Beachcomber Cafe - Crystal Cove

4.8
7760 Reviews
$30 and under
Californian

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.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 7760 people are saying
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Venice
Orange County
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience from the get-go. If you can, try to make a reservation because the wait times get pretty high here. However, if you do happen to wait, you at least have the beach to enjoy. You can also grab at drink the Bootlegger Bar next door while you wait. Our server was very knowledgeable and accommodating(wish I could remember his name). We got to the restaurant towards the end of their lunch hour, but wanted to order certain items on their dinner menu. He said it wouldn't be a problem and that he would alert the kitchen to put our order in when they were ready. In the mean time we enjoyed some delicious cocktails, appetizers and soups. We ordered the tomato and bleu soup, clam chowder, ahi tuna tacos, and steak skewers(which I HIGHLY recommend!). A couple a drinks which I can remember the names to, but were really tasty. And finally for our dinner entrées we ordered the braised short rib ravioli and the blue crab stuffed salmon. Both delicious and worth the wait! And for dessert we ordered their beignets! Sooo good! We'll definitely be back soon!

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vipFoodforFun
Naples
55 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful, as always!

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TedL
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great at the restaurant. My only complaint would be on the directions of using the tunnel to go from the parking area to the restaurant. The guard at the gate told us about the tunnel but there were no signs from the parking lot to the path and no signs on the path as to whether to turn right or go straight. We had to ask other patrons as we went along as to whether we were approaching the tunnel under PCH. My birthday girl kept asking me if we were going in the right direction and signs would have been helpful. Once there service was great and food was tremendous..

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SusanK
Palm Springs
6 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have eaten at Beachcomber 4 times this week, breakfast, lunch and dinner twice. Every meal was delicious, servers were great, friendly, helpful courteous and professional. The best restaurant for food, service and Definitely ambience which is spectacular! Brendan and Oscar were fantastic servers, and Abby was a terrific hostess. The best restaurant in California, bar none!

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
13 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always… food, drinks and service were wonderful! LOVE the reservations as even at 9am Friday, there was at least a 30 min wait if not more!

DM
DeborahM
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

It's a must . The whole experience is a lot of fun. Best to go before dark so you can take in the view. Food was tasty, however I'd like to see a few more choices. Good drinks but a little pricey at $15 to $20 +. Location makes it worth it.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing little spot right on the beach. Perfect view of the sunset if you time your reservation right. Food is amazing! Especially their watermelon salad. Will be coming back again.

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mtjs
Orange County
7 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Been enjoying this special place for years. Will keep coming back every couple of months.

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
Orange County
37 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of our favorite places to eat. Great food, fabulous setting, service is wonderful

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Friendly and great food!

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Lizzie
Orange County
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Was beautiful day- we loved being on the beach by the ocean. Our server was very good and food was delicious !

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DianeA
Orange County
6 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love this place! Great food, service and ocean view! Me and my 2 buddies have been trying to get together here for 18ish months? It’s hard to get a reservation a couple days before and with Covid, weather at the beach, and our constantly changing schedules we finally accomplished our get together by reserving 4 weeks in advance for our chosen mid-week breakfast. Our only disappointment was the 90 minute rule to have the table. They come and oust you to the minute time is up because they hold 75% ? of the tables for walk ins. That being said, we will be back and maybe they will relax the rule a little once they can seat tables more closely together.

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CynthiaF
Orange County
9 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Food was great! Desserts on point.

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Dougm
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food3service2ambience5

Beautiful restaurant right on the beach-wear comfy shoes to get there-short walk in the sand.

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AngelaA
Orange County
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Great atmosphere and even better food! The Bloody Mary is a must have!

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vipdwrizzi
San Diego
33 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a wonderful breakfast at The Beachcomber this morning, 9/15/21. Our table has the chilaquiles and the corn beef hash with eggs. Both came out quickly and both were excellent. The ambiance was amazing because the surf was very big so we had waves crashing on shore about 20 yard from us. We had a very enjoyable experience.

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vipFoodforFun
Naples
56 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect spot with amazing food & service! Love this place!

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DelightedDiners
Denver
10 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Out of towners that LOVE meals here!!!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service

SK
SusanK
Palm Springs
7 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great lunch delicious food, spectacular setting and highly recommended

FF
vipFoodforFun
Naples
56 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful location & great service & food! Resist going for the sweet treats, the eggs dishes provide better energy!

LM
LiseM
Orange County
7 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Love The Beachcomber.
Our reservations allowed us to watch the sunset.

I ordered the Fruiti dish & was accommodated to replace Mahi Mahi & Calamari. This is a dish where you have to eat with your hands. Suggest adding a side plate for shells and handi wipes.

The shrimp was overcooked.
The sauce is bland, needs spice.
Loved the clam chowder.

Hubby got the RibEye Spl. It was a chewy cut of meat. We didn't realise the Spl was almost $65!

For a better ribeye, go to Costco.

Our bill for two was $148.

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MariaE
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food, service and the setting on the beach exceeded our expectations. Best clam chowder and short ribs!! It's amazing the amount of delicious food that they can prepare in such a small kitchen. Melissa our server was incredible. I would highly recommend making a reservation as this place is very popular with locals and visitors.

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mimi
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

It’s a very charming spot. I would recommend it for the ambience and experience of the charm of Crystal Cove. However, the menu is limited, the food wasn’t anything special, the signature cocktail was weak and too sweet, and the portions were small for the price.

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Kmart
Dallas
3 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is such a cool place! We ate out on the patio and the food was yummy. Fun cocktails too. Highly recommend

LR
vipLeRoim
Indiana
2 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Visit whenever possible. Always memorable. Exceptional!

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YvonneR
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service, view, food and drinks AMAZING! Jordan was an awesome server.

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vipbillterryco
Baltimore
68 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Visiting Newport Beach. This place is a must for out of towner’s.

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CharlesP
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It is something unique and special because of the location, but it isn’t a place that relies on location for luxury pricing and then doesn’t have good food and service. Food and services is really good too. The building is not fancy but the open air seaside ambience is very nice. I would recommend it for a special dinner.

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SusanK
Palm Springs
7 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service and a breathtaking view of sunset made it a perfect night

DB
vipDebB
Phoenix
20 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful time and the service was outstanding!

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BridgettR
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely. Sat in patio with nice view. I come every year when I visit Long Beach, where I grew up. Beautiful clean beach and ocean.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was good, service was good and the location is awesome!!

LM
vipLindaMc
Orange County
26 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall3food4service5ambience5

Nice location & ambiance, great service & good food! Only complaints are that at night it’s very dark at the tables making it super difficult to see the menu & also the prices are a bit high.

MJ
MooseJuice
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were told the Beachcomber was a "must go" stop while in Newport. We went on Friday and it did not disappoint! Excellent food, service, view was unbelievable. We will be back!

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DelV
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Had a reservation. Were seated right on time.
Cameron was a very polite and prompt waiter.
Love rhe grilled artichokes and bloody Mary.
Not thrilled about the french fries.

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Celebrating birthdays.. everything great except The Bloody Mary's weren't as good as before

BR
BillR
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Great location. Can get quite warm in late afternoon/evening. Food was excellent. Service as well.

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ockb
Orange County
42 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The BEST of everything!!! Nothing compares to this little gem. We prefer breakfast; Steak Chiliquiles with Beinets to start.

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vipeakin3
Los Angeles
16 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

delicious as always, we had corned beef hash and juevos rancheros. started with beignets. Coffee good and also the big bloody merry

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Beachcomber Cafe - Crystal Cove is rated 4.8 stars by 7760 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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