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The Beachcomber Cafe

The Beachcomber Cafe

New American Restaurant, Miscellaneous Store, and Diner$$$$
Pelican Hill, Newport Beach
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    "For breakfast, the beignets are a must!"(13 Tips)
    jenny z.
    "Ahi tacos are amazing!"(3 Tips)
    Caroline G.
    "It takes time to ride the bus, but the view is amazing & romantic"(22 Tips)
    Lareina P.
    "Try their kobe burger, its amazing!"(2 Tips)
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  • Lucille F.
    Lucille FisherJanuary 19, 2017
    One of the best grilled artichokes I've had. Excellent calamari. This place is a gem right on the beach.
    Upvoted Dec 3, 2023
  • Kristen A.heart icon on user image
    Kristen AdamMarch 12, 2015
    The Cuban sandwich is mind blowing... And the view doesn't suck either. If you want something lighter the crab cake salad app is really tasty but definitely big enough for lunch.
  • Stephieheart icon on user image
    StephieJune 10, 2013
    Make sure you have reservations or you will be waiting a long time. Breakfast menu ends at around 11:15. After that, it is lunch, even if you were waiting before 11. Prepare accordingly!
  • OC Weekly
    OC WeeklyAugust 12, 2014
    Since it's located in a prime spot in Crystal Cove State Park, the views are spectacular, unmatched by just about any other restaurant on land or even on cruise ships. Read more
  • M
    MAugust 1, 2019
    For breakfast, the beignets are a must! Order it first to satisfy ur sweet and coffee cravings then go for some eggs. (I ordered French toast and after the beignets wished I had eggs instead)
  • Nancy L.heart icon on user image
    Nancy LeeJuly 31, 2019
    Shrimp tacos were delicious and the vegan burger was pretty tasty! Definitely worth eating here and while getting your parking ticket validated. ☺️
  • Billy A.heart icon on user image
    Billy AmpOctober 21, 2019
    Been here 5+ times
    What a View! Eat like a King on the beach! Nothing else like it! Everything is fantastic on the menu 👍🏼
  • Camilla N.heart icon on user image
    Camilla NelsonMay 14, 2018
    It’s not a rumor...the beignets are truly amazing. The shrimp and lobster enchiladas are wonderful as well. Will definitely be returning to get through more of the menu!!!
  • Niki G.heart icon on user image
    Niki GSeptember 24, 2017
    Longest wait ever. Definitely make a reservation ahead of time. If all else fails, the beignets are served at the bar area and you just order at the counter. Ended up doing that and just leaving.
  • Stefanie K.heart icon on user image
    You can now make a reservation through Open Table. And it is strongly recommended. Can be up to a 45 min + wait. Worth it but if you have littles the ressie is golden.
  • Raj Q.heart icon on user image
    Raj QsarSeptember 20, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Great food for the beach! Get here early, grab a pager and enjoy the view until your table is ready!
  • Odile R.heart icon on user image
    Odile RoujolNovember 1, 2020
    Best bugnes for French people and Belgian ! They call it beignets . Not to be missed !
  • Scott K.heart icon on user image
    Scott KroteeJune 23, 2019
    Put your name in, then go for a walk along the beach to kill some time. Nice spot, but can be very busy. I had the fried chicken sandwich.
  • OC Weekly
    OC WeeklyMarch 12, 2013
    The views at The Beachcomber are absolutely breathtaking! After a savory sunset dinner and a nice cocktail at hand, take advantage of this beautiful location with a romantic walk on the beach.
  • Raj Q.heart icon on user image
    Raj QsarAugust 12, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Get here early, put your name in, then park your toes in the sand and wait for a table! Also, the bar is a great place to wait for a dinner table!
  • Nora
    NoraSeptember 17, 2015
    Perfect spot for breakfast, the view is spectacular, highly recommend, you have to take a shuttle to reach beach comber cafe :-)
  • Tim S.heart icon on user image
    Tim SekiguchiJuly 9, 2023
    You can park in Crystal Cove State Park, then walk to this restaurant on the beach. Great for showing visitors around!
  • Cenzoqheart icon on user image
    CenzoqSeptember 23, 2018
    great location great food
  • Annie L.heart icon on user image
    Annie LeeJuly 31, 2016
    Love love love their beignet!
  • Senite8heart icon on user image
    Senite8July 2, 2019
    Great fish and chips . Average fish tacos. Enjoy the views.
  • Jean-Paul JP G.
    Jean-Paul JP GudkaOctober 23, 2013
    Great place for sunsets and cocktails! Have some oysters, and take a walk along the beach just before the sun sets.
  • Cathleen P.heart icon on user image
    Cathleen PetersonJuly 23, 2015
    Ahi tuna pretty good, wedge salad great, kids loved hamburgers, lobster linguini ok, soups ok
  • Raj Q.heart icon on user image
    Raj QsarApril 8, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Get here early, put your name in and then relax on the beach until your table is ready! 1-2 hour wait is the norm!
  • Don Michael Antonioheart icon on user image
    Don Michael AntonioNovember 30, 2013
    what a nice spot:the view, the historic town, the food and the bar of course!
  • Moe D.
    Moe DexlerDecember 22, 2015
    Beignet dessert was incredible. Also good was the short rib. Pricey but worth every cent.
  • Thomas L.
    Thomas LeachAugust 27, 2013
    Amazing food and great view. Top tip is to arrive around 8pm for a guaranteed table without having to wait!
  • OC Weekly
    OC WeeklyOctober 31, 2011
    The views from The Beachcomber are ones you would typically see on a postcard. Enjoy a meal amongst OC housewives and suga' daddies. Voted Best Outdoor Dining by OC Weekly's Best of 2011 readers.
  • Eddy B.
    Eddy BadrinaMay 6, 2014
    Coolest little historic lunch spot on the coast. Ahi Tuna burger with lettuce instead of buns = winner.
  • Haley G.
    The "Tiny" Tuna Tacos are the best thing on the menu! Drink the Bootlegger-YUM! Even if you hate banana flavor, it's awesome.
  • India C.
    India ClampAugust 30, 2017
    They have blankets for those chilly lunches, amazing views and lively beach fun.
  • Jeffrey G.heart icon on user image
    Jeffrey GlueckJune 13, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Great lobster rolls and Kobe burgers, come early on a weekday to avoid long waits
  • Carrie P.heart icon on user image
    Carrie PicottMarch 21, 2015
    Short ribs were phenomenal! I highly recommend the Brussel Sprouts too.
  • Raj Q.heart icon on user image
    Raj QsarJuly 8, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Come early. Bring a beach chair. Grab a pager. Enjoy the view! In that order.
  • Cathleen P.heart icon on user image
    Cathleen PetersonJuly 23, 2015
    Ahi Tuna had mixed reviews within our group, but overall was good.
  • Jay H.heart icon on user image
    Jay HartwigOctober 17, 2015
    Amazing view. Delicious Manhattan. Slightly expensive.
  • Leslie W.
    Leslie WhittetOctober 27, 2012
    Awesome, amazing SoCal experience. Be sure and get your parking validation!
  • Cathy G.heart icon on user image
    Cathy GilbertAugust 22, 2021
    The beignets are awesome!
  • Michael
    MichaelJune 20, 2013
    Awesome food, awesome view. Get the Maine Lobster Roll Sandwich Roll.
  • Bravo
    BravoJanuary 28, 2010
    The Beach Comber was featured in the Bette Midler movie, “Beaches.” It’s great for food and cocktails to eat right on the sand! -Lynne Curtin, Real Housewives of Orange County
  • Jennie
    JennieJuly 5, 2013
    Beignets are very good! Light, crispy, just the right amount of sweet.
  • Abu Aya K.heart icon on user image
    Abu Aya KDAugust 1, 2016
    Great place for breakfast and right on the beach
  • Arturo A.heart icon on user image
    Arturo AmadorMarch 31, 2019
    Great views awesome food and friendly staff.
  • Michael Antonio
    Michael AntonioNovember 30, 2013
    Make a reservation on Open Table, it will save you time!
  • Lilo C.
    Lilo CorpSeptember 3, 2012
    Make sure you have ALL your party with you. They will not sear an incomplete party even if they are parking across the street. And the hostess have attitudes. The sun hot to their brains
  • Michael F.
    Michael FigueroaFebruary 26, 2012
    If coming in afternoon... Come already with something in ur stomach... Prepare for long long wait.. But worth it
  • Kathy S.
    Kathy SOctober 3, 2011
    Beautiful ocean view as the restaurant sits on the sand. Feels like Hawaii - must have a MaiTai for full effect!
  • Mark
    MarkOctober 27, 2009
    ask for the burger at dinner, even though its not on the menu. its delicious and inexpensive, which (theoretically) leaves more funding available for drinking. neat, eh?
  • Traci F.
    Traci FrostJune 5, 2017
    Don't come here on weekends and expect to be seated without waiting at least an hour and a half!!! And what sucks is that you can't even phone ahead to book a reservation for breakfast!! Bad idea
  • Anjuli H.heart icon on user image
    Anjuli HJanuary 17, 2023
    Pricey but good. Make sure you have reservations
  • 44 North V.
    44 North VodkaAugust 8, 2014
    Amazing scenery for this bar.
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