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The Californian

21500 Pacific Coast Hwy, 21500 Pacific Coast Hwy. (Beach Blvd.), Huntington Beach, CA 92648
714-698-1234
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $35 - $50
Dining options: Reservations
Dining style: Casual Dining
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Dining options: Reservations
Dining style: Casual Dining
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English first
San Francisco
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65 reviews 65 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2013

For the signature restaurant at the hotel, it is surprisingly lack luster in quality and options. Good to Pete's Grill instead. Similar food but a lot less expensive. Food came out warm or cold and needed to be sent back. Requests for omitting ingredients (tomato garnish for example) were noted and ignored by staff.

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Fountain Valley, California
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29 reviews 29 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2013

The Californian has excellent choices for dinner especially if you're trying to stay health-oriented. The beef tenderloin and sauteed spinach was delicious; the service is A+, sitting outside with heat lamps in the right place made the evening perfect. The next morning we enjoyed their Breakfast Buffet that displayed a grand assortment of choices.....French Toast was my choice and the... More

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Chicago, United States
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59 reviews 59 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2013

I heard good reviews about this restaurant. Even though I was not a guest at the Hyatt, I still thought I would explore this restaurant . I was pleased that I did. The food was very good. It was not elaborate,but, classic ,casual American cuisine. The service was excellent. I highly recommend this restaurant.

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Huntington Beach, California
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4 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2013

0 friends 5 reviews LeeAnn L. Huntington Beach, CA 10/24/2013 This place was delightful in every way........Marc, Cullen and our wonderful waitress pulled off an amazing 21st. birthday dinner party for 12 family members ranging in age from 77 to 19.......the food was perfect. We had everything from the filet, pasta , burger, scallops, soups, salads and drinks. I love... More

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El Paso, Texas
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22 reviews 22 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2013

My wife and I spent 3 days for our anniversary at the Hyatt. Our first night we ate dinner at the Californian which is located on the property. I was a little skeptical since it was on the property and figured food was average and service lacking... Wow was I wrong! We had a wonderful hostess (Megan) who greeted us... More

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Cedar City, Utah
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2013

Poor service, poor selection, not enough food to keep a bird alive let alone feed a healthy 150 lb woman. Waiter disappeared as soon as he dumped our food at the table so he didn't have to explain why the food was not what was advertised. Had to go find a real restaurant (BJs Brewpub) to get good food and... More

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Raleigh, NC
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65 reviews 65 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2013

We had a $50 off $100 coupon from restaurant.com (paid $8 for it), otherwise would have been out of my price range. They even included the alcohol towards the $100 required to be spent, many places do not. Food was excellent and wait staff very attentive and engaging. Asked for a seat outside by firepit with distant view of the... More

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Phoenix, Arizona
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2013

My wife and I NEVER, NEVER eat in a hotel-located restaurant more than once during a stay. Too many times over the years, we've had a good/great meal once, but more than once -- it was never the same. The Californian restaurant was worth all THREE visits (during a 4 day stay). The food and staff was wonderful. The food... More

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Omaha, Nebraska
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82 reviews 82 reviews
81 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2013

We had the breakfast buffet every day during our 3 day stay at the hotel where it is located at. The buffet is very, very good. A wide variety of items are on it. They will make you any kind of omelet that you want. The food is very high in quality, service is very good and the atmosphere is... More

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Los Angeles, California
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42 reviews 42 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2013 via mobile

A great restaurant for a special night. We enjoyed the excellent signature Hyatt service, very accommodating. Shortly after being seated, we saw that the table next to the fireplace was being vacated and they were happy to move us to that spot. the room and the entire lobby was a bit over air conditioned, so it was nice to be... More

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