UPDATED FEBRUARY 7, 2022
Cheese, sauce and carbs: It’s a winning recipe for a crowd-pleasing meal. There’s a pizza for every palate here in Huntington Beach, whether you’re craving a traditional Neapolitan-style pie or want to dig into that deep dish with a knife and fork. While New York and Chicago might lay claim to some of the country's most iconic pizza styles, they've got nothing on Surf City USA when it comes to the best places to savor your slice with an incredible view. To feed your pizza frenzy, here's a guide to the top 10 places to grab a slice around town.
Named for the silky soft 00 flour and Italian country code 39, this Main Street shop is run by SoCal transplants Francesco and Carlotta Zaza. Using favorite recipes from their hometown, they serve Roman-style pizza with a slow-rise, medium-thin crust. Head to the counter to check out the day’s 10 different specialty pizzas available by the slice, like the rustica with potatoes, crispy bacon, rosemary and fresh mozzarella, or order a whole rectangular pizza fired up fresh to order.
Fans of Chicago-style stuffed pizza will enjoy the mouthwatering menu at this downtown sports bar, known for its extra-cheesy pies that take up to an hour to bake. It’s worth the wait to sink your teeth into a handcrafted slice that layers toppings like pepperoni, sausage and veggies between generous bites of mozzarella.
An Adams Avenue local favorite, Munchies delivers pizzas with a thick yet airy crust, laden with toppings of your choice. It’s the quintessential pizza experience that even vegans can enjoy. Swap out the cheese for Daiya shreds on gourmet options like the BBQ chicken, finished with an artful swirl of barbecue sauce and sprinkling of cilantro.
One of the city’s sauciest secrets is the pizza served up behind the bar at this beloved Beach Boulevard watering hole. Every pie is served whole, featuring a sauce that’s a Croatian family recipe and a slow-rise dough. With cheeky names befitting a bar, like the popular “I Wanna Be Sedated” (pepperoni, garlic dust Italian sausage, bell pepper, Romano cheese, ricotta, olive oil), these pizzas have gained a cult following around town.
For a great surfside lunch option, stop by the Waterfront Beach Resort downtown to enjoy a Neapolitan-style pizza out on the patio. The perfect bite exists here, with extra virgin olive oil, San Marzano tomatoes, garlic, oregano and fresh Parmigiano Reggiano elevating the flavor profile of even the simplest margherita pie.
Grab a seat around the fire pit at Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort & Spa to enjoy a slice of West Coast style pizza. A medium-thin crust can bear the weight of rich toppings like the smoky barbecue chicken or deluxe meat lovers combo of pepperoni, sausage and ham. This grab-and-go spot is close enough to the beach to hear the waves crashing next to its namesake lifeguard station.
This casual shop just south of Huntington Harbour gets bonus points for creativity. Its specialty pies aren’t your run of the mill offerings. Instead, you’ll find Flaming Hot Cheetos paired with red sauce and a side of ranch, buffalo chicken with a blue cheese drizzle, and even pizza fries topped with piles of pepperoni and mozzarella. The sauce is made from scratch daily, using fresh California tomatoes, while the dough recipe was developed by a 13-time World Pizza Champion. Gluten-free and keto dough, as well as vegan cheese, provide plenty of options for those with dietary restrictions.
A family-owned favorite for over 50 years, Pizza D’Oro offers an expansive menu of hearth-baked pies with a vegan-friendly medium crust. You can build your own homestyle pizza in sizes up to 28 inches or order a giant slice combo with your choice of meats or veggies. With just a few tables inside, it’s best to grab this pizza to go and make the short trek down Indianapolis Avenue to enjoy on the beach.
This go-to spot for Italian food in Sunset Beach offers a sit-down experience for enjoying pizza, pasta and more. The small dining room has cozy corner booths and a few bar seats where you can sip on a glass of wine while enjoying a gourmet pizza with a thick, bubbly crust. Try the Sunset special, featuring pepperoni, sausage, mushrooms and grilled peppers with your voice of sundried or marinated tomatoes.
Located in a strip mall up the street from the beach on Brookhurst Street, this favorite local hangout has a long history in neighboring Newport Beach. Its Surf City USA digs draw legions of devoted diners who are addicted to the huge, fresh-baked slabs of Sicilian-style pizza. Fire up your taste buds with specialty combos like the fennel, sausage and shishito peppers, or grab a slice to enjoy with an ice-cold draft beer served in a 32-ounce milk jug.