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Hl - Harbor Lights Tacoma, Tacoma, WA

Harbor Lights Tacoma

4.6
4.6
1148 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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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 18 times today

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Seafood, Steak, Farm-to-table

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu 11:00 am–8:00 pm Fri, Sat 11:00 am–9:00 pm Sun 12:00 pm–8:00 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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What 1,148 people are saying

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

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Tacoma

    Great for Lunch

  • Tacoma

    Scenic View

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  1. I

    Ideasandtraining

    Seattle

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We went to celebrate our 56th Anniversary with a cousin. We arrived, were welcomed, ordered, ate delicious trout salad, weathervane scallops, calimarie and jar desserts. Service was wonderful. Scenery was beautiful. Food was luscious and filling.
  2. B

    Barb

    Seattle

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    Every time we have eaten here we feel rushed. We like to enjoy our wine and especially would like to finish our salad before our meal arrives.
  3. NF

    NotaFoody

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall2food2service2ambience2
    Well, let's start with $20 scallops starter plate, because I couldn't have Happy Hour apps in the dining room. Was told they are smaller portions anyway...not sure how scallops could have been any smaller (sharing between 3 ppl). Really - 5 tiny scallops :-( Skipped the Lobster special and went with the 3 course (made it the 4 course). Shrimp Cocktail was salad shrimp with cocktail sauce. I sure wish I had went with the lobster, but maybe it would not have been what I would have expected either. I decided to go with the "steak" and waiter recommended hash browns. They hash browns were soooooo greasy and gross and the "steak" is hamburger formed into a steak. I obviously mistook ground sirloin for grilled steak, really glad I didn't ask for medium rare (aren't you suppose to fully cook hamburger meat). But the Burnt Cream dessert was good and so was the free bread they serve! So $150.00 (before an additional and probably unwarranted $30 tip...one person had to drink everyone else's water cause he never could get a refill) for 3 ppl to each mediocre food will ensure I never go back.
  4. LW

    LloydW

    Portland

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Although we have dined at Harbor Lights before, tonight it was a last minute backup after having left The Melting Pot because of unacceptable behavior by the manager. We were greeted immediately and shown to our table to be served a simply delicious meal and completely turned our evening around. I am reminded that we should bring our business where more often as it's always a positive experience and overall, very good value for the dining dollwr.
  5. CT

    ChrisT

    Seattle

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Was a very pleasant night food was good service was excellent the restaurant was full (even the bar) was a nice way to start the Holidays.
  6. W

    Waterfrontfriend

    Seattle

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food and drinks were delicious! We had a nice view of the water. The staff was friendly and attentive. It’s one of our favorite places!
  7. D

    Debbie

    Seattle

    45 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    45 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food4service5ambience3
    We had the lobster, which was very tasty, albeit small....which we expected given the price. The lobster was served with any style potatoe, or rice pilaf. There were fresh vegetables, zucchini and carrots.
  8. HE

    HeidiE

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is our favorite restaurant because we can always count on good food, pleasant staff and great drinks. The lobster was a special treat!
  9. A

    Alberta

    Seattle

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 22, 2022

    overall2food2service4ambience2
    I asked to see the manager and he never came. I was only going to give him some ideas to improve the reservations from one restaurant to another. I think he purposely did not come. But that's ok.
  10. BL

    BrianL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The Lobster Dinner was Excellent!!! The fresh warm bread they serve there is delicious!!! Service was Excellent+☆☆☆☆☆
  11. D

    Devschwan

    Seattle

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Excellent service; delicious food; beautiful view; and quite loud. Overall, we highly recommend the lobster dinners. To insure a table, make reservations because it was very crowded.
  12. J

    Jeff

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 22, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience4
    The food was luke warm. Serving of mash potatoes was barely a spoonful. Not the Harbor Lights I remember as a kid.
  13. WC

    WarrenC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We came in for the lobster dinners and they were very good. Service was fast and our server was very attentive.
  14. KE

    KipE

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 22, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Even though we had the special, lobster, it looked like other items on the menu would be good to try.
  15. JT

    JaniceT

    Seattle

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on November 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I went to Harbor Lights to take advantage of the Lobster Dinner special. I was seated with a view of the harbor and was able to watch two seals. The food was perfectly prepared and plated and the service was great.
  16. MP

    MarshaP

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 21, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    The cod fish portion was very small. After mentioning this to our server, she had another larger piece delivered to our table. Overall, the service and food were excellent! The clams were delicious.
  17. j

    jaywendy

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Nancy's service acumen is always EXCEPTIONAL. She is so polite, helpful, and professional. We loved the lobster dinner. Jay and Wendy
  18. CL

    CynthiaL

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Out of town family member here on business
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our favorite restaurant on so many levels. Views, drinks, food and service all excellent!
  20. GL

    GaryL

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 17, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    The only problem we had with the food was that it wasn't hot enough.
  21. RB

    RayB

    Seattle

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 17, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    had scallops and calamari for starters,then lobster for the main course! the food was excellent!
  22. SH

    SusanHS

    Seattle

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delightful place: great view of Puget Sound; friendly, efficient service.
  23. TR

    TheRunner

    Seattle

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on November 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Last night we ate at Harbor Lights celebrating our 59th Wedding Anniversary. The waitress asked if we were celebrating anything. So, we told her yes, our 59th. We also told her that we were at Harbor Lights the night we were married. She felt that was amazing. She even treated us to dessert. Our lobster meal was superb. It couldn't have been better. If anything else, the music was a little too loud. However, we had a great time and will return again.
  24. SN

    SharonN

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Back to OLD TIMES again Bar drinks always have been best In younger years always started pre pre funking at best bar starting point FOREVER HARBOR LIGHTS
  25. NI

    NICURN

    Seattle

    7 reviews

    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on November 15, 2022

    overall3food5service3ambience5
    The view was wonderful and we got our table by the window as requested. We didn’t have to wait for seating and our waiter was fairly attentive. Drinks were strong, but very good. The food was prepared perfectly and meal pacing was great so we could enjoy each part. We both had lobster tail entrees and they were served on top of the shell. It was easy to remove the lobster to eat, but were left with the tail shells on our plates. We noticed another server who extracted the lobster for the guests, and removed the shells from their plates immediately, which was a thoughtful gesture. We had to request water refills and there was no recognition of our anniversary, even though it was on our Open Table reservation. Unbeknownst to us, our son had gone to the restaurant today, left his credit card information, explained it was our anniversary and said he wanted to pay our bill. He was very disappointed to find out that we had received and paid our own bill! The restaurant did not honor his request and spoiled his surprise. In essence, our bill was paid twice and we now have the hassle of fixing the mess with our credit card companies. The manager was not helpful in resolving this and did not explain the mix-up with the bill.
  26. SP

    ShannonP

    Seattle

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Delicious. Great service. Would go back
  27. t

    tvtacoma

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A Tacoma institution that has kept up with the times. The view cannot be beaten and our server was attentive without being intrusive. Good food at a good price.
  28. B

    Birdie

    Seattle

    13 reviews

    4.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    The food is SO GOOD. This is our favorite restaurant for a nice meal on the water.
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Charming. Old school. Great food and service.
  30. N

    Nicole

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 11, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience5
    Our overall experience was good. However, I requested rose pedals or something to signify my fiancée's birthday and that was not delivered. The only person who acknowledged my fiancée's birthday was the hostess and it wasn't even in front of him. The restaurant was busy, but Nancy was our server and s
  31. MB

    MikiB

    Seattle

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was excellent! The service and food was very good, definitely we come back.
  32. PD

    PaulD

    Seattle

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 11, 2022

    overall2food4service4ambience1
    Too noisy. Good service and food. May look for a quieter place next time.
  33. p

    paulinew

    Hawaii

    6 reviews

    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on November 11, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience2
    too crowded didnt get window seat. Took forever for server to come to table.
  34. GR

    GaryR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 10, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Our Server was Great! The cost of our night was a little overwhelming!
  35. w

    williamb

    Seattle

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 10, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Made our 6:30 pm dinner reservation expecting to take advantage of the Lobster dinner special they were offering. After being seated, the waitress handed us their ‘normal’ menu which did NOT include the lobster offer. She then rushed through that night’s ‘specials’, which still did NOT include the lobster. Confused, we called this to her attention and she appeared rattled. Then she said something to the affect that yes, they had a lobster offer, but they were almost out. She mumbled that if we rush our order, we might be lucky enough to get it. This is just the start of the dinner hour and they are discouraging diners from ordering the offer they posted on our Facebook feed. We overheard wait staff telling other patrons the same story. Some left Harbor Lights , to head to Anthony’s , in hopes of scoring lobster there. We ended up being served the lobster special, but others that ordered immediately after us … DID NOT. Our meal was nice. Lobster prepared well. The bread and baked potato were tasty. The seasonal vegetables were underwhelming. Our view of the bay with a full moon overhead, was romantic. Our waitress got the job done… though ‘initially’ she appeared VERY rushed. We will most likely give Harbor Lights another go… just to see if last nights missteps were just a ‘one-off’ as we do like the atmosphere and location.
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was delicious!
  37. HH

    HaroldH

    Seattle

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and great service. We will eat their again. great food and great service. We willeat their again.
  38. K

    Kribetmom

    Houston

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on November 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    What a great first visit! We had the scallops appetizer and the shrimp, crab, & artichoke dip. Both were really delicious. My lemon drop martini was strong and refreshing! The $26 lobster tail special was fantastic and we will return. Andy, our waiter, made great suggestions and was warm and friendly.
  39. BE

    BurtE

    Seattle

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on November 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great meal and service. Windy night with waves crashing against the bulkhead. Couldn’t ask for better.
  40. MK

    MurryK

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Went on a stormy night, had lobster and very good service.

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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 4.6 stars by 1148 OpenTable diners.

Harbor Lights Tacoma does offer gift cards which you can purchase here.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 18 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online
Google Map for Harbor Lights Tacoma

2761 Ruston Way, Tacoma, WA 98402

Additional information

  • Neighborhood

    Tacoma

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu 11:00 am–8:00 pm Fri, Sat 11:00 am–9:00 pm Sun 12:00 pm–8:00 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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