Our dinners and the service
Our dinners and the service was excellent. I would only suggest that the menu be expanded to include a vegetarian dish. The only vegetarian dish on the menu was Risotto which I ordered and it was good but very rich and not for everyone as an entre. A plate of various seasonal vegetables or a vegetarian pasta dish would have been a nice option. Thank you.
3/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
Food and service on Saturday,
Food and service on Saturday, March 16, 2013 was impeccable. The Seared scallop salad of Brussel Sprouts and Cured Pork, White Polenta scallop appetizer, which my wife and I shared was delicious. My wife had the soup and I had the salad. I found it interesting that the chef had the confidence and wisdom to serve the beet salad sans lettuce which would only have detracted. I enjoyed the Figs, Whipped Ricotta, Spicy Walnuts, Red Wine Syrup,Uncured Applewood Smoked Bacon Vinaigrette. The Agave-Roasted Butternut Squash Bisque with Spiced Pepitas was delicious. For our entree we each had the Filet Mignon, perfectly cooked, with Organic Mushroom and Rutabaga Hash,Pumpkin-Seed Butter, Red Wine Jus. Our server was amazing. Great experience.
3/15/2013 5:00:00 PM
We could not have been happier
We could not have been happier with our experience at The Californian this past Saturday evening during which we celebrated both my Wife's birthday and my Brother-in-Laws as well.
All was so special especially the service!
We are always excited about our visits to The Californian.
We will return soon!
Rick and Patty Peters.
3/22/2013 5:00:00 PM
attentive not intrusive service
Another fabulous meal. Our waiter was great, attentive, not intrusive, timing was perfect.
3/27/2013 5:00:00 PM
Dinner at the Californian
Dinner at the Californian was excellent. We can recommend the beet salad, the grilled trout and the salmon. The quality of the food was excellent for a reasonable price. The dinning experience was only excellent rather than outstanding because the service, while courteous, was a little slow.
4/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
We had a reservation but our
We had a reservation but our group had gotten larger. We called prior to see if we could be accommodated. They were very helpful. Once we arrived a manager came over and provided me a couple of different options. They were wonderful from start to finish. The food was outstanding!!!
4/30/2013 4:00:00 PM
We stayed at Hyatt for couple of nights and had dinner one night and breakfast the other morning. Dinner was outstanding. Breakfast was great too and service is great as well with the exception of the hostess that was there in the morning of May 5th. She would not even look at you while answering your question. the expression on her face was as if she could care less. The other lady helping her had the same attitude. She was rolling her eyes and smiling after people were walking away. There were lots of people waiting while 60% of the outside tables were empty. When she was asked about it, she stated that those tables are not ready yet. After 30 minutes most of those tables were still not ready...
5/2/2013 4:00:00 PM
I return to the Californian often; they are consistently good. I have never had an "off-night" there and am grateful for their ability to always make it a pleasant meal.
5/6/2013 4:00:00 PM
Romantic and Delicious
I took my wife here for our 2nd anniversary, and it did not disappoint. The patio has a great view of the ocean, the giant fire pit keeps you warm and casts a romantic light on the whole area, and the music is the perfect blend of modern and romantic. The service was excellent, with recommendations from the wait staff based on your likes and dislikes. As for the food: the dressing on the caesar salad was the best I've ever had, the filet mignon was one of the best steaks I've ever had, and the cheesecake was also the best I've ever had (and I've had a lot of cheesecake in my life).
5/24/2013 4:00:00 PM
A Gem in Surf City
Elegant dining at its finest in the city known for a laid back approach to life. Try the pork confit or the beef cheecks for a "foodie" experience you will nor soon forget. The Californian is THE go to restaurant for an upscale dnnner on the Southern Califonia coast.
5/27/2013 4:00:00 PM
A Real Californian Experience
To be frank, I was certainly not disappointed. The service was excellent and had no problems with the reservation. The food was fantastic and words cannot explain it's flavor. We had the scallops as appetize and the filet mignon, lobster and steak, and chicken for dinner. My parents absolutely loved the food and could not stop saying how delicious it was. The creme brulee was perfect with the nicest crisp and texture. The ambience was perfect as we sat outside to enjoy the beautiful Californian breeze while the sun was setting. I would highly recommend every visitor in the area to dine here at least once. I would love to go back when I get the chance.
5/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
a great time
Three women who have known one another for over 30 years decided to treat themselves to a good dinner.
the food, wine and ambiance were excellent. The service was also excellent. We had a wonderful
and memorable evening. The Mondavi wine was outstanding.
6/5/2013 4:00:00 PM
I highly recommend this wonderful
I highly recommend this wonderful beach side restaurant at the Hyatt Regency - Huntington Beach Resort. The food selections are sensational - with a nice variety of fish, meat and other noteworthy dishes to choose from. The service is absolutely outstanding. Thaddeus was our waiter and he was the very best. Service was professional, well done and Thaddeus' knowledge and recommendations of the food items was truly incredible. What impressed me the most was that management checked frequently with us to ensure the food quality was good and all our needs were exceeded. Great combination - wonderful food, world class wait service by Thaddeus and a wonderful ocean view to boot. Perfection personified.
6/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
Wonderful Father's Day dinner
We had a fabulous dinner, and the staff made us feel very special.
Thank you for a great time. See you soon.
6/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
Lovely patio dining
What a terrific spot overlooking the ocean. Food was delicious and the service attentive without being overbearing. We'll go again.
6/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Perfect Place to Celebrate
We found the perfect place to celebrate our 41st wedding anniversary. The friendly service added to the enjoyment of our evening. One negative was it got a bit chilly outside, even though this was June 24. I should have worn a sweater for jacket. The food was very good. It fell short of outstanding only because I thought the tempura lobster fries were a bit too spicy, but maybe that's just me.
6/23/2013 4:00:00 PM
Excellent restaurant by the sea
Food is great. Service was wonderful, and you can't beat the view!
7/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
The service is the big highlight
What a tremendous staff! We enjoyed several meals here including their delicious breakfast buffet. The woman behind the omelet bar is incredible! And the servers really enhanced our dining experiences.
7/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
We were celebrating a special
We were celebrating a special occasion which the restaurant staff made into a great memory for us. Their courtesy and kindness towards us honored us greatly and made the night very extraordinary for us. Indeed, it was one we will long remember. The cuisine was excellent and the choices offered for appetizers, salads, entrees and dessert suited us perfectly. Service was outstanding and the patio environment for a quiet evening meal was exactly what we were seeking. The lamb was cooked exactly as desired and the salmon was moist , the sauce excellent, and for me it was as good as this entree can be. This is a location we will take guests for dinner as we look forward to returning many times.
7/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
The service was excellent. Surpassed expectations. Good choices on the menu. Very good wine list. Looking forward to dining there again.
7/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Last year after our wedding dining was flawless........and this year celebrated our first anniversary. Again, it was just as good as our first dining experience. I had the rib eye grilled perfectly, and my wife had swordfish. Our server was perfect throughout, knowledgeable and perceptive, and always perfect with her timing.
We were given a complimentary decorated anniversary dessert. Maybe I did not notice but background music would be a nice touch to the ambiance. It is very quiet.
Overall, I rank the Californian as my best dining experience ever. I am a graduate from Cal Poly Hospitality management with years of management experience. My compliments to the chef and the entire staff.
7/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
A Good Hotel Dining Room
Menu was succinct and a bit confusing, but after a long explanation what we ordered was good. Items were fresh and locally sourced.
7/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
The chef does a fine job bringing to the table, local, fresh, healthy food, and it is greatly appreciated! Thank you!
8/5/2013 5:00:00 PM
Awesome Service & Food
We eat out a lot, but Thad was by far the best waiter we have ever had. Great service! Great food! The ocean view and warm fireplaces make for a great atmosphere.
8/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
Lovely views of the ocean.. This pace is typical Hyatt - excellent service, great food, wonderful view. My wife and 2 kids (9&11) had a wonderful meal at this property. Very kid friendly.
8/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
The service was what makes this a great place for dinner as the menu is limited in selection our server "Danelle" described each while answering all questions. Have told many people already about our experience and we will come back again.
8/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
The meal was wonderful the
The meal was wonderful the service exceptional. A delightful find!
8/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
Good food. Great service.
First, we go to restaurants for good food. This one has really good food. Fresh ingredients and well prepared.
Second, a dining experience can only be memorable when the guests are being taken care of. This restaurant has top notch service. They tended to our every needs and often before we had to ask for it.
This is a great restaurant and you can be sure that we will recommend and will be visiting again!
9/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
We discovered this restaurant when relatives were staying at the hotel, and have been back because the food and staff were wonderful. Excellent flamenco guitarist in the patio. They offer a free "local's" card, almost like Hawaii's Kama'aina. This gives a 20% discount on food and non-alcoholic beverages and valet parking for 4 hours, which is a wonderful incentive to return.
9/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
I love that they have made a commitment to food raised in a healthy manner, organic and free-range. Management does a great job keeping the customers happy, from the busboys to the on-site manager checking to make sure all goes well with your dining experience.
9/14/2013 5:00:00 PM
Outdoors were warm around
Outdoors were warm around the Dolphin fountain with all of the space heaters. Food was good and the server was very knowledgable on the menu items and specials.
9/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
Always a pleasure
We are regulars here - and we enjoyed another good meal last night. Our waitress was exceptional - i wish i could remember her name to give a shout out - she remembered our names and even asked about our children who had dined with us here previously. Food and service were great!
9/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
Over all experience at the
Over all experience at the Californian was top notch!! Food, wait staff and atmosphere was really great. We will definately be back!
10/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
The staff was TERRIFIC!! Our sever was very knowledgeable of the menu and wines. She helped us choose a great wine for our dinner, and one of the best champagnes I've ever had for our toast to a Golden Wedding Anniversary for my in-laws. The prices are moderate, but worth it for the experience. We also had a great conversation with the manager (I just wish I could recall everybody's names). This is now one of our favorite restaurants, and we can't wait to visit again.
10/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
Fine dining for a reasonable price
The food was delicious and the atmosphere quiet. My wife and I were celebrating our 26th wedding anniversary and really liked the fact that the restaurant made us a special dessert and treated us extremely well. The wine list was nice and the menu had a good variety of selections. We recommend the lobster fries as an appetizer. My wife had scallops that were huge and perfectly prepared. I had my favorite...swordfish that was cooked just right.
10/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great food, great presentation, service was a bit slow but the food quality and variety made up for it.
10/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
I return often, and am never disappointed. Healthy, delicious food, always served by a gracious staff. The chef has accommodated dietary requests. Does it get any better than that?
10/19/2013 5:00:00 PM
Great food and outdoor dining
We had a nice dinner and dessert at The Californian last night. The ahi and fresh veggies was excellent. The Nutella dessert and coffee were my favorite. Service was a little too fast as we were finishing our salads they were setting entrees. Would have been nice to slow things down. Overall very good though.
10/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
another fine meal
We frequent this restaurant, and am never disappointed. Our waitress, Danielle, who I think is new, is a fine addition to the staff.
10/23/2013 5:00:00 PM
the sea bass was very good
the sea bass was very good but the steak was not so tender but flavorful
10/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great Food, Even Better Service!
There is no better staff in all of O.C. than at The Californian. Marc, the Manager, always remembers us and stops by the table to say hello. The waiter, Thadeus and waitress, Ashley are very personable and intuitive. They pay attention to the whole dining experience and aren't afraid to get behind the bar to mix a special drink (or 2). Lets face it, there are is a lot of good food out there, but service like this is near impossible to find anywhere. This is our restaurant of choice in Orange County and we have tried them all.
10/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
My guest had a burger, I had a steak, we could not have been happier with our selections. We also picked our own sides, which was nice. For dessert we shared a Rosemary Crème Brulee, though it was different, it was excellent! Tasted like Christmas!
10/31/2013 5:00:00 PM
Great place to go for a special day
My wife and I enjoyed coming here and enjoyed the food and ambience. Very attentive wait staff, prompt service with food and drinks, and simple, not an overwhelming menu. Recommended for all to enjoy Huntington Beach!
11/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
Excellent Brunch buffet
Take a look around at all the offerings before starting to load up your plate. I missed out on the omelets to order b/c my plate was full and didn't go back b/c my stomach was full.
11/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
I like the menu here, they seem to always have healthy options to satisfy those of us looking to maintain a stricter menu. Friendly staff, always accommodating.
11/4/2013 4:00:00 PM
great for special occasion
Very good food; great service; very nice location being it located inside the Hyatt. Prices are not out of line for a restaurant of this quality even though its located inside a resort hotel.
11/8/2013 4:00:00 PM