Beachcomber Cafe - Crystal Cove

4.7
5963 reviews
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$30 and under
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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
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Hours of operation
Breakfast: Monday - Sunday: 7:00am - 11:15am; Lunch: Monday - Sunday: 11:30am - 4:15pm; Dinner: Monday - Sunday: 4:30pm - 10:00pm
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Phone number
(949) 376-6900
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Payment options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, 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
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.
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Entertainment
Live Guitar on Thursday nights
Additional
Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 5963 People Are Saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
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4.7
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4.8
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98% of people would recommend it to a friend
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London
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had dinner with a friend, and it was lovely. We enjoyed the beach at sunset, and then came in to watch the final rays disappear. The deck was warm and cheery, enclosed with clear plastic so we could see the sunset, and the Christmas tree they have posted outside.

The Beachcomber wasn't too busy, even on a Friday night, and service was extremely quick. The food was great as usual, as were the cocktails.

We'll be back. Definitely a lovely spot on a brisk winter's late afternoon and early evening.

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CP
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Arrived just at sunset and were treated to an amazing view as the sun set over the Pacific. What a treat as we enjoyed appetizers and wine. The food was excellent, all properly prepared and elegantly served. Waiter was attentive and helpful.

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f
Orange County
58 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

One of my favorite spots always a great meal always a great view a definite must stop in Southern California.

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MK
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful breakfast here. The bigneits were fun to share. Then we also shared a dish with eggs on polenta that was delicious. Excellent service by Al and crew. The hostess was also very nice. She even took our picture by the Christmas tree in the beach. Not many places where one can have breakfast on the beach!

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DD
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The view is perfect. Friendly, helpful service, food was fresh. I have been there many times and will return as often as possible. Its a "feet in the sand" kind of place.

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RP
New England
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

A must stop if in the area, one of the few originals left.
Great service, good clientele.

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J
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A favorite place!!

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PW
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I love going to the Beachcomber for breakfast on a cold winter morning. I must confess that I preferred the ambiance on the patio more in the old days, when you actually felt the cold wind coming off yet water. But I’m sure most visitors appreciate the wind-protection and heaters.

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L
Orange County
15 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Best beneighs (sp) ever or why breakfast is my favorite meal here.

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B
Central Coast
6 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been to the beachcomber a few times and it's always great. You would think with its location it would be touristy kind of food. BUT NO... This place is as gourmet as it gets... The short ribs are sooo delicious. Make plans to eat here and you won't be disappointed. We had Jimmy as our sever this time and he was flat out awesome... oh and don't get me started on the view... you would be hard pressed to find a better view..

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CC
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Simply no place like it. Think Wes Anderson meets Hardy Boys meets Pacific Ocean. My favorite place on earth.

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PK
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

My 1st time, and have already highly recommended it! I will be back

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MT
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

One of the greatest spot in Southern California (beach restaurant in a historic cottage, who else ??), and the food is very good. You may want to keep some room for dessert. It's very recommended to book in advance or you may wait for a couple hours in the peak season.

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SC
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 3

Epic fail - Horrible service, disappointing food and super loud. My husband made an Open Table reservation for the Beachcomber for my birthday celebration - despite the spectacular location - it was an epic fail due to the almost nonexistent service. First, we had to reserve a very late dinner, not the sunset time I wanted. Then, when we arrived, the hostess was AWOL so we had to go looking for someone to seat us - although my husband had told them it was a birthday celebration - no one bothered to tell our server. When our server did arrive after another long wait - he did not tell us the specials and ignored us for most of the evening. In the past, I had great service at this restaurant so it was really shocking when my birthday was ruined by a MIA waiter. At the end of the evening, we had to go hunt down the waiter to get our check - something we should not have to do at a fine restaurant. As we were leaving, my husband slipped on the wet floor and almost fell! Horrible evening, huge disappointment!

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OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was great

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B
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My favorite place! Great food, stunning views, always a great time! You can’t beat this place! I will be back again soon!

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F
Orange County
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just a great time with friends having breakfast on the sand with friends

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OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday dinner

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F
New England
2 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a find! Delicious food and a fabulous sunset spot!

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OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Celebrated a birthday!

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D
Orange County
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Our server was very nice, attentive and efficient!

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t
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Joyful luncheon on the beach. Always a great time.

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K
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I really enjoy meeting friends for brunch at this restaurant. Always good service and good food.

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OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on December 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a wonderful lunch and stayed in the Cottages and then had a spectacular breakfast....everything was great.

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B
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The best, right on beach.suggest reservations. Can be crowded.

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MB
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our first time there, loved the view, food and drinks were yummy! Can't wait to go back.

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HB
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

I wish that our server was not switched in the middle of our meal.
The noise of the plastic "entrance door" is annoying, especially since we were sitting right there.

The food & drink was superb!
thank you

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HB
Orange County
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Soups were delicious, short ribs and roasted chicken were delectable, beignets and bread pudding were very satisfying. Only suggestion is to bring back the butter cake.

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OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Tree lighting

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D
Orange County
11 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a joy to come to Crystal Cove's Beachcomber Café. Love being served by Ryan the past few times - a real pro.

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OT
Los Angeles
14 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of my favorite location!! I spent this specific night there for my birthday. I had the ribeye special which was amazing!! I will keep coming back!

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CN
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Never fails to live up to my expectations. Great service and you can’t beat the ambiance.

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OT
St. Louis
4 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ambience is excellent, food savory, martini over the top. Highly recommended!

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CP
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were there in the middle of a huge rain downpour but it only added to the ambiance and the live music! Food was delish and service outstanding!

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our first time for exploration. Weren't hungry. Great, friendly. Knowledgeable waiter and service. Excellent appetizers that were suggested and hit the spot.

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KK
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

Can't beat the location!! Food is good but you are there because of where it's at/

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DH
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lunch with Mom

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OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

My 70th Birthday with my BFFs! Ambience of course is incomparable! Food was mediocre! I has scallops wrapped in bacon with black rice! Bacon was raw! Rice was uncooked! Scallops were just right! I would just stick to breakfast cuz it’s better! Beignets are the best!

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BM
Orange County
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is our favorite place to celebrate Birthdays or special occasions -- Definitely the best ocean view restaurant, excellent food and wine and unbelievable ambiance!

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JE
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Celebrated wife's birthday and attempted to make reservations for 4, but only reservation seating for 2 available. Staff called day in advance and I again requested to change seating from 2 to 4 but informed that no additional seating was currently available, and that we (along with any additional guests) would just need to arrive an hour earlier for walk-in. We did not invite additional guests only to be seated at a 4 top table along with the vast majority of 2 person diners also seated at 4 top tables. Although not that busy for Sat evening, service was slow and food was only moderate for prices charged.

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