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Beachcomber Cafe - Crystal Cove
Beachcomber Cafe - Crystal Cove

Beachcomber Cafe - Crystal Cove Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://thebeachcombercafe.com
  • Phone: (949) 376-6900
  • Hours of Operation: Breakfast: Monday - Sunday: 7:00am - 11:15am; Lunch: Monday - Sunday: 11:30am - 4:15pm; Dinner: Monday - Sunday: 4:30pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Californian, Seafood
  • Executive Chef: Executive Chef: Carlos Olivera
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Beer, Cafe, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Crashing surf and breathtaking sunsets are the backdrops of your Southern California dream event. The Beachcomber's Catering division offers four stunning sites within the California State Park Historic District or will travel to your desired location.
  • Private Party Facilities: 3 Beautiful settings able to accommodate 25-200 people.

    Promenade-located right on the beach

    Outdoor Deck- See the beautiful sunsets and have Catalina in the backround.

    Vistor Center- Perfect for a Cocktail Party
  • Private Party Contact: Jennifer McCallister (949) 644-8759
  • Entertainment: Live Guitar on Thursday nights

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Los Trancos
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Validated Parking is available at the Los Trancos parking lot adjacent to Pacific Coast Highway, just a short walk or shuttle ride from the restaurant and beach.
A word from Beachcomber Cafe - Crystal Cove
The Beachcomber at Crystal Cove provides ocean front dining in the Historic District of the Crystal Cove State Park with breath taking views of the Newport Coastline and Catalina Island. Situated steps from the sandy beach, The Beachcomber's outdoor patio provides the perfect spot to enjoy the ocean's breeze while sipping on your favorite cocktail or enjoying one of the many favorite entrees and appetizers.

The Beachcomber's outdoor tropical bar 'The Bootlegger' with thatch roofing provides the perfect spot to escape from the world while enjoying one of many tropical vivations.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerCalifornian
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Brunch
Diner Reviews
  • "I recommend do open table for this place! People who waited hours came mad.. :/ host and server was really nice though!"
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "This is our favorite breakfast spot in Newport. The beignets are to die for! The atmosphere (right on the beach) is great. Make sure to make your reservations well ahead of your arrival date, and arrive early as they will only hold your table for a short time due to the large number of people who waiting for walk-up tables. It is a little pricey but worth it."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "Right on the beach. Great scenery. Food was delicious. Best tuna tacos I have ever had. I would highly reccomend this restaurant."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "I was disappointed that the Fish in tacos was not hot. And cole slaw side was not cold."
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "On vacation with the kids, breakfast was out if this world food. Everyone loved their dish. Can't go wrong with any choice. Even more importantly, take a stroll before or after, the beach is so beautiful. My daughter fell in love with California that morning. Reservations a MUST."
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "He won it. We asked for a few cherries, he brought a bowl, we asked for a few lemons, he brought a bowl arrranged like a flower! My niece (10 yrs.)said her french toast were soggy, he brought her pancankes done perfectly. Party of eight, seated on a four person 9:30 am opentable reservation in twenty minutes on a Sunday, June 29! Other than what mentioned, no complaints."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "Very nice atmosphere and you can walk off lunch with a stroll on the beach"
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "Beautiful view, food was great & so was the service! A wonderful afternoon!!!"
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "Great place to bring visitors to get a feel for old california beaches. restaurant, good service, good food, great place for drinks & sunset views."
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "Dining at the Beachcomber Cafe is a unique experience! The eatery is located on the sandy beach in a historical area. Service was great, food very good, and ambience....amazing!"
    Dined on 6/23/2014
  • "I love places to eat great food but with a casual atmosphere. This place is it."
    Dined on 5/18/2014
  • "This place was amazing. The location is exceptional, as it is in a prime spot (right on the beach, literally). Part of our group was late, but they still were able to accommodate us for when they arrived, although I would have been fine to wait because the beach is right there! We were sat at one of the tables in the front...which was perfect. The food, I ordered Chilaquilas. These were reaaallly good! Americanized, but really tasty regardless. Waiter was nice and attentive. We will definitely be coming back, as I would like to try their lunch and dinner menus (we were there for breakfast)."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "I frequent Beachcomber often always making sure I have reservations. My past visits have been a 10+. This time was not. The waiter was sarcastic and while trying to be funny was insulting! He didn't stop with one insult, he compounded it with a few more trying to be funny. When a friend (who is a waiter) stopped to say hi, the waiter somehow realized he needed to let up but by then it was too late, the damage was done. Since my overall experience was favorable (drinks,food,ambiance) I rated my overall "very good" and typically it's off the charts! :)"
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "Made reservation weeks ahead of time for my husbands 68th birthday on May 27, requesting a front table. When we were called, we were directed to a long table in the back next to the bar. When I mentioned my reservation and the fact I requested a front table, the waiter did not seem to care. There was a table open in the front so I asked if we could move since I requested a front table in my reservation but was told that was for someone with a reservation. When I again told the waiter I had made a reservation weeks ago he did not seem to care. The table sat empty for one hour before someone came in and was seated in it. Because it was a Tuesday there was no one at all seated inside and the middle tables were also empty."
    Dined on 5/27/2014
  • "It can take a while to get into the Beachcomber on the beach at Crystal Cove, but what a special treat it is. I booked for brunch and we ate breakfast styled items. Brunch was nice as the cool morning had warmed nicely in February to open up some of the canvas siding windows. Watch for the best weather and give it a shot. It is truly unique to its niche on the beach."
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "I always know it is the beginning of the summer when I head down to Crystal Cove to enjoy good food,cocktails and beach atmosphere with my family and friends."
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "The lunch menu was much better. We went for an early dinner to see the sunset and our meal wasn't as good as the times we have come for lunch. My boyfriends scallops were cold and my frutti di mare pasta was okay. The tacos and hamburgers from the lunch menu were much much better."
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "We went to celebrate a team members last day in the office. We check in with the Host on duty to retrieve our table that was reserved and he would not seat us without one member of our team being present at check in. It would have been nice to know ahead of time that this was the They were going to give our table away when the Host agreed to seat us advising that the tardy member would not be allowed to join the party. After we all got sat, we "snuck" the fourth person to the table. We had no choice, the fourth member was paying the bill. Anyhow, once the server approached us the experience was amazing. The overall experience was great. We are glad we stayed and had the experience and did not let the Host from Hell ruin it."
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "We frequent the Beachcomber and enjoy the food and being by the ocean. Fun and memorable sunsets!"
    Dined on 6/19/2014
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    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "My GF's and I had a wonderful cocktail hour. Starting at 5PM, the bugle plays to announce "Martini Time". Fabulous view, tasty apps, and great service."
    Dined on 6/16/2014
  • "You may come for the view, but the food is surprisingly excellent. Prices are a bit high, but the location is unique."
    Dined on 6/17/2014
  • "Great view. Food is just "ok." Come with your sandals on so you can take them off and walk along the beach. Very relaxing."
    Dined on 6/17/2014
  • "Excellent! Our 14 year old asks to go there regularly. We rarely make reservations. We prefer to enjoy the beach and walking around while we wait. We have never had to wait as long as they tell us. We love to take our friends and family there too."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "I love the beachcomber- the food is great, the ambiance can't be beat, and it's right on the sand. For breakfast & lunch, I've had a great time and even for dinner, while a bit pricey, I've very much enjoyed it. Unfortunately this time, there were some problems. In the summer they get rid of the temporary roof for the outdoor seating. This means that once the sun goes down, there is absolutely no wind protection (read: chilly) and more problematic, absolutely NO LIGHT. Literally the only light around was the single tiny candles on each table. While definitely romantic, it kills the mood a bit when you can't see what you are eating and have to use your phone as a flashlight to read the menu. Go before sunset in spring/summer."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "The beautiful sounds of the ocean!! You can't beat the spot, view and calming sounds of the ocean waves. A must if visiting Newport/CDM/Crystal Cove."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "We had a wonderful meal, (Really good) sitting on the ocean shore and watched the sun set. Perfect"
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "Made our reservation for a late lunch and had a great view of the ocean. Service was good; however, the food was excellent. Nice wine list and a great dessert list too! It's a little difficult to get to because you have to take a shuttle though once you get to the place and take a look at the view of the beach and ocean, you know that you have reached paradise! Enjoy...."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "The seafood at Beachcomber never disappoints (breakfasts/brunches are excellent too) and of course the view cannot be beat. We always love this spot but our server this time, Jesus, made the occasion even more wonderful. He was personable without being nosey, had a great sense of humor, made spot-on recommendations, and went the extra mile to assure our evening was a delight. Beachcomber is the bomb! And ask for Jesus as a server! You'll have a terrific evening."
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "My son and I were in the Irvine area over the weekend. Our waiter at McCormick's suggested we have breakfast at the Beachcomber Café. He said is was the best breakfast in the area. It took us two days to get reservations but it was well worth it. The food was superb, atmosphere perfect overlooking the ocean and the staff professional. Definitely a treat."
    Dined on 6/2/2014
  • "We loved the place! I was born and raised in the area and it was so nice. It reminded me of the old beach life. Food was great service was great!"
    Dined on 6/10/2014
  • "Always fun to eat on the beach. Cant help ordering the beniegns for dessert or for breakfast!"
    Dined on 6/9/2014
  • "Our family really enjoyed our birthday dinner for "Grandpa" and were there for the raising of the Martini Flag which was fun for all of us. Beachcomber does a really great job - thank you for making it special for the birthday celebration."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "Without an Open Table reservation I like to show up first thing- at least by 8 am for a quiet walk to the beach and a luscious breakfast. Times inbetween traditional meal times are less crowded, but an Open Table reservation really makes a difference. The porch seating is very tight for the wait staff, so they can not just 'add' an extra person. For our group of 5, we made two reservations- one for two people and one for four. We asked our out-of-county friends to arrive an hour earlier than our reservations. Otherwise, if you arrive late, and hungry, you can always order food at the bar! The ambiance immediately sets you into slower, gentler, friendlier times, so arrive early, stay late and live life!"
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "Nowhere else in Orange County can you be on the sand watching the waves, smelling the sea air, while enjoying good food and great Margaritas. The location is spectacular and so was the carrot cake my daughter-in-law had for her birthday dinner. Not my first dinning experience here but the best one because we had great views and the weather was perfect."
    Dined on 6/4/2014
  • "Everytime I have a guest from out of town come to California I try and take them to the Beachcomber. The service is always excellent. The food is yummy and sitting right on the beach watching the waves is always wonderful. Parking at Los Trancos and the Beachcomber shuttle are easy and a $15 food bill can be used to validate your parking - just ask your server. Enjoy!"
    Dined on 6/1/2014
  • "This is a great seaside place with good views and great food. I have a bad back and the seating was painless. I highly recommend this place."
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "We really enjoyed our meal here. The food was very good, the drinks we're tasty and the service was pretty awesome as well. It was great to be right on the beach we enjoyed the beautiful views as we ate our food. We're defiantly going to go back for breakfast one of these days. "
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "Visiting Newport Beach for a wedding. Googled for ideas we must see with the short time we would have. Was beyond impressed with the gem of Beachcomber Cafe @ Crystal Cove! Blown away by the beautiful location on this quaint stretch of beach with the adorable beach houses. Food was delicious, too. A relaxed, pleasurable experience shaded by the canopy having our meal right on the beach! Wow, just couldn't have been any better!!! Except to be staying in one of those beach houses, too!! Hope to go back soon!"
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "We always bring our out of town guests here, they always go crazy for it! A travel back in time! Best location for a restaurant in California, the wait staff is terrific and the food never disappoints!"
    Dined on 5/28/2014