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Written by: Chad Chisholm ORANGE COUNTY BRUNCH GUIDE

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:

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Second Floor Sipping

Mozambique Steakhouse

Sultry jazz floats on the ocean air from Mozambique Steakhouse’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 roof-top ocean views, Mozambique is primed for brunch.  

Native knowledge: Enjoy $5 mimosas at Mozambique while taking in the once a month “Drag Me To Brunch” Drag Brunch.

Mozambique Steakhouse
1740 S Coast Hwy
Laguna Beach, CA 92651
949.715.7777

 

A Brunch That’s Music to Our Ears

Silver Trumpet Restaurant and Bar

 

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This lakeside-dining establishment at Avenue of the Arts Hotel offers not only a great brunch with made-to-order omelets and classic dishes but an executive express menu for those on the run. Offered Saturdays and Sundays from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m., the artfully-minded restaurant affords guests a symphony of flavors. The location is also steps away from the Segerstrom Center for the Arts.

Native knowledge: Valet is validated for up to 2 hours.

Silver Trumpet Restaurant and Bar
3350 Avenue of the Arts
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
714.442.8593

 

Arts and Crafts

Craft House

Banana bread served with bacon, sunny side up eggs, maple syrup and breakfast potatoes are sure to pair well with the bottomless bubbles or Blake’s Old Fashioned (South Orange County native Chef Blake’s secret recipe) at Craft House. Something for everyone, the brunch menu includes everything from sweet Cinnamon Swirl French Toast to savory Pozole. Their Spiked Coffee will also put a zip in your sip.

Native Knowledge: The “Best Sangria Ever” is a twist on a classic using white wine, elderflower and hibiscus syrup.

Craft House
34094 Pacific Coast Hwy
Dana Point, CA 92629
949.481.7734

Must-Brunch Crust

Angelina’s Pizzeria Napoletana

Pizza for brunch? Absolutely. Whether enjoying a Breakfast Pizza with bottomless mimosas or Bombolinos filled with Nutella to pair with your Peach Bellini, the family recipes found at Angelina’s are an unexpected brunch in their energetic Irvine location.  

Angelina’s Pizzeria Napoletana
8573 Irvine Center Dr
Irvine, CA 92618
949.536.5200

Surf’s Sip

Duke’s Huntington Beach

Offering a Sunday Brunch Buffet, Duke’s Huntington Beach brings the Spirit of Aloha to the shores of California. Banana-macadamia nut pancakes, coconut French toast, and Kalua pork all grace the extensive buffet spread. Try a Black Salt Bloody Mary or Duke’s own Island Mimosa for a tropical afternoon vacation.

Native knowledge: Duke’s special Big Island Breakfast menu and all-day $4 mimosas are available only on Sundays in the Barefoot Bar, a local’s hangout.

Duke’s Huntington Beach
317 Pacific Coast Hwy
Huntington Beach, CA 92648
714.374.6446

Brunch With a View

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, 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.

Native Knowledge: Make a reservation in advance for a window seat by the sea!

RAYA
1 Ritz-Carlton Dr
Dana Point, CA 92629
949.240.2000

 

Bayside Brunching

The Cannery Seafood of the Pacific

Pull up a chair, or a boat in their “dock and dine” dining option, to The Cannery Seafood of the Pacific. Far from the historic potent cannery operations of the 1920s, the chic waterfront restaurant of today offers brunch-goers exciting dishes such as the Kamayan Filipino style BBQ skewers with hanger steak, Hawaiian prawns and pork belly as well as Crème Brulee French Toast.

The Cannery Seafood of the Pacific
3010 Lafayette Ave
Newport Beach, CA 92663
949.556.0060

 

Mas Brunch, Por Favor!

El Mercado Modern Cuisine

For some authentic worldly fare, head to El Mercado Modern Cuisine in the 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.

El Mercado Modern Cuisine
301 N Spurgeon St
Santa Ana, CA 92701
714.338.2446

 

Lo Amamos

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, like Salmon Avocado Toast or Breakfast Torta.

Native Knowledge: Try the bottomless mimosas with a mix of up to three juices: pineapple, guava and orange!

Descanso
1555 Adams Ave, Ste 103
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
714.486.3798

 

Brunch with a Cause

Andrei’s Conscious Cuisine & Cocktails

 

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By bringing together food and community with the intent of serving up not only delicious dishes but charity as well, Andrei’s is a pillar of genuineness in Irvine. 100 percent of the profits go to the Andrei Foundation which contributes to several local charities and was established in memory of Andrei Olenicoff in 2005. Saturday brunch, from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., offers a large cocktail menu and delicious menu items such as brown butter pancakes, prosciutto brunch pizza and crab Benedicts.

NativKnowledge: Enjoy the lounge-like feel and vibe of the space with its two-story waterfall feature.

Andrei’s Conscious Cuisine & Cocktails
2607 Main St
Irvine, CA 92614
949.387.8887

 

No Passport Needed

Javier’s Restaurant

 

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For some of the sexiest ambiance in Newport Beach, Javier’s brings its A-game. The decor and design meld seamlessly and the ocean views join a family of restaurant locations. A popular scene, the boisterous brunch crowd is high-energy, enjoying Huevos Rancheros, Chilaquiles Verdes and Machaca con Huevos. Favorite margaritas include the Piña and Jalapeño.

Native Knowledge: The indoor firepit is an eye-catching centerpiece and a bit quieter part of the restaurant.

Javier’s Restaurant
7832 E Coast Hwy
Newport Beach, CA 92657
949.494.1239

 

Raise the Rooftop

Tanner’s

 

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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 beach beyond. Serving seasonal fare and cocktails, the lounge areas and vibe are as impeccable as the oceanside wood-fired fare.

Native Knowledge: Make an afternoon of it by booking a treatment at the luxurious Aarna Spa on the property.

Tanner’s
21080 Pacific Coast Hwy
Huntington Beach, CA 92648
714.698.6130

 

Say Hill-o

Pelican Grill

 

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Choosing between sipping a Blood Orange Mimosa and a White Peach Bellini is difficult, but someone has to do it. California cuisine with water views, the vista from Pelican Hill can be enjoyed while sipping either (or both). The food at Pelican Grill is as beautiful as it is delicious, a treat for the eyes and appetite.

Native knowledge: Sign up for their newsletter before heading to property for a complimentary bruschetta appetizer.

Pelican Grill
22800 S Pelican Hill Rd
Newport Coast, CA 92657
844.443.0022

Say Aloha to the Weekend!

The Royal Hawaiian

The Ali’i Brunch is offered Saturdays and Sundays from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and includes Hawaiian’s favorite Loco Moco on the menu alongside mouthwatering dishes such as Macadamia Crusted French Toast, Kama’aina Open-Faced Lobster Club and Coconut Fried Shrimp. If that’s not enough to want to make you dance the hula, try the Island Bloody Mary made with Pau Hawaiian Vodka, house Mary mix and a plantain chip or the $15 bottomless mimosas with orange, guava or pineapple juice options.

The Royal Hawaiian
331 N Coast Hwy
Laguna Beach, CA 92651
949.715.1470

 

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Social Brunch Butterfly

SOCIAL Costa Mesa

 

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Underneath the radiance of a “Good Vibes Only” neon installation, brunch guests can find their own afterglow while trying SOCIAL Costa Mesa’s California-inspired brunch menu. Scrambles, burritos, benedicts and more pepper the menu, complete with a cold-brew cocktail menu with cheeky item names such as “Honey, I’m Irish” and “Sheet Faced.” A co-working space where creatives stoke their imaginations, brunch may just land you next to some thought-provoking dining mates for a real conversation starter.

Native Knowledge: Thunderking Coffee Bar is open daily inside SOCIAL Costa Mesa from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for brunch.  

SOCIAL Costa Mesa
512 W 19th St
Costa Mesa, CA 92627
949.642.2425

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Weekend Golden Hour

Bluegold

 

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If you’ve shopped till you dropped or you just need a little liquid courage before making that big purchase, a stop by Bluegold is just the ticket. Located at Pacific City, Bluegold focuses on old-world cooking techniques and locally-sourced ingredients. Whether trying the milk rolls with hazelnut honey or a Bloody Mary oyster shooter, overlooking the ocean beyond makes for an excellent brunch stop.

Native Knowledge: Two hours of validated parking available on the weekends, or if you show $250 in receipts at valet, self-parking is covered by Pacific City.  

Bluegold
21016 Pacific Coast Hwy, Ste D200
Huntington Beach, CA 92648
714.374.0038

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Show the Weekend Who’s Boss

Bosscat Kitchen & Libations

 

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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.  

Bosscat Kitchen & Libations
4647 MacArthur Blvd
Newport Beach, CA 92660
949.333.0917

 

The Gang’s All Here

H.H. Cotton’s

 

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Sunday Brunch at H.H. Cotton’s brings new meaning to Sunday Fun Day—with a little bit of everything on the menu from ramen to breakfast tacos, it is a great space to meet up with friends. Named for one of the two founders of San Clemente, the sense of camaraderie is still apparent within its walls. Make sure to try the Bottomless Sangria for $14!

H.H. Cotton’s
201 Avenida Del Mar
San Clemente, CA 92672
949.940.6785

 

Go the Traditional Route

The Alley Restaurant & Bar

 

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Serving brunch Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., The Alley is known for their $10 bottomless mimosas and classic brunch menu. A saloon-style restaurant, the welcoming neighborhood service and feel will leave you coming back for more.

Native Knowledge: The dog-friendly restaurant allows pups on the patios and has $5 burger patties or grilled chicken available for your four-legged best friend.

The Alley Restaurant & Bar
4501 W Coast Hwy
Newport Beach, CA 92663
949.646.9126

 

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