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“This is a family favorite each time we are in Southern California! Get there before sunset to enjoy the view. Sunset...”

Chart House Restaurant - Dana Point
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Ranked #13 of 145 Restaurants in Dana Point
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $40 - $60
Cuisines: American, Seafood
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Good for: Scenic view, Bar scene
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Pacific Coast Highway
Transit: PCH/Blue Lantern - bus
Description: From amazing views of the Pacific Ocean & Dana Point Harbor to unparalleled cuisine, Chart House is a feast for the eyes as well as the palate. Savor a seamless blend of fine seafood & steaks, while you enjoy the elegant atmosphere & impeccable service. Since 1961, Chart House has been dedicated to providing the ideal dining experience. With 30 historic, waterfront & showcase locations across the U.S., Chart House offers spectacular views & exceptional service that you’re sure to enjoy. From top-of-the-catch seafood to succulent steaks, our renowned chefs have tailored a menu to complement local cuisine while introducing a hint of the exotic. Choose from our famous entrées such as New Wave Sur & Turf, Macadamia Crusted Mahi & our slow roasted Prime Rib. We also offer a daily selection of fresh fish, an extensive collection of fine wines & decadent desserts like our famous Hot Chocolate Lava Cake.
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“This is a family favorite each time we are in Southern California! Get there before sunset to enjoy the view. Sunset...”
Reviewed November 27, 2008

This is a family favorite each time we are in Southern California! Get there before sunset to enjoy the view. Sunset is amazing. the food is great, the menu varied and portions are large. They do well with larger groups.

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Dallas, Texas
Level 5 Contributor
85 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
“Stunning Views”
Reviewed October 20, 2008

We recently dined at the Chart House to celebrate a special occaision, and as usual we were not disappointed. The location is fantastic with sweeping views of the harbor (be sure to get a table by the window!) which made the experience even better!

We were seated promptly and given specially printed menus with our name and date, which was such a small detail but a very nice touch. Our server was very friendly but not overly obtrusive and had excellent timing throughout the evening.

We ordered off the regular menu and were not disappointed. The food came out promptly and was a perfect temperature. I ordered the Shrimp Fresca and although it was a relatively simple dish, it was delicious with a generous amount of fresh crab meat ans several jumbo shrimp that were cooked to perfection. The portion size was excellent and neither of us were able to clean our plates (though we were saving room for dessert!).

For dessert we ordered the chocolate lava cake which is a must-have when dining at the Chart House and as usual, it was the star of the evening.

Dinner for two including wine and complimentary dessert came to $80. We will definitely return the next time we are visiting Dana Point!

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“Could do much better”
Reviewed May 16, 2008

When you approach the location and restaurant you are amazed, great location and view of the harbor and coast. We were there on a Friday night and I expected it would be packed and was surprised when only about half the tables were filled. After the whole experience I realize why: Service was nice but confused, small mistakes but they added up. Food was ok, presentation really didn't look good, fish was pretty fresh and well cooked. Rice was a whole different story....it was not good. I had old rice mixed with my fresh rice that had obviously been cooked twice. It seems to me that this place has gotten lazy and is taking advantage of the great view and facility. Simply said they could do much better.

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“Great view, nice salad bar, mediocre food”
Reviewed January 16, 2008

Great view, nice salad bar, mediocre food

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“This one gets it's 4th star for the spectacular view over DP harbour. Food is pretty standard fare for a nicer chain...”
Reviewed January 4, 2008

This one gets it's 4th star for the spectacular view over DP harbour. Food is pretty standard fare for a nicer chain restaurant

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