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“Great Restaurant!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Harbor Grill Restaurant

Harbor Grill Restaurant
34499 Street Of The Golden Lantern, Dana Point, CA 92629
949-240-1416
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Ranked #12 of 111 Restaurants in Dana Point
Price range: $30 - $50
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Good for: Local cuisine, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Dana Point Harbor Drive
Irvine, California
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10 reviews 10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“Great Restaurant!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2013

We were quite surprised at the outcome of our last minute decision to try Harbor Grill. We got a seated out on the patio upon our request. The view is not much as the restaurant seats behind a building but the ambiance, service and food makes up for that :)
We have been meaning to go back for a week end brunch which seemed to have an extensive choice plus Mimosas !
Definitely recommend Harbor Grill!

  • Visited March 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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English first
Corona, California
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
“We go back again and again.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2013

My husband and I return to the Harbor Grill whenever we are in the area. (We live an hours drive away from Dana Point.) I cannot stay away from the tempura shrimp. My husband loves the blackened sea bass. However, anything we have ordered has been wonderful. The servers (some of them have been there for years) are attentive and friendly. Love this place.

  • Visited August 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Sacramento, California
Top Contributor
75 reviews 75 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 29 cities Reviews in 29 cities
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
“You Will Have a Good Meal”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2013

Harbor Grill is a bit more upscale than some of its neighbors on the marina, but just a bit. You will feel comfortable here. Dinner was quite good, very good fish and excellent, lovely fresh oysters. Enjoyed the waitstaff, although, after 4 months living in the UK, we are finding US service a bit overbearing: approving my order (did I ask if you thought it was an excellent choice? why are they trained to do that? and please stop) and a relentless checking in to see if the meal was ok. Mouths full, we stop our conversation, ensure the waitperson that we are not about to throw our food on the floor, and continue eating and talking once they are (again) gone. Yeesh. But, otherwise, despite a training which is shared pretty universally in California, and which I did not notice prior to living in the UK, it was a fine dinner choice.

  • Visited October 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
“Delicious fish!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2013

Loved this place! Beautiful patio views of the harbor, great menu, delicious! Try the sea bass! So good!

  • Visited October 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Los Angeles
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101 reviews 101 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
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52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
“Better than it looks”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2013

For some reason, the owners think that making the place look like a 1970's diner will be a good idea. Ignore the padded plastic booths, try to ignore the generic piano player, focus on the food.

I had a major sense of humor failure about the fact that the lunch menu and the dinner menu are identical except the dinner menu is 30% more expensive.

I had salmon in Thai red curry sauce which was excellent. The chowder was excellent and the crime brûlée was excellent. The halibut was great. The service was good but not great. It was modestly priced given the location. Well worth a trip if you are in the area and looking for good food in a casual place.

  • Visited September 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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