Best Outdoor Dining Orange County 2013 - The Beachcomber
If you're going to dine outdoors in this county, go all the way and eat on the beach—sand in your toes, with the crashing din of the waves a constant dinner companion. The Beachcomber occupies an old house amid the rental cottages of Crystal Cove State Park, all of which date back to the 1930s and '40s. Park across PCH, then either walk down the hill or take the shuttle bus to the village for cocktails and the best sunset view you'll have during happy hour anywhere in the county. Unlike most restaurants on state parkland, it has a full liquor license. The restaurant is the keystone of the Ruby's Diner group, so the menu is best described as American comfort food. Ingredients and prep are far more upscale than Ruby's, with prices to match. Expect an easily accessible menu of sandwiches, entrées and salads, and get there early enough to wait for a table because this hidden restaurant is no longer a secret.