10 Essential Huntington Beach Restaurants

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Mary Pastrana
Huntington Beach: If there's a city in our fair county that people not from around here think of when they think of California surf culture, this is what they see in their heads. Well, at least the beachy parts. The Beach Blvd. part? Not so much.

Point is that there's more to HB than Main Street and the pier.

This is a list of your humble food scribe's essential Huntington Beach restaurants. Some are old standbys even the tourists know about. Some are newer. All make HB one of the best eating towns we got.

As usual, the list is alphabetical. What's missing? Tell us in the comments.

25 Degrees
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Jonathan Ho

Liza and Tim Goodell's self-described "bordello meets burger and wine bar" is overtly sexualized and slutty in its theme. The wallpaper pattern looks like it was picked out from the lacy unmentionables section of a Frederick's of Hollywood catalog. But its meals ply the manliest of appetites with hefty portions of the manliest of meals: burgers with patties as thick as a DC comic-book superhero's biceps, cooked bloody.

Black Trumpet Bistro
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Jossue Rivas

If you had to describe Black Trumpet Bistro to friends, you'd tell them about the paintings of Miles Davis, Satchmo and Johnny Coltrane on the walls. The space is small, the appropriate size for a restaurant calling itself a bistro. It has velvet-lined benches, an open kitchen and shelves of vino near the back. But because the Black Trumpet cherry-picks its dishes from Italy, France, Spain, Greece and Morocco, you're better off just telling them it cooks everything. It's entirely possible to construct a meal here in which every course hails from a place nowhere near the last. Start with pita bread and a complimentary house dip concocted by mixing feta cheese, olives, pepper flakes and olive oil into a chunky slurry. A falafel can be had as an appetizer followed by an Italian caprese salad. After that, a fuming crock pot of French onion might be your soup. And your main course could be Spanish paella studded with shellfish and squid.

Cucina Alessa
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Edwin Goei
You've been to the other Alessa's, now make your pilgrimage to the original. The butternut-squash-stuffed ravioli swims in a lick-your-plate-clean brown-butter sauce and is sprinkled with crispy fried sage leaves. The caprese smacks of garden freshness and has puffy, light-as-helium cheesy breadsticks with which you wipe the plate clean. And the carpaccio of cured filet mignon--thin tissue-like sheets of prime beef, drizzled with olive oil and spritz of acid--would normally cost five times as much at Italian joints of this caliber. The pizza is also worthy and so is the crispy calamari, which is as greaseless as they come.

Location Info

25 Degrees

412 Walnut Ave., Huntington Beach, CA

Category: Restaurant

The Black Trumpet Bistro

18344 Beach Blvd., Huntington Beach, CA

Category: Restaurant

Cucina Alessa

520 Main St., Huntington Beach, CA

Category: Restaurant

Don the Beachcomber

16278 Pacific Coast Highway, Huntington Beach, CA

Category: Restaurant

North Shore Poke Co.

214 5th St., Huntington Beach, CA

Category: Restaurant

Red Table

16821 Algonquin St., Huntington Beach, CA

Category: Restaurant

Fish Camp

16600 Pacific Coast Highway, Huntington Beach, CA

Category: Restaurant

Slapfish

19696 Beach Blvd., Huntington Beach, CA

Category: Restaurant

The Corner

8961 Adams Ave., Huntington Beach, CA

Category: Restaurant

TK Fast Grill

110 Pacific Coast Highway, Huntington Beach, CA

Category: Restaurant

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40 comments
ayadaziz79
ayadaziz79

how is this not a good list fiesta grill? those are the best restaurants in Huntington... slap fish, Black Trumpet, red table.... slaters 50/50? yea maybe for beer and drinks its awesome but food wise they are sucking worse and worse the more I go.  their food does not compare to red table or black trumpet... your talking sports bar food compared to high end ingredients and top chefs.

Hunt Media Group
Hunt Media Group

Our favorite HB spots are Slater's 50/50 Huntington Beach and Casa Inka.

Chris Briggs
Chris Briggs

Props on the selection! My boy Louie at "Red Table" will be pleased at the recognition

Lori Jones
Lori Jones

Fuji Burger should have made the list.

Purrfect1
Purrfect1

LOve, Love, Love The Black Trumpet, and especially the Lamb Shank you have pictured! Crave that beauty all the time, and order it up At least every time there......the Onion Soup is a great beginner!      But I gotta say, Jan's Health Bar should be on there also, if you're gonna include TK'S.....any ol' surfer is gonna reminisce about the lines in HHS when it was in there, and a primo spot when you just got out of the water! 


And then, there The Black Trumpet's Mothership, Capone's Cucina! 10x better then Alessa. That's all.

Kent Nerhus
Kent Nerhus

What!? No Fiesta Grill? Phillie Grille? Mario's? Basilicos? or La capilla? Who made this list?

Lucy Ramos Mora
Lucy Ramos Mora

Loved Red table their menu changes sooo I love it plus I can take my dog they have outdoor seating. 25 degrees is super yummy. neither are pretentious whatsoever. Thumbs up!

Scott Linck
Scott Linck

Hangout Too Southern Bar/ Grill, Marios in 5 Points, Matsu, Coach's, and Capones.

BackInOC
BackInOC

Why isn't SuperMex Or Linda's on here?

Kristy McDaniel
Kristy McDaniel

There are many places that should be on a best of for HB that aren't. This list is more like "most pretentious, with a few others thrown in" I'd hate to think this is how HB is represented to people not from here.

R Scott Torgan
R Scott Torgan

damn, 9 out of 10 .... .looks like I need to get my arse to Black Trumpet Bistro asap!!! :like:

Rick Rodriguez
Rick Rodriguez

You guys just posted about how HB is the racist city in OC, I ain't going there ! FTP! ...... Maybe during mid summer

mhip
mhip

Secret Spot. Used to eat there 4 times a week when I lived there...

JBinOC
JBinOC topcommenter

I'd like to tip the gal in the TK Burger photo just for being so pretty

mannybanny
mannybanny

@mhip Exactly what I was thinking. NEVER had a bad meal there.

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