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May 18, 2010 03:05 PM

brunch in Orange County with view

My husband and I will be in Orange County this weekend for a conference. While there we are going to take my cousin to brunch on Sunday. We would like to be able to sit on a terrace and see the ocean while we eat. I think we would like something a little less formal than the Ritz Carlton. Could you please suggest some places?

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  1. If a view of the ocean is what you want, go to Las Brisas in Laguna Beach. Reviews of the food are mixed though.

    Las Brisas Mexican Restaurant
    361 Cliff Drive, Laguna Beach, CA 92651

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    1. re: Tapeworm

      Las Brisas is OK for food. Brunch is actually nice, I think if is 3 courses served at the table and not a buffet brunch. There are all the usual seafood chains in Newport as well, with views of the Newport Harbor. I have not been for brunch, but I can't imagine them not having it. Another option in the harbor is the Cannery.

      My favorite breakfast spot with a view is Coyote Grill in South Laguna, but it gets pretty crowded, is very casual, and only has a peek-a-boo view from the deck. But the enchiladas and eggs are really tasty.

      Joe's Crab Shack
      2607 W Coast Hwy, Newport Beach, CA 92663

      Cannery Seafood of the Pacific
      3010 LaFayette Road, Newport Beach, CA 92663

      Coyote Grill
      31621 Coast Hwy, Laguna Beach, CA 92651

      Rusty Pelican Restaurant
      2735 West Coast Hwy, Newport Beach, CA 92663

      Chart House
      2801 W Coast Hwy Ste 100, Newport Beach, CA 92663

      1. re: ocshooter

        Definitely second Coyote Grill for great Mexican brunch in a very casual restaurant with an outside deck and a passable ocean view. Can get very crowded, but I think they take reservations. For something more formal (but not overly so), it's tough to beat the setting at Splashes at the Surf and Sand Hotel. Both of these are in Laguna.

        If you don't mind the wait, and want to eat right on the beach, it's also tough to beat the Beachcomber in Crystal Cove, Newport Beach.

    2. The Mosiac Bar & Grill at the Montage in Laguna Beach. Beautiful view, lovely patio, good food, but pricey. Then after your brunch, you can walk down the path and stroll the beautiful beach.

      1. I really enjoy the brunch at the St. Regis and it's not formal at all. Not cheap either, around $70 but an excellent selection of food.

        1. I’ll chime-in in favor of The Cannery. Select brunch menu with plenty of sweet and savory choices. Great fresh seafood, wonderful seaside views, dynamite locale, ambience and enjoyable all-weather patio dining. Delectable fresh-shucked oysters, superb Maryland blue crab cakes, wonderful bouillabaisse and a superb Australian lobster tail. Excellent wine list and service. Come as you are.

          The Cannery
          3010 Lafayette Rd
          Newport Beach, CA 92663
          (949) 566-0060

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          1. re: degustateur

            I suggest Splashes at the Surf and Sand Hotel - you can sit in the bar overlooking the ocean for a more casual dining experience.

          2. Thanks for all the recommendations. According to Open Table, the St. Regis does not have anything available within 2 hours of noon. Las Brisas does.

            Does anyone have an opinion on Sapphire Laguna?

            Sapphire Laguna
            1200 South Coast Hwy, Laguna Beach, CA 92651

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            1. re: bbstx

              We have dined there many times and had tried most of their brunch menu. You can seat at the patio and see the ocean. Their service is OK and their food is pretty good for OC.

              1. re: bbstx

                Please forget Las Brisas- it's good for drinks ONLY; the view is spectacular though.
                I had forgotten about Splashes, excellent rec Searching. Every time I eat there I wonder why I don't go more often. Good food AND killer view.