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Hl - Harbor Lights Tacoma, Tacoma, WA

Harbor Lights Tacoma

4.5
4.5
954 Reviews
$30 and under
Seafood

Welcome to Harbor Lights! For over 50 years we have been a staple in the Tacoma community. A rustic atmosphere that sits on the shore of Commencement Bay with scenic views providing the quintessential Northwest dining experience. Harbor Lights joined the Anthony's family on April 29th, 2000 after being the dream of Anton Barcott, an immigrant from Yugoslavia. On January 26, 1959 Anton opened Harbor Lights among the lumber mills and shipyards along the waterfront. We are well known for serving large portions of seafood such as the two pound bucket of steamed clams and have a loyal following of wonderful guests!

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Booked 37 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Seafood, Steak, Farm-to-table

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu, Sun 12:00 pm–8:00 pm Fri, Sat 12:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (253) 752-8600

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Alex Wilkes

  • Neighborhood

    Tacoma

  • Parking details

    Complimentary parking is available across the street from the restaurant.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4.1Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Tacoma

    Great for Lunch

  • Tacoma

    Scenic View

  • Tacoma

    Most Booked

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  1. DW

    DaveW

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    We really enjoyed our meal at Harbor Lights. The food was wonderful and the view was breathtaking!

  2. BE

    BarbaraE

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Pleasant staff, very timely with bringing drinks and food. Have been coming to Harbor Lights for 40 years and they never fail to exceed expectations. Whether it's for a special occasion or date night, you can count on the food being excellent and the drinks yummy. I had the seasonal Strawberry Hard Lemonade!

  3. d

    dreamanddiffer

    Seattle

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall4food5service5ambience3

    Fish was excellently prepared. I'm picky about this. Ambiance is just so so in my opinion with just the size and layout, but overall an excellent experience

  4. k

    kenmel

    Seattle

    31 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    31 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Everything was great. The view of the water is great.

  5. G

    Gatch

    Seattle

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    We took friends from back east that we hadn't seen in years. We got a window table and enjoyed the view. The food and service was great. And our friends really enjoyed the fresh seafood.

  6. KR

    KevinR

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience3

    The steak I ordered was tough and chewy. Besides that everything else was okay but if I am paying for a good steak I expect it to be better.

  7. S

    jayS

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Once again Harbor Lights did not disappoint! The food and the wait staff was and is exceptional!

  8. CC

    CommanderChip

    Cleveland

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience3

    Dinner was very nice. The calamari was tender, my sea bass was cooked well, and the rhubarb slump was to die for.

  9. CB

    CindyB

    Seattle

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5

    Excellent food, excellent service but pretty expensive.

  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience5

    Our family of four was very excited to enjoy a seafood meal at this restaurant coming from a landlocked state. The halibut was $50 a plate, small portions, and not tasty. The worst part of this evening was the waitress. She was rude, disrespectful, and seem to be judging us for every decision we made. We were very disappointed and wish that we had had a better experience. Just know if you are dining here you are dining for the view which is incredible but that’s about it.

  11. CP

    ChristyP

    Seattle

    27 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on June 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Everything was wonderful from the food to the service.

  12. S

    Skippy2eat

    Houston

    28 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4

    The Copper River Salmon was excellent. The service was stellar. And, beverages were tasty. My go to restaurant in Tacoma that is a decades long family tradition.

  13. RM

    RichardM

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    This place is great one of the best places in tacoma area.

  14. s

    sheri

    Seattle

    2 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience3

    waitress was very snippy

  15. DM

    DavidM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Wonderful restaurant on the water with excellent food and service. Great last night with family before returning home. One of my go to restaurants when I’m home. Thanks for the great night.

  16. CH

    CatherineH

    Seattle

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5

    I have always loved the Harbor Lights. You can't beat the view and the service was great... and it's still the best pour in town. I had top sirloin with the scampi add-on. The steak was pretty small although perfectly cooked to my liking. My only quibble is with the shrimp, they were lukewarm and rubbery although I paid an extra $9 for 3 of them. $3 per shrimp is pretty pricey, especially for a rubbery blob. The asparagus was not over cooked and the champ mashed potatoes were delicious. Yes, I will go back. I just won't order scampi shrimp.

  17. S

    Stepheng

    Portland

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 8, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience3

    The food and service was excellent but the terrible noise level made dinning unpleasant.

  18. BM

    BrianM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We were very impressed with Harbor Lights. The location, atmosphere, food, and staff all exceeded our expectations. I got the Halibut with hazelnut and strawberry rhubarb, and it was likely the best fish I've ever eaten. Most definitely recommend.

  19. DS

    DebbieS

    Seattle

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 6, 2022

    overall2food2service4ambience4

    Anybody familiar with the old Harbor Lights prior to Anthony's taking them over knows what a disappointment it is to revisit. All of the great menu items have gone away, replaced by the same old boring menu offered at nearly all Anthony's locations. My dinner in particular was pretty much tasteless and unimpressive. It is apparent that Anthony's is nothing like the old version of Harbor Lights. Restaurant was only about half full. If it were the old Harbor Lights, there would not have been an empty seat. Not trying to live in the past but the current Anthony's Harbor Lights leaves the food and menu extremely lacking. We do not plan on revisiting in the future.

  20. M

    Malibu64

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Great food… love the pan fried oysters! Awesome view and amazing cocktails

  21. BB

    BrentB

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5

    GREAT food and wonderful view. Always a great place to eat.

  22. TM

    TacoMa

    Seattle

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience2

    Again, my reservation was a disappointment. Poor table for a special occasion. Okay but not what I had hoped for a milestone memory.

  23. c

    corinep

    Boise

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience3

    I love that the retro feel has been maintained after being bought out by Anthonys Homeport. The good was fresh and delicious and out waitstaff was really nice, not extra chatty just cool.

  24. D

    Duane

    Las Vegas

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall3food2service3ambience4

    I love seafood, unfortunately got a bad order of clams and ended up having a steak?🙁

  25. KM

    KarynMarie

    Seattle

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 3, 2022

    overall4food2service3ambience4

    We have grown to love coming to Harbor Ligthts, but last night our visit made us want to reconsider that. The only way I can explain it was.....awful. Maybe it depends on who is doing the cooking. My mother in law and I had the same menu item, Pan Fried Oysters and a backed potato while my spouse had the Copper River Salmon. The oysters were the worst I have ever had at Harbor Lights and it is one of my favorite meals there. They were so greasy and oily I was pretty much unable to eat them, although I did because I did not wish to waste it, or our hard earned money. My mother in law had to send hers back because they were undercooked, and then when she received them back they were way over done and as were mine greasy and oily. My spouse's salmon was a very small proportion for the $45.00 market price and told me there was very little flavor. As I said, this is NOT the Harbor Lights we has become one of our favorite places to eat, regardless of the price, but last night it was at the bottom of our list. She was not able to eat them and they were wasted. My spouse and I really spoke highly of Harbor Lights and she, along with us, were really looking forward to our meal. My mother in law was very disappointed and my spouse and I were really embarrassed. I can only hope our next visit is better so our opinion of Harbor Lights goes back to the top of our favorites list. I wrote no when asked below if I would recommend Harbor Lights to a friend. Right now I have to say no. Maybe after our next visit I can change that.

  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Delicious crab legs. Great service.

  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    70 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    70 reviews

    Dined on May 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great visit with friends! Crab toast and cod fish and chips were both good. Service is smooth. Just a great place to eat!

  28. MA

    MARTIKAT

    Tahoe

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on May 24, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    Great seat! The table was right next to the window! The food was great and so was the service. Still one of my favorite places to go.

  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    I eat seafood out regularly and this place

  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Oustanding service! Excellent food, well prepared, tasty!

  31. BG

    BryanG

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great food and service. Lori, our waitperson outstanding!

  32. JC

    JudyC

    Seattle

    6 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on May 17, 2022

    overall3food2service5ambience5

    I ordered the Dungeness Crab Toast, which I have ordered several times at Anthony’s in Des Moines, I was shocked as to how small the portion was. I used to have to bring half home. I came home and had to have a snack, was not satisfied. Harbor Lights is owned by Anthony’s.

  33. W

    Whenpigsfly

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall2food3service3ambience5

    We were early to our reservation so we had a drink in the bar. Service was fabulous. Drinks were amazing! We were seated promptly at our reservation time. The waitress was nice but it was obvious she didn’t want to be there. We were told right away they were out of bread so basically tough luck. It took 1 1/2 hrs to get our food. My husband’s steak was fatty and honestly not worth the $59 we paid.

  34. TP

    TonyP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    I ordered the Alaskan wild halibut. The portion I got was the tail end which was a very small piece, NOT WORTH THE $48. Maybe next time I'll order the halibut fish and chips, this way I'll get some fish with the meal.

  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Too loud, otherwise great experience.

  36. EP

    ElizabethP

    Serbia

    26 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Celebrating a retirement! Everything was great, service, food and table. Where we were though was a bit noisy but we survived!

  37. DK

    DavidK

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 13, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    Our family has been going to Harbor Lights for decades and it a "go to" place when we want a special lunch or dinner. Our recent visit was no exception which is why we go back again and again.

  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Seems like prices soared since my last visit. The menu changed as I did not see side options for the main dishes. So I deviated to my comfort zone of fish n chips.

  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Nice corner view table for Birthday Girl

  40. KC

    KeithC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 10, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5

    We are a retired couple celebrating my wif'es'74th birthday. We looked at all the menus and restaurants along Rustin way and decided Duke's was too expensive. We really were attracted to the Early Bird Special dinner prices. We also liked the menu choices. We we arrived it was busy but we were seated very quickly and aside from having to ask for coffee refill three times it was great service and great food.

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You can order delivery directly from Harbor Lights Tacoma using the Order Online button. Harbor Lights Tacoma also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (253) 752-8600.

Harbor Lights Tacoma is rated 4.5 stars by 954 OpenTable diners.

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Booked 37 times today
Google Map for Harbor Lights Tacoma

2761 Ruston Way Tacoma, WA 98402

Additional information

  • Neighborhood

    Tacoma

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu, Sun 12:00 pm–8:00 pm Fri, Sat 12:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Seafood, Steak, Farm-to-table

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Complimentary parking is available across the street from the restaurant.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Alex Wilkes

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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