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Beachcomber Cafe - Crystal Cove

4.8
4.8
8127 Reviews
$30 and under
Californian

The Beachcomber at Crystal Cove provides "world class" 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 on 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.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 73 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Californian, Seafood, American

  • Hours of operation

    Breakfast Daily 7:00 am–11:15 am Lunch Daily 11:30 am–4:15 pm Dinner Daily 4:30 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (949) 376-6900

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Carlos Olivera

  • 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.

  • Private party facilities

    3 Beautiful settings able to accommodate 25-200 people.Promenade-located right on the beachOutdoor Deck- See the beautiful sunsets and have Catalina in the backround.Vistor Center- Perfect for a Cocktail Party

  • Private party contact

    Jennifer McCallister: (949) 644-8759

  • Neighborhood

    Newport Beach

  • Cross street

    Los Trancos

  • Parking details

    Park across Coast Hwy at Los Trancos Parking lot. Keep your parking stub for validation. Take the shuttle to the cafe or walk the scenic path. It takes about 15 minutes. Check in with the host under the red umbrella by the sea.

  • Entertainment

    Live Guitar on Thursday nights.

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 8,127 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.9Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

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    Best Ambiance

  • Orange County

    Californian

  • South Orange County

    Best Ambiance

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  1. AG

    AlmaG

    Orange County

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great experience good was amazing and drinks were great. Would definitely go back.
  2. C

    Cher

    Hawaii

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Yummy meal. Treated my friend to a birthday dinner. Very pleasant in every way.
  3. A

    Annie

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall3food3service3ambience5
    We were able to sit at a beach table which is what I asked for and the view itself was incredible. It was before 4 PM so we had to eat off of the lunch menu. My mom really enjoyed the ahi that she got and I always liked the artichoke but everything else was average up as especially for the price. Our server was super sweet But service was crazy long especially at shift change we're at the restaurant for 2 and a 1/2 hours. The dessert took over 45 minutes to get which the server ended up comping which was very nice of him.
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    Very positive. Great atmosphere and delicious and well prepared food. Thank you.
  5. BM

    BeverlyM

    Orange County

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beautiful place. Great breakfast
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    65 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    65 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The best way to start a long weekend! An early Friday morning breakfast at the Beachcomber is the perfect way to enjoy a weekend in Corona del Mar. We watched the sun light up the Pacific while sipping hot coffee, snacking on warm beignets and waiting for our nutritious breakfast to arrive. Our waiter Oscar had perfect timing, keeping our mugs filled while we watched joggers on the beach and listened to the waves drown out all other morning sounds. Come for the view and stay for the food. The best breakfast spot in SoCal!
  7. PC

    PatC

    Denver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    All of the food and drinks were perfect. The outdoor seating was perfect for our birthday party.
  8. s

    shelby

    Orange County

    8 reviews

    2.0

    8 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall2food3service3ambience5
    Location, view, ambiance is 5 Star plus. Menu is short on choices with the same selections listed for years but served nicely and tasty. 3.5-4 stars. Cost istoo expensive. For single entree’. You pay for the great location. In the end, worth it. We’ll be back another summer evening. Love the place, food is ok but expensive for what you get. Beats most restaurants for location hands down.
  9. BM

    BobM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It is a special experience, it is right on the sand. The view is outstanding and it is a memorable experience. Romantic for 2 or just fun for a group.
  10. JA

    JA12

    New York Area

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Finally got down here, and it was worth it. A lovely low-key setting with delicious food and ocean views.
  11. HH

    HayleeH

    Orange County

    15 reviews

    4.0

    15 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Way better food than I expected. Usually a good view comes with average food. But the food was great and the service was wonderful. We loved the shrimp tacos and the fried chicken sandwich. Definitely make a reservation and expect to still have to wait for your table on a summer day.
  12. KC

    KarenC

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was as usual, just a treat to enjoy the view of the breaking waves and have a very delicious breakfast. The service was very fast and the waitress very nice. Also fun to see the old cottages that are in the process of being updated a bit.
  13. S

    Sunshine

    Orange County

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall4food4service3ambience5
    Although the waitress was very courteous and kind, she seemed robotic, just doing the job - not connecting with her patrons.
  14. RB

    RichardB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    The Beachcomber is an all-time favorite! We have been coming here (from Oklahoma) for 20 years and have introduced friends and family to the wonderful food and unique location of the restaurant. Have been there twice this week, enjoyed the food, the ambience and the joy of other diners. We will return and enjoy as often as we can.
  15. LS

    LSinHB

    Orange County

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    You can’t beat this establishment for a quintessential So Cal experience.
  16. KD

    KathyD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The taco meal was delicious and the cole slaw salad was really delicious. All of the servers could not have been nicer. It was easy to get a reservation on line and great communication with messages reminders on my cell phone. Great experience.
  17. MK

    MarlaK

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A hidden gem in the most beautiful location. Good food and great service.
  18. SH

    SHBN

    Philadelphia

    54 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    54 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Eat on the sand close to the breaking waves! Have the beignets with chocolate! Relax!
  19. e

    elin

    Raleigh

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fabulous sunset / beach location / view; delicious food - fried calamari, roasted brussel sprouts, shrimp carbonara that was light and perfect! Great mad men manhattan coctail! Lovely waiter. Just perfect!
  20. BC

    BCinNB

    Orange County

    56 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    56 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Dinner at The Beachcomber was outstanding… as always! Everyone in our party of 3 enjoyed our evening. Max was very attentive and the deserts he recommended were spectacular! Overall, a Five-Star experience!
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The location is exceptional. You cannot dine at a restaurant any closer to the ocean, especially at high tide. The food is excellent. I've never been disappointed with anything I've ordered at the Beachcomber Cafe. This time I had the Short Ribs and my wife ordered the shrimp and scallops. Delish!! The wait staff is great. Always friendly and attentive. The drinks are delicious, especially the big jars. Always a great dining experience. Can't wait to get back again.
  22. m

    mtjs

    Orange County

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Always a great spot. Service and food are consistently first rate. Ambience is un equalled.
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    For the first time we had a great beachfront table. The view was amazing, delicious food and a very nice server! Everything was perfect
  24. j

    jjohnson

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I've been here many times... love the place...
  25. JE

    JENNINE

    Los Angeles

    45 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    45 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food3service3ambience4
    Birthday celebration. If you are handicapped in any way, forget about it. Very difficult to get to.
  26. NA

    NellieA

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The view was amazing! The beignets are so good! They are the best my family has ever had. We will definitely be back again.
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We absolutely LOVE the Beachcomber! It’s always a fabulous experience starting with the awesome shuttle driver who is so delightful (especially his “fun” bike horn to connect with his riders and people walking along the road!! :) The music takes you back to a more nostalgic time (reminds me of my parents and beach goers in the early days!) The food is fantastic, and our server was SO MELLO!! I truly e joyed her relaxed pace (I must say we only had one experience in the past where the waiter seemed to busy-the last time we were there in June !!( so this time her “availability” and calm manner was VERY MUCH APPRECIATED and we told her so and SHOWED it in our top!! Service really makes it or breaks it and we trust the BEACHCOMBER! The experience is SO worth the cost!! My sweet friend who passed 4 years ago LOVED CRYSTAL COVE and the cottages and the Beachcomber, and her spirit is always with us there!! Perhaps she’s looking over us through all of you!! Thank you so much for another WONDERFUL night!!
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Asked for and received a table on the sand. Perfect setting, away from crowd with ocean directly in front of us. There were lots of people on the beach of course, being a Saturday but our table still felt nice and secluded. Our reservation time was honored and the food and service top notch. The Ribeye was cooked to a perfect medium (didn’t expect to have that but it was offered as the special) and Blackberry Margaritas were really good too. Crab Stack was full of fresh real crab meat and the beignets, Delicious! Really happy with our time spent at the beachcomber. It was our first visit and so glad we made the trip. Overall better experience than our recent dinner at the four seasons. Parking was a challenge but we arrived early enough to wait it out. If you go on a Saturday plan for a full lot at 4pm.
  29. EP

    ElviraP

    Orange County

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 5, 2022

    overall5food3service5ambience5
    Our servers were outstanding. I believe his name was Bret.
  30. KG

    KimberleyG

    Orange County

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely wonderful! Never disappoints! Short ribs are a favorite and the beignets are light, crispy and delicious!
  31. LL

    LandL

    Los Angeles

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on August 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best food, best server, best ambiance ever!!!
  32. LG

    LorettaG

    Orange County

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food is delicious; helpings are generous; menu has many great choices. The dessert Beignets are a real treat.
  33. m

    margot

    Orange County

    28 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on August 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Remember to bring $1.50 per person for the tram. (Well worth it). A lovely place to beach drink and eat. Servers were great. Food was tasty. We’ll definitely be back
  34. BE

    BobE

    Orange County

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on August 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent our favorite lunch spot. We have been coming here monthly. Kobe burger and fried chicken sandwich with awesome fries overlooking the ocean 50 yards away. The best. Casual casual dress. Enthusiastic wait staff.
  35. BF

    BurstofFlavor

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Anniversary
  36. G

    Greekgal54

    Orange County

    155 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    155 reviews

    Dined on August 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent light Lunch off the Appetizer Menu!
  37. CP

    CarolP

    Orange County

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was delicious. Brett did an excellent job of recommending meals and was so pleasant
  38. R

    Ratu

    Orange County

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The drinks were good, the Mahi spring rolls and Chilean Sea Bass excellent. A bit pricey but worth it for special occasions.
  39. G

    Greekgal54

    Orange County

    155 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    155 reviews

    Dined on August 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Am excellent mal...
  40. T

    Tralo

    Orange County

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 2, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience4
    Service was slow. Portions were tiny. Prices were high. View was beautiful.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • 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

FAQs

Beachcomber Cafe - Crystal Cove is rated 4.8 stars by 8127 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 73 times today
Google Map for Beachcomber Cafe - Crystal Cove

15 Crystal Cove, Newport Coast, CA 92657

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Los Trancos

  • Neighborhood

    Newport Beach

  • Hours of operation

    Breakfast Daily 7:00 am–11:15 am Lunch Daily 11:30 am–4:15 pm Dinner Daily 4:30 pm–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Californian, Seafood, American

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Park across Coast Hwy at Los Trancos Parking lot. Keep your parking stub for validation. Take the shuttle to the cafe or walk the scenic path. It takes about 15 minutes. Check in with the host under the red umbrella by the sea.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Carlos Olivera

  • Entertainment

    Live Guitar on Thursday nights.

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (949) 376-6900

  • 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.

  • Private party facilities

    3 Beautiful settings able to accommodate 25-200 people.Promenade-located right on the beachOutdoor Deck- See the beautiful sunsets and have Catalina in the backround.Vistor Center- Perfect for a Cocktail Party

  • Private party contact

    Jennifer McCallister: (949) 644-8759

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