About Wind & Sea Restaurant

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.

34699 Golden Lantern
Dana Point, CA 92629
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Seafood, Steak

Hours of Operation:
Breakfast Buffet: Sunday, 9:00am - 2:00pm. Lunch: Monday - Friday, 11:30am - 2:30pm; Saturday, 11:00am - 4:00pm. Dinner: Monday - Thursday, 5:00pm - 9:00pm; Friday, 5:00pm - 9:30pm; Saturday, 4:00pm - 9:30pm.

Cross Street:
Dana Point Harbor Dr

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(949) 496-6500

Website:
http://www.windandsearestaurants.com/

Entertainment:
Live entertainment Friday and Saturday nights starting at 8:00 PM


Catering:
We can cater events for up to 100 people. We specialize in boat parties. Pull your boat up in front of the resaurant and we can cater your cruise for you.

Parking Details:
Complimentary valet parking on the weekends, varies with the season. Free Public parking also.
NO VALET ON MOST HOLIDAYS

Executive Chef:
Mike Marlin

Private Party Facilities:
Private banquet room accommodates 20 to 100. Full bar and view. We have the most reasonable rates in the area.

Private Party Contact:
Robin Rabe: (949) 496-6500

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Wind & Sea Restaurant Ratings and Reviews

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4.2

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.0

service

4.2

ambience

4.4

value

3.9

Noise

Moderate

86% would recommend it to a friend

Waterfront (34)
Scenic View (33)
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Great for Outdoor Dining (19)
Casual (18)
Good for Birthdays (15)
Good for a Date (15)
Worth the Drive (15)
Good for Anniversaries (14)
Sunday Lunch (13)
People Watching (12)
Great for Lunch (12)
Romantic (12)
Happy Hour (10)
Good for Groups (9)
Fun (8)
Neighborhood Gem (8)
Great for Brunch (7)
Kid-friendly (7)
Authentic (5)
Cozy (5)
Bar Seating (4)
Comfort Food (4)
Live Music (4)
Quiet Conversation (4)
Business Meals (3)
Healthy (3)
Local Ingredients (3)
Seasonal (3)
Vibrant Bar Scene (3)
Handcrafted Cocktails (3)
Creative Cuisine (2)
Disabled Access (2)
Fit for Foodies (2)
Notable Wine List (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Hot Spot (1)
Late-night Find (1)
Live Sports (1)
Pre/post Theatre (1)
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·Dined 2 days ago

We enjoyed ourselves very much and the food was great!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Casual
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·Dined 3 days ago

I brought some old high school friends from Hawaii. They loved everything including the Kalua Pork Sliders. The Ono was......... ono!!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Waterfront, Live Music, Happy Hour, Vibrant Bar Scene, Live Sports, Fun, Great for Brunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Scenic View, Notable Wine List, Bar Seating
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 (Orange County)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Great steak and wedge salad. Service was great as well. Restaurant has very scenic views of harbor

Tags: Waterfront, Worth the Drive, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Orange County)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Have been here many times but not for a few years. Met some new fiends here and had a wonderful dinner. We had an excellent calamari appetizer - not the usual overdone fried baby calamari, but an excellent presentation of calamari steaks sliced into delectable strips. My ono was perfectly prepared. Service was terrific and the prices were reasonable. We had a window seat overlooking the harbor entrance, and there was a really good guitarist performing. Great dinner!

Tags: Good for a Date, Hot Spot, Comfort Food, Good for Birthdays, Casual, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Fun, Scenic View, Vibrant Bar Scene, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Bar Seating, Live Music, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Business Meals, Waterfront, Local Ingredients, Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion, People Watching, Great for Lunch
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·Dined on October 22, 2017

Four of us went for Sunday brunch. The service and view of the harbor was great, but the food choices were average. There were a few lunch items, but mostly breakfast food , all of which tasted average. I expected the food to be mediocre, since the price was less than most all you can eat brunches. The most disappointing part was the food was cold! The only hot item was the made to order omelet. We didn't have to wait for a table which was a plus.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Orange County)·Dined on October 21, 2017

This is such a relaxing place. Always leave feeling as though I have been on a vacation.

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 (Oklahoma City)·Dined on October 16, 2017

Wind and Sea was recommended to me by a friend and unfortunately it was not as great of an experience as we had hoped while visiting Orange County. The service was incredibly slow even though the restaurant was essentially empty. The food was good but it wasn't the best food we had while visiting.

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 (Orange County)·Dined on October 10, 2017

the food and service was great ! Been there many times !

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on October 8, 2017

Not great!! Very 50’s outdated and boring food!! Nice view!

Tags: Kid-friendly
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on October 8, 2017

Made a reservation for 6:45pm, arrived a bit early, but was seated immediately. My table had a great view of the harbor/ocean. My server was very attentive & personable. I ordered the Blood Orange/Spinach Salad, the Macadamia Crusted Mahi-Mahi w/bok choy and a crème brulee for dessert. Everything was well prepared, very good-sized portions and very tasty. I will try to go there again before I move. :D

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Healthy, Gluten Free Options, Special Occasion, Scenic View, Great for Lunch, Good for Groups, Bar Seating, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Live Music, Great for Outdoor Dining, Happy Hour, Good for a Date
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·Dined on October 1, 2017

They dropped the ball on our birthday celebration. I sent him a note via your reservation and we told the hostess. They completely missed the birthday girl!!!

Tags: Waterfront
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 (San Diego)·Dined on September 30, 2017

This restaurant never disappoints! Best Macadamia crusted Mahi Mahi!

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 (Orange County)·Dined on September 24, 2017

The food was very good, and the view was lovely as always. It was quite noisy inside and it was really hard to hear the music. Our server was wonderful and did a great job. The main issue is that in the description of the restaurant it says valet parking on the weekends and we were told that they only have valet parking during the summer and holidays. Just be aware of that when you go because the parking lot is quite busy in the harbor. Otherwise it was a great evening aside from the noise.

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 (Orange County)·Dined on September 24, 2017

Went for girlfriend's birthday, along with her twin sister and husband. Service was top notch. "Mac" was exceptional. They changed the menu to put the macadamia nuts on the halibut. No questions asked. Great view of the waterfront. Excellent location, great people, and great food.

Tags: Waterfront, Scenic View
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·Dined on September 23, 2017

They took a photo of myself and female because I ordered the Wine Burger for $300
and said we were going on the wall. Can't wait to return, it was fun and we enjoyed the seals swimming in harbor...Artichoke dip best I've ever had.

Tags: People Watching, Scenic View
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 21, 2017

Our Waiter was very kind (elderly in laws) and patient and provided excellent service

Tags: Scenic View
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on September 18, 2017

Worst clam chowder soup (this is a seafood place and the one sole clam in the soup tasted like rubber ), and marinara sauce was sparse, dry and horrible/bitter tasting..... served over under-cooked pasta w/a few chewy muscles, callimari and shrimp. Server told us the bread wasn't ready yet and after 30 minutes of waiting, he came over and asked if we wanted any bread...duh! Bread was fresh out of the oven and delicious I have to say, but my friends' ordered a large salad to share before the main meal and the server forgot about it and basically could have cared less about us, never returning to see how our food was, if we needed anything, or cared to order desert and the place was almost empty at the time. The harbor water around the restaurant was filthy and full of trash and dead birds/fish. This was my boyfriend and my first time; our friends said they have only been there a few times for afternoon appetizers, which they claim were great, but all four of us were disappointed with the dinner. We had a beautiful table by the windows overlooking the harbor, which was very nice.

Tags: Scenic View, Happy Hour
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 10, 2017

We had a window seat outside right over the water. It was my grandson's birthday. Our waitress was very helpful and brought us a huge mudpie as a birthday desert. Lovely.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Waterfront, Great for Lunch, Authentic, Casual, Good for Groups
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 3, 2017

Poke was very good. The Alaskan Halibut was dry and tasteless- very disappointing. Took 4 times asking waiter to bring water.

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 (Orange County)·Dined on August 30, 2017

Great view , service and food. The decor could stand to be updated, but overall a great place.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Waterfront
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·Dined on August 27, 2017

Had the chance to re meet Jay; Bob Conrad is a friend of our family as well as the other Bob. Celebrated our 50th anniversary and will stop in at Harpoon Henry's to say "Hi" to Bob from Megan Mc Garvey, Jan and Jim Mc Garvey. Always good food and company at both restaurants.

Tags: Comfort Food, Cozy, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Sunday Lunch, Disabled Access, Pre/post Theatre, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Waterfront, Healthy, Neighborhood Gem, Scenic View
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on August 21, 2017

There was no adult managing the restaurant when we arrived. we were seated, but not acknowledged. We sat there for 10 minutes with waiters passing back and forth and no one saying they would be right with us, or bring water, bread, etc. We finally walked out, told the teenage hostess why and all she said was I'm sorry. There was no one in sight who looked capable of being in charge.

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 (Orange County)·Dined on August 21, 2017

Would recommend serving the fish and chips differently. The Cole slaw was not very good and soaked all my fries. Would be great if you could serve them in separate bowls on the plate or something to keep them apart.

Tags: People Watching, Special Occasion, Quick Bite, Seasonal, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive
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·Dined on August 20, 2017

Went for Mom's 78th birthday brunch with reservation. Escorted to awkwardly shaped table out on patio. With my disabled mom, kinda challenging. 3 of our party chose breakfast buffet. Fresh and great value @ $19.99. Mom and I split highly recommended Ono. Did not even taste like fish. Very thick, heavy white sauce without any taste whatsoever on top, rice pilaf bland. Wish I had chosen breakfast buffet. In the end, nice place in beautiful location worthy of a Sunday!!! Will return but will avoid fish unless I order it grilled without sauce.

Tags: Waterfront, Great for Brunch
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 (Dallas)·Dined on August 19, 2017

We were able to watch a group of seals play in the water while we dined. What a treat to enjoy the beautiful Dana Point harbor scenery at sunset. The food was great and the setting was amazing.

Tags: Late-night Find, Seasonal, Special Occasion, Sunday Lunch, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries, Waterfront, Worth the Drive, Scenic View
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·Dined on August 19, 2017

Wind and Sea is in a fabulous location overlooking the harbour with seals playing outside the window. I had sword fish steak which was huge and well cooked.

Tags: Waterfront, Good for a Date, Scenic View
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 (Orange County)·Dined on August 19, 2017

We've been attending Wind & Sea for years and the food is great and the location/view/ambiance is one of the best in Orange County.

Tags: Romantic, Good for Birthdays, People Watching, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Orange County)·Dined on August 15, 2017

Lunch with a friend on the outside patio overlooking the water. Great service (thank you, Danielle!), and great food! Two seals at the dock were also very entertaining!

Tags: Happy Hour, Kid-friendly, Great for Outdoor Dining, Scenic View, Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays, Afternoon Tea, Casual, Waterfront, Fun, Great for Brunch, Romantic, Afternoon Coffee, Worth the Drive, Great for Lunch, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date
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 (San Diego)·Dined on August 13, 2017

a little pricey on the drinks... will not be drinking there much

Tags: Sunday Lunch
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 (San Diego)·Dined on August 11, 2017

Excellent restaurant on beautiful Dana Point Harbor. We celebrated our daughter's birthday - food was wonderful and wait staff attentive. Good variety of food choices in all price categories.

Tags: Authentic, Local Ingredients, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (San Diego)·Dined on August 8, 2017

Bad! Food flavorless, poorly prepared! A real tourist trap.

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 (Orange County)·Dined on August 6, 2017

This was our first time visiting Wind & Sea.

Pros - all you can eat Sunday brunch buffet for $19.99, and bottomless mimosas for an extra $10. The buffet consisted of an omelet and waffle station, sausage/bacon, eggs Benedict, biscuits and gravy, tiny breakfast burritos, a delicious Hawaiian dish, and a small dessert table. The omelets were the best, and, the chefs made them in less than 5 minutes!

What I would do differently next time - request to be seated outside. That's where the waterfront view is! It's lovely inside, but, outside on the patio is where the party is at! I would also not do the buffet next time. I was underwhelmed with the taste and selection. Overall, I'd go back on a Sunday for the ambiance!

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Waterfront
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 (Orange County)·Dined on August 6, 2017

Food was over salted. Also requested sauce on side and it was on the fish. Fries with burger were not cooked properly.

Tags: Waterfront, Live Music, People Watching
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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on August 4, 2017

Great view & great food. Love the Teriyaki shrimp & calamari.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Scenic View, Quiet Conversation, Waterfront, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays
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 (Orange County)·Dined on August 4, 2017

Great view and great food! Service was a little off...had to ask a couple of times for our bottle of wine, and felt rushed to order. We are locals and will go back; maybe a new server that night.

Tags: Waterfront, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on August 3, 2017

Took my parents (my father uses a wheelchair). Only issue was two steps down to get to a window seat, but we were able to negotiate without too much difficulty. If you don't want to sit by the window accessibility is fine. Great food, great wine choices, great cocktails, good prices!

Tags: Special Occasion, Sunday Lunch, Notable Wine List, Waterfront, Great for Lunch
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 (Manchester)·Dined on July 29, 2017

Great food in a great location right at the end of Dana Point Harbour. Excellent fir seafood and the signature Mai Tai is definitely worth a try!

Tags: Kid-friendly, Waterfront, Good for Anniversaries, Sunday Lunch, Scenic View
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 (Orange County)·Dined on July 29, 2017

Great location on the harbor. Large outdoor patio. A fixture in Dana Point harbor. Good menu options.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Kid-friendly, Scenic View, Waterfront, Sunday Lunch, Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Casual
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·Dined on July 28, 2017

Great view of the harbor! The food was pretty good... but not really worth the price and the service wasn't the greatest, but it wasn't the worst. If you're into drinking go for happy hour.

Tags: Scenic View, Good for Groups, People Watching, Happy Hour
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on July 28, 2017

We could not enjoy the dining experience since we were unable to find parking and no valet was present!!

Tags: Scenic View
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