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829 Harbor Island Dr, Newport Beach, CA 92660-7235
949-673-4110
Today
7:00 am - 7:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 7:00 am - 7:00 pm

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  • 16
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  • 8
    Very good
  • 3
    Average
  • 0
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  • 1
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Rating summary
  • Food
    5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Hard to find, definitely worth it!

A local recommended the Galley Cafe as the only authentic diner in the area and he was right! Small, no tables for large parties, but the counter is great! Right on the water at a marina, reportedly where John Wayne used to stop in. Excellent food at decent prices. Our pancakes, eggs, breakfast... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed December 23, 2014
dre51
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Petoskey, Michigan
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Petoskey, Michigan
Top Contributor
309 reviews 309 reviews
171 restaurant reviews
245 helpful votes 245 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2014 via mobile

A local recommended the Galley Cafe as the only authentic diner in the area and he was right! Small, no tables for large parties, but the counter is great! Right on the water at a marina, reportedly where John Wayne used to stop in. Excellent food at decent prices. Our pancakes, eggs, breakfast burritos were awesome! Nice staff.

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O'Fallon, Illinois
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145 reviews 145 reviews
93 restaurant reviews
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

This is a wonderful little restaurant that is at the very end of a street on the water in Newport Beach. It's a small place with a very, very nice menu and nice staff to go with it. It radiates its own charm from specials posted on a board to cozy booth and counter-top dining options. The Galley Cafe is... More 

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La Canada Flintridge, California
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33 reviews 33 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014

I absolutely love the "Ma & Pa" little hole-in-the-wall places, and I've been rooting for the Galley for years! My family, on the other hand, has not been impressed, largely ignores my opinion, and 99.9% of the time opts for another breakfast spot!! Anyway, truth be told, they're right on most points. It's a bit of a trick to find.... More 

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Willow Glen California
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11 reviews 11 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

A hidden gem that locals know well, the Galley was a favorite of mine growing up and on my latest visit with my family lived up to the hype I laid down about it. My daughter loved the real cherry coke made in front of her as we sat at the counter and the chocolate shake was worth every calorie... More 

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Las Vegas Valley
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42 reviews 42 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

My family and I have been visiting Newport Beach for a long time. We often like to drive around the neighborhoods in hopes of discovering something new. We stumbled onto this little diner after taking a few deliberate "wrong turns" in this upscale bay-side neighborhood. First of all it's an old diner, built in 1957. It's set beside a marina,... More 

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New York, NY
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388 reviews 388 reviews
242 restaurant reviews
306 helpful votes 306 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

A meal at the Galley is like stepping back in time. Breakfast means one thing to me here - the house special chili cheese omelet. Perfectly executed and full of flavor. A gut buster but totally worth it. Arrive early on the weekends as the lines can be long.

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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255 reviews 255 reviews
200 restaurant reviews
152 helpful votes 152 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2014

Had breakfast there and it was great. Long queues at weekend but weekdays seem ok. We had a great server who remembered all the order from the previous visit. Real traditional place but worth the wait.

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Newport Beach, California, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2014

Casual, great breakfast by the ships on the Harbor. Old fashioned soda fountain and a terrific chili cheese omelette.

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Newport Beach, California
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29 reviews 29 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2013

Quaint little restaurant since 1957 with a great view of a harbor. Great breakfast and very good prices, will certainly be back!

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Naperville, Illinois
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33 reviews 33 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2013

Was taken to The Galley yesterday morning for breakfast. I'm glad they were driving, because I never would have known it was there otherwise. There was a line outside, but it moved relatively quickly. Seating is on an absolutely first-come, first served basis. Once inside, I thought that I had been transported back to the 50's. It was the quintessential... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 829 Harbor Island Dr, Newport Beach, CA 92660-7235
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Orange County  >  Newport Beach
  • Phone Number: 949-673-4110

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: American, Delicatessen
Open Hours
Sunday
7:00 am - 7:00 pm
Monday
7:00 am - 7:00 pm
Tuesday
7:00 am - 7:00 pm
Wednesday
7:00 am - 7:00 pm
Thursday
7:00 am - 7:00 pm
Friday
7:00 am - 7:00 pm
Saturday
7:00 am - 7:00 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?