Beachcomber Cafe - Crystal Cove

4.8
7637 Reviews
$30 and under
Californian

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.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
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96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

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Gigi
Orange County
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food3service5ambience4

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.

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BeeBeeB
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

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OCGirl
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food1service4ambience5

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.

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food5service5ambience5

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.

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Lucyg
Central Coast
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service. Great food with a great view. The server was really nice and attentive. Great experience.

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Natalie
Los Angeles
15 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall2food3service3ambience4

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.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food and service. Family visit from Henderson, Nevada.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best food and view!

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Jared
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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foodiefun1
Orange County
16 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience5

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!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

For my friends and I this is our favorite place to share a good meal with a great location, on the beach .

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
7 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fish and chips, shrimp tacos, clam chowder all excellent!

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MarilynH
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall3food2service3ambience4

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

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JeanL
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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OpenTable Diner
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Cool experience right on the beach

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Danw
Atlanta
10 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2021
Overall5food3service4ambience5

Beautiful view, good food, and don’t slip the bread pudding

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DebiB
Orange County
7 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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DanF
Orange County
6 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing service, great food, beautiful views!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fast great service with yummy food all in an amazing location. Will definitely return!

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vipLindsayraff
Portland
8 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great as always!

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was very Good!!!

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ScottW
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and drinks were great, view was awesome

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Patti
Orange County
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience5

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.

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DianaD
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

our server was the best server i have had for the last few months.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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Bogs
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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 😬

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Getaway
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing view of the Pacific and delicious food! Melissa, our server, was just fabulous!

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BradB
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

great location! good staff! nice menu! highly recommend for a fantastic experience.

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BobE
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful!

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Geo333
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!!!

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!!

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vipAndre
Orange County
96 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

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.

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Clyde
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful setting, good food, great service! What else do you need?

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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.

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