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Harbor Lights

2761 Ruston Way, Tacoma, WA 98402-5304
+1 253-752-8600
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  • Excellent43%
  • Very good31%
  • Average14%
  • Poor7%
  • Terrible5%
Travellers talk about
“seafood” (41 reviews)
“salmon” (31 reviews)
“clear broth” (6 reviews)
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American, Seafood, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
2761 Ruston Way, Tacoma, WA 98402-5304
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Reviewed 5 days ago

I took my family of adults to the harbor lights as my mom and dad have been going here for years. we haven't been there in a few years and thought it would be great for mom and dad to go again. first off parking...More

Thank rick r
Reviewed 1 week ago

Harbor Lights is a nice restaurant with an excellent menu filled with fresh seafood and Pacific Northwest specialties (such as rhubarb desserts). My husband and mother-in-law and I visited a few days ago to celebrate some family milestones. We had made a reservation for 3...More

Thank Karen M
AnthonysRestsNW, Guest Relations Manager at Harbor Lights, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Hi Karen! Thank you for your extremely detailed feedback! It is extremely helpful when addressing the issues! I am so sorry to hear that you were not accommodated during your visit and felt that the waitress was not helpful in assisting you with your allergies!...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

While I'm not against progress, it's comforting to have some things remain the same. And despite its shiny new interior Harbor Lights still beckons to an era past. The million dollar view over Commencement Bay could command much higher prices. It could even, most likely,...More

Thank Holly_Golightly_13
AnthonysRestsNW, Guest Relations Manager at Harbor Lights, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Hi Holly! Thank you so much for your review and feedback! I love your thoughts on our restaurant and I couldn't agree with you more! It's refreshing to have a few classic places left when the area is changing at such a rapid pace! I...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Harbor Lights has been there for more than 60 years but underwent a remodeling 4 years back without destroying the ambiance. Common to many restaurants along the Ruston Way, Harbor Lights also have a fantastic view out over the Sound, with boats in all sizes...More

Thank Weinacht
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

May is birthday month for my husband and I. We received a $20 gift card via email from Harbor Lights (you have to sign up for it) so dropped in to spend it. We were happy to find the service has improved over the last...More

Thank Ajmmeao
Reviewed 18 May 2017

Lovely decor and beautiful views, especially on a lovely sunny evening. Plenty of parking. We were welcomed quickly and given a table right by a window overlooking the harbour. We loved it.

Thank SpikeAustralia
Reviewed 15 May 2017

One of the finest restaurants that I've eaten in. The service the tasty Cole slaw, the delightful delicious fish selection, the incredible key lime dessert I had to have twice and the remarkable company I was in with my husband Frank and educator, Dr. Maxine...More

Thank Pam M
Reviewed 15 May 2017

....do you deep fry perfectly good seafood (and under-cook it)? But let's start at the beginning. A super nice location, excellent views, plenty of parking and easy access. Well staffed, very nice folks and always attentive. As a starter I was torn between the fresh...More

Thank Djotomate
Reviewed 12 May 2017

Had an early Mother's Day lunch at the Harbor Lights and it was fantastic. Great seat by the window and our server, Nancy, was terrific. She answered all our questions, had some great recommendations, and even split up some of our dishes so we could...More

Thank fidalgo2015
Reviewed 3 May 2017

Great place to take friends or out of town guests. The view of the bay adds something to your outing. Food selection from beef to seafood is vast. The shrimp or crab salads with their special homemade thousand isle dressing is something you won't forget....More

Thank mmsb39
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Lunch menu?
9 January 2017|
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Response from WmRussCPA | Reviewed this property |
I don't recall a special lunch menu. I think the regular menu is available all day plus assorted specials each day.
Erik C
what is the happy hour menu
30 September 2016|
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Response from Valerie H | Reviewed this property |
Check their web page. Varies by days, and season. Great variety.
Early bird menu
28 April 2016|
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Response from peanutTacoma_Wa_ | Reviewed this property |
Yes there is. The menu choices are much smaller than a year or so ago and the prices are higher though.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Groups, Romantic, View, Child-friendly, Business meetings, Local cuisine
Open Hours
12:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:30
11:00 - 21:30
11:00 - 21:30
11:00 - 21:30
11:00 - 22:30
11:00 - 22:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2761 Ruston Way, Tacoma, WA 98402-5304
  • Location: United States  >  Washington (WA)  >  Tacoma
  • Phone Number: +1 253-752-8600
  • E-mail
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