February 23, 2017

Best of Dana Point: Top Spots for an Amazing Dinner

Best of Dana Point Top Spots for an Amazing Dinner  Beachside Vacation Rentals

While browsing our many Orange County vacation rental options, you’ll probably find that vacation rentals in Dana Point offer lots of opportunities for for fun romantic getaways, fine dining, and exciting activities. From visiting the Dana Point Harbor, to whale watching and boat charters, to swimming and surfing, Dana Point is full of opportunities to explore the ocean. You can even visiting nearby towns like San Clemente - home of Casa Romantica Cultural Center and Gardens and San Clemente Coastal Trail; there are many things to do in Dana Point and beyond!

The perfect end to a busy vacation day is a relaxing meal where you can recharge with family and friends. Here is our list of the best dinners in Dana Point that won’t disappoint after a long day of adventuring.

Salt Creek Grille
32802 Pacific Coast Hwy
Dana Point, CA 92629

Salt Creek Grille offers phenomenal customer service, delectable cuisine, and a romantic ambiance. Kick back and enjoy some cheese flatbread, grilled sea bass, or beignets after a long day exploring Southern California’s beach towns. Salt Creek is on the pricey side, but customers promise that you ‘get what you pay for’ with a guarantee of satisfaction every time. Some nights even include live music! Valet parking is free, so your entire night will be filled with ‘treat yourself’ kind of moments!

Craft House
34094 Pacific Coast Hwy
Dana Point, CA 92629

Looking for a more casual place to wind down at night? Craft House not only offers bottomless mimosas, but also encapsulates the downtown bar and restaurant feel. Plan to park on the street or pay $3 for valet, then enjoy your night. Craft House is known for their strong drinks, and playfully textured food. Anything from stuffed eggplant, spicy tuna on crispy rice, to delicious peach cobbler will be sure to make your taste buds happy! Be sure to look out for the head chef—he may just casually serve you your meal without a word!

Shwack Beach Grill
24502 Del Prado
Dana Point, CA 92629

From breakfast, all the way to dinner, Shwack Beach Grill is known for the best burgers (and more) in Dana Point. If you are looking for a more casual and affordable beach-food option, Shwack is for you! Try their fish tacos, famous spuds, and Ranch dressing with bacon on your salad. Located right by Doheny Beach, this is our top choice for young families looking for a fun and affordable place at the end of a day taking vacation photos in the sand and water.

Angelina’s Pizzeria Napoletana
32860 Pacific Coast Hwy
Dana Point, CA 92629

Just stepping into Angelina’s will make any Italian food lover’s mouth water. We love Angelina’s because it delivers in customer service, reasonable pricing, and taste! Stop in Monday through Thursday for happy hour from 3-6, and pair your drinks with a Gorgonzola or prosciutto pizza and bruschetta. Even order ahead of time and pick up your dinner to enjoy in the comfort of your own vacation home! Also be sure to check in on yelp for a free dessert (we recommend the cannolis!). For a fresh, tasty, and delicious Italian dinner, look no further than Angelina’s!

Dana Kai Japanese Cuisine
24050 Camino Del Avion
Dana Point, CA 92629

This Japanese gem is another local favorite when it comes to dinners in Dana Point. For a meal that flows together with consistency and ease, visit Dana Kai . Start with a sake, then try one (or two) of Dana Kai’s artfully done rolls. From the popcorn lobster roll to Unagi sashimi, to the ‘Ya Ya Roll’ for the spicy food lover, Dana Kai promises beautiful sushi and fresh taste! Although on the pricey side, Dana Kai is the perfect place for a quality meal in Dana Point.

Buena Vista Market
34065 La Plz
Dana Point, CA 92629

Tucked away in a casual Mexican market is Buena Vista’s famous Mexican food. With a classic selection of favorites, like the Burrito de Lengua, chichirron taco, and chorizo taco, Buena Vista Market is one of the best kept dining secrets in Dana Point. Surrounded by expensive and high end restaurants, Buena Vista represents the casual and delicious vibes that Southern California are known for.

Don't see what you're looking for?
Southern California is full of amazing local restaurants, and there's something for everyone! Take a look at our Southern California Dining Guide for more recommendations for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and more!

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