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Chart House Restaurant - Dana Point

34442 St. of the Green Lantern, Dana Point, CA 92629
949-493-1183
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Ranked #35 of 113 restaurants in Dana Point
Price range: $40 - $60
Cuisines: American, Seafood
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Good for: Bar scene, Scenic view, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Pacific Coast Highway
Transit: PCH/Blue Lantern - bus
Description: From amazing views of the Pacific Ocean & Dana Point Harbor to unparalleled cuisine, Chart House is a feast for the eyes as well as the palate. Savor a seamless blend of fine seafood & steaks, while you enjoy the elegant atmosphere & impeccable service. Since 1961, Chart House has been dedicated to providing the ideal dining experience. With 30 historic, waterfront & showcase locations across the U.S., Chart House offers spectacular views & exceptional service that you’re sure to enjoy. From top-of-the-catch seafood to succulent steaks, our renowned chefs have tailored a menu to complement local cuisine while introducing a hint of the exotic. Choose from our famous entrées such as New Wave Sur & Turf, Macadamia Crusted Mahi & our slow roasted Prime Rib. We also offer a daily selection of fresh fish, an extensive collection of fine wines & decadent desserts like our famous Hot Chocolate Lava Cake.
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English first
Los Angeles, California
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12 reviews 12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014 NEW

I'm local and eat here a few times a year, especially with out of town guests so they can enjoy the beautiful view of the harbor. The servers are pleasant and friendly but the food and drink delivery seem to take forever. I don't think I have ever had timely service. The food is overall average, except for the lava... More

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new york
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9 reviews 9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014 via mobile

Should've known better to visit a chain restaurant, but the view is truly spectacular. Do not waste a dime on their $40 entrees. They are not well prepared at all. My husband's halibut was a hard, dry hockey puck. My Prime rib was dry and not medium rare like I requested. They highlight their order-in-advance chocolate lava cake because it... More

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Tustin, California, United States
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13 reviews 13 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

tired location with average food and average service. The best thing about the restaurant is the view.

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Orange County, California
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36 reviews 36 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

Best bet is their happy hour on the back patio overlooking the harbor. The building is unique and the photos of the bygone surf history of the area are worth your time. You come here for the view and location, not necessarily the food.

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Chattanooga, Tennessee
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4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

Had a work outing/dinner at Chart House. Grassy patio is awesome place to mingle and take in the view of the harbor. Our menu was a little limited since everything prearranged but everything was good. One thing that really impressed us was that they had run out of shimp and the server told me they would have more shortly. I... More

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payson
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

Stunning and excellent service! The food was excellent and the views were breathtaking. Very memorable experience.

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Los Angeles, California
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15 reviews 15 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

We had hoped for a special experience for our anniversary. Other locations in this corporate chain restaurant had been a very positive, if formulaic, experience. This time we went for the view. Summary - staff seemed to have their minds on other things, the food was mostly disappointing, we had to move tables because of cigarette smoke, waiter was overly... More

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Memphis, Tennessee
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18 reviews 18 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

I saw the views and reviews before I went. My thought was a restaurant on realestate that valuable has got to be good to sustain being there... Well, the food was average and the service was better than reviews i had read. The view and breeze were Califorinia Coast Line as one would expect and be searching for.

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Atlanta, Georgia
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59 reviews 59 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2014

I honestly do not understand how they are still open. The only thing great about this Chart House is the view. The service was rushed and anything but good. The steaks were well below average and not cooked correctly.

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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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30 reviews 30 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2014

The location is wonderful, with a nice view over the harbor and a terrace. Food was average and fine. The service was distracted and unreliable, brought several wrong orders, miscalculated the bill. Wheelchair access is poor. Improve your service, chaps and this would be recommendable.

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