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Harbor Lights

2761 Ruston Way, Tacoma, WA 98402-5304
+1 253-752-8600
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  • Excellent46%
  • Very good32%
  • Average12%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible4%
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“seafood” (47 reviews)
“salmon” (33 reviews)
“clam chowder” (23 reviews)
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American, Seafood, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
2761 Ruston Way, Tacoma, WA 98402-5304
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

30 years ago; today, was my last visit to the Harbor Lights Restaurant on Tacoma's Ruston Way. In fact it was one to remember as my brother Steve Bevis and I had one of our last visits together. Johnny D. of the Johnny's Dock and...More

2  Thank David B
AnthonysRestsNW, Guest Relations Manager at Harbor Lights, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

David, I truly appreciate you sharing such a lovely story and I am so very pleased to hear that you enjoyed your visit as well! We hope to see you again soon! ~Taylor

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Our visit was for lunch. The day was sunny and crisp and we were seated at a window table which was really nice. I ordered Fish & Chips. The server said "we have fresh halibut now" and I said great. What she didn't mention was...More

Thank macinoregon
Reviewed 28 March 2018

Restaurant sits on Commencement Bay in Tacoma with lots of large windows for viewing the beautiful water and mountains. Very relaxing - worth the trip. Food is good quality of fresh seafood, local. Oysters were exceptionally outstanding in March. They have a clam chowder without...More

Thank SilverTraveler
AnthonysRestsNW, Guest Relations Manager at Harbor Lights, responded to this reviewResponded 6 April 2018

Thank you for your review, we truly appreciate it! We hope to see you again soon.

Reviewed 13 March 2018

We went out for lunch the other day,We had heard about Harbor Lights on the road to Rushton.One of the many eateries on the shore road,Mostly converted fishing station out on the pilings.It was a unusual 70degs outside so we sat out overlooking Puget Sound...More

Thank Nigel A
AnthonysRestsNW, Guest Relations Manager at Harbor Lights, responded to this reviewResponded 20 March 2018

Thank you so much, Nigel! We hope to see you again soon!

Reviewed 5 March 2018

Long history of excellent food and service topped only by the views of the water. Very good local seafood.

Thank Larry T
AnthonysRestsNW, Guest Relations Manager at Harbor Lights, responded to this reviewResponded 20 March 2018

Thank you, Larry! I am so pleased to hear that you enjoy your time with us!

Reviewed 28 February 2018

The service and food at Harbor Lights is always good. The restaurant is right on the water, really good views during the day or at night. Plenty of parking, we never have an issue. Their Steaks and Seafood are always cooked to perfection. I had...More

Thank Wanderer0213
AnthonysRestsNW, Guest Relations Manager at Harbor Lights, responded to this reviewResponded 20 March 2018

Thank you for your detailed review. We truly appreciate you sharing this with us! We hope to see you again soon!

Reviewed 18 February 2018

First visit to Harbor Lights, and probably our last, at least for happy hour. The bar seating is cramped, tables and chairs old and dated. As far as the happy hour items we ordered, save yourself $8 and DO NOT order the Buffalo Chicken Sliders....More

Thank Dean H
AnthonysRestsNW, Guest Relations Manager at Harbor Lights, responded to this reviewResponded 21 February 2018

Hi Dean, Thank you so much for taking the time to leave us with feedback and I am terribly sorry about this experience! We have extremely high expectations and it very clear that we missed the mark with you. I have passed your feedback along...More

Reviewed 11 January 2018 via mobile

We have all been going to Harbor lights for years. Haven’t gone for awhile, we were there about 2 hours, the wait staff was friendly and let us take our time for a very fun and pleasant evening out. Drinks appetizers dinner and desserts all...More

Thank grammaleen
Reviewed 6 January 2018

We made a reservation and were pleased that we were seated promptly. A surprise was that we were seated at a corner table looking out on the lights of Bay in Tacoma. The server was friendly without being a pest. Our order was simple -...More

Thank Richard W
Reviewed 22 December 2017

My wife and I enjoyed a very delightful evening meal at this classic seafood restaurant on the Tacoma Waterfront. The food was nicely flavored and very filling. The sauce used on the seafood fettuccine was of a good consistency and wonderfully flavored. The sound level...More

Thank Don E
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21 October 2017|
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Response from Frank W | Reviewed this property |
The four course early bird includes an appetizer, salad, entree and dessert.
Dottie M
3 August 2017|
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Response from B122AZjohnb | Reviewed this property |
I am not sure.. You might call the restaurant and ask them.
9 January 2017|
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Response from William R | Reviewed this property |
I don't recall a special lunch menu. I think the regular menu is available all day plus assorted specials each day.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Highchairs Available
Good for
Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Bar Scene, Local cuisine, Child-friendly, View, Kids, Romantic, Groups
Open Hours
12:00 PM - 9:00 PM
11:00 AM - 9:30 PM
11:00 AM - 9:30 PM
11:00 AM - 9:30 PM
11:00 AM - 9:30 PM
11:00 AM - 10:30 PM
11:00 AM - 10:30 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2761 Ruston Way, Tacoma, WA 98402-5304
  • Location: United States  >  Washington (WA)  >  Tacoma
  • Phone Number: +1 253-752-8600
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