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Harbor House Cafe

Mexican, Chinese, American
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34157 Pacific Coast Hwy, Dana Point, CA 92629-2811
949-496-9270
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Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch, Late Night, Takeout

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  • 11
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  • 7
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Can't Miss in Dana Point

A real oild style diner that knows how to please. The breakfast menu is huge and the food was delicious! The portions are bigger than I usuall eat but i did my best. I can't wait to go back the next time I am in the area.

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 21, 2015
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Falls Church, Virginia
Good for:
  • Dining on a budget
  • Families with children
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Silver City, New Mexico
Top Contributor
147 reviews 147 reviews
89 restaurant reviews
73 helpful votes 73 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2015 via mobile

Five in our party for Mothers Day. Good hostess, avg. waitress, food not good. Do NOT have the hot crab sanwhiches--canned old tasting, very fishy. Awful. Mom had fajitas and those were good. Mother-in-law had huge cold turkey sandwhich and she enjoyed it. I had an omlete... It was average. I asked for country gravy in potatoes. The gravy is... More 

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Falls Church, Virginia
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40 reviews 40 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015

A real oild style diner that knows how to please. The breakfast menu is huge and the food was delicious! The portions are bigger than I usuall eat but i did my best. I can't wait to go back the next time I am in the area.

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Colorado Springs
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502 reviews 502 reviews
335 restaurant reviews
201 helpful votes 201 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015

The service here can be a little slow, but that is really my only concern. The food is yummy, the portions are very generous. The atmosphere is fun, funky, and full of movie memorabilia. Stop in on your way up or down the coast!

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San Clemente, California
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2015

Overpriced for diner food that isn't that good. Ordered a shake and a malt, didn't get them until half way through meal. Both were melted! Only two people serving the entire restaurant at dinner. Food was dry and not good! Salad was warm. Too expensive for terrible food. Waiter had an attitude, ignored us trying to wave him down for... More 

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Laguna Niguel, California
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15 reviews 15 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015

This place is open 24 hrs., and has a menu as big as your head!!! They have EVERYTHING, and in huge quantities. Their omelets are to die for, as are their large salads, and sandwiches. the locals favorite!

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San Juan Capistrano, California
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31 reviews 31 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015

Went here for dinner last night we typically hit a diner in SJC but this was on our way home. Been here a few times in years past and after last night I will NOT return. We ordered a kids burger, regular burger and a salad and it took almost 25 minutes for our food to come. When it got... More 

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Laguna Niguel, California
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2015

If you are looking for a diner open 24 hours, serving mediocre american diner food, then this is the place for you.

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Rancho Santa Margarita, California
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34 reviews 34 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014

The Harbor House is like Denny's in the sense that it is open late, and serves bad food. It also is NOT cheap. If you are in the area, and it's 3 in the morning, then they have good munchie food, but $6.49 for a milkshake? C'mon I'd much rather just go to In-N-Out.

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Top Contributor
211 reviews 211 reviews
75 restaurant reviews
366 helpful votes 366 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014

The Harbor house cafe has a casual movie memorabilia look inside. The food and service are just average but the selection is good, portion size is large and the price is just about right.

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Laguna Beach, California
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53 reviews 53 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2014

Yes, its open late, and that's probably the best thing you can say about it. Hamburgers and other basic menu items are safe choices, but don't try to get creative and order anything that tilts toward non-diner fare - overall, the food is really average at best. If you go late, especially on weekends, there is always a chance you... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 34157 Pacific Coast Hwy, Dana Point, CA 92629-2811
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Orange County  >  Dana Point
  • Phone Number: 949-496-9270

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Mexican, Chinese, American

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Dining on a budget, Families with children

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