The Only Laguna Beach Brunch Guide You’ll Need

From Benedicts to Booze: The Best Places in Laguna Beach for Brunch

Brunch, it’s the most important meal of your week. It’s the time you’ll spend catching up with friends, eating sinfully delicious food, and, more importantly, it is one of the only times it is socially acceptable to get your drink on in the a.m. so we want it to be perfect. Here are the top places in Laguna Beach that will guarantee you a perfectly poached egg, zesty Bloody Mary and crispy home fries to kickstart your weekend festivities.

Nick’s Laguna Beach
440 South Coast Highway
Laguna Beach, CA 92651
949.376.8595 | www.nicksrestaurants.com

If you’re looking for a twist on the old brunch menu, then look no further than Nick’s Laguna Beach. Enjoy classic brunch items with a modern spin that will make your taste buds scream with joy. Try Nick’s Bloody Mary with a house recipe that’s topped with a fried blue cheese olive that will satisfy all of your salty cravings. Perhaps you’re craving a treat that’s just oozing with southern charm, then try the Fried Chicken & Waffles, a crowd favorite with a classic salty and sweet combination that will, admittedly, put all brunch conversation to a halt as you all feast in awe of the wonderful meal.

Zinc Cafe & Market
350 Ocean Avenue
Laguna Beach, CA 92651
949.494.6302 | www.zinccafe.com

When given the task of finding a restaurant that serves the dietary needs and restrictions of a group of people, one can find themselves struggling to find the healthy balance between serving the needs of one while also satisfying the taste buds of the whole. We all have that one vegetarian friend, and while you don’t want to subject this friend to the confines of the salad menu, you also don’t want the rest of your group to suffer from the often bland cuisine of vegetarian-specific restaurants. Well, worry no more! Zinc Cafe & Market has a wonderfully delicious all vegetarian menu that will leave your friends blind to the meatless agenda. Don’t believe us? Try the Breakfast Burrito Bowl or Wrap with its vegetarian sausage and you’ll be left singing its praises, too.

Urth Caffe
308 North Coast Highway
Laguna Beach, CA 92651
949.376.8888 | www.urthcaffe.com

Sometimes, with brunch, there are so many things to feel bad about. Mostly it’s the excess consumption of rich food and boozy drinks that have us lying on the couch for the rest of the afternoon, but that’s neither here nor there. However, with Urth Caffe, you can have plenty to feel good about. Not only is their brunch entree menu served all day, but their commitment to sustainability and healthy living can sustain you through your entrees of the Smoked Salmon Plate, the Chicken Pesto Omelet, and the Urth Bread Pudding Breakfast. So now your brunch time can be guilt free, well, almost.

Driftwood Kitchen 
619 Sleepy Hollow Lane
Laguna Beach, CA 92651
949.715.7700 | www.driftwoodkitchen.com

As you step out onto the Driftwood deck, the salty breeze and the image of blue skies meeting bluer waters will transport you and your brunch buddies to the nautical wonderland that is the Driftwood Kitchen restaurant. Driftwood’s signature Bloody Pirate and Laguna Beach Omelet are must-haves when it comes to the fresh and locally inspired cuisine. Like Driftwood says, “Any closer and you would have to swim,” so save the fully-clothed ocean plunges for a post-brunch affair.

Shirley’s Bagels
303 South Broadway
Laguna Beach, CA 92651
949.494.6296 | www.shirleysbagels.com

Rich cream cheese and a warm and toasted homemade bagel, ah, it must be Shirley’s. If you are looking for a quick and hearty brunch that you and your buddies can take to-go on your weekend adventure, then check out the local favorite, Shirley’s Bagels. For the bagel purist, Shirley’s has all of your favorite standbys like Plain, Everything, and Blueberry with a variety of specialty cream cheeses to choose from. If you’re in the mood for something with a little more pizazz, however, Shirley’s has you covered from a Lox and Egg Breakfast Bagel to the good ole Californian. With a full espresso and coffee bar, you and your friends will be properly fueled for all of your day’s happenings, even if all that happens is a mid-day nap and a television binge session, hey, we’re not here to judge.

Watermarc Restaurant
448 South Coast Highway
Laguna Beach, CA 92651
949.376.6272 | www.watermarcrestaurant.com

If something a bit more traditional and sophisticated is your taste, then look no further than Watermarc Restaurant. Nestled in the historic and quaint Peppertree Lane, Watermarc has perfected the art of fine food and drink. With an open patio design of the restaurant that fronts to the wonderful views of Pacific Coast Highway, you and your friends can be sitting pretty whilst sipping your mimosas and dining on your oh so delicious Lemon Waffles. For plates to share, Watermarc has many options, but go for the Bacon Wrapped Dates, they’re a salty sweet heaven in your mouth which you will be tempted to eat all by yourself, so go ahead, we won’t tell.

Coyote Grill
31621 Coast Highway
Laguna Beach, CA 92651
949.499.4033 | www.coyotegrill.tv

For a brunch experience that feels like a trip south of the border, try Coyote Grill. If you’re tired of the same old savory Eggs Benedict or sweet Belgian waffles for your brunch date, spice things up a bit by going to Coyote Grill. Baja-style Mexican classics such as Huevos Rancheros and fresh ceviche will have you and your pals just itching to go down to the beach and gaze out onto Catalina Island. With stunning ocean views, great tequila, and creamy guacamole, your meal will feel like a Baja vacation.

Moulin Bistro
248 Forest Avenue
Laguna Beach, CA 92651
949.715.6990 | www.moulinbistro.com

One stroll down Forest Avenue and you’ll know why so many people flock to the small, artsy village of Laguna Beach. From quaint shops to fine dining, this beautiful downtown street will have you feeling like you’re on a European getaway. So why not hop over to France and enjoy a taste of Parisian life at Moulin Bistro. Dine out on the très français patio while sipping sparkling wine and dining on fresh, made-to-order crepes and waffles. Your day will be made, we promise.

Jan’s Health Bar
610 North Coast Highway, #104
Laguna Beach, CA 92651
949.371.0023 | www.janshealthbar.com

Some days you just want to go healthy. Some days you just need to recover after a week of unhealthy indulgence, but hey, no judgment. For those mornings you just need to cleanse your body, try Jan’s Health Bar. Protein-rich and fruit flavored smoothies will give you the boost and energy you need to get through your day. Are your friends hungry? Well, they can choose from the menu’s variety of soups, salads, sandwiches, and bowls that will satisfy their cravings, no matter their vegan status or gluten restrictions.

Taverna Laguna
222 Ocean Avenue
Laguna Beach, CA 92651
949.715.0821 | www.tavernabylombardi.com

Gaze out onto Italian villas and rolling hills whilst reveling in the rich flavors and decadent tastes of Italian cuisine. Okay, so maybe you won’t actually be in the Italian countryside, but with the authentic Italian menu at Taverna Laguna, you may as well be. With a brunch that is served every Saturday and Sunday, you can spend your weekends dining on creamy risotto and homemade lasagna. So grab your friends and toast to the taste of Italy.

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