Historic Seaport Dining Reimagined

Indulge a taste for exquisite seafood and inviting decor at Coastal Kitchen in Dana Point’s Lantern District


Written by Susan Irby


Celebrating Coastal Kitchen’s one-year anniversary, owners Michael and Christina Grant are succeeding in their mission to “create a place where people want to keep coming back again and again.” Joining forces after years in the restaurant industry, the duo renovated the former gas station and café from front-of-the-house to kitchen. “This was the first commercial building in Dana Point, built in the 1920s,” shares Christina, who designed, and in some cases made, the restaurant’s interior decor. “It’s a special space that deserves equally memorable cuisine.” 

Under the guiding hand of Executive Chef Andrew Palma, Coastal Kitchen promises an alluring and enjoyable experience. The “from-scratch” kitchen offers sustainable seafood and fish, like the Scallops with pineapple mango salsa, Jumbo Lump Crab Cakes, and Trout with Marcona almonds and herbs, as well as soul-nourishing dishes such as the Fried Brie, available as an appetizer, or salad and Braised Short Ribs with roasted Brussels sprouts. Says chef Palma, “In creating the menu from the ground up, the food embraces the relaxed Southern California vibe with a high-quality, back-to-basics menu.” Guests can savor the true “back-to-basics” experience with exquisite tastes like the Mac n’ Cheese side dish, and for dessert, the S’Mores Pie or Hot Fudge Sundae. From the bar, house mixologists customize cocktails to one’s liking. Or, one can choose among the house selections, including the Spiced Old Fashioned, Cucumber Mint Limeade, or Ward 8 consisting of Bulliet Bourbon, pom, orange juice and simple syrup. 

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  Photos courtesy of Coastal Kitchen

Photos courtesy of Coastal Kitchen


34091 Pacific Coast Hwy., Dana Point, CA | CoastKitchenDanaPoint.com