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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

4.6

ambience

4.8

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

98% would recommend it to a friend

Waterfront (146)
Great for Outdoor Dining (145)
Scenic View (140)
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Casual (96)
Special Occasion (92)
Worth the Drive (88)
Good for a Date (86)
Great for Lunch (77)
Fun (74)
Good for Birthdays (73)
Good for Anniversaries (60)
Great for Brunch (60)
Neighborhood Gem (59)
People Watching (57)
Sunday Lunch (57)
Romantic (53)
Creative Cuisine (43)
Cozy (41)
Handcrafted Cocktails (36)
Authentic (33)
Fit for Foodies (26)
Happy Hour (26)
Kid-friendly (25)
Bar Seating (22)
Comfort Food (21)
Hot Spot (20)
Healthy (18)
Seasonal (17)
Local Ingredients (17)
Good for Groups (16)
Vibrant Bar Scene (14)
Quiet Conversation (13)
Afternoon Coffee (11)
Disabled Access (8)
Quick Bite (7)
Good Vegetarian Options (7)
Afternoon Tea (6)
Tasting Menu (6)
Gluten Free Options (5)
Notable Wine List (4)
Business Meals (3)
Great Beer (3)
Paleo Friendly (3)
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined 4 days ago

Beautiful sunset , great service and delicious scallops!

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined 4 days ago

Beach view enhanced by excellent food and service. An escape from reality!

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 (Orange County)·Dined 4 days ago

Food was bland. Dined several times and lived it. This was not so great.

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·Dined 6 days ago

We always have a great time at the Beachcomber. My friends and I are at the beach almost every Friday in the summer and we have lunch/cocktails either at the bar or restaurant. This visit was strictly for lunch and I have to say, we were a little disappointed at the service this time. The food was yummy and I love the atmosphere. We took nice photos by the Christmas tree!

Tags: People Watching, Scenic View, Bar Seating, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Orange County)·Dined 6 days ago

Have been coming to the Bachcomber since it opened more than ten years ago and it never disappoints. It is just a fun, casual, scenic spot - great food but not gourmet type - I would call it 'friendly' food. They do validate the outlandish $15 parking fee - thank goodness for that!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Fun, Waterfront, Great for Outdoor Dining, Casual, Great for Lunch, Scenic View
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 (Palm Springs)·Dined 6 days ago

A great dining experience as always. We've eaten her numerous times and have never been disappointed. Service was good as was the food. Portions have gotten smaller but meals are creative. Can't beat the view or location.

Tags: Waterfront, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Scenic View
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 (Denver)·Dined on December 10, 2017

The Beachcomber is located in one of the most scenic areas along the So Cal coast. I come to walk the beach, enjoy the fresh air and crashing waves, and eat at Beachcomber every chance I get.

Tags: Casual, Healthy, People Watching, Good for Birthdays, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Brunch, Quiet Conversation, Waterfront, Scenic View, Sunday Lunch
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 (Orange County)·Dined on December 9, 2017

We arrived a few minutes before or early morning reservation and they were ready for us. We were seated, menus presented along with the specials for the day. The coffee and drinks were served quickly and after a short wait the food arrived. No on was disappointed with what they ordered, only the plates are overflowing and several doggie bags were required. All in all everything went as smoothly as possible. We were celebrating a Birthday and had a special treat at the end of the meal.

Tags: Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic
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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on December 8, 2017

On the beach
Good

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 (Atlantic City)·Dined on December 8, 2017

Beachcomber Always Delivers

Great spot for breakfast on the beach in historic Crystal Cove.
Never miss it when visiting Newport / Laguna OC.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Scenic View, Great for Outdoor Dining, Waterfront, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Denver)·Dined on December 8, 2017

Fruit crepe was amazing. Love this place and the view is spectacular.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Worth the Drive, Scenic View, Good for Birthdays, Great for Lunch
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 (Orange County)·Dined on December 7, 2017

I had a reservation and the hostess sat us directly in the Sun. I asked for a different table and they said all the others were reserved for the shade. When one became available they said we were already seated (we had not ordered yet). Our waiter was nice enough to move us. The hostesses were rude. It's funny they stand under an umbrella to get out of the sun but when a table is clearly available out of the sun, they are not willing to help out a guest. Ruby's must have strict rules or training is lacking. I usually take my house guests here, but I will think again before returning. I guess the restaurant is to busy to worry about accommodating their guests.

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 (Orange County)·Dined on December 7, 2017

Unique - beach restaurant with fabulous ocean views on the sand. Open air patio with lap blankets. Service very professional, attentive and fun.

Tags: Healthy, Fit for Foodies, Casual, Worth the Drive, Waterfront, Fun, Disabled Access, Romantic, Scenic View, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on December 6, 2017

A bit pricey, but always a favorite. The view is what makes us return.

Tags: Waterfront, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Lunch, Scenic View, Worth the Drive, Kid-friendly, People Watching, Fun
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 5, 2017

Fantastic fantastic location right on the beach about 20feet away from the surf but the food and service were disappointing. Probably an okay spot for coffee and beignets or a plate of pancakes.

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 (Orange County)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Crystal Cove is a beautiful place. Beachcomber Cafe adds to the whole experience you won't be disappointed.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, People Watching
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·Dined on December 1, 2017

Great view, food tasty and reasonable cost, very good service; they served us our own birthday cake we brought

Tags: Cozy, Waterfront, Great for Outdoor Dining, Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Casual
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·Dined on December 1, 2017

My second time there for business. Our guests loved the location and the beef dinners were great. I had the seafood pasta and the second time I have the lobster pasta. The latter was bad. The lobster tasted a little of ammonia which I think means the meat was about to go bad.

Tags: Good for a Date
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·Dined on November 28, 2017

Great meeting place with view ! We loved the wait staff, very friendly. Loved the Beautiful Christmas tree on the beach. Fun for pictures.

Tags: Waterfront, Fun, Handcrafted Cocktails, Casual, Great for Outdoor Dining, Scenic View
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·Dined on November 28, 2017

Great place for a mid-morning breakfast or dinner at sunset. On a clear, sunny day, there are few restaurants that can compete with this location for a relaxing meal with a fantastic view of the ocean.

Tags: Waterfront, Scenic View, Great for Outdoor Dining
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vip
 (Orange County)·Dined on November 28, 2017

My order of seafood pasta contained only 4 small shrimp, 2 scallops & several small pieces of cod. Normally there should have been much more of these items as well as clams & calamari. A green vegetable was added as "filler" where normally there are no vegetables in this dish. Extremely disappointed in this $28 dish!
Also, we were seated outdoor on the patio on a very chilly evening with a faulty heater that no one cared to fix even after several requests to do so. I was chilled to the bone by the end of our meal. Yes, even with a blanket & my coat.

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 (Orange County)·Dined on November 27, 2017

Can't beat the view and the food is very good. The food is a bit pricy but when you add the amazing view it is worth it on occasion. Don't forget to bring your parking ticket for validation.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 27, 2017

Never disappoints! We had a lovely lunch - the food was great, setting beyond perfect, and super service!

Tags: Special Occasion, Waterfront, Great for Lunch
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 27, 2017

What a gem! Always have at least one meal here when we are visiting So. Cal. Right on the beach, great service, food and incredible views! Don’t miss it!

Tags: Good for a Date, Fun, Sunday Lunch, Special Occasion, Casual, Worth the Drive, Kid-friendly, Good for Birthdays, Scenic View, Great for Lunch, People Watching, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Brunch, Waterfront, Great for Outdoor Dining, Happy Hour
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 24, 2017

Waiter was disorganized. He delivered entree before forgotten appetizer. He chose to bring only one of the multiple ordered desserts. My daughter is lactose intolerant so she requested cappuccino with almond milk explaining the importance of not sharing same steaming container that had cow milk. Waiter then added whip cream making the cappuccino filled with lactose. Tables are very tight. Staff is bumping into chairs as they attempt to maneuver between tables. The beach is great, the service at restaurant is marginal.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Orange County)·Dined on November 22, 2017

Great location, food and service. Always enjoy eating here.

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 (Orange County)·Dined on November 21, 2017

Made a reservation for breakfast in advance to take our daughter out to breakfast at this special restaurant while she was home from college.

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·Dined on November 21, 2017

I came for the incredible view and the Salmon benedict! This is the second time I have ordered the Salmon Benny and it did not disappoint, the layers of flavor are outstanding!! and who can complain about the view?!?!?! The short walk to get there is always enjoyable, although we tried to catch the tram both ways, we only caught their dust as they drove away!!

Tags: Casual, Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch, Waterfront, Good for Groups, People Watching, Sunday Lunch, Seasonal, Great for Outdoor Dining, Scenic View, Good Vegetarian Options, Healthy, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Great for Lunch, Comfort Food
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 20, 2017

Great Service! The wait staff was excellent. Of course it was a beautiful day.

Tags: Waterfront, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Grand Rapids)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Beautiful view of the California coastline! Great food and service. Will definitely return
to this cozy restaurant.

Tags: Waterfront, Good for a Date, People Watching
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 19, 2017

We went to the Beachcomber for my mom's 70th birthday. They provided us with an exceptional view outside on the patio. Our server, Jimmy, was attentive and fun. The food was delicious. The corkage fee is only $15. At the end of our meal Jimmy brought a free dessert. Everyone had a great time.

Tags: Good for a Date, Great for Brunch, Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Bar Seating, Waterfront, Scenic View
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 (New England)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Cool, funky setting right on the beach. Love the outdoor deck. Hostesses not very friendly, but waitstaff made up for it. Very helpful and friendly. Delicious food. Portions larger than we expected.

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 (Portland)·Dined on November 17, 2017

We LOVE Beachcomber!!! Have visited at least once per year on our travels to Newport Coast!!
This year we were joined by another table of Family members so it was quite an occasion!!

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Waterfront, Creative Cuisine, People Watching, Scenic View, Comfort Food
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on November 17, 2017

This place has it all - Good food, great service and right on the beach!

Tags: Quick Bite, Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Sunday Lunch, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Orange County)·Dined on November 17, 2017

I had breakfast here for my birthday! The weather was great, Jamie was our server and super nice! And the food was awesome.

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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on November 16, 2017

We've been here several times. The place is usually busy and the wait staff very attentive. I can't say it was this day. We sat outside on the patio but the plastic wind break was still enclosing the patio so it was actually pretty warm in there and a little uncomfortable. The food was delicious but the warmth of the place and the slowness of the wait staff was a negative that day. We'd still go back since it is a place were my friend's husband (who passed a year ago) loved and we were there to commemorate his love for the place.

Tags: Great for Lunch, People Watching, Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion, Casual, Scenic View, Waterfront
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 (Anchorage)·Dined on November 16, 2017

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

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·Dined on November 16, 2017

It was special in every way. We were already fans but they never disappoint

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 15, 2017

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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