Beachcomber Cafe - Crystal Cove

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6179 reviews
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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

Easter Restaurant Specials & Reservations

Easter Champagne Brunch on the Beach of Crystal Cove. $42.95 Adults & $15.95 Kids(off of the Kids Menu) Start with Beignets & Ambrosia then choose from one of 9 Chef's specially created items for this special day such as : Surf & Turf, Frittata, Shrimp Enchiladas, Lobster Mac & Cheese, Steak & Eggs

Sunday, April 21, 2019

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Orange County
37 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 5

Food was so, so and the sever, Ryan was working with too many tables! The location is special and the view of the ocean and surroundings is impeccable! Meals are not worth the price. If you want a outstanding location to eat, this is it, but if you want a great meal I suggest you go someplace else!

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

We really enjoyed our meal! We were seated on the patio and had a great view of the beach and ocean, and Catalina too. We had made reservations just to be safe but it looked like we didn't need to, possibly because it was a Thursday and had been raining earlier. The food was delicious!

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

A Perfect Place for Breakfast!!! We love to bring our out-of-town guests ... and the food is always wonderful and the service excellent!

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C
Salt Lake City
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

I dearly love clam chowder, I have been warned by others not to order it at Beachcomber. But today, I decided to order it. Wow, there is a ton of salt in that dish. It was a big disappointment. The lobster sandwich was wonderful. Love that you carry ginger beer.

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EW
Los Angeles
20 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Always a pleasure to walk thru sand to a restaurant and dine to the sound of ocean waves. We were delighted to be on time for the raising of the cocktail flag tradition. The specialty drink list is a must choose from experience. Our waiter Max was outstanding. Blankets are a nice touch on a chilly evening. So glad they expanded - Hope this special place is here forever!

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was great! Love the view on the beach ocean waves. Service was great and friendly.

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Orange County
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Hard to beat an awesome view of the Pacific with great service and breakfast.

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Orange County
8 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

If you're looking for a place with the best view (right on the beach), great service and wonderful food, look no further. Beachcomber Cafe is it. If you can, either make reservations in advance, or plan on waiting 1-2 hours and go for a long walk on the beach. I find my blood pressure goes down about 20 points by just being there. The food and service is top notch. Try the artichoke appetizer!

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Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waiter Ryan was so sweet, he helped us decide on what to order and didn’t give us a hard time at all about our food allergies etc. Food was delicious, drinks were made with fresh and unique ingredients. Ambiance was great. Worth it to note that you should arrive early to leave Ample time to take the shuttle to the restaurant since the parking lot is across PCH.

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CC
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great people

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RM
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had our first anniversary dinner at this very special place. The restoration of Crystal Cove contributes a superlative ambiance which enhances all of the outstanding experiences:
Exceptional server, best calimari in SoCal, the entres where beyond delicious, and the anniversary dessert topped off a spectacular dining experience !!! I would recommend it as a top of the list !! .........Get reservations early

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MI
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing view, and great food and service. loved it!

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CC
San Diego
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Tables too close to each other However enjoyed it 😀

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NJ
Orange County
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had a friend visiting from out of town ... everything was perfect ... our table ... our server ... our drinks ...the food ... and of course, the beignets! Thank you for a FABULOUS afternoon!

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JS
Orange County
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a very special place...You could not ask for a better ambience and the food is terrific...with plenty of options. Service is also excellent.

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabbbbuullooouusssss

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BA
Orange County
9 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My friend is moving out of the area and this was on the bucket list of to dos! So glad we did it! Everything was terrific. I highly recommend making reservations...and it has to be at least the day before.

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C
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great ambiance and delicious food! Nothing beats a lovely meal on the beach at sunset.

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CC
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wife’s Birthday everything was great

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JL
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great location and food
Well worth the dining experience

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DW
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Made our reservation on line. No waiting.
Jeff, our server was excellent.
Food was excellent.
Portions are large, so be careful as to how much food you order.
View is always outstanding.

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E
Vancouver
15 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Always lovely.

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OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved our brunch! Excellent service. Thoughtful dishes and that ocean view was so perfect!

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CA
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

love, love ,love the Beachcomber...such wonderful food and the ocean at the doorstep!!!Been going there since it opened!! you'll love it too!

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Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love love love everything about this place!

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Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I only wish I had my wife and kids with me. What an amazing place.

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Houston
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Celebrating our grandson’s 7th birthday!! The food and service far exceeded our expectation.

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Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Samantha and Brandon were the best servers I have ever encountered. They deserve to run the place

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l
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

You can't beat this quintessential So. Cal location. The food was very good and the service by Maximilian was five star.

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic as always!

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TJ
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love the beignets!! The view of the beach is incredible. It’s our family tradition every year we come from Utah.

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Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great meal with my family

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Orange County
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The food is excellent! My husband and I stayed at the cottages and we had dinner and breakfast here. Both meals were amazing.

The service was good, but our waitress didn’t get us water regularly.

The location is incredible!

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l
Orange County
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love the sunset on the beach surrounded by the ambiance of the raising and lowering of "the flag"

Excellent drinks, dinner options & desserts!

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Any time we camp at Crystal Cove-Laguna Beach, we make it a mission to come to the beachcombers cafe! We love it!

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TM
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is consistently delicious. We had a lovely view of the sunset; it was quite romantic.

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CL
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Restaurant week

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p
Orange County
9 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Oscar did a great job as always. The ham was very thin and I prefer it cooked less. Everything else was wonderful and we enjoyed our breakfast.

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T
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Peaceful setting, delicious food. One time fantastic service, another time good service.

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MT
Orange County
20 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

The parking is a little inconvenient as you have to park across PCH and take a $3 each way shuttle to the other side and walk the short distance to the restaurant. Later, you will have to pay for using the parking lot but the restaurant will validate. They will not seat you until your whole party is there, even though you have a reservation. Food was pretty good and so was the service, a little pricey for what we got but not too bad. After dining, walking onto the sand and enjoying the ocean view was spectacular on this sunny day.

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