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Newcomer Pacific Hideaway Snugs Up Against the Water in Huntington Beach

The Orange County rookie offers loads of sunshine right by the beach

Pacific Hideaway, Huntington Beach
Courtesy Pacific Hideaway
Farley Elliott is the Senior Editor at Eater LA and the author of Los Angeles Street Food: A History From Tamaleros to Taco Trucks. He covers restaurants in every form, from breaking news to the culture, people, and history that surrounds LA's dining landscape.

Check out casual Huntington Beach newcomer Pacific Hideaway. The sunny Orange County stop officially debuts today, complete with a beachy indoor-outdoor vibe and one delicious-looking menu.

Pacific Hideaway lands inside the Shorebreak Hotel, well within eyesight of the ocean just beyond the sand. The place was previously known as Zimzala Restaurant and Bar, but now carries a more updated look thanks to designer Theresa Fatino and chef JT Walker. There’s an 85-seat dining room inlaid with plenty of #Ihavethisthingwithfloors-appropriate tile an open 14-seat bar, room on the sunny patio, and a mural of Frida Khalo against one wall.

As for the food, chef Walker is doing a blend of Latin and Asian flavors with options like grilled short ribs in yuzu and smoked ancho. There are bibimbap noodle bowls, huevos rancheros for breakfast, and a full lineup of booze. Craft beer and regional wines will also be well-represented; you can find the full opening menus here.

The arrival of Pacific Hideaway should be welcome news for Orange County, which has more recently sought to reenergize its own shoreline. Upstart fast food franchise Naugles had an on-the-sand concession stand in Huntington Beach last summer, and the nearby Pacific City gives guests great views, shopping, nightlife, and dining all in one. Pacific Hideaway officially opens today, keeping breakfast-through-dinner hours from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., with an extension to 11 p.m. on weekends.

Pacific Hideaway
500 Pacific Coast Highway
Huntington Beach, CA