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Mar 29, 2011 12:23 PM

OC Brunch

Looking for a nice Sunday champagne brunch in Orange County.

A lively environment would be a plus. A nice view wouldn't hurt either.

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  1. Las Brisas in Laguna Beach - not a buffet but good with a nice view - make reservations
    Spaghettini is Seal Beach has live jazz and has an excellent buffet, but it is not cheap - make reservations
    Coyote Grill in South Laguna is funkier and non-traditional (I get the enchiladas and eggs), but the food is good and the Bloody Marys are excellent. Champagne would be ala carte
    Lastly Break of Dawn is usually heralded as one of the top places for breakfast in OC, but it is in a strip mall, and, again, everything is ala carte, including champagne.

    You can't really go wrong with any of these

    Break of Dawn
    24351 Avenida De La Carlota Ste N6, Laguna Hills, CA 92653

    Spaghettini Rotisserie & Grill
    3005 Old Ranch Pkwy, Seal Beach, CA 90740

    Coyote Grill
    31621 Coast Hwy, Laguna Beach, CA 92651

    Las Brisas Restaurant
    361 Cliff Dr, Laguna Beach, CA 92651

    1. I would add TAPS in Brea. AYCE with a seafood bar; stations for waffles, pasta, omelets; bananas foster and a ton of other desserts. Champagne or (I think) two of their house-made beers are included. The vibe would definitely qualify as lively.

      Brea, CA, Brea, CA

      1. Orange Hills Restaurant in the best in OC

        Orange Hill Restaurant
        6410 E Chapman Ave, Orange, CA 92869

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        1. re: hbgypsy

          I went once, it was not worth the money, and I would not go back. Cocktails around sunset is worthwhile, it has one of the best non-ocean views in OC, but the food did not impress. And I live very, very close, I wanted it to be good.

          1. re: ocshooter

            I guess I should have Said "best Buffet".....if thats the question

            1. re: hbgypsy

              No, this was at the buffet, though I have also one dinner there. They ran out of all sorts of items and just did not care. When I went to Spaghettini, it was also very pricey, but the food quality was excellent and never ran out.

        2. I love brunch at the Phoenix Club. No view, the environment is a little stuffy, but... those stuffed pancakes...

          Phoenix Club
          1340 S Sanderson Ave, Anaheim, CA 92806

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          1. re: Das Ubergeek

            2nd Phoenix Club. I forgot all about that. I usually sit in the bar when I go where the vibe is a little more laid back than the main hall. Still not lively. The stuffed pancakes are amazing.

            Phoenix Club
            1340 S Sanderson Ave, Anaheim, CA 92806

          2. We just had the brunch at Sol Cocina. They had a live band playing that qualified as lively. The food is great there. The crowd is very umm.. newport. Could be good or bad depending on who you are.

            Sol Cocina
            251 East Coast Highway, Newport Beach, CA 92663