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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: Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch, Late Night, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff

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  • 28
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  • 17
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  • 7
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  • 6
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
A treasure

Had breakfast here years ago, meeting a pal for a working meal. Moved into the neighborhood a few months ago and thought I'd take my wife for a break at the end of the shopping day. Parking was a small problem, but then it always is in downtown Dana Point. Walking in, we saw booths and stools and... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed December 13, 2015
David G
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Toronto, Canada
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San Clemente, California, United States
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175 reviews
131 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I dont I think its a nasty little dump but thats just me. About once a year Im forced to eat here by someone who swears up and down its there go to spot and never disappoints . Needless to say its dark the plastic cups are only half washed and the silverware needs work but I have never gotten... More 

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Thank Kelly C
Laguna Beach
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144 reviews
90 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 90 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2016

I am astounded that this restaurant sits in the middle of the pack of Dana Point restaurants. Another review titled it "A Treasure," and surely it is. It is open 24 hours a day, every day of the year. If you want breakfast at 4 am, you can get it and I have. So what doesn't this restaurant have? It... More 

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Thank LagunaMike
Toronto, Canada
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46 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2015

Had breakfast here years ago, meeting a pal for a working meal. Moved into the neighborhood a few months ago and thought I'd take my wife for a break at the end of the shopping day. Parking was a small problem, but then it always is in downtown Dana Point. Walking in, we saw booths and stools and then tables... More 

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Thank David G
Laguna Beach, California
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139 reviews
108 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2015

Harbor House has been serving good roadhouse meals for way longer than I have been living in the South Orange County area (23 years), and figures to keep serving omelets, pancakes, hash, salads, burgers, and the like for many years to come. This is casual dining, to be sure, but everything has been quite good each time that we have... More 

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Thank James J
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51 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2015

This is a favorite hangout of the teens and 20s crowd because it's always open. The shakes are admittedly awesome. It's a relaxed atmosphere, and plan to be relaxed because an hour or more before you get your food is perfectly normal here. All the old movie posters make for great conversation starters while you wait though.

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Thank AuntJeanne
Huntington Beach, California
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12 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2015

A diner with a robust menu. Locals hang out. Surf vibe. Friendly wait staff. Always more food than we can eat, so lots to take home. A family favorite. Very casual

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Thank rowingref
Florida
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28 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2015

My spouse and I had dinner here over the weekend. It has interesting ambiance (diner style) and the menu says its been here since the 1930's so they must be doing something right. All around us customers were receiving plates overflowing with food and we weren't hearing any complaints. Prices are very reasonable. Maybe I just ordered the wrong thing... More 

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Thank IHSPAJ
glen ellyn, il
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149 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2015

We were looking for a locals kind of place, not too stuffy and just plain good breakfast. This place fits the bill. Great food, service, and a funny sort of atmosphere make for a perfect combination especially if you have had enough high end food and prices.

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Thank marcus81
Huntington Beach, California, United States
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300 reviews
227 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 85 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2015

Established in 1939, this is a great little cafe to enjoy a breakfast, lunch or dinner. Very nostalgic with 50's music playing in the background. Good comfort food, large portions and excellent service.

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Thank Don H
Laguna Niguel, California
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38 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2015

Good food , good size portions in the heart of Dana Point. I love their omletts the best. This place is worth a try if your hungry.

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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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?