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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Californian, Seafood, American
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Hours of operation
Breakfast
Daily 7:00 am–11:00 am
Lunch
Daily 12:00 pm–4:00 pm
Dinner
Daily 5:00 pm–9:00 pm
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Phone number
(949) 376-6900
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Executive Chef: Carlos Olivera
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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.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Los Trancos
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Parking details
Park across Coast Hwy at Los Trancos Parking lot. Keep your parking stub for validation. Take the shuttle to the cafe or walk the scenic path. It takes about 15 minutes. Check in with the host under the red umbrella by the sea.
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Entertainment
Live Guitar on Thursday nights
Additional
Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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WM
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife’s birthday!

OT
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

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

DE
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

CC
Orange County
8 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
2 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

OT
London
9 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great as always!

BB
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

A
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

AP
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

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
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

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
70 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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!

k
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 2

This is a dream destination, the locals love it and the tourists are amazed . It doesn't get better than Crystal Cove.

NL
Orlando
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 1food 5service 1ambience 2

When we checked in for our reservation we were asked if our entire party was here and we were. While we were waiting to be seated someone in our party needed to use the restroom, so when they were ready to seat us they said "nope, can't seat you until your entire party was there". I said she needed to use the restroom and they said that didn't matter, and that they don't seat the party until everyone is present. So once she returned they seated us and we passed a table in the shade and asked if we could be seated there and they said no, it was for a party of five and we were a party of three. While we were dining we witnessed several parties seated as they were available, not necessarily all at once. We also noticed the party of 5 in the shade was only a party of 3. Extremely inconsistent and clearly not the correct people greeting you. The food was delicious, however, the experience was frustrating and we had reservations for 2 months!

JW
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of my favorite places on the planet. Love love this place.

OT
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful sunset and great food

CM
Sacramento
10 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I was grateful to have gotten reservations a couple of months ago because they are just not available now. Such wonderfully prepared food in such a rustic setting right on the sand. We always take visitors to the area there if we can get in.

OT
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Zucchini fettuccine was fabulous!

d
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

this is one of my all time favorite places for a great meal at the beach! the menu is always changing, and everything is amazing, the cocktails are wonderful and you cannot beat the location, right on the sand, with the waves crashing... truly a special place... only downside is you can't make same day reservations, so no spur of the moment things, unless you don't mind getting on the wait list and walking the beach til you can get a table..

OT
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 5

We got there in time for our 9:30 reservation. My father was parking the car. When we checked in they never asked if our entire party was present. After they seated us they found out we were still waiting and the manager (older gentleman) rudely made us get up and wait outside. Very embarrassing! Our table stayed open the entire time we were waiting. I understand it’s a policy, but they shouldn’t have made us move after they seated us. Food was cold and nothing special!

J
Orange County
16 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

The crab stack was scrumptious. The clam chowder was rich and filled with clams but was a bit cold by the time we got it. The apple and fig salad was supposed to come with dressing on the side, came dressed and I couldnt find any figs! The grilled shrimp on my salad was too salty, was kinda overcooked so was rather dry and was obviously ot grilled before it was served as it was totally cold. First time I didnt eat my salad.
The restaurant was packed on a summer nite, sun had just set, so was a gorgeous eve. The location and the weather made up for a disappointing dinner.

PP
Indiana
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Simply outstanding! We will be back to this gem located on the ocean.

B
Orange County
8 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

You can’t beat the Beachcomber for best beach venue, ambience and view. Their food is also excellent too. Their fish tacos are delicious! I’ve been coming here for years and I keep coming back because there’s no place like it. It was a picture perfect day for lunch on the beach and a beach walk!

PE
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 3

Service was great. Our meals were over cooked. Didn't get the table I wanted. But our waiter was excellent. The last few times we've come the food has not been good. Do you have a different cook?

R
Orange County
13 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

We had a good night but you are paying for the location. The prices are high. The food is nice but not exceptional.

JS
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great spot on the beach. Food was terrific. We really enjoyed the meal. We will be back.

OT
Orange County
13 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great ambiance.

JM
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I brought a group of hikers and your staff was so friendly and accommodating!!! Every single person, from hostess Jessica to our servers, treated us with smiles, kindness and thorough, prompt service! Food was delicious and aesthetically presented too. Beachcomber Cafe is doing it right! Kudos to your managerial staff for setting the example of the atmosphere you want to create. A truly lovely California Coast experience that puts the focus on relaxation and being present in the moment.

MB
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Breakfast is amazing! My wife loves the lemon ricotta pancakes! Can’t beat the location. Perfect place to bring out of State guests so they can get an authentic SoCal experience.

PP
Orange County
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was excellent and so was the sunset. I love watching the water from that location. The service was also excellent.

AS
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Servers were awesome. However the greeters were less than pleasant, and honestly rude. No eye contact, and very short. But we love the beachcomber and will continue to come back in the future.

EP
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Beachcomber is absolutely a must while in Newport Beach! It’s historical charm is beyond and the view is just steps away from the ocean! Sunsets..one word..stunning! The food...5 stars! We’ve been going to this restaurant for 12 yrs and we live in AZ! ❤️

OT
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 5

Won't find a view like this, great location. Expensive menu, food was nothing to write home about.

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