Beachcomber Cafe - Crystal Cove

4.8
6100 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.
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New Orleans
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Overall, great food, great service, and a beautiful view. A very positive experience.

I only rated the ambience at 4 stars because of the outdoor seating. The tables were uncomfortably close to each other. I understand that space is at a premium, but the overall experience was diminished by being 6 inches from the kid sitting next to me.

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Orange County
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The beachcomber is my favorite spot to go to by the ocean. It brings so much warmth & calmness to your day. What a gift this place is.

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Orange County
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

It was very nice. Planning on going again soon for lunch

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Orange County
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 1

Not very happy with the food choices or the seating but made the most of it.

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JV
Orange County
6 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was fantastic and the music brought back memories of Kauai for our anniversary celebration.

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

Everything was excellent, great wine pairing.

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J
Los Angeles
20 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

This is a great location for a restaurant. It's in the heart of Crystal Cove, a historic beach area. The ambience is great, The food and service were very good. Make sure you get a table on the deck. There are tables indoors but this is a place you want to site outdoors at to dine. During winter months, the deck is enclosed, which is a good thing. Best time to go is summer, though it's a cool place all year around.

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Dallas
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was rainy and night time, but still glad we went.

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SR
Charlotte
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful view, great food and drinks, very attentive staff. We visit every time we're in CDM!

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OT
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Often you sacrifice food quality for ambiance. This was definitely NOT the case at Beachcomber. The setting was perfection and the food was exquisite. The drink menu was extensive and creative. This was truly the highlight of dining during our trip. Don’t miss out.

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OT
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Beautiful! Great bloody Mary’s! Service was terrific! Had a great time,

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OT
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I came early from one of the cottages to enjoy the view of seals and dolphins with a beautiful sunrise. As always, the food

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San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Had several dishes for lunch over 2 days. All fantastic. Not a bad seat in the place!! Highly recommend

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Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a special place for either every day dining or a special occasion. We came for breakfast on a rainy day, but still enjoyed the semi-enclosed patio with its view of the ocean, including dolphins and whales this time of year. The menu has lots of choices that will please everyone. If you aren't staying at Crystal Cove, know that you will need to park across PCH in the Los Trancos lot and can shuttle or walk down the beach and the restaurant - you should allow an extra 15 minutes or so to do so.

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P
Detroit
7 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Good food , good service

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G
Chicago
18 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best crispy fish ... the cod and the signature calamari. We had an incredible time and can not wait to return asap.
Our waitress,Danielle,really pampered us. A plus

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BB
Orange County
11 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was raining but we were nice and toasty sitting in the deck enclosed deck!

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RB
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

My daughters took me to lunch yesterday for my birthday. We sat in the middle of a very noose filled room with tractors working outside the north side of the restaurant. Service was slow. The food was very spicy and I was very sick the rest of the day and last evening. I was terribly disappointed. I will not be returning to this restaurant in the near future. On top of all of that it was terribly expensive for the food ordered. NOT RECOMMENDED!

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K
Orange County
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A perfect day. We had made a reservation and were seated immediately. Service and food were excellent and the view is spectacular.

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Orange County
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a Beautiful place to visit for a good view and good food

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CJ
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I enjoyed a delicious breakfast on our first visit. The Steak Enchilada breakfast and coffee were delicious. And the view and history of Crystal Cove is an added treat. We’d definitely come back again and invite friends and family to enjoy a meal at Beachcomber.

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AK
Orange County
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The beachcomber Café, was as usual, very nice. This time however, there was an excellent guitar player who sang, but turned the amps way up on his sound system. No one could hear anything that was being saidat their table. The music was perfect for the ambience of the restaurant, however it did not need to be quite so loud.

We were very surprised and disappointed that when we pulled up with our handicap sign from the state of California, we were told that there was a $15 charge to park in the handicapped area. Our waitress told us that this was the state of California who charged this. Given that the papers that came with our handicap plaque said there was no charge to be made where ever we parked we were really surprised. There were two people who had qualified passes in the car and it made you feel as though you were being punished for being handicapped.

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HB
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a noon reservation and were seated right away. Prompt service and delicious food...mahi tacos and the California salad. Then we ordered bread pudding and s'mores for dessert. Oh so good!

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RG
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 4

Everything was wonderful except our waitress kept rushing us to leave.

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g
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We've been to this restaurant every time we visit the area and just love coming here for a sunset. Beautiful views on a clear night breakfast are good too
We love the fact you park away. Lovely coastal walk down or shuttle

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D
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waitress,April was superb!
She was knowledgeable, efficient and engaging.
She took care of our needs without helicoptering.
Our alcohol server was pleasant as was the busboy.
Yet another outstanding dining experience

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BS
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great meal!

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OT
Portland
6 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

There are no parking by the restaurant, you must park crossed the freeway and take a shuttle. Toilet is outside of the restaurant. Food was decent but view is spectacular. There is really nothing special about this restaurant but location.

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MG
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

I have been here before and it's a great place on the beach. The last time we went, I had reservations a month in advance, which was fine, but it was pouring rain and there were only a couple of other people there. Quite a difference from the usual beach ambiance, but still nice. The food is always good and the staff is always professional.

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SS
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place with an amazing location on the beach!

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CG
Phoenix
3 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Got to beachcomber at sunset it was very beautiful. It was my wife’s birthday and we had a lovely table with a view. The food was very good and the staff was friendly

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l
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Waiter was excellent

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GS
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

A great place to go to for lunch and dinner. It has a beautiful view of the ocean.

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SM
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Their lobster sandwich is awesome! Must eat here!

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JI
1 review
Dined on January 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Beachcomber was terrific! The blackberry margarita was delicious, as well as the crab-stuffed salmon, and truffle Mac and cheese. I took a friend who was visiting to the Beachcomber because of its waterfront location. I never expected the drinks or food to be so delicious. And the service was great, as well. We arrived in time to see a beautiful sunset. Perfect place!

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B
London
20 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Will return.

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BF
1 review
Dined on January 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was not my first time to Beachcombers-and believe me, every time I have been there has been great! Not only is it wonderful to be seated in a cute & cozy restaurant directly on the beach, but the food is excellent and so is the service. We were also fortunate to have an unexpected show-dolphins were jumping in and out of the ocean, directly in front of where we were seated. Also, got to see a seal swim by. You can't beat that! Love Beachcombers!

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NJ
Baltimore
16 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely loved our meal...our party shared as much as possible so we could taste a lot of different items. The short ribs were awesome and the Brussels sprouts hands down best ever!!! Beignets were better than Cafe du Monde in New Orleans, so light and airy and served with amazing chocolate sauce. Excellent service too. Not an inexpensive evening but the food was worth every penny. We'll be back!

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CP
New England
2 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

The location and the food can't be beat. Don't let the 'casual' setting and the beachfront fool you, this is great dining. You can wear sandals & snappy top duds - I did!! Essential CA-coast wonderful dining!

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B
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great food...LOVE the Tomato soup!

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