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

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  • 16
    Excellent
  • 11
    Very good
  • 3
    Average
  • 0
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  • 1
    Terrible
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
if you don't mind the wait...

It's a small diner in a really nice neighborhood, with really quaint views. The line forms outside where you wait on the honor system, and they can't fit large groups. We saw the reviews online and we went for our last breakfast in Newport Beach. The pancakes were good, the bacon was ok, the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 20, 2015
Mary P
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New York City, New York
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New York City, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2015

It's a small diner in a really nice neighborhood, with really quaint views. The line forms outside where you wait on the honor system, and they can't fit large groups. We saw the reviews online and we went for our last breakfast in Newport Beach. The pancakes were good, the bacon was ok, the french toast was good, the drinks... More 

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Arlington, Texas
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015

We actually ate breakfast here twice we liked it so much. A little pricey, but good portions. Its very small so not intended for large groups. Very quaint with original countertops and stools. Excellent and friendly service and the food was very good. nice view as well.

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Johns Creek, Georgia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015

After a few days of Disneyland we where lucky enough to travel to the beach and find this small breakfast nook. I loved the small town feel and the did fountain just what we where looking for. The server was extremely friendly especially for 7am on mother's day... Great food as well. Highly recommend.

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Petoskey, Michigan
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 260 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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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 73 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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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 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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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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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 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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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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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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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?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?