A hidden Italian Gem is Mangia Mangia located on Goldenwest st just south of Edinger. Also, La Fontana is very good as well, they are small and located just south of Talbert on Beach Blvd. If you are looking for a Great Sushi Restaurant, then go south to Blue Fin. Blue Fin is located on PCH in Crystal Cove. Great Food period!!!
HB and many of the surrounding cities are very close. Consider New Port Beach and Balboa which is minutes away and has an extensive list of finer places to eat and several themes places if you like a little atmosphere
Five Crowns in Corona Del Mar is an english mid evil themed bar and restaurant. Its fun and costumed wait staff talk with old english accents, the bar is entertaining sometimes with singers and lots of activity while the upstairs is more romantic.
Mastro's Ocean Club Fish & Steak house in Newport Beach is an upscale chain (also in Beverly Hills, Chicago, and Las Vegas) often has entertainment and is elegant yet energetic.
The Cannery in Newport Beach is also a fun relaxed place to eat seafood and enjoy the views.
Right next to the pier in NPB is also a little crab shack that has great local fish and a clam chowder to die for. And we can't forget Ruby's on the pier in HB, not the best food but it's somehow better after the walk on the pier with cool salty spray in the air.
My favorite casual lunch place in HB is Lucci's on Adams. It's an italian store, bakery and restaurant. Not fancy but fun. It's an HB tradition for locals going back decades.
Mastro's Ocean Club
8112 E Coast Hwy, Newport Coast, CA 92657
3801 East Coast Highway, Corona Del Mar, CA 92625
Del Mar Cafe
712 S Del Mar Ave, San Gabriel, CA 91776
Las Vegas Bar
2343 S Bristol St, Santa Ana, CA 92704
Cucina Allesa - good Italian at the end of Main St.
25 Degrees - gourmet burgers
Sandy's - small plates on the sand right next to the pier.
Given that the US Open is going on at the pier right now, the above places will be pretty busy, as will the entire Main St/Pier area
For some inland Huntington options:
Bukhara - Indian
Casa Inka - Peruvian (it's actually in Fountain Valley but right next to the Huntington border.
Thai - Silk Thai is probabl the best Thai in HB; Thai Pepper is good for take out style
For Japanese, head to the cluster of Japanese restaurants on Brookhurst in Fountain Valley
Tsuruhashi - yakiniku (japanese style korean bbq)
Kappo Honda - izakaya
Shin Sen Gumi - one side ramen, one side yakitori
If you want Vietnamese, just cross over the freeway into Little Saigon, innumerable options there
18798 Brookhurst St, Fountain Valley, CA 92708
18450 Brookhurst St, Fountain Valley, CA 92708
8610 Warner Ave, Fountain Valley, CA 92708