Last Updated - June 1, 2022
Hungry? Buzzy new restaurants opening every month guarantee that mealtimes in Surf City USA® will never be boring. Whether you’re craving an authentic taco with a house-made tortilla or sushi featuring fresh catches, local chefs and restaurateurs are bringing exciting concepts and flavors to the seaside destination. From new spots to get your caffeine fix to must-try Mexican eateries, here are six new restaurants to dine at in Huntington Beach right now.
At their new neighborhood hot spot, husband and wife team Julio and Heather want you to find love at first sip. Located at Brookhurst and Garfield, Luv Nutrition has quickly become a local favorite for a menu of drinks that are as delicious as they are healthy. Lit teas will help you beat the heat in candy-inspired flavors like Gummy Bear (green apple, strawberry) and Jolly Rancher (green apple, watermelon) featuring a digestive aloe, B vitamins, 160 mg of caffeine, and zero sugar. Protein-packed picks include Bomb smoothies, all under 200 calories and offered in an assortment of flavors including the vanilla-base Cinnamon Toast Crunch, fruit-forward Blueberry Muffin, or chocolatey PB&J. In addition to gluten-free offerings, Luv Nutrition has an option to make your drink “skinny” with a stimulant-free fat-reducing shot or “dirty” with a protein coffee shot.
Riip Beer Co., a Sunset Beach favorite, has opened its doors at a new location on Magnolia and Garfield where it serves up piping hot pizza with an airy sourdough crust made in-house. Using Grande Cheese from Wisconsin and 100-percent organic California-grown tomatoes, Riip has developed the perfect pie served for lunch and dinner seven days a week. Try the Too Fly for a White Pie, with garlic, olive oil, fresh basil and a blend of mozzarella, cheddar and provolone cheese, or a square slice of Detroit-style pizza featuring a crunchy, fried bottom layer of crushed overflowing with cheese (there’s even a vegan option!). Side dishes are just as decadent, with picks like pickled eggs and house-made pretzels seasoned with everything bagel seasoning that are perfect for dipping into a beer-flavored mustard or cheese sauce.
At Goldenwest and Edinger, a Coffee Whipped is giving Huntington Beach locals their daily caffeine buzz. In addition to coffee and espresso drinks, like the Vietnamese iced coffee and quintessential whipped dalgona, the shop offers a brightly colored strawberry latte with decadent layers of red, white and green. Fresh-baked pastries tempt the sweet tooth, including Ooey Gooey cookies in flavors like oatmeal raisin and croffles (croissant/waffle) topped with sweets and treats like marshmallows, Oreos, strawberries and almonds. For a savory bite, try a warm panini like the spicy “bok bok” chicken, a bestseller with mozzarella cheese, red onion, tomato and signature sauce on sourdough.
Caliente Mexican Kitchen and Bar
Cliente Mexican Kitchen and Bar, a new Mexican kitchen at Bolsa Chica and Heil, offers a red-hot menu of tacos, quesadillas and burritos stuffed with tender, flavor-packed meats including carnitas, carne asada and shrimp. For fun, give the Flamin’ Hot Cheetos taquitos a try — they’ll not only light up your taste buds, but also put a smile on your face with the fiery red crumb coat wrapped around a filling of cheese or chicken. All-day breakfast includes mouthwatering classics like chilaquiles and huevos rancheros, but if you come between 3 to 6 p.m. on weekdays, you can enjoy happy hour specials like $2 off all appetizers, draft beers and glasses of wine. The restaurant also features a patio bar where you can sip margaritas at sunset and enjoy Surf City USA’s fresh ocean breezes.
A former fisherman has set up shop at Warner and Gothard, preparing fresh fish flown in directly from Japan. Owner Kazuma Yamasaki hails from a family of fishermen in business for over 200 years, which has taught him how to make some of the best-tasting fish, sashimi and sushi you’ll find in Surf City USA. His simple, traditional offerings include prix fixe lunch and dinner menus featuring salmon, tuna, yellow tail, sea bream and more, as well as nigiri, maki sushi and hand rolls served a la carte. Call ahead to book the omakase dinner, a special chef-led meal that features 10 pieces of sushi, a three-piece hand roll, grilled fish and the signature Yamasaki-style crab hand roll.
Que Vida Tacos
If you’re craving fast, quick tacos, Que Vida Tacos, a counter-service eatery, has a generous menu of a la carte options featuring authentic regional flavors from Mexico. All tacos are served on handmade tortillas using yellow corn imported from Oaxaca, with fillings like guajillo skirt steak, cochinita pibil (Yucatecan-style slow-roasted pork), beer-battered white fish and birria (braised short rib). Enjoy your tacos out on the patio along with an aqua fresca, Mexican churro milkshake, mangonada, or a microbrew beer on tap.