Where to Brunch in Newport Beach
For some, breakfast is the most important meal of the day. For others, it’s brunch—that glorious chunk of the weekend when both breakfast and lunch fixtures make appearances on menus, and orange juice gets a boozy boost. We’ll take that situation any day if we could, plus all the other good things the meal brings. Like, friends, since brunch is almost always a social affair. And the cheery atmosphere. And we hate to sound repetitive, but, the mimosas. Sorry, breakfast, but we’re definitely team brunch. Here’s where to go if you are, too.
Nestled by the marina, this restaurant offers waterfront views that can’t be beat—and a killer brunch menu to boot. Try the buttermilk fried chicken, which comes with a breakfast-y entourage of malted waffles, pecan-wood smoked bacon, maple syrup (obviously) and thyme gravy. For something a little eggier, opt for the classic eggs Benedict, accompanied by English muffins, hickory-smoked ham and a luscious hollandaise. (psst: all egg dishes are served with thyme-flavored tater tots).
Served Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. till 3 p.m.
Though it flaunts French-inspired aesthetics, this spacious café serves globally-inspired eats on its brunch menu, which is available *gasp* every single day. That means you don’t have to wait till the weekend to indulge in eggs Benedict. Babette’s twist on this brunch classic features crispy fingerling potatoes and smoked salmon topped with organic poached eggs and house-made hollandaise sauce. Also: don’t leave without trying the Tuscan quinoa bowl—organic quinoa tossed with a kale-pumpkin seed gremolata, all canopied by two sunny-side-up eggs. Another reason to come back during the weekend? Those cold-pressed boozy libations.
Served every day from 9 a.m. till 4 p.m.
There are undoubtedly some great brunch options on Red O’s a la carte menu, like lobster Benedict and huevos rancheros. But the restaurant’s Sunday buffet spread ($39 a person) offers even more choices. We’re talking traditional Mexican dishes—enchiladas and tacos, with an al pastor machine ready to slice off perfectly juicy meat to fold into fresh tortillas. But also: classic breakfast staples like chorizo sausage, potatoes, pancakes and build-your-own omelettes. Greener options include kale-berry, spinach-fennel and couscous salads. The best part: for an extra $20 you can choose between bottomless margaritas, mimosas, bloody Marys and sangria.
A la carte menu served Saturdays from 11 a.m. till 3 p.m. Brunch buffet offered Sundays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Mimosa lovers, rejoice. For just $34, you’ll get bottomless fruity, sparkly cocktails, which you can pair with an entree of choice. The restaurant’s modern (and totally creative) interpretations of staple dishes include the donut burger. It’s exactly what it sounds—beef patties, cheese, bacon and duck-fat-fried egg sandwiched between a donut bun. Another favorite? The “fruity pebbles” french toast, which is whipped up by dipping freshly baked bread slices into a mixture of egg wash and fruity pebbles and topped with (even more) fruity pebbles, fresh berries and bacon.
Served Saturdays and Sundays from 11 a.m. till 3 p.m.
Written By: Mariam Makatsaria