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Dad's Donut Shop & Bakery

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318 Marine Ave, Newport Beach, Balboa Island, CA 92662-1280
+1 949-673-8686
05:30 - 22:00
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Bakersfield, California
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19 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 November 2016 via mobile

The desert their is great And compared to the restraints the price is pretty good they have a great selection of food and they are quick at making it

Thank Garrett0504
Irvine, California
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46 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2016

I shared a chocolate dipped banana with my husband with almonds and peanuts, my biggest recommendation is to each get your own banana so that you can choose what toppings you get on it! :) It was fun and will bring friends back next time we're in the area.

Thank sandram972016
Long Island, New York
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2016

My grandma kept telling me about Balboas infamous frozen bananas so I had to try one. It was really good! I got mine dipped in chocolate and sprinkles. The banana tasted like a sorbet almost. It wasn't frozen enough that you couldn't bite it.

Thank Mariel D
Brea, California
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5 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 August 2016

I know there are 2 places on the island claiming to be the first balboa bars, and I've always come to dad's for mine. Such a great treat on a warm beach afternoon, hand dipped and coated in your choice topping. a must get when your on the island

Thank Carrie V
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23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 August 2016

After a short visit to the Balboa Island Museum and having read a little about Dad's, we headed towards ice cream goodness. We were standing in front of Dad's contemplating what we should get. They are famous for two things: frozen bananas and Balboa bars. My husband said to me, "what's a Balboa bar?" and a local woman walking past... More 

Thank meehabunny
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 August 2016 via mobile

We have been coming to the Island for 35 years - always buy Dads Balboa Bars. A favorite is milk chocolate rolled in toasted almonds. Their donuts and pastries are good too.

Thank LuluGrace8
Forest Grove, Oregon
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125 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 July 2016

We had heard about the famous frozen bananas and Balboa bars here so we had to stop when visiting out daughter in Southern California. She had tried both before and said either were great options. We all had Balboa Bars dipped in chocolate with our choice of toppings and they were wonderful! Lots of nice baked goods and donuts in... More 

Thank JeenaC
Los Angeles, California
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28 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 July 2016

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
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 July 2016

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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 July 2016 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 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
American, Fast food
Restaurant features
Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly, Cheap Eats
Open Hours
05:30 - 22:00
05:30 - 22:00
05:30 - 22:00
05:30 - 22:00
05:30 - 22:00
05:30 - 22:00
05:30 - 22:00
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: +1 949-673-8686

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?