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.
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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very clean. Tables far apart. All employees wearing masks and gloves. Excellent service.

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Beachcomber holds so many special memories for our family! We are so thankful for the staff for always making us feel welcome and at home !

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JeanetteS
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We made reservations online so we didn't have to wait. The food was great and we had an amazing view of the ocean.

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Ummm
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Jesus was INCREDIBLE, food was great and the dessert was phenomenal!!

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, we had a wonderful time! One of out favorite choices! You can’t go wrong!

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FoodiieintheOC
Las Vegas
5 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Always a wonderful scenery, service and food at Beachcombers Cafe. Our hostess (Emma) and server (Courtney) were very attentive with friendly service and professional. We had a wonderful breakfast. The beignets are light and tasty as always. This is great location to grab a meal any day of the week.

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Gary
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We weee greeted warmly by the hostess and sat earlier than we anticipated. Our server, Max was super friendly and accommodating we thoroughly enjoyed our meals and the amazing view.

JB
JudyB
Hawaii
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, great service, fabulous view, what more do you want ?

HD
HappyDiners
Phoenix
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was superb. We will return & always recommend this restaurant.

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CarolynM
Orange County
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great dining. Beautiful setting, excellent service and great food. Loved it!

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ElsaR
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved our server and the food. Everything was pretty amazing. Worth the wait to get a reservation

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vipMark
Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best casual beach front dining experience in America, and the perfect vantage point for some of the world’s most stunning sunsets!

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AllisonR
Hawaii
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, beautiful view. Perfect place for any meal!

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GriseldaG
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was the best experience eating on the sand. They were really nice.

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AAron
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing Atmosphere great service perfect little spot on the beach

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vipGreekgal54
Orange County
45 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Service from Ozzie... Tgank you again!

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MargoR
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always amazing service food and ambiance! Was an amazing get away outdoor dining experience with the waves crashing in the back ground. Thank you Beachcomber!

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ChelseaK
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love the beachcomber! The atmosphere and food are phenomenal! We’ll be making this our anniversary tradition!

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vipHowardS
Kansas City
28 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the most consistent restaurants I’ve ever eaten at.

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vipGreekgal54
Orange County
45 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful dining as always... Service was great as well! Thank you

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SandraG
Birmingham
2 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fun day at the beach with hubby & daughter -special day 😎

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JaydeeF
Orange County
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The ambiance is California Beach with all that comes with it: sand, waves, beachgoers, sun, funkiness. The service, food and drinks that we had on a weekday morning were as fine as we could have wanted. Did I say the service was great? Wish it could stay a mostly local's place but word has gotten out.

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vipGreekgal54
Orange County
45 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful Service from Ozzie and Breakfast was delicious!

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JoeN
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Enjoyed food very much. Service was great, very helpful and friendly. Right on the beach, couldn’t have had a better view.

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vipLynneC
Orange County
28 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2020
Overall5food3service5ambience5

Ozzie the waiter was awesome! The spinach & mushroom frittata was good not one of the best of their dishes. The Mimosas were delightful and the care regarding COVID was perfect. Thank you for an awesome Birthday Breakfast.

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OpenTable Diner
New Orleans
3 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our 2nd time to come back to Beachcomber Cafe. The drinks, food and vibe are what we love about this place. Think 1930’s beach town....
There is some construction down the beach which was a little disappointing, but we will be back!

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DonaL
Orange County
1 review
Dined on July 1, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Have been coming to the Beachcomber since the first week it opened so many years ago. Always loved it, particularly for breakfast when the crowd is light. During this mess with virus panic it just seemed so impersonal and not the usual vibe. It is a place that is 'over loved' and I hardly go near it in the summer because of the crowds on the beach there. I am the 'off season' frequent visitor and take guests most times. I will never leave it - probably my most favorite place along the coast. Food is always exceptional, but a bit on the pricey side. Treat yourself!

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CorkyO
1 review
Dined on July 1, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Crystal Cove is a place like no other - a beautiful, secluded SoCal beach with an added 30’s surf colony vibe. The Beachcomber is its centerpiece adding great food, awesome drinks & wonderful ambience to just another day in SoCal paradise!!! It’s must-do for all our out-of-town guests!

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MajMom96
Orange County
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2020
Overall2food2service1ambience4

The prices are outrageous! A cocktail is $19! That’s ridiculous. I ordered a specialty cocktail that was essentially an Old Fashioned for $19, thinking it was something special at that price...but it was just an Old Fashioned with special cherries! The Shrimp Carbonara was passable, but it had only a few shrimp and the sauce was entirely too lemony with only a few peas and asparagus. Certainly not worth the $30 price tag for a plate of pasta. The beignets were okay, but very small. Nothing like the large, airy beignets you can get in a better New Orleans restaurant. And the service....despicable! Not the server, he was actually quite good, but he’s the only good thing I can say about this restaurant. The hostess staff and manager are totally anti-customer service. They wouldn’t seat us at our table, even though it was empty and waiting for us, until our reservation time. And we were only 10 minutes early! And with no where to sit outside the restaurant, they made us just wait until a few minutes after our reservation time! Insane! And our full party was with us (as is and always has been restaurant policy), so it was very frustrating to see the empty seats and have them refuse to seat us! And the restaurant wasn’t very busy, so it had nothing to do with having to space out tables for the wait staff. In fact, they seated a “walk up” customer before us! I would definitely not recommend this restaurant. I know the view of the ocean is great, but pack a picnic instead and enjoy the view from the beach, not the Beachcomber!

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
26 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very enjoyable time for breakfast

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AnaPaulaT
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was my third time and all was awesome!

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TammieW
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our favorite place for breakfast when in Newport!

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reunion4reunions
Orange County
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this restaurant. There is no better on-the-water experience. Our Crystal Cove omelettes were amazingly good and the server allowed us to substitute toast for a perfect buttermilk pancake. Next time, I will try the beignets! 😋

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JoyceA
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I celebrated our 30th Anniversary. It was amazing and the view perfect. Thanks for a great evening.

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markk
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience5

This is our most favorite happy place and default choice, it's always good.

JH
JohnH
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The reservation was on time, table was ready, and service attentive. I have Celiac disease and the menu offered many choices, and the waiter was very knowledgably. Service was fast, food was well cooked and hot. We enjoyed the ambiance and were not rushed to leave.

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Rockfish
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was exceptional, food was fresh and came out very quickly (shrimp tacos and mahi mahi tacos) and the margaritas really topped off the experience!!!

JM
JaniceM
Orange County
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My family enjoys the food and atmosphere at the Beachcomber Cafe! Kudos to the staff especially Oscar for excellent service and being warm but professional. We will continue to recommend for our friends to eat at the Beachcomber Cafe!

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NicoleW
Las Vegas
5 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always amazing...the food and ambiance is always top notch. Service was great!

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denisek
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love the Beachcomber and have for years. This is our first dining experience since the lockdown in March. I wanted to go someplace that was outside. I told my family if I didn’t feel comfortable with the physical distancing or cleaning we wouldn’t go in. The Beachcomber removed a number of tables and with the ocean breeze I felt fine. The staff was very accommodating and still maintained their cheerful ways despise the masks,gloves new procedures. The food was excellent as always and this was a wonderful experience to ease back into life.

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