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Harbor Lights

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2761 Ruston Way, Tacoma, WA 98402-5304
+1 253-752-8600
11:00 - 22:30
Closed now
All hours
Sun 12:00 - 21:00
Mon - Thu 11:00 - 21:30
Fri - Sat 11:00 - 22:30
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Anderson Island, Washington
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47 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I've been eating at this wonderful little restaurant on the water since my high school years (prom dates). The seafood is excellent and the view is stunning. It's the first one on restaurant row along the North Tacoma waterfront drive. It's not flashy like the others, just down-home comfortable with very good food. Best of the restaurants for families.

Thank RobertELeeMo
Level Contributor
35 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great Service. Excellent staff everyone is supper friendly. I have only gone a few times but they make you feel like family! Food is excellent. All the seafood is fresh and soo tasty!!On the moderate side but well worth it. The views are excellent especially during the day time. Make the trip from downtown to here. You will not regret... More 

Thank Daniel K
Woodinville, Washington
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346 reviews
221 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 104 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 October 2016 via mobile

We chose HL for a business celebration for 6. It was a very pleasant experience and a great time. The view back across the water and down to Tacoma is awesome. The place is right on the water. Reservations are recommended. Calamari Strips - $11.95 - Mediocre Crab Dip - $14.95 - Wowzers Cup of Clam Chowder - $2.95 -... More 

Thank akittynamedtabitha
Level Contributor
3 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 October 2016

Beautiful waterfront dining! Retro "Harbor Lights" sign in lights!! Delicious fresh fish, steaks, seasonal features (huckleberry cocktails, desserts, specials when I was there). Great cocktails, wine and beer too. Friendly and helpful staff. In short, delicious food in a welcoming and comfortable atmosphere

Thank Suzanne F
Union Gap, Washington
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65 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 2016

Harbor Lights is a seafood restaurant on the “old school” being over 50 years old. It had a beautiful view of the Tacoma port and was very comfortable both in ambiance and welcome. The food was excellent and the wait staff very attentive with recommendations for things to eat and drink on the menu. I had the seafood stew which... More 

Thank Frank G
Puyallup, Washington
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98 reviews
77 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 2016 via mobile

We stopped here after leaving the airport. The view of the south sound was nice and the service was actually pretty good. My major complaint was the price for the food was a little higher. My dungeons crab melt was very good, and so was the tomato basil soup. I was pleased with my lunch and the portions were good,... More 

Thank Blk14Q5
Provo, Utah
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50 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 October 2016

I grew up in Tacoma from about 1963-1989. I had been to the Harbor Lights once before during high school. We were back visiting family and were looking for a nice restaurant with local flavor, and good seafood. This restaurant has been there as long as I remember. I had not given it much thought as the exterior looks unchanged... More 

Thank Mark T
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36 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 September 2016 via mobile

We have an unwritten rule that when we're on holiday we never go back to the same place twice. Harbor Lights was so good we broke it willingly. Lovely setting with most tables having window views. As a pescetarian I am used to having limited menu choice - here I could not make up my mind there was so much!... More 

Thank JoCumbria
Tacoma, Washington
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7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 September 2016

Love the food and prices are reasonable. Wild caught salmon is my favorite. Coleslaw is excellent. Deserts are out of this world.

Thank _elsiegraham404
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14 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 September 2016 via mobile

My husband and I decided to try this restaurant, thinking it would be a casual fish and chips kind of place. The place has more of a diner atmosphere, and has excellent views no matter where you sit in the restaurant. The food was a bit pricier than I expected, though the drinks and cocktails were very reasonably priced. We... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
American, Seafood
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Bar Scene, Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, View, Child-friendly
Open Hours
12:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:30
11:00 - 21:30
11:00 - 21:30
11:00 - 21:30
11:00 - 22:30
11:00 - 22:30
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?