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“Just near perfect”

Harbor Grill Restaurant
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Ranked #8 of 146 Restaurants in Dana Point
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$15 - US$40
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Dining options: After-hours, Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner, 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 6 June 2017 via mobile

We were looking for good seafood. Some place on the quiet side so we could talk. Good service but not pretentious nor intrusive. Harbor Grill fit the bill! Shrimp for mom, blacken sea bass for me...cooked to perfection. Service was quick, not rushed, attentive but not intrusive. Portions were ample and the bill probably middle of the road for beach communities. As we ate and conversed a live pianist quietly claimed aural purchase from time to time, like the service, present, pleasing but not intrusive.

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Reviewed 30 May 2017 via mobile

I wanted to hit the best restaurants in Dana point and this was up there for seafood. Party of 3, we were seated quickly in the enclosed patio. Food was served quickly and was pretty good, albeit overpriced.

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Reviewed 27 May 2017 via mobile

Went to eat sushi based on reccomendation from a boat rental company. We very happy with the food and service. We ordered some sushi and grilled trigger fish. The meals were excellent. A little pricey but should be expected for quality food in tourist area.

Thank Just4relaxing
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Reviewed 25 May 2017 via mobile

Delicious, FRESH seafood. Went there recently on a Thursday night only to find the place was packed! Turns out Thursday's are the night for fresh oyster specials. I'm not a huge fan of them, but these were GREAT and would definitely order again. Was there with another Mom for a dinner without kids. Good wine, food, friends and local. Neither she nor I could figure out why we hadn't ever been there, despite living in the area for 13 years. Bonus--homemade carrot cake for dessert. It's a little hidden gem in the Dana Point Harbor shops area, but worth looking for it.

Thank Debbie C
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Reviewed 23 May 2017 via mobile

We hadn't been there in years. Since they were conveniently open early for dinner on Sunday we welcomed the chance. Our two entrees, the spicy Gumbo and Swordfish were perfect. Our server Quinn was a outstanding and the entire experience was wonderful. We definitely won't wait so long next time.

Thank yogiacomo
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