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Orange County Brunch Guide

Written By: Tiffany Carter & Amanda Brenner and Gioia McGuire

Sunday Fun Day is an unofficial holiday that rolls around every weekend to host thousands of Orange County folks ready to go bottomless (mimosas) and catch up with friends over eggs benedict. It’s the only meal where day drinking is a sport and everyone gets a certificate of participation. Whether you’re in the mood for a brunch with an ocean view, a happening spot with live music or a place where champagne flows and French toast grows, Orange County is truly the capital of Brunch, USA. While there are many places in OC to get your brunch on, these spots take the cake—or, pancake.

 

Eggcellent Brunch

Hair of the Dog

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Know those mornings when you’re craving a little bit of everything? Craft House’s brunch menu caters to diners who aren’t sure if they want avocado toast, pozole or banana bread. Maybe you’re looking to munch on something sweet! Opt for the Cinnamon Swirl French Toast with Nutella ganache, strawberries and bananas. Craft House is not opposed to Sunday Fun Day drinking either. They offer everything from Spiked Coffee to bottomless bubbles.

Native Knowledge: Take an awesome photo of your dish while you were there? Add it to their online menu!

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

 

Orange You Glad

Angelina’s Pizzeria Napoletana is bringing the most important b’s to Sunday: brunch and bottomless mimosas! These Sunday Funday essentials will have you waiting in anticipation to try Angelina’s delicious brunch menu. Bring your friends and family to this mid-morning feast of Italian favorites served every Sunday from 11 a.m to 3 p.m. This brunch will have you adding another b for ‘bellissima!’

Native Knowledge: Dine on Angelina’s from the comfort of your home thanks to their multiple delivery partners! Can you say Netflix and Nutella pizza?

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

 

All-American

Before you even start indulging in their mouthwatering brunch menu, start with a Famous Mary, their monstrous version of a bloody mary that is made with Chopin Vodka, blue cheese olive, jack cheese, pepperoni, pepperoncini and a JFAT Blonde Chaser. As you work your way through that beast order a shared appetizer of crispy tater tots to nibble one and select your choice of toppings including bacon, chili, beer cheese sauce or white truffle oil.

“JFAT’s brunch is great because we feature a creative take on classic brunch dishes as well as our own signature dishes,” says JFAT’s Managing Partner David Wilhelm. “It starts with our over-the-top Bloody Marys with hot out-of-the-oven buttermilk biscuits with honey. Then move on to Fried Chicken and Waffles with Thyme Gravy and Vermont Maple Syrup, the Bubba, Southern Comfort Benedict or our Breakfast Flatbread. Throw in a fun, relaxing but high-energy ambiance and you have something very special.”

Native Knowledge: Get to JFAT before noon for their Early Bird Happy Hour so you can score $7 Famous Marys, Mimosas and Champagne and drink for cheap and gloat in front of all the late birds as they stumble inside.

Jimmy’s Famous American Tavern Brea
3325 E Imperial Hwy
Brea, CA 92823
714.733.1310

Jimmy’s Famous American Tavern Dana Point
25001 Dana Point Harbor Dr
Dana Point, CA 92629
949.388.8900

 

You Butter Go

Leave your passport at home and get a little taste of Cuba at Irvine Spectrum—plus, another location in Costa Mesa that’s serving brunch now! This run-down mansion features indoor and outdoor seating perfect for those Sunday brunches when you need a little fresh air to accompany your day drinking. Choose white or red sangria to further immerse yourself in the Cuban lifestyle. For the slow starters, there’s rich Cubano coffee to build up your brunch strength.

“We set the table with the delicious food, drink and entertainment; but it is the guests we welcome into our home that gives our brunch soul,” says Habana’s Director Peter Jaisel.

Native Knowledge: Save room for dessert. You can indulge in to-go baked goodies like guava cheesecake and fresh pastries at the coffee shop and bakery located inside the restaurant.

Habana Irvine
708 Irvine Spectrum Dr
Irvine, CA 92618
949.419.0100

Habana Costa Mesa
2930 Bristol St
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
714.556.0176  

Cheers to That

Imagine your favorite cozy sweater. The one that has been sitting in your closet that you’re just waiting to dive into after a long day because it understands, it’s comforting and you can always rely on it. The Alley is that cozy sweater, over-easy with a side of bacon. Their brunch is on point and features $10 bottomless mimosas and Meatloaf Eggs Benedict. Yum!

“The Alley has been, for 30 years, a local favorite for many things, but especially brunch,” says Owner Jeffrey Chon. “Our customizable brunch dishes, patio seating, fun atmosphere and don’t forget the bottomless champagne!”

Native Knowledge: The Alley is dog-friendly so don’t forget to ask about the “Pups on the Patio” menu.

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

Spirit of Aloha

Between its scenic ocean front location, live Hawaiian music and expansive brunch buffet, Duke’s allows guests to go on a mini island vacation every Sunday between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Perfect for large groups or special celebrations, the menu is designed to cater to even the pickiest palate. Enjoy Traditional Eggs Benedict, Portuguese Sausage, island-inspired fare including Coconut French Toast, Hawaiian-style Poke, Lemongrass Steamed Manila Clams, Ginger Shoyu Chicken and much more.

“When it comes to Sunday brunch at Duke’s Huntington Beach, it makes you wish every day was Sunday,” says Brett Barnes, general manager and partner. “It’s like being transported to a mini vacation complete with Mai Tais, Poke and sweeping views of the Pacific Ocean.”

Native Knowledge: Duke’s offers $4 mimosas in the bar all day on Sundays so you can hit the brunch buffet but sit in the bar to watch the games—and stay all day enjoying bubbles! Locals also know about the Duke’s special Big Island Breakfast menu available only on Sundays in the Barefoot Bar.

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

 

Brunch by the Sea

Breakfast with 🍯 #whataview #mimosas #albertli

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If you are looking for an elegant brunch experience with breathtaking ocean views in the heart of Dana Point, then RAYA is what you have been searching for. Chef de Cuisine Steve Wan’s menu features Chef Richard Sandoval’s his signature Latin flavors including Carnitas Huevos Rancheros, Machaca Breakfast Burrito and the Dungeness Crab Chalupa. As you gaze out into the crystal blue water of the Pacific, indulge in RAYA’s churros with hot fudge, crunchy praline and salted caramel crema ice cream

Native Knowledge: Make reservations in advance and request a window seat. You’ll be the envy of all the other diners as you gobble down your brunch by the sea.

RAYA at The Ritz Carlton, Laguna Niguel
1 Ritz Carlton Dr
Dana Point, CA 92629
949.240.2000

 

We Sea You

“Don’t hate me because I’m beautiful.” That’s the ocean whispering in your ear as you sip on bottomless mimosas and nibble on Créme Brûlée French Toast. It’s what makes The Cannery such the “it” place for brunch because that salty ocean air blends nicely with the Duck Mole Chilaquiles or the Crystal Maple Fried Chicken atop a cheddar waffle with a fried egg. They even have brussels sprouts for brunch, made with a sunnyside egg, bacon and horseradish cream.

Native Knowledge: The Cannery offers “Dock and Dine” so you can have brunch served to you on your boat, because that three-hour tour works up an appetite.

The Cannery
3010 Lafayette Ave
Newport Beach, CA 92663
949.556.0060

Sip, Sip Hooray

Let’s be honest—you can’t have a weekend brunch without a few cocktails, right? A&O Kitchen+Bar understands this unspoken rule, and is here to cater to your every brunch need with their Weekend Liquid Brunch! Every Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., A&O

Kitchen+Bar will be offering brunch-inspired craft cocktails, taking inspiration from a variety of countries. Need something to soak up your cocktail(s)? There are food items and shared plates, as well as live music to complement your meal.

Native Knowledge: Staying at Balboa Bay Resort? Enjoy breakfast from the comfort of your hotel room!

A&O Kitchen+Bar
1221 W Coast Hwy
Newport Beach, CA 92663
949.630.4285

 

Get Eggcited

It’s always a good time at the weekend brunch at Chapter One. From the inventive brunch menu that’s oozing old-school classics like the Hangover Helper and mac and cheese to the live music and those addicting bottomless mimosas flights, welcome to your happy place.

“Brunch at Chapter One: the modern local is perfect because it offers a lot of everything, not just on Sundays but Saturdays also,” says Owner Jeffrey Jensen. “Chapter One has an amazing brunch menu with a huge variety by Chef Jason Montelibano (aka Chef Chicken Wang), [like the] bottomless mimosas with a juice flight, [and a] full bar with brunch cocktails.”

Native Knowledge: Chef Jason is Filipino, so there is the Flipstyle section on the brunch menu with some of his native faves—Tapsilog (soy marinade beef, sinigang, two fried eggs and garlic rice), Longsilog (pork longanisa, sinigang, two fried eggs and garlic rice) and Sisiglog (pork ear, pork jowl, pulled pork, sinigang, two fried eggs and garlic rice).

Chapter One: the modern local
227 N Broadway
Santa Ana, CA 92701
714.352.2225

 

True Grit

They specialize in badass brunches, so leave your doilies and pearl earrings at home and get down and gritty with Jalapeño Cheddar Grits and Pecan Butter Pancakes. Pork comes in all forms at Grits, like the Pork Belly “Benny” (eggs benedict), Carnitas Verde Chilaquiles and Chicken Fried Pork. There is no Wi-Fi or televisions, so record the game and enjoy a Sunday to yourself without being a mental slave to weekend sports or social media.

Native Knowledge: Grits serves cocktails like the Man-Mosa, Champagne Sangria and Beer Bellini. Cheers!

Grits Fullerton
133 W Chapman Ave
Fullerton, CA 92832
714.449.0939

 

On the Sunny Side

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Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and also in the Salmon Toast available on Zinqué’s oh-so-fresh brunch menu. The backdrop is not too shabby either—stellar views of the water, chill-out music playing as the soundtrack for your Zucchini Egg White Frittatas and a modern, earthy indoor/outdoor layout that will add a little vitamin D to your Crispy Sunny Eggs with prosciutto.

“Our brunch is fresh, sunny and delicious with a strong French influence,” says Owner Kristin Dossetti. “Along with an irresistible selection of pastries, we offer croissants baked daily in-house. Our variety of egg dishes go beautifully with La Colombe coffee or your favorite brunch cocktail.”

Native Knowledge: Zinqué offers tasty sweet and savory crèpes on Saturdays and Sundays.

Zinqué
3446 Via Oporto
Newport Beach, CA 92663
949.612.7259  

 

Who’s the Boss

Bottomless Bloody Marys (insert OMG emoji here)! Bosscat is the brunch your mama warned you about, mostly because your mama has no idea how to make a Sticky Bun Breakfast Burger and doesn’t want you leaving home, putting on your swanky ruby red slippers and heading to the Land of Oz, aka Bosscat, where you’ll find magical dishes like Short Rib Chilaquiles, The “King” blue suede pancakes, and the Chorizo + Potato Benedict.

“Everyone here loves how unique our Sunday brunch is because we have awesome and creative food like Fruity Pebbles French Toast, a lively environment and bottomless mimosas,” says Owner Leslie Nguyen. “Brunch is the best because calories don’t count on Sundays.”

Native Knowledge: Bosscat has created a new-treat driven menu for Saturday days called ‘Treat Yo’ Self Saturday’! It features fun items like Donut Burgers, protein pancakes and rose bellinis!

Bosscat Kitchen + Libations
4647 MacArthur Blvd
Newport Beach, CA 92660
949.612.7259

 

Salt Bae

If you’re looking for a rustic, farmhouse vibe with an exciting menu of curiosities like Bone Marrow and French Toast with a sweet bourbon glaze, Pork Belly Benny and Thai Balls With Fried Chicken, then Salt & Ash is the brunch for you. Their foodie philosophy is to pack as many flavors as possible into one bite. The portions are perfectly sized—not too small and not too gluttonous. The brunch salad menu is what those namaste-in-yoga-pants mornings are made for.

Native Knowledge: Brunch is 8 a.m.-2 p.m. and happy hour starts at 2-5 p.m., so to maximize your day drinking, plan accordingly.

Salt & Ash
1390 N Kraemer Blvd
Placentia, CA 92870
657.444.2701  

 

Bacon Me Crazy

Weekends were made for brunching (aka mimosas). Period. 💁🏼‍♀️

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Although known for its renowned cheese shop and wine selection, The Cellar is a hidden brunch gem in the heart of San Clemente’s historic downtown street. The menu is a mix of classic savory and sweet breakfast and lunch items with a rustic flair. Their showstoppers, however, are the dishes featuring their artisan cheeses, including quiche with Hook’s aged cheddar, the avocado toast and Mac & Cheese with The Cellar’s signature cheese shop blend.

Native Knowledge: Live music Tuesday through Sunday!

The Cellar
156 Avenida Del Mar
San Clemente, CA 92672
949.492.3663

 

You Must Be Yolking

Stop by Royal Hen this weekend and enjoy their delicious brunch menu! 📸: @royalhen

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The Royal Hen provides brunch goers with upscale pub cuisine influenced by both English and Irish pub fare. Come hungry as their brunch features a morning drink and two-course meal with delectable items fit for a king/queen, including Foie Gras and Chicken Liver Toast, Black Truffle Benedict, Lemon Ricotta Pancakes and Duck Confit Hash. Select from their variety of signature morning drinks Blood Hen, Royal Spritz or Crimson Roselle.

Native Knowledge: Give into your sweet side and order the Warm Cinnamon Berliners or Lemon-Yuzu Tart. You deserve it.

The Royal Hen
311 Marine Ave
Newport Beach, CA 92662
949.873.5603

 

Don’t Go Bacon My Heart

The best Chicken and Waffles in South Orange County!! Served all day!

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Named after one of San Clemente’s founders, H.H. Cotton is clearly a guy we would want to brunch with. With $12 bottomless mimosa and sangria, and a menu full of comfort food favorites, what more could you ask for on Sunday Fun Day? Invite friends who will let you have a bite or two of their meal because how can you choose between the J.Gable or the Cotton Bomb and the Luv Me Tender—need we say more?

Native Knowledge: Psst…football fans, H.H. Cotton’s is a great place to watch the game!

H.H. Cotton’s
201 Avenida Del Mar
San Clemente, CA 92672
949.429.3321

 

Hakuna Mimosa

You must experience this Sunday brunch, featuring dishes influenced by traditional French,  Italian and modern Filipino cuisine. Choose from an array of elegantly crafted dishes inspired by Chef Ross Pangilinan’s global palate and flavors of the season including Shrimp Lumpia and Duck and French Toast, to name a few.

“What makes brunch at Mix Mix Kitchen Bar really stand out is our non-traditional brunch fare,” says Chef/Owner Ross Pangilinan. “Sure, you’ll find our interpretation of the classics like our Cinnamon French Toast and a Vegetable Frittata, but its unique dishes like our Pork Cheek Adobo, Chorizo and Sweet Potato Croquettes and Shrimp Lumpia that set our brunch apart.”

Native Knowledge: Bottomless mimosas, sparkling wine or prosecco are available for $12 with the purchase of an entrée. Also, it is one of the very few places in town that offers bottomless sparkling rosé!

300 N Main St
Santa Ana, CA 92701
714.836.5158

 

That’s All Yolks

Indulge this afternoon with Brunch here at Sapphire Laguna! Our Fried Chicken N’ Cheddar Biscuit is crispy and savory, the perfect dish for Sunday Brunch. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #foodbeast #lovefood #foodiefeature #tryitordiet #foodporn #feastagram #eattheworld #foodies #foodgram #foodmatters #socalfood #ocfood #ocfoodies #lafood #lafoodies #yelpoc #yelpla #foodiefix #foodstagram #disney #foodofinsta #foodofig #lagunabeach #orangecounty #newportbeach #laguna #disneyland

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Located in the heart of beautiful Laguna Beach, Sapphire is the quintessential brunch spot to kick off a beautiful SoCal weekend. Sapphire’s patio is the perfect spot to enjoy a view of the Pacific and soak in the sun. Chef Azmin Ghahreman’s global market cuisine has something for everyone and utilizes the best seasonal ingredients and only the most responsibly raised and sourced meat, poultry and seafood. Sip on freshly brewed coffee, juice or a brunchy cocktail!

Native Knowledge: Stop by neighboring Sapphire Pantry to grab a few snacks and drinks for the beach.

Sapphire Laguna
1200 S Coast Hwy
Laguna Beach, CA 92651
949.715.9888

 

Toast to the Good Life

Eggs, spicy sausage, buttermilk biscuit, chipotle gravy, queso fresco. #oldvinecafe

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“At Old Vine Café, brunch is not just a weekend occurrence. For over 10 years now, we have been serving brunch seven days per week, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in an upscale-casual environment,” says Executive Chef and Proprietor Mark McDonald.

At Old Vine Café, patrons can indulge in a wide selection of omelets and comforting classics, kicked up a notch with multiple variations of biscuits and gravy, or cornbread and mole. If you enjoy the sweeter things in life, Old Vine has you covered with a variety of delectable crepes and French toast.

Native Knowledge: Old Vine Café’s “Six For Sixty” is a local favorite at Old Vine Café. This six-pack of eclectic, well-crafted wines for only $60 plus tax, comes complete with detailed tasting notes and suggested food pairings. Many regulars keep coming back for this ever-changing six-pack.

Old Vine Café
2937 Bristol St, Ste A102
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
714.545.1411

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