At Surf & Sand Resort in Laguna Beach, hear the mighty waves crash as you admire the perfect sear on scallops as sweet as this sandy patio’s dazzling high-tide setting. A bit pricey, but what beachfront luxury isn’t?
The Beachcomber Cafe
This historic Crystal Cove bungalow serves squeaky-fresh seafood entrees and righteous rummy cocktails before and after show-stopping sunsets just over the tide pools.
The Fisherman’s Restaurant & Bar
The shore end of San Clemente’s sun-bleached wooden pier is a cherished hang for old-school prawn cocktail, pots of steamers, and robust cocktails.
Duke’s Huntington Beach
Befitting its primo, pier-adjacent site in Surf City, this namesake of icon Duke Kahanamoku excels at Hawaii-inspired grinds that include Kalua pork, poke tacos, and hula pie.
Despite the name, this easy-access Corona del Mar gem is no stinky bait shack. Rather, it’s “Top Chef” alum Brian Huskey’s modern take on seaside chow—think salmon poke, pork bánh mì, and buffalo cauliflower.