BRUNCH DATE @ THE BEACHCOMBER CAFE IN CRYSTAL COVE



The Beachcomber Cafe is one of the most popular brunch spots by the coast in Orange County and is literally located right on the beach in Crystal Cove.

We went Thursday morning around 9:15am and were seated right away.  Maybe it was great timing on our end because the restaurant was full. We didn't make reservations, but I would definitely recommend it if you're planning to come on a weekend. Make sure to be seated by 11:15 if you are going for breakfast! Click here to make reservations on Open Table & click here to check out their menus. Make sure to ask the host(ess) for a spot on the patio!


Getting there & parking

Crystal Cove State Park
We are here~

Getting there
If you are going northbound on the PCH - stay on the most outer lane and turn right on Los Trancos.
If you are going southbound - stay in the most inner lane and turn left on Los Trancos.

Parking
Parking is $15. However, if you spend $15+ at Beachcomber (you most likely will), they validate your ticket and the $15 is waived for the first 3 hours. Each hour after that is an additional $5, up to a maximum of $15.

Getting to Beachcomber
Shuttle - The shuttle is $1.50/person each way (cash only).  It stops by the picnic benches on the opposite side of the entrance to the lot. It's a quick ride to the Historic District where you then walk down the sandy walkway to the restaurant. You will see the bar area to your right, but keep on walking because the front of the restaurant is facing the ocean.

Walking - The walk to the restaurant is a nice pleasant distance and very doable. Cross the street to the side of the ocean and walk to your left (south) onto the paved walkway called the Crystal Cove Trail. Continue to walk down until you see a sandy pathway to your right. Walk down the sandy pathway and it will take you all the way down to the Historic District where the restaurant is located.

Tunnel - The tunnel goes under the PCH and leads straight to the Historic District. It is located on the southern corner of the parking lot on the side closest to the street. There's a paved trail which leads to the underground tunnel. Once you exit the tunnel, go walk to your left towards the bungalows.

Crystal Cove Beachcomber Cafe
The sandy walkway to Beachcomber Cafe.

Crystal Cove Bungalows
Some of the cute bungalows you see on your way to the restaurant.


The Beachcomber Cafe

Inside Beachcomber Cafe Patio

When we got there, all the tables along the edges were occupied and were seated at a table in the back. We sat next to each other facing the beach and was able to enjoy the view throughout our brunch.  We went on a colder/gloomier morning, hence the plastic curtains covering the patio.


Crystal Cove Beachcomber Cafe tea

My citrus camomille tea

Beachcomber Cafe Ranch Scramble

Le boyfriend's dish - Ranch scramble with oven roasted rosemary potatoes and multigrain bread.  The scramble was sooooooo delicious! They did not skimp on the sausages and bacon in the scramble!

Beachcomber Cafe Lemon Ricotta Blueberry Pancakes

My pick - Lemon Ricotta Blueberry Pancakes. It came with a side of warm mixed berry compote. Their coconut-macadamia pancakes are popular, but I wanted something more fruity.  I don't know the benchmark for pancakes, but I thought these were good.


Post brunch

Beachcomber Cafe Lemon Ricotta Blueberry Pancakes
The two trails

After filling up our bellies, we wanted to explore the area a little before heading back home and decided to check out the Pelican Point trail. We didn't go too far so we didn't make it all the way down to the beach, but it was a nice walk with clearly marked paths with no steep hills. Our shoes didn't have much traction, but we didn't have any problems walking down the trail. There were no trees so just a word of caution if you decide to go down Pelican Point on a sunny day.

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