Lighthouse Cafe

4.2
378 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Seafood
A beautiful waterfront restaurant located in the heart of Marina Park on Newport Beach's Balboa Peninsula. With indoor, outdoor and roof top deck seating with unobstructed views of Newport Harbor. Marina Park offers a family friendly walking park, kids play area, fitness circuit and a 120 foot boat dock.

For large groups, feel free to call the restaurant!
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Seafood, Californian, American
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Hours of operation
Breakfast/Lunch
Daily 7:00 am–4:30 pm
Dinner
Mon–Thu, Sun 4:30 pm–9:00 pm
Fri, Sat 4:30 pm–10:00 pm
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Phone number
(949) 933-1001
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Ryan Sumner
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Catering
THE LIGHTHOUSE CATERING TEAM is dedicated to making your event a remarkable success while focusing on excellent service, offering fresh local products and the ability for customization of your event... all with a beautiful bayside backdrop. The Lighthouse offers customizable menus, décor rentals, and professional staff to make any occasion an event to remember! Please contact The Lighthouse Catering Team at (949) 299-1121 or send us an email at catering@lighthousenb.com. We’d be happy to help you out and see you soon!
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
16th Street
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Parking details
The Marina Park parking lot offers a large, paid meter parking area as well as plenty of street parking in the area near the restaurant.
Additional
Banquet, Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 378 People Are Saying
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83% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

Very disappointing! Great view, food was average and terrible service.

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SF
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great little place by the water. Be sure to make a reservation if you would like to sit outside.

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MD
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved the water front/beach view! Smoked salmon Benedict was delicious as well as the beignets! Great service!

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Kansas City
11 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We celebrated an Anniversary brunch there while visiting from out of town. Wonderful experience and casual which is just what we wanted. Our waiter, Nacho, was very friendly and fabulous!

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SC
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great appetizers, decor, a unique place for dining

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B
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 5

I had a great time at Lighthouse Cafe. I ordered the Harbor Special, which was a small filet mignon (3-3.5oz), a cup of clam chowder, and a small salad. This cost $25 and was a very good meal if you aren't looking for a huge portion! My friend got the salmon and she said it was delicious. The view was outstanding. I plan to go back!

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Orange County
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 4

Horrible Service the worst I have ever had. Four of us at the table are previous wait staff so we know. Food came out over cooked or one person ordered at the same time the dish took more minutes. The waiter didn't remember who had what. We were charged for food we never received. Bottomless mimosa are not worth it because you can't get them to refill your glass. Had to ask time for silverware and sweetener for ice tea( never came) . Bad Food Bad Service and it's too bad because is a great location.

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MD
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 5

Food was really not quality this trip. Salad was wilted and the meat was as really tough

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M
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Delish! Great view, but unfortunately hard to find a parking spot

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KT
Orange County
6 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great service, great view. Definitely eat outside.

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OT
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Sunday brunch. Place is very tourist. Brunch was good order the beignets they are so good! The menu has several options. This place is very average.

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JR
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved eating with the view. The sourdough bread great and calamari. Everyone enjoyed their dinners. Salmon steak a little on the skimpy side and fish & chips good

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LL
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service are consistently great! Breakfast is amazing. They have a kids menu with good choices.

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JZ
Orange County
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Took my girlfriend on a date to the Lighthouse. We both enjoyed it! Food was good and the servers were attentive. We sat outdoors and the environment was relaxing.

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DL
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

We sat outside facing the beach,which was pretty nice. We ordered the blueberry pancakes and the eggs toast and bacon with fruit. It’s pretty standard food,nothing special, but they do give you a generous amount of food for the price. Somewhere easy and quick and a good view of the bay.

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MS
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 1

Dirty, lots of flies roaming around while eating inside. I was truly unsatisfied

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MG
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

The only problem was flies, and a few people even refused a table by the window because there was dead flies, and many flying around.. it was a little unpleasing we were not at the window but we noticed them.

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GL
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

It was great ! I dependently go again. The brunch was the best ever

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CB
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

View and location was great - food was fair at best. Service was fair.

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VA
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great spot, nice view of the beach. Easy, inexpensive parking, although the parking gets full quickly, plenty of people coming and going. Menu choices vary from brunch to seafood, sanchwiches. drinks to please any palate. Friendly, knowledgeable staff!

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OT
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

We had a larger party and had to take a table in side. It was a little noisy as the restaurant got busy.

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B
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Good a little pricey for what you get beautiful views nice staff tasty food amazing Bloody Mary

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T
Houston
15 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Great neighborhood joint with tasty food, decent beer menu, and hard working staff.

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SA
Wilmington
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Customer promotion celebration

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P
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

GREAT service! Beautiful brunch!! I had the BEST time!!

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SI
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were staying close by the Newport Beach pier enjoying a few relaxing days in Newport Beach before the summer ends. The Lighthouse restaurant received good ratings and was within walking distance to our hotel, so we decided to try it out. It’s a very picturesque location with outdoor seating and scenic views of Balboa island and surrounding yachts. We ordered the clam chowder as a starter and the salmon. Both were delicious. I also ordered the local tap beer “dude” which very good. Definitely will come back again. Service was excellent. It’s a nice alternative to the restaurants near the pier.

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DW
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Stunning view and wonderful food! Friendly staff, easy parking.

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JH
Orange County
15 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great location right on the water. Very quiet (can be more noise at lunch but empty beach in morning and evening). Great food

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MB
Orange County
16 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 1

Disappointed in the restaurant. Food was average for the price. Limited menu was a disappointment. Was too bright inside. Needed some type of shade to limit how much sun comes in. It was a little warm also because of the sunshine. It got surprisedly loud for the limited amount of people in the restaurant. We won’t go back. There are too many better options available.

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OT
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 4

I loved the atmosphere and the food- try their beignets! The one down side was we made a reservation for outdoor and they did not prepare for that and we ended up inside which was a bummer.

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Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Staff is very attentive in providing you with a great experience and tending to your needs. Adult beverages were awesome, and so was flavor of the food. They don't go overboard with their portions, but it was a little pricey for the portion. We sat outside and it was very relaxing (the huge yacht that arrived helped :) ) Definately go back!

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JS
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

My husband and I enjoyed our time at Lighthouse, it’s really loud inside but outside was quiet and believe it or not- cooler temperature-wise than the inside. There was a nice breeze, we could have a quiet conversation right on the water. The inside is cute- we spent the beginning of our time in there but because of the shape
And size and number of tables, too loud for our liking for good conversation and relaxing. The fish tacos were AWESOME, and bottomless mimosas. The service was a little slow.

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AB
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 5

We love this place because of the atmosphere and delicious food! But I will say every time we visit it feels they are understaffed and when we do see our server they are rushed. It’s a bummer because this place has the potential to be one of the best on the peninsula! Still definitely worth trying out.

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PO
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 5

We like the Lighthouse. Great atmosphere/ location. I think the menu is a little weak though and the food could b a lot better. I tried the fish and chips and the fish was way below average..fries great. I'm not too sure the chef is very good... either way, the dish needs 2 improve. Almost any restaurant does a better job with that n my opinion
I also would like 2 c a more expansive menu.

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H
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had an enjoyable and delicious breakfast while looking at the sailboats in the marina.

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Orange County
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cute little spot on the harbor with a great atmosphere, friendly staff, and good quality food. Definitely recommend the sourdough bread appetizer!

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Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food came out promptly, we were seated imediately upon arrival, all of the staff were friendly and very accommodating!

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R
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I celebrated my birthday while on a first date on my very first visit to the Lighthouse Cafe. I thought I might be taking a risk but I made the best decision possible. It was awesome. We reserved a table for breakfast and everything was so lovely that we returned after our Whale Watching Cruise for lunch. Our server Tyler was very accommodating, professional, and friendly. Everyone was making certain that my birthday and first date were very special. I was overwhelmed by the extensions of kindness the staff displayed and the venue, environment, and harbor views were magnificent. The food was clearly awesome for us to return on the same day. I give this restaurant my highest recommendation without reservation.

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K
Orange County
43 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Its loud! There were a few tables that left. I won’t go back but if you’re hanging at the beach it’s fine.

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Orange County
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 5ambience 1

They need to remodel the place good staff but real out of dAte.

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