A Polynesian favorite, Ahi poke is an affordable and delicious starter for any meal and can be seasoned and served in an infinite variety of preparations making it a versatile and healthy choice. Tuna towers, poke bowls and poke nachos are just a few of the selections you will find at these top five Orange County restaurants to eat Ahi Poke.
Bearflag Fish Company
3421 Via Lido
Newport Beach, CA 92626
Owned by local resident Thomas Carson, this hotspot doubles as both a fresh fish market and a casual restaurant serving up some of the best poke in Orange County. At Bearflag, poke is lightly dressed with sesame oil, black and white sesame seeds, finely chopped green onion and perfectly salted tortilla chips for crunch. Enjoy it alone or mix it together with salmon poke for a unique combination that will send your taste buds on a Hawaiian adventure. Bearflag has a second location in the Crystal Cove Promenade where customers in business suits can pop-in and pick up a poke burrito to-go.
North Shore Poke Company
214 5th St.
Huntington Beach, CA 92648
With a name like North Shore Poke Company, your know the poke must be authentic. This venue doesn’t disappoint. Dedicated to creating mind-blowing Hawaiian poke, North Shore Poke Co. consistently receives rave reviews from loyal patrons for their delicious fare. At The North Shore Poke Company heaps of glistening tuna are offered in a variety of flavors including the popular Waimea where fresh poke is topped with spicy mayo, a shoyu sauce and masago. You choose your base of rice or thinly sliced cucumber and then add some exotic favorites like avocado, mango, crispy garlic, daikon sprouts or macadamia nuts for a full flavored experience.
Salt Creek Grill
32802 Pacific Coast Highway
Dana Point CA 92629
Head to salt creek grill for a more upscale dining experience and feast on their lavish ahi tuna stack featuring sushi grade tuna, thin sliced avocado, and peeled cucumber. This eye-appealing appetizer is delicately created with hand precision and garnished with pickled ginger, a touch of wasabi and ginger soy vinaigrette. Salt Creek’s ahi tuna steak sandwich will satisfy even the heartiest of appetites with a seared rare tuna steak, sprouts, tomato avocado and wasabi mayo all served together on a King’s Hawaiian roll. Salt Creek is a bit on the pricier side but the food is worth every cent.
Spike’s Fish House
7972 East Pacific Coast Highway
Newport Beach, CA 92677
Pasta chain phenom turned Seafood restaurant, Spikes Fish house continues to be an Orange County gem and a great place to gather with friends and eat fresh fish. With a creative menu offering many poke specialties that can be customized including lettuce wraps, burritos, sandwiches and their signature poke nachos, it’s no wonder why Spike’s continues to be a favorite among OC locals. Other dishes of fresh fish and signature sauces dominate the menu, which also includes some non-seafood options for land lubbers. The happy hour menu features salmon sliders and combo plates for a fantastic deal.
Good Choice Sushi
30251 Golden Lantern St #F
Laguna Niguel, CA 92677
Conveniently located in the Golden Lantern Marketplace, this tiny gem offers poke that is marinated with Hawaiian sea salt, sesame oil, Japanese chili pepper, and soy sauce, which makes for a delicious combination of flavors. The owner, ENDO created this one of a kind poke in the late 80’s and it has remained a popular dish since then. Whether indulging in a Poke Bowl or a small side poke, this dish is enjoyed in many ways and is a must when dining at Good Choice.