Pete's Sunset Grille

4.7
104 reviews
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It wouldn't be Surf City without Pete's Sunset Grille! This congenial, colorful restaurant is filled with all the surfing and beach memorabilia that make this area a beach lover's paradise. Located on the former site of the famous Mallory Surf Board Factory, the casual atmosphere is perfect for hanging out with the family or friends. Influenced by surfing destinations from around the globe, Pete's menu features your favorite satisfying foods, with a twist.


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SF
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a big party so I wanted to go somewhere for our Easter brunch that takes reservations. We actually arrived earlier than our time and were seated in the patio right away. It was a beautiful sunny day with a slight ocean breeze. Our waitress was attentive and the food was delicious. I even got a custom made sangria which was very yummy. Took lots of pictures and took a stroll over the street bridge to the beach. Big plus is that valet parking is validated for at least 3 hours. Only critique would be that we were not able to take advantage of the happy hour prices since we were not seated in the bar. All in all, I would highly recommend Pete’s Sunset Grill (also a great date place).

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SD
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

We went at 830 on a saturday nite. Was unusually quiet. Would recommend calamari and wings.

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W
Orlando
118 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

We were finishing a long day of travel through several time zones. We were looking for casual dining close by. Pete’s was adjacent to our hotel, service was good. Food good with generous servings and the drinks were good. The whole thing fit the bill for what we were looking for. I recommend!

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K
Orange County
45 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Bar food...noisy...good service!

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T
San Francisco
80 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 1ambience 3

Better value and service at the more upscale Water Table next door. Better quality also at Water Table from vermouth in cocktails to fish tacos vs lamb meatballs. Says they have great fish tacos - don’t bother. The best thing on menu was chips and salsa, though they were pricey. Guacamole - may be 8 oz/cup was $7 - yikes! Server was not attentive. We had to ask twice for most thing like turning on the outdoor heater to getting our check. Cocktails were even more expensive at this surf bar compared to the more upscale Water Table.

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OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was fantastic. Food and service was amazing

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t
Orange County
10 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great seating, attentive staff, food selection and quality were excellent, locals discount, and all around wonderful place

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CS
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 1food 3service 2ambience 2

Poor food, mains came before starters and they kept mains on a hot plate until starters finished. We had to request a freshly cooked main!

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JK
Orange County
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

This was a great place to meet up with friends after a day at the beach. A bit hard to find: it's inside the Hyatt Regency complex on PCH, but the sign saying "Pete's" is quite small. We thought it said "Surf City Grill" until we noticed the small "Pete's" above the words Surf City.

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CS
Los Angeles
63 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The Friday night buffet is a good value at $19.99 It includes some mains,(including burgers) 3 salads, as well as soft drinks or ice tea and some Dessert. The ho hum dessert could be improved, it was either fresh fruit or pineapple upside down cake.
Our waitress, Porsche, was excellent. There were 9 of us to keep track of, and she did so beautifully -expert and polite. When there was a mishap at the table, she took control and provided a solution quickly. I would recommend you ask for Porsche !

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful from start to finish! Delicious food and great service!!

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m
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 1

terrible service. non existing table maintenance for us but also everyone else around us. staff standing around while management not present.

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VD
Orange County
117 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We enjoyed the vegetarian burger, barley soup and fish sandwich. Conveniently located in Hyatt Regency where we are attending a conference.

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OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2017
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was excellent, although an appetizer was not brought until after meals were served.
We would visit again.

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SM
Orange County
42 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2017
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

We had reservations for 5pm and no one was at the front desk. Eventually we gave up and called their phone number which ended up ringing to a different part of the hotel. The answering service had to call into the restaurant and find someone to help us. Finally someone came out and helped us with seating. The seats had were tan but there were little balled up fuzzy dirt clods the size of a dime, rolled up on several parts of the booth. Kinda gross. The napkin wasn’t really clean either. The food was boring and it was a disappointing date night. Obviously we won’t go back. Don’t bother. It was empty for a reason.

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OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Casual and great location. Service and food was excellent.

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OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2017
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

HB residents looking for a good spot to host out of state guests for dinner. We decided on Pete Mallory's, but knew it would be busy! Our group ended up being larger than expected. The staff was great in accommodating us without any hesitation. Service was awesome. Good food, great band, and an exceptional sunset! Thanks for a great evening.

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LH
Sacramento
11 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2017
Overall 3food 1service 3ambience 2

All 3 of us got sick after our meal.

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h
Orange County
12 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great sized table for 7, superior service and great food. What more could we ask for! Thank you Pete's!

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M
Sacramento
8 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Friendly staff; great restaurant!

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m
Los Angeles
46 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a great place to visit with friends, away from busier places in the area... it is hidden in the back but fills up for late lunch early dinner- plenty of seating and great food and service...

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BM
Hawaii
5 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2017
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

We will stick neither Water table next time. A bit prey for averge food and drink.

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MJ
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 18, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a beach-themed 'surf' restaurant that's a lot more polished than just a shack. It's integrated into the mall adjacent to the Hyatt Regency and looks out over a beautifully designed patio area that looks out to the ocean. You could enjoy an elegant meal or just a burger and fries and both would be appropriate here.

Wish it had been daylight, so we could have enjoyed the view, but after dinner we braved the wind and rain to walk across the patio and onto the pedestrian walkway over the Pacific Coast Highway. The set up is really beautiful.

We had fish tacos which were just delicious, a wonderful hamburger -- also perfect, albeit it cost $16 (wanted to add avocado to the burger, but that would have cost an additional $6!) -- and a great (very large) margarita.

There were families dining around us, but it was cheerful not noisy. Very casual dress code -- jeans, flip flops, sweatshirts -- but not at all shack like, as I said. You could come dressier and not feel out of place.

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F
Orange County
8 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2016
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

The only problem was that three of our entrées got sent to another table so we had to wait for them to make up more food while two of the people at our table had their food before us. We had a reservation to stay at the hotel so we didn't really want to spend Too much time at the restaurant. We were there a lot longer than we planned on being there because of the mixup. They were very gracious and gave us a free appetizer and a free dessert however it was an inconvenience to have to wait for three more entrées to be made up.

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VS
Edmonton
11 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food - unbelievably good fish tacos! Great patio & live music to add to the fun! Oh & great service too!!

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AM
Orange County
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had the New York strip with bacon jam!! AMAZING!! The view was breath taking. Perfect end to a vacation!!

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OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great setting and modestly priced. We both ordered the fish tacos and loved them. Cool evening sitting outside as the sun set in July with heaters above. Free valet parking. Would definitely go back!

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t
Los Angeles
32 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2016
Overall 1food 1service 4ambience 4

I have eaten here before and enjoyed the food and terrific location. This time the service and location still terrific, however the food was mediocre to awful! The kitchen took an unusually long time to produce the order, but it was the result that was extremely disappointing! Shrimp tacos were cold, over breaded and completely overpowered by a mayonnaise sauce that drenched the entire dish and completely overpowered anything else. The vegetable pesto flatbread was flavorless with little of the pesto and even less vegetables. The flatbread was cold, spongy and tasteless. Unbelievably, even the tomato salsa provided with the tacos was rancid! The one other dish - French fried green beans was acceptable - but again mostly opbreading. All in all a lot of money to pay for such mediocrity!

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AM
Indiana
8 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2016
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

I was at this hotel for a 3 day conference. I am well aware that the hotel's restaurants are especially busy during conferences, but WOW! I had reservations for client lunches/meetings on 2 different days. BOTH days it was well over an hour and a half for our lunch to arrive. The first day they were apologetic, the second day they were non-apologetic and in fact, RUDE.

We attend the same conference every year, and next time will go elsewhere.
Clients missed important classes and other meeting due to the lack of service.
I am sure that the restuaurant can get occupancy information from the Hyatt, and staff accordingly, they just dont.

Very disappointed............

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OT
Atlanta
4 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2016
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

Was at the Hyatt for a conference and Pete's was just overwhelmed with all the people from that, waited an hour and 15 minutes for our food and didn't see the server much. The food and atmosphere is always good here, they just need to plan better.

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DG
Orange County
81 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place is outstanding. A beautiful view, beautiful food, and great service!

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m
Orange County
25 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2015
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was good, and the service was very good, the employees took care of us well, definitely will come back

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t
Los Angeles
71 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2015
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

We dined at Pete's on a slow weekday. Food was prepared well, tasty and filling. We will be back for other dining options in the future.

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j
Indiana
2 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2015
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

We enjoyed the food, service was a bit slow. Overall great food, good for a relaxed dinning experience.

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WJ
Los Angeles
36 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2015
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The menu has changed and the restaurant took off my favorite (surfer's stew) item. Some of the changes are nice, some not so great. It's always tough when your favorite items are removed. Glad to see the edamame on the menu still. It's still awesome. The frozen s'mores dessert was amazing.

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TC
Toronto
14 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2014
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Needed a place to eat before the New Years Eve Jazz venue - wasn't what we thought - it was more like a beachcomer place. Food wasn't that great so not sure we will eat there again.

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WJ
Los Angeles
36 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2014
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 2

Our dinner was great. All of the food was very good. The service was very good. It is pricey, because it's inside the Hyatt resort, but we all enjoyed our food. Note to the restaurant--can't anyone have a kids menu that has more than junk food--at least a grilled chicken option. Not all kids eat man-n-cheese and hamburgers every day.

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JB
Orange County
10 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2014
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ambience was great

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SC
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2014
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

I do not care for the menu items and it seems limited and overpriced. Tacos were good but for a few cents more should be served with some rice and beans. Wings are good. Water on tap tastes terrible. They need a filtration system.

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LB
Orange County
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2014
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Pete's Sunset Grille was a wonderful surprise. We had not heard of the restaurant before and took a chance on a guest's review. The food and service far surpassed our expectations. Live performer and casual atmosphere made the evening extremely enjoyable. Would we frequent this restaurant again...without a doubt.

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