When it’s time to wine and dine an exclusive client list, Huntington Beach shines with options that capture the city’s coastal appeal and culinary prowess. Business dinners are far from boring in Surf City USA®, where restaurants elevate the experience with upscale beach vibes, mixologist-crafted cocktails, and chef-driven global concepts. Whether you’re planning a power lunch or want to connect over a multi-course dinner, here are some of the top spots for hosting an unforgettable client meal in Huntington Beach.
Offshore 9 Rooftop LoungeBack to Top of List
You don’t have to be a guest at The Waterfront Beach Resort to take advantage of Orange County’s highest coastal rooftop experience. Snag a corner booth around a firepit to talk shop while you enjoy panoramic views of the ocean just across PCH. Great for quiet conversation over cocktail hour, the lounge features a menu of coastal-inspired shared plates such as blackened salmon tacos and sesame-crusted seared ahi tuna. Hand-crafted signature cocktails such as the blood orange sour with Kikori whiskey are sure to impress, or keep it classy with a bottle of California wine and a beautifully plated charcuterie board.
The Huntington Beach HouseBack to Top of List
For a meal your clients won’t soon forget, this lively outdoor eatery located at Huntington State Beach delivers the quintessential Surf City USA® experience just steps from the sand. Walk under the ivy-covered trellis to savor elevated coastal cuisine — think birria ramen with a garnish of diced onion and cilantro and a squeeze of lime, an ahi poke bowl, and classic beach fare like burgers made with grilled wagyu beef. Cocktails are as fun and breezy as you’d expect from a waterfront spot, with options such as the watermelon chamoy margarita and pina colada slushy. Impress your guests with pre-booked lounge seating that includes Adirondack chairs and a firepit set right in the sand.
Tanner'sBack to Top of List
This chic restaurant at Paséa Hotel & Spa exudes effortless SoCal sophistication without compromising on the laid-back surf vibes that define the city’s reputation. A seat indoors offers views of the ocean through floor-to-ceiling windows that flood the dining room with light. But to create a full sensory experience, dine outside where you can enjoy salty beach breezes with your contemporary coastal cuisine. Lunch and dinner options include sustainably prepared dishes like shrimp ceviche, duck confit, and an impressive 32-ounce Tomahawk ribeye available on a limited basis. Keep the conversation going over after-dinner drinks upstairs at the rooftop Treehouse Lounge, where you can sip craft cocktails with clients while ensconced in a private cabana around a fire pit.
BLK Earth Sea SpiritsBack to Top of List
Perched above PCH downtown, this swanky second-floor steakhouse offers prime cuts of meat and seafood that will please any palate. The incredible views could easily overshadow the food, but the talented culinary team holds its own, leading to recognition on Orange Coast Magazine’s list of best new restaurants in 2016. Surf-and-turf offerings include aged filets, herb-crusted sirloin, and Tomahawk rib-eye, as well as lobster tail and a decadent Chilean sea bass in lemon beurre blanc. Oyster platters and Japanese wagyu served on a sizzling skillet will help get the mealtime conversation going — that is, if a classic spirit-forward cocktail like an old-fashioned doesn’t do the trick.
Pacific HideawayBack to Top of List
Offering a taste of surf culture from around the world — spanning Southeast Asia and the Pacific Islands to Latin and South America — this chic spot at the Kimpton Shorebreak Resort is the ideal escape after a long day of meetings. Treat your clients to a meal prepared by one of Huntington Beach’s top chefs who has worked at a two-star Michelin restaurant, with options ranging from crispy duck spring rolls and turmeric roasted cauliflower with a macadamia crumble to tacos featuring succulent meats and seafood like blackened mahi mahi and braised beef. Heartier dinner options will also dazzle your taste buds. Try the miso-glazed salmon served with a fried egg and roasted red pepper butter or a classic grilled New York strip made more interesting with a side of tempura asparagus. Don’t skimp on drinks, as there’s a list of seasonal sips and more than a dozen signature craft cocktails that arrive in fun presentations.
WatertableBack to Top of List
World-class wines, locally sourced cuisine, and an elegant coastal vibe make Watertable at Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort & Spa a solid choice for any client meal. An award-winning wine list is a restaurant highlight, gaining recognition by Wine Spectator for its expansive yet curated selection of California varietals and global producers. Fresh, local produce shines in salads and as accompaniments to classic entrees such as a prime Tomahawk, Chilean sea bass and salmon, served with seasonal offerings like sweet and peppery kohlrabi and haricots verts.
Bluegold & LSXOBack to Top of List
A beautiful fusion of new and Old World cooking techniques makes this farm-to-table restaurant a standout at Pacific City. Clients will love Bluegold’s seasonal, locally sourced ingredients that create an homage to California cuisine in fresh, simple preparations. A robust menu of vegetables and salads showcase the day’s bounty, with options like a beet salad that pairs arugula and citrus with a melt-in-your-mouth burrata. Each entree, from pork short ribs to diver scallops, are paired with more produce that elevates the dish from delicious to exceptional. For your elite client list, book a table in advance and head to an unmarked door next to Bluegold’s wine room. LSXO awaits just inside with 28 seats creating an air of exclusivity and a menu of refined Vietnamese cuisine.
NardòBack to Top of List
Among Pacific City’s many delightful culinary offerings is Nardò, a family-owned Italian restaurant celebrated for its rustic flavors and house-made pasta. Walk by the pasta station to watch fettuccine, gnocchi, paccheri, spinach ravioli, and squid ink linguine being made fresh by talented chefs. Great for sharing or a casual client lunch, Neapolitan pizza is served straight from a wood-fired oven with more than a dozen different signature options. An outdoor patio offers a great place to enjoy ocean views while sipping an Aperol spritz or negroni.
Ola Mexican KitchenBack to Top of List
This Pacific City restaurant’s tacos are the talk of the town with fresh, handmade tortillas and fillings like slow-braised carnitas and carne asada. Invite clients to enjoy Mexican comfort food in a sleek, well-appointed space featuring floor-to-ceiling windows with ocean views. There are craft margaritas, of course, as well as specialty entrees such as siete mares (Mexican seafood stew) and fresh-grilled agave salmon that showcase the range of flavors available on the menu.