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Hl - Harbor Lights Tacoma, Tacoma, WA

Harbor Lights Tacoma

4.5
4.5
925 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 30 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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What 925 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.1Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Tacoma

    Great for Lunch

  • Tacoma

    Neighborhood Gem

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Oustanding service! Excellent food, well prepared, tasty!

  2. BG

    BryanG

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great food and service. Lori, our waitperson outstanding!

  3. JC

    JudyC

    Seattle

    6 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Too loud, otherwise great experience.

  7. 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!

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Nice corner view table for Birthday Girl

  11. 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.

  12. DU

    DarrellU

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Awesome experience really had an awesome experience

  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Mother’s Day

  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    67 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    67 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Mother’s Day and a wonderful meal with a great view and service! Jan and I both had the too sirloin and scampi prawns. Great steak that was tender and flavorful. Baked potato was hot and excellent butter sauce. Asparagus was great! Bread and butter are to die for bread is hot. Rhubarb slump was sweet and sour, presented hot with ice cream, a great way to end a meal. Chris was an excellent server and easy to work with. Great Mother’s Day meal.

  15. JJ

    JoeyJ

    Seattle

    20 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4

    Great service and delicious food. Longer wait these days but worth it. Overall food was good. Always a classic Tacoma spot!

  16. D

    Dresden

    Seattle

    21 reviews

    3.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall3food2service3ambience1

    The Harbor Lights restaurant was disappointing in several ways. Seating was in a small room off to the side of the main dining area with limited views. The server was not very interested in what they were doing and when he asked if we wanted a box to take the uneaten food and was told. “Yes” they did not bring it with the bill. We each had the halibut dinner, 2 side salads, and two non alcoholic drinks for $127 plus tip. The halibut portions were tiny. Bottom line if this is an example of what a supposedly quality restaurant on the Tacoma waterfront offers I will not return.

  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Had a pre-mother’s day dinner with my wife and we absolutely enjoyed it. Food and atmosphere was excellent. Took us in a little early and service was perfect. Worth the drive and will definitely recommend it.

  18. MJ

    MarkJ

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    All aspects of the experience were wonderful. We had the reservation, were seated promptly, great view.

  19. AL

    ALRG

    Seattle

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Both the food and service were excellent. Will definitely return

  20. JA

    JohnA

    Seattle

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 29, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4

    My enjoyed the crab legs and was pleasantly surprised that was already shelled. The halibut was great, lobster maybe 3 out of 5, a little overcooked but tasty.

  21. RT

    RalphT

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 27, 2022

    overall2food2service4ambience2

    First restaurant meal since start of pandemic. Menu limited since last visit here, and quality of food has declined (for example: clams were very small and shrimp in cob salad were so small they were almost invisible.

  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    The food was outstanding and cooked perfectly and the service was great. Based on the same type of menu at other restaurants in the area, we felt it was more expensive than it should be.

  23. CC

    CatC

    Seattle

    17 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on April 24, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1

    Horrible table service and customer service. Reservations were at 6pm and by 7pm we only had a glass of wine and a beer delivered to our table. Appetizers were ordered as well as a second drink order, but it was taking an insane amount of time to get service. We noticed a lot of neighboring tables having the same issues and getting their meals comped due to the delays. We asked for the bill and left. The restaurant itself is very dated and just not the best spot for a romantic type evening. Not impressed at all.

  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 23, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5

    The service, ambiance, and food was great! It did take a while to get our meal but they were extremely busy so we didn’t mind.

  25. LW

    LorreW

    Washington DC

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 20, 2022

    overall3food1service3ambience3

    The view from the harbor is beautiful...but the food is boring and bland. It made me sad. There are lots of other places to go with the same spectacular view and better, more exciting food.

  26. PL

    PeteL

    Seattle

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 19, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    The staff was very friendly and helpful. Nice quiet place for lunch with a relaxing view.

  27. DP

    DougP

    Seattle

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    As always, the food, service, drinks, as well as parking were all 1st rate. And the view is spectacular. Harbor Lights is my favorite restaurant of all time.

  28. P

    Pete

    Seattle

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    It always comes down to service, quality/preparation, and price. The waitress, buser and cooks were spot on! The waitress is always the interface and she was excellent.

  29. AG

    AllisonG

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 17, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4

    We dined on Easter! Was super busy and the menu was different then what was posted online. Service was excellent and our waitress was very attentive. Food was great! Seafood Mac and Cheese was delicious. I also ordered key lime martini and loved it.

  30. KJ

    KathyJ

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Mothers Day was special, my daughter and I decided to dine at Harbor Lights. Wonderful food, great waiter and table by the window. Have been here many times since the 80’s and have enjoyed it every time.

  31. DP

    DianeP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Perfect after I sent my salmon back to get medium rare. Have to do it at every restaurant. Was worth it to get Pacific salmon.

  32. c

    carricou

    Portland

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on April 17, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience5

    We would have given it 5 stars but our waiter forgot my order of pan fried oysters which arrived late. The view is fabulous and overall the food is good, service is good and our waiter was very knowledgeable about the area.

  33. k

    kenmel

    Seattle

    30 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on April 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Beautiful view, great food, excellent service. PERFECT!!!

  34. BL

    BonnieL

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 17, 2022

    overall2food1service2ambience2

    You posted an Easter Menu on your website and that was not what was offered when we got there. I wanted to increase our group by 2 people and were told no. But as we ate there were at least 2 6 tops that were not being used during the time we were there. I will not return to this restaurant.

  35. PN

    PNWGuy253

    Seattle

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 17, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3

    Harbor Lights is a reliable Ruston Way restaurant with good food, good drinks, and a terrific view. We had not been in a couple of months, but went on a Saturday (with a reservation) and found it to be back to near-full capacity,

  36. GB

    GiavonnaB

    Exclusive

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Delicious and great service again! Those calamari fries are the best thing ever if you ever take them off the menu I will riot

  37. F

    Flygirl

    Seattle

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    We took our 9 year old granddaughter here for her birthday. The food was wonderful but I was especially impressed with our server, who managed to make Alex feel special on her day, and provide a perfect service for the rest of the table. This was on the evening of April 15th 2022.

  38. M

    Matt

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great dinner as always. Service was great and food was outstanding.

  39. f

    fox13

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 12, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience5

    This old Tacoma restaurant is a landmark. I was disappointed in the menu selections and the overall high prices for the simple entrees served. Service was good, the food fine but portions meager. With this in mind, I probably not return.

  40. JB

    JaniceB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Wonderful time and food excellent. Staff accommodations were flawless.

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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 925 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.

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Booked 30 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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