Huntington Beach couldn't be a more perfect place to get to know someone, strengthen a relationship, or even fall in love, as there's a date night spot for just about every mood and occasion.
From laid-back beachside bungalows to picturesque views of the beach, there are endless romantic dining options. Whether you're celebrating a special occasion or meeting up for a first date, set yourself up for success with this fine-tuned list of Surf City USA selections that promise a memorable evening.
Select the perfect culinary experience that will both impress your special someone and please both of your palates.
There's no doubt your date will be impressed by the uber-intimate and unexpected date night experience behind an unmarked door inside Bluegold at Pacific City. LSXO is a 28-seat restaurant-within-a-restaurant is recognized as a love letter to the culture, heritage, and lineage of Vietnam. The cuisine is inspired by District 1 in Saigon (where Chef Tin Vuong's family is from) and dishes range from more traditional to innovative amongst a stunning hideaway overlooking the iconic Huntington Beach Pier.
Reach out directly for reservations at (714) 374-0083 or book online through OpenTable.
Seasonal comfort food accompanied by unbelievable ocean views of the Huntington Beach shoreline - what more could you ask for? Watertable at Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort & Spa boasts innovative contemporary American fare with a distinguished selection of vintage world-class wines, artisanal cocktails, and local brews. Grab a spot on the beautiful patio and enjoy wood-grilled branzino, pork belly pickled pear tarts, or the juniper-spiced venison.
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3. Pacific Hideaway
If you and your date are looking for a relaxed-but-luxurious vibe, this is just the place. Half a block past Main Street on the second floor of the Kimpton Shorebreak Resort, Pacific Hideaway is part sophisticated SoCal, part international beach shack. The dishes are inspired by surf cultures around the Pacific region and utilize local ingredients for maximum flavor. Some local favorites include the Hideaway Burger, Lao Sausage Lettuce Wraps, the Crispy Fish, and, of course, the full bar featuring signature cocktails.
Pacific Hideaway is open daily from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. with happy hour Sunday through Thursday from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Thirst Trap Thursdays take place every Thursday from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. and feature live acoustic guitar on the terrace.
Make your reservation here.
4. Henry's Uncorked
Nestled in an ocean view spot of The Waterfront Beach Resort, a Hilton Hotel, Henry's Uncorked serves up amazing coastal culinary dishes and delectable craft cocktails. The star of the show, however, is the wine bar with over 100 wines to be enjoyed by the glass, bottle, or in flights. Cozy up and watch the sunset over the ocean with a glass of wine in hand.
Open Thursdays and Sundays from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. and Fridays and Saturdays from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Book your table here.
Fresh, contemporary coastal cuisine inspired by Southern California's diversity + breathtaking views of the ocean = this signature restaurant at Paséa Hotel & Spa. The unique indoor-outdoor patio at Tanner's is rounded out by a rustic, wood-fired oven to set the mood. Gaze out over the coastline while you and your special someone enjoy international flavors paired with locally grown and seasonal ingredients. As if that weren't enough, head right upstairs for a nightcap after dinner at the beautifully illuminated Treehouse Lounge.
Tanner's is open Monday through Friday from 3 p.m. to 11 p.m., Saturday from 12 p.m. to 12 a.m., and Sunday from 12 p.m. to 11 p.m. Happy hour takes place Monday through Thursday from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Click here to grab a table.
The most important part of date night is spending time with someone you care about, but award-winning Mexican cuisine is a close second, right? Look no further than Bella Terra's Puesto, known for its trophy tacos and perfect margaritas. This Mexican Artisan Kitchen & Bar provides a fresh and contemporary take on authentic Mexican food in a unique and upscale environment.
Puesto is open Sunday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., plus Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Happy hour is happening Monday and Wednesday through Friday from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m., and don't miss out on the Taco Tuesday specials. Make your reservation here.
7. Ola Mexican Kitchen
You can satisfy just about any craving at Pacific City, but Ola Mexican Kitchen is where the exciting, authentic Mexican comfort food action is at. Grab your date and enjoy elevated South of the Border influences in the warm and rustic ambiance overlooking the Huntington Beach coast.
Ola is open Monday through Friday beginning at 11:30 a.m. and opens Saturday and Sunday at 11 a.m. Give them a call at (714) 969-7300 or make reservations here.
8. The Black Trumpet Bistro
The Huntington Beach local date night favorite? None other than The Black Trumpet Bistro. This family-run and dimly-lit hangout specializes in Mediterranean-style small bites (#1 Tapas in Orange County, anyone?) and an impressive wine list. The list of must-try selections includes the housemade sangria, French rack of lamb, Moroccan chicken tagine, house special risotto, truffle fries, tuna tartare, and Brussels sprouts with chorizo.
The Black Trumpet is open weekdays from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m., and weekends 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. Don't miss out on the ultimate date night experience - make your reservation here.
9. Heirloom a Modern Farmhouse
Here's hoping your date's chemistry is as dynamic as that of Heirloom's incredible food paired and the carefully selected wine list and the local beers on tap. Indulge in the intimate, cozy atmosphere of this rustic-chic restaurant with globally-inspired dishes. For an even more immersive experience, you can sit at the bar and watch your food be prepared while chatting with the friendly, welcoming chefs.
Heirloom is serving up its delicious dishes Tuesday through Thursday from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. Give them a call at (714) 375-6543 to make your date night reservation.
10. Captain Jack's
Enjoy an evening at a Huntington Beach classic, Captain Jack's. The local staple has been serving up their world-famous Alaskan king crab legs, prime rib, seafood, and cocktails for every taste for over 50 years, so they must be doing something right. Elevate the date night experience with live music from popular local singer-songwriter, Jim Quealy, in the lounge every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evening.
The bar and lounge is open daily at 4 p.m. and dinner hours are as follows:
Monday - Thursday 5 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Friday 5 p.m. to 12 a.m.
Saturday 4:30 p.m. to 12 a.m.
Sunday 4:30 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Make reservations any time after 3 p.m. by calling (562) 592-2514.
11. Cucina Alessa
Homemade pasta and local, organic ingredients are just part of what makes Cucina Alessa one of Huntington Beach's most popular dining spots. From the famous "salsa verde" and homemade lasagnas to fresh fish dishes and fabulous tiramisu, diners will be transported to the heart and soul of Italian hospitality. Since wine is the typical accompaniment to Italian food, Cucina Alessa invites you to sample its extensive and surprising list.
Cucina Alessa is open Monday through Friday from 12 p.m. to 9 p.m. and Saturday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Reserve your table here.
12. The Bungalow
Inspired by the local, laid-back style of the California beach and surf culture, The Bungalow is the perfect spot to end the night by grabbing a couple of drinks and taking in a gorgeous view of the ocean and the Huntington Beach Pier.
Conveniently located at Pacific City and open Wednesday through Friday from 5 p.m. to 2 a.m., Saturday from 12 p.m. to 2 a.m., and Sunday from 12 p.m. to 10 p.m. Make reservations by calling ((714) 374-0399) or emailing (ReservationsHB@TheBungalow.com) directly.