien potatoes were raw. The omelette line was so long that we skipped it.
Should have gone to a finer restaurant or club!

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OT
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Celebrating mother’s day

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