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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4.8based on recent ratings
4.7
food
4.8
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4.9
ambience
4.5
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ShericeD
Denver
2 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place was awesome....I wish I could remember my waitress name....i might have if the drinks weren’t so damn good. We had the Calamari, Coconut shrimp Kobe burger and the Lobster BLT. Everything was perfect!!!!! Ambience was fantastic...a little chilly to be on the beach for me...but will definitely be back.....you will not be disappointed ❤️❤️❤️

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ElsaR
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a great experience celebrating my daughters 19th birthday

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Luvpalmdesert
Orange County
6 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Birthday celebration for mother-in-law. All COVID-19 precautions we’re adhered to by entire staff. Food was very good!!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a wonderful night! Lobster was amazing! The Date I brought was impressed! I’ll be back again!

BR
vipBigRed
Orange County
25 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall2food3service5ambience5

Don’t try and get your table without all there. We got stuck in traffic and I called ahead
Letting them know . We were 10 minutes late and they gave our table away in 5 minutes.
Having back problems I had to wait another 25 minutes while my son came down of the trolley because all had to be standing there. I could have had three cocktails and a appetizer by them. Well 390.00 dollars later I just got the bill and the manager comes over and says your 90 minutes are up in 5 minutes. Really? What a you know what.

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DeepaG
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service, food, everything!! Nothing to be even remotely disappointed about. They good every precaution possible to make safety a priority during COVID.

JB
JenniferB
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Pricing, ambiance and service are fabulous. Whether your on a vacation or taking a meal break, you'll leave feeling refreshed and satisfied. I still consider it a hidden gem.

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Raine
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It’s a great location, food is delicious and service is perfect.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Denver
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great dinner! Great place for families or couples or groups!

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BrainW
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have been to the Beachcomber Cafe many times and have never been disappointed in the food or the service. The ambiance cannot be beat.

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LisaB
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Seated ahead of reservation. Server brought a few chilis for us when we inquired. Food always outstanding and beautiful beach view!

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VanessaC
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place to have good food and see a beautiful view.

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vipMich
Las Vegas
12 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great job on additional dining on the sand. We have dined here for lunch for many years! The only available reservation was 5:30p.m. The best weather, table on the sand and delicious dinner was the best experience we’ve had in a long time!

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vipockb
Orange County
40 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a treat to enjoy a meal at Beachcomber Cafe!! Such a unique and special spot, service is always good, always a good idea to make a reservation, and spacing of tables allows for a comfortable experience during these "social distancing" times. I prefer the Chilaquiles for breakfast! The Beignets are an occasional fun and delicious treat to start with. Lunch is a good option also, but, breakfast is my favorite.

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vipWende
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We would love to come back if we could get a reservation. See you in the Fall, already booked solid

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Kelley
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The beachcomber is a great place to visit. We had a great time except for the fact that our server forgot to validate our parking ticket..... as a result we had to pay the $15 charge... I wouldn’t have minded except for the fact that during COVID-19 you’re only allowed to stay an hour and a half at your table. $15 is a lot to pay for two hours of parking.

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RobertW
Orange County
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service was outstanding. We were seated immediately and got to observe a pod of dolphins while we were dining. Prices are very modest.

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HungryProfessor
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A friendly and knowledgeable wait staff serving excellent food in a gorgeous setting. It was a beautiful dining experience.

LH
LisaH
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent spot for a meal. Allow lots of extra time for parking. The ambiance is great as this spot is right on the beach, and the food exceeded expectations.

CG
ColG29
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Food!!! Excellent service. Best part is location.

MM
MellowMerlot
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Friendly staff with gorgeous views! My biggest tip, arrive at least an hour and a half early, especially if you're going on the weekend. The parking lot was full and they do not offer valet services or exclusive restaurant parking. We spent over 45 minutes trying to park which made us late for our reservation. The restaurant was great, however, and they were still able to accommodate us with a reasonable standby time. The food was wonderful! I especially loved the artichoke appetizer and shrimp tacos! The cocktails made me feel like I was back in Hawaii!! The endless summer and watermelon mojitos were my favorites!

KM
vipKarenM
Orange County
8 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fun beach vibe cafe with great food and service

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Evelin
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great breakfast with a a beautiful view, will definitely be returning.

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Johnh
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

the place has a beautiful setting, service was great and the food is delicious.

LH
LesleeH
Orange County
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience5

A great "get away". Lunch at the beach doesn't get much better than this!

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, yummy food and beautiful view.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Birthday lunch

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vipJared
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really good food and wonderful service. Even saw dolphins swim by!

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John
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A wonderful private evening with my bride on our anniversary.

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MitchellS
Orange County
10 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

With all of the COVID19 concerns, The Beachcomber did an excellent job with their re-opening strategy; less tables so they could spread out/distance more between; digital menus; servers all wearing masks and gloves; cleaning of tables patrons limited to 90 min. (more than enough time for meal friendly & helpful. Always a great dining experience but during these uncertain times, good to know that they're squared away & it's still the excellence you'd expect from this establishment.

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vipDarlynR
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing breakfast and walk on the beach afterwards. A must for any beach lover!

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ArecaR
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place. Food always on point. Service is great. Beautiful view.

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HPShamir
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were a bit comprehensive due to the current situation but I must admit the entire staff was amazing! We were even seated early & right on the beach. They really take social distancing & cleanliness seriously. We were party of 4 and ordered different meals so that we could sample each of them. Wow!! Every bite was Incredible. Our server Alex was very attentive, humorous & gave us great suggestions. We will definitely request him on our next visit! Can’t wait to go back!!

AW
AnnaW
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Good food. Disappointed that we only had 90 minutes to enjoy the experience. Felt rushed. Drove a distance n not happy we had to leave so soon.

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PattiB
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is my favorite restaurant in the Newport/Laguna Beach area.

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vipLunchlady
Orange County
33 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They Beachcomber had made additional outdoor seating, on the sand! It was a beautiful evening dining while enjoying the waves! The sevice and food were excellent!

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KristinR
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

excellent experience all around and Melissa was awesome

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Darelynhb
Orange County
6 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Met my cousin for lunch. They did a great job with masks and social distancing. Everyone was truly pleasant and attentive. One of my favorite spots!

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Anne
Orange County
6 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect setting great food and service seems very covid safe

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vipValerie
Salt Lake City
21 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beachcomber is the ultimate California Beach experience. You are literally on the sand overlooking the ocean so the scenery is perfect. Every time we go we have excellent service. We tried the Ribeye steak this time and it was OUTSTANDING!! Love it here!

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