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Jan 3, 2011 10:10 AM

Recs for huntington beach restaurant

Hi everyone!

I will be in Huntington beach for a conference at the beginning of next month. I will appreciate any advice to go out for dinner, our all group including my boss (which means to go to an excellent place)... We are looking for 40-50$ per person max (food only), healthy trend, maybe seafood or a very good local restaurant.

Thank u in advance for any rec.

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  1. For seafood either go north to Seal Beach (10 miles) to Walt's Wharf or south (about 6 miles) to the Cannery in New Port Beach.

    Walt's Wharf Restaurant
    201 Main St, Seal Beach, CA 90740

    Cannery Seafood of the Pacific
    3010 LaFayette Road, Newport Beach, CA 92663

    1. Huntington Beach isn't known for it's culinary options. I would recommend checking out The Crow Bar in Newport/Corona Del Mar. Great place, good pricing and they have a great private(ish) dining area below the main floor.

      Del Mar Cafe
      712 S Del Mar Ave, San Gabriel, CA 91776

      1. To Consider:
        Café Grill
        17900 Magnolia St
        Unit A
        Fountain Valley, CA 92708

        We just had a wonderful pre fixe New Year's Eve dinner there ($55 per person, plus gratuity, champagne was included). I'm not sure what the regular menu ranges are, but a friend in H.B. (who is also a caterer) eats there frequently and has only good things to report about their regular menu. Friendly and attentive staff. This is in a small building with a Subway right next door, but don't let that deter you. The chef joined the diners several times to meet us during our seating (they had two seatings that evening). He was friendly and genuinely interested in the guests. This being a small, newish restaurant you may want to do a test run and see if it will meet your needs, and ask to chat with the chef perhaps. You didn't mention how many people you need to seat - that's always helpful to know. No private room but you can ask if they will do a private seating for your group. Might be a possiblity during a weeknight. Also you mentioned attending a conference - I'm assuming you won't need to rush back. Lots of reviews on Yelp too.

        1. Flight Bistro.

          Cucina Alessa.


          Mona Lisa Cucina.

          If you want to drink, head for Beachwood BBQ, 320 Main and Don the Beachcomber.

          Beachwood BBQ
          131 1/2 Main St, Seal Beach, CA 90740

          5 Replies
            1. re: Honeyman

              For Cucina Alessa, I think it depends on how many are in the party. I haven't tried it, but passed by it and it looks really small which is a good thing if you're on a date and not so much if we're talking about large group of coworkers from work.

              1. re: hobbess

                The Cucina Alessa in HB further down Main is quite large and 2 stories. They can accomodate a few large parties as opposed to their Newport Beach place which is tiny.

                1. re: groover808

                  My bad.

                  I meant to talk about the size of the Mona Lisa Cucina, not the Cucina Alessa.

                  1. re: hobbess

                    I gotcha, agreed, Mona Lisa is tiny!

          1. If your budget is $40-50 (food only), then try Spark Woodfire Grill in downtown Huntington Beach. If the weather is decent, sit out on the patio for a wonderful view of PCH and the ocean.
            I've always had wonderful meals here, great service and, if drinking is allowed, an awesome martini menu.