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Dad's Donut Shop & Bakery

318 Marine Ave, Newport Beach, Balboa Island, CA 92662-1280
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Cuisines: Bakery
Most recent review
- Aug 17, 2014
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29 reviews from our community

86% Recommend
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English first
Newport Beach, CA
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24 reviews 24 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 NEW

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
21 helpful votes 21 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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Manchester, United Kingdom
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26 reviews 26 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2014

Lovely little doughnut and coffee shop that also sells ice cream. The donuts and pastries are freshly baked and the coffee is hot. The staff and smiley and nice. There's no seating inside but it's very pleasant to sit on the bench outside and people watch.

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Paarl, South Africa
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165 reviews 165 reviews
91 restaurant reviews
97 helpful votes 97 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2014

This what is undermining Trip Advisor's reputation. Number 2 restaurant on Balboa Island? This is not a restaurant by any standard anyone could apply. It's a bakery / donut shop. With history maybe. You can buy coffee to go with your donut and consume both on the street outside or take them home. Personally I found both the coffee and... More

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181 reviews 181 reviews
119 restaurant reviews
118 helpful votes 118 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2014

My wife and I were in Balboa on vacation and I needed an afternoon snack. I popped into Dad's for a donut ( or two ) and they were great. The staff was pleasant and prices good. What else would you want from a bakery ?

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Lymington, United Kingdom
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103 reviews 103 reviews
76 restaurant reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2014

We're from England and still don't understand the Starbucks thing. Dad's is 100 yards down the street on Marine Avenue, Balboa from S-bucks and the coffee is MUCH better and is served by smiling people. What the choice here ? Come on Balboa people - get real!

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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49 reviews 49 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2014

We tried both the large frosted sugar cookie and the frozen dipped banana. Both were great little treats. The donuts looked great too.

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Petoskey, Michigan
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142 restaurant reviews
217 helpful votes 217 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2013

We visited Dad's on our last day on Balboa Island, which coincidentally was Christmas Day, and stopped for coffee and a donut. They were the only place open on the holiday and were slammed with customers. We wish we had discovered them sooner. Absolutely the most lovely staff you will encounter on the Island, cheerful, efficient and fast! My husband... More

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Layton, Utah
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119 reviews 119 reviews
75 restaurant reviews
76 helpful votes 76 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2013

I read a bunch of great reviews about Dad's so we went out of our way to stop by for a donut and ice cream. They do have Dryer's "hard" ice cream instead of soft serve with about 20 choices. The donut was a bit stale, probably better to go in the morning. The hippos that everyone talks about are... More

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Orange, California
12 reviews 12 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2013

My girlfriend and I usually try to stop here when we are on Balboa Island. They have a pretty awesome selection of ice cream and deserts. There is sometimes a really long wait which can be frustrating at times but it's still a cool place to check out. Staff is friendly and always outgoing, definitely worth checking out if you're... More

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