If you're a brunch lover, you'll be right at home in Orange County! If there is one thing that is essential to the make up of a Orange County local’s weekend it is the sweet smell of bacon and eggs, breakfast burritos with avocado, or comforting gluten free baked goods, and of course coffee, enjoyed during a long, leisurely mid-morning meal.
Brunch lovers know what we're talking about! There is something especially delectable, and especially picturesque, about that late breakfast or early lunch that we call brunch. Whether it is with spent with family and friends, or for some extra ‘me-time,’ brunch is a great way to unwind and enjoy the weekend. And brunch in Orange County, with its sunny days, swaying palms, and laid-back beach culture, is even better!
Here are our top choices for Orange County brunch locations to satisfy even the most discerning brunch-lover:
For a Casual Beachy Brunch:
One of our local favorites,
in San Clemente is a cozy French-inspired cafe that dishes out exceptional food and a welcoming coastal atmosphere. At Cafe Mimosa you'll enjoy charming outdoor patio dining, divine fresh baked pastries, and Mimosa specialties like the creme brulee French toast, egg white frittata, and pork belly.
If you're visiting on a weekend, be sure to arrive early! This is a popular spot, and there is often a wait.
Another cozy French style restaurant,
Specializes in delectable breakfast crepes. You'll find both sweet and savory crepes on the menu, as well as other breakfast options, salads, and sandwiches. Seating is limited at La Galette, but the location is perfect, with ocean views just across from the Pier.
For a Hearty Meal
Crow Bar & Kitchen
Corona Del Mar
A gastropub known for its award winning burgers,
Crow Bar and Kitchen
also offers satisfying breakfast options like duck fat fried chicken and waffles, PB&J; French toast, a towering Crow "break-wich," and of course a classic American Breakfast. You'll love the comfortable, upscale, friendly pub atmosphere, and the local, farm-fresh ingredients. Crow Bar and Kitchen is dedicated to being a responsible local business, and following sustainable practices - so you can dine with confidence!
For The Whole Family:
Stacks Pancake House
Irvine, Mission Viejo, Dana Point
Stacks Pancake House
is a casual breakfast destination that combines Hawaiian cuisine and classic breakfast favorites in mouthwatering dishes that the whole family will love. From macadamia nut and banana pancakes to Kalua pork eggs benedict to loco moco, the menu at Stacks is sure to put a smile on your face! Kids will love the Captain Crunch French toast, and health nuts will have their choice of omelette options and oatmeal.
Check out the full menu and find the Stacks location nearest you on the
Taps Fish House and Brewery
Oysters may not sound like the breakfast of choice for some, but for others, it's the perfect start to the day. The upscale brunch buffet at
will wow you with choices like fresh oysters, poke, artisan cheeses, and, of course, mimosas. Create your own surf and turf with chilled shrimp and a visit to the carving station, or enjoy breakfast classics like pancakes and waffles made to order.
Brunch is served from 10 AM-2 PM on Sunday only, but you may want to come back for lunch or dinner during the week to experience more of Taps exquisite cuisine!
For Healthy, Vegetarian-Friendly Cuisine
Laguna Beach, Corona Del Mar
Traveling with a vegetarian? Looking for creative healthy breakfast and lunch options?
is the place for you! With California classics like avocado breakfast toast, sweet options like the Zinc Waffle with ginger syrup, and intriguing creations like the breakfast bahn mi, Zinc proves that vegetarian cuisine can be exciting and delicious.
Zinc doesn't have a dedicated brunch menu, and switches to their lunch menu at noon, but you can still ask for breakfast options, available until 2 PM.
For Epic Cinnamon Rolls:
When it comes to gourmet comfort food,
pulls out all the stops. Their massive cinnamon rolls are legendary, and big enough for a table to share. You can build your own breakfast or choose one of the cafe's specialties, like Eggs Lucca or Eggs in Purgatory.
Other unique features of Lucca include an open kitchen where you can watch the chefs at work, and an extensive wine list. You may want to come back during dinner to sample more of the wine and cocktail options!
For a Classy Brunch Buffet:
The buffet itself includes everything from carving stations and a seafood tower to a chocolate fountain and unlimited champagne. If you're looking for an Orange County experience to take your vacation to the next level - Orange Hill might be just the thing!