Coastal Kitchen

4.8
2943 reviews
$30 and under
American
Christina and Mike Grant, the owners of Coastal Kitchen, have created an experience that will delight and satisfy the most discerning guest. Fueled by their passion for food and a love of hospitality, the Grants have established Coastal Kitchen as the go-to spot in Dana Point. The menu is clean and fresh consisting of fish and steaks cut in house, great salads, freshly ground burgers and more. Coastal Kitchen has a full bar, patio with fire pits, and fresh coastal design.

Our mission is to deliver a quality dining experience in a comfortable, friendly atmosphere with a consistency that will bring guests back again and again. We look forward to serving you.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
What 2943 People Are Saying
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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We sat on outdoor patio by fire. Wonderful setting even though on PCH. Food was delicious but a little pricey (try the smoked trout dip! Yum) and service was friendly and attentive. Would absolutely go back. I suspect parking could be an issue on a busy summer day.

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vipFancyCat
Orange County
80 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Caesar and quinoa salads are standouts, consistently crisp fresh and perfect starters. The roasted chicken was delicious although served lukewarm. One person could make make a meal with the delicious salmon street tacos. Definitely top it off with the key lime pie

MD
MaddyD
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great food and service!

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StephenS
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I missed the halibut

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DrewT
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

James our server are Amazing, food is outstanding we will be returning.

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greyhair21
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Appetizer and soup was very good. My wife really enjoyed the crab cakes. My fried chicken was a little salty. Butter Cake was excellent! Would go back.

MF
MarcyF
Orange County
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of our favorite dining spots! Can’t go wrong here.

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vipbwhitfield
Orange County
51 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service was great as always. Love the friendly staff. One recommendation is to reduce the loudness of the music inside. Way too loud to have conversations heard.
Thank you.

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viphappydiner
San Diego
19 reviews
Dined on 12 January 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The menu changes with the seasons. The food is always interesting and delicious!!
We are never disappointed. The crab salad was unbelievable. Filet was cooked perfectly. Definitely one of our favorite places to dine.

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AshleyF
1 review
Dined on 12 January 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was very good, and the staff excellent. It was a very nice evening.

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vipMarianneS
New England
36 reviews
Dined on 11 January 2022
Overall3food3service4ambience3

We had the ribs and rotisserie chicken. Both were good but not great. They were over $30 each and two of cheapest entrees. Thought it high for quality and atmosphere. Lemon drop martini was tasty but $17 for less than generous pour.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 10 January 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful birthday celebration. The food was amazing & the service was great too!

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MTB1972
Central Coast
5 reviews
Dined on 9 January 2022
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Love the food

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chads
Orange County
1 review
Dined on 8 January 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love coastal kitchen. It’s always a great environment and phenomenal food!

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Steve
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on 8 January 2022
Overall4food3service4ambience3

Overall good. Had the rib-eye
Was not impressed. But took it home and my dog loves it.
Clam chowder was excellent and the quinoa salad was good
Ahi could I’d been a higher Grade but still good.

CM
CarolM
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on 8 January 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our dinner was delicious as well as the cocktails and wine! Our server was great as well! We even had delicious Keylime pie for dessert! If you haven’t been to the Coastal Kitchen you definitely need to put it on your calendar! Always great!

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MikeG
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on 8 January 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nipped in for a quick lunch and my my that was an unexpected surprise. The clam chowder was one of the best outside of New England. Prime rib dip was tender, flavorful and I really enjoyed the horseradish crème. The crab cake salad was delicious. This thing is fresh and packed with lump crab. No filler all thriller. Wife’s chicken BLT sammich was good but perhaps a touch dry. Chicken and bacon were crispy though, so maybe just add a little more aioli. We’ll be back

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deanr
1 review
Dined on 8 January 2022
Overall3food3service4ambience5

Nice place for indoor or outdoor dining. Suggest getting appetizers and a sandwich. Entrees are good but not great when you take into account the prices. Great service and location.

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KT77
Orange County
1 review
Dined on 7 January 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great discovery while staying in Dana Point. Love the ribs!

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on 5 January 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a good experience Service exceptional always attentive and accommodating to our needs and wants .

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RussA
Orange County
1 review
Dined on 5 January 2022
Overall3food3service4ambience2

Nice open space, great location. Food was average. Wine at $17/glass for this pour was ... a poor price. Sat down at 550 and music was very loud, surprisingly. Just expected more of a nuanced touch in terms of atmosphere, the food standing out more, etc.

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vipDisappointed
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on 4 January 2022
Overall4food5service5ambience3

For some reason they leave the front doors propped open even in the evening. The restaurant was very cold at our 7pm dinner recently approx 1/6/22. I asked if they would close the doors and they closed one and left the other open, so still pretty chilly inside. Only reason didn't give 5 stars. The parker house rolls, steak, and key lime are always a winner though!

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vipSteve
Los Angeles
69 reviews
Dined on 4 January 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything at Coastal Kitchen is tasty, but the ahi (salad or entree) is the most perfectly seared I have ever had. Generously thick slices with tender rare goodness inside and al dente seared edges for a perfect contrast.

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PeteCharles
London
3 reviews
Dined on 3 January 2022
Overall4food4service3ambience3

I took my son and his family to celebrate his US naturalisation. There were 7 of us including a baby. Coastal Kitchen is our favourite Dana Point destination for the quality of the food, location and service. In particular, their trout dip, crab cakes, cheeseburger, ribs are highlights but every menu item is good. The fries are OUTSTANDING - not frozen and dropped into a fryer with a clink! Proper potato served with delicious dips too - best in Orange County by a long way.

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JaneK
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on 1 January 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a reservation and were seated right away. The service was excellent. The food was fresh, excellent quality, prepared well and delicious.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on 1 January 2022
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Great service and food. Roasted chicken was the favorite.

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SoniaD
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on 1 January 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was delicious! We had a lovely lunch and enjoyed our time there. The restaurant is beautifully decorated and very cozy. Great service!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 1 January 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience for us on New Years Day!

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vipRobertM
San Diego
9 reviews
Dined on 31 December 2021
Overall4food3service3ambience5

Food was just not as good as the other times we have visited. Very salty unfortunately

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vipCaro
Los Angeles
32 reviews
Dined on 31 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So yummy, always! But we are so sad you got rid of the hummus starter- it was our favorite! But we always love the crabcakes, the salmon, the fries! So so good!

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Regrudy
Los Angeles
21 reviews
Dined on 31 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An early New Year’s Eve dinner under a heated tent with quaint ambiance. The food was delicious and service was great.

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vipChristineC
Philadelphia
44 reviews
Dined on 31 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very fresh and well balanced cuisine.

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vipmaureenr
Orange County
8 reviews
Dined on 31 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing meal! Crab cake salad was so good, I will be back for sure!!!

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PattyI
Orange County
1 review
Dined on 30 December 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great atmosphere for the holidays! Our waitress was super sweet! Food is always good there!

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AmyB
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on 30 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday date night

DB
DavidB
1 review
Dined on 30 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice place with outstanding service and great tasting food.

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vipbabs824
San Francisco
84 reviews
Dined on 30 December 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

This was my first time at Coastal Kitchen. I was meeting with an old friend and we were talking incessantly. The waiter was very courteous, stopping by, but not pushing. My only complaint was the Caesar Salad with chicken. The chicken was a pounded breast coated in a breadcrumb crust. Delicious. The salad was over dressed unfortunately, but the Caesar dressing was good! would come back

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JenniferK
Los Angeles
13 reviews
Dined on 30 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love Coastal Kitchen. Today I ate lunch with two co-workers who had never dined at Coastal Kitchen before. They both thought it was awesome. The food and service are always great. Friendly servers that don't over wait on you. Just right. I am thrilled the owners figured out how to survive during COVID-19 and continue to thrive.

JD
vipJerryD
Orange County
39 reviews
Dined on 29 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome as usual, Two of us had the unbelievable Hawaiian ribeye one the chicken sandwich and one the French Dip….all were amazing!!

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vipTony
Orange County
24 reviews
Dined on 27 December 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Have been to Coastal Kitchen several times. On our most recent visit, the place was jumping! Awesome to see everyone working in concert with one another. Chef came to the table twice and actually delivered some items. Food choices this trip: Tortilla soup (excellent), and perfect for a winters day. Followed by crab cake appetizer salad. Their crab cakes are exceptional...no fillers whatsoever...and its served w/a nicely dressed salad with grapefruit slices and avocado. So good. My guest had the prime rib dip, which was also fresh and tasty. This place really knows how to do it right. Friendly, professional staff in a great setting.

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Coastal Kitchen is rated 4.8 stars by 2943 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting bookings at the moment.