Beachcomber Cafe - Crystal Cove
Beachcomber Cafe - Crystal Cove

Beachcomber Cafe - Crystal Cove

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://thebeachcombercafe.com/
  • Phone: 9493766900
  • 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: Seafood, Californian
  • 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 WinnerGreat for Brunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerOutdoor Dining
Beachcomber Cafe - Crystal Cove reviews from OpenTable diners
314 reviews since July 2, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.3
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.8
    Noise LevelModerate
98% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for outdoor dining (289)scenic view (274)great for lunch (159)special occasion (144)great for brunch (143)neighborhood gem (129)romantic (117)kid-friendly (91)fit for foodies (86)hot spot (58)good for groups (35)vibrant bar scene (21)late-night find (13)notable wine list (8)Show More
  • Breakfast on the beach!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    My favorite breakfast spot! Great views, food is good & relaxed atmosphere. Take a beach stroll afterward!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday Celebration Brunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    Pim's cup was huge, as well as, delicious! Food outstanding, especially enjoyed the homemade hash and blueberry ricotta pancakes. Wait servers upbeat and very helpful. Roasted in the sun but were accommodated with another table.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    This was our second visit to the Beachcomber - the first visit was perfect; food, sunset, service. The menu changed on our second visit and the food was okay, but nothing to rave about. We are in Newport Beach once a year and next year may go to the Beachcomber only for the Bloody Marys.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Beachy delight
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/21/2014
    Excellent find during a recent trip to Newport Beach. Great food and service. Friendly staff. Took some time to get there. Concierge at our hotel didn't tell us that the restaurant parking lot was across the highway and shuttle service was provided. Worth the trip, however.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Seaside Dining
    Tommy
    Dined on 10/20/2014
    The location, food and service was wonderful. We will be returning as soon as possible.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Cars65VIP
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    overall our lunch here was excellent. However it took a long time for the waiter to take our drink order and then our meals came before our drinks.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • The Best
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    We had the most enjoyable day at your place. I can't wait to come back and tell all my friends.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic find!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    What a wonderful restaurant! The food is delicious, the view is breathtaking, and the shuttle ride over made it feel like an adventure. Great service! Long wait but worth it. I'd recommend getting reservations.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • beachbabe
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    My favorite place to go. Great food and I LOVE THE BEACH !!!! Very popular these days so make a reservation!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Romantic Celebration
    Imtbepic16
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    Oct. 16th was the 42 anniversary of the evening I met Ortensia who became my wife. The food was fantastic. I ordered the ahi that was very good. We enjoyed the sun slowing going down while eating. After dinner we walked along the beach for the sunset. It was a great way to celebrate our occasion. Our server was good, friendly, attended to any of our needs very quickly. The food was great, wine and beer selection is good. And the best part of the experience was all this is on the beach! We loved it!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • disappointed6
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    We ended up not eating there. The young man greeting us to check-in reservations desk was most "un-helpful". We were staying at Crystal Cove Cottages, but he would not take a reservation. He said go on-line or come 20 min ahead and put your name on a wait list. We got a reservation at 4:30 for the next day for dinner (only one we could get until 8 PM). At 4:30 we had a crying child and wanted to come later. He said he could do nothing. We asked to be on the walk-in wait list and he said he had no wait list then and only 30% of the tables were reserved on line, 70% walk-in. We were finally seated with 2 missing in our party at 4:30. They did not want to serve us and let our other 2 come in when the child stopped crying. We left.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Breakfast
    Dardanelles
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    We were having a reunion of the Newport area and one of our group wanted to eat here because it is on the sand next to the ocean. It did not disappoint.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • DEEdee
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    Everyone very friendly. Service top notch... Being on the beach is the best.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Beach Treat
    like2go
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    Great October lunch! Food was very good, so was the service and the view-outstanding! So enjoy the walk along the beach.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Right on the beach!
    agmeade
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    This is my go-to restaurant when friends and family visit SoCal. Right on the beach, with open air dining, the ambiance cannot be beat-- waves crashing on the sand, mild temperatures year round. Perfect. The food is just good. The menu isn't particularly creative or exceptional; typical American fare. But the portions are reasonable to large, and the quality is high. I don't come here for the food; I come here for the view. My grandmother thinks the Beachcomber pours an excellent Manhattan, so the bartender must be great. And if you are there around 4PM, the staff will raise the Martini flag up to the top of the ceiling. Just another fun, little quirk of the Beachcomber! Make a reservation.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    I have eaten here before and breakfast was fantastic. i had lunch 2 times now and i will not go back for the lunch menu. Food is always substandard. I will try dinner and eat breakfast there again.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great night
    kangaroojack
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Everything was simply superb, including the bar, the table overlooking the ocean and the food. We will be dining here again simply to try some of the other dishes on the menu. Highly recommended.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lunch
    JCDIIVIP
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Made a reservation for 11 am and was surprised that according to the server lunch wasn't served until 11:45. Of course a couple next to us who just arrived @ 11:15 asked for the lunch menu and it was no problem. I usually eat lunch at 11 to 11:30 and was looking forward to the items on the lunch menu since I never eat breakfast.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Raise the martini flag
    Professor
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Cocktails and dinner at the Beachcomber is the perfect ending to a Newport Coast adventure!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ca Beach Side Dining
    Srdiners
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    It doesn't get any better than this ! From Surf & Sand to dinning at its best. Surrounded by the nostalgic cottages you think you've gone back in time. We were pleasantly surprised with the menu it matched the atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • disappointed
    Hungry
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    With A Reservation You Would Expect A Good Seat Especially At The Beach But We Were Placed inThe back And When Asked Fo A Better Table We Were Told We Would Have To Wait 20 MinUtes! They Called To Confirm The Reservation. An EmaiL Was Sent. It Is Not Like They Didn't KnoW We Were Coming!?! Very Disappointed!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • luvtorelx
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    The Beachcomber Cafe is one of my favorite places to visit for breakfast, lunch, dinner or to have appetizers and drinks. The food is delicious all the time. Service is with a smile. Great restaurant to go with friends or a great place for a romantic evening or a great place to decompress. For me it's like being on vacation.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great location
    alohaboydeanVIP
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    The Beachcomber is worth a visit just for the view and feel of going back in time at the Crystal Cove beach. Service is friendly and laid back almost to the point of indifferance...the coffee is so-so, the food is good although not great. But I still always come away with a smile on my face, ready to return because of the pleasure of dining just feet from the Pacific ocean.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Delightful Treasure!
    MyView
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    This was only the second time I'd been here. (I don't live in the area.) It is still a lovely experience....helpful, friendly staff; delicious, well prepared food, and a gorgeous view of our spectacular ocean. What more could I ask? Thanks for the attention, and for another memorable dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Loved it!
    FoodieVIP
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    I found this restaurant online while planning a 2 du get away in Newport Beach. Both my husband and I were pleasantly surprised. We had an obscured view of the sunset which was super be. As for the food, I'm a bit of a foodie and was very surprised to find that the food here was excellent. We had the crab stack and the tuna tacos for appetizers and the short rib which were excellent. We wen with the halibut which was the evenings special however it really wasn't so special and slightly over done. But overall it was fantastic and we had ordered way too much food for two at that point. Didn't stop us from ordering the beignets which are to die for. A must go! We would return for sure
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Find
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    We found this place located on the beach in Corona Delmar. Great food, drinks and view of the Pacific. Would highly recommend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Can't beat the location
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    Just discovered this spot right on the beach in crystal cove. Great location and good food for a casual lunch in the water. Would like to try their breakfast and perhaps check it out for sunset too.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • the beach
    tvegas
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    we love this place and visit it every time we are in OC ....any time is great with or without reservations! the wait can be a bit long but you are on the beach and it doesn't matter !!! check it out but keep it our secret OK?
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Quintessential California
    Sheri1049
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    We have been to Newport Beach twice this year and ate at the Beachcomber several times. The food, the ocean view, the service are wonderful! Virtually right on the beach with sand in your shoes. Highly recommend their Bloody Mary and the Beignets are not to be missed! Light and fluffy - the melt in your mouth. Don't miss a walk on the beach to see what is being done by the Crystal Cove Association to bring back the delightful cottages from the 40's and 50's. It's remarkable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Rachel M.
    Great2Dine
    Dined on 10/6/2014
    FANTASTIC! All around WONDERFUL experience! I travel to the area every October for business, and always look forward to our travel teams night out at the Beachcomber! THANK YOU!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great birthday place
    MMAM
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Great place to celebrate a birthday or any other special occasion
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bchluvr
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Beautiful, the view is breath taking and the food was delicious!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • oceanfront excellence
    zippy808
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    the rustic beach setting and refined food make this a great dining venue for breakfast lunch or dinner. the food is delicious, Mac nut pancakes, eggs Benedict, applewood bacon, generous sandwiches, great seafood and meat entrées--a little high priced, but very worth it, and free validated parking in the upper state lot. mello service with a smile!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Favorite breakfast spot!
    Kathy
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Good food, beautiful view! You can hear the waves crashing on the beach as you eat. The servers are always polite, friendly and on top of things. If you're cold, they bring you a fleece blanket to put on your lap. After breakfast, take a walk down the beach. This is our #1 place to bring guests and a great place to celebrate a special ocassion.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Great Little Find
    surfcitycouple
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    We had lunch at the Beachcomber during the week. We had reservations and the wait was short and enjoyable, just sitting at a picnic table watching the waves. The service was great and the food was very good. The best aspect of the restaurant is the view from the patio; right on the beach. It was a great way to spend the afternoon and we plan to return soon.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious dining
    HattieVIP
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    Had delicious dinners with excellent service. One of us ate from the special October German food section and loved the pork. Even got a free shuttle to the Area jazz concert. Wonderful evening!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place to eat at Crystal Cove!
    LisaLBC
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    Didn't have to wait at all with our reservations! Great way to explore Crystal Cove and have lunch.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Fabulous beach gem
    HattieVIP
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    We had breakfast then came back for dinner. Fabulous setting right on the beach. Highly recommend the breakfast menu. I will return.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Better bring your wallet
    emptypockets
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    I had a birthday breakfast for my girl but forgot my wallet. I offered the VISA card #, expiration date and even the secret code, but he refused and demanded, I mean demanded that I produce the card. This was for a $40 tab! What restaurant or retailer can't put the card through without physically having it there? He told me to "go to my car and get the payment." I explained that I had a whole birthday date and would return the following morning with payment. The next AM, when I returned (@ 7:00 AM), he told me "I never thought you were coming back." I mean, really? for $40? Pretty poor customer retention skills. It will be a long time before I choose to return here. Really treated me quite badly.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Woodbalm
    Woodbalm
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    Beautiful setting, great food (e.g., fish tacos and watermelon gazpacho). The regular Bloody Marys were excellent as well.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate