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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
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5:30 am - 10:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 5:30 am - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Breakfast

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  • 30
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  • 17
    Very good
  • 3
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  • 2
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  • 1
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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
Small to large bananas....

The frozen bananas are good. The milkshakes was very milky. However, service was good. I would just ask for light milk if you order a shake.

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 23, 2015
Paula F
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Palos Verdes Estates, California
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Palos Verdes Estates, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015 NEW

The frozen bananas are good. The milkshakes was very milky. However, service was good. I would just ask for light milk if you order a shake.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015

THIS is the original frozen banana place where my mom even went growing up some 60 plus years ago and it has been a family destination ever since, no matter where in the world we have moved. Adults and children always love it and the location is PERFECT! Would never get frozen bananas anywhere else!

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Poipu, Hawaii
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015

When you are on Balboa Island, the best place to stop for balboa bars (ice cream) and frozen bananas is Dad's Donut Shop! Make this a stop when you are in the Newport Beach area.

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Chino Hills, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015

Excellent ice cream. They guy at the window was very helpful and patient with all our questions. Love the Balboa bar, simple concept with great results.

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Mississauga, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

When I saw this place, It attracted me to walk in and try something on a bright sunny day. So as I work myself in the mini standing area, there was so much to choose from. Their ice cream section looked very appealing, I went for chocolate. The ice cream was soft and creamy, and I struggled a bit to... More 

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Arlington, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015

You can't help but walk by this place while in the area. I had to have one of their frozen bananas. They came in different sizes and once they were dipped you could choose from different toppings to roll them in. My kids opted for ice cream. They had a good selection of Dryers ice cream, and soft serve. They... More 

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Paradise Valley, Arizona, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2015

Skip a meal so that you don't have to feel guilty indulging at Dad's, famous for their Balboa Bars. (My husband even loves saying it like a thug.) While the grandkids like those, I gave the chocolate dipped cheesecake a whirl and it is decadent. Donuts are great and the ice cream is as well. There's usually lines, but it... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2015

We stopped in while walking around the island. Plenty of good quality treats. I went for the peanut butter cup ice cream. Wow was it good. We walked the outer loop around Balboa and Little island's. 2.6 miles which hopefully burns about one ice cream scoop. Dad's is in a great spot on Balboa.

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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2015

Neat place. Famous hippo cookies. Awesome chocolate dipped bananas. Taste great and fun looking cookies! Love balboa island didn't want to leave!

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Balboa Island, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2015

Dad's has been around forever and a few years beyond that. We love the applesauce and blueberry donuts, the buttermilk are also great. I just cannot eat them every day because I would look like I was wearing an innertube. Dads also has Balboa bars, an ice cream bar dipped in chocolate and covered with your favorite topping, and frozen... More 

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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
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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