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“Great Ambience, Food OK”

Harbor Grill Restaurant
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Ranked #6 of 146 Restaurants in Dana Point
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$15 - US$40
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Dining options: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, 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.
Reviewed 22 March 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.

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Reviewed 17 March 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.

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Reviewed 5 March 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.

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Thank William M
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Reviewed 5 March 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.

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Reviewed 4 March 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!

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