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Luncheon A View

Updated: Dec 21, 2023

Eating a superb meal while enjoying a beautiful view elevates any dining experience, in my opinion. This is especially true during the warm, summer months which are fast approaching. Here are some great restaurants throughout California where you can savor delicious food alongside the ocean, harbor or bay.


On Pacific Coast Highway, in Huntington Beach, California is where you will find this hidden speakeasy serving traditional, Southern Vietnamese favorites. Access to this clandestine gem is through its parent restaurant, Bluegold. Once inside, you'll find LSXO next to a wine cellar and behind an unmarked door.

With capacity for a mere 28, every seat has near perfect views of the sparkling, Pacific Ocean. The intimate setting, innovative cocktails, authentic food and the unobstructed ocean views, make this a restaurant worth a trip and the wait during peak times.

Thyme infused hand towels refresh you before you delve into your meal.

Grilled Bread with Pickled Vegetable, Pâtés and Honey Butter

Imperial Rolls with Shrimp, Crab, Pork, Taro Root, Glass Noodles, Roasted Peanuts and Chili-Lime Sauce.

You can't go wrong with anything on this menu including unique dishes like confit duck with bamboo and everyday favorites such as pho.

Harbor Fish and Chips

Nestled in the harbor in Oceanside, California, is Harbor Fish and Chips. This family owned and operated restaurant has been a staple of Oceanside Harbor Village for over 50 years.

Stroll through the village before or after your meal to browse the shops and visit the lighthouse.

Fish Taco with Cabbage, Pico de Gallo and White Sauce

The outside dining area sits along the water's edge with lovely views. Whether you choose the classic, fish and chips, the taco, or any of the other options, rest assured that your seafood will be fresh and delectable.

Brotzeit Lokal

"Brotzeit," though literally translated "bread-time," is the German word for "snack," referring to a Bavarian tradition of taking a break midday and enjoying a beer. "Lokal," in German, translates to "pub." Interested in taking a midday break to have a beer, enjoy great German cuisine and a beautiful view? If so, this is your place.

Brotzeit Lokal is located in Oakland, California's Brooklyn Basin, on the waterfront. While dining in the outdoor biergarten, you can take in views of the estuary, the island of Alameda, and boats bobbing in the dock. In fact, should you have a boat or kayak as your mode of transportation, feel free to park in the restaurant's guest dock and come in for a beer and a bite.

House-made Bavarian Bretzel

This pretzel was a tiny bit crispy on the outside and then warm and chewy throughout. You can also order your pretzel with salt, brie, cream cheese, herb and pilsner spreads. Just ask for an order of the "Bretzel and Obadzta."


Fresh squid, beer-battered, deep-fried and served with sriracha aioli and a lemon wedge.

Fish and Chips

Beer-battered fillets, French fries, and coleslaw. I know this is not necessarily of German origin. Some records show that this dish originated in England and others, Portugal. Either way, or neither way, Brotzeit knows how to do fish and chips.

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