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“Excellent Lunch with charming server”

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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Good for: Local cuisine
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Lunch, 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.
Novato, California
Level 5 Contributor
83 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
“Excellent Lunch with charming server”
Reviewed May 11, 2014

My husband and I were traveling south and choose this restaurant from the good reviews we had read. We both had the $25 3 course prix fix lunch and were very impressed with the quality of the food. We started off with a cup of gazpacho and a cup of New Englad clam chowder. My husband had the grilled mahi mahi and I had the Cobb salad. I couldn't decide between the shrimp or crab topping, so the server suggested I have both. in addition to the seafood, the salad had chopped avocado, tomatoes, and egg. Everything we had was delicious. We were so full that we took our dessert course to-go...giant slices of carrot cake and chocolate cake which were enough for two servings each. If we are ever passing through Dana Point again, we will be sure to come here.
The only disappointment in this restaurant was that we thought it would have good views of the harbor but the water is some ways distant, and we looked out on a parking lot and stores. But it was warm and pleasant on the veranda and the food made up for the lack of view.

  • Visited April 2014
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Thank PrimroseLlane
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Galesburg, Illinois
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13 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Pleasant atmosphere and good food”
Reviewed March 22, 2014

Good food, pleasant music (Bruce Springsteen's Born to Run on background piano music was a highlight).

Visited March 2014
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Level 4 Contributor
48 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Great Ambience, Food OK”
Reviewed March 22, 2014

We had the lunch special after a walk around scenic Dana Point Marina. The selection was excellent as one would expect from a restaurant specializing in seafood. The outdoor seating was nice with a view over the marina. The entrees were prepared well. My only criticisms are the excess use of salt and the paucity of veggies to go with the entrees. The prices are a little steep for what you get.. but the meal was enjoyable nonetheless.

  • Visited March 2014
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Thank JDL48
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London, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
110 reviews
72 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
“Good but no local fish except oysters.”
Reviewed March 17, 2014

An enjoyable but quite expensive dinner, small shrimps from Mexico but overwhelmed by tomato and horseradish sauce, good clam chowder and excellent Canadian scallops.

  • Visited March 2014
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Thank GGPtrs
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Dana Point, California
Level 2 Contributor
5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed March 5, 2014

I don't mind paying good money for good food, but the Harbor Grill is way over the top in their pricing.
The food is good but their prices are way out of line.
The Harbor Grill is also extremely noisy. I don't want noise when I'm trying to enjoy my meal with friends. Conversation is pretty much impossible at the Harbor Grill.

  • Visited February 2014
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Thank William M
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