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Dad's Donut Shop & Bakery

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318 Marine Ave, Newport Beach, Balboa Island, CA 92662-1280
5:30 am - 10:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 5:30 am - 10:00 pm
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Los Angeles, California
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29 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Dad's is a must Balboa experience. They have ice cream and bakery items in addition to the frozen bananas.

Thank kathleenmarie
Albany, California
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43 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Who's the original frozen banana on Marine Avenue? Who cares! Just get one... stat! We go to whichever one has the shortest line and the fewest teens. In this case it was Dad's. What could be better than a frozen banana, slathered in chocolate and covered in (our case) peanuts. A classic treat to enjoy any time of day, any... More 

Thank Russell H
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

My friend spent her summer's as a child in Newport Beach. She would often get frozen bananas and wanted to introduce me to this delectable treat. There were 2 places near each other claiming to be the home of the "Original" frozen banana. We decided on Dad's and we were NOT SORRY! I had no idea that you could get... More 

1 Thank Tanya N
Atlanta, Georgia
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242 reviews
103 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

This is one of our favorite places. Nothing fancy but has a decent amount of dessert items. They also do breakfast. The Balboa Bars are what they are known for, but I love the bon bon cookies. There is another place just down the street selling a lot of the same desserts but don't bother. Dad's is better. There is... More 

Thank Michael H
Goleta, California
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149 reviews
86 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2016

The Balboa bar with peanuts and Oreos is awesome! What a fun treat to get while on the island. The donuts, apple fritters and croissants in the morning are also really tasty. The only thing we didn't love is the frozen cheesecake with toppings. I would choose the Balboa bar over the cheesecake bar. If you're on the island, you... More 

Thank Valerie K
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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729 reviews
434 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 353 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2016 via mobile

Just love the quaint & quirky buildings on Bilbao Island & dads is one of them. Delicious donuts & the infamous frozen bananas are a must to taste.

Thank McAnnie1
Irvine, CA
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56 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2016 via mobile

Located on Marine, it's one of two places that claim to have the original Balboa Bar ice cream. Doesn't matter which is first. It's just good. Walk up to the counter right on the sidewalk and order a Balboa Bar or a Frozen Banana. I don't know how many times I've been there and just saw they bake & have... More 

Thank Michael H
Riverside, California
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269 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 340 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2016

Dad's is a classic.Went there Saturday afternoon with my wife and some friends. Passed up the special item - frozen banana - for ice cream cones to enjoy while enjoying the sunshine and relaxed sidewalk wanderers on Balboa. Don't know how old the place is, but it evokes memories of a wonderful time long ago when the world seemed simpler,... More 

1 Thank Andrew H
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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151 reviews
94 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2016

Only place we've ever been to that offers Balboa bars in vanilla and chocolate ice cream. Toppings are great. Frozen bananas in 3 sizes, priced accordingly. They also scoop ice cream, but it's a very mediocre brand, come here for the bananas, bars or the hippo cookies. Donuts are good too, don't know whether they make them or just bring... More 

Thank WorthHaving
Phoenix, Arizona
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853 reviews
243 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 247 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2016 via mobile

Can't be in Newport and not get a frozen banana, and Dads on Marine on Balboa Island is the place. While you're at it get a dipped Balboa Bar

Thank Mike K

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Restaurant features
Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Families with children, Dining on a budget
Open Hours
5:30 am - 10:00 pm
5:30 am - 10:00 pm
5:30 am - 10:00 pm
5:30 am - 10:00 pm
5:30 am - 10:00 pm
5:30 am - 10:00 pm
5:30 am - 10:00 pm
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

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?