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All 8 Balboa Island Restaurants

Dad's Donut Shop & Bakery

318 Marine Ave, Newport Beach, Balboa Island, CA 92662-1280
949-673-8686
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 5:30 am - 10:00 pm
Cuisines: Bakery
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Wichita, Kansas
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40 reviews 40 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015 NEW

Rather than stop at Starbucks, we usually try to find a local shop. Not that Starbucks is bad, but we have found local places to be better. Dad's is just down the street from Starbucks on Balboa Island, but it's a world away. A small, family-style bakery and ice cream goodie place, they have been in business since the 1960s.... More 

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Abington, Massachusetts
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120 reviews 120 reviews
84 restaurant reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015 NEW

Balboa Island is a lovely block of shops and quick bites, one of which is Dad's Donut Shop. My daughter and I came here in November, and had to bring my husband and son to taste the Balboa Bars. They have vanilla ice cream on a stick, and then dip it in hot melted chocolate and then in your choice... More 

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40 reviews 40 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2014

Whenever we come to Balboa Island, we always make a stop at Dad's to grab either a frozen banana or a balboa bar. Both are quite yummy. Its a good thing they are right next to the church as the treats are sinfully tasty.

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Balboa Island, California
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185 reviews 185 reviews
84 restaurant reviews
164 helpful votes 164 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

Go to Dad's in the morning. Grab a coffee and a donut and mingle. You might chat it up with a bare-foot surfer or a multi-multi millionaire. The crowd here is different from Starbucks a block away. I'm not saying one group is better than the other, just different.

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Newport, Wales, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2014

This is where I do my half way stop for my donut and coffee while I'm out paddle boarding. So friendly the owner even knows which donut I like considering I only go there on my monthly holiday every july . Excellent good old fashioned service .

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Baraboo, Wisconsin
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38 reviews 38 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014

Seems everyone was clamoring for a frozen treat at each of the "Balboa Bar" locales in this area. This shop had the best reviews, but honestly, it was just a plain vanilla ice cream bar dipped in chocolate and your choice of topping. Nothing that special. You can do it just to say you did, but if you can't make... More 

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Phoenix, Arizona
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014 via mobile

So traumatized that they changed the size and recipe of their donuts. They are smaller and the texture is awful. I had to throw it away! I've been going there since I was a little girl and so sad I'll never go back. Change it back!!

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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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116 reviews 116 reviews
79 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014

This has been an old haunt for the past 50 years or so. If you have never had a frozen banana before, stop here and get one. They are great. This is just a place for some treats after a meal or you could make a meal of the treats.

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Newport Beach, Ca
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47 reviews 47 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

A trip to Newport Beach and Balboa Island is not complete without a stop at Dad's. A small bakery and ice cream shop (with balboa bars and frozen bananas too). Pick up the Hippo Cookies for friends and family and be sure to have one yourself. Iced in a dozen beautiful colors…irresistible!

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Riverside, CA
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

For $3.50 you can have the best dessert in town. Head over to Dad's on Balboa island for a Balboa bar. A square chunk of ice cream dipped in chocolate and then choose your topping. I have chopped almonds and chopped peanuts. So delicious! I am already planning on taking my family for this delicious treat.

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Additional Information about Dad's Donut Shop & Bakery

Address: 318 Marine Ave, Newport Beach, Balboa Island, CA 92662-1280
Phone Number: 949-673-8686
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Orange County  >  Newport Beach  >  Balboa Island
Open Hours:
Sunday 5:30 am - 10:00 pm
Monday 5:30 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday 5:30 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday 5:30 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday 5:30 am - 10:00 pm
Friday 5:30 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday 5:30 am - 10:00 pm
Cuisine: Bakery

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