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
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4.8
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4.9
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AllisonR
Hawaii
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, beautiful view. Perfect place for any meal!

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GriseldaG
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was the best experience eating on the sand. They were really nice.

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AAron
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing Atmosphere great service perfect little spot on the beach

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vipGreekgal54
Orange County
45 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Service from Ozzie... Tgank you again!

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ChelseaK
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love the beachcomber! The atmosphere and food are phenomenal! We’ll be making this our anniversary tradition!

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vipHowardS
Kansas City
28 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the most consistent restaurants I’ve ever eaten at.

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vipGreekgal54
Orange County
45 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful dining as always... Service was great as well! Thank you

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SandraG
Birmingham
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fun day at the beach with hubby & daughter -special day 😎

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JaydeeF
Orange County
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The ambiance is California Beach with all that comes with it: sand, waves, beachgoers, sun, funkiness. The service, food and drinks that we had on a weekday morning were as fine as we could have wanted. Did I say the service was great? Wish it could stay a mostly local's place but word has gotten out.

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vipGreekgal54
Orange County
45 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful Service from Ozzie and Breakfast was delicious!

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JoeN
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Enjoyed food very much. Service was great, very helpful and friendly. Right on the beach, couldn’t have had a better view.

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vipLynneC
Orange County
28 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2020
Overall5food3service5ambience5

Ozzie the waiter was awesome! The spinach & mushroom frittata was good not one of the best of their dishes. The Mimosas were delightful and the care regarding COVID was perfect. Thank you for an awesome Birthday Breakfast.

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OpenTable Diner
New Orleans
3 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our 2nd time to come back to Beachcomber Cafe. The drinks, food and vibe are what we love about this place. Think 1930’s beach town....
There is some construction down the beach which was a little disappointing, but we will be back!

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DonaL
Orange County
1 review
Dined on July 1, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Have been coming to the Beachcomber since the first week it opened so many years ago. Always loved it, particularly for breakfast when the crowd is light. During this mess with virus panic it just seemed so impersonal and not the usual vibe. It is a place that is 'over loved' and I hardly go near it in the summer because of the crowds on the beach there. I am the 'off season' frequent visitor and take guests most times. I will never leave it - probably my most favorite place along the coast. Food is always exceptional, but a bit on the pricey side. Treat yourself!

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MajMom96
Orange County
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2020
Overall2food2service1ambience4

The prices are outrageous! A cocktail is $19! That’s ridiculous. I ordered a specialty cocktail that was essentially an Old Fashioned for $19, thinking it was something special at that price...but it was just an Old Fashioned with special cherries! The Shrimp Carbonara was passable, but it had only a few shrimp and the sauce was entirely too lemony with only a few peas and asparagus. Certainly not worth the $30 price tag for a plate of pasta. The beignets were okay, but very small. Nothing like the large, airy beignets you can get in a better New Orleans restaurant. And the service....despicable! Not the server, he was actually quite good, but he’s the only good thing I can say about this restaurant. The hostess staff and manager are totally anti-customer service. They wouldn’t seat us at our table, even though it was empty and waiting for us, until our reservation time. And we were only 10 minutes early! And with no where to sit outside the restaurant, they made us just wait until a few minutes after our reservation time! Insane! And our full party was with us (as is and always has been restaurant policy), so it was very frustrating to see the empty seats and have them refuse to seat us! And the restaurant wasn’t very busy, so it had nothing to do with having to space out tables for the wait staff. In fact, they seated a “walk up” customer before us! I would definitely not recommend this restaurant. I know the view of the ocean is great, but pack a picnic instead and enjoy the view from the beach, not the Beachcomber!

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
26 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very enjoyable time for breakfast

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AnaPaulaT
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was my third time and all was awesome!

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TammieW
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our favorite place for breakfast when in Newport!

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reunion4reunions
Orange County
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this restaurant. There is no better on-the-water experience. Our Crystal Cove omelettes were amazingly good and the server allowed us to substitute toast for a perfect buttermilk pancake. Next time, I will try the beignets! 😋

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JoyceA
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I celebrated our 30th Anniversary. It was amazing and the view perfect. Thanks for a great evening.

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markk
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience5

This is our most favorite happy place and default choice, it's always good.

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JohnH
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The reservation was on time, table was ready, and service attentive. I have Celiac disease and the menu offered many choices, and the waiter was very knowledgably. Service was fast, food was well cooked and hot. We enjoyed the ambiance and were not rushed to leave.

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Rockfish
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was exceptional, food was fresh and came out very quickly (shrimp tacos and mahi mahi tacos) and the margaritas really topped off the experience!!!

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JaniceM
Orange County
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My family enjoys the food and atmosphere at the Beachcomber Cafe! Kudos to the staff especially Oscar for excellent service and being warm but professional. We will continue to recommend for our friends to eat at the Beachcomber Cafe!

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NicoleW
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always amazing...the food and ambiance is always top notch. Service was great!

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denisek
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love the Beachcomber and have for years. This is our first dining experience since the lockdown in March. I wanted to go someplace that was outside. I told my family if I didn’t feel comfortable with the physical distancing or cleaning we wouldn’t go in. The Beachcomber removed a number of tables and with the ocean breeze I felt fine. The staff was very accommodating and still maintained their cheerful ways despise the masks,gloves new procedures. The food was excellent as always and this was a wonderful experience to ease back into life.

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GaryE
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great outdoor place for dining oceanfront during the coronavirus pandemic.

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KathleenF
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Service was wonderful over all very nice but my husband sandwich was awful -- it was the turkey club on a very hard roll and pressed meat. But hey we were out.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent as always

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vipOpenTable Diner
Orange County
35 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is consistently excellent, as is the service. And it's fun to eat right on the beach!

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ElfieG
Orange County
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

I felt completely safe to eat here. Servers were very gracious and helpful.

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vippatti
Central Coast
8 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely experience!

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McChesneyClan
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was ridiculously amazing! We ordered the Mahi Spring Rolls, Wedge Salad, Gazpacho Soup, Short Ribs that melted in your mouth, with side of homemade RavioliS in a red wine reduction, truffle Mac and Cheese, and seriously out of this world Brussel sprouts. Oh....and do not miss their killer a Bloody Mary complete with 13 items including a crab claw, shrimp, olives and more with Old Bay and salt rimmed glass! Nothing better than perfect food, fabulous cocktails and the waves crashing beside you! This is a must! Bravo to the chef and Our outstanding server, Veronica!

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FrancesC
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Never disappointed! Food and view is amazing! Will be back!

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NubiaE
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time visiting and hopefully not the last... The staff was nice and wonderful. The tables were sanitized and clean for us. We got seated right after our reservation time.. overall 5/5.

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vipGreekgal54
Orange County
45 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Chef Special
Alaskan Halibut - Pan Seared
Absolutely delicious!

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were getting together with friends we have not seen in a year; what a special place to meet! The staff was friendly, our table on the deck was great, and the food was wonderful! I had the new shrimp carbonara and it was delicious. We shared the beignets; they were to die for, as usual! Can’t wait to go back!

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carolynh
Orange County
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Great service, no sunshine but that' not your fault

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vipGreekgal54
Orange County
45 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Apple Wood Bacon - Avocado - White Cheddar Cheese Omelette

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BobbieD
Orange County
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was one of our best experiences ever at Beachcomber. Oscar, our server, was incredible!

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