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 WinnerCalifornian
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Brunch
Beachcomber Cafe - Crystal Cove reviews from OpenTable diners
319 reviews since May 6, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.3
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.7
    Noise LevelModerate
98% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
scenic view (281)great for outdoor dining (278)special occasion (158)great for lunch (154)great for brunch (148)romantic (137)kid-friendly (107)neighborhood gem (104)fit for foodies (66)hot spot (42)good for groups (26)vibrant bar scene (24)late-night find (16)notable wine list (9)Show More
  • once a year
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    We are visitors from UK and have visited on each occasion that we have visited California. You never fail to impress!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    Always very special. Love bringing out of town guests.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    Went on a mother-son lunch date. He's 5. Great kid options. Make a reservation. It fills up!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wave Ambiance
    Urchin12
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    If you want to dine with friends at a beautiful seaside location, the Beachcomber is a great outdoor option. All the plates were well prepared (except the blueberries could be fresher) and the service was excellent.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing
    JoeyBetts
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    Unbelievable view, great service, outstanding food. Will definitely be going back!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, hot spot, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent beach dining
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Food was delicious, atmosphere was awesome. If possible, make a reservation. When we were there the wait was over an hour without one! It's worth the wait though and the beach is right there.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • LovingTheBeach
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    The reservation people were extremely accommodating, as last minute we added one person (total of 3) and they gave us a "choice" outside table. We were extremely happy with the brunch and atmosphere of being at the beach.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Beachcomber Cafe
    redred
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    I enjoy being near the ocean and you can't get any closer than the Beachcomber's deck on the sand on Crystal Cove. The food is very tasty and there is a nice selection. The wait staff are friendly and efficient. During the summer it can get a bit crowded, but for us natives it is a lovely place all year round. I always take visitors there and they always love it.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing food and view
    chiefjta
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    The location is amazing and the food was awesome. Try the burger and clam chowder!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • WE WILL BE BACK!!!!
    OCFan
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Shared appetizers that were fabulous. Above average by the glass wines selections. Burgers for lunch are outstanding.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Best spot Laguna Beach!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    We had a great table, with our favorite waitress Melissa, and fabulous view of the ocean. Everyone raved about the food, this was definitely a good restaurant to take our daughter and grandchildren visiting from New York!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    The entire outdoor experience was just what we were looking for. The service was excellent, the food was good. I would go back again just for the scenic views and the beach.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Beachside dining
    CLaroc
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    It doesn't get much Bett for eating right on the sand. There aren't many restaurants where you can eat right on the sand. The beachcomber combines eating on the beach with delicious food. Make a reservation first or plan to wait an hour. Krystal waited on us so it was perfect!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A taste of the California coast
    G8viewVIP
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    This is one of our favorite all time restaurants - right on the beach - and the food matches the view !!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place to start the day!
    BeachGirl2
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    Beautiful location, wonderful ocean view, having breakfast while watching dolphins swim by. Breakfast was delicious, friendly staff, and great service. Next door to the Crystal Cove Cottages, great way to end our stay!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great service
    Linda
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    We had a great waitress who took care of all of us so well. Breakfast was delicious, we were all very happy. Thank you Beachcomber Cafe, we'll be back!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love this Place!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    We had a ladies' breakfast soon after they opened on a quiet Friday morning. As always, the view of the ocean is fabulous - matched only by the friend;y service and great food. We love having the beignets with our morning coffee!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ricki Ungar
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    My husband & I are from Encinitas. We took a short mini vacation to Newport Beach & discovered Beachcomber cafe, glad we did. It was very nice having lunch on the beach. Food, service & location was great. Unfortunately, our seats on outside patio were up againt the inside section of the cafe. We were unable to really experience the scenery or beach, since our view was obscured by tables & guests. We didn't compain since we live in a beach town. If I was from Iowa, I would have squawked.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Beautiful setting. Good staff.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    Reservations very hard to make and impossible to change or modify. Didn't care for my scallop dinner.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great for lunch
    DianeVIP
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    My wife and I love the Beachcomber when we can get a reservation. Great food, great view and attentive service. We'll be back after summer.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • threegirls
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    We thought the dinner menu was overpriced for the quality and amount of food. I've eaten at the Beachcomber Cafe many times and this time the food and service weren't up to par. The ice cream we ordered for dessert was half melted by the time spoons were brought to the table.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A Concern about One Dish
    notspicy
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    We were not informed that a shrimp sandwich would be spicy/very hot with the shrimp smothered in red pepper. I can't tolerate spicy. The wait staff was informed that diners should be informed before ordering that dishes may be hot due to red pepper or another strong seasoning. The dish was removed from our bill which we greatly appreciated. Overall, we love the Beachcomber Cafe and have recommended it to many friends.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Oscar's Amazing
    SassyStefVIP
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    Another wonderful brunch at the beachcomber & Oscar was once again the best, even suggesting gluten free corn tortillas! And Allison was great seating us quickly!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Everyone should eat here- ONCE!
    drdan
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    Interesting history and worth visiting- once. Food edible, view is directly out to the Pacific and not up/down the coast. Open table reservations a definite plus as waits can approach hours. Larger groups (>5) are going to be seated inside or along the rail which decreases experience exponentially. Take the walk from the parking lot down to the beach but invest the $1/person and tram back. Comp'd parking may be the best part of the deal.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fredric
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    The service was very good. Location is great. The drinks were great. However the main course was over seasoned with salt. It also seemed that we were being rushed. Like lets get dinner over and move on.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Cody024
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    First time here but loved everything about it. Food, scenery, service, all very impressive...
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding Service and Ocean.
    Tidepool
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    The staff was remarkable. I felt like a VIP. It was the perfect lunch with sweetheart. We will be going back every chance we get!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great view!!
    Mati
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    Love the ocean view from the restaurant....good selection of food. The staff took care of all details and service was excellent. I recommend making reservation before you go or expect to wait up to one hour for seating.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Disappointed for the first time
    Steve
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    Breakfast the first day was great all around. Early Dinner last night was disappointing - service was awful and the food was just okay -- the expensive fillet had very little flavor. It wasn't very busy so that couldn't be the excuse for the attitude and lack of attention of staff.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good not great
    foodmnstr
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    our first time there was for dinner. the food, chilean sea bass and ribs were good but not great. we love to eat by the water so the ambience was very nice, but not worth the overall cost of the meal. the drinks were a little on the weak side.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    We love it here. However this time even though we had reservation we had to wait 25 min. and then we didn't get a very good seat. It was a Friday night but we were there early and watched table after table just sit after they were done. Maybe there should be a hour and a half table limit on busy nights. It's a great place and people don't want to leave I get it.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great breakfast!
    Njgrancee
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    The Beachcomber's location directly on the beach in a historical location is unbeatable, and the food rivals the location. We ate on the covered deck, where there are blankets and heaters to guard against the ocean breeze. Each entree was delicious; the service was outstanding. All in all, a typical wonderful experience at our favorite restaurant in Orange County.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Beach Dining
    Pogoberg
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    Good food, good service, great view. What more could you ask for?!?
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great view food needs work
    Foodie
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    U can't beat the ocean view n sounds of the ocean especially at sunset but the food for diviner is poor. The food preparation belongs at Denny's or cocos for $30.00 entree why with such a commanding view / setting could they not do better
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Ok, pain to get there by car.
    Mteer12
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    Food was ok. The worst part was in order to get there by car you had to park in a lot across the highway, then take a shuttle bus that charges $1 a person. It drops you off at the beach entrance where you then have to walk about 200!yards to the restaurant. And for the food, it was ok. Nothing spectacular. The views were nice. And they have a blanket at every table which was cool.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nadine B.
    beachgirl1
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    It was a surprise birthday lunch for my husband. We both had the best time we'd ever had, and enjoyed everything about it. Having lunch, sitting right there on the beach, it was breathtaking. After lunch, put our feet in the water, and took a walk along the ocean. Could not have been better...Can't wait to go again..
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding beach dining
    RickE
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    The terrific location, on the sand at Crystal Cove, coupled with good food and service makes this a must visit place when we are at the beach. Brunch is our favourite time as the sun in a better position for beach/ocean watching. Every table on the deck has an umbrella. While it's operated by Ruby's, I find the food much better and menu more interesting than typical Ruby's. The eggs benedict served with rosemary potatoes was very good and well presented. The egg whites were firm, yolks sufficiently runny and hollandaise sauce tasty. They've added Beignets served with maple flavor syrup (9 small in an order), which were good, but don't compare with Cafe DuMond.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Beachcomber Cafe
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    We had breakfast....and it was delicious.....a great table....good service and the view was wonderful. We really enjoyed it.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sunset Bliss
    Starfisher
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    With the Pacific in view, I was delighted by the delicious creations from the kitchen. The menu choices were innovative, plating was pleasing to the eye, and the flavors were well-balanced. The service was terrrific.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fun Late Lunch
    ProductReviewer
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    My daughter and I had a delicious lunch of fish and chips for lunch. The restaurant also sat us promptly- thank you!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic