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“Go early in the morning”

Dad's Donut Shop & Bakery
Ranked #1 of 1 Dessert in Balboa Island
Certificate of Excellence
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Newport Beach, California
Level 6 Contributor
514 reviews
225 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 355 helpful votes
“Go early in the morning”
Reviewed May 20, 2013

This is a classic, "Must do," on Balboa Island. Go in the morning, grab a donut and a cup of coffee and just hang out. Within a half hour you'll see some very interesting local color, from super friendly "old timers" to first time tourists. Listen to conversations. It's not at all uncommon for multi-million dollar deals to go down in front of Dad's.

Visited May 2013
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English first
Estes Park, Colorado
Level 3 Contributor
7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Gotta get there”
Reviewed April 12, 2013

Frozen, chocolate-covered bananas, cookies, muffins, ice cream and, of course, donuts, he place was wonderful.

Visited April 2013
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Santa Clarita, California
Level 6 Contributor
214 reviews
114 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
“If you still eat Donuts, then DAD's is for you!”
Reviewed January 23, 2013

Having grown up locally, I have eaten thousands of DAD's donuts in my 67 years. And, they are still there, making donuts! If you get to Balboa Island, in Newport Beach, California, it's in the first block on the left, as you drive onto Balboa Island. Tell them I sent you...

Visited January 2013
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Thank Kent S
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Santa Clarita, California
Level 6 Contributor
120 reviews
88 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
“You gotta try a Balboa Bar when on Balboa”
Reviewed November 1, 2012

Balboa Bars are a local treat and a must when visiting Balboa. We stopped at Dad's the other day because they had quite a bit of selection for our group of five. Not only did they have the Balboa Bars, but they also had donuts, cookies, snow cones and ice cream.

Nice employees and there was seating outside to enjoy your bar.

  • Visited October 2012
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Tenerife, Spain
Level 5 Contributor
71 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
“Cookies amazing”
Reviewed October 16, 2012

Cookies & Pastries The Best, and the coffee was great to 1/2 the price at least of Starbucks.

It is in Main Street going down to the berths that over look the lagoon.

  • Visited October 2012
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