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Brunch in Newport Beach/Laguna

univ2257 Jan 29, 2013 12:36 AM

I've narrowed down a few places for sunday brunch in Newport Beach/Laguna to celebrate my husband's birthday.

I need help making the final decision. I want good food and nice views which seems incredibly hard to find! Here's my list: Beach House, The Dock, Javiers, Back Bay Bistro, Bayside Restaurant, Blue Water Grill, Sapphire Laguna. Any feedback would be most appreciated. Thanks!

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  1. BubblyOne RE: univ2257 Jan 29, 2013 09:53 AM

    I have been to all of the spots on your list with the exception of The Dock, and would suggest you add The Beachcomber to your list. Good (not great) food, but right on the sand and part of CA history.


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      univ2257 RE: BubblyOne Jan 29, 2013 12:35 PM

      Thanks- will do!

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        Lau RE: univ2257 Jan 31, 2013 11:08 AM

        the food at the beachcomber is pretty lackluster, it has a great view since its right on the water, but the food is pretty whatever

        javiers is a bit of a scene, but the food is pretty decent and it is a decent bday spot

        the food at bayside is pretty decent

        maybe the restaurant at the st regis monarch bay, its a nice place to have brunch and the food is decent

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          BubblyOne RE: Lau Jan 31, 2013 02:15 PM

          St Regis seems out of OP's desired range at $70 a person.

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            Lau RE: BubblyOne Jan 31, 2013 03:15 PM

            oh sorry forgot about that

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            univ2257 RE: Lau Jan 31, 2013 07:54 PM

            I liked the menu at Bayside, maybe will reconsider

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        set0312 RE: univ2257 Jan 29, 2013 01:11 PM

        I second Beachcomber. The location is incredible and the food is good. Plus, it's fun to either walk down to the beach of take the little trolley they run from their parking lot

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          revets2 RE: univ2257 Jan 29, 2013 01:27 PM

          Another vote for the Beachcomber on a nice day! If your party is large, it can be problematic. Wait times can be long and reservations few. BTW, lunch is NOT the same. The breakfast menu is much better.

          Alternatively, we've had a nice brunch at Sapphire (no ocean view). In Costa Mesa, Old Vine has a terrific brunch (no view, but nice atmosphere).

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            univ2257 RE: revets2 Jan 29, 2013 03:17 PM

            Thanks for the tip. We do have a large party and there are no breakfast reservations until the end of feb! I called and they suggest walking in before 10am but wait times could be an hour plus:( otherwise.

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              revets2 RE: univ2257 Jan 31, 2013 11:07 AM

              Here's what we usually do with a largish party say 8-10 peeps:

              - make Beachcomber Plan A and another restaurant Plan B (Sapphire, Cannery, Old Vine).
              - about 5 days out if the weather still looks good, we seal the plan for the Beachcomber.
              - someone arrives early to put in our name.
              - invite folks to hang out, walk on the beach or gather for drinks.

              On a nice day, it's a great way to pass the time. Would not advise on a holiday weekend. January is a good month to try this. The only meal worth having there is brunch. Lunch and dinner...not so good.

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                Searching4Dunny RE: revets2 Jan 31, 2013 04:39 PM

                Also, the service has been less than keen on my previous visits. YMMV.

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                  univ2257 RE: Searching4Dunny Jan 31, 2013 07:53 PM

                  Thanks for the tips

          2. Searching4Dunny RE: univ2257 Jan 29, 2013 02:39 PM

            Try Splashes at the Surf & Sand Resort in Laguna Beach


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