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?
You can't get much closer to the ocean than the Beachcomber in Crystal Cove. Definitely less formal than the Ritz. I've only been once, and found both the menu and food to be a little bland. But sitting on the patio on the sand watching the dolphins pop up in the surf made the experience more enjoyable. I'm not sure if they take reservations, and the wait can be an hour or 2 on a sunday.
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.
3010 Lafayette Rd
Newport Beach, CA 92663
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
31621 Coast Hwy, Laguna Beach, CA 92651
Rusty Pelican Restaurant
2735 West Coast Hwy, Newport Beach, CA 92663
2801 W Coast Hwy Ste 100, Newport Beach, CA 92663
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.