Beachcomber Cafe Crystal Cove
No day spent in the comforting arms of paradisiacal Crystal Cove should pass without spending an hour dining on the patio of Beachcomber Cafe. Even if you have to wait two hours to score that seat. Put your name on the list and grab a pager from the hostess and enjoy the sites of the gift shop, visitor center, beach, and historic cottages surrounding the establishment to make time fly. Once that pager vibrates and you're in you'll be able to celebrate your patience while relaxing on the best restaurant patio in the Newport Beach area.
While only in business since 2006 the Beachcomber has become as much of a Crystal Cove staple as the weathered beach cottage ruins that mock real estate developers along this prime stretch of Orange County coast. It was built to accommodate casual to fine dining tastes but maintains a demeanor that allows sand crusted flip flops and damp board shorts to take a seat at their tables. If you've come just for drinks Beachcomber's Bootlegger Bar complete with old salty dogs swapping seafaring stories can be found along its southern edge. You'll notice their 1948 Ford Woody Wagons (etc...) parked up the hill. The scene here is perfectly set.
The menu at Beachcomber Cafe speaks to the demands of local and visiting beach bums. It transitions exquisitely into breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Start the day in Crystal Cove with their signature Crystal Cove Omelet (w/apple-wood maple smoked bacon, avocada and white cheddar cheese) or Coconut-Macadamia Pancakes (w/baked-in macadamia nuts coconut syrup!) while washing it down with a coffee, or morning mimosa. View the complete breakfast menu here. Those arriving for light lunch will want to order the Tiny Ahi Tacos (w/Ahi tuna, Asian slaw, and kicked with Sriracha aioli) while bigger appetites would be wise to request one of the best burgers on the Newport coast, the Beachcomber Kobe Burger (half-lb of American Kobe beef, maple bacon, lettuce, onion, sun-dried tomato aioli, choice of cheese and sandwiched in a caramelized bun - pictured above). View the complete lunch menu here. Come dinner seafood aficionados will want to slice into the Grilled Swordfish (Pacific Swordfish w/pecan butter, bearnaise sauce, potato purée, and sautéed baby spinach) and meat lovers can get messy with the BBQ Baby Back Ribs (half-rack pork ribs, hickory BBQ sauce, creamed corn, and sautéed spinach). View the complete dinner menu here.
The Beachcomber fits perfectly into this concave corner of paradise along the Newport Coast as a provider of beach day sustenance, helping make Crystal Cove a convenient but true Southern Californian retreat.