Salt Creek Grille

★★★★★
  • 32802 Pacific Coast Hwy

    Dana Point, CA 92629

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  • 949-661-7799

About Salt Creek Grille

Hours
Monday To Thursday From 05:00 PM To 10:00 PM Friday To Sunday From 11:30 AM To 04:00 PM Friday To Sunday From 05:00 PM To 10:00 PM
Reservations
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Great food. Good bar (little pricey) with entertainment.

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★★★★★

Great food. Good bar (little pricey) with entertainment.

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I come here with my friends alot for happy hour... love their happy hour!

2
★★★★★

I come here with my friends alot for happy hour... love their happy hour!

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Great happy hour!!!

2
★★★★★

Great happy hour!!!

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Great food, great salads. A memorable experience every time we have dined at this restaurant. A must night out.

4
★★★★☆

Great food, great salads. A memorable experience every time we have dined at this restaurant. A must night out.

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I've been to SCG several times over the past few years.

The first time was for brunch, which I will admit is quite good. Our party of 6 showed up on time for our reservation and waited about five minutes to be seated. The service was attentive without being annoying...usually buffet service is pretty poor but our server was good about keeping drinks topped off and clearing plates. The buffet itself was quite good: lots of fresh shrimp (shell on, but tasty enough to be worth peeling) & crab, tasty salads, an omelet bar and the usual roasted meat/hot side dishes. It's not the biggest brunch around but the food was fresh enough. And the price was reasonable. So I'd give the buffet 2.5 stars.

I've been also been to SGC twice on date nights with my husband. Both times we were quite disappointed: mediocre service (how many times to do I have to ask for an ice tea refill?!) and mediocre food. Nothing really stands out on the menu...I tried their prime rib special and found it not bad but not good either. Just MEH. That was pretty much the consensus for all our food. Honestly it reminded us of Chili's -chain food that is pre-prepared and *boring*. Except that it was more $$ than Chilis.

I would only recommend the SGC for a quick brunch...if you're looking for a good dinner there are a lot of restaurants that are much better for the price.

3
★★★☆☆

I've been to SCG several times over the past few years.

The first time was for brunch, which I will admit is quite good. Our party of 6 showed up on time for our reservation and waited about five minutes to be seated. The service was attentive without being annoying...usually buffet service is pretty poor but our server was good about keeping drinks topped off and clearing plates. The buffet itself was quite good: lots of fresh shrimp (shell on, but tasty enough to be worth peeling) & crab, tasty salads, an omelet bar and the usual roasted meat/hot side dishes. It's not the biggest brunch around but the food was fresh enough. And the price was reasonable. So I'd give the buffet 2.5 stars.

I've been also been to SGC twice on date nights with my husband. Both times we were quite disappointed: mediocre service (how many times to do I have to ask for an ice tea refill?!) and mediocre food. Nothing really stands out on the menu...I tried their prime rib special and found it not bad but not good either. Just MEH. That was pretty much the consensus for all our food. Honestly it reminded us of Chili's -chain food that is pre-prepared and *boring*. Except that it was more $$ than Chilis.

I would only recommend the SGC for a quick brunch...if you're looking for a good dinner there are a lot of restaurants that are much better for the price.

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My wife and I have enjoyed Salt Creek Grille dozens of times over the past 10 years we've been dining there. When we hear about their new menu, we were excited to see how they could make a great menu even better. Our experience exceeded our expectations....and we've always loved the amazing food and attentive, friendly service. The new Chilean Seabass was the most extraordinary dishes I have ""ever"" enjoyed. My wife had the new bone-in filet ad it was cooked perfectly. We will be back next weekend for our anniversary!

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★★★★★

My wife and I have enjoyed Salt Creek Grille dozens of times over the past 10 years we've been dining there. When we hear about their new menu, we were excited to see how they could make a great menu even better. Our experience exceeded our expectations....and we've always loved the amazing food and attentive, friendly service. The new Chilean Seabass was the most extraordinary dishes I have ""ever"" enjoyed. My wife had the new bone-in filet ad it was cooked perfectly. We will be back next weekend for our anniversary!

Pros: Food, Ambiance, Service

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I enjoy this place for a number of reasons: The main reason is for the live music (all types) and (small) dance floor. It is a welcoming, nicely decorated restaurant. Good selection of wine and a nice bar. If you're up for dinner, it is nice place to eat as well. (It certainly doesn't seem like you're eating in a bar)

4
★★★★☆

I enjoy this place for a number of reasons: The main reason is for the live music (all types) and (small) dance floor. It is a welcoming, nicely decorated restaurant. Good selection of wine and a nice bar. If you're up for dinner, it is nice place to eat as well. (It certainly doesn't seem like you're eating in a bar)

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Anything you would ever ask for in a classic brunch is here. From eggs and sausage to crab legs and sushi with a chocolate fountain for dessert. Its pretty pricey but it is well worth it.

5
★★★★★

Anything you would ever ask for in a classic brunch is here. From eggs and sausage to crab legs and sushi with a chocolate fountain for dessert. Its pretty pricey but it is well worth it.

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My husband & I love to come to Salt Creek for their happy hour. Great deal on wine and appetizers. When we finish in their bar area we go outside and enjoy the fire pit. Monday night is the best night for Salt Creek. The only gripe we have is that they pour their $3 happy hour glasses of wine very short. So, it might not be much of a deal. But, we will definetly be back.

1
★★★☆☆

My husband & I love to come to Salt Creek for their happy hour. Great deal on wine and appetizers. When we finish in their bar area we go outside and enjoy the fire pit. Monday night is the best night for Salt Creek. The only gripe we have is that they pour their $3 happy hour glasses of wine very short. So, it might not be much of a deal. But, we will definetly be back.

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Great atmosphere, food tastes great, lots of space for all the guests you want to bring, music and dancing too! On the weekends, a reservation will keep you from waiting, but the waiting area has bonfires. Very romantic!!

4
★★★★☆

Great atmosphere, food tastes great, lots of space for all the guests you want to bring, music and dancing too! On the weekends, a reservation will keep you from waiting, but the waiting area has bonfires. Very romantic!!

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Where to start? There are so many things to love about Salt Creek Grille. Their champagne brunch is easily the best in OC and has become a Mother's Day tradition with our family. The omelette and pasta bar have a great variety of veggies, meats (breakfast and otherwise) cheeses and sauces. The large back room is also full of breakfast favorites (waffles, pancakes) as well some great specialties (breakfast quiches - yum!) and other treats such as shrimp and crab legs. And the mini creme-brulees on the dessert table are fantastic. Dinner at Salt Creek is also superb. I could eat their stuffed halibut every night of the week! The seabass and salmon are also very good. Only thing that kept me from giving SCG a 10 was that our service last night was uncharacteristically poor. Our server was inattentive and seemingly humorless. I know from prior experience that she is certainly an exception to the rule (everyone else I've encountered from the hostesses, to the bus boys, even the girl that brought out the dessert tray have been wonderful!), but as a representative of such a fine restaurant she should have kept a little closer eye on our drinks, and taken our orders in a more timely manner. The restaurant was nearly empty (we arrived around 8 for a late dinner, and it was a Tuesday night) so it certainly wasn't a matter of being overly busy. Still, I HIGHLY recommend you check out Salt Creek Grille. You won't be disappointed.

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★★★★★

Where to start? There are so many things to love about Salt Creek Grille. Their champagne brunch is easily the best in OC and has become a Mother's Day tradition with our family. The omelette and pasta bar have a great variety of veggies, meats (breakfast and otherwise) cheeses and sauces. The large back room is also full of breakfast favorites (waffles, pancakes) as well some great specialties (breakfast quiches - yum!) and other treats such as shrimp and crab legs. And the mini creme-brulees on the dessert table are fantastic. Dinner at Salt Creek is also superb. I could eat their stuffed halibut every night of the week! The seabass and salmon are also very good. Only thing that kept me from giving SCG a 10 was that our service last night was uncharacteristically poor. Our server was inattentive and seemingly humorless. I know from prior experience that she is certainly an exception to the rule (everyone else I've encountered from the hostesses, to the bus boys, even the girl that brought out the dessert tray have been wonderful!), but as a representative of such a fine restaurant she should have kept a little closer eye on our drinks, and taken our orders in a more timely manner. The restaurant was nearly empty (we arrived around 8 for a late dinner, and it was a Tuesday night) so it certainly wasn't a matter of being overly busy. Still, I HIGHLY recommend you check out Salt Creek Grille. You won't be disappointed.

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I haven't tried their seafood (ironically), but the turkey sandwich I had sure was great. Along with that, there's a nice woody beach ambiance, live music near the bar, and relaxed but helpful servers. A casual, but classy find.

2
★★★★☆

I haven't tried their seafood (ironically), but the turkey sandwich I had sure was great. Along with that, there's a nice woody beach ambiance, live music near the bar, and relaxed but helpful servers. A casual, but classy find.

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Good sunday brunch for your money.
Friendly smiling servers who walk around pick up those plates and filling up those drinks.

2
★★★★★

Good sunday brunch for your money.
Friendly smiling servers who walk around pick up those plates and filling up those drinks.

Pros: Food, Servers

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Happy hour value meals are excellent, as are the wine prices. Favorite meeting place for after work decompression!

2
★★★★★

Happy hour value meals are excellent, as are the wine prices. Favorite meeting place for after work decompression!

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This place is a popular favorite located along the PCH in Dana Point. The food is excellent, and they take reservations. You can even hear awesome some local entertainment in their bar on the weekends. While this could be a place for the family, it is mostly geared towards adults and a little on the pricey side.

5
★★★★★

This place is a popular favorite located along the PCH in Dana Point. The food is excellent, and they take reservations. You can even hear awesome some local entertainment in their bar on the weekends. While this could be a place for the family, it is mostly geared towards adults and a little on the pricey side.

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Salt Creek Grille has it all! I eat out often and to find a restaurant that has all of the elements I enjoy, great food, wine and jazz really makes my dining choices easy.

2
★★★★★

Salt Creek Grille has it all! I eat out often and to find a restaurant that has all of the elements I enjoy, great food, wine and jazz really makes my dining choices easy.

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Or maybe it once had one. It's built as though it had one, and it certainly deserves to have one, but alas there's only a strip of ocean visible from one point within the restaurant.

I like this place. Service is young and attentive. They let you linger and don't make you feel rushed.
Food not only tastes good, it looks good, too. The wine list is quite decent as well.

Seabass was succulent and flavorful with a crunchy shallot crust and champagne sauce, served atop a mound of garlic mashed potatoes. Seared ahi was lovely and I especially liked the stir-fried cabbage accompaniment.

The only complaint I have about the place is the noise level inside-- if something could be done about that, the place would be perfect.

2
★★★★★

Or maybe it once had one. It's built as though it had one, and it certainly deserves to have one, but alas there's only a strip of ocean visible from one point within the restaurant.

I like this place. Service is young and attentive. They let you linger and don't make you feel rushed.
Food not only tastes good, it looks good, too. The wine list is quite decent as well.

Seabass was succulent and flavorful with a crunchy shallot crust and champagne sauce, served atop a mound of garlic mashed potatoes. Seared ahi was lovely and I especially liked the stir-fried cabbage accompaniment.

The only complaint I have about the place is the noise level inside-- if something could be done about that, the place would be perfect.

Pros: Great outdoor dining, Attentive service

Cons: , Noise level

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The 16oz New York steak is better than any I ever eaten! It beats Ruth's Chris Steakhouse hands down. No steak sauce is needed. The steak is worth $32.00 My wife had a petite filet for $23.00 which was also good. Our friend Dorian had the Chicken Piccata which was absolutely a delite to your taste buds. The atmosphere is nice, but the open fire outside makes this place a winner. Dinner starts a 5:00pm, I recommend arriving at five or make a reservation! The glass wall allows you the option to watch the cook prepare your steak on your way to the bathroom. Order the chocolate dessert at the same time as your meal cuz it takes 25 minutes to make.

2
★★★★★

The 16oz New York steak is better than any I ever eaten! It beats Ruth's Chris Steakhouse hands down. No steak sauce is needed. The steak is worth $32.00 My wife had a petite filet for $23.00 which was also good. Our friend Dorian had the Chicken Piccata which was absolutely a delite to your taste buds. The atmosphere is nice, but the open fire outside makes this place a winner. Dinner starts a 5:00pm, I recommend arriving at five or make a reservation! The glass wall allows you the option to watch the cook prepare your steak on your way to the bathroom. Order the chocolate dessert at the same time as your meal cuz it takes 25 minutes to make.

Pros: Food, food, atmosphere

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Right on Pacific Coast Highway where exclusive South Laguna and Dana Point intersect and street lights don't shine, this spacious Craftsman-style restaurant glows bright at night with its woodsy outdoor patio fire pits, minimalist Mission…

 

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