Coastal Kitchen

4.8
2404 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 2404 People Are Saying
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Noise · Moderate
98% of people would recommend it to a friend
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RebeccaT
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Since Coastal Kitchen is my husband's favorite restaurant, we were thrilled to get reservations there on Father's Day! We has great outdoor seating and awesome food. Highly suggest starting with the hummus and chips, then we ordered Ahi Tuna Salad, a cheeseburger and the veggie burger. All three of us were so happy with our choices. The food is excellent and the service was perfect. Can't wait to go back!

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vipValerieR
Orange County
52 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Had a great meal with wonderful service. Sat at the bar and Alicia took great care of us and everyone sitting there. She is awesome and knows the place well. The trout dip is the absolute best there is, and the butter cake is a must try. Love this place.

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Carl
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food great, as usual. Service excellent and friendly. One of our favorite places. We should have our mail sent there, since we visit so often!

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vipSusan
Los Angeles
25 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

One of my favorites in DP. Fries are crunchy and yummy! Service is very good, they are good to my littles. Thanks for good food and good times!

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KarenH
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience4

This place is always busy. Always great food. The noise level can be high.
It’s a go to in our neighborhood. Make reservations!

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vipScottS
Orange County
7 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience3

The food and service were great it was a expense but well worth it. We would highly recommend this restaurant

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DanW
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dinner was amazing as always. Sofie (sp?) was our server and did a great job allowing us to linger and talk and take our time over dinner. We got a table inside - right inside the main door but the noise and pace of everyone walking in and out was not noticeable. The Halibut was fresh and outstanding as was the Ahi Salad. One can never go wrong making reservations at this first class establishment!

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vipChristyM
Denver
9 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious and consistently good. Staff goes out of their way to please.

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vipJohnS
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We love Coastal Kitchen. We live nearby and it’s our neighborhood go-to. And Zach the bartender is outstanding!

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CaroleS
Orange County
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

the food and service were excellent especially with our server Acacia's recommendations, honesty, professionalism and personality! We will definitely be back!!

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KrisR
Orange County
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were on the patio created for Covid, which was very nice, but a little loud. Also, not as nice as inside, or the real patio, which are both beautiful, but we wanted to be outside and there was plenty of room on the added patio. Our family of four still thoroughly enjoyed our dinner! Our favorites were the Crabcake Salad & the Butter cake w/ vanilla bean ice cream—TO DIE FOR!

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The crab cake salad is amazing! I also recommend the filet street tacos as an appetizer, they’re delicious!

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vipLisaN
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, Coastal Kitchen did not disappoint. Food and drinks were as good as always and the service was second to none.

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vipTuck
Orange County
25 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Great salads (chicken caesar and crab cake). This is a terrific restaurant, well worth it.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful experience to celebrate special birthday. Diverse menu choices. Crispy chicken Caesar and seared ahi salad were top notch .

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OpenTable Diner
St. Louis
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

our server was so sweet and amazing! would go back just for her. the food was also super good. loved the crab cakes and fries

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vipOpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We love. oastal Kitchen BUT we ordered our favorite $15 signature cocktail ( the same drink) - and one came out perfectly with lots of cucumber amd mint garnish in the standard large glass- and the 2nd came in a smaller glass with a tiny bit of mint amd cucumber . Not good for a $15 drink . It was a special occasion so I didn’t want to be a downer by commenting but someone at the table did say, “Did you order your cocktail with no mint? How can one have so much and the other has none? “. We love Coastal Kitchen but the pricey Mint Limeade that is usually so great, was disappointing and not a good value .
The service there is ALWAYS terrific, though and the food is great ! Jessica our waitress was terrific !

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was outstanding as will as the food and hostess staff all on point!!

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JenniferA
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Coastal Kitchen is one of my favorite restaurants to dine in OC. The food, service, and ambiance are top notch.

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ADooo
Orange County
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Don’t plan to book a special event through open table, the restaurant does not acknowledge the request.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Consistently delicious food and great service.

JD
vipJerryD
Orange County
32 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Costco kitchen is always one of our favorite go twos we love the outdoor dining great place to bring our “Furry Son” and always be assured of the best Vib service and food. My favorite is the Seared Asian Salad and Joyhad the roasted chicken! Ask for their stuffed baked potato, it’s amazing.

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vipCherrylH
Orange County
9 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Remains one of my favorite dining spots in Dana Point

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MarciL
Charleston
1 review
Dined on 14 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lunch was beyond delicious.....all 4 of us loved the Crab Cake salad! We shared a piece of your yummy Butter cake! The service was great and we really overstayed our visit as we were having such a good time! The servers were very gracious and never made us feel rushed to leave, at all! We'll be back soon! Thanks very much! Marci Levine

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vipFoodieMichaelB
Orange County
65 reviews
Dined on 13 June 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

This is probably my 10th time at this restaurant and I have referred many friends and business associates here. I really do enjoy the atmosphere and the food and the location is great as it’s only a few miles down the road from where I reside. I have typically enjoyed the crabcake salad which is absolutely awesome but I decided to try the halibut and it too was quite good. I usually don’t get dessert but I did get the butter cake since it was for all of us to split and it was outstanding. I went with my girlfriend and another couple and we enjoyed the food and service as it is usually quite consistent.

My girlfriend orders their hamburger a certain way and I will say that 90% of the time they don’t do it right, but with spending a little bit of extra time explaining what we needed with emphasis, our waitress nailed it. We laughed about it but we’re thankful she took the time to get it right.

We will continue to come back here as we really do enjoy the food and atmosphere.

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vipCaro
Los Angeles
28 reviews
Dined on 13 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food & service!

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Fiona
1 review
Dined on 13 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and wonderful atmosphere. Will be returning again soon!

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vipHighexpectations
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on 13 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was executed to perfection. Service, food and ambience are all exemplary.
We will definitely dine again.

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OpenTable Diner
Palm Springs
2 reviews
Dined on 13 June 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience1

I was very excited to go there after seeing incredible ratings. Unfortunately it was nothing like it was portrayed - either that or I am used to different. The seating cushions were stained and smelled. Water glasses still had previous use lipstick on it - staff seemed quiet and sad - food was way overpriced and tasted nothing great just used a lot of Mayo. Kids burger was very large and cooked rare despite medium well - seating area outside smelled bad . Would never go back

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JimA
San Diego
1 review
Dined on 12 June 2021
Overall4food4service2ambience4

Food was good but my steak was well done and asked for medium/medium rare. Halibut was great. Service was un attentive and slow.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 12 June 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Food was good but service was slow.

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Foodielover
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on 12 June 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

The food was amazing as always! When we arrived, I had requested an outside table on the side. The host sat us right in the sun when there were plenty of tables with umbrella shading. First we asked to sit at a table with shade and they said no. When we asked for an umbrella to add shading she said no its not possible to move them. So we had no choice. I was about to sit down and the sun was right in my face so I went to switch to the other side. Just as I was about to sit down the host comes and grabs the chair from me. I held me tongue and thank god one of the chefs was out there. She saw my expression and quickly intervened and moved us to a more shaded table. I did ask her why they originally told us we couldn't sit there and all she could say was the hostess was new and in training. If the chef had not intervened, I was going t walk out. If this had not been my first time to Coastal Kitchen, I would have walked out. After that, service was great and food amazing.

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Luvtoeat
Orange County
1 review
Dined on 12 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Choices were across board and the salmon I had was delicious. All others in party enjoyed their meals as well. Service was good and there was no feeling of being encouraged to leave even though menu indicated folks were expected to only be there 1 1/2 hours max. I would go again.

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Michellef
1 review
Dined on 11 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food here is consistently top notch. I haven't tried anything that I didn't love! That being said the Salmon is the absolute best! It's always comes just right, I haven't found a place that does it better. Three service is great! The ambiance is nice, but can get a little loud so it may not be the place you go to have an intimate conversation. However, I went with friends from out of town and we had a great time eating, drinking and visiting!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 11 June 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Not very gluten friendly. No separate fryers and many items easily be made gluten friendly be seems to be no concours choice to do so.

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vipLianeC
Orange County
8 reviews
Dined on 11 June 2021
Overall5food3service5ambience5

Had two out of town guest visiting. Our visit included an early dinner . We ordered ahi , salads ,ribeye abd pork chop
3/4 were delicious and tasty.
The rib eye was not so. The steak had too much fat and gristle. Rib eye are know for their juicy flavor with good marbeling. This was more fat than meat.
I would have sent back if I didn’t have my guests with me.
We come here often as we are locals and this was disappointing to experience. The chef should inspect the cuts of meat prior to cooks grilling. This is the reason for 3 in food.

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SusanL
Las Vegas
4 reviews
Dined on 11 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible food and service. They offer a wide variety of food for every palette.

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vipsocalgirl
Chicago
34 reviews
Dined on 11 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My friend and have birthdays two weeks apart so we got together to celebrate. We could not decide between the burrata salad or the crab cake with side salad so we shared both. Great decision. Both were excellent!

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AnnibaleO
1 review
Dined on 10 June 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

My ribs were very good, but my wife’s soup, which was good, was on the cold side; not hot.

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viprh00
Orange County
154 reviews
Dined on 10 June 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

We had dinner here last night for the first time. The service was generally friendly and helpful. The food was mixed. The bread had pesto on top of it, called herb butter. Tasted odd. The trout dip was very fishy and the texture was not appealing. The tomatoes and buratta cheese was very good. The halibut was a nice filet but so heavily salted that we took it to go and may share it with our dog. Our waitress who was really nice, took away a glass of wine that was about 1/2 full before we left. Never had that happen. Sure it was a mistake but annoying. Not sure if we will return, expected better food given the prices.

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Coastal Kitchen is rated 4.8 stars by 2404 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.