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Wind & Sea Restaurant

857 reviews
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$30 and under
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  • Waterfront (30)
  • Scenic View (23)
  • Great for Lunch (18)
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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Seafood, Steak
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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.
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Phone number
(949) 496-6500
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Mike Marlin
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Private party facilities
Private banquet room accommodates 20 to 100. Full bar and view. We have the most reasonable rates in the area.
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Private party contact
Robin Rabe: (949) 496-6500
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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.
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Cross street
Dana Point Harbor Dr
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Parking details
Complimentary valet parking on the weekends, varies with the season. Free Public parking also.
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Live entertainment Friday and Saturday nights starting at 8:00 PM

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
What 857 People Are Saying
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4.3  based on recent ratings
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85% of people would recommend it to a friend
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3.0  Dined 5 days ago

Food was good, service was excellent, with the price of the food this place should be able to afford a facelift. Very dated.

GRZY (Chicago)
1.0  Dined on February 13, 2018

Old restaurant. Waiter spilled water down a member of a group and didn’t really seem to care. Food was not that good. Look elsewhere.

Barb (Orange County)
4.0  Dined on February 3, 2018

The food and service were great , but the hostess could not find our reservation, so strange for an Open Table reservation....

EnjoysDiining (Los Angeles)
4.0  Dined on February 1, 2018

The Wind and Sea is an institution in Dana Point Harbor. It's not trendy or loud. If you would like to have a conversation while a responsible adult brings you well planned and prepared food and beverages, this is the place.

vipLoveFish (New York Area)
3.0  Dined on January 28, 2018

Location location, beautiful view of the harbor, but super ordinary food. When I saw the Ricearoni as a side to my fish, I was completely turned off. Cocktails were only fair too. I was shocked this place was given more than four stars by other diners.

Johnf (Orange County)
3.0  Dined on January 24, 2018

We have dined there many times as Dana Point residents. This time the service was really great but the food was not as good as expected. Two of us had the Alaskan Halibut and it was rather
dry and flavorless -- I think it was a preparation issue. Also the restaurant was pretty open yet
they sat a lot of people close together -- in our case it was really noisy. That group next to us could have been seated a few tables down and still been on the waterfront. The hostesses need
to be smarter about that.

OpenTable Diner (Orange County)
5.0  Dined on January 21, 2018

Great place. Just a bit pricey for their Brunch I thought for what you get. It use to be $15 which was a fair price. Not a ton to choose from.

DolphinGal (Orange County)
5.0  Dined on January 17, 2018

We were celebrating a 7th birthday and our waitress couldn't have made our birthday girl feel more special. What wonderful service! And the food was great too!

vipOpenTable Diner (Kansas City)
3.0  Dined on January 15, 2018

Food was cold and very underwhelming. Great view, service is just ok and the decor needs major updating and cleaning. I’ve eaten there 3 times now for dinner and will not go back.

OpenTable Diner (Orange County)
2.0  Dined on January 1, 2018

First table to arrive and they turned a rectangular four top into a six for six adults. We were cramped uncomfortable and barely able to get our plates on the table. They have a lot of great sixes and did we get one no and during the time we were there two hours only four other tables were sat. Hello we went at 11 so we could see the view not have half our party with their back to it. Food was just ok and they should not serve a steak sandwich if they are going to buy such a poor quality of meat.

KaleeS (Orange County)
5.0  Dined on December 31, 2017

This was our first time here. The food was great. Big portion sizes. Atmosphere was lovely. A live band was playing, so it was great for our New Year’s Eve dinner. Overall great experience at this restaurant.

RSKTKR (Orange County)
5.0  Dined on December 31, 2017

What a scenic view of the Dana Point Harbor. Menu selection was varied, and food was delicious. Most important, every person (host, server, bus service, and manager) were so friendly and helpful. I'd come back just for the friendly service.

OpenTable Diner (Orange County)
5.0  Dined on December 31, 2017

We go to wind and sea every time we go to dana point. We go to dana point 3-4 times,a year. I usually have either the calamari or the sea food pasta. My wife usually has some type of fish dish. All there dishes are great. This time we also had there soup. I had clam chowder and she had the sea food bisque. They were both very good. The food servers we had they were all fantastic.

scarpen (Orange County)
5.0  Dined on December 31, 2017

New Year Eve Dinner!

OpenTable Diner (Orange County)
4.0  Dined on December 28, 2017

Service was excellent considering it was a busy holiday week. Calamari appetizer was superb and was enough for an entre. Oysters were fresh and well presented.

Macadamia Mahi was delightful but looked like it just got tossed on the plate - lacking presentation. The 3 scallops for $30 was a little pricey but pan browned to perfection.

I was disappointed that there were not specific gluten and/or dairy free options on the menu (this IS California).

Noise level is very high due to high ceilings and bar activity during Happy Hour.

We were seated at a waterfront harbor window and the evening view was spectacular.

In all we had an enjoyable meal. If you're looking for romantic, quiet conversation this isn't the place. If you enjoy a good dinner with a waterfront view with a group, book it.

OpenTable Diner (Palm Springs)
5.0  Dined on December 27, 2017

Excellent food! The scallops are to die for! Servers were attentive and friendly. A great venue.

Local (Orange County)
5.0  Dined on December 27, 2017

Nice bartenders. great mai tais, and our dinner was reasonable and great. Swordfish and Halibut.

OpenTable Diner (Orange County)
3.0  Dined on December 25, 2017

We had a reservation for 7 and then changed it to 8 a couple days prior . When we arrived the girls at the front desk said there had been no notification of change. Wasn’t their fault and they handled the situation well. However, was a bit disturbing to us as we had several guests with us who are in their late 80’s and 90’s.
When the sun started blinding our 90 year old guest we asked our server if she could please close the blinds. She said she had to ask management. She did not return within an appropriate amount of time and when my cousin went to speak with management about closing the blinds, she was treated very rudely! This was on Christmas Day. The wait staff were great!!! The front desk girls were great!!! Food and ambiance was great!! Management, not so much.

OpenTable Diner (Orange County)
5.0  Dined on December 25, 2017

My husband, son and I went to Wind & Sea on the spur of the moment for Christmas dinner. Our other children were all out of town and we are celebrating the holidays on Dec 30th. We were very pleased--and pleasantly surprised--at the quality and choice of the meals. There was something for each of us. The service was excellent and, of course, the harbor view was delightful. Prices were moderate and the food was superb! We had a wonderful experience. Thank you!

OpenTable Diner (Indiana)
3.0  Dined on December 24, 2017

We were overall disappointed with our meal and would not choose Wind and Sea for a Christmas Eve meal again. The fish & chips were neither hot or high quality and the cheese on the Nachos wasn't melted.