Here's our list of five of the best brunch places in Orange County for your Sunday fun day.
Book a gorgeous seaside brunch at AVEO Table + Bar at the newly rebranded Waldorf Astoria Monarch Beach Resort & Club. Enjoy dishes like smoked Scottish salmon with heirloom tomatoes and capers, and red velvet pancakes with cream cheese Chantilly paired with a plethora of freshly squeezed juices. 1 Monarch Beach Resort N, Dana Point, 949.234.3915, WEBSITE
Pull up a seat in the open-air dining room and indulge in brunch staples from chef Rich Mead. Deviled eggs, seasonal frittatas and French toast delight while a bottle of bubbly or an order of the beloved Farmhouse Bloody Mary will have you feeling festive. Stop by the gorgeous gift shop to pick up something special for you or your loved one on your way out. 2301 San Joaquin Hills Road, Corona Del Mar, 949.640.1415, WEBSITE
This Laguna Beach staple is offering a selection of prime alfresco options this Easter. Dine in its beautiful garden terrace and choose from brunch classics such as hash browns au gratin or Selanne’s Benedict. Thirsty? Order the celebratory mimosa flight paired with freshly squeezed juices in flavors of peach, blood orange, cherry and mango. Before you go: availability of brunch specials can depend on the holiday. 1464 S. Coast Highway, Laguna Beach, 949.715.9881, WEBSITE
Come hungry: Beloved French bistro Marché Moderne is famous for its Sunday brunch (11am-2pm)—and there's good reason. Full of decadent delights, you can't go wrong with any of the husband-and-wife chef duo's creations, ranging from the savory—see the potato crisp with smoked salmon or the deviled eggs four ways (the black and white truffle scented is a must-order)—to the sweet—don’t miss the Everything Coconut brioche French toast with coco-mango gelato. Chef-owner Florent Marneau and his wife, Amelia, the brilliant pastry chef who’s whipping up memorable croissants and heavenly blueberry clafoutis brulée (complete with the maple syrup ice cream of your dreams), continue to outdo themselves. Before you go: availability of brunch specials can depend on the holiday. 7862 Pacific Coast Highway, Newport Beach, 714.434.7900, WEBSITE
5. Malibu Farm
Sandwiches (hello, chicken ricotta bacon burger), shareable plates (think crudités with red pepper hummus) and larger dishes (like Korean short ribs) have patrons stepping outside of standard brunch fare at Lido Marina Village's Malibu Farm. The inventive dishes are the reality of chef Helene Henderson's dream to bring farm-to-table cuisine to the masses with ingredients sourced from SoCal purveyors. Swedish mini pancakes topped with whipped cream and a seasonal fruit compote; quinoa oatmeal; and the featured @alectreffs dish collab with Instagram influencer Alex Treffs that's simply too good to pass up (two Los Sundays skinny margs (for the price of one!) when you order the delicious steak nachos), are also on offer. Lido Marina Village, Newport Beach, 949.791.2096, WEBSITE
Photography by: Photos courtesy of Selanne Steak Tavern