Harbor Grill

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1783 reviews
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$30 and under
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Seafood
TO OUR HARBOR GRILL FAMILY,
The health and safety of our family of guests and staff are most important to us. As a result of recent directives related to COVID-19, we have made the difficult decision to close our restaurant of all dining options until it is safe to reopen.
We look forward to welcoming our family of guests back into our restaurant as soon as it safe to do so.
Stay healthy,
Keegan, John and Wanda Hicks and The Harbor Grill Team

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4.7based on recent ratings
4.7
Food
4.7
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4.4
Ambience
4.4
Value
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95% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipBobcat
Los Angeles
75 reviews
Dined 15 hours ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food was wonderful! Service was above & beyond great!
We will return soon!

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DavidG
1 review
Dined on 16 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The service and the food was excellent. Their 3 course special was a good value.

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vipBarbaraC
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on 16 March 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Birthday. They served a delicious cake complimentary.

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GARPO
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on 15 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

My wife and I went there on Sunday night Mar.15, at approx. 7:30 pm. As you might expect, it was uncrowded and we had a nice booth near the live (and xlnt) pianist. The food and wine were outstanding as always, and the prices are very reasonable for Dana Point Harbor, that means out-the-door for less than $100 total for two diners, with one glass of wine and a 3-course dinner for two (including a wonderful creme bruule dessert which we shared. For food quality and service, this place can compete with any restaurant in Newport Beach or Fisherman's Wharf in San Francisco, in my opinion. Not much of a view, but if you want to have a great night out with your date, girlfriend, or wife, who can appreciate excellent food and nice live background music, here it is!

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on 15 March 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Food was good and the outdoor patio was cozy.

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jrhpetvet
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on 14 March 2020
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience5

The fish menu is excellent as is the prep and dessert menu. Can be very busy so booking is important especially during main eating hours.

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BobB
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined on 14 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great service and absolutely delicious food that you can always count. My entire family loves the place, for dinners and Sunday brunch!

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined on 13 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We have been going to Harbor Grill for over 30 years, it is our favorite restaurant in OC, food is always perfect, staff is perfect, great wine selection!!

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vipRick
Orange County
29 reviews
Dined on 12 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Great food and great service (Aubrey)!!

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NitaA
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 8 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

David is an excellent server. He managed each and every one of our requests with a smile.

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vipPjfunnybunny
Orange County
21 reviews
Dined on 7 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always great

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Ardenkat
1 review
Dined on 7 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

We drove up from San Diego and were so happy we chose Harbor Grill for our anniversary dinner. The service was great and the food was amazing!! We will be coming back again!

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PaulS
1 review
Dined on 7 March 2020
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience2

I made a reservation earlier in the week for my wife's 65th birthday. We arrived on time and was seated at a very small (2) seat table against the patio. This was not what I wanted after driving up from San Diego. Waitress was very nice. Food was OK. The area was loud and did not fit for us.

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DebbieS
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on 6 March 2020
Overall3Food4Service3Ambience2

I’ve been going to Harbor Grill for many years. The food is very good but the portion size has decreased dramatically. It’s more like a lunch portion at dinner time. Disappointed ):

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vipmrbigstuff
Orange County
9 reviews
Dined on 4 March 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience3

This restaurant is great place to eat in the harbor area

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MarylynH
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on 4 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

As usual a great experience

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LaurieS
1 review
Dined on 1 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Love this place...for over 40 years! Food is delicious and service is exemplary.

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Debdeb
Central Coast
5 reviews
Dined on 29 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always a wonderful dinner at the Harbor Grill. They never disappoint.

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vipLakersFan
Orange County
42 reviews
Dined on 29 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Harbor Grill Always delivers! The ambiance is perfect - a Neighborhood GEM as they say! We have been coming here for several years, and for a very good reason. They never disappoint. The menu is superb, and while it has many enticing choices, we can't resist always ordering the MISO Halibut. It is consistently wonderful - a real treat. And we order Cadillac Margaritas to go with them, and they are homemade (meaning - very fresh). We will definitely continue to enjoy Harbor Grill in Dana Point because it really is a dining experience. Thank you!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 27 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Flawless! Harbor Grill is the #1 seafood restaurant in South OC!

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Harvey18
Orange County
10 reviews
Dined on 23 February 2020
Overall3Food2Service2Ambience4

Server said there were only two kinds of toast, squaw bread or an English muffin. The bacon portion was only 2 strips. We had to tell the server that the Open sign was facing the door showing Closed. Poor management and a very weak breakfast entree.

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
9 reviews
Dined on 21 February 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience5

My friend and I were craving your salads and you guys are down the street from her

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vipAbeU
San Francisco
26 reviews
Dined on 21 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Harbor Grill is an excellent seafood restaurant.
The kitchen delivers Very consistently.
The menu is geared to please most people with simpler dishes on one end to interesting foodie items on the other.
The wine list complements the menu very well.
I highly recommend their curry sauces,
Oysters on the half shell,
Halibut, sword fish, sea bass and spiny lobster when in season.
Cakebread Chardonnay half bottle goes with most seafood.

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vipRobertS
New England
14 reviews
Dined on 20 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great meal, wonderful attentive and helpful waitress, and out of this world oysters and cocktails.

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DLBenderev
Orange County
1 review
Dined on 20 February 2020
Overall4Food3Service5Ambience3

The crab louie had very little crab and no backfin crab lumps, just some stringy crab. It was fresh however, but I've had much better Louie salads. Cedar Creek in San Juan Capistrano has a killer Louie.

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LisaB
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on 17 February 2020
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience3

I want to start by saying this is a nice place to eat. AND, it might well be one of the better places to eat at Dana Point Harbor. That said, I was really underwhelmed by the whole thing. Service was OK, it's clean, we never ran out of water etc, but the menu was dull. The food we had a little pedestrian. Gazpacho and chowders nothing special. It's also a pet hate of mine, to have someone go to take your plate, ask if you've finished and there is still food there and the knife and fork are clearly being used... Also is it just maybe me, but if a waitress asks me if I want dessert and I say no, why present the bill? (it wasn't busy there), before asking if I'd like coffee or if I'm ready for the bill. I would eat there again, if I was hungry. Would I recommend to a friend or make a trip out especially to go there? No, probably not. This place has all the makings of a great restaurant but they need to work at perking up the menu, and just bringing their service up a notch or two. Harbor Grill lacks something. Hope it helps you

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DerreseM
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

As always, excellent food, excellent wine, excellent service. Everything on the menu is delicious.

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Jaydub
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We enjoy any meal at The Harbor Grill. Not especially fond of the crabcakes, but all other menu items are excellent. Every server that we’ve experienced has been attentive and very polite.

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vipGrandmaMini
Philadelphia
16 reviews
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Another great meal at the Harbor Grill. We had the lobster special, such a special taste from the mesquite grill. Service was great even with a packed house on a Saturday night.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Orange County
8 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This place always hits the mark, service is always friendly, and the food is phenomenal.

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vippenumbra
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

Lovely outside patio. Excellent service. Food very good, as usual. Has gotten more expensive over time, but still a favorite.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 13 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I go for the oysters. Everything is always perfect.

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southpaw133
Orange County
6 reviews
Dined on 13 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent as always. We have been eating here for many years and I have never had anything but a good experience.

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LindaA
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on 12 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great restaurant. Food always so delicious, fresh and enjoyable. Nice wine choice and service very good.

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on 11 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Awesome as usual! Celebrating a bit early for Valentines Day & we were not disappointed!! Food was great and staff super friendly as usual. Thanks for another great dining experience !

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DavidM
1 review
Dined on 11 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent Boulibase and salmon as well! Worthy of five stars.

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ConnieV
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This wonderful establishment is always consistent in both service and excellent meals. We have never had a reason to complain... The food is always fresh and delicious.

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vipPjfunnybunny
Orange County
22 reviews
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always great!!

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BertL
San Francisco
4 reviews