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Dad's Donut Shop & Bakery

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318 Marine Ave, Newport Beach, Balboa Island, CA 92662-1280
949-673-8686
Today
5:30 am - 10:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 5:30 am - 10:00 pm

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  • 23
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  • 11
    Very good
  • 3
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  • 2
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Coffee, donuts ice cream. Chocolate covered bananas.

Its all good. Morning coffee, donuts. Mid day and night time ice cream and chocolate covered bananas and Balboa bars. Can't go wrong. Don't be fooled by others this is the best place for world famous chocolate covered bananas and Balboa bars. Well run by same hard working family for years.

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 1, 2015
Rick W
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Senior Contributor
38 reviews 38 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015

Its all good. Morning coffee, donuts. Mid day and night time ice cream and chocolate covered bananas and Balboa bars. Can't go wrong. Don't be fooled by others this is the best place for world famous chocolate covered bananas and Balboa bars. Well run by same hard working family for years.

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New York City, New York
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1,822 helpful votes 1,822 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015 via mobile

Dads is a walk in place for ice cream as well as their delicious donuts. The price is right, the people are friendly, and it's fun.

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Spartanburg, South Carolina
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380 reviews 380 reviews
289 restaurant reviews
95 helpful votes 95 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

We stopped in Saturday morning and got an apple saue doughnut, an old fashion with chocolate doughnut, an apple fritter and a couple cups of coffee. This is a cool place, small, no seats. We got our doughnuts and walked over to the water and ate our treats. They were fantastic. made fresh with real ingredients. We will be back

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Wichita, Kansas
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45 reviews 45 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015

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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119 restaurant reviews
63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015

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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Senior Contributor
41 reviews 41 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 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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195 helpful votes 195 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
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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41 reviews 41 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 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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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 318 Marine Ave, Newport Beach, Balboa Island, CA 92662-1280
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Orange County  >  Newport Beach  >  Balboa Island
  • Phone Number: 949-673-8686

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Bakery
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

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