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The Californian

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21500 Pacific Coast Hwy, 21500 Pacific Coast Hwy. (Beach Blvd.), Huntington Beach, CA 92648
714-698-1234
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Dining options: Breakfast, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff

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  • 34
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  • 15
    Very good
  • 7
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  • 3
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  • 1
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Great ambience away from the Huntington Beach crowds

Eight of us had delicious dinners at a large round table outside...delightful! The waiter was extremely attentive and although it was expensive night out, we all agreed it was worth it...

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 22, 2014
arizonagirl57
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 162 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2014

We ate dinner here. It has the same motif as the one in Waikiki. Service was good. We had fresh fish that was not cheap and a little overcooked.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 via mobile

Eight of us had delicious dinners at a large round table outside...delightful! The waiter was extremely attentive and although it was expensive night out, we all agreed it was worth it...

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Thank arizonagirl57
San Francisco
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83 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 62 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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3 Thank Squirreletta1
Fountain Valley, California
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42 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 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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1 Thank 82SAH
Chicago, United States
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72 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 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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Thank James W
Huntington Beach, California
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
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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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Thank Kidnappedtourist
El Paso, Texas
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29 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
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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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Thank TexasFamilyMan
Cedar City, Utah
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4 reviews
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 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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Thank Lani L
Raleigh, NC
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46 restaurant reviews
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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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1 Thank KmartRaleigh_NC
Phoenix, Arizona
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18 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 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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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 21500 Pacific Coast Hwy, 21500 Pacific Coast Hwy. (Beach Blvd.), Huntington Beach, CA 92648
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Orange County  >  Huntington Beach
  • Phone Number: 714-698-1234

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 35 - 50

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?