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All 8 Balboa Island Restaurants

Dad's Donut Shop & Bakery

318 Marine Ave, Newport Beach, Balboa Island, CA 92662-1280
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Cuisines: Bakery
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English first
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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107 reviews 107 reviews
72 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 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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40 reviews 40 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 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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Manchester, United Kingdom
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25 reviews 25 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 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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166 reviews 166 reviews
92 restaurant reviews
100 helpful votes 100 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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194 reviews 194 reviews
131 restaurant reviews
134 helpful votes 134 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
75 restaurant reviews
60 helpful votes 60 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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