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Top 10 Restaurants In Huntington Beach, California - Updated 2020

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Most people go to Huntington Beach to catch some waves, but you can also find a thriving food scene in Surf City. This article introduces 10 of Huntington Beach’s best restaurants which have won over locals and tourists alike.

1. LSXO

Bánh mì

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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

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2. Tabu Shabu

Tabu Shabu
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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. Craft beers and sake are also available, as well as free-flow sake promotions 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

3. Bangkok Avenue

Khao Soi
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For Thai food in a modern, stylish setting, look no further than Bangkok Avenue. Bangkok Avenue serves familiar 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 which 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

4. Himalayan Grill

Traditional North Indian Thali

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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 dishes. However, you can also find treats like Chau Chau, chewy wheat noodles from Tibet. 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

5. Ritter's SKC

Cajun cooking
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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 scrumptious dishes include the 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

6. Sugar Shack Cafe

Breakfast burrito

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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

7. Duke's Huntington Beach

Grilled lobster tail

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Situated right by the beach, you get a wonderful view of the ocean, 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 seafood, with specialties like roasted lobster tails, spiced ahi, and poke tacos. Duke’s also has a selection of cocktails, including some fruity slushie-type drinks that are perfect for a hot summer’s day.

Duke's Huntington Beach

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

Website: Duke’s Huntington Beach

8. Wahoo's Fish Tacos

Wahoo's Fish Tacos

The standout at Wahoo’s Fish Tacos are 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! Some of the other options include a scrumptious chicken tortilla soup, pork carnita bowls, and chicken or beef burritos. Vegetarians will be happy to note that Wahoo’s serves tofu tacos, and kale and avocado salads. 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

9. Burnt Crumbs

Grilled cheese sandwich

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The popular Burnt Crumbs café originated as a food truck specializing in gourmet sandwiches made with freshly-sourced ingredients. Meats are cured in-house and breads 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 learnt 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

10. Black Trumpet Bistro

Roasted Lamb shank

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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 food as it is a small restaurant, feel free to check out their wine selection in the meantime!

Black Trumpet Bistro

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

Website: Black Trumpet Bistro

Mouth-watering eats in Huntington Beach

Whether you’re looking for a pot of gumbo, a filling sandwich, or a cosy restaurant for a romantic date, 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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