Harbor Lights

★★★★☆
  • 2761 Ruston Way

    Tacoma, WA 98402

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  • 253-572-8600

About Harbor Lights

Hours
Mon. - Thu. 11am - 9pm;Fri. - Sat. 11am - 10pm;Sun. 24 Hours

Food

Food
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I live in MN, but have relatives that live in Tacoma, and this restaruant is one of the best that I've eaten at. I've been traveling out to Washington since I was 7, and I always make sure to hit this place for some good eats.

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★★★★☆

I live in MN, but have relatives that live in Tacoma, and this restaruant is one of the best that I've eaten at. I've been traveling out to Washington since I was 7, and I always make sure to hit this place for some good eats.

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i have been a customer since 1965. Little has changed,updated carpet,tables and chairs. Yes the portions have decreased abit, but the food is still wonderful and the view is outta this world...The bartender Lee the enbalmer, is no longer there, but the drinks are everybit as strong. It is a very enchanting place. You are seated always immediatly, and served promptly. Well done...

5
★★★★★

i have been a customer since 1965. Little has changed,updated carpet,tables and chairs. Yes the portions have decreased abit, but the food is still wonderful and the view is outta this world...The bartender Lee the enbalmer, is no longer there, but the drinks are everybit as strong. It is a very enchanting place. You are seated always immediatly, and served promptly. Well done...

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it's always been a big deal to go out to eat at Harbor Lights. My grandparents took me on all special occassions. Bucket of clams is the only thing I have ever ordered while dining there. my husband asked me to marry him at Harbor Lights in 1988. A very special place indeed.

5
★★★★★

it's always been a big deal to go out to eat at Harbor Lights. My grandparents took me on all special occassions. Bucket of clams is the only thing I have ever ordered while dining there. my husband asked me to marry him at Harbor Lights in 1988. A very special place indeed.

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Extraordinarily mediocre! 5 star service, 2 star food. Steak, oysters, yuk! My sister's open face seafood san seemed to please her but she likes lots of cheese and she got a lot of cheese. Harbor Lights is no longer Harbor Lights but a place where some really nice people serve really modest food. Won't be back. butch vashon

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★★☆☆☆

Extraordinarily mediocre! 5 star service, 2 star food. Steak, oysters, yuk! My sister's open face seafood san seemed to please her but she likes lots of cheese and she got a lot of cheese. Harbor Lights is no longer Harbor Lights but a place where some really nice people serve really modest food. Won't be back. butch vashon

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Harbor Lights is simply the best restaurant in Tacoma. It is our favorite haunt. The food is excellent, the service is exceptional, and the people are friendly and helpful.

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Harbor Lights is simply the best restaurant in Tacoma. It is our favorite haunt. The food is excellent, the service is exceptional, and the people are friendly and helpful.

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i love this place, they have the best fish and chips i've ever had, the decor reminds me of the old really fine restaurants in detroit, where the food is the best.

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★★★★★

i love this place, they have the best fish and chips i've ever had, the decor reminds me of the old really fine restaurants in detroit, where the food is the best.

Pros: love the old style decor

Cons: none

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Harbor Lights is my absolute FAVORITE place for Steamed Clams Bordelaise! My husband and I usually start with a Crab Cocktail and usually share a bucket of clams! Most of the time we end up unable to finish them, but they are gooood! Another great suggestion is the Fried Crab Legs...delicious! But...if you plan to have them call ahead of time to reserve them because they sell out fast! The seafood is always fresh and always good! I have never walked away hungry and the menu is prices accordingly. The waitstaff is kind and courteous. I'm surprised at what Mike TD had to say in his review. Must have caught them on a bad day! Who knows? If you have reservations, you usually get in and seated in a timely manner. Yes, the decor may be a bit outdated, but it's the Harbor Lights I've always known. Besides, who's REALLY there for the decor? There's a gorgeous view of Commencement Bay!

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★★★★★

Harbor Lights is my absolute FAVORITE place for Steamed Clams Bordelaise! My husband and I usually start with a Crab Cocktail and usually share a bucket of clams! Most of the time we end up unable to finish them, but they are gooood! Another great suggestion is the Fried Crab Legs...delicious! But...if you plan to have them call ahead of time to reserve them because they sell out fast! The seafood is always fresh and always good! I have never walked away hungry and the menu is prices accordingly. The waitstaff is kind and courteous. I'm surprised at what Mike TD had to say in his review. Must have caught them on a bad day! Who knows? If you have reservations, you usually get in and seated in a timely manner. Yes, the decor may be a bit outdated, but it's the Harbor Lights I've always known. Besides, who's REALLY there for the decor? There's a gorgeous view of Commencement Bay!

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While our experience at other Anthony's restaurants has been generally good, Harbor Lights, not so much. The service was slow even though there were very few people there. The hostess and server were not at all attentive or friendly and there were long waits for everything.
The food was poor in all respects, from presentation to taste and quality. The portions were very small, over cooked and well over priced. Most of the food was similar to something you might find in the frozen food section of the grocery store.
The steamed clams were not worth ordering. Very poor.
The decor is dated, worn out and dirty.
When you come upon Harbor Lights, keep going. There are several other restaurants in the area with much better food and service.

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★☆☆☆☆

While our experience at other Anthony's restaurants has been generally good, Harbor Lights, not so much. The service was slow even though there were very few people there. The hostess and server were not at all attentive or friendly and there were long waits for everything.
The food was poor in all respects, from presentation to taste and quality. The portions were very small, over cooked and well over priced. Most of the food was similar to something you might find in the frozen food section of the grocery store.
The steamed clams were not worth ordering. Very poor.
The decor is dated, worn out and dirty.
When you come upon Harbor Lights, keep going. There are several other restaurants in the area with much better food and service.

Pros: On the waterfront

Cons: Poor food quality and poor service.

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i loved harbor lights, we got sat right away, and our server was great. We ordered our favorite, the captains plate. We were able to enjoy ourselves yet still be in and out in a reasonable time. It was a great dinner for me and my wife, and we definitely enjoyed our time being there. great service, great food, and a great time overall

5
★★★★★

i loved harbor lights, we got sat right away, and our server was great. We ordered our favorite, the captains plate. We were able to enjoy ourselves yet still be in and out in a reasonable time. It was a great dinner for me and my wife, and we definitely enjoyed our time being there. great service, great food, and a great time overall

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I hadn't been to Harbor Lights for a year or so. I took my wife there last night for our anniversary. I have always loved their pan fried oysters. However, when I tried to order them, I was told that they have been "pulled". When I asked what that means, all I got was a shrug of the waitresses shoulders. No problem, my second favorite dish over the years at Harbor Lights has been their large breaded scallops. I had remembered too, that the portions were large. Well, wrong on both accounts. When the meal arrived, the portion was pathetically small, but not as pathetic as the size of the scallops themselves, which I would describe as marble sized (small marbles). I told the waitress that I ordered the meal, so I'll be more than happy to pay for it, but to take the plate away. She took the untouched dinner away and I watched my wife eat what she described as a pretty good salmon dinner. Thank God they still make a decent drink -- I needed it. This was the first time in my life that I had to send a dinner back.

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★★☆☆☆

I hadn't been to Harbor Lights for a year or so. I took my wife there last night for our anniversary. I have always loved their pan fried oysters. However, when I tried to order them, I was told that they have been "pulled". When I asked what that means, all I got was a shrug of the waitresses shoulders. No problem, my second favorite dish over the years at Harbor Lights has been their large breaded scallops. I had remembered too, that the portions were large. Well, wrong on both accounts. When the meal arrived, the portion was pathetically small, but not as pathetic as the size of the scallops themselves, which I would describe as marble sized (small marbles). I told the waitress that I ordered the meal, so I'll be more than happy to pay for it, but to take the plate away. She took the untouched dinner away and I watched my wife eat what she described as a pretty good salmon dinner. Thank God they still make a decent drink -- I needed it. This was the first time in my life that I had to send a dinner back.

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This little eatery has quite a bit of charm. The clams and shellfish are amazing as well as any salmon dish. I've been here a few times and haven't been let down yet. Service is great and prices are great as well. An older restaurant, but that adds to its character.

PROS: Food, Views
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4
★★★★☆

This little eatery has quite a bit of charm. The clams and shellfish are amazing as well as any salmon dish. I've been here a few times and haven't been let down yet. Service is great and prices are great as well. An older restaurant, but that adds to its character.

PROS: Food, Views
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If you are looking for great seafood on the Tacoma water front, look no more. Although the place is small, they serve up great food and do so with incredible service. You will definitely not leave the harbor lights hungry. You can also have a great drink in their small and vintage looking lounge. Bring a designated driver...they make some very strong drinks there :)

PROS: Great menu and incredible seafood selection
CONS: small location with limited seating

4
★★★★☆

If you are looking for great seafood on the Tacoma water front, look no more. Although the place is small, they serve up great food and do so with incredible service. You will definitely not leave the harbor lights hungry. You can also have a great drink in their small and vintage looking lounge. Bring a designated driver...they make some very strong drinks there :)

PROS: Great menu and incredible seafood selection
CONS: small location with limited seating

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While it may be hard to get a reservation here sometimes, this is a gorgeous restaurant with an incredible atmosphere that is located right on the Tacoma waterfront. Guys, get a window seat here on the 4th of July and you can't ask for a more romantic setting! The food isn't always fabulous but the drinks and setting more than make up for it

PROS: Wonderful atmosphere
CONS: Average food

4
★★★★☆

While it may be hard to get a reservation here sometimes, this is a gorgeous restaurant with an incredible atmosphere that is located right on the Tacoma waterfront. Guys, get a window seat here on the 4th of July and you can't ask for a more romantic setting! The food isn't always fabulous but the drinks and setting more than make up for it

PROS: Wonderful atmosphere
CONS: Average food

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