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Best Breakfast Orange County

Start your day off right by enjoying "the most important meal of the day" at one of these best breakfast restaurants in Orange County, California.

The Beachcomber at Crystal Cove California
Dining Room at The Beachcomber at Crystal Cove, Newport Coast, CA 15 Crystal Cove
Newport Coast, CA 92657
Fine seaside dining in a picturesque cottage at Crystal Cove. More...

Break of Dawn California
Dining Room at Break of Dawn, Laguna Hills, CA Laguna Hills Mall
24291 Avenida De La Carlota, Ste. P4
Laguna Hills, CA 92653
Break of Dawn defies all OC conventions, bringing some welcome Asian fusion brunch fare to South Orange County. More...

Club 19 American
Monarch Beach Resort
1 Monarch Beach Resort
Dana Point, CA 92629

This golf club restaurant with spectacular ocean views serves up classic American fare. More...

Eat Chow New American
The Closet
1802 Newport Blvd.
Costa Mesa, CA 92627
Hip café in Newport Mesa, with New American cuisine for breakfast, lunch and dinner. More...

Felix Continental Cafe Cuban
Old Towne Orange Circle
36 Plaza Sq.
Orange, CA 92866

Hip place to hang in Old Towne Orange's historic circle for authentic Cuban and Spanish dishes. More...

Grits Fullerton Southern
No Rating
Dining Room at Grits Fullerton, Fullerton, CA 133 W. Chapman Ave., Ste. 102
Fullerton, CA 92832

Charming downtown Fullerton spot featuring innovative brunch items with a slight Mexican influence. More...

Las Brisas Mexican
Dining Room at Las Brisas, Laguna Beach, CA 361 Cliff Dr.
Laguna Beach, CA 92651
Laguna Beach institution with a good menu of Mexican-inspired contemporary seafood fare and an unbeatably scenic seaside setting. More...

Old Vine Cafe Global
The Camp
2937 Bristol St.
Costa Mesa, CA 92626

Surprisingly good Cal-Euro breakfast, lunch and dinner bistro at The Camp, along with a well-stocked and affordable wine shop. More...

Ramos House Cafe Southern
Dining Room at Ramos House Cafe, San Juan Capistrano, CA Los Rios Historic District
31752 Los Rios St.
San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675
Down-home Southern-inspired New American cooking under the oak tree beside a historic cottage. More...

Saint Marc American
21058 Pacific Coast Hwy.
Huntington Beach, CA 92648

Modern American cuisine gets a unique technological twist at this Huntington Beach restaurant, bakery and specialty foods shop. More...

Salt & Ash Contemporary
Dining Room at Salt & Ash, Placentia, CA 1390 N. Kraemer Blvd.
Placentia, CA 92870

Well-traveled Orange County chef settles in comfortably in a casual neighborhood Placentia joint. More...

Silver Trumpet Restaurant and Bar Contemporary
Avenue of the Arts Costa Mesa
3350 Avenue of the Arts
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
Seasonal, contemporary fare and a sleek bar mark the Avenue of the Arts Costa Mesa hotel's featured restaurant. More...

The Stand Healthy
Quick Bite
Dining Room at The Stand, Laguna Beach, CA 238 Thalia St.
Laguna Beach, CA 92651

Vegetarian and vegan specialties in South Laguna. More...

Zinc Cafe & Market Café
Quick Bite
Dining Room at Zinc Cafe & Market, Laguna Beach, CA 350 Ocean Ave.
Laguna Beach, CA 92651
Local Laguna hangout with a dog-friendly patio for healthful breakfast, lunch and dinner dishes. More...

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