From essential morning pick-me-ups to decadent dinner spreads with Italian flair, there’s always a new restaurant to discover in Surf City USA®. This season, the city has welcomed an array of dining and drinking establishments introducing flavors from across the country and around the world. Try coffee beans sourced from Ethiopia, Detroit-style pizza, Mediterranean wines and so much more. If you’re always on the hunt for the latest and greatest, here are six new restaurants and cafes you won’t want to miss in Huntington Beach.
The RiaBack to Top of List
Huntington Beach’s newest pizza shop is bringing a taste of Detroit to downtown Main Street. Famous for its rectangular shape, a cheesy slice at The Ria features a crisp, caramelized edge with a light and airy crust — total pizza perfection. While a traditional Detroit-style pizza is topped with Wisconsin brick cheese and pepperoni (The Ria offers triple pep!), you can also savor specialty combinations like the Queen B, which swaps in goat cheese to pair with prosciutto, fig and a honey drizzle. Order any pie grandma-style for a thinner crust. If you’re dining solo, classic red top and pepperoni pizzas are available by the slice and go great with a sweet treat like the Nilla-wafer topped banana pudding. Limited time “underground” pizzas also pop up on a whim, with favorites like I’m Kind of a Big Dill (fresh dill, bacon, garlic aioli, pickles) sometimes making their way to the signature menu.
Green Cheek Beer Co.Back to Top of List
The latest arrival to Surf City USA’s beer scene is this small, independent brewery known for its owners’ passion for craft brews. Located right on PCH, its Sunset Beach location has a rooftop deck with an ocean view. Around two dozen taps are pouring a rotating selection of beers including Greek Cheek’s signature IPA offerings, several of which have won accolades at competitions like the Great American Beer Festival and the World Beer Cup. Food is served in the tasting room from open to close, with weekend breakfast options like chilaquiles, classic burgers and even plant-based picks like a vegan chorizo sandwich.
Brightwaters Wine Bar + RestaurantBack to Top of List
At this charming downtown eatery, you’ll come for a glass of wine and end up finishing the whole bottle as you linger over a charcuterie plate or flatbread pizza. The patio offers a great view of 5th & PCH, and provides a welcoming spot to uncork a bottle from the expansive wine list or sip a classic cocktail like the Bees Knees. Steak and a local catch are available if you stay for dinner after 4:30 p.m., but you also can’t go wrong ordering savory bites like meatballs with toasted country bread to soak up the homestyle tomato sauce, or the fresh, seasonal burrata. Brightwaters also hosts special pop-up wine tastings, as well as events like the Pub Run that ends with a complimentary beverage every second Wednesday of the month.
Succulent Coffee RoastersBack to Top of List
This coastal coffee company has opened its third location near Sunset Beach, brewing up its blends and single origin coffees from beans that are consciously soured and seasonally roasted. The cafe is a small, vibrant spot for enjoying your morning ritual. In addition to pour over and cold brew coffees, there’s a range of espresso-based drinks like flat whites and cortados. Try the New Wave medium roast for a nice, easy start to your day — it’s one of the highest-rated blends ranked by the Coffee Review, offering notes of chocolate and fruits from beans originating in Columbia and Ethiopia.
Sur CoffeeBack to Top of List
The new downtown Huntington Beach cafe features coffee roasted in its sister shop in San Clemente, using beans sourced from farmers around the world. Though the menu is small, it packs a mighty punch. Sur Coffee excels in each of its offerings, from a smooth cortado (great with an almond or oat milk upgrade) to a matcha latte. Baristas have a steady hand for latte art as well, so whip out your phone to snap a pic of a pumpkin decorating your seasonal PSL.
NardòBack to Top of List
Now open at Pacific City, this Italian restaurant is serving up bold, fragrant flavors from the country’s southern region. Wood-fired Neapolitan pizzas are a must with their airy, chewy crusts made from 00 flour, as are the pastas made fresh daily. Choose from options like gnocchi with basil pesto, a spicy squid ink linguine with jumbo scallops or fettuccine with melt-in-your-mouth braised wild boar. The colorful bar area adjacent to the dining room offers a lively spot to sip Italian wines and classic cocktails, or you can enjoy your meal out on the patio with views of the pier in the distance.