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Nature Preserve in Huntington Beach

Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve

You'd be forgiven for overlooking Bolsa Chica, at least on first glance. Against a backdrop of nodding oil derricks, this flat expanse of wetlands doesn't exactly promise the unspoilt splendors of nature. However, m…
Landmark in Huntington Beach

Surfers’ Hall of Fame

Cafe in Huntington Beach

Sugar Shack

Expect a wait at this HB institution, or get here early to see surfer dudes don their wet suits. Breakfast is served all day on the bustling Main St patio and inside, where you can grab a spot at the counter or a tw…
Vegetarian in Huntington Beach

Bodhi Tree

Just north of downtown, this 100% vegetarian and vegan pan-Asian joint has a huge and varied menu, including mock-meat delights like pho noodle soup and Thai curries with fake ‘chicken’ and ‘beef.’ Vietnamese baguet…
Seafood in Huntington Beach


It may be touristy, but this Hawaiian-themed restaurant – named after surfing legend Duke Kahanamoku – is a kick. With unbeatable views of the beach, a long list of fresh fish and a healthy selection of sassy cockta…
Italian in Huntington Beach

Cucina Alessá

Every beach town needs its favorite go-to Italian kitchen. Alessa wins hearts and stomachs with classics like Neopolitan lasagna, butternut squash ravioli and chicken marsala. Lunch brings out panini, while weekend …
American in Huntington Beach

Park Bench Cafe

Sometimes Fido likes to order too. In a dog-friendly setting with shady outdoor picnic tables, try this casual outdoor restaurant in Huntington Central Park. Order an avocado-topped omelet or BLT sandwich for yourse…
Californian in Huntington Beach

Spark Woodfire Grill

Come before dark to this 2nd-floor Cal-Mediterranean restaurant and watch the sun set over the water while forking into fire-grilled steaks, chops and seafood or crispy-thin pizzas from the wood-burning oven. An ove…
Take-Out in Huntington Beach

Mother’s Market & Kitchen

Get your organic, health-conscious groceries here. A deli and take-out cafe caters to all diets (eg vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, nondairy). Juice bar open till 8pm daily.
Bar in Huntington Beach

Huntington Beach Beer Co

Two-decade-old, cavernous brewpub with a big balcony, specializing in ales brewed in a half dozen giant, stainless-steel kettles on site, like the HB Blonde, Brickshot Red and seasonal beers flavored with sage to ch…