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upscale Orange County brunch/lunch that won't cost a million bucks?

Please help! I am looking for a nice brunch/lunch place in southern Orange County to take my family and my fiance's family for a small engagement party. I really want to avoid anything too trendy or expensive, but I want some really good grub. Please tell me this is possible. Thanks!

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  1. Splashes would be spectacular and the brunch food is good.

    1. Well, "upscale" paired with "grub" and not "too expensive" IS hard to find. Also, the buffet brunches are harder to find these days. Even the infamous Las Brisas in Laguna Beach has curtailed their buffet line in lieu of menu order. And, $30 is an average price these days for a south county sunday brunch. Not knowing if you prefer menu order brunch or buffet, here are some south county suggestions that may appeal to your needs.

      (1) Salt Creek Grille
      32802 Pacific Coast Hwy
      Dana Point, CA 92629
      949-661-7799
      http://saltcreekgrille.com/
      Excellent quality, steak house atmosphere, casual yet upscale

      (2) Rennaisance Cafe
      24701 Del Prado,
      Dana Point, CA
      949-661-6003
      http://www.renaissance-danapoint.com/
      Old world atmosphere with menu order, fresh and delicious. Bottomless champage. Entertainment.

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      1. re: kc girl

        We went to Cannons in Dana Point and I thought it was pretty good as far as buffets go. Spectacular view makes the food taste better in any case....

      2. Habana in Costa Mesa (at the anti-mall on Bristol) is really good, Cubin, I don't think they have brunch, but they definitely have lunch. I don't think it would be too expensive. They have a great patio that would be ideal for a small celebration. If there's not too much booze, I'd say $20-$30 per person.

          1. re: Servorg

            Yeah, that was going to be my suggestion.

            1. re: Das Ubergeek

              I'm a sucker for Mexican buffet brunches. I can't / shouldn't go too often if I want to live to a nearly ripe old age, but this is a good example of the genre, and the price seems very fair for what you get.

          2. The Clubhouse in Costa Mesa has a nice, upscale champagne Sunday brunch that runs about $37 per person. It's located in the South Coast Plaza mall next to the Bloomingdales. Their omelette and carving stations are quite fabulous. Reservations are recommended as Sundays get quite busy.

            1. The Clubhouse was going to be my other suggestion, I just couldn't remember the name of it!

              1. Thanks so much to everyone who gave me suggestions! Wouldn't you know it, I actually went another route and we ate at a place called Sage on the Coast in Newport Bluffs. Great service, nice decor and tasty mini scones, but the eggs were WAY overdone. I would eat there again, but it didn't wow me.