Beachcomber Cafe - Crystal Cove
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.
- Surfaces sanitized between seatings
- Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
- Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
- Limited number of seated diners
- Distancing maintained in common areas
- Extra space between tables
- Waitstaff wear masks
- Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
- Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
A Basket of these Puffy Treats goes great with our Coffee! Maple Syrup, Powdered Sugar, Whipped Cream
Alaskan Cod Fish & Chips
Beer Battered Alaskan Cod, Homemade Potato Chips, Housemade Tartar Sauce
Braised Short Ribs*
A Beachcomber Favorite. Beef Short Ribs, Red Wine Sauce, Wild Mushrooms, Walnut Gorgonzola Ravioli
What a beautiful setting! The experience was memorable! The food was excellent in presentation, exquisite in quality, portions and value! Our hats off to the staff and chef! Well done!
Went for lunch, had high expectations. Menu looks good. Lukewarm clam chowder. Tried the mahi mahi tacos, for $17 I would expect the presentation to be a little better. 2 small tacos and a spoonful of flavorless slaw. My husband had the buttermilk fried chicken sandwich, same price a plate full of yum. Cute diner on the beach, always busy. I ordered the wrong thing.
Our server Brandon was amazing the food came out fairly quick and was hot and tasty. You can't forget to order the beignets and a cocktail the ocean breeze was wonderful. Overall all of the servers and restaurant staff were amazing and we will visit again very soon this is a must visit place in California
Wonderful food and drinks! The Bloody Mary is a meal
In itself and yet I still ordered breakfast too! So good and so nice to sit near the beach and enjoy. Many servers stopped in to check on us and Jordan, our waiter was great. This is a family favorite and we drive +500 miles to enjoy it once a year, very worth it!
You are overpaying for the food and view of the beach, plain and simple. I was embarrassed to pay $37.95 for a small cupcake portion of meat and four tiny raviolis. The portion size was RIDICULOUSLY small. I ordered it without mushrooms, which I can't eat and yet, there they were on my plate. I'm apalled really, that it was even considered an entree and that they couldn't even remember to ditch the mushrooms. I felt fleeced for sure, by the price, portion size. The artichoke appetizers our party shared were overcooked and the beignets weren't as good as I remembered from a few years ago. After last night's dinner, I don't see myself coming back here - even for the view, even for a special occasion. There are plenty of other lovely restaurants that offerway better food, appropriate portions and value for money. But if you enjoy an ocean view and wasting your money, come here.
Father’s Day brunch was fantastic! Food was delicious, Service was great ( and I’m not easily impressed 🤣) and everything was timely! Thank you for an excellent experience
I made a reservation for father’s day for my husband and I. I added on the notes outside seating and mention a high chair for my toddler. When we got there we were told they couldn’t do that since I only made reservations for 2 and they sat us inside. Very disappointed. We never include my 20 month old in any reservation for any restaurants this was a first. This was upsetting as it was our first time here and this is the service we got upon arrival.
Great service. Great food with a great view. The server was really nice and attentive. Great experience.
The Fathers Day menu was amazing. My husband, mother in law, my son and myself really enjoyed ourselves. Thank you for making the day even more special.
We reserved for Fathers Day Brunch for 2 adults. We have a 18 month old so I called way ahead of time to confirm that we could bring him and he could have a high chair. We were told yes and they would note it on the reservation. We showed up for our reservation (7am) and was told they couldn’t add a high chair. I asked if there was another option for us for seating, was told no a few times, or that we could be a “walk in”, which the wait was already over an hour at 7am. After trying to troubleshoot with no help from the hostess at all, they ended up sitting us inside at a booth. If I had known that would be the case I probably would’ve just canceled our original reservation and done something else for Fathers Day. The hostess that I checked in with was extremely rude about the whole thing, especially considering it was a special day.
The wait for food was over an hour, we ended up getting the food to go so we could just eat at the beach instead, and they didn’t have any utensils we could take to go which I found odd.
Even after we paid and went back to validate our parking after eating at the benches outside, the same hostess told my husband “you have to spend $15 with us to validate” and he informed her we had just spent $170 before she finally agreed to validate the parking.
Overall food was good, our waitress was nice, but experience was not.
Wonderful food and service. Family visit from Henderson, Nevada.
Best food and view!
Amazing experience last night. Literally right on the beach with beautiful views of the ocean. I’d recommend this place to anyone especially if you want to ‘wow’ your guest.
Snagged an early dinner reservation at Beachcomber Cafe on Thursday & had a great time! Just make sure to arrive early to park & walk around in the charming historical area… We enjoyed a beer at the bar & headed to our table at 4:45. I was persuaded to try a Beachcomber cocktail which was excellent! Hubby’s short ribs & my shrimp pasta dish were very good & we shared a generous apple cobbler.
The ambiance here is unparalleled. Make the trip. You’ll be happy!
For my friends and I this is our favorite place to share a good meal with a great location, on the beach .
Fish and chips, shrimp tacos, clam chowder all excellent!
They prepared the salmon different than last Sept. This time with thick pasta tomato sauce. Not so good. Food not hot either. Go back to grilled salmon with vegetables. 10 times better!!! Thanks Marilyn
We went there to celebrate the beginning of summer, and couldn’t have picked a better place. The service was outstanding, the food was absolutely delicious.
Cool experience right on the beach
Beautiful view, good food, and don’t slip the bread pudding
Out waitress April is very personable and a very good waitress.
We enjoyed our time. One of my friends who had never been was very happy.
It was a delightful day.
Amazing service, great food, beautiful views!
Fast great service with yummy food all in an amazing location. Will definitely return!
Love everything about this place - food, service, and the view are amazing!
The only thing you need to know that we didn’t is that parking is about a mile away and is the only option you have. So just make sure to factor that in so you have time to make it to your reservation. They won’t seat you if your whole party isn’t present. We almost lost our table because it took us about an extra 12 minutes to park and get back to check in- I think my boyfriend tan a 4 minute mile to get back in time haha! It was all worth it though- definitely recommend!!
Great as always!
Everything was very Good!!!
Food and drinks were great, view was awesome
Asked the waiter to move the umbrella and he said it couldn’t move (bolted down). My granddaughter is a redhead sitting in the sunniest of locations. A new guest was seated who just proceeded to move one of the umbrella’s to shade his wife? Not bolted down at all. Food was very average/noise level too high/bill was way to high! Not greatly impressed overall.
our server was the best server i have had for the last few months.
Everything was great our waiter was fantastic but the only thing was I put in a written request to sit closest to the ocean and we were seated almost inside the restaurant and when I told the hostess that I requested to sit by the front she didn’t honor my request. This was my Birthday dinner and I really wanted an ocean view, so that was disappointing.
The Beachcomber was a wonderful experience, we celebrated David’s birthday, and enjoyed lovely Big Bad Bloody Mary’s beaming with crab, shrimp, cornichon, olives, and celery, served in fine, tall mason jars. The ahi tuna slider wonton taco appetizers were a delicious mini treat, the crab stack on fine tarot crackers was scrumptious as well. The birthday brownie and ice cream Sunday, was literally icing on the cake! We thoroughly enjoyed basking in the California Sunshine, beachside at this beautiful crystal cove oasis.
Place was very nice and comforting with the view, food n service was great especially the beignets… the best I’ve tried so far. The parking was the only thing I didn’t know about so I was almost late lol it’s across the street 😬
Amazing view of the Pacific and delicious food! Melissa, our server, was just fabulous!
great location! good staff! nice menu! highly recommend for a fantastic experience.
Outdoor terrace dining on the beach at Crystal Cove . Ambiance personified. Beach attire dress permitted. Eclectic menu. Full service bar. Excellent service. Engaging staff. I dine here once a month.
Love this place and everyone was so nice. Thanks to the wonderful server and the king gals at the front who hooked my mom and I up with a great table because it was her birthday - and we didn’t even ask for one. Thanks for amazing memories!!!
The only problem with beachcomber is the reservation. You can’t go there when you want ti. You have to wait for 2 weeks to have a reservation and guess if you can make on that date or not!!! Otherwise, I always enjoy it there!!
Ahi stack was great, I had the chopped salad which was also good. Apple cobbler disappointing, too sweet and apples were more like applesauce. Great view and service.
Beautiful setting, good food, great service! What else do you need?
Beachcomber Cafe - Crystal Cove is rated 4.8 stars by 7637 OpenTable diners.
Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.