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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: Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner, Late Night, Takeout

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  • 21
    Excellent
  • 41
    Very good
  • 12
    Average
  • 7
    Poor
  • 6
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Most of the time it's average

I've been coming here for years. The food and service can range from poor to outstanding. It does have a fun atmosphere and is convenient which is my draw.

3 of 5 starsReviewed June 5, 2015
Todd H
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Los Angeles, California
Good for:
  • Dining on a budget
  • Families with children
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Costa Rica
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24 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2015

It used to be a neighborhood favorite. Not lately - poor service, poor food (had to return a hamburger that was bad and the waitress argued) and not very clean. It is the only late night place to get food in the area. It's too bad cause the breakfast's used to be super and a favorite for Sunday mornings.

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Coto De Caza
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201 reviews
141 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 97 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2015

stopped in for a quick lunch. the soup and salad were good. service was nice. the place is clean and the parking was no problem

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Los Angeles, California
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36 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2015

I've been coming here for years. The food and service can range from poor to outstanding. It does have a fun atmosphere and is convenient which is my draw.

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Wadsworth, Ohio
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30 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2015

Not much to look at. Plastic chairs and tables. Went for lunch and floor was dirty and our tables was sticky. BUT food was very good and huge portions at great price.

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Santa Monica, California
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51 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015

Was suggested by a local in Dana Point, excellent selection of food. Wife is a picky eater and found a bunch of stuff she could eat. the omlettes are a great choice. We are planning a summer trip with our kids and the love to eat. It will be on the list to stop

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Silver City, New Mexico
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90 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 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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19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 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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347 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 223 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
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
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 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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Address: 34157 Pacific Coast Hwy, Dana Point, CA 92629-2811
Phone Number: 949-496-9270
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Orange County  >  Dana Point
Cuisine: Mexican, Chinese, American

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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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