Orange County’s Best Lunch Spots Near the Beach

Make Your Beach Trip Amazing with These Lunch Spots!

Written by: Nicole Hakim Orange County’s Best Lunch Spots

When the weather starts to get warm, nothing beats the heat like a relaxing day at the beach. The surf and sand are a surefire way for you to let go of your troubles and have a good time. Another fun thing about the beach is eating a delicious meal as you enjoy the cool, summer breeze. You can make your own lunch to bring along, but that’s time consuming, and sometimes, you want something more than just a few of the same ol’ sandwiches and chips. Luckily, there are a few restaurants that carry decadent choices surrounding the beach, so give yourself one less thing to worry about and enjoy an unforgettable meal.

Tackle Box

Tackle Box is a concession stand on the beach that always seems to surprise its customers with its fresh and restaurant quality foods. Customers that choose to eat at the Tackle Box will be served foods made with unique and simple flavors that make for delicious and memorable meals. This beach stand aims to connect to the community by providing customers with the very best, and as one takes a glance at their menu, he or she will find a wide variety of products such as New England inspired clam chowder, fried catfish roll and the stand’s namesake, the Tackle Box, which is the team’s daily special!

3029 E Shore Ave
Newport Beach, CA 92625


Sessions West Coast Deli

Sessions West Coast Deli aims to bring its customers the very best when it comes to sandwiches, or in their words, “the best sandwiches to ever hit the lip.” The deli takes the greatest effort to make this claim a reality by using handmade sauces, sides, salads and soups, all of which are made with the best and freshest ingredients. When you take a trip down Newport or Huntington Beach, you will see a wide variety of products that will make choosing a difficult feat. Choose from their Yogi, The ‘Strami, the signature Summer Zephyr and more, and you will see how Sessions provides high quality deli that will appeal to the community.

2823 Newport Blvd
Newport Beach, CA 92663


Dory’s Deli

Located mere steps from the Newport Pier, Dory’s Deli holds an old world charm inspired by the Dory Fleet Market that was prominent in 1891, and this charm has its customers reflecting on an older, historical era. Providing fresh, high quality and interestingly named products such as the Rocky Balboa, the Judge and the Lifeguard Club, customers for every craving will be able to find something they will enjoy. And thanks to the convenient location, they will not have to stray too far from their spots on the beach to find a savory meal.  

2108 W Oceanfront
Newport Beach, CA 92663


Saint Marc Pub-Café, Bakery & Cheese Affinage

Saint Marc, located at Pacific City in Huntington Beach, is the place to go if you’re looking an interesting, one-of-a-kind dining experience. Saint Marc treats customers with open spaces—allowing a more relaxing environment—and high quality foods and drinks. Feast on mouthwatering items that pay homage to Americana cuisine such as one of 11 slices of signature bacon from the Bacon Bar, beignets and chicory coffee made fresh from the bakery, classic libations served in red SOLO cups and apple pie a la mode will capture your eye, smother your taste buds in uniquely flavored deliciousness and, over all, make for one memorable day at the beach.   

21058 Pacific Coast Hwy
Huntington Beach, CA 92648


Avila’s El Ranchito

Located in the heart of the Newport Peninsula, Avila’s El Ranchito was opened by Sergio Avila in 1975. Those who can’t get enough of Mexican food will certainly enjoy the dishes the restaurant has to offer, which include the Mayan Burrito—shredded chicken or beef and rice with tomatillo sauce, melted cheese and guacamole—and as many tacos as they can handle! As you drink a cold margarita on the patio and take in the beach weather, you will be glad you chose Avila’s El Ranchito for lunch.

2800 Newport Blvd
Newport Beach, CA 92663


Ways and Means

Ways and Means Oysters, features an extensive and creative menu that is inspired by the world class oyster houses across the globe. If you’ve never tried oysters before, now is your chance to step out of your comfort zone and try something new! For those who aren’t big fans of seafood, don’t fret because Ways and Means also has great meat entrees like Chimichurri Flat Iron Steak that is sure to be a big hit with any meat lover! Eat fresh food, drink custom cocktails and enjoy a waterfront view, and if you want to bring home your own gourmet food and gadgets, Ways and Means also operates a retail store!

21022 Pacific Coast Hwy
Huntington Beach, CA 92648



If you find yourself wishing for a dining experience that will not fail to help you unwind, try Skyloft. Here, you can take advantage of Skyloft’s rooftop dining where you can savor the cool weather and gaze out to the gorgeous ocean as you consume your meal. You deserve to have a memorable time, so treat yourself to breathtaking atmosphere and an amazing lunch with such choices as California smoked brisket, stuffed avocado, jambalaya and much more. Eat, drink, catch a game downstairs on a high definition television and just enjoy each other’s company; you’ll be glad you did.

422 S Coast Hwy
Laguna Beach, CA 92651


Ruby’s Shake Shack

Ruby’s captures what classic American dining is about. With a long and rich history, this restaurant has made a name for itself. Many Ruby’s are diners, but the one located in Newport Coast is perfect for those spending a day at the beach. Ruby’s Shake Shack may not give customers the same 40s dining experience as some of their other locations, but they will get the same succulent, classic meals. Enjoy a Ruby’s classic burger, fries, and an old-fashioned ice cream float. Take your meals to your spot on the beach and feel as though you have been transported back in time to the 1940s.

7703 E Coast Hwy
Newport Coast, CA 92657



It just seems right to eat at a restaurant that serves seafood, particularly if you’re on a beach trip. Known as the modern seafood restaurant, Slapfish is the place to go if you’re craving high quality, yet simple seafood. It’ll be hard not to love everything Slapfish has to offer, especially because everything is so fresh and mouthwatering. Order anything from the ultimate fish tacos to fish and chips to shrimp rolls to many more seafood delicacies. By indulging here, you will make your beach trip complete by enjoying meals from beyond the sea, for Slapfish runs a casual setting that will give you the freshest food available without breaking the bank.

2727 Newport Blvd Ste 302
Newport Beach, CA 92663
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