Beachcomber Cafe - Crystal Cove

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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.

Specials

Valentine's Day Special Menus & More

Beachcomber Cafe will be only offering a special 4 course menu for Valentines Dinner. Cost will be $110 per person. Enjoy a romantic evening dining on Crystal Cove's beautiful beach over looking the ocean. Choice of Surf & Turf, Rack of Lamb, Herb Jidori Chicken, Lobster Tail, or Veggie Lasagna.

Thursday, February 14, 2019

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CF
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I ordered the calamari to share as appetizer and was delish as usual. Tried something new, crab stack which was perfect. I did order without macadamia nuts because I hate those. My only recommendation to the chef is that they ditch the Taro chips ( does anybody actually like those?) They should switch them out for tortilla chips.

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OT
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love the beachcomber! The food seems to get better every time we go. I had the filet mignon wellington which was cooked perfectly. Tender steak and crispy pastry, delicious! Service was great! Friendly staff. Recommend.

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DH
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great place to visit, premier location, beautiful setting only steps from the surf. The historic district is amazing, the history of the area is worth checking into. Most always a long wait unless you make reservations, Open Table made the reservation process quite simple, we checked in upon arrival and received a text about 15 minutes later, which was within moments of our actual reservation time.The host girls were quite friendly and professional, however, the young guy at the host table was a bit unfriendly. Our waitress was extremely friendly, helpful and a pleasure to be with. The food was great as always, my seafood seemed a bit high cost for the amount received. Seating was comfortable, however, a bit crowded, then again, you got to pack people in to get more seats filled. We were seated by sunset and enjoyed the raising of the"Martini Flag", not to mention a wonderful sunset. Our waitress offered to take out photos as well as others around, a nice gesture. My drink was always full due to the attentiveness of our waitress! Although chilly outside, for SoCal, once inside the heaters were keeping the temperatures just right! Have been there many times before and with location and service like this, we plan to return soon!

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OC
Orange County
28 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

I would have given Beachcomber Cafe our usual 5* Review, but was completely turned off by how my wife and I were treated at the Host/Hostess desk. We were told that our Open Table reservation was given away because we were more than 10-minutes late. The reservation was for 2:00...we checked in at 2:16...and the reason we were unable to arrive within that window was because their Tram Drivers were in a shift change. Attitude should not be on the menu when patrons are simply looking for a no-brainer day at the beach.

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BQ
Orange County
8 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Always a nice experience, it was a beautiful morning and I was spending it with a wonderful friend. good food, who could ask for anything more.

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G
Orange County
14 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was perfect...including the weather. ❤️

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V
Orange County
8 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 5

Food was incredible but the service was terrible. We stayed to enjoy the view but probability would have left had it been any other restaurant. My only hope is that the management focuses on improving their customer experience. The food and the view are to die for, 2/3 is not bad. Thank you for almost making it perfect.

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SL
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service were everything you hope for when you go out to eat but rarely get anymore

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T
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dine Newport Beach menu

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TT
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best view of ocean. Love the food and cocktail. Very romantic for anniversaries. Service is outstanding.

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JF
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

We had a delightful late lunch on the patio. Food was fabulous and worth the wait since service was a bit slow. But with the ocean a few feet away, it is probably much better to savor the time than to be in a rush to get your food. Wait staff was very courteous and attentive, so maybe the food wasn't slow. Maybe, I was just in my usual rush, rush mindset. Enjoyed the BeachComber very much!

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J
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A favorite place that never disappoints. Thank you for the delicious food, service, and attention to detail.

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CS
Baltimore
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing view, wonderful service, scrumptious food. It made for a delightful and romantic evening! The restaurant week menu was larger than expected, and extremely tasty.

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It as very beautiful! Thankful for my sisters recommendation.

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DT
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

On a stormy day, The Beachcomber was cozy and warm place for a delicious lunch!

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M
1 review
Dined on January 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

even though it was pouring rain, everyone was still so nice and the food was fantastic. only minor problem is that the shuttle driver was VERY rude. he said to us "give me my money or you can walk over" keep in mind i had two elderly women with me who the drive saw could barely walk and it was POURING rain outside. i understand he has to make some money, but we even said we would try to get money from one of the servers or an ATM. he's not a good first start to your journey at such a nice restaurant.

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JA
1 review
Dined on January 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is one of my favorite restaurants nationwide! It never disappoints!

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TE
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed our dining expierence, good food and friending wait staff. We ate inside
as it was January and weather can be inclement, the patio dining was tented which Made that dining area very, very noisy but inside was quiet. I highly recommend eating inside.

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KP
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and a beautiful waterfront view. Lunch and dessert were amazing!

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M
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was very nice

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MB
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely beachfront setting makes dining a special occasion. Great service and friendly staff. Loved it!

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OT
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was excellent!

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RP
Denver
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 5

Fish and chips were poor. Too much batter, old oil and soggy fish[Cod]

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GD
Philadelphia
14 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food & service at cool beach bar with amazing ocean views!!

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KS
Hawaii
11 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Wonderful girls day out for Texas friends! Great food and jalapeño margaritas! Great service from Evan!

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DV
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service.
A Little pricey, but you're paying for the view.
Go for an early dinner to appreciate the lovely sunset.

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KL
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best . We drive a distance for the wedge salad

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s
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We spent our 35th anniversary breakfast there. It does not get any better than breakfast at The Beachcomber! Food and service were amazing. Beignets are to die for. And of course the view is truly spectacular.

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SG
Las Vegas
4 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best most relaxing beautiful fun atmosphere

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f
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

right on the beach! great casual atmosphere with a more formal menu.

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PG
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great view. Always great service and food!!

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K
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A great time as always

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SM
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was my first time at The Beachcomber and I will definitely be back! I made a reservation, based on other people's reviews and I would highly recommend that. We were actually about 15 minutes late due to some parking confusion, but they were very nice about it and honored our reservation. The view was STUNNING and the food was very good. Service was also very good. I honestly have no complaints and we will definitely be back! As for parking - my GPS took me right to the cafe, but you can't park there. You have to park across the highway (Coast Ave I believe) in the Los Trancos parking area and walk across the street and down a trail to the restaurant or take the shuttle that is provided. We had a long drive to Arizona ahead of us, so we opted to walk. After our meal we walked on the beach and it was heaven. We can't wait to go back to The Beachcomber!

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j
Dallas
4 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

Hmmm. For days we had talked about the crab Benedict as it was online and posted outside the restaurant on that menu. All in party were very disappointed in the offerings. Could have gone elsewhere but wanted the crab. They really should correct that!!!!

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JI
Nashville
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything that people say about this place is true. What a beautiful spot on the beach, the food was fresh and wonderful and our server was fantastic! Will go back every time we visit the area.

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R
Orange County
53 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beachcomber offers beach front dining (literally) on a pristine walking beach. They validate parking across the highway that encourages a nice walk to and from the restaurant (though the bus is optional). The view is unparalleled, and you can do a beach walk while you wait for seating or walk after your meal on an incredible beach. Oh yeah, the food is excellent, too.

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H
St. Louis
3 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely gorgeous atmosphere. Great way to start the day. Excellent food.

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D
Los Angeles
93 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The food is usually good. I had the frutti di mare this time and it was just ok. The seafood was cooked just right but the dish just didn’t have much flavor.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Not the best location for NYE dinner if you wan

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OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Great location, right on the sand. Food and drinks were great, a must try.

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