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These are restaurants & bars reviewed by locals.
Maybe you can find a new place to try from this list! The list is in alphabetical order within the zip codes.
Downtown Area - 92648 zip:
2nd Floor - "I've never had a bad dinner and the service is impeccable!" Missy A.
Alessa Cafe - "Best Italian Restaurant in HB: Nice, Warm, Friendly, Family, Upscale, Best Dishes with affordable prices" Donna R
Beach Front 301 - REALLY great deals! Their Happy Hour food CAN’T BE BEAT! Their menu includes $1 to $5 foods which are equal to $5 to $10+ at other restaurants… Portions are perfect; food is well presented; and their Saturday/Sunday brunch (9am-1pm) is delicious! For $3.99 you get two eggs, 2 sausages, 2 bacon strips, hash browns or O’Brien Potatoes & toast.
Bodhi Tree Cafe - a very fine restaurant overall, but it is a great one for those vegans who are always looking for that ideal restaurant to go to. I would highly recommend this to anyone who wants to eat healthy! Dave R
Coach's Mediterranean Grill - “Family owned and operated. Coach's serves the best, freshest Mediterranean style food in town. Anyone and everyone that lives in HB has to eat there (and most do), you will be hooked. It's a favorite of the HB Police Dept. as well and you will often see a table of HB's finest eating there. Children are very welcomed and Coach will go out of his way to make sure they something yummy to eat (our son LOVES the lentil soup with pita bread for dipping). We have been going there for years and Coach is now a very good friend our ours and takes time to sit and chat. Even when things are humming (which is most of the time). Trust us, go there and you will go there often - you won't be disappointed.” Sam L
Crabby's - “Good food but they didn't quite make it for 'back East' crab cakes. Service is a bit slow, but once you are served, the food is good and portions are ample.” Barb D
Chronic Taco - "Had a great meal, excellent service, professional but fun. plenty to eat, played pool, great locals" Cheryl R
Duke's - “Right at the Pier, wonderful view. Great happy hour. Great food.” Kathy S
“When going to Duke's, don't forget to try Jeff the bartenders signature drink: the Hawaiian Ice Tea. 1 will get youi started, 2 will do you!” Howard M
Gallaghers - "Has an authentic Irish pub feel. Jib the bartender is a class act." Andrew
Huntington Beach Brew Company - “Great micro-brews, and the best fish tacos ever! We've been going there for eight years and go there as often as we can. Great for sports viewing too if you're inclined.” Ed M
Hurricane's - “Good bar food. Really LOUD on football nights! Local coupons give 2-4-1's on meals.” Bob D
IHOP - “Always crowded on a Sunday, but worth the wait. Great stuffed French toast, good service. Don't go if you don't like family dining - DO go if you want good sized portions and 'almost' old style cooking.” Barb D
Imola - “Some of the best Italian food around. my favorite for Italian.” Dave G
"Awesome! We went twice. Ordered two different salmon dishes, pasta pesto, veal margherita, pasta marinara. Salads were exceptionally fresh! Food was hot. Service was top notch!" (5 star Plus) Virginia D
Ka Shabu - "This was our first time trying asian fondue and the staff was all extremely knowledgeable and helpful. The food was EXCELLENT!" Kim M
Killarney's - “Pretty tasty Irish specialties.” Bob D
Longboard - “GREAT food and good sized portions.” Bob D
Luigi's - “Nice atmosphere - romantic if you get a corner table. Prices are reasonable and food is good.” Barb D
No Ka Oi - “Awesome food. Great service. My favorites are the wasabi ceaser salad and the chicken parmesan.” Julie M
Perqs - “We like to go there when we want a live music night. We usually take our chances and go without knowing who's performing and have not been disappointed yet. Our favorite is Blues-y rock and that's the place for it.” KN
Sandy's - (at the Pier) “Great beach front location. Good happy hour.” Vicki A
“Love the Ambiance. Can't beat the on the beach location. Great martini's.” Julie M
Sharkeeze - “Lots of fun! More for the 'younger' pick-up crowd but GREAT food and really large selection.” Bob D
Shorehouse Café - “HUGE breakfasts with good food. Sister restaurants in Seal Beach and Balboa with equally great food. Well worth the prices (which aren't much!) Barb D
Spark Woodfire Grill - "We love the mango margaritas, crab cakes (the best), outdoor firepit, and of course the filet mignon....YUM!" Pam S.
Sugar Shack - "VERY definitely a locals place! Check it out at 5am & meet the 'real' locals who get together every morning. Really busy on weekends so you may have to put your name on a list, but it's worth the wait. Very friendly staff; GREAT food; front and back outdoor patios so you can breathe in the clean HB air!
Zimzala - It has a very relaxing atmosphere for easy mingling and conversation. Way cool cocktails with yummy lounge menu. It is a great hang out spot with great views of the beach and pier from their outdoor patio (bar and restaurant are on the 2nd floor) I hear rumors of an upcoming happy hour soon too. The restaurant is not cheap, but quality is top notch and menu is very different from other HB restaurants, with coastal Mediterranean type food drawing from 22 countries surrounding the Mediterranean Sea. Patrons won't be disappointed in their outstanding wine selection arranged by their resident sommelier. Good eating and good times, this is going to be an HB hotspot!
Near downtown - more 92648 zip:
Baja Fresh - "We have yet to not like something on their menu. Try their traditional salad topped with chicken & their own salad dressing; or be adventurous with their chili or quesadillas and you won't be disappointed." Barb D.
Black Watch - “Pool tables are free, they have Guinness on draft and actually pour it properly. Jukebox with great selection. It's a Scottish/Irish themed hole in the wall that's always great fun.” Ed M
Golden Chopsticks - "We discovered a winner here! Their menu is diverse; from hot & spicy to bland; and everything is made fresh when you order it. Mostly a take-out restaurant, there are only a few tables, but we've tried just about everything on their menu and have NEVER been disappointed." Bob D.
Matsu Restaurant - “They always seem to be crowded (expect a wait for the sushi bar), but the sushi is worth it.” Marty dG
Sunny's - “HUGE portions of food. One plate = two meals. Home cooking. 'real' food - no substitutions. Ask for Summer who runs the place and get personalized service.” Barb D
The Pen - “Very large, lots of pool tables, big bar. Young crowd mostly, still lots of fun for all.” Ed M
West Side ( & Huntington Harbor) - 92649 zip:
Daimon Sushi-Teppan - “One of the rock and roll type sushi places. Pretty decent sushi. We go for the great teppan tables.” VA
Don the Beachcomber - "Our dinner was great! The best kept secret in HB!" Sean P.
My Place - "This is a VERY cool joint! HUGE portions of very cheap food and the ultimate casual atmosphere. This isn't some "exclusive" restaurant, it's a "joint" complete with lots of TVs, a pool table, bench seating (no kidding!) and awesome food that's so inexpensive it'll blow your mind." Kenny W
Sea Siam Restaurant - “My all time favorite Thai restaurant. Can't get enough of them!” Eileen A
House of Brews - “The eclectic ambiance combined with the good music, and always a game on the TV's make this one of our favorites when we want an easy dinner and a good pint. Try the Seared Ahi appetizer… MMMMMMM. Think I'm going to go get one now!” Howard M
Slow Fish - "world class sushi, sashimi, fresh Cal-Korean cuisine; features gorgeous, rich Black Rice and also a welcoming, easy atmosphere as part of their philosophy to honor the Slow Food Movement." (4 out of 5 stars) Teddy G
Taco Surf - "Great low key restaurant and bar. Live music Wednesday thru Saturday. Their Baja Tostada is awesome. Prices are reasonable, neighborhood style Bar, the local Cheers!" BvS
Vittorio's Italian Restaurant - “An old school establishment with new owners and new energy. Like the food and always not it is going to be good. Check out their daily specially, like Martini Day.” Howard M
Middle & North area - 92647 zip:
Bucca di Peppo - “LOVE IT! Really great garlic bread and all kinds of fool. NO individual orders - the whole table shares. Ask to eat in the kitchen and watch the chefs whip up dinner for everyone. Or if you have a party of 12, get the Pop's Room. Lots of fun!” Barb D
Crivello - “Really good Italian food. Very romantic atmosphere. Small & intimate. Mid-priced range”
The Great Dane Baking Company - "Has to be my favorite. They have made several cakes for me and not only are they always most delicious but also so beautifully decorated. From a perfectly captured Yoda from Star Wars to a very elegant floral cake they are always right on the money." Kathleen B
Islands - "If you like a LOT of noise and a LOT of activity while you're eating; and really loud music as you munch down on your hamburger, you'll enjoy Islands. Very "islandy" atmosphere and decent prices for a diverse menu." Bob D.
Johnny's Saloon - “ We went there last night for the first time, young, punk rock crowd, dark, loud music, pool, great drinks. We had a good time.” Gina G
John's Philly Grille - “About the best Philly Cheese steak sandwich we've had.” Marty dG
Kabuki - "Great food and atmosphere" Carlyn C
Kiku Restaurant - “Our favorite for sushi. We practically live there. It is a “Cheers” type of place. I've never been in there where I don't know some, if not most, of the patrons.” Vicki A
Kelly's Donuts & Burgers - "Never have I been to a donut shop this clean. They serve daily fresh donuts and bagels, muffins, croissants baked on the premises. They also have big size breakfast croissants and burritos, burgers, sandwiches, smoothies, espresso. They have this huge pastrami burger that I always get with fries and soda for $5.75. It's a family owned and everyone there are very friendly." Shane
Lampost Pizza - "The location I go to is on Warner at Goldenwest, and I've been more than happy with the pizza there. Always cooked the way I like it. The folks that run the place are super nice and very accomodating. What a great place to bring the team after a sporting event!"
Park Bench Café - “Not my all time favorite breakfast place (but I'm not too in to breakfast), but I like it because of the park settting, sit outdoors, and you can bring your dog!”
Pizza Lounge - (at Bella Terra) "In our in search of authentic NY pizza be the slice we found Pizzarito - this is the place to go!!" Kathy P
Sebastiani's Italian Bistro - “Great food. Great service, and nice ambiance. Try one of the monthly wine tasting events for a good time. Highly recommended.” Howard M
Woody's Diner - "Any of the Woody's Diner's seem to have good old-fashioned food. Good-sized portions means definite 'doggy bags'! Great place to just kick back and relax. Barb D
East Side (nearing Costa Mesa) - 92646 zip:
Bella Roma - "It's not THE best Italian food in HB, but it's not bad in a pinch. Small, intimate & a varied menu." Bob D.
Bento Box - "Not too bad for fast-food. They run specials all the time (coupons). Specialize in "Bento Box in a Bowl" meals; good value. Also have party trays." Barb B
Chicago Ribs - "One of our favorites! They always run coupons (online) and have some fine-tasting ribs & onion rings. Like the food, the service & the people - very friendly! Eat in or take-out... Worth it either way." Bob D
Lucci's - “BEST place to get a lot of pasta. Diversified menu, really good food. GREAT deli with everything you need. Catering is awesome. This is a winner for eat-in or take-out!” Barb D
Market Broiler - "Good food, but overpriced for the portions. Popular place; get there early if you want a seat on a Friday nite." Bob D
Polly's - “Good home cooked, down home cooking. GREAT pies and reasonable priced!” Barb D
Rockin Crepes - "Amazing crepe selection! Rock n roll theme is super fun". Rana S.
Zubies Dry Dock - “AWESOME pizza! Put anything on it you want for the same price. No extra charges. GREAT weekday specials… Ambiance includes sawdust on the floors. Highly recommended for a place to hang!” Barb D
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