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8 Places to Eat and Drink During the 2023 US Open of Surfing in Huntington Beach

Grab a Drink and Enjoy an Ocean Breeze at These Local Restaurants and Bars

Huntington Beach is known as Surf City, USA, so it only makes sense that one of the city’s most anticipated annual events is a competition and celebration of the sport. The US Open of Surfing has a rich history dating back to its inception in 1959, when it was originally called the West Coast Surfing Championship. In 1994, it was renamed the US Open of Surfing and has since become an iconic event in the surfing community—particularly in Southern California.

Over the years, this event has featured incredible surfers—including ​​Kelly Slater, Chelsea Georgeson, Taj Burrow, Pauline Menczer, Kanoa Igarashi and Sage Erickson—showcasing their skills as they push the boundaries of the sport. The competition offers a vibrant atmosphere with live music and plenty of sponsored activities, making it a must-attend event for both surfers and spectators alike. 

And after picking up new sponsors Cerveza Pacífico Clara (aka Pacifico) and Wallex, this year’s event (July 29-Aug. 6, 2023) is sure to be the best one yet. Speaking of Pacifico, here are eight Huntington Beach bars and restaurants to grab a bite (and perhaps a beer) at while attending the US Open.

 

Sandbar Cocina y Tequila

Must-Try: Pacifico or Passion Fruit Paloma + Birria Queso Tacos

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Sandbar Cocina y Tequila is a must-visit destination for anyone who’s craving delicious Mexican food in a hip and lively environment. Located just a few blocks from the pier, Sandbar’s menu boasts a delectable selection of modern Mexican cuisine, offering a unique twist on traditional dishes like flavorful tacos, mouthwatering enchiladas, refreshing ensaladas and more. Sandbar also offers an extensive tequila collection, perfect for locals looking for a new culinary adventure or visitors seeking a satisfying, truly delicious dining experience. For those visiting on Saturdays and Sundays, take a look at the Weekend Party Starter menu, full of great deals on drinks and bites.

 

Sandy’s Beach Shack

Must-Try: Pacifico or Sandy’s Famous Mai Tai + Seafood Tostada Trio

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Right next to the HB pier stands Sandy’s Beach Shack, a charming beachside eatery known for its laid-back vibes and tasty coastal dishes. From fish tacos and shrimp kabobs to burgers and Cobb salads, Sandy’s menu has a diverse range of offerings that pair perfectly with a tropical drink and a day spent in the sun, watching the surf. And with its picturesque views of the beach, you may be able to keep an eye on the action while knocking back a Pacifico or two and sinking your teeth into one of their special seafood tostadas—that’s what we call a win-win!

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Bear Flag Fish Co.

Must-Try: Mezcal Mule + Mixed Poke

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If you’re angling for some of the freshest seafood in town, Bear Flag Fish Co. is sure to have you hooked in no time. Nestled on the edge of Pacific City with waterfront views, Bear Flag Fish Co. is a must for seafood enthusiasts. In every bite, you can taste the restaurant’s commitment to sourcing and serving the freshest catches of the day, its focus on sustainability and its promise to showcase the naturally delicious flavors of the ocean. From burritos and tacos to soups and sushi, each dish is prepared with care and expertise—all while maintaining a casual and approachable atmosphere that’s ideal for anyone coming to (or from) the beach.

 

Ola Mexican Kitchen

Must-Try: Pacifico or Margarita of the Month + Taco of the Month

Known for mouthwatering Mexican food with an unbeatable ocean view, Ola Mexican Kitchen is another Pacific City staple that’s a fantastic food option for US Open attendees. With its unique and modern takes on classic recipes, Ola combines traditional flavors with contemporary culinary techniques, allowing each thoughtfully prepared dish to showcase the vibrant and diverse flavors of Mexican cuisine. Whether it’s their mouthwatering tacos, flavorful enchiladas, sizzling fajitas or signature guacamole, Ola Mexican Kitchen delivers every time.

 

Duke’s Huntington Beach

Must-Try: Pacifico or Kauai Painkiller + Macnut and Herb Crusted Fish

For those who want to really go all-in on their celebration of surfing (or those who only want to take a few steps off the sand to grab a meal), look no further than Duke’s Huntington Beach. Named after legendary surfer Duke Paoa Kahanamoku, Duke’s Huntington Beach has been a long-standing staple for locals, marrying the city’s beachy lifestyle with the unmistakable spirit of aloha. Enjoy breathtaking ocean views while indulging in delicious Hawaiian-inspired dishes like kalua pork, roasted fish and poke bowls or sipping on an ice-cold Pacifico or tiki drink at the Barefoot Bar. Oh, and definitely don’t skip Kimo’s Original Hula Pie for dessert (you can thank us later!).

 

Pacific Hideaway at Kimpton Shorebreak

Must-Try: Pacifico or the Flamingo Ferrari + Glazed Pork Belly Bao Bun

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Come for the US Open, stay for happy hour, Taco + Tequila Tuesdays and Thirst Trap Thursdays. Pacific Hideaway at Kimpton Shorebreak is a fun and eclectic restaurant that blends global flavors with a coastal twist. With a menu inspired by Asian and Latin American cuisines, Pacific Hideaway’s menu is as exciting and memorable as the Kimpton Hotel itself, making it an idyllic spot for socializing and enjoying craft cocktails after a day spent in the sun. Want a vibe check? Listen to Pacific Hideaway’s curated playlist.

 

Treehouse Lounge at Pasea Hotel & Spa

Must-Try: Pacifico or the Cucumber Delight + Jack Fruit Tacos

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Located on the waterfront side of Pasea Hotel & Spa and atop Tanner’s lies Huntington Beach’s best-known rooftop bar, the Treehouse Lounge. The combination of a sophisticated yet relaxed ambiance creates the perfect atmosphere for day drinking or soaking in a sunset over a refreshing libation. The menu features small bites and appetizers from Tanner’s kitchen, along with creative, hand-crafted cocktails. Should you want to keep the party going after wrapping up at the US Open, head upstairs to the Treehouse Lounge for music and rotating DJs every Friday and Saturday.

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Fred’s Mexican Cafe

Must-Try: Pacifico or Strawberry Margarita + Calamari Tacos

If you’ve ever walked down Main Street in Huntington Beach, then you have most definitely seen the ever-popular Fred’s Mexican Cafe! The energy inside the restaurant and on its second-story, waterfront balcony buzzes with excitement and conversation. Known for its margaritas and tasty selection of Mexican dishes, Fred’s is a family-friendly spot that locals flock to from morning to night, making it an excellent choice for those who want to start, pause or end a quintessential day spent at the US Open. Beware: their chips and salsa are addicting!

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Born and raised near the Pacific Coast, Jordan Nishkian is a California girl through and through. She graduated from Cal State Long Beach with a BA in Creative Writing and a BA in Anthropology, and her favorite place to be is curled up in a comfy chair with a book in her hand and a pen in her hair.

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