Beachcomber Cafe - Crystal Cove

4.8
7559 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 7559 people are saying
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4.8based on recent ratings
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4.8
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4.9
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98% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Foodies
Dallas
14 reviews
Dined 13 hours ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fish and chips, Kobe burger and tacos are all delicious.
Clam chowder is best yet.

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RobertaA
Orange County
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food! Love the artichokes and watermelon mojitos!

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Blessed
Orange County
11 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

AMAZING experience with great view, delicious food, excellent service and then ... a beautiful sunset!!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great as always

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Chris
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a reservation at 2:15-showed up at 1 ish and let them know we were there. We were seated early (1:45 ish). Our waiter was great and helpful. We ordered a variety of drinks-all delicious and plenty of alcohol. Food was great (shrimp tacos, artichoke, clam chowder) and atmosphere was nice and relaxed. We would have loved to stay longer but w/ Covid restrictions we could only stay 90 minutes. Definitely will be going again.

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laurieb
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Great place to walk and have lunch. Relaxing oceanside.

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Redshoes
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience3

We love the setting on the beach, the food is excellent and the service is wonderful. It is noisy due to location and lots of children at the breakfast hours. However, it will always be one of our favorites for breakfast!

JM
JuliaM
Orange County
6 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great view and service. Great food

TD
vipTheDals
Denver
8 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Fish & chips were very good. Grilled artichoke was addicting. Crab stack was delicious and very fresh. Patricia our server was excellent! Highly recommend.

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vipSarahB
San Francisco
26 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the beignets and bloodies and location!!

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mireillek
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

All in all good

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BobE
Orange County
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Kobe burger with the best fries on the beach 50 feet from the waves. No Ka Oi. We come once a month.

LM
LucyM
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food3service4ambience3

My omelet was underwhelming, but the breakfast potatoes were delicious. My sister's eggs benedict was good, but the sauce was offputtingly bright yellow and gloppy.
But all in all it was a lovely breakfast and I should've had a bloody mary but was afraid I'd be out of commission the rest of the day lol.

LM
LucyM
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everyone enjoyed themselves and my Kobe burger was amazing!
We always order the Crab Stack for starter and it was delicious

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vipGreekgal54
Orange County
88 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It's always a wonderful experience to dine at the Beachcomber Cafe!!! This time I invited friends to join us for Lunch... Everyone enjoyed everything they ordered. Thank you!!!

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viplagunabookworm1
Orange County
42 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing meal with a view that doesn't stop. Each in our party of four had a different entree: The prime rib eye with truffle fries; the vegetarian squash pasta; the ahi in a a poppy and sesame seed crust; and, the Chilean sea bass in a lemon beurre blanc sauce with capers. The presentations and the taste were stunning. (My mouth is still watering from sampling everyone's dishes). We had two desserts: the best brownie ice cream sundae any of us have ever had due to the moist, rich chocolate used to make the brownie and a delectable apple crumble.

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great! Really great!! Super great!!!

MS
MeganS
Yosemite
2 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, service and atmosphere. Never disappoints

JW
JohnnyW
Orange County
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Never ever disappointed by the Beachcomber. Waiter was above amazing !!

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johne
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Always the best location--particularly if it's warm and sunny! The regular menu is great, but the Mother's Day menu was limited: not as good as the regular.
highly recommend this spot to anyone particularly if you have out-of-town guests who you want to treat to a SoCal treasure!

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LisaS
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely Mother's Day brunch! Food was excellent, service by Jordan and Jesus spot-on. When every other restaurant was most likely an absolute zoo, Beachcomber had one of the most calm, memorable Mother's Day brunches that I've ever been to. Zero wait time for our reservation, free-flowing champagne was checked constantly and we really enjoyed ourselves! We come here a lot and that will continue!

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Mandy
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Short ribs, truffle Mac and cheese, Bloody Mary, beignets, everything tasted amazing!

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Bella
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best places to dine in southern california. Right on the beach. Our server, Max, was great and the food was delicious!

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Mother’s Day

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LizS
New England
2 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent all around. But recommend the shuttle if you can’t do the walk.

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RondellW
Orange County
1 review
Dined on May 6, 2021
Overall1food1service3ambience2

The food wasn’t good at all the waitress was nice drinks was good but the clam chowder was horrible

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EvanJ
Orange County
1 review
Dined on May 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really great! We will be back. The salmon was excellent.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on May 6, 2021
Overall3food5service4ambience3

I thought I had read up on the Beachcomber but was surprised when we drove up and there was no parking. My husband dropped us off (my 2 young kids and my in-laws) and went to park the car. There were no signs pointing the way, but since there were buildings and shops we assumed we were headed in the right direction. The hostess was not very friendly or welcoming, and since everyone from our party wasn’t there, we had to wait to be seated. That was frustrating as it was only 1 person out of 6, and that person was parking the car - not like we were waiting for them to arrive. We were seated at 2 tables pushed up together and we obviously did not fit. We were given a couple other options, one of which worked adequately (not ideally - they couldn’t push more than 2 tables together or put seating at the end of the table due to COVID restrictions.) It felt as though we inconvenienced the hostess while trying to find a table that worked for us. After we finally got seated, things were great. Our waitress was very lovely, friendly and happy. We started with the beignets and they did not disappoint!! Sooo good! We had various meals from the avocado toast, the spinach and mushroom frittata, the crystal cove omelette. All was delicious!! The only other thing I’ll say is there is NOT a bathroom on site. There are a few public restrooms around but they are not well kept and the one we went to did not have toilet paper.

Overall it was a decent to good experience, but I wish I had known some of these things before going.

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2021
Overall2food1service4ambience4

Birthday celebration

OT
OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service with an ocean view. Must get the beignets!!

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Kjltrl
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful seaside restaurant with excellent creative food!

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vipLisaP
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

LOVE it here! Always do. BUT.... I left my credit card behind accidentally, which I only found out about because I went back again the next night for dinner. Having my contact info via my OpenTable booking should help them easily alert me to having left behind my CC, but the restaurant didn't contact me. Other than that, fabulous, as always.

BJ
BeckyJ
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful birthday celebration!

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SydneyH
Orange County
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place was GOOD! Such a good experience and the food was amazing. I took my family here while they were in town visiting and they loved it. Got a reservation a week in advance and had the nicest table overlooking the beach. Definitely a place worth visiting.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Alex was next level awesome. Appreciate you making our night sir

OT
OpenTable Diner
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing as always! Great service, delicious food. Can’t wait to come back.

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Beachcomberfan
Orange County
10 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a lovely time at the Beachcomber!

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viprain168
Orange County
17 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great beachfront location but difficult to get a reservation and walk-ins wait hours! Food was delicious and drinks are yummy!

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Traveler
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

the only disappointing thing was that four of the five seafood items that I had picked were not available due to supply....the Chardonnay was not good but I understand keeping it in hot weather can make it go bad....The service by Alex was outstanding as well as all the wait staff....

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MelisaF
Orange County
13 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great experience! Love everything! Will be back always.

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Beachcomber Cafe - Crystal Cove is rated 4.8 stars by 7559 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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