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cualquiervaina Jan 3, 2011 10:10 AM

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. Servorg RE: cualquiervaina Jan 3, 2011 10:24 AM

    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.

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

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

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      ilvwhtgrls RE: cualquiervaina Jan 3, 2011 11:39 AM

      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.

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

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        Joani Macaroni RE: cualquiervaina Jan 3, 2011 07:34 PM

        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. Das Ubergeek RE: cualquiervaina Jan 3, 2011 09:10 PM

          Flight Bistro.

          Cucina Alessa.

          Zimzala.

          Mona Lisa Cucina.

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

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

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            Honeyman RE: Das Ubergeek Jan 6, 2011 11:33 AM

            +1 for Cucina Alessa

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              hobbess RE: Honeyman Jan 8, 2011 12:34 AM

              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.

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                groover808 RE: hobbess Jan 8, 2011 07:17 AM

                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.

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                  hobbess RE: groover808 Jan 9, 2011 08:14 PM

                  My bad.

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

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                    groover808 RE: hobbess Jan 9, 2011 08:22 PM

                    I gotcha, agreed, Mona Lisa is tiny!

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            mollygirl RE: cualquiervaina Jan 6, 2011 11:55 AM

            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.

            1. Steve Green RE: cualquiervaina Jan 7, 2011 11:31 AM

              I know it's a small chain, but I'm a big fan of Duke's, at the base of the pier. Great fresh fish with a variety of prep options, some of which are healthy.

              http://www.dukeshuntington.com/

              1. chispa_c RE: cualquiervaina Jan 7, 2011 12:51 PM

                Bluewater Grill 630 Lido Park Drive, Newport Beach. 949-675-3265
                Good seafood and oyster bar. Boats dock here and come in for dinner - a good night scene with good bar area. dinners $18-30 range

                The Cannery Restaurant 3010 Lafayette Avenue, Newport Beach 949-675-5777 cannery@newportbeach.com
                Nice Outdoor dining available, good fish, on the habor. dinners $18-30 range

                Billy’s At The Beach 2751 W. Coast Highway, Newport Beach 949-722-1100
                Casual - beach/tropical decor. RIght on the harbor, small outdoor patio, dinners$12-25 range

                Chart House 2801 W. Coast Highway, Newport Beach 949-548-5889
                Always good but not very unique. dinners $20-$40 range

                Personally I think the drive to Laguna is well worth it - it's only about a 20-25 minute drive from Huntington. Below are two fabulous places:

                Las Brisas 361 Cliff Dr, Laguna Beach, CA 949-497-5434
                Mexican food - the least expensive of all of the restaurants, but hands down, the best views. Situated on a cliff overlooking Laguna, the ocean and sunsets over Catalina Island. Try to sit outside and come before sunset to get a good table. Packed at happy hour - stay for dinner. dinners in the $12-20 range

                Splashes Restaurant in the Surf and Sand Hotel - www.surfandsandresort.com 1555 S Coast Hwy, Laguna Beach - 949-376-2779
                I always bring out of town guests to this restaurant. Right on the beach so it's aptly named splashes. Great sunset views, incredible food, dinners in the $18-28 range Make reservations! Stay and walk on the beach after dinner.

                photos are from Las Brisas in Laguna

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                Bluewater Grill
                665 N Harbor Dr, Redondo Beach, CA 90277

                Chart House
                2801 W Coast Hwy Ste 100, Newport Beach, CA 92663

                 
                 
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