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“Mesqite Charred Fish goes a long way”

Harbor Grill Restaurant
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Ranked #6 of 146 Restaurants in Dana Point
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $15 - $40
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Dining options: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, 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.
Southern Cal
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178 reviews
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“Mesqite Charred Fish goes a long way”
Reviewed March 5, 2014

This is a good but not great seafood place with no view and a crowded ambiance. It's ok but nobody raves that knows good fish. Unfortunately the view restaurants in the harbor aren't great and while this one has slightly better food it is way over priced.

Visited March 2014
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“Can you say oysters?”
Reviewed March 4, 2014

The Harbor Grill is the best local restaurant for oysters by far. Thursday nights-great deals on beautiful oysters, totally worth a trip if you live inland or even if you don't. They have an extensive menu of fish dishes and their bar has an exceptional line-up of wines. The red grapefruit martini is one of my favorite summer treats. We go to the Harbor Grill more than any other restaurant for most foods but especially for the oysters!

  • Visited February 2014
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Dana Point, California
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“Harbor Grill Rest.”
Reviewed March 4, 2014

Outstanding in all aspects! Owned by a local couple for at least 15 years. Great fish and steaks of all kinds. Try it you'll like it.

  • Visited December 2013
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New Jersey
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“Fantastic Breakfast”
Reviewed February 27, 2014

This very busy restaurant is just the spot for a great breakfast. Wide menu of choices will make you happy. I had the eggs with chorizo, bacon, home fries, and short stack of pancakes. Yum! I wobbled away very happy with enough leftover to make another breakfast at home the next day.

  • Visited February 2014
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madison, wi
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“Good but Pricey”
Reviewed February 23, 2014

Aside from the Harbor Grill being a bit on the pricey side, we had a very good meal meal. Our waitress was very cheerful and helpful and made our dinner more enjoyable. the main dishes, while not exceptional, were prepared very well and the wine list was very reasonable. While the prices may be inflated due to its location near the Marina, I would recommend Harbor Grill.

  • Visited February 2014
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