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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OT
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Oscar is a great waiter!!

LC
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Very nice. My eggs came overcooked and they brought out new ones in quick order

OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Work holiday celebration 3rd year. We were sad the tree was not decorated we usually take a picture in front of the tree. You should decorate the day after thanksgiving at the latest dec 1st.
There was no one in he restaurant hardly. Not sure why we weren’t put up front to see the ocean Vs in the back on the side.

There were a lot of leaks in the tarps dripping on our table.
The waiter was great. And we enjoyed ourselves.

DR
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Unique OC beach dinning. Excellent food, service and quality choices. Yummm.

NB
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The view from my table was outstanding and my breakfast which was sweet potato hash was fabulous. All of the staff were friendly and right there when you needed them. I would suggest to anyone who finds themselves in the area, to eat here.

S
San Francisco
42 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food4service4ambience4

We were promptly seated after arriving for our breakfast reservation. We started off with an order of beignets to share. It was so light and fluffy that I think I like these better than the one at Cafe Du Mode in New Orleans. I had the coconut macadamia pancake. It came with a chunky coconut syrup with was delicious. We also had the steak chilaquiles, Huevos Rancheros and the Ranch Skillet. They were all good. I do wish they bring back the corn maiden though.

KC
Orange County
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great cafe on the beach! Great cocktails and food, a little on the pricier side, but I assume that is due to the location. I will be going back again.

S
Los Angeles
56 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great! Location, Food and Service all excellent!

T
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great location, food and service for brunch

k
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Beautiful day with beautiful people. Super busy, but the food was great. Tuna sandwich was lovely. If you get the Bloody Mary, go large, it is worth it! Shrimp, crab claw and celery salt = delicious. Great way to spend a birthday.

LR
Orange County
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience5

Everything has always been perfect every time I've come before. This time I ordered the same thing (hamburger) between medium and medium rare and it came out well done, so I was disappointed.

I love the atmosphere, the desert (it was my birthday), and the service.

I will be back, but it would be nice if you would talk to the chef.

Thanks.

MS
Orange County
9 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always enjoyable!! Food delicious, beautiful setting, friendly employees. We look forward to our dining experiences here.

SB
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

I was expecting more upscale restaurant, came out a regular beach CA style place. Was good though. Awesome location. You can walk by the water and take some great pictures.

JH
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience5

the table was ready on time,
Open Table is a great way to book a table, i give them a 5

BB
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cool restaurant sitting right on the beach, great food, great service. Will definitely return so I can try some of the other breakfast selections. I recommend making a reservation, I did and walked right in

JF
Los Angeles
20 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server “ April” was outstanding. She is a real keeper. Great place to grease if reservations were easier to get.

OT
Sacramento
5 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the whole experience. Our server, Julian, was very attentive and courteous. Would definitely come back!

JR
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place! Ozzie & Jesus are amazing and so attentive! They always provide top notch service. :)

DE
San Diego
8 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service by our server, Chris. The drinks, dinner and dessert were wonderful, and the view was amazing. Highly recommend this restaurant!

MK
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

This was my first experience eating dinner at the restaurant and I was not happy with my selection. I have eaten lunch several times and have always been happy with my choices. I had the Lobster and pasta entree with the clam chowder as an appetizer. I thought the lobster was undercooked. It wasn't firm, kind of soft and slimy. The clam chowder was served in a wide shallow bowl and it wasn't as warm as I like it. The consistency was thick and average. I wouldn't get either of these dishes again. My husband had the "Fruit de Mar" and was very happy with the dish. I love the Beignets and Bread Pudding.

I will go back, but it will be for lunch.

WM
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It’s always a great evening when we dine here. Food was great and obviously you can’t beat the view. And sunset was gorgeous.

CW
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife’s birthday!

OT
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a Saturday morning, usually extremely busy with walk ins.Someone even ran ahead of us to get in line. As we walked up to the check in table a host asked “if anyone in line had a reservation?” Because we booked through Open Table we walked right up, got a fabulous table with an Ocean view on the patio. The service (Danielle), the ocean view (perfect for our out of town family)and food(oh, those Beignets, so yummy!) Epic Cali experience!

PS
Orange County
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Unique property directly on the sand plus friendly servers create an ambiance that is magical.

DE
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

It was a beautiful day at the beach. Always love the atmosphere and food is always delicious.

k
Baltimore
6 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great location and ambiance. Service was excellent and the food was delicious. Far exceeded our expectations.

j
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful experience ‘ top service and incredible location !

CC
Orange County
8 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience5

we have been at the Beachcomber many times for breakfast, a couple of times for dinner and many times to the bar. This was our first time for lunch and we took our cousin from out of town. The lunch food was disappointing. I had the gazpacho (fair) with mini ahi tacos (okay), my husband had the shrimp tacos (good) my cousin had the tuna melt and tomato soup (she said it was good, but, didn't eat much). The cocktails: the margarita & beachcomber were very good.

M
Phoenix
75 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A unique location on the beach with an innovative menu and excellent execution. The spinach and mushroom egg white omelette is perfection, as are many of the other menu choices.

TH
Phoenix
4 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is our fave breakfast spot in all of OC. We vacation as often as we can to the area and we never miss the Beachcomber Cafe. Everything is always delicious with the most amazing views!

GF
Surrey
4 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went with the kids for an afternoon at the beach, great place, fantastic location, absolutely loved it!

m
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a favorite for us. Great spot to take out of town guests

OT
London
11 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great as always!

A
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was perfect! The halibut special, and zucchini lasagne were incredible. Alex the server was tons of fun!

BB
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best Huevos Rancheros we have ever had. If you go for the monster bloody, be ready it's a big one.

AP
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We took our daughter here for her 21st Birthday Brunch. Everything was perfect. We were seated right away (we had a reservation) and the staff was as amazing as the view.

OT
Palm Springs
3 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Never made it

Arrived at the parking lot 30 minutes early and could not find parking
Saw no shuttle for 20 minutes
Ended up going to the Deck in Laguna

RM
Orange County
8 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall4food3service3ambience4

Can't beat the location - that's why everyone is there! Service and food is good enough, if a bit spotty. You're there to be at the beach.

B
Las Vegas
71 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was an amazing experience. I truly hate these long reviews that are only there to make the writer feel like they are actual critics. The food, service, and ambiance were excellent. Deb, the manager, did a great job and Oscar, our server was super. Great place. Visit them soon.

C
Orange County
7 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a favorite restaurant that never disappoints! The food is delicious, the service is terrific and the setting couldn't be any better. I tried the lemon blueberry pancakes and they were so good!
Great job Beachcomber!

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