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Harbor Grill Restaurant

34499 Street Of The Golden Lantern, Dana Point, CA 92629
+1 949-240-1416
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  • Excellent52%
  • Very good32%
  • Average10%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible2%
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“brunch” (18 reviews)
“seafood” (66 reviews)
“bouillabaisse” (10 reviews)
Open Now
11:30 AM - 9:30 PM Hours
Cajun & Creole, Seafood, International, Soups, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
$$ - $$$
34499 Street Of The Golden Lantern, Dana Point, CA 92629
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Top 3 Reasons to Eat Here
Sponsored by: Harbor Grill Restaurant
1. Oysters All Day. Everyday!
"The oysters are always fresh, expertly shucked"
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2. A wonderful dinner!
"This is the place to go for fresh seafood."
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3. Great seafood !
"best bouillabaisse, it has a lobster tail, couple crab claws, shrimps"
Mimi L
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Great food, good service, nice property and a lively successful spot I enjoy visiting when in Dana Point.

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank RenegadeRetiree
Restaurant's Favorite
Reviewed June 27, 2018

The Harbor Grill is the locals #1 spot to go to for grilled fish. This is a long established restaurant that serves a wonderful variety of seafood options. Also, their open for lunch. The owners are Top Notch and some of the staff have been...More

Date of visit: May 2018
Thank adoc4u
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We live in Dana Point and eat at the Harbor Grill a few times a year. My wife and I each had the $39 three-course pris fixe dinner. She had the house salad, swordfish and chocolate cake dessert. I had the seafood chowder, salmon and...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank CAK45
Reviewed December 11, 2018

We had a nice friend get-together but the restaurant in close to the water but not on it so the view is disappointing. I thought the place was a bit dingy feeling inside, so we sat outside. Food was ok

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank Jerrybird
Reviewed October 31, 2018

Pleasantly surprised as I entered to a live piano in this cozy restaurant not knowing what to expect. Friendly staff seated me immediately, promptly serving warm breads w/butter. I started with a cup of gazpacho which was delicious & one of the better ones I've...More

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank Michael H
Reviewed October 14, 2018

One of our favorite places to come and eat when we stay in Dana Point. I had the lobster it was delicious, Jordan had the Black Cod . Both were very tasty. Service was also very good.

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank suptheusa
Reviewed September 19, 2018

As the name suggests, the restaurant is in Dana Point's harbor. From the outside, the smell of grilled food was very enticing (their sign says "Mesquite Grilled Seafood"), and we decided to have a late lunch there. We ordered grilled shrimp tacos, which our waitress...More

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank FF710
Reviewed September 16, 2018 via mobile

We were visiting the area and found this local seafood restaurant. I had the best bouillabaisse, it has a lobster tail, couple crab claws, shrimps and tons of fish pieces, only thing missing is scallops and calamari but can’t beat it for the reasonable price....More

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank Mimi L
Reviewed September 2, 2018

My friend and I came here for lunch yesterday, September 1, 2018. We had quite a bit of choices, as the area was teeming with restaurants, but we decided to check out the food here, after reading the menu. I had a half-sandwich BLT, along...More

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank LucianoLeon
Reviewed August 30, 2018

This may be the first time we tried a restaurant that has Trip Advisor's Certificate of Excellence award and left thoroughly disappointed. We were passing through the area and wanted a harbor view since we live in the midwest. I read the reviews and some...More

Date of visit: August 2018
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August 19, 2018|
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Response from TeresaT T | Reviewed this property |
I’ve never had brunch there, but should be good, try for a table with view
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
$15 - $40
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Drinks
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Wine and Beer, Accepts Credit Cards
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Families with children, Scenic view, Business meetings, Special occasions, Large groups, Local cuisine, Kids
Open Hours
9:00 AM - 9:30 PM
11:30 AM - 9:30 PM
11:30 AM - 9:30 PM
11:30 AM - 9:30 PM
11:30 AM - 9:30 PM
11:30 AM - 9:30 PM
11:30 AM - 9:30 PM
11:30 AM - 9:30 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 34499 Street Of The Golden Lantern, Dana Point, CA 92629
    (Dana Point Harbor Drive)
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Orange County  >  Dana Point
  • Phone Number: +1 949-240-1416
You'll always enjoy the finest in seafood dining at the Harbor Grill Restaurant. We specialize in fresh, regional seafood cuisine, fine steaks and fresh oysters. To help ensure the mood is set just right, this is your opportunity to relax in the warm comfort of attentive service with your choice of eclectic wines and refreshing cocktails. For more than 33 years, John, Wanda and Keegan Hicks have been committed to providing the best, high quality seafood and steaks in Dana Point. You can watch our Chef prepare your favorite dish over our mesquite wood grill. Our innovative and unique menu allows you to enhance your meal with our selection of vibrant salsas, chutneys or spice rubs. Escape from the ordinary and feast upon our Pacific, New England and Cajun renditions of your favorite seafood and enjoy your choice of our rich sauces and flavorful broths which reflect the finest influences of Latin American, Asian and Indian cuisine. And remember, every Thursday is our special Oyster Day! Once you've enjoyed a great meal, get ready for dessert. Our Harbor Grill carrot cake is a legendary favorite with locals and guests. Equally tantalizing is our delicious, made fresh daily, Chocolate Blackout Cake, Mocha Mud Pie and the unforgettable Key Lime Pie. The Harbor Gill was an Open Table Diners Choice Winner for 2016 and is the only seafood restaurant in Dana Point that has been selected 5 consecutive times as the Best Overall Restaurant. Come, join us! Call and make your reservation today! Whether you choose the cozy dining room with live piano music in the evening, or the colorful garden patio with a view of the harbor - You'll discover we're both a favorite for the locals and a popular destination for visitors from all over the world who want to feel like members of the family on their first visit.
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