There’s nothing quite like seafood by the sea. For those in search of an ocean-to-table dining experience, Huntington Beach has no shortage of options. And with 10 miles of sandy shores stretching from Huntington State Beach to Sunset Beach, Surf City USA delivers panoramic views to boot. Whether you’re in the mood for a fresh catch from the Pacific or East Coast-style chowder, the city offers something to satisfy every craving.
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Generous chunks of lobster are packed into buttery brioche at this modern seafood shack, known for its fresh, sustainable fare. From humble food truck beginnings, Slapfish now serves up its lobster rolls, chowder fries and epic shrimp burritos internationally. Stop by the brick and mortar Slapfish location in Huntington Beach, where it all started — and don't forget the awesome sauce!
WatertableBack to Top of List
Savor refined coastal cuisine at this Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort and Spa restaurant that boasts a warm, rustic ambiance perfect for special occasions. Elevate your dinner plans with menu mainstays like the Chilean sea bass and salmon, or seasonal shared plates such as the torched salmon belly with avocado creme. You can pair your fish with a glass of vino, choosing from an award-winning selection of vintages from California and around the world.
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Pete's Sunset Grille
Also at the Hyatt Regency Resort & Spa, Pete’s Sunset Grille offers a more casual take on seafood favorites. Choose from handheld eats like the seared ahi sandwich or blackened fish tacos, or dive into a poke bowl with ponzu dressing and pickled onion. You can enjoy your meal out on the courtyard patio or inside surrounded by a collection of cool surf memorabilia fitting for the oceanfront locale.
Duke's Huntington BeachBack to Top of List
You’ll feel the Aloha spirit the moment you enter the restaurant named for surf legend Duke Kahanamoku. Located at the base of the pier, Duke’s has one of the best views in town for lunch, dinner or Sunday brunch. The menu ranges from classic fish tacos, roasted lobster tail and Alaskan king crab legs to Hawaiian-inspired dishes like the crispy coconut shrimp. Wash it all down with wines by the bottle or glass, or more than 15 beers on tap.
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Grab a seat on the second-floor patio of the Kimpton Shorebreak Resort and gaze out at the trendy The Strand, just north of Main Street at Pacific Hideaway. Palm trees and the pier create a perfect backdrop for the modern American fare offered at Pacific Hideaway, a chic hidden gem tucked away on the hotel’s second floor. The pan-seared diver scallops make for a divine dinner, but other great options run the gamut from mussels and Mahi tacos to sesame peppercorn-crusted tuna. Handcrafted cocktails are a must!
Tanner'sBack to Top of List
Global influences meet the California coast at Tanner's located in Paséa Hotel & Spa. Blackened salmon tacos or a poke bowl are great picks for a light lunch, while the dinner menu offers a more decadent seafood spread. Start with some mussels or hamachi crudo to share, then choose from hearty entrees including cioppino, cast iron paella and miso-glazed branzino. End the evening with a nightcap up at Tanner’s Treehouse Bar, which offers a rooftop view of the water.
Captain Jack'sBack to Top of List
A Sunset Beach staple opened by the late Jack Haley in 1965, Captain Jack’s is known for its generous portions and nautical decor. The family-owned restaurant doesn’t skimp on its seafood: Try crab-stuffed mushrooms, oysters on the half-shell and ceviche from the appetizer menu, before moving onto the main event. “World-famous” Alaskan crab legs lead an entree menu that includes lobster tail, scallops, scampi and fresh fish served two ways.
Fish CampBack to Top of List
Have seafood your way at this casual Sunset Beach eatery, which claims there are hundreds of customizable combinations. The menu implores diners to choose their favorite seafood base, served as a salad, sandwich, taco or plate on a bed of jasmine or brown rice. Selections change based on market availability but could include the likes of bluefin, scallops, Mississippi catfish, Mexican shrimp Ecuadorian tilapia depending on the day. In addition to build-your-own offerings, Fish Camp offers two soups from scratch (New England clam chowder and a spicy red chowder), small plates like crab cakes and calamari, and fresh oysters on the half-shell.
Bear Flag Fish Co.Back to Top of List
Bear Flag Fish Co.
A local favorite, Bear Flag is located inside Pacific City’s Lot 579 food hall. It’s a beach city classic, offering floor-to-ceiling views of the water and a fresh menu of sustainably sourced wild fish. You’ll find something for every craving here, including chowder and cioppino, tacos, burritos, poke bowls, sandwiches and salads prepared with seasonal selections. The counter-service restaurant also offers a full bar and sushi bar with nigiri, sashimi and signature rolls.