|The best ocean view in Huntington Beach dining, combined with great food is afforded at Duke's Huntington Beach or Ruby's at the end of the Huntington Beach Pier. The TS Restaurants chain of beach view restaurants in California and Hawaii includes a restaurant located at the base of the deck of the Huntington Beach Pier.
Maxwell's was long known as the view restaurant that Duke's has replaced. Maxwell's was completely torn down and this new restaurant built in its place, offering affordable menus of fresh seafood, salads, sandwiches, Sunday brunch and a full cocktail bar with Happy Hour drinks and menus. The view from the bar is a bit more limited, but for one of the top two views, Duke's Huntington Beach has it.
Duke's is the "finer dining" option, while Ruby's offers diner-style munching. The views at Ruby's are wide open ocean scenes. You mostly can see surfers, fisherman and on clear days see the distant piers of Newport Beach. Ruby's is great for a casual meal with friends where you feel like simpler menus, bright lighting and cafe booths.
Down below Dukes on beach level is Sandy's. It shares the same valet parking attendants and offers sand views, mango martinis and menus with Southwestern or California fusion flair.
Another partial view restaurant is located at the Hilton Waterfront Beach Resort. Guests can sit in a casually elegant dining room at Palm Court or sit patio-poolside and see beyond the see-through partition to the Pacific Ocean. If this hotel built a restaurant on their top floor, it would be a wow!
Casual snack bars such as Zack's on the beach serve burgers and even BBQ chicken on the outdoor grill on hot summer days. The tables are picnic style with umbrellas and beach breeze.
Duke's is known as the place to take friends from out of town. Barbara arrived from Sacramento and was determined she wanted to eat in Newport Beach. But as we strolled by Dukes on our way to my car, she decided to try it. When she ordered the fish taco platter, she absolutely was delighted. You get two fish tacos with choice of batter-fried, cajun or grilled. Crunchy cabbage & lettuce, salsa, sour cream and guacamole are served, as well as a thin slice of lime. It is quite filling, and really a great option.