Top 13 Restaurants In Huntington Beach, CA

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Most people go to Huntington Beach in Orange County to catch some epic waves, but you can also find a thriving food scene in this seaside city. Skip the usual food chain options and indulge your palate with some new and interesting flavors. This article introduces the best restaurants in Huntington Beach, California, which have won over locals and tourists alike. Stay at the best hotels and vacation rentals in the city and get ready for an amazing foodie experience!

1. Watertable

Editor's Note: Photo taken from the establishment's official social account

Posted by Watertable on Friday, August 20, 2021

Watertable, located along the Pacific Coast Highway, is one of the trendiest and upscale restaurants in Huntington Beach. It’s situated in Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort And Spa and features a chic and rustic interior. Their extensive menu mainly involves elevated comfort food like zesty lemon blueberry pancakes, creamer potato cakes, Watertable burger, and many more!

The luxurious dining experience you’ll have here will be taken up a notch even more by the extensive wine list and dinner cocktails. If you’re looking for some things to do, why not bring a date or have a good time with your best friends in this restaurant? Keep in mind that its restaurant hours cater to breakfast and dinner only. 

Watertable

Address: 21500 Pacific Coast Hwy, Huntington Beach, CA 92648, United States

Website: Watertable

Opening hours: 7am - 11am; 5pm - 9:30pm (daily)

2. Sushi On Fire

Editor's Note: Photo taken from the establishment's official social account

Jumbo Scallop Sashimi

Posted by Sushi On Fire on Monday, November 3, 2014

Fresh raw fish, delectable sauces, and refreshing garnishes—all that and more are waiting for you at Sushi on Fire. This restaurant is known in Huntington Beach for its fusion and traditional Japanese sushi dishes. Among its best offerings and wide range of sushi rolls includes amigos tempura, albacore delight, baked salmon, and the 911 spicy roll. Those translucent, marbly, and bright orange salmon sashimi wouldn’t hurt too.

This Japanese restaurant also serves entrees like hibachi filet mignon, meat teriyaki, yakisoba, and a whole lot more. This shop will never disappoint when it comes to fixing those sushi cravings.

Sushi On Fire

Address: 301 Main St #103, Huntington Beach, CA 92648, United States

Website: Sushi On Fire

Opening hours: Mon - Sat: 12pm - 9:30pm; Sun: 12pm - 9pm

3. Cucina Alessá

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#CucinaAlessa is always a good Idea for #HappyHour. Calamari Fritti.

Posted by Cucina Alessa Restaurants on Monday, October 26, 2015

They say food is one of the best ways to experience a culture. Feel and taste the best of Italy right here in Huntington Beach. Cucina Alessa is an Italian restaurant that specializes in two of the most beloved food in the world: pizza and pasta.

The classics are all here: lasagna, fettuccini alfredo, pomodoro, and so much more! The pizza selection even includes a calzone. If you want authentic Italian cuisine, this restaurant with a Tuscan-inspired indoor dining atmosphere is one of the best places to eat in Huntington Beach.

Cucina Alessá

Address: 520 Main St, Huntington Beach, CA 92648, United States

Opening hours: 11am - 9pm (daily)

4. LSXO

Editor's Note: Photo taken from the establishment's official social account

Ga Xao Xa Ot - spicy lemongrass chicken fried garlic and dried chilies

Posted by LSXO on Saturday, June 27, 2020

Head Chef Tin Vuong’s family fled the Communist regime in Saigon to California, starting their lives again by selling precious gems his grandmother had to keep hidden during their long boat journey. At his Vietnamese restaurants such as Bluegold in Pacific City and LSXO here in Huntington Beach, you will find traditional dishes that he ate growing up, most of which have been given his own personal touches.

Ever had Vietnamese steak and eggs? Here you can – with LSXO’s play on the Vietnamese street food Bánh mì, a type of sandwich filled with some grilled meat, herbs, and crisp pickled veggies. You’ll be blown away by the rich, full flavors and interesting textures.

LSXO

Address: 21022-21148 Pacific Coast Hwy, Huntington Beach, CA 92648, USA

Facebook: LSXO

5. Tabu Shabu

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Posted by Tabu Shabu Costa Mesa on Wednesday, March 23, 2022

Another outstanding restaurant in Huntington Beach with Asian influences is Tabu Shabu. Start by choosing a soup base, from miso to kombu (seaweed) to a pork sukiyaki broth. As for the ingredients, you have a range of marbled beef slices, quality short ribs, juicy shrimps, cabbage, spinach, mushrooms, tofu, and so much more.

Aside from signature dishes, craft beers and sake are also available here. Free-flow sake promotions are even offered at certain times of the year. If you’re looking for a fun place for dinner with a big group, why not visit Tabu Shabu?

Tabu Shabu

Address: 16821 Algonquin St, Ste 102, Huntington Beach, CA 92649

Website: Tabu Shabu

6. Bangkok Avenue

Khao Soi
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Editor’s note: Establishment is permanently closed

For Thai food in a stylish and cozy atmosphere, look no further than Bangkok Avenue. This restaurant along Beach Boulevard serves popular dishes such as tom yum soups, mango salads, and green curries, which you may find at other Thai restaurants. However, it also has a wide selection of names that may not be familiar to diners new to traditional Thai cuisine.

If you’re feeling a little experimental, you may like to try an order of Larb (a wonderfully spicy, herby diced meat salad), or perhaps a Khao Soi (an aromatic shrimp paste and coconut milk-based braised chicken noodle soup). One thing’s for sure – Bangkok Avenue will convince any diners that there’s more to Thai cuisine than Pad Thai noodles!

Bangkok Avenue

Address: 17221 Beach Blvd, Huntington Beach, CA 92647, United States

Website: Bangkok Avenue

7. Himalayan Grill

Editor's Note: Photo taken from the establishment's official social account

Posted by Himalayan Grill HB on Thursday, January 28, 2021

Himalayan cuisine generally refers to the dishes of Nepal, Bhutan, Tibet, and parts of India and China. It’s definitely not easy to find Himalayan food in other places of the world, but locals at Huntington Beach are lucky to have the Himalayan Grill restaurant right in their neighborhood.

This restaurant specializes more in Northern Indian cuisine, with a huge range of curries, tandoori dishes, and traditional vegetarian options. However, you can also find treats like Chau Chau, chewy wheat noodles from Tibet, and samosa as a vegan option. Also, did you know that the Tibetan and Nepali word for dumpling is the absolutely adorable “momo”?

Himalayan Grill

Address: 16400 Pacific Coast Hwy #110, Huntington Beach, CA 92649, USA

Website: Himalayan Grill

8. Ritter's SKC

Editor's Note: Photo taken from the establishment's official social account

Feast your eyes on this feast! How many people do you think it would take to eat all this? #rittersskc

Posted by Ritters SKC on Friday, May 18, 2018

If you’re craving some hearty Cajun and Creole-style cooking, Ritter’s SKC won’t let you down. One of the most popular items on the menu is the Ritter’s Famous Pan Roast, a generous serving of tomato cream swimming with succulent crab meat, clams, and shrimp, and a scoop of fluffy rice. Another special touch at Ritter’s SKC is the delicious honey butter that comes with your complimentary bread bowl (to be used for mopping up leftover delicious sauces). Other delicious dishes on their impressive menu include bacon-wrapped shrimp with molasses, Cajun-spiced fried pickles, and warm beignets. Yum!

Ritter's SKC

Address: 180 5th St #130, Huntington Beach, CA 92648, USA

Website: Ritter’s SKC

9. Sugar Shack Cafe

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Some days you just want to start your morning with a huge, hearty breakfast. Sugar Shack Cafe specializes in breakfast and brunches to feed the hungry, and at affordable prices too. From its name, you may expect the cafe to offer just pastries and sweets. However, their menu includes breakfast burritos and eggs done in many ways. You can even get a pork chop or chicken breast with two eggs if you’re looking for that extra boost of protein.

Sugar Shack Cafe

Address: 213 Main St, Huntington Beach, CA 92648, USA

Website: Sugar Shack Cafe

10. Duke's Huntington Beach

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New Year’s resolution: eat more poke tacos .

Posted by Duke's Huntington Beach on Wednesday, January 5, 2022

You’ll find some of the best food in Huntington Beach in this American restaurant. Situated right by the beach, the property provides spectacular ocean views, especially at sunset. Be sure to arrive early or make a reservation so you can get a direct view of the beach! The menu at this restaurant is heavy on fresh seafood platters, with specialties like roasted lobster tails, spiced ahi, and poke tacos. Duke’s also has an excellent selection of craft cocktails, including some fruity slushie-type drinks that are perfect for a hot summer’s day.

Featuring a special events packet and menus, you can book the place for a social gathering, corporate events, or any momentous event worthy of a celebration.

Duke's Huntington Beach

Address: 317 Pacific Coast Hwy, Huntington Beach, CA 92648, USA

Website: Duke’s Huntington Beach

11. Wahoo's Fish Tacos

Wahoo's salad
Source: Photo by Flickr user Sandip Bhattacharya used under CC BY 2.0

Looking for the best Huntington Beach food? The standout at Wahoo’s Fish Tacos is definitely the fish tacos themselves. Each huge portion comes loaded with fresh fish, tangy slaw, black beans, and rice. Also, there’s a lot more choice on the menu than just fish!

This counter-serve chain serves Mexican cuisine with Asian and Brazilian flavors. Some of the popular picks here include chicken dishes such as scrumptious chicken tortilla soup and chicken burritos as well as pork carnitas bowls and beef burritos. Vegetarians will be happy to note that Wahoo’s serves tofu tacos, kale, and fresh avocado salads. Also serving craft beers and sparkling wine, Wahoo’s also has happy hour every day of the week from 3 to 6 pm, and a signature cocktail weekly at a special rate.

Wahoo's Fish Tacos

Address: 7891 Warner Ave Huntington Beach, CA 92647

Website: Wahoo’s Fish Tacos

12. Burnt Crumbs

Editor's Note: Photo taken from the establishment's official social account

The popular Burnt Crumbs café originated as a food truck specializing in gourmet sandwiches made with freshly-sourced ingredients. Its meats are cured in-house and loaves of bread are baked from scratch. One of the core highlights on Burnt Crumbs’ menu is their spaghetti grilled cheese sandwich, which comes with spaghetti pressed between fresh mozzarella and fragrant sourdough bread. In fact, one of the first things Burnt Crumbs’ Chef Paul learned to cook was spaghetti itself, during his collegiate years.

Burnt Crumbs

Address: 21058 Pacific Coast Hwy M100, Huntington Beach, CA 92648, USA

Website: Burnt Crumbs

13. Black Trumpet Bistro

Editor's Note: Photo taken from the establishment's official social account

Posted by The Black Trumpet Bistro Tapas & Wine Bar on Friday, May 20, 2022

The Black Trumpet Bistro has made a name for itself in Huntington Beach with its Mediterranean-influenced cooking. This menu features a wide range of tapas which would be perfect for sharing. Light bites include baked brie with puff pastry and walnut sauce, figs with caramelized onions and feta, as well as burrata cheese and pine nuts. For your protein, you may like to try their lamb shank with red wine or even a whole rack of lamb.

While you may have to wait a little for your flavorful dish to arrive, as it is a small restaurant, feel free to check out its extensive wine selection in the meantime. There are sparkling wines, white wines, classic cocktails, beers, and more so you’ll surely find one that will complement your chosen dish.

Black Trumpet Bistro

Address: 18344 Beach Blvd, Huntington Beach, CA 92648, USA

Website: Black Trumpet Bistro

Mouth-watering eats in Huntington Beach

Huntington Beach has plenty of fantastic options for dining, including Mexican restaurants and eateries inside its shopping malls. Whether you’re looking for a pot of gumbo, a filling sandwich, a perfect spot for a romantic dinner, or family-friendly restaurants, Huntington Beach’s diverse culinary scene has it all. We hope this list has been helpful in finding your next meal at Huntington Beach!

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