Dana Point restaurants are among the best in all of Orange County, but you have to be selective with where you go and what you try. Luckily, we’ve done our own trial and error and found the best dishes that each of our featured restaurants has to offer.
To be clear, we liked everything on the menu, but finding the standout items to try at each new restaurant is a must, and we’ve already done it for you!
The Harbor Grill
The Harbor Grill is one of the best restaurants in Dana Point thanks to its close proximity to the ocean. Nothing gets you in the mood for quality seafood like smelling the ocean.
There are absolutely some great burgers and steaks for the non-seafood lovers out there, but the seafood is what keeps everyone coming back! We are particularly partial to the Barbecued Shrimp “Louisiana Style” and the Pacific Swordfish with Garlic Mashed Potatoes.
They also have oysters on a half shell, or you can get them fried, so save some room!
If you’re looking for some killer Poke, look no further! You will be hard pressed to find a better one in the OC. The best thing about Kawamata is that they deliver both huge portion sizes and it’s absolutely delicious!
This isn’t your typical dinner place, mainly because they aren’t open for dinner. Most will find it shocking, but Kawamata closes at 6 pm daily. We actually have found that this is the perfect closing time for them because Poke is more of a light in between meal than it is a heavy dinner.
What we mean is, they get packed for lunch because having a light lunch and heading back to work is the best way to finish your day strong. Imagine having a burger and fries and then going back to work instead. Big difference between how each will make you feel right?
Go with the Kawamata for lunch, and you won’t be sorry!
Salt Creek Grille
Now that you have a great lunch spot, you have to try a place known for having the best dinner around. Salt Creek Grille is only open for dinner on the weekdays, and they have brunch and lunch service on the weekends.
They have a wide array of food including a Porterhouse Stroganoff, a Wood Fired Filet, Chilean Sea Bass, and a make your own omelet for the weekend brunch! They also have delicious sandwiches and burgers the most common kids meals like chicken tenders and mac and cheese.
You won’t be disappointed with the variety at Salt Creek Grille, and their unique approaches to some of their dishes will keep your taste buds happy!
Hendrix Restaurant and Bar
Hendrix Restaurant and Bar has some of the harder to find dishes in the OC area. On the list of delectable dishes is the porchetta sliders, the leg of lamb sandwich, squash blossoms stuffed with ricotta, tomato, and piquillo pepper sauce, and the classic tuna tartare.
You won’t be able to find some of the dishes they serve here anywhere else, and the ones that you can find elsewhere are just done better at Hendrix. If you have yet to try it out, give it a shot when you’re feeling a little adventurous!
Finding the best restaurants in Dana Point is a lot easier when you move here, so start looking today!