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The 10 Best Brunches In Costa Mesa, California

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Updated: 13 October 2016
Costa Mesa, California in Orange County is home to beautiful beaches, luxury shopping centers, and an abundance of prime brunch destinations. These 10 brunch destinations will start your day off in splendor.

Plums Café and Catering

Plums Café and Catering is a prime brunch destination in Costa Mesa serving up brunch in new, innovative ways. Plums has a sleek, modern layout that creates a contemporary ambiance with both indoor and outdoor seating. Their carefully crafted menu is inspired by Pacific-Northwest and Oregon flavors and features a multitude of delicious brunch options. Guests will find their brunch experience enhanced with signature specialties like the Plums famous Dutch baby, Plums biscuits and gravy, and chocolate cocoa banana waffles. While dining, guests can enjoy their brunch either inside amid the sleek, modern decor or choose to dine outside on the pet-friendly patio while basking in the cool breeze.

Plums Café and Catering, 369 East 17th Street, Costa Mesa, CA, USA +1 949 722 7586

Rooster Café

A Costa Mesa favorite, Rooster Café has taken brunch and turned it into everyone’s favorite meal. Guests can find a large, artistic emblem of a rooster head on the cafe’s brick outer walls, indicating they have reached their brunch destination. Rooster Café creates simple, delicious, homey breakfast creations with fresh ingredients. With quality brunch comes bustling lines, so customers are likely to find a crowd of guests in line awaiting their warm brunch cooked to perfection from scratch. Popular dishes with rave reviews include the huevos rancheros, Mexican hot cocoa, and breakfast burrito.

Rooster Café, 750 St. Clair Street, Costa Mesa, CA, USA +1 714 754 1944

Side Street Café

Upon entering Side Street Café, guests can immediately observe its cute charm with its walls adorned with quotes, old pictures, and memorabilia that create a homey, comfortable ambiance. Their menu is composed of decadent omelets, delicious yet affordable ‘cheapskate specials’, and soul food that give guests delicious, top-quality brunch without the upscale price attached to it. Guests can expect home-style cooking and brunch favorites like the stuffed French toast, Spanish omelet, and chicken fried steak.

Side Street Café, 1799 Newport Boulevard A105 Costa Mesa, CA, USA +1 949 650 1986

Gypsy Den

Gypsy Den is a brunch destination equipped with an assortment of delicious brunch options that keep guests returning for more. Gypsy Den has a decorative interior laden with wooden tables and fixtures, art, and rugs on the wall that provide a warm, comfortable ambiance. Brunch specialties that keep customers happy include their French toast, breakfast biscuit, and tuna melt. To top off the meal, guests can indulge in a Mayan mocha topped with homemade whipped cream or treat themselves to a slice of decadent coconut cake. Guests can enjoy bottomless mimosas with their brunch every Saturday and Sunday, and even enjoy their meal while listening to live music on the patio.

Gypsy Den, 2930 Bristol Street, Costa Mesa, CA, USA +1 714 549 7012

Old Vine Café

Old Vine Café is an impressive brunch spot residing at The Camp. The Camp is a retail and entertainment center in Costa Mesa filled with a multitude of top-quality places to eat and small shops for residents to enjoy during their weekend stroll. They have an assortment of sweet and savory options for guests to choose from to satiate their brunch cravings. Popular brunch concoctions include their pizza omelet, baked blueberry French toast, smoked salmon omelet, and a warm cinnamon bun. Guests can enjoy the stylish decor, beset with an artistic chandelier composed of wine bottles. To complete brunch with justice, guests can choose one of their many wine or drink choices, from their sangria to a glass of chardonnay.

Old Vine Café, 2937 Bristol Street A102, Costa Mesa, CA, USA +1 714 545 1411

Outpost Kitchen

Opened by an Australian culinary genius dubbed the ‘Surfers’ Chef’, Outpost Kitchen has elevated the brunch game with their spin on top-quality brunch food while cultivating an inviting atmosphere to match. Their menu utilizes fresh, organic ingredients and includes customer favorites like their Aussie banh mi, avocado toast, and their sought-after Aussie scramble. Outpost Kitchen utilizes local farms and markets, GMO-free ingredients, and farm-raised grass-fed meat in order to deliver clean, fresh meals without detracting from the delicious flavors that permeate each dish. They also serve a variety of coffee, juices, and smoothies for guests to enjoy during their meal.

Outpost Kitchen, 1792 Monrovia Avenue, Costa Mesa, CA, USA +1 949 873 5123

Eat Chow

A small cafe in Costa Mesa, Eat Chow is honing what they refer to as ‘New American’ cuisine to deliver delicious brunch with top-quality, fresh ingredients. Guests come for the comfortable ambiance coupled with the bold flavors of the food. Among brunch favorites are their breakfast salad and chow salmon plate. The menu changes regularly, allowing customers to experience a wide range of delicious dishes that quickly become their new favorites. The ambiance and decor create a welcoming atmosphere where guests can enjoy their brunch, sip refreshing drinks from their mimosa sampler, and experience exceptional service.

Eat Chow, 1802 Newport Boulevard, Costa Mesa, CA, USA +1 949 650 2469

The Hub

The Hub is a bar serving up classic American meals that just so happen to include delicious brunch. It’s centered around creating a welcoming environment where guests can enjoy top-quality food, enjoy a drink from their selection of wine and beer, and revel in the connectedness of sharing a delicious meal together. Despite being a bar, The Hub serves brunch favorites that can satiate your sweet tooth like French toast or savory favorites like their El Borracho breakfast flatbread. Guests can enjoy bottomless mimosas amid the palm trees outside as they engage in heartfelt banter, all while basking in The Hub’s cool, SoCal vibe.

The Hub Kitchen & Taps, 1749 Newport Boulevard, Costa Mesa, CA, USA +1 949 356 5544

Memphis Soul Café & Bar

Open everyday at 8am sharp, Memphis Soul Café & Bar has been serving up brunch for nearly 20 years with an assortment of brunch dishes that satisfy the cravings of each guest. They offer a range of egg dishes that include their Southern eggs Benedict, ‘Quick and Light’ options, and a ‘Griddle’ portion of the menu where you can order stuffed French toast, a buttermilk pancake stack, or a wholesome breakfast burrito. Brunch isn’t complete without a bubbly adult beverage to top off the success of yet another delicious brunch endeavor. Memphis offers a happy hour menu that include an array of delicious specialties with bold flavors like their Dungeness crab cakes, barbecued duck quesadillas, and chicken and shrimp gumbo.

Memphis Soul Café & Bar, 2920 Bristol St Costa Mesa, CA, USA +1 714 432 7685

Waffleholic Café

Waffleholic Café has reinvigorated weekend brunch with a menu equipped to satisfy every guest’s wildest waffle cravings. Now, the folks at Waffleholic Café aren’t just serving up basic pancakes and waffles. No, they are redefining brunch territory with a variety of flavorful combinations to make your brunch experience unforgettable. Their exquisite waffle concoctions include their puckerberry waffle, a lemon ricotta waffle with blueberry compote and lemon sauce. If that isn’t enough to kick your taste buds into overdrive, they offer savory waffle creations like their New Orleans waffle, which is composed of delicious ingredients like crab cake, chipotle corn waffle, and an over easy egg to amp up the perfection. Your waffle dreams have culminated in a mass of delicious aromatic, fluffy perfection drizzled over with a river of maple syrup to top off brunch in epic, delicious ecstasy.

Waffleholic Café, 1661 Superior Avenue, Costa Mesa, CA, USA +1 949 391 0003