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About Beachcomber Cafe - Crystal Cove

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.

15 Crystal Cove
Newport Coast, CA 92657
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Californian, Seafood

Hours of Operation:
Breakfast: Monday - Sunday: 7:00am - 11:15am; Lunch: Monday - Sunday: 11:30am - 4:15pm; Dinner: Monday - Sunday: 4:30pm - 10:00pm

Cross Street:
Los Trancos

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(949) 376-6900

Website:
http://thebeachcombercafe.com/

Entertainment:
Live Guitar on Thursday nights

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.

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.

Executive Chef:
Executive Chef: Carlos Olivera

Additional:
Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Beachcomber Cafe - Crystal Cove Ratings and Reviews

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4.7

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.7

ambience

4.8

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

98% would recommend it to a friend

Great for Outdoor Dining (154)
Waterfront (153)
Scenic View (147)
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Casual (117)
Worth the Drive (104)
Special Occasion (102)
Good for a Date (89)
Great for Lunch (86)
Fun (80)
Good for Birthdays (75)
Great for Brunch (71)
Neighborhood Gem (65)
People Watching (62)
Good for Anniversaries (59)
Sunday Lunch (53)
Romantic (52)
Creative Cuisine (43)
Cozy (42)
Kid-friendly (37)
Handcrafted Cocktails (37)
Authentic (35)
Happy Hour (30)
Hot Spot (27)
Fit for Foodies (25)
Seasonal (24)
Bar Seating (23)
Comfort Food (22)
Good for Groups (20)
Local Ingredients (17)
Healthy (14)
Vibrant Bar Scene (14)
Afternoon Coffee (13)
Quiet Conversation (13)
Disabled Access (9)
Quick Bite (8)
Tasting Menu (7)
Gluten Free Options (6)
Good Vegetarian Options (6)
Afternoon Tea (5)
Great Beer (5)
Spicy (5)
Notable Wine List (4)
Pre/post Theatre (4)
Business Meals (3)
Live Music (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
Tapas (2)
Vegan (2)
Late-night Find (1)
Live Sports (1)
Organic (1)
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 (Anchorage)·Dined 3 days ago

Outstanding experience, we had a a party of 6, the service and food was exceptional.

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 (San Diego)·Dined 3 days ago

Over sauced entrees in general, and even burger would be made better without the mayo/aioli , I'd recommend ordering it that way. Generally most of their meals could use simplification and The apple cider adult drink dessert tastes more like a kids juice box
Friendly staff, Good service and great atmosphere as usual

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Great atmosphere and waitress was great! Food was delicious!

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 (Orange County)·Dined on November 10, 2017

The Beachcomber has amazing food but the view is what truly makes this restaurant a gem. I have never been to a restaurant that I’ve loved more than the Beachcomber.

Tags: Scenic View, Hot Spot, Afternoon Coffee, Good for Anniversaries, Sunday Lunch, Waterfront, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Bar Seating, Authentic, Worth the Drive, Quiet Conversation, Comfort Food, People Watching, Great for Outdoor Dining, Fun, Cozy, Vibrant Bar Scene, Kid-friendly, Special Occasion, Romantic, Casual, Great for Lunch
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 (Orange County)·Dined on November 10, 2017

The poached eggs were hard boiled on both our corned beef hashes. My ranch eggs had cheese when I said no cheese. So they brought out replacement poached eggs 10 minutes later for our now cold corned beef. We figured the receipt would have some sort of credit or compensation for the trouble but nope - full price - spent over $100 too. We could’ve asked for full replacements on the hashes and ranch eggs and they would’ve been out a lot more. Disappointed that they didn’t compensate us.

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 (Orange County)·Dined on November 10, 2017

We arrange to visit this beautiful setting at least a few times a year. It is right on the ocean front, with beautiful views. It is also a historical restaurant with many historical homes that are for rent. If you have a special occasion or just want some great ambience this is a great place to go. Awesome guitarist and singer! Set the right mood for a great evening. Plus I must mention that the food is fabulous.

Tags: Waterfront, Scenic View
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vip
 (Hawaii)·Dined on November 9, 2017

We went twice for dinner while staying in the cottages. The food was terrible, soup cold, and expensive for for what you get. No urge to go back anytime soon. I think they would be better off by preparing more basic foods and staying away from the gourmet and over prepared. The service was okay and the setting (on the sand) was the best part.

Tags: Scenic View
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 (Orange County)·Dined on November 9, 2017

The table server was very helpful with recommendations. Based on our meal, I would say everything on the menu is delicious. Appetizers to desert.

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 (Orange County)·Dined on November 9, 2017

Great ambiance. Watch the sunset from right on the beach. Great food and service. Worth the bit of a hike to get there.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Cozy, Bar Seating, Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 8, 2017

In the State Park.....a memorable visit and occasion on the beach!

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 7, 2017

Prompt service both in seating (with reservation) and with food order and delivery. Food was wonderfully presented and delicious. Beignets to start with (Yes desert), then juicy & crispy fish and chips! Also finished with birthday chocolate cake! Perfect lunch!

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 (Vancouver)·Dined on November 7, 2017

Anniversary noted in reservation but no amenity provided

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 (Orange County)·Dined on November 6, 2017

Had family in town and wanted to show off the Beach. Food was good and a great dining experience

Tags: Waterfront, Fun, Great for Brunch, Romantic, Special Occasion, Casual, Worth the Drive, Great for Outdoor Dining, Scenic View, Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Orange County)·Dined on November 6, 2017

Very nice at 7am on a Monday! Beach and restaurant practically to myself that morning with only a few other parties on the outside deck.

Tags: Cozy, Authentic, Great for Outdoor Dining, Casual, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on November 6, 2017

You won't find a better view than this one. Food was excellent. Service could have been better, a little slow getting our food and order in. My only issue was our walk back to the car which was half a mile. We had to walk up a hill and we were in COMPLETE DARKNESS! NOT SAFE WHATSOEVER!

Tags: Scenic View, Seasonal
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 5, 2017

While getting a weekend reservation at Beachcomber is tough, it is worth being patient. The view is spectacular, the food very good and the service friendly and attentive. The avocado toast and blueberry lemon ricotta pancakes are nice additions to the menu. I hope that the pumpkin and carrot pancakes will reappear in the future.

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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on November 5, 2017

5 adults & 2 kids...place has great food and ambience (can’t beat the view!!) however it is pricey, ok if you split a dish (unless you have someone who really wants it all to themselves) $18 for a Bloody Mary is too much even if they do put a shrimp & crab claw as a garnish!!!
This was my 2nd visit & I will go back, just need to take someone to split a plate with!! The kids couldn’t finish their plate (we ordered beignets which we couldn’t get enough of!!) so I guess I’ll be splitting with them!!
Always make reservations or you’ll be waiting for awhile, but it is the beach so it’s not so bad.

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 (Orange County)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Beautiful location. Great food. Great seevice. Will go back again.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Brunch, Romantic, Cozy, Fun, Neighborhood Gem, Waterfront
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·Dined on November 5, 2017

We had an 8:30 reservation because thats was as early as I could get. The place was empty. But the wait staff was forced to rush us because the kitchen was closing. We will know in the future but was disappoined and I can not give a positive review. I would call this one a swing and a miss.

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vip
 (Central Coast)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Once again The Beachcomber exceeded our expectations!!
Food was delicious - service friendly and not too pushy.
Would highly recommend the tomato soup! But beware - its a large portion and comes with a baked pastry topping!!! WONDERFUL!!
They have revamped their calamari. Very good!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Bar Seating
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·Dined on November 4, 2017

We were there for my husband's birthday. We parked in the parking lot across the street walking was easy about 7 Minutes through the tunnel Our reservation was right on time for a Saturday lunch. I would highly recommend a reservation through OpenTable days ahead of time as we did. There were some walk-ins concerned about the long wait time without reservations. It was a beautiful day, the service was excellent, the food was delicious and we walked on the beach afterwards to take some pictures and see all the people

Tags: Waterfront, Vibrant Bar Scene, Sunday Lunch
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·Dined on November 3, 2017

The restaurant is right on the beach. Beautiful view on a nice day. The food is ok. Excellent service.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Scenic View, Waterfront, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (San Antonio)·Dined on November 3, 2017

Really no place like it! Fly into JWA and be at the beach in 20 minutes. The historic restaurant is in the Crystal Cove State Park. Excellent food & drinks w/ attentive wait staff. They offer something for every appetite. We had a 5pm reservation. We arrived early & wandered the beach for an hour the sat on the patio and watched the sun set while we enjoyed a fabulous dinner & drinks.

Tags: Happy Hour, Handcrafted Cocktails, Quiet Conversation, Quick Bite, Neighborhood Gem, People Watching, Casual, Tasting Menu, Good for Birthdays, Waterfront, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Good for Anniversaries, Fun, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Lunch, Local Ingredients, Scenic View, Fit for Foodies
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 (Orange County)·Dined on November 2, 2017

The four of us were at The Beachcomber for lunch and to celebrate two Birthdays. We all agreed that the food was just okay.
Hamburgers, Salad, Melted Short Rib Sandwich and cocktails.
Whoever is in charge of the plastic curtains that enclose the front patio, should pay more attention to the weather. It was a beautiful Fall day and the ugly plastic curtains were enclosing the patio. Lose the ugly, very unattractive curtains especially when they are unnecessary...they kill the ambience!

Tags: Waterfront, Great for Lunch, Scenic View, Casual, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 1, 2017

Best setting and best food in OC. Love this place!

Tags: Good for a Date, Healthy, Great for Brunch
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·Dined on November 1, 2017

My original reservation was for 2 on November 1. At the last minute we became a party of 4. The Beachcomber host was very polite, understanding and immediately changed my reservation...and we still kept the same reservation time!

Tags: Special Occasion, Local Ingredients, Romantic, Tasting Menu, Bar Seating, Happy Hour, Casual, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Anniversaries, Afternoon Tea, Pre/post Theatre, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Birthdays, Hot Spot, Afternoon Coffee, People Watching, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Waterfront, Scenic View, Great for Lunch, Quick Bite
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·Dined on November 1, 2017

As always, Beachcomber did not disappoint.
Great place to bring friends and relatives who haven't had the experience before.
Food is very good and moderately priced.
Wait service was good.
OpenTable option - highly recommened..

Tags: Worth the Drive, Hot Spot, Great for Outdoor Dining, Fun, Waterfront, Scenic View
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 31, 2017

A fun place to go with a unique deck right on the beach. Food is pub like I had chicken salad sandwich which was good not great

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Waterfront, Scenic View
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·Dined on October 31, 2017

My favourite place to eat in the world! Back home in UK dreaming of Beachcomber and Crystal Cove. The food is great but my favourite is the crab stack and ahi tacos! Our children love the beignets for dessert too!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Great for Brunch, Disabled Access, Local Ingredients, Quick Bite, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups, Kid-friendly
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 (Orange County)·Dined on October 27, 2017

Beachcomber never disappoints. Phenomenal ambiance, delicious cuisine and a great bar. Definitely a favorite!!

Tags: Bar Seating, Business Meals, Happy Hour, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Casual, Local Ingredients, Great for Brunch, People Watching
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 (Orange County)·Dined on October 27, 2017

Food was really good.. they need to have more vegetarian options.. the view is to die for..

Tags: Scenic View, Vibrant Bar Scene, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Worth the Drive, Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion
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·Dined on October 27, 2017

Great food, service and atmosphere and we were able to enjoy it with friends.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Gluten Free Options, Waterfront, Good for Anniversaries, Fun, Vibrant Bar Scene, Happy Hour, Good for Groups, Good Vegetarian Options, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Outdoor Dining, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Cozy, Romantic
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vip
 (Orange County)·Dined on October 26, 2017

Great ambiance, ocean front
Great menu and excellent food

Tags: People Watching, Casual, Waterfront
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 (Orange County)·Dined on October 25, 2017

It was a friends gathering and we thoroughly enjoyed the meal & sunset. My friends' drinks were good and strong; my lemonade could have used a little more simple syrup, but was still good. The Thai steak skewers were wonderfully tender and well marinated, but the peanut sauce lacked peanut flavor. My kurobuta pork chop was perfectly cooked, flavorful and tender & the swiss chard & potatoes were very good, but there was too much maple syrup gluing the items to the plate. The bacon-wrapped scallops looked good, but only seemed to have 1 piece of bacon tucked in amongst for 4-5 scallops. Also, the coconut black rice didn't have any coconut flavor, so it was a bit bland. The crab stuffed salmon was delicious.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Happy Hour, Hot Spot, Good for Birthdays, Disabled Access, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Good Vegetarian Options, Romantic
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 (Orange County)·Dined on October 25, 2017

I had the lobster sandwich. It was delicious, but a bit messy to eat. My friend had the salmon salad. She loved it! The waitress was very friendly and helpful. The view of the ocean was fantastic! I will definitely go back .

Thank you!

Tags: Scenic View, Great for Lunch
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 (Orange County)·Dined on October 25, 2017

Consistently excellent food. Great location. We always go for breakfast. Chilaquilles are fabulous.

Tags: Scenic View
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·Dined on October 24, 2017

service food atomosphere were great as was the server.

Tags: Scenic View, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Casual
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 23, 2017

One of my all time favorites, never disappoints!!!!

Tags: Business Meals, Healthy, Great for Brunch, Bar Seating, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Groups, Great Beer, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Hot Spot, Handcrafted Cocktails, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion, Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Waterfront, Fun, Kid-friendly, Good for a Date, Great for Outdoor Dining, Authentic, Scenic View, Sunday Lunch, Worth the Drive, Cozy, Casual
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 (Orange County)·Dined on October 23, 2017

The food and the location and view were amazing! The service, not so much. From the moment we walked up (& we had reservations), the hostess barely greeted us, no smile, no happy to see you attitude. We waited a long time to be greeted by our server. The server disappeared at times and we had to keep asking for water refills, coffee refills. This location is so awesome and obviously sought-after because you need a reservation to get seated at the time you want, but the service is poor! The whole staff could use training on customer service and making people feel welcome! I would think a lot of tourists and out of town guests dine here and what a poor example of service for Newport Beach and Corona del Mar! I would go back for the food and the location, but not for the service.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Fun, Scenic View, Great for Brunch, Sunday Lunch, Good for Birthdays
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 (Orange County)·Dined on October 22, 2017

The host personal it was no nice

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