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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

Specials

Valentine's Day Special Menus & More

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Specials

Valentine's Day Special Menus & More

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Details

We will be offering a very romantic evening dining on the beach in Crystal Cove a special 4 course prix fixe menu for $110 per person. Choice of entrees offered: Surf & Turf, Osso Bucco, Jidori Chicken, Maine Diver Scallops, or Verde Risotto.

The regular menu will not be available for this evening

Beachcomber Cafe - Crystal Cove Ratings and Reviews

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4.7

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.6

ambience

4.8

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

98% would recommend it to a friend

Waterfront (135)
Scenic View (124)
Great for Outdoor Dining (123)
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Worth the Drive (93)
Good for a Date (82)
Special Occasion (79)
Casual (77)
Fun (72)
Great for Lunch (70)
Sunday Lunch (62)
Good for Birthdays (62)
Neighborhood Gem (57)
Romantic (57)
Good for Anniversaries (56)
Great for Brunch (49)
People Watching (42)
Cozy (39)
Creative Cuisine (37)
Authentic (32)
Handcrafted Cocktails (29)
Fit for Foodies (27)
Bar Seating (25)
Seasonal (22)
Kid-friendly (21)
Happy Hour (20)
Healthy (20)
Good for Groups (15)
Hot Spot (15)
Comfort Food (14)
Local Ingredients (14)
Quiet Conversation (14)
Vibrant Bar Scene (13)
Afternoon Coffee (11)
Quick Bite (8)
Business Meals (7)
Gluten Free Options (7)
Disabled Access (6)
Good Vegetarian Options (6)
Notable Wine List (5)
Paleo Friendly (5)
Tasting Menu (5)
Organic (5)
Afternoon Tea (4)
Pre/post Theatre (4)
Great Beer (3)
Live Music (3)
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vip
 (Orange County)·Dined 5 days ago

Always an amazing experience with great food, service and beautiful sunsets.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Sunday Lunch, Waterfront
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 (Portland)·Dined 5 days ago

Any time we are in town we have to go to Beachcomber. It is a very special place!

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vip
 (Charleston)·Dined on January 14, 2018

Amazing!!! Loved everything about this special place. A MUST DO if you’re in the area.

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 13, 2018

Hostess was incredibly rude. Brunette woman. Almost ruined experience from the beginning. Ahi tacos and beignets were excellent. Sandwiches were not very good and overpriced. Your basically paying for the view and beach location. 3 hour event. $3 round trip trolley ride from parking area to restaurant. Wear flip flops, will be walking in sand.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Vibrant Bar Scene, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Brunch
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·Dined on January 13, 2018

We have been coming to this place for 10 years. Never a bad experience. The signature bloody mary is meal it's self.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Fun, Neighborhood Gem, Disabled Access, Scenic View, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails
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vip
 (Orange County)·Dined on January 13, 2018

The Beachcomber Cafe is a nice local gem, and has yet to disappoint. We've dined here numerous times and have always been pleased with both the service and the food. Appetizers are very good, especially the Mahi Mahi Spring rolls and Crab Stack. Entrees are well presented and flavorful. The Seared Ahi Tuna is excellent, as is the Lobster Linguini Pasta and the Scallops. Side dishes are also very good, and the beignets are a lovely way to end a meal. Wine list is limited, but there are a few nice selections. Cocktails are okay, but the beer selection is very limited, and more likely than not, will be served in the can, which is curious, given the quality of the food and service. Overall, a unique dining experience, right on the sand in Crystal Cove State Park, and definitely worth the drive.

Tags: Scenic View, Waterfront, Worth the Drive, Fun, Great for Lunch, Casual
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 11, 2018

Great food in a unique location. Great service. Breakfast on the beach! Can’t be beat!!

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 10, 2018

Great as always. Excellent friendly staff, beautiful environment and great food.

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 (Denver)·Dined on January 10, 2018

Only disappointment was our waiter, AL.
He didn’t Come by, was busy in his cell In the kitchen entrance....we could see him chatting away.
We have come here many times and absolutely love the place....
Al took our parking validation sticker and disappeared for so long I forgot about it and left....had to come all the way back for it from the parking lot on the other side of th freeway and up the steep hill.
Otherwise everything else was perfect.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Paleo Friendly, Healthy, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Sunday Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Organic
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vip
 (Portland)·Dined on January 7, 2018

Food and service was excellent! Can’t wait to return on our next trip to Newport.

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 (Orange County)·Dined on January 6, 2018

We will keep coming back! Lovely, casual oceanfront experience. One of my favorite places! Always quality service and food.

Tags: Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Great for Lunch, Scenic View, Waterfront, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 6, 2018

Between the Ocean, the view, the food and the service, Beachcomber Cafe gets 5-Stars every time!

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Worth the Drive, Scenic View, Sunday Lunch, Afternoon Coffee, Fun
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 (Orange County)·Dined on January 6, 2018

We had a great time. Our server, Ryan, was friendly, funny and incredibly accommodating. We felt very well taken care of. Thank you!

Tags: Cozy, Good for a Date, Scenic View, Special Occasion, Romantic, Fun, Waterfront, Good for Birthdays, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on January 5, 2018

Great place! Went at night and plastic was down so you couldn’t see the ocean, only downside! Great food/ambiance.

Tags: Paleo Friendly, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Scenic View, Worth the Drive, Healthy, Live Music, Cozy, Fun, Gluten Free Options, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on January 5, 2018

Excellente adresse, cuisine fine et savoureuse, emplacement magique sur la plage.

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·Dined on January 4, 2018

You won't be disappointed with your trip, beautiful views with delicious food! The kids are sure to want to go play in the water and sand some bring some towels! I can't wait to return

Tags: Scenic View
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·Dined on January 3, 2018

Highly recommended when visiting coastal area. Reservation (only through Open Table) recommended.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Scenic View, Authentic, Waterfront, Fun, Great for Outdoor Dining
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·Dined on January 3, 2018

Using the main entrance to the dining patio, you enter and exit off the sand.
Don't wear shoes you cannot get sand on/in.
Super quiet when we got there at 7:15am, was surprised at how noisy it became by the time we left at 8:45.
Food was creative, and the quality fairly good, only the execution did not match the price of the dishes, except for the top item, the Beignets, they were very nice.
The location is so unique that we decided that, in the future, we will likely rent some of the cottages for vacationing.
The best feature was their service. We were there on an early Wed morning and the waiter was very good.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Fun, Sunday Lunch
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 2, 2018

Made a reservation on line. Arrived early and was seated immediately. Service was excellent even though restaurant was full.
Food great.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Great for Brunch, Comfort Food
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 2, 2018

The Beachcomber is absolutely amazing. I hope that this hidden gem stays that way, but if you venture out, make sure to put this restaurant on your list. Nestled at the bottom of the Crystal Cove access trail, this California State Park owned land is home to an amazing restaurant. The food is amazing, the service is impeccable. Make sure to either reserve in advance (they do not accept same day reservations, and only 30% of their available seating is on OpenTable), and give yourself 10-15 minutes to walk down from the Los Trancas parking lot. Once there, stop at the bar for a pre-dinner / lunch drink, after checking in. Request an outdoor table and sit on the patio. The food is high end, but the atmosphere is relaxed. You will absolutely love this location. Make sure to keep it secret though!

A++++++

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Sunday Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Waterfront, Fun, Great for Brunch, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Scenic View
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 (Seattle)·Dined on January 2, 2018

The restaurant is so nice, beautiful ocean views from the patio, and good food! It is difficult to get in even with a reservation, but worth it. It is a little expensive.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Great for Lunch, Authentic, Great for Outdoor Dining, Sunday Lunch, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Orange County)·Dined on January 1, 2018

As a tradition, we've been celebrating Day 1 of the New Year at Beachcomber for the past 10 years--it's a great place to be, right in the midst of God's creation that feeds the soul and palette!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Seasonal, Great for Lunch, Romantic, Fun, Special Occasion, Waterfront, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Great for Outdoor Dining, Scenic View, Good for a Date, Casual, Worth the Drive
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Going to the Beachcomber is an experience mainly because it's right on the beach. The food is good, but the service was lacking. It was very slow and our server would disappear for long periods of time. Also, they put us at a corner table and then shut the plastic outside covering and it got very hot and uncomfortable where we were sitting. The sun was beating down on us and we requested that they reopen the plastic sheeting (since at least there would have been a slight breeze), but the manager just said "no." So, not sure how great they are with customer service. I'll still come here once in awhile, but I will be very careful about where I am seated.

Tags: Casual, Scenic View
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·Dined on January 1, 2018

Awesome!! It’s definitely a must. The beignets are delicious and the chilaquiles are the best I’ve ever had.

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vip
 (Seattle)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Superb experience with food that was top-notch and the server was perfection! Bonus feature was the beautiful beach 50 ft away. You can walk down to the beach yourself or take the handy shuttle bus. Crystal Cove is a special place!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Last sunset of 2017 and dinner with friends

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 (Orange County)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Anniversary! Our table was ready on time and Food and service was excellent! The tables are a little too close together though!

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·Dined on December 30, 2017

Very much enjoyed our late lunch with special friends, great sun set, friendly waiter and staff. Food was good, hot and fresh and the drinks were well balanced. We will certainly be back.

Tags: Cozy, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Lunch, Kid-friendly, Great for Brunch, People Watching, Casual, Scenic View, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails, Quick Bite, Afternoon Coffee, Comfort Food, Local Ingredients, Authentic, Afternoon Tea, Waterfront, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Fun, Organic, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on December 29, 2017

Friendly greeting by host staff; table was ready at reservation time; server was congenial, competent & professional; menu offered excellent choices; food was delicious & visually appealing; bus staff kept our table clean & neat; manager visited us several times; view of the beach & ocean was breathtaking; price was fair; parking was validated; overall experience was a “ten”!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Healthy, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Vibrant Bar Scene, Great for Lunch, Bar Seating, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Disabled Access, Worth the Drive, Waterfront, Seasonal, Notable Wine List, Great for Brunch, Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Outdoor Dining, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Business Meals, Fun, Hot Spot, Kid-friendly, Sunday Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Cozy, People Watching, Authentic, Scenic View
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 (Orange County)·Dined on December 29, 2017

The Beachcomber is a gem. The cocktails are wonderful. We tried two of the new menu items. They were both delicious! The service was also great. The staff, friendly.

Tags: Organic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Comfort Food, Quiet Conversation, Bar Seating, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Fun, Great for Outdoor Dining, Tapas, Cozy, Waterfront, Good Vegetarian Options, Scenic View, Romantic, Happy Hour, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Seasonal, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Healthy, Local Ingredients
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on December 29, 2017

This is a great find! We learned of the Beachcomber by word of mouth, and found even locals we know are not familiar with it. Rating is excellent all the way around. Location and looks of the place are deceiving. The quality and presentation of our (party of four) meals was amazing. Our appetizers, sides and entrees were all five star! Service was excellent in all respects. Definitely will visit again on our next visit to Newport Beach.

Tags: Authentic, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Live Music, Casual, Scenic View, Good for Birthdays, Waterfront, Fun, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on December 28, 2017

Great food, super friendly service, really neat location❤️

Tags: Fun, Authentic, Worth the Drive, People Watching, Waterfront, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Great for Outdoor Dining
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·Dined on December 27, 2017

You can’t beat this place for location- right on a beautiful beach. Great food. Good service. Will always come back here occasionally for a wonderful experience.

Tags: Great for Brunch
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on December 26, 2017

This place is all about nature parking your car and walking the trail down to the beach. Enjoying being right there on the beach
and eating is fun. Service OK food OK price expected.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 26, 2017

This is such an authentic experience. We always walk from the parking lot, down the path with the painted shells and sea creatures through the tunnel into a scene from the past. It is a wonderful escape from the suburban areas of the OC. It is important to book before you go or be ready for a sometimes very long wait. We endured 2 hours once, but usually it's 30 to 45 minutes which can be spent admiring the view or if starving, walking up the stairs to Ruby's on PCH. The food at the Beachcomber is good. We like the fish tacos for lunch or the beef short ribs. The drinks are also good. The best of all is just being so close to the water and enjoying the atmosphere. A very relaxing way to spend any day...

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Scenic View, Waterfront, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Great for Outdoor Dining, Handcrafted Cocktails, Happy Hour, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Sunday Lunch, Casual, Romantic, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Fun
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·Dined on December 24, 2017

I was very disappointed in the quality of the food, especially for the price. On the plus side, the location is very nice and the Crystal Cove area is quite interesting.

Tags: Waterfront
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 (Portland)·Dined on December 24, 2017

We saw most amazing sunset. The food is very good. Unfortunately, when we were there they had problems within the heaters and I got chilled to the bone.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 23, 2017

Our family Christmas dinner on Dec 22nd was fantastic! Thanks, Beachcomber! Do not miss the beignets.

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 (Orange County)·Dined on December 22, 2017

We enjoyed our lunch. We had the fish tacos and filet mignon chili. The restaurant was very loud and very cramped, but that’s part of the charm, I suppose. It is right on the beach, which is nice. We live in Newport and probably won’t return. Too many other places that provide a nicer atmosphere.

Tags: Scenic View
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 (Orange County)·Dined on December 22, 2017

The food was pretty good but not as good as I had remembered. I had the classic eggs Benedict and the dish came out lukewarm. The hollandaise sauce was lacking and the rosemary potatoes were a bit salty. My daughter's egg scramble was good. This was a disappointing visit. I am hoping it will be better next time.

Tags: Waterfront, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Sunday Lunch
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