Beachcomber Cafe - Crystal Cove

4.8
5670 reviews
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$30 and under
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Californian
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  • Scenic View
  • Waterfront
  • Great for Outdoor Dining

THE BEACHCOMBER CAFE CAN ONLY ACCOMMODATE RESERVATIONS OF PARTIES OF 6 OR LESS PER OUR AGREEMENT WITH CALIFORNIA STATE PARKS

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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Delivery or takeout
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Californian, Seafood
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Hours of operation
Breakfast: Monday - Sunday: 7:00am - 11:15am; Lunch: Monday - Sunday: 11:30am - 4:15pm; Dinner: Monday - Sunday: 4:30pm - 10:00pm
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Phone number
(949) 376-6900
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Payment options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Executive Chef: Carlos Olivera
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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.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Los Trancos
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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.
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Entertainment
Live Guitar on Thursday nights
Additional
Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Reviews from verified diners
5,670 reviews
4.8 out of 5 Stars
Outstanding
81%
Very Good
14%
Good
4%
Fair
0%
Poor
0%
4.6
food
4.7
service
4.8
ambience
4.3
value
Noise · Moderate
97% of people would recommend it to a friend
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MB
Orange County
1 review
5.0Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We took friends who have lived in OC for over 30 years, but had never been to the Beachcomber! They loved it.

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Phoenix
7 reviews
5.0Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was only my second time to the Beachcomber and I don’t know why! We had a front row table on a gorgeous day. Our waiter was outstanding and the food delicious. Love the throwback feel of Crystal Cove. Can’t wait to go again.

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L
San Francisco
1 review
5.0Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What an amazing restaurant!!! This is a MUST stop!!! Don’t forget to order the beignets!!!! Beyond excellent

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MK
Orange County
6 reviews
4.0Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Beachcomber is a unique place. It's located in the historic district of Crystal Cove park, right on the ocean shore. If you don't have a reservation, expect to wait for 30-40 min.

The food is not bad, but in this price range, you can find better restaurants. However, you can't beat the location, especially if you can time your visit to be there during sunset.

Overall, highly recommended!!!

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M
New England
1 review
5.0Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved it! Our servers were friendly and professional. The food was delicious. The view can’t be beat.

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PC
Phoenix
1 review
5.0Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful sunset view!

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OT
Seattle
2 reviews
5.0Dined on July 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Family gathering!
Took out of state family for a 4:45 pm reservation at our favorite table near the flag. At 5 pm our dinner guests were so surprised for the flag raising ceremony. The food was delicious. The ambiance outstanding. We all enjoyed the ocean sound background. It was a really hot day, but the host was fantastic. We stayed hydrated with plenty of water and fun drinks both with and without alcohol.
Thanks for making great family memories.

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TR
Los Angeles
2 reviews
5.0Dined on July 9, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Fast and friendly service. Our server McKenzie was excellent and Ryan who took over when McKenzie took a short break was great, too. Overall, the Beachcomber Cafe was well worth the drive!!

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OT
Orange County
1 review
5.0Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a wonderful experience... everything was perfect as usual!

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JF
1 review
5.0Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the most unique locations along the Orange County coast. Combination of excellent cuisine with a beach location. Relaxing and un rushed as you watch people, surf and sun.

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MM
San Francisco
86 reviews
5.0Dined on July 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Here's the thing, you have the only restaurant on the sand in the entire area, and it's going to be packed no matter what, but they consistently do an outstanding job on food and service. Everything is carefully prepared, fresh and oh so tasty. And don't miss the homemade deserts. Hat's off to Beachcomber. Long may you reign!

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MA
Orange County
1 review
5.0Dined on July 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Having a meal at The Beachcomber Cafe is like going on vacation at the beach, even though it's just 20 minutes from our house. It makes any occasion special!

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DL
Los Angeles
56 reviews
3.0Dined on July 6, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

Love the beach and the waves

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JS
Las Vegas
7 reviews
5.0Dined on July 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Beachcomber never disappoints the food was delicious and the ambiance was excellent. I am a creature of habit and always get an egg white Omelette with fresh spinach, mushrooms and avocado and it’s always delicious. It comes with an assortment of fresh fruit which includes all kinds of berries and is scrumptious. The beignets were fluffy pillows of deliciousness we dipped them in warm syrup or whipped cream finishes off the perfect treat.
My husband ordered the macadamia nut pancakes they came out cold so he ended up ordering a meaty omelette which was delicious. No issues with returning food and they got his new order out quickly!
Everything here is fresh and delicious you can’t go wrong! Make a reservation a few weeks ahead of time so you can minimize the wait. Also make sure your entire party shows up on time or they will not seat you.

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St. Louis
5 reviews
5.0Dined on July 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love visiting and enjoying lunch here every time we visit Orange County. Clam chowder is a must order. Delish.

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AH
Orange County
17 reviews
5.0Dined on July 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful!! Oscar is the best server they have 💙 He remembers us, and how we order...never gets it wrong! He's so genuine!

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JA
1 review
5.0Dined on July 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Stunning setting watching the sun go down. Casual beachside seating, heaters on and blankets offered to keep off the night time chill. Food was wonderful.

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SS
1 review
5.0Dined on July 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Beachcomber never disappoints! We make at least one visit every time we vacation in the area. Right on the beach, delicious food and outstanding service!

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JM
Las Vegas
1 review
5.0Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great food and great service with an amazing view!

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TC
Montana
5 reviews
5.0Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely outstandingly every way!

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m
Orange County
1 review
5.0Dined on June 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great ocean view. Lunch lobster club sandwich tasty n refreshing, took half home. Cozy with blanket ( which they provide) as sun starts to set

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OT
Orange County
1 review
5.0Dined on June 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good food, loved the view.

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LH
Pittsburgh
1 review
4.0Dined on June 27, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The food and atmosphere were great. The only downside is that they do not have a restroom in the restaurant.

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Orange County
2 reviews
5.0Dined on June 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great time! Going back next week! Love how close it is to the beach! It’s on the beach!

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FA
Orange County
24 reviews
5.0Dined on June 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best places in OC. On the beach and great food.

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RH
San Diego
1 review
4.0Dined on June 27, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The only issue we had was the construction inside. There was a lot of noise during our meal. It might be best to close the restaurant in the future if refurbishing is required

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PO
Los Angeles
2 reviews
4.0Dined on June 24, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

Great location- very laid back casual on top the beach , who could ask for anything more?
Food was average, pricey and safe.
Prime rib dip , meat was great, dip was super greasy , like they just added the greasey drippings and hot water from the roast. I could only eat half as portions were large, now if they focused on the quality and not quantity would that help improvement?
Given the three week wait, I was disappointed but the location is so special, I will no doubt engage again!
Service was great, personable and fun

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F
Las Vegas
5 reviews
5.0Dined on June 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous as always!!!

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p
Orange County
7 reviews
3.0Dined on June 23, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 2

It was windy and cold without the plastic curtains! Burrr! Not enough blankets.
I hope you will bring the curtains back to make it more comfy on windy, cold days.

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JM
Phoenix
76 reviews
5.0Dined on June 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time for lunch and had a great tuna sandwich with tomato soup. My daughter and I shared our two orders. She ordered the fish and chips. Service was excellent and our table was ready and waiting for our reservation when the walk up wait was 1 hr 45 minutes. Advance reservations are highly suggested!

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T
New York Area
1 review
5.0Dined on June 21, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

First of all, let me say the food and service were excellent. The Beachcomber chardonnay wasn't up to par, but our waiter replaced it with another selection. This restaurant, with its historic setting is an experience. So different from the over priced hotel sites along the water. It was highly recommended by friends who are foodies. We will include it in every visit to Newport Beach in the future.

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JF
1 review
5.0Dined on June 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The meals we had were delicious! We enjoyed the food and the beach view.

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JF
1 review
5.0Dined on June 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food! Great service! Everything was great! We would love to come back.

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MG
Orange County
2 reviews
5.0Dined on June 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, generous portions, and great atmosphere.

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OT
Orange County
2 reviews
5.0Dined on June 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful 59th birthday for John White, he’s been coming to the Beachcomber for decades! It was perfect and our waitress Penny was great! Looking forward to coming back again & again! We’ve been here 3x’s in the last 3 weeks....

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SG
1 review
5.0Dined on June 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A great place to eat! Second time going there and can’t wait to go back next time I am in town.

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Orange County
3 reviews
2.0Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 3

Went for Fathers Day Brunch. &50 per person for a set menu with food that tasted like it was made a week ago. No choice of how you wanted your cheap cut of steak cooked or how you would like your eggs prepared. Pancakes tasted watered down. Very disappointing with the food for the price and the high rating this restaurant has. The only thing this restaurant has going for them is the view and being right in the each.

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Orange County
1 review
5.0Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Took my dad here for father’s day brunch. Our server was curtis and he was great as well as the food! Would recommend this place to anyone looking for a good place for brunch or a quick bite while at the beach!

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OT
Orange County
1 review
5.0Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing experience!

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OT
Orange County
1 review
5.0Dined on June 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service as always was amazing. Love the view.

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