Lighthouse Cafe

4.2
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506 Reviews
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$31 to $50
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Seafood

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About

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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4.2based on all time ratings
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food
4.1
service
4.5
ambience
4.0
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Noise · Moderate
85% of people would recommend it to a friend
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MT
Orange County
25 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place t o meet and eat! The food is good, the ambiance priceless and on a good day, you can see how wonderful Newport Beach really is.

JW
Orange County
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 2

I made dinner reservations here for my birthday with my two daughters. We were very disappointed! My daughter and I attempted to share the lobster roll. It was so bad that we both spit out our first bite. I let the waiter know it had a very bad taste to it. He instead offered to swap it out for a $6.00 dessert. Nevermind the lobster roll was $17. I won't be going back. When making the dinner reservation we commented it was my birthday but no mention of it was made. My mistake for attempting something new for my birthday.

JW
1 review
Dined on June 3, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 5

Monday afternoon 5 PM a staff meeting, leaving one waitress for the entire restaurant. She did an outstanding job, but service, including the cooks showed. We ordered two items on the menu, only to be told they were not currently available. The Clam Chowder soup and one draft beer, disappointing. The salads were good, the fish and chips were cooked unevenly, the pasta was good, full of shrimp and chorizo. Ordered it mild and glad I did.

BB
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Food was alright, the waitress was good enough.
We were asked to leave by the manager after 2 hrs, kind of understandable since we were only 6 people (not enough income I guess), but still not the best experience.
Definitely will NOT go back...

r
Los Angeles
25 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful decor, attentive staff, great menu, good for kids, good pricing. Will definitely be back.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Overall great brunch spot by the Newport beach. The inside can be quite noisy so I’d recommend outside seating as long as it’s not too windy and cold. Nice atmosphere by the beach and the food was quite good as well.

BO
1 review
Dined on May 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was amazing! View perfection 😍😍 my friends and I enjoyed the service. I would definitely come back

TR
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Had a very pleasant dining experience. Not a "fine dining"restaurant as I had expected. But will look forward to dining here again.

CT
Orange County
6 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great location. Excellent service. I’ll definitely return for another meal.

AS
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Found this place on yelp and absolutely loved it! It’s small, but so cozy and cute! I will definitely be back!

J
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a very good experience. The food was good, the servers were all attentive, the décor is very cute.
The only small down side is the acoustics in the place are not great, the sounds of people laughing seem to echo a bit and if people are loud talkers you can hear everything. There is outside seating which is an alternative. But overall a great place.

MT
Orange County
25 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place for a nice brunch on the water. It is nice to sit outside on a nice day and watch the boats go by...you also get to do a lot of people watching of those enjoying the beach.

KK
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome food, great service, reasonable prices and beautiful views!

SP
Orange County
1 review
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The server we had was Morgan & she was fantastic. Very bubbly with a great sense of humor. She was very attentive & seemed to always be on top of things. This was our first visit & we’ll definitely go back soon.

BA
Orange County
7 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is my third time at Lighthouse. We've always sat outside and looked at the harbor and boats. The cafe has a great menu, not too many items and what they do they do well. Excellent food and service. Pricing is very reasonable. Great place to take dogs. Ample parking, and it was super easy to get my mother and her wheelchair to one of the outside tables.

AG
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We reserved an outside table and they were super accomodating and moved us inside cause it was colder then we thought it would be. The food and service was great.

GP
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Mothersday for Brunch. Beautiful scenery and enjoyable atmosphere. The waiters were super polite and made the holiday a good one!

MF
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

The Lighthouse Cafe is a beautiful place to eat. It was perfect for my small family group. We sat outside and had a beautiful view of the marina with beautiful boats everywhere. When I return to Newport, I'd definitely return to the Lighthouse Cafe.

GS
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The view is fantastic. The location is fantastic. The food was great.
2nd time here and will come again.

JF
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

Beautiful patio overlooking the water. Menu is rather limited. Would prefer more options on the brunch/lunch menu. Only 2 salads, neither of which was unique.

A
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 4

The environment is nice but the food and service could use some work. The chorizo was so chewy that each piece had to be spat out.

m
Palm Springs
6 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 2

A little loud for conversation!!

JN
Orange County
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 4ambience 1

Too loud and interior is not cozy or warm! Waiter was very good.

OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great cafe and service!

OT
Phoenix
8 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful view of the harbor! Delicious brunch! Try the beignets! Best I’ve ever had!

A
Orange County
85 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great local spot for outdoor dining. Friendly staff and good food.

OT
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waiters were very attentive and personable. Our food was fantastic and the view is amazing.

OT
Orange County
7 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We enjoyed our Easter Brunch with a great view of the harbor and great food!

c
Orange County
1 review
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Fun food, great location. Noise level inside is almost intolerable. Need more soft materials to absorb the sound

OT
1 review
Dined on April 15, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 5

Menu was completely different than what was advertised. Luckily what I ended up getting was great!

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Loved it here!! Service was very slow but food was good and couldn’t beat the ambiance for brunch.

OT
Orange County
7 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Early on a weeknight and not very crowded. Our service was very good! Petite filet was perfect and delicious! We will be back for sure :)

KE
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 3ambience 1

The servers kept serving a table of drunk people that were so loud and obnoxious it made for a horrible experience all together

t
Orange County
12 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 1food 4service 1ambience 1

By far the worst experience of service I've ever had. Did not get service for over an hour after we arrived. The table wasn't ready on time. The gift table I was assured we'd have was not ready. They ran out of small plates so we had to eat shared apps off our napkins. Then we got asked to leave after being there for 2 hours because of a time limit but we hadn't even been brought our checks yet. "Bottomless" mimosas were scarce, non alcoholic beverages were never refilled. Poor management, poor service. Incredibly disappointed in the experience, charged "required" gratuity for horrible service. Sad because this was supposed to be a good experience for a planned brunch for a friend.

BC
Kansas City
2 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great staff, wonderful food, and heavenly beignets!

KR
Orange County
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The best outside seating in Newport Beach. Literally on the sand. Downside is food is average.

S
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, service, and ambiance. We had a delightful time and everything was great. The decor and huge windows were perfect for a beautiful sunday morning. The food was delicious and the service we received was excellent. Looking forward to another visit.

OG
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Food was good but Spicy Mango Margarita is sweet.

MJ
Orange County
7 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Hosting a visit with my sister from Houston. Great location near the harbor, nice view of the boats and beach. Friendly and attentive service from the server and greeter. Food was great, too. A little noisy when it's full inside. Two kids, 4 and 1, were with us, and we went right after to the playground at Marina Park. Really nice, local restaurant.

AL
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great spot right on the marina. My egg white omelette was delicious!

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