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“Fresh fish, expertly prepared!”

Harbor Grill Restaurant
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Ranked #6 of 143 Restaurants in Dana Point
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $15 - $40
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Good for: Business meetings, Families with children, Scenic view, Kids, Large groups, Local cuisine, Special occasions
Dining options: Lunch, Brunch, Dinner, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Off-Street Parking, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Street Parking, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
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.
Glendale, California
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233 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 106 helpful votes
“Fresh fish, expertly prepared!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 23, 2013

Harbor Grill was recommended to us by a local. It was a good thing she told us about it, because even though a large sign boasted its presence at a strip mall, when we got out of the car, we spotted three other restaurants, but not the Harbor Grill. We had to ask a vendor for directions and ended up walking all the way around the building before we came to the entrance, which is actually on the side of the building. Once inside, we were welcomed and seated immediately. It was interesting to note, that although the restaurant is popular with the locals, our dining room was filled with tourists from Japan, France, and the Middle East. It was fun to hear the mixture of languages in this Orange County Harbor setting. But now, back to the food. The Cioppino was filled with a lobster tail as well as clams, snow crab, shrimp and several types of fish. My mesquite grilled swordfish fillet was tender and juicy, cooked just the way I like it. The garlic mashed potatoes and mixed vegetables were perfect as well. We ordered a bottle of Pouilly Fuisse and finished the meal with a delicious espresso. Harbor Grill has a warm and friendly atmosphere, a live pianist, and friendly wait staff. No wonder it's a favorite with so many!

  • Visited January 2013
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Thank Lorraine M
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Atlanta, Ga
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53 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
“Fantastic Fish!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 11, 2013

Great grilled salmon with pesto sauce! Another night we had the New Orleans grilled shrimp. Great Prix fix menu also! Nice servers! The piano player was a welcome addition especially during the holidays.

Visited December 2012
Thank drjsp
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Dana Point, California
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6 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Best Seafood in Or.Co !”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 3, 2013

If you like Mesquite grilled fresh seafood, then the Harbor Grill in Dana Point is the place to go!
Large selection of fresh seafood daily, and all can be mesquite grilled. There a a number of fish
restaurants in Or. Co., but nothing to compare with the quality/taste at this harbor side
restaurant. Reservations a must in the evenings

  • Visited December 2012
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Thank Kit M
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Dana Point, California
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201 reviews
89 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 146 helpful votes
“Very disappointing”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 27, 2012

This restaurant was a disappointment, considering its generally good reputation. My friend and I arrived in the late afternoon on a Sunday. Not surprisingly, considering the time, there were few other guests and our server was very attentive. The ambiance is attractive. My food, however, was less than satisfactory. The trout was overcooked and dry, the mashed potatoes were much too salty, and the broccoli and carrots were not only al dente, but almost complete uncooked. I couldn't even cut the broccoli with a knife. I should, of course, have sent the entire meal back but I just didn't want to wait for another one while my friend was having her veggie burger, which was okay. I had another meal at this restaurant in the spring of 2012 and recall that I was not impressed with that one, either. I will not be returning.

  • Visited December 2012
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Thank travelingbarb2-2
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288 reviews
248 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
“Romantic not at first”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 24, 2012 via mobile

Great location at harbor. Small out of the way location. Freash catch very good had sword fish. Piano played in the background while I dined outdoors in a protected area that can be opened to the air in the right season.

Thank JCSfoodguy
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