I've been to many many Chart House restaurants over the years and have always enjoyed the food, service and ambiance. This was our first visit to this part of CA and several weeks earlier I had planned to dine at the Dana Point Chart House which is lovely with an incredible view of the Dana Point marina, coastline and Pacific ocean beyond. The wait staff was fine, not great but not bad either. The famous CH salad bar was wonderful as always. Unfortunately even though I was very clear that I was waffling between ordering my filet either medium or medium rare, it came back pretty much well done. The server agreed and back to the kitchen it went. The chef came to the table and presented me with a very rare filet ... so although a bit annoyed at this point I politely said I needed it cooked just a little more at which point he rudely grabbed the plate and stalked off with a grimace. By the time my steak came back my husband was almost finished with his meal. I would also add that the meat was not of high quality which is something I have not experienced at any other CH restaurant. The reason I rated this restaurant as Terrible is because the quality of the food and the attitude of the chef completely ruined an evening that I had looked forward to for weeks. Not to mention it was very pricey which would have been fine if it delivered. The view is probably worth going for a cocktail but plan on dining elsewhere.
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