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Harbor View Grotto Restaurant & Lounge

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150 Starfish Way, Crescent City, CA 95531
707-464-3815
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11:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff

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  • 35
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  • 24
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  • 40
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Rating summary
  • Food
    3 of 5 stars
    Service
    3 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3 of 5 stars
Just fine for a casual dinner

Came here because the Chart Room was closed. The fish of the day blackened was good, clam chowder was OK, and the clams quite good. Don't expect high end service but they were friendly and fast.

3 of 5 starsReviewed September 7, 2015
Jennifer E
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Denver
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Dunsmuir, California
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104 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We have eaten here many times in the past, starting back when they were in a harbor front 3 story wreck of a building--the food was good. They tore down the old building and built a new more upscale building some time ago and the food went slowly downhill. We tried to eat here on the weekend of Jan 29th... More 

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Thank Brook B
California
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188 reviews
87 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 158 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015

I feel bad for giving a bad review for a mom and pop's restaurant, but perhaps this is what they need to hear in order for there to be a change. We visited this restaurant on our trip up the beautiful California coast and our ultimate stay in Klamath, CA. I love luxury as well as a good old fashioned... More 

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Thank BuddhaInHeels
Tucson, Arizona
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14 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2015 via mobile

Bar food for the price of fancy dinner. My glazed salmon for $25 was a tail of overcooked salmon, my side of vegetables was carrots. Nothing special. Most items on the menu are fried this and fried that... We opted for the Elk Valley Casino bar and grill the next night, not that the food there was the best but... More 

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1 Thank 2sonTravelerAtLarge
Keno, OR
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47 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2015

We managed to find them open once in the three days we were there. This has also happened in years past so, even though the food is good, we won't stop again.

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1 Thank Shaun883
Crescent City, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2015

every restaurant has its ups and downs, and what knots. my grandma always told me that you can't always judge a book by the cover. No one is perfect, and that second chances are always available. chowder is great along with the fish'n'chips, or my favorite the Grilled Crab Cheese sandwich on sourdough, its fresh dungenes crab meat is awsome.

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1 Thank dpjetski
Los Angeles, California
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53 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2015

We arrived late and the place was empty. The waitress was quirky but very nice and friendly. We both had the fish of the day which was Halibut. I had cajun my husband had blackened. It was an excellent piece of fish and very nicely seasoned. Even the veg soup was good. Not a fancy upscale looking place but it... More 

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Thank Markie_Mark115
Vancouver, Canada
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25 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2015

Clam chowder was flour chowder with no noticeable clams. Every thing we had heard about this place was a disappointment. What a waste of time and money.

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1 Thank Lynx9
Denver
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44 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2015 via mobile

Came here because the Chart Room was closed. The fish of the day blackened was good, clam chowder was OK, and the clams quite good. Don't expect high end service but they were friendly and fast.

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Thank Jennifer E
Albany, Oregon
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15 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2015

When we visited this area, I was looking forward to eating here as I had great meals before. Notice I said BEFORE. We ate here on a Monday night, and it was not overly crowded, many empty tables. We ordered beer with dinner, and they charged us .50 more than the price on the menu. When I asked about this,... More 

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2 Thank Jan1007
Reno, Nevada
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247 reviews
162 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 89 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2015

I know reviews are all over the board for this place and whatever I had didn't register, but my wife absolutely raved about the steamed clams. They are the standard she holds everyone up to, in quantity and quality. This was some time ago, and things do change, but this was the place for clams if nothing else.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 150 Starfish Way, Crescent City, CA 95531
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Crescent City
  • Phone Number: 707-464-3815

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 6 - 20
  • Cuisine: Steakhouse, Seafood

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Scenic view
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm

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