Lighthouse Cafe

4.1
336 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Seafood
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  • Waterfront
  • Scenic View
  • Casual
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 parties over 6, 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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Mon - Thu 12:00PM - 1:00PM 5:00PM - 6:00PM

Reviews from verified diners
336 reviews
4.1 out of 5 Stars
Outstanding
45%
Very Good
30%
Good
18%
Fair
5%
Poor
3%
4.0
food
4.0
service
4.4
ambience
4.0
value
Noise · Moderate
81% of people would recommend it to a friend
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E
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service excellent. Food was awesome, the steak cooked perfectly. What more can you ask for...

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G
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great steak. Bay front dinner by is so much better then being on the noisy beach.

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RL
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service. Had the chorizo and egg tacos... to die for, and not spicy for those who think chorizo is always hot. Great views and good times.

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OT
Orange County
43 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great food with a million dollar view!

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CS
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 2

It was so hot. But our server was amazing! She made sure she could keep us cool as much as she could with chilled ice water, juices or alcohol!

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D
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

It's always nice to sit outside by the harbor. Food was fine but the clam chowder was very salty.

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L
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 4

The restaurant is in a very nice and beautiful area, but the food was very expensive, simple and didn't taste that great.

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G
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

For me, the menu seems to be pretty limited, and priced a little high. Every time we go, it seems they have taken something I have gotten before and enjoyed off of the menu. Service was good, and sitting on the patio was pretty outstanding, although we were there late afternoon (5:30pm) and the heat was pretty brutal. Any way they can incorporate some umbrellas or some kind of shade device? Just a thought... Anyway, enjoyed time with our friends, and that's what we were there for.

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AB
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 5

Went for the bottomless mimosas. They refilled us like every 30 minute then after 3 mimosas they told us that our two hours was up even though it had barely been an hour. Will not be returning for brunch

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BF
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 3

The tacos that I ordered, when the waiter handed over the plate, it was really hot and my finger was burnt. The waiter was holding the salad side of the plate so he probably didn't notice he was handing me over the hot side of the plate.
When we asked for separate check, we were told it was super busy and they weren't able to process it. It seemed pretty open by the time we asked for the check but it would have been nice if he would have just told us, the restaurant is not able to do split check.

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a
Orange County
16 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2018
Overall 2food 5service 2ambience 4

Food was excellent, the service was slow an our server would forget to bring things we needed, like an extra wine glass etc. the other complaint I have is the heaters never work, we had been here before an I thought they honestly just had a problem that night but they didn’t work again a month later so I don’t think they want to use them, unfortunate bcuz its a little cool to be outside in the evening an if you have to sit inside you may as well go somewhere else.

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OT
Orange County
14 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

Disappointed once again!
We have been frequent diners at the cafe and find the menu with very few over priced choices, fair service( had to ask for cream and sugar 3x). The restaurant seemed to be over whelmed with no one in charge and servers running around. We come by boat and love the ambiance, but always concerned about what the dinner and the service is going to be like, especially when we are taking guests there for their first experience.

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JH
Orange County
10 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 3food 1service 4ambience 5

Food not good at all. Everything else, especially the setting, was great.

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BH
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

The food was excellent! But, it really is a café, not a Saturday evening atmosphere. All the hard surfaces indoors, make it noisy. Maybe outdoors would have been a better choice, but couldn't count on weather, even with heaters.

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J
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

It was a quiet place. The food was okay. I had a chicken club that was very disappointing. The chicken seem like pre-made Tyson chicken that I can buy in the freezer section of the market. The rest of familys food was a little bit better. I expected more especially for the price. I also ordered a mix drink, not very good. At least they had beer so I just ordered beer after.

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BY
Columbus
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

loved the ambiance and the view.. very unique. Not a lot of seating, best to make a reservation. You have to leave the building and walk around to another building to use public restroom. Was a little disappointed as we were there for breakfast and they were out of Bloody Mary Mix.

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OT
Orange County
23 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

The food was good, the service (our waiter was Ryan) was outstanding and the view of the harbor and watching people enjoying it (SUP, kayak, duffy boats, etc.) was very relaxing.

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SO
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Our friends had recommended the Lighthouse b/c they came for brunch last year. My husband loves lighthouses, so I thought he'd enjoy it. When I booked through Open Table, I indicated that we were celebrating his birthday, but the staff seemed to be unaware of it, which was disappointing to me. The food was really tasty - we had salmon, fish & chips, bolognese, soup & wings. I may go back if in the area, but I wouldn't go out of my way to do so.

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A
Orange County
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The place was great with a breathtaking view.Food was delish and bottomless mimosas is something to come back for.

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CB
Orange County
13 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We have been going to Lighthouse since opening day and it always had issues with service. We still would go all the time because of the location and we live right next to it. But the service was just always so slow and inattentive so it always really bothered us.
Enter Morgan... we had her as our server this weekend and she honestly made the experience a million times better. I hope the restaurant hires more people like her, they are much needed. If rating only Morgan I'd rate 5 stars, but the food isn't my favorite and the seats and tables always seem to have some kind of syrup or something on them, yikes.

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W
Orange County
78 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Great location, good food, somewhat pricy but great location. We had some issues that the manager addressed appropriately. We will be back.

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I
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best fish and chips that we've had in a long, long time!! We'll definitely be returning soon!

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MT
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Nice place. It is set up well. It wsa a bit overcast asnd the standing heaters filled in nicely. Beautiful view and the food was good and reasonably priced. I would go back (again and again).

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RF
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 5

We had very slow service. Took 15 mins after sitting down for someone to come to our table. Food was moderately good. The view was nice. Very noisy and very hot inside, AC wasn’t turned on no air was circulating in the restaurant.

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J
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 20, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

This was the first time for me and my boyfriend to this cafe so we really didn't know what to expect. It was really busy and the service was kind of slow (maybe just a bad day for us), however the food was great . I will recommend this place to relax and hangout just as long as you are not in a hurry .

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Mother’s Day

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OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Mother’s Day, great location

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CT
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful views of Newport Bat. Excellent meal and attentive service.

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KT
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We had a delightful delicious Mothers Day Brunch. Great service and great view.

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W
Orange County
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great 2 course menu for Mother’s Day. Was a set menu for Mother’s Day and included 2 mimosas and beverages for one set price per person. View was awesome!

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OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

Great location, but does not live up to the hype. Food is average at best.

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KB
Orange County
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

I took my mom on a Saturday for brunch. I made a reservation not knowing what to expect. We walked up, gave our name and we were immediately seated. I had requested outdoor seating in the reservation but it was a bit chilly that morning so they sat us inside with no hesitation. I loved our waiter and enjoyed the atmosphere and food. I will be returning and definitely recommending this place to friends and family. Don’t forget to try the beignets!

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LP
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

We were seated right away and the environment was light and bright. The beignets were exceptional! Nice selection of mimosas and the bloody Mary’s looked great. Blueberry pancakes need fresh blueberries, potatoes seemed to have been reheated and not fresh which was a disappointment because the eggs Benedict were really good. Then a large party of 15 young women arrived and the noise became unbearable. Would like to go again and try other menu items.

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BB
Los Angeles
17 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went on Friday morning at 0930 hours. It was not busy. Food was good. When your server asks if you would like an order of beignets, SAY YES. In the summertime, this place will be very difficult to get to since it is on the peninsula. It seems to be part of the Newport Beach Community Center, so there is a pay parking lot, which would be beneficial at the height of summer.
We will definitely be back, but probably not until after labor day.

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s
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed a delicious dinner and the service was excellent!!

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JQ
1 review
Dined on April 29, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

Terrible experience. Reservation was given away due to a late bigger table because of more profit for restaurant per obvious insinuations from MANAGER even though we checked in 10 minutes EARLY. GIVEN a wobbly table that 3 workers saw prior to busser offering to fix. 20 minutes for bloody marys with my husband's celery being dirty and mine having a DEAD BUG. Manager attempted to compensate with a comped appetizer and upgraded bloody Mary's. We were also returned to better table original reservation requested. Food was forgotten (Not sure if server or kitchens fault) with my husband's food making him sick followed by check without server even giving us a pen to use.

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S
1 review
Dined on April 29, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 5

I made a reservation 2 days prior and everything went really smooth! My party of 4 was seated right away. It was a brisk Sunday morning but we wanted to sit outside. They had heaters and even gave us blankets which helped so much. I really liked that. The service was good but the food was very mediocre. I ordered the 2 eggs, potatoes and sourdough toast. The eggs and potatoes had no flavor and the bread was not toasted. I should have tried the avocado toast but I really wanted potatoes. They were not worth it though!

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on April 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Made a reservation to have brunch for a 1 year anniversary date

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MG
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on April 22, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The only issue we had was a common one. Chefs do not like to make eggs well done and that is the only way I will eat them. So unfortunately I regularly get my eggs not cooked enough and then my husband finishes his breakfast before my remade eggs are right. That is what happened here. I appreciate that our meal was comped, but that was not my ultimate goal. I would rather have paid a reasonable price and eaten at the same time as my husband. Nonetheless, this was a beautiful spot on Newport’s peninsula and the patio was lovely on a very pleasant Sunday morning. The menu was complete, the prices reasonable and the service was excellent.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on April 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food in a beautiful location

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