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Savor Your Time in Dana Point

Dana Point Restaurants with Ocean Views

Are you ready to be dazzled? Delicious food and ocean views await you at these ocean view restaurants. Located just 20 minutes south of Laguna Beach, and with nearly seven miles of beaches at the heart of Dana Point, it’s no wonder that when people want to go to ocean view restaurants in Orange County, they come here. And ocean view restaurants at Dana Point Harbor aren’t just reserved for special occasions. Discover the best ocean view restaurants in Orange County right here in Dana Point.

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Fine Ocean View Dining in Dana Point

Chart House Restaurant

On a clear day, the view from Chart House Dana Point extends 50 miles down the Southern California Coast all the way to La Jolla. As a great Dana Point restaurant with a view, Chart House is seated atop the majestic bluffs overlooking the Dana Point Harbor and the pristine azure waters of the Pacific Ocean. Simply put, Chart House is one of the most romantic restaurants in Dana Point, year-round.

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Salt Creek Grille

A local’s favorite since 1996, Salt Creek Grille features an elegant indoor dining area, as well as an outdoor patio to enjoy catching the stunning sunsets the Golden Coast is known for. Salt Creek Grille’s recipes feature flavorful ingredients with an emphasis on local farms and products: combining a mix of flavors unique to their menu all the while staying true to their Grille origin established in 1996. Enjoy tantalizing steaks, mouthwatering fresh seafood, and other delectable delights, all with an ocean view. Located right off the Pacific Coast Highway, getting to Salt Creek Grille is a breeze.

Outer Reef

In partnership with Celebrity Chef, John Tesar, Laguna Cliffs Marriott is proud to announce their new fine dining restaurant, Outer Reef. At Outer Reef, you will enjoy Tesar’s interpretation of coastal seafood, using fresh California produce and seafood sourced exclusively from the West Coast, from Baja to Alaska. You will experience an elegant but casual ambiance, with coastal elements incorporated throughout the space including an impressive 1,000-gallon shark tank. In addition to the exceptional dinner menu presented by John Tesar, you can enjoy a separate menu for an incredibly relaxed, ocean-view breakfast.

Dana Point Ocean View Bars & Nightlife

Bar Raya

In The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel, Bar Raya is a gathering place in the casual confines of the Bar’s sophisticated, yet friendly atmosphere. Fine cocktails, appetizers, and company create an even finer dining experience alongside the breath-taking ocean views and stylized, silver bar. Embracing the rich heritage of Chef Richard Sandoval, Bar Raya offers delectable Latin American Cuisine that features some of the freshest seafood in Dana Point. Between the delicious food, relaxing atmosphere, and waterfront patio, you might find yourself having a hard time leaving and eagerly awaiting your next visit. 

33°North

An inviting and friendly living room at Monarch Beach Resort, 33°North offers three distinct personalities that cater to different social scenes: a comfortable and inviting bar; a living room salon, and an ocean-view outdoor patio – arguably the best perch in the house.The panoramic view of the Pacific Ocean is a most memorable backdrop for two popular Monarch Beach Resort traditions: afternoon tea service and sunset Champagne sabering (the art of opening) and sipping! Enjoy a long pause on the terrace and remind yourself of why you chose to make Monarch Beach Resort your place on the coast.

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OverVue Lounge

OverVue’s indoor/outdoor lounge with water features, heat lamps, and a fire pit creates a warm, friendly backdrop for relaxation, a craft cocktail, and great conversation. Enjoy one of the best sunset views in Dana Point as you gaze across the lush lawn and Dana Point Harbor to an endless stretch of blue Pacific. If you’re looking to make your night extra special, pair your dinner with live entertainment on Friday and Saturday evenings for a truly unforgettable experience. 

Doheny Surf

For an indulgent dining experience, Doheny Surf serves up Chef Manuel Rocha’s signature dishes including fine seafood, steaks, pasta, and scrumptious desserts. Grab a wood-fired hand-tossed pizza and watch the sunset over the golden Pacific from the casual rooftop lounge or indulge in a fresh hot Cookie Skillet under one of the many rooftop patio heaters. Whether looking for a casual atmosphere to relax with friends and family or your new favorite spot to watch the sunset, Doheny Surf will never disappoint. 

Family-Friendly Restaurants in Dana Point

Aveo Table + Bar

Fusing healthy eating and seaside elegance, AVEO Table + Bar offers an alfresco experience for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Located in the Waldorf Astoria Monarch Beach Resort and Club, this stunning Latin American concept restaurant embraces the seasonal bounty of the Californian coastline in an elegant setting that offers expansive views of the resort and the Pacific Ocean. Enjoy your meal in the elegant dining room, or catch some ocean views from the breezy patio with a craft cocktail in hand. However you choose to experience Aveo Table + Bar, you won’t be disappointed. 

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Wind & Sea Restaurant

Located in the middle of Dana Point Harbor, surrounded by water on three sides, Wind & Sea Restaurant provides a unique dining experience where you can enjoy watching seals and sea lions play in the harbor just feet outside of the restaurant windows. Whether you’re stopping in to stretch your sea legs and grab a pint, or you’re bringing the whole family together for a sunset dinner, Wind & Sea’s unique and beautiful dining location, incredible food, and friendly staff will make your dinner unforgettable. 

Local Hotspots

Waterman’s Harbor

Located in the heart of the Dana Point Harbor (next to the Catalina Express docks), guests at Waterman’s Harbor will not only be impressed with the amazing ocean views of Dana Point Harbor, but with seafood dishes made ‘dock-to-dish’ fresh.

Waterman’s Harbor features locally-sourced meats, produce and fish including tuna, uni, and a state-of-the-art raw oyster bar. Waterman’s offers an extensive wine list and hand-crafted cocktails as well, with two bars, upstairs and downstairs.

Monarch Bay Beach Club

Exclusive to members and resort guests of the Monarch Beach Resort, Monarch Bay Beach Club features an oceanfront bar and restaurant with coastal cuisine. Relax in the open-air beachfront lounge while enjoying tantalizing spirits, delectable appetizers, and some of the freshest seafood in Dana Point. Or, if you’re feeling a little sweeter, treat yourself to one of the many heavenly deserts like fireside roasted S’mores or Monarch Bay Beach Club’s famous sharable banana splits.