Beachcomber Cafe - Crystal Cove

4.7
5897 reviews
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$30 and under
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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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Californian, Seafood
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Hours of operation
Breakfast: Monday - Sunday: 7:00am - 11:15am; Lunch: Monday - Sunday: 11:30am - 4:15pm; Dinner: Monday - Sunday: 4:30pm - 10:00pm
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Phone number
(949) 376-6900
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Payment options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Executive Chef: Carlos Olivera
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Catering
Crashing surf and breathtaking sunsets are the backdrops of your Southern California dream event. The Beachcomber's Catering division offers four stunning sites within the California State Park Historic District or will travel to your desired location.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Los Trancos
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Parking details
Validated Parking is available at the Los Trancos parking lot adjacent to Pacific Coast Highway, just a short walk or shuttle ride from the restaurant and beach.
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Entertainment
Live Guitar on Thursday nights
Additional
Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 5897 People Are Saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
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4.6
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4.9
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OT
1 review
Dined 18 hours ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great waiter Oscar !

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JW
Orange County
6 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A family gathering of significance..The staff and servers were very gracious and accommodating. This is a favorite place for us.

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DN
Portland
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Stephanie the hostess and Ozzie our waiter were especially kind . attentive.
One of the highlights of our vacation

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just lovely

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JF
Orange County
9 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Beachcomber is one of our favorite restaurants. It has a great location, great food and excellent service.

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BF
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

We had a reservation for 7.30pm. It was quite chilly in the restaurant. No views because of time of night of course. Very small table for 4 persons. Ordered the chilean seabass. Too much soy sauce overwhelmed it. It was our wedding anniversary but the restaurant did not mark it or refer to it in any way at all. Would not be back for dinner, maybe it's better for lunch.

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r
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As usual this gem of a restaurant lived up to our expectations. It is our go-to for entertaining friends from out of town. The best view of the American Riviera.

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c
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always fun to drive up and relax on the beach. I enjoy the people. Service is always good. The weather was beautiful. My friend celebrated her birthday and received a free dessert that was amazing.

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CL
Cincinnati
6 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Go every time we are in Newport Beach. Best breakfast ever. Try the beignets!!

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GS
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Good menu with something for everyone. Service was excellent! Food was prepared as ordered.

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NP
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous food, fabulous Bloody Mary, can’t beat the views plus if you walk around, you get a taste of history and what life was like back in the early 1900’s. Love going there for breakfast, lunch and dinner!!

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BB
Orange County
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

All four of us enjoy this restaurant evertime we are in town. Sorry no pictures to share.

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DM
Orange County
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Brought French toast with candle for bday!

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v
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

My experience was marred due to my seating. I was sat next to stacked children high chairs. I asked the host to sit at an available table and he told me "I think that is reserved" and as soon as I sat down another couple was sat there. If that seat was not available he could have said, what about this seat? Instead, he sat me in the back and it affected my enjoying the ambiance, especially when entrées are $35 plus. I would think I should be able to like where I was seated.

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MM
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great place for a romantic date night. It's a little pricey but the meal generally makes up for it. I've had most things on the menu and few if any really disappoint. If you want a steak, skip the New York and get the Filet Wellington, it's worth the difference. The New York isn't anything to write home about. My last one was very chewy from a poor cut.

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K
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing! Great food....! ...and great service (Annie)! We'll be back!

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DL
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The uniqueness of the location and the overall experience far exceeds any other breakfast I have ever enjoyed anywhere in the world.

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d
San Diego
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a highlight of my SoCal trips.

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T
Indiana
2 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Beachcomber is a fabulous find on Crystal Cove. It’s relaxed atmosphere and fabulous food make for a great time. I visited twice while in New Port Beach for a week

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JS
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food great atmosphere lovely outside dinning overlooking the ocean

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CO
Orange County
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service, even better atmosphere. Love bringing guests there with me and walking down the beach and the trails after a great time at the Beachcomber!

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RM
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely perfect sunset dining experience. Great service, great food, and an unbeatable view! For couples and families...great experience!!!

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CM
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best beach view. The food is very good. The beignets are a must. We went in November in the morning and it was jaut amazing. I love this place every time I come.

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My sisters birthday! It was lovely, and she was served a birthday dessert w a candle!

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DC
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 5

I enjoy the Beachcomber. The view is spectacular and normally the food is wonderful. However, I cut/nicked my lip on a glass of water that had a chip. We ordered a NY strip steak medium to well and it was brought to the table medium. The wait staff don’t come to ask how things were-when they finally returned and we let them know about the steak they took it back to the kitchen and brought out he same piece without sauce. We asked for sauce and it never arrived. It wasHalloween and not busy at all. What I am angry about is that the staff didn’t log me into open table! Once I received the open table email, I called and staff wasn’t able to fix it. I asked for the manager. After a hold for over 10 minutes Justin came to the phone and shared he wasn’t able to correct the error. There was a new log in system. Justin let me know the manager would contact me the next day prior to noon. I never received a phone call.

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OT
New England
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

Went to dinner last night, 10/29/18, with a 7:00 pm res. The place was so dark! They need more lighting both within the restaurant and beyond near the walkways and ocean. You could hardly read the menu. I had what is supposed to be the specialty, braised short ribs, and they were over cooked and dry. The sauce and ravioli they were over was great, but the meat barely edible. The FruitI de Mare was okay. A disappointment for the price.

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C
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We put in for a reservation about a month ago. Always a treat to eat at the Beachcomber.

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OT
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Server Jimmy was awesome! We brought out of town guests and it’s always a great spot

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L
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beachcomber is always a fun experience! The stroll under PCH, the view, the food, and the attentive staff make it amazing every time.

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CN
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

As usual the food was wonderful and our server Veronica was exceptional. Beautiful sunset. Will be back very soon!

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LS
Orange County
19 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Only issue is they don’t serve brunch or any egg dishes after 11 am on the weekend! Also I made
A reservation and was a few mins late and they did not hour my open table points and we still sat down a about 15 mins later ...

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S
Los Angeles
189 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

A beachside beauty with friendly service and a million dollar view. The staff are always friendly. On this visit we tried the egg white frittata which came out hot. Sometimes the food does not arrive hot. Worth a fourth plus mile round trip bicycle ride.

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JB
Orange County
6 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fun restaurant. .very creative food, lots of people watching at the beach. We rode our bikes there and earned our food. Thought a 215 pm reservation was going to be too late but it was perfect. Can't wati to come back!

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OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a delightful lunch on Thursday, October 25, 2018.

It could not have been better.

Wish I could dine at the Beachcomber more often.

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SF
San Francisco
20 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Tradition for our stays at the beach, an early brunch with an eye opener. A decent bloody & some good egg choices.
The fact the one is literally dining on the beach is the magic.
Already looking forward to next time!

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LL
Los Angeles
15 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

My husband and I celebrated our 20th anniversary here. Being right on the beach inside the state park at Crystal Cove, it is an unusual and charming place. At dinner time you can hear and see the waves crashing on the beach; other than that it is quite dark. You park in the Crystal Cove State Beach parking area, and a bus takes you to the restaurant for $1.50 each way, then you walk a pathway down to the beach, so it's a bit of an adventure. But it's fun and different; our dinners were delicious but it is a bit pricey. For breakfast and brunch, you would certainly get to see much more of the beach and ocean. This restaurant books up for ALL meals, so reservations well in advance are needed.

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PM
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Having grown up in Newport Beach, this is always the perfect spot for locals or to bring out of town guests.

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OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was great

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YF
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have been going to the Beachcomber for lunch for several years. I always enjoy the food, service and ambience. Great venue if you love the ocean as I do. Not easy to get a reservation and sometimes, the wait is long. Nice bar area though.

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D
Indiana
38 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome location right on the beach at Crystal Cove. Shrimp tacos were excellent. Just enough spice, but not too much. Clam chowder was creamy with lots of clams and topped with crumbled bacon.

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