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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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Good for:
Families with children
Dining on a budget

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  • 19
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  • 37
    Very good
  • 11
    Average
  • 6
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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
Most recent review
Nothing special here

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

3 of 5 starsReviewed February 11, 2015
Jeff H
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Laguna Niguel, California
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Dining on a budget
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Takeout
  • Late Night
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77 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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San Juan Capistrano, California
Senior Contributor
29 reviews 29 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015 NEW

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 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
207 reviews 207 reviews
72 restaurant reviews
357 helpful votes 357 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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52 reviews 52 reviews
46 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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Cincinnati, Ohio
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14 reviews 14 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

Visited Harbour House Cafe for a late nite dinner with the family. This is not fine dining - just great simple food and lots of it. The teenagers were very full and happy!

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Dana Point, California
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

A recent family dinner brought back old memories of the Harbor House, years ago our go-to cafe. We had stopped going there, the quality had slipped, but I am happy to report it is once again very good. We had burgers and fries, all great, and an order of the best onion rings i've ever eaten. The service was good,... More 

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Epsom, United Kingdom
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62 reviews 62 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

Finished the night in Laguna, around midnight, everything shut, all of us were craving ice cream or frozen yoghurt. Ended up here, with a mahousive banana split. Great!

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Senior Contributor
22 reviews 22 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014

Lovely, cool movie posters. Variety. We had the Mediterranean salad, California omelette. Good food.

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Laguna Niguel, California
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32 reviews 32 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014 via mobile

This place is a cornerstone of Dana Point. The 60's diner atmosphere is casual and inviting on mornings. There is an extensive list of food on the menu along with diner coffee. I take family from out of town here just for the fun atmosphere, the food and always good service.

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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: Families with children, Dining on a budget

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