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thatsagoodone Mar 29, 2011 12:23 PM

Looking for a nice Sunday champagne brunch in Orange County.

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

  1. omotosando Dec 29, 2011 11:06 PM

    No one has mentioned Pinot Provence, although I guess it has neither a view nor a lively atmosphere. Never been. Wondering if it is any good. I like the idea of no corkage, so you can bring your own champagne, rather than drink the junk stuff they serve at every champagne included brunch place I have ever been.

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      IDavis Dec 29, 2011 02:28 PM

      People talk about the Orange Hill Restaurant and Orange Mining Company. The buffet food is acceptable, nothing special. Both have the same view of central OC from the same hill, which makes the atmosphere very nice. Orange Hill is more upscale, little more pricey. I occasionally go to these places when in the mood for the view.

      Taps in Brea has the best brunch in North OC and a good value at $35. It's a New Orleans Cajun themed brunch and the food is very good. Chomps in Fullerton has a nice brunch with quite a variety of fresh sushi. An excellent value at $25, though the brunch atmosphere is nothing great.

      The Mission in Santa Ana has a decent Mexican brunch for $20 and the atmosphere is beautiful. It is a converted 19th Century Spanish mission and is absolutely beautiful. Speaking of Mexican brunches, Taco rosa in Newport Beach offers and excellent brunch value at $18.95. The food is good and they have a carving station and omelet bar. The Bayside in Newport Beach has one of the best brunches in Newport, but it is off the menu.....no buffet. Nice atmosphere overlooking the bay canals off Lido Isle and there's usually a jazz pianist playing. Talking about jazz, Spaghettini's in Seal Beach is the place to go, but the food is pricey and very mediocre.

      Hyatt Huntington Beach is a very good hotel brunch just a notch down from The Ritz Carlton and St Regis Hotel brunches in Dana Point, which are very pricey at $70, but offer by far the best brunches in OC.

      All of the aforementioned brunches have free flowing champagne.

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      1. re: IDavis
        attran99 Dec 29, 2011 10:16 PM

        How can I get more info on the Mission in Santa Ana? Google didn't get me very far.

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          IDavis Dec 30, 2011 06:29 PM

          Sorry, I got some names mixed up. It's actually called The Hacienda. The Mission is another place in SA I was thinking of.


        2. re: IDavis
          BubblyOne Dec 30, 2011 09:06 AM

          St. Regis with champagne is $79 and a relative bargain if you like to drink. One caveat is to check and see what they are pouring. They have cycled through Chandon, Gloria Ferrer, Domaine Ste Michelle (yuck) and a few others.

          1. re: BubblyOne
            attran99 Dec 30, 2011 09:55 AM

            I've done the Ritz in the past, if the St. Regis is anywhere close, it's a comparable deal. A nice splurge when you're in the mood.

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            attran99 Jan 1, 2012 05:10 PM

            We tried Taco Rosa today because the Hacienda was booked. Service was fantastic (they top your champagne glass often, and came to clear plates often), and the food was good for the value. We had our three munchkins with us, and they had a great time, too.
            I'm looking forward to trying the Phoenix Club, one day, but according to the website, it's only available select Sundays of the year.

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            aklectic Apr 8, 2011 09:52 AM

            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

            1. Das Ubergeek Mar 31, 2011 10:00 AM

              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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                OCSteve Mar 31, 2011 10:23 AM

                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

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                hbgypsy Mar 31, 2011 08:38 AM

                Orange Hills Restaurant in the best in OC

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

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                  ocshooter Mar 31, 2011 06:09 PM

                  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.

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                    hbgypsy Mar 31, 2011 08:37 PM

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

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                      ocshooter Apr 1, 2011 10:49 AM

                      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.

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                  OCSteve Mar 30, 2011 10:42 AM

                  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. ocshooter Mar 29, 2011 05:04 PM

                    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

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