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“Go early in the morning” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Dad's Donut Shop & Bakery

Dad's Donut Shop & Bakery
Ranked #1 of 1 Dessert in Balboa Island
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: American, Fast Food
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Good for: Kids, Families with children, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible
Balboa Island, California
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449 reviews
188 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 323 helpful votes
“Go early in the morning”
5 of 5 bubbles 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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Estes Park, Colorado
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Gotta get there”
5 of 5 bubbles 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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Thank Walt H
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Santa Clarita, California
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192 reviews
99 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
“If you still eat Donuts, then DAD's is for you!”
5 of 5 bubbles 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
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109 reviews
80 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
“You gotta try a Balboa Bar when on Balboa”
5 of 5 bubbles 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
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Gahan
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Tenerife, Spain
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61 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
“Cookies amazing”
5 of 5 bubbles 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
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank SpainPeter
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