Brunch: It’s What Sundays Are For
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Sunny Southern California skies are a perfect backdrop to everyone’s favorite weekend warrior activity: brunching. Whether enjoying bottomless mimosas, savory benedicts or piles of pancakes, there are plenty of places in Orange County to gather with friends for day-drinking and whiling away the afternoon. Here are a few of our favorite places to get our brunch on: ORANGE COUNTY BRUNCH GUIDE
1 | Playa Mesa
Margaritas for brunch? No one is stopping you! Playa Mesa’s brunch menu, served weekends until 2 p.m., shines with dishes like the chile verde Benedict, tres leches waffle and the chorizo con papas! Pair your fiesta brunch with a refreshing cocktail; treat yourself to a La Pasión Del Patron (Patron Silver, passion fruit, coconut water, pineapple, apricot and lime), a mango michelada (mango Hefeweizen, house-made michelada mix, lime, fresh mango, chamoy and Tajin rim) or their Insta-famous spicy cucumber margarita (fresh cucumber juice, lime, cilantro and house spicy bitters). This family-friendly local favorite has a menu for the kiddos, featuring options like buttermilk pancakes, mini burritos and junior taco salads.Eblast Ad Exp 5/8
2 | Tavern House
Get ready for some amazing eats and a jaw-dropping view of the water—Tavern House’s Bayside Brunch is a local staple for a good reason. Menu classics, such as chicken and waffles and huevos rancheros and over-the-top bloody marys, are joined by new favorites like prime rib Benedict and a platter of barbecue chipotle bourbon oysters. “Our goal is for Tavern House to become Newport Beach’s go-to gathering place for drinking, dining, socializing and life celebrations,” says Chef David Wilhelm. We’ll raise a Tavern Mary to that!
3 | Mozambique
Sultry jazz floats on the ocean air from Mozambique’s second-floor Shebeen Lounge every Sunday at this brunch hotspot. Open every Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., the indoor and outdoor spaces welcome hungry guests. The popular Breakfast Tower is piled high with crabmeat, egg-battered tomato, spinach and melted Swiss topped with cilantro lime aioli. Whether enjoying the compositions of Coltrane or the panoramic rooftop ocean views, Mozambique is primed for brunch.EXP 5/17
Whether you’re craving a pastry and coffee pairing or you’re ready to indulge in a hardy weekend brunch, Rendez Vous French Bakery and Cafe in Corona del Mar is the perfect place to start your day. This authentic French bakery and cafe features an assortment of sweet and savory crêpes, fresh-baked pastries, artisanal breads, tasty omelettes and egg dishes. Dig into the rich ratatouille and goat cheese omelette or opt for the traditional French Croque Grand Pere, which is served with a side of sauteed peppers, onions and potatoes.EBLAST Exp 5/9
5 | Cafe Sevilla
Cafe Sevilla’s “Brunch From the Other South” is an experience not to miss. On Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., indulge in brunch with a twist. From Spanish eggs Benedict to the short rib hash, each dish is packed with flavor. Pair your meal with bottomless mimosas for only $18. During your dining experience, enjoy tunes from their live resident DJ, and make the most of your weekend with brunch at Cafe Sevilla!EXP 5/19
6 | RAYA
Floor-to-ceiling windows greet guests at The Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel’s RAYA, where Chef Richard Sandoval takes brunchers on a culinary journey through Latin America on Sundays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. An a la carte champagne brunch, the three courses include choices of ceviche, omelets, chalupas and churros, just to name a few. Try the kimchi bloody mary, made with Grey Goose, kimchi, pickled garlic root and bacon.
Local Insight: Make a reservation in advance for a window seat by the sea!
7 | The Country Club
You’ll come for the cocktails and stay for the food! Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., The Country Club offers an extensive brunch menu. Dig into dishes like buttermilk pancakes, chilaquiles and avocado toast. The Country Club bloody mary, bottomless mimosas, espresso martini and seasonal margarita are all great cocktail options.Exp 5/25
8 | Sabatino’s
You’re probably familiar with Sabatino’s for their delicious Italian dinner and homemade Italian sausage. But wait, they have brunch? Yes, and it’s unreal. Saturday and Sunday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., Sabatino’s serves a champagne brunch for only $25.95. True to their nature, each breakfast item comes with a side of pasta or homestyle potatoes and their homemade Italian sausage. Get ready for a good time and a full belly!EXP 5/19
Underneath the radiance of a “Good Vibes Only” neon installation (found at the Costa Mesa location), brunch guests can find their own afterglow while trying SOCIAL’s California-inspired brunch menu. Scrambles, burritos, Benedicts and more pepper the menu, complete with a cold-brew cocktail menu with cheeky item names. The colorful dishes and drinks are the epitome of good California vibes.
SOCIAL Craft Kitchen + Bar
Location: Costa Mesa, Huntington Beach
For some authentic worldly fare, head to El Mercado Modern Cuisine in historic Downtown Santa Ana. This restaurant is spicing up the brunch menu with Torrejas French Toast, made from brioche and sweet custard, served with habanero whip, piloncillo syrup and rum-soaked raisins. Finish off your Sunday with a decadent Oaxaca flourless cake or a lite coconut sorbet.
11 | Descanso
Offering brunch Satudays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., the “Plancha Dining” is muy caliente. Whether seeking savory dishes like the chilaquiles or Machaca Alambre or satisfying a sweet tooth craving with Conchas Bread Pudding, there is something for every palate at Descanso. Non-Plancha offerings are still available, such as salmon avocado toast or the breakfast torta.
Local Insight: Try the bottomless mimosas with a mix of up to three juices: pineapple, guava and orange!
12 | Tanner’s
For those looking for a prime perch for brunch, look no further than Tanner’s. Located at the Paséa Hotel and Spa, the unique treehouse bar design overlooks the property and the beach beyond. Serving seasonal fare and cocktails, the lounge areas and vibe are as impeccable as the oceanside wood-fired fare.
Local Insight: Make an afternoon of it by booking a treatment at the luxurious Aarna Spa at the hotel after your brunch.
Nothing beats the brunch view at Coliseum Pool & Grill at Pelican Hill. Between the infinity pool, luxurious architecture and crystal clear views of the ocean, you will without a doubt feel like you’re on vacation. The food at Coliseum Pool & Grill ranges from dishes like an acai smoothie bowl to flaxseed blueberry pancakes.
Creative concoctions give brunch an even more lighthearted flair; such is the case at Bosscat where you can order Nutella s’mores pancakes, Fruity Pebbles French toast and a donut burger. Wash it all down with their extensive whiskey, bourbon and scotch selections or try a Breakfast in Bed shot—maple bourbon, orange juice and bacon. For die-hard fans of the locale, whiskey lockers are available for your favorite batch to keep on-hand.
15 | Chaak Kitchen
This gorgeous Mexican restaurant serves brunch on Sundays from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Dig into beautifully plated dishes and sip refreshing cocktails like the guava mimosa or tropical sangria. If you’re stumped on what to order, we recommend the ceviche campeche and tacos de cochinita pibil.
16 | Oliver’s Osteria
Whether you’re a breakfast/brunch person or a lunch/brunch person, Oliver’s has you covered. Brunch options include their signature bombolini (traditional Italian donut style pastry filled with custard and chocolate), fresh crepes and eggs Benedict. Oh, and you can’t leave brunch without satisfying your sweet tooth. Treat yourself to the panna cotta or tiramisu—you won’t regret it!