8 Family-Friendly Breakfast Spots for a Morning Out
With little ones running around, it’s easy to resort to cereal in your pajamas. Getting everyone dressed and going out for breakfast can seem like a hassle, but sometimes it’s good to get out of the house. With that said, we’ve conjured up a list of our favorite family-friendly breakfast places in Newport Beach! With everything from pancakes and bacon to fresh coffee and juice, these breakfast joints are sure to please everyone’s palate.
A family day spent on Balboa Island simply can’t be beaten. Take a stroll down the island’s charming Marine Avenue and grab a hearty breakfast at Wilma’s Patio Restaurant. This time-honored eatery has been an island staple for years and served up a delicious selection of American eats like corned beef hash and eggs, omelets, Benedicts, pancakes and more. Plus, the patio is dog-friendly, so you can bring Fido too!
Featuring gorgeous views of the harbor, Lighthouse Cafe is the perfect place for a meal out with the kiddos. The menu features a mix of classic brunch dishes like avocado toast, steak chilaquiles and lemon blueberry ricotta pancakes. Kids can enjoy a small stack of buttermilk pancakes, French toast sticks, cereal or an egg and a piece of bacon for $8.99. The restaurant also sits right next to Marina Park, so the little ones can romp around on the nautical-themed playground after their meal!
Situated on the sand in Crystal Cove, The Beachcomber is an ideal spot for a hearty breakfast (and some brunchy cocktails for the adults!). With views of the sparkling ocean and an expansive outdoor deck, you and your family are sure to enjoy this alfresco-style dining experience. Be sure to order a round of their famous beignets for the table, and don’t miss out on their selection of fully-loaded omelets!
For the past 40 years, his hoppin’ locale has remained a go-to spot for a hearty breakfast. With a.m. offerings like stacked Bloody Marys, fluffy flapjacks and huevos rancheros, no one in your crew will go hungry! Cappy’s Cafe serves breakfast and lunch all day and also has a kid’s menu for children 12 and under.
For a taste of Newport Beach history and unbeatable waterfront views, head to Woody’s Wharf! Since its opening in 1965, this harborside restaurant has attracted locals and celebrities alike. Grab a seat on the rustic patio overlooking the bay and dig into dishes like the lump crab Benedict, breakfast burrito, Cali omelette or loaded tots!
When it comes to bakeries in Newport Beach, it’s hard to beat Laurent Vrignaud’s Moulin. This French bistro brings true Parisian flair with its authentic selection of fresh pastries and classic plats du jour. Plus, the kiddos will love the crêpe Nutella loaded with Nutella and powdered sugar. But as for the adults, don’t miss out on the La Quiche Lorraine or classic Le Croque Madame.
Located in Newport Beach’s premier shopping center, Fashion Island, The Great Maple is a buzzy spot for a family brunch. This cozy restaurant serves up an assortment of mouthwatering dishes, including their Cajun shrimp biscuit Benedict and signature Maple Bacon Doughnuts. And here, breakfast is served all day, so no need to worry about “running late.”
When it comes to innovation, this industrial-chic hotspot knows best. Bosscat Kitchen + Libations puts a crafty spin on American comfort food, offering decadent creations like “Fruity Pebbles” French toast, short rib chilaquiles and their famous donut burger. The little ones will love the artful presentation of Bosscat’s flavorful dishes, and don’t worry—the adults will smile too when they see the selection of brunch “beverages” like the Flamin’ Hot Bloody Mary.
Written by: Kaylin Waizinger