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“this one wont disappoint”

Harbor Grill Restaurant
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Ranked #6 of 145 Restaurants in Dana Point
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $15 - $40
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Restaurant details
Good for: Local cuisine
Dining options: Lunch, Late Night, Dinner, Breakfast, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Dana Point Harbor Drive
Description: 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.
Ladera Ranch, California
Level 6 Contributor
340 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 114 helpful votes
“this one wont disappoint”
Reviewed January 8, 2012

we have eaten there many times. never had a problem. whoever had the overcooked fish should have said something. from what i have seen they would have corrected it immediately. good view, good service and great grilled food. it is family run for decades so they care about what they do.

Visited January 2012
Thank Kathleen S
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
“Meal with a view”
Reviewed January 6, 2012

I've eaten here twice. Each time the food was good and the service warm and friendly. Loved the shrimp Cobb Salad! The mesquite grill gave the shrimp an awesome flavor. Going back again tonight

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Thank Flowbleu
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7 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Overcooked fish”
Reviewed December 17, 2011

Not at all what the reviews said. Maybe because it was Thanksgiving week? Overcooked salmon, the saltiest scallops I have ever encountered (and I love salt). Really close to inedible and expensive?

Visited November 2011
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San Clemente, California
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20 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Fresh mesquite grilled seafood and steaks, fine wine and the perfect martini harborside in Dana Point.”
Reviewed November 28, 2011

Ever crave a simple, fresh and healthy dinner and drink? The Harbor Grill is the place to go for a mesquite grilled entree followed by a peaceful harbor stroll. You will not be disappointed!

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Laguna Beach, California
Level 6 Contributor
148 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
“Fabulous seafood and warmly accomodating”
Reviewed November 12, 2011

We have been eating at Harbor Grill periodically for years, usually at lunch. The preparation of fish and seafood is exceptional and they are very accommodating about switching side dishes (say, vegetables instead of fruit). The fish tacos are hands down the best I have had anywhere and they work magic with swordfish, halibut and sea bass. We have heard that the free-range chicken dishes are also excellent..

So we already knew we really, really liked the restaurant and then my husband broke his leg. It is now our favorite place to get out for lunch, in part because they are so very nice about the mild chaos created by crutches, an elevated leg, etc., a real plus to the excellent meal. Also, the restaurant itself is relatively easy to get to on crutches and close-by handicap parking.

  • Visited November 2011
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Thank Jane H
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