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Hl - Harbor Lights Tacoma, Tacoma, WA

Harbor Lights Tacoma

4.5
4.5
1015 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 36 times today

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  • Order online

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 1,015 people are saying

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

4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Tacoma

    Great for Lunch

  • Tacoma

    Scenic View

  • Tacoma

    Most Booked

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  1. G

    Gaga

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very best martinis ever, excellent calamari, and delicious dinner. I had a bucket of clams and a Caesar salad. I highly recommend Harbor lights.
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Palm Springs

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Birthday for daughter and her kids. Wonderful dinner.
  3. DC

    DanC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everthing was excellent all around. The view, the food, drinks and service.
  4. WG

    WilliamG

    Western NC

    11 reviews

    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Food was excellent and served as expected. Service was a bit slow at times, but adequate. Dining room temperature was very cool, almost cold. Great location, views were wonderful.
  5. m

    maegwin

    Seattle

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Dungeness Crab Leg season, yay! We order the full plate cold with cocktail sauce. Expensive, but so worth it. Their Peach Slump is also to die for. Huge!
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wow! The reviews from everyone else was exactly that! The drive from Snoqualmie to Tacoma was worth it. Everyone at the table all said great things. From the level of service we got down to the food. It was perfect. The ambiance. The views. The staff. It was a great feeling we all enjoyed. The mash potatoes, the fish, the desert was flavorful too! Will definitely come back!
  7. PP

    PatrickP

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great drinks. The fried oysters, blackened rockfish and scallops were fabulous.
  8. EC

    ErnestC

    Phoenix

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lobster tail and salmon was delicious. Rice pilaf outstanding. Salad dressings best ever. Everything absolutely wonderful!
  9. T

    Thor

    Seattle

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Excellent food and our server (name unknown) was exceptional. Very busy so a little noisy. But worth the trip and a great view too.
  10. BA

    BarbaraA

    Seattle

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of my favorites for many years! Always the go to place, for lunching With friends. Family members and other celebrations... Never had a bad meal.. Excellent staff and great service!
  11. SA

    SusanA

    Seattle

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 5, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    We love Harbor Lights. My friend asked specifically for well done oysters ( waitress said they normally are cooked medium)..I didn't want mine well done, but they both came rather crispy and we'll done. They just weren't that good cooked so well. Almost a burnt taste. This is the first time we've had that issue though, and have been eating at Harbor Lights probably 15 years. I didn't bother to send them back as they were really busy. We will certainly come back though. Usually I love the pan-fried oysters and that is what I always get.
  12. G

    Geno

    Seattle

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding venue! Great ambience, wonderful service and absolutely delicious meals!
  13. B

    Becki

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best view around to celebrate our anniversary. Filet mignon was cooked to perfection and my husband’s cod and fries were so yummy!! Burnt cream to end a perfect meal. Harbor Lights is our favorite place on the waterfront.
  14. CJ

    CarolynnJ

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Thanks to Sydney for taking such great care of us. Our food was wonderfully prepared.
  15. RM

    RaelynM

    Seattle

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were at Harbor Lights for a birthday dinner and had a wonderful meal and conversation while watching the sailboats out in Commencement Bay. Beautiful view!
  16. LB

    LoriB

    Seattle

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Tacoma standard that never disappoints! Strong drinks, full plates.
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We were there celebrating a friends Birthday. We all enjoyed the early dinner specials.
  18. y

    yumseeker

    Seattle

    30 reviews

    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on August 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Harbor Lights never disappoints, great food, excellent service, and of course the spectacular view.
  19. m

    maegwin

    Seattle

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on August 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Dungeness crab leg plate, served cold with cocktail sauce. Magnificent! You can also get it warm with melted butter.
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We arrived a bit early for our reservation but didn’t have to wait and sat at a window table with a beautiful view. Wait staff were friendly and the food was excellent. Overall, a great experience
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great view and the staff was great also
  22. S

    Sinikka

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Online I said we wanted cherries jubilee for dessert but at the restaurant I was told cherries are not in season. They are still in season and I should have been provided an explanation. We were celebrating a birthday. We still had a wonderful lunch. Thank you
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Kansas City

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 26, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience3
    The food was ok but, definitely not worth the $138 plus tip. The waiter never offered or asked if we wanted anything other than water to drink. The waiter only check on us a total of 2 times. He seemed not to care much for my table in particular. The table he waited behind me was checked on frequently. I understand a single mother with her 2 younger children eating at a higher end establishment may have a “not a big tipper” stigma. However I am a big tipper, had our table been treated as so or equally. I would have left a bigger tip.
  24. ME

    MarshaE

    Seattle

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 26, 2022

    overall4food2service5ambience5
    We had a nice table at the window with a great view of the sound. The noise level was perfect - we could speak and hear easily. Our salads and chowder were wonderful. Our desserts were amazing as was the baked potato and the broccoli. It was the salmon that wasn't so great. We all got tail end pieces which were overcooked and greasy. My friends were in from out of state and wanted to go to a good seafood restaurant. I talked them both into the salmon saying how good it would be, particularly at this time of year. We were all really disappointed and both kept saying they wished they had ordered something different.
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    I had the chicken Caesar salad and the salmon dish. Salad was amazing but salmon was over cooked and not worth the money. My friends loved the clam chowder but don’t really care for their main dishes. Server was friendly but overworked considering how busy it was the the amount of table she was serving. Not bad but probably wouldn’t go back.
  26. S

    Sausage

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The cocktails were so inexpensive I thought the menu was misprinted! But they were fantastic - and strong. The food was very good and the service attentive. Great spot. A classic.
  27. f

    fox13

    New Orleans

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall1food1service2ambience3
    The food quality very poor, halibut overcooked and inedible; it was removed from bill.
  28. ME

    MikeE

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always good food, service,etc. usually a warm welcome when you arrive.
  29. BE

    BarbaraE

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 21, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Harbor Lights still has the best drinks in Tacoma. And the nonalcoholic Nojito was outstanding. I have been coming here for over 40 years and the menu is always outstanding and the food is always delicious. Seasonal additions such as berries on the halibut is a wonderful surprise to your palate. Harbor Lights is our "go to" place whether just for date night or to take visitors so they can enjoy the food and the view.
  30. BP

    BobP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The drinks were great and the clams were over the top! Service was outstanding!!
  31. g

    garyn

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 20, 2022

    overall3food4service5ambience3
    Our server was excellent and food was good. The decor gives it a chain budget feel.
  32. CT

    ChrisT

    Seattle

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 19, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience3
    We had fun meeting up with old friends. Chris our waiter was friendly and attentive. Our food orders ranged from fried oysters to sea scallops to sockeye salmon everyone said they liked the food. I thought that the amount was a little small but I guess that is the times we are in now. I would recommend trying this restaurant the view is outstanding like I stated the service was good and food good.but not outstanding.
  33. PS

    PeggyS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The steak was cook just right, the service was good.
  34. K

    Kareng

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    First time in Tacoma. Recommended by a friend. Turned out great. Lovely window table, great view of bay. Food was great. Particularly scallop appetizer!! Service was prompt, friendly and unobtrusive at same time.
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on July 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    My server, Lauren was excellent. Celebrated my Wife's birthday with our son and his girlfriend.
  36. SR

    SeattleRain

    Seattle

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    A Tacoma classic with incredible waterfront dining. Our calamari appetizer was meaty and delicious with lemon aioli. We would definitely order the crispy panko true cod & chips and grilled salmon again. The seasonal fresh strawberry shortcake fell short (the shortcake outer crust was tough). Our server was personable and provided excellent service. Looking forward to returning for the steamers!
  37. B

    Beee

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 15, 2022

    overall2food2service1ambience3
    Steak was over cooked, server did not check in frequently. Sever prevented my mother from leaving when she became over stimulated from the noise volume. Ruined my mother’s birthday which is why we were there.
  38. R

    Ramjet2001

    Seattle

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on July 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beautiful scenery while eating. Quick service and good food. We've been here several times.
  39. TH

    TessH

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 12, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    When you want to eat your seafood in peace, without all the hype and with attentive service - Harbor Lights is the place to go. Open Table questions if there is a special occasion and we had a birthday to celebrate which was acknowledged by the Harbor Lights Team - yet, nothing was done to commemorate the birthday except to greet the person a 'happy birthday'. We bought our birthday girl her dinner and dessert. Parking is always convenient.
  40. R

    Rebelelement

    Seattle

    15 reviews

    4.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on July 12, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Our first time here. We arrived at likely the busiest time on a Monday. Wait staff were all polite and attentive.Rockfish was very, very good. Mai Tai was world class! Dessert of strawberry shortcake was OK with some bruised berries. Baked potato was perfect. Parking is a bit of a bummer here with a tight lot across the street.

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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 1015 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 36 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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