Looking for a new restaurant to try in Huntington Beach? We've got the latest dish. After a year of countless challenges, our culinary community is proving its resilience with inspiring menu items and spaces that are breathing new life into the coastal dining scene.
Over the last year, we’ve welcomed everything from a trendy Taco Tuesday spot to LA’s legendary rotisserie chicken. Some are chef-driven concepts, others are family-owned — but all deliver buzzworthy beach eats that will make mouths water. Check out these seven restaurants offering bold flavors and fresh ingredients that are worth a visit on your next stop in Surf City USA.
There’s a Japanese grill heating things up over on Beach Boulevard — and it’s not just the diablo sauce. One of Huntington Beach’s newer hidden gems, Habachihana Grill, opened last year with a menu of steakhouse favorites that are grilled to order. Savor a generous selection of surf and turf proteins, from tender cubes of filet mignon to lobster that melts in your mouth. Served up with a side of steamed or shrimp fried rice, veggies, and a housemade sauce out on the ample patio, it’s the recipe for a perfect evening.
This new Bella Terra hot spot is the restaurant’s largest location to date in California, borrowing influence from its seaside locale to create a timeless beachy aesthetic. A mesmerizing LED wave wall perfectly captures Surf City USA's swells and the vibrant colors of a coastal sunset. It’s the perfect mood lighting for enjoying award-winning tacos made with handmade blue corn tortillas and crispy melted cheese. The tacos are rivaled only by the impressive bar menu, featuring an agave-forward cocktail list and beers like the Mexican lager brewed at Puesto’s own “cerveceria” in San Diego.
For a different take on Japanese cuisine, just head south on Beach Boulevard. This casual eatery packs a powerful punch with a combo sushi bar and Hawaiian poke station. Keep it simple with fresh fish in the temaki or six-piece nigiri or sashimi, all great options for a starter or light lunch. The specialty sushi rolls offer a more substantial bite, bursting with layered flavors like avocado, tempura, and unagi sauce. Diners can also build their own poke bowl, choosing up to three proteins and toppings on a bed of rice or salad. Take it to go for an oceanside picnic — Nori Poke & Sushi is just a five-minute drive from the beach.
Beach hair? Don’t care. Come as you are to this laid-back Main Street eatery where the vibes are good and the food is even better. Opened in 2021 under its new name, Good Vibes Plant-Based Kitchen + Bar, the vegan family restaurant embodies the easy-breezy spirit of its beach community with cold-pressed juices and power bowls chock full of berries and granola. Those offerings just scratch the surface of the flavor-packed menu, which ranges from jackfruit-stuffed pepper tacos to a piping hot bowl of soy and mushroom pho. Throw everything you know about plant-based cuisine out the window and dig into one of these modern global dishes on your next visit to Huntington Beach.
Just opened this summer off Third Street in Downtown Huntington Beach, Mahkin is Huntington Beach’s first restaurant serving authentic Thai food alongside Japanese sushi. The impressive fusion menu includes all the classic dishes you can imagine, from stir-fried noodles to spicy curry and fragrant tom yum soup. For the fish lover, more than two dozen classic rolls and beautifully plated sashimi will satisfy any craving. Mahkin sushi chefs also pay homage to the downtown address with specialty rolls like the Huntington Sunrise (spicy shrimp and crab) or the 3rd & Olive (red snapper tempura topped with seared tuna and ponzu).
The Tonelli family, longtime Huntington Beach residents since the 1960s, recently moved and expanded their beloved neighborhood pizza shop to a new location just east of Bella Terra. The restaurant promises diners a taste of Italy and more than delivers homestyle dishes like the Italian meatloaf. A cozy dining room and warmly lit patio invite visitors to settle in and enjoy some good conversation over a glass of wine. Whether you order a slice of the famous Tonelli’s pizza or dive into a hearty plate of pasta, leave room for dessert: A slice of tiramisu is the most decadent way to round out this memorable meal.
Chances are, you’ve heard of the revered Zankou Chicken, arriving in California by way of Lebanon nearly 40 years ago. Juicy rotisserie meat boasts impossibly crispy skin, served with a secret garlic sauce that’s spawned dozens of copycat recipes online. Enjoy it on a plate, a skewer or in a wrap — you can’t go wrong. And now, with a new location off Main Street and Ellis Avenue, Huntington Beach visitors no longer have to trek north to LA to get their fix of the chicken that Beck name-checks in his hit song “Debra.”