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The Only Orange County Brunch Guide You’ll Need

Brunch: It’s What Sundays Are For

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

ORANGE COUNTY BRUNCH GUIDE

1 | Billy’s at the Beach

New to the Newport brunch scene, local favorite Billy’s at the Beach is offering island-inspired breakfast items on Sunday mornings. Devour sweet, fluffy banana and macadamia nut pancakes,  traditional steak and eggs or opt for a Hawaiian classic with Billy’s Moco Loco. Cheers your bloody marys and World Famous Mai Tais (no, it’s never too early!) at this waterfront, tiki-themed restaurant. Catch your favorite football team on the TVs thanks to NFL SUNDAY TICKET, and let those Sunday scaries wash away. Where do you aloha?

Billy’s at the Beach
Location: Newport Beach
@billysatthebeach

EXP 9/11

 

2 | Muldoon’s Irish Pub

 

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Searching for a local’s favorite spot that delivers on a perfect weekend brunch? Look no further than Muldoon’s Irish Pub. Spend your weekend morning in the charming, shaded courtyard while indulging in fan favorites like fluffy pancakes, jam-packed breakfast burritos and a good ‘ol classic eggs Benedict. Sip a Bloody Mary (the bloody mary mix is made in-house!), ice-cold beer or fizzy mimosa as you watch your favorite team play on the big screens around the restaurant. The brown brick walls and touches of four-leaf clover green give this Southern California Irish Pub an authentic European vibe.

Muldoon’s Irish Pub
Location: Newport Beach
@muldoonsnb

EXP 9/16

3 | 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!

Tavern House
Location: Newport Beach 
@tavernhousekb

EXP 9/27

 

4 | Rancho Capistrano Winery

 

Before you begin sippin’ wine on your weekend off, you’re first going to want to start the day with a decadent brunch. Rancho Capistrano Winery in San Juan Capistrano offers both breakfast and lunch classics on Saturday and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The mimosa flights are a must, and the French toast bites, Italian Benedict and BBQ chicken flatbread are all great options to share with your table! Hang out all day on the serene, shaded patio complete as you transition from rosé to red wine. The winery is even pup-friendly, so you don’t have to leave your furry friend at home!

Rancho Capistrano Winery
Locations: San Juan Capistrano, San Clemente
@ranchocapistranowinery

EXP 10/7

 

5 | 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.  

Mozambique
Location: Laguna Beach
@mozambiqueoc

 

6 | Rendez Vous French Bakery and Cafe

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. 

Local Insight: You can now order online for pickup! Visit www.rendezvouscdm.com to place your order.

Rendez Vous French Bakery and Cafe
Location: Corona del Mar
@rendezvous.cdm

 

7 | 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!

RAYA
Location: Dana Point 
@ritzcarltonlagunaniguel

8 | 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. 

The Country Club
Location: Costa Mesa 
@countryclubcm

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9 | 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. 

Playa Mesa
Location: Costa Mesa 
@playamesa

 

10 | El Mercado Modern Cuisine

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.

El Mercado Modern Cuisine
Location: Santa Ana 
@mercadomodern

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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!

Descanso
Location: Costa Mesa 
@descansorestaurant

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. 

Tanner’s
Location: Huntington Beach
@tannershb 

 

13 | Coliseum Pool & Grill

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. 

Coliseum Pool & Grill
Location: Newport Coast 
@pelicanhillresort 

 

14 | Bosscat Kitchen & Libations

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
Location: Newport Beach, Orange
@bosscatkitchen

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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. 

Chaak Kitchen 
Location: Tustin
@chaak_kitchen

 

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! 

Oliver’s Osteria
Location: Laguna Beach 
@oliversosteria

 

17 | 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! 

Cafe Sevilla 
Location: Costa Mesa 
@sevillaoc

 

18 | SOCIAL Craft Kitchen + Bar

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

 

19 | 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! 

Sabatino’s
Location: Newport Beach 
@sabatinos_sausage 

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About the author

Taylor is a graduate from the University of Southern California with a degree in journalism. She is our Los Angeles and Orange County editor. You can find her dining at a new restaurant, in the ocean or planning her next adventure. Say hello!

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