Top 10 Mother’s Day Brunch Restaurants in Orange County
Mom has fed you so many times, so this Mother’s Day, treat her to a special brunch. The whole family can enjoy everything from strawberry waffles with a cappuccino to a succulent plate of crabs’ legs paired with a Mimosa.
900 Bayside Dr.
Newport Beach, CA 92660
bayside Restaurant Review: Bayside continues to be one of Newport Beach’s best values with its scenic harbor view and reasonably priced menu of classic and contemporary favorites. The interior focuses on a modern palette of earthy reds and dark browns, but the breezy white canvas over the bar harkens you back to the restaurant’s harborside locale. Bayside is lucky to retain chef Paul Gstrein, who brings his well-heeled Austrian hotelier lineage to the eatery. Gstrein incorporates seasonal ingredients into all of his creations, such as a deconstructed beet salad among the starters. For entrées, there’s always a comforting and creamy risotto, along with other dishes like the wild mushroom-crusted halibut, tender filet mignon and a slow-roasted pork rib-eye. On Sundays, a casual crowd shows up for the three-course prix-fixe menu, which includes such items as eggs Benedict and venison medallions swimming in a pungent red wine reduction. The Ghoukassian family, who also run Irvine’s Bistango, takes wine seriously, as can be seen in the cellar.
327 Newport Center Dr.
Newport Beach, CA 92660
Brasserie Pascal Restaurant Review: Chef Pascal Olhats (Café Jardin) took over David Wilhelm’s former French 75 (and Café Rouge) space in Fashion Island to create a fine French brasserie. The fin de siècle interior has irresistible Parisian charm with its cherry-wood moldings, tulip lights, red leather banquettes and art nouveau posters. Chef Olhats’s menu is reflective of brasseries all over France, which serve a good variety of classic dishes at reasonable prices. Some start with hot and cold seafood dishes such as mussels, oysters and shrimp cassolette. Or, try the escargots, saucisson Lyonnais or beef marrow. The French onion soup is also a good choice with its dark brown broth and melted Gruyère. As for mains, there are some lighter dishes (warm quiche Lorraine, chicken crêpes, a country-style omelet) and more robust choices (steaks, coq au vin, Cabernet braised short ribs). Desserts are just as well-crafted, like the crème caramel or chocolate mousse. The wine list has been artfully chosen and features mostly excellent French varietals, but also some very good Napa and Sonoma selections. The Sunset Menu, offered between 4 p.m.-6 p.m. Sunday through Friday evenings, features a special selection of cost-saving dinner and drink specials.
Broadway by Amar Santana Restaurant Review: Tucked in the heart of downtown Laguna Beach, this cozy restaurant festooned with sleek images of New York hung on earthy brick walls elicits a strong neighborhood vibe. Its urban atmosphere is a welcome juxtaposition to the surrounding surf culture. Owner and executive chef Amar Santana presides in the enormous open kitchen with his skilled staff. Santana creates forward-thinking New American dishes throughout every course. The menu’s array of small plates bears the first witness to this, with simple fare like smoky hummus with lemon oil and tangy bay scallop ceviche, and more complex items such as the nicely balanced roasted bone marrow topped with marinated anchovies. Mains continue the theme with crisp Kurobuta pork belly and curried squash purée, and spiced braised beef short ribs served atop creamy Brie mashed potatoes paired with tempura mushrooms. For dessert, we recommend the bourbon vanilla bean panna cotta and the chocolate ganache tart. Additionally, the long, chic bar and solid list of wines and handcrafted cocktails makes it a good option to grab a pre-meal libation or a nightcap.
First Cabin Restaurant Review: The renovated Balboa Bay Resort’s First Cabin restaurant sits right on scenic Newport Harbor and has a comfortable, classy interior and a sunny patio. The menu features Cal-Euro fare, as well as some traditional dishes from chef Josef Lageder’s native Austria. Breakfast has lots of healthy options, and traditional American favorites like eggs Benedict and buttermilk pancakes. At lunch, you can order up the creamy lobster bisque with its big bites of lobster, or opt for a sandwich, entrée salad, steak or seafood. Dinner is a more formal affair, so start with the house-cured gravlax carpaccio, escargots bourguignon or seared ahi with lemon grass-scented avocadoes and a delicate seaweed salad. For mains, try the seasonal specialties or signature dishes such as butter seared sand dabs, Châteaubriand for two, juicy Colorado lamb rack or the Austrian-style paprika rahm schnitzel (veal scaloppine in a mushroom Cognac sauce accompanied by homemade spätzle). Dessert is worth the wait, especially the carrot cake and warm chocolate torte. The wine list is full of well-known bottles, mostly from California and France.
Leatherby’s Cafe Rouge Restaurant Review: Most patrons come to this Patina Group outpost at the ultra-modern Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall for pre- or post-theater dining, but Leatherby’s Café Rouge is truly a spot for fine dining any time. The interior décor is minimalist for good reason: the concert hall’s undulating, transparent walls set the scene for sophisticated drama. OC native chef Ross Pangilinan helms the kitchen and oversees a menu full of light yet full-bodied classic French and modern American dishes, including the occasional prix-fixe menu that is specially crafted to tie in with the shows next door. You may want to begin your visit at the handsome bar for a glass of wine or a cocktail like a peachy pear martini, or you could start with the cheese or charcuterie platters or such appetizers as an octopus salad and grilled lamb meatballs with cucumber tzatziki and eggplant. We also recommend the house-made fettuccine with its smoky roasted mushrooms, creamy white wine Parmesan sauce and heady summer truffles. The dinner entrée duo of beef tenderloin and short rib is an ideal study in tenderness and flavor, while the Kurobuta pork loin and bacon-wrapped crispy belly does a good job accentuating the dish’s smokiness. Desserts are just as dramatic as the restaurant’s exterior, so don’t miss out on Leatherby’s theatrical meal-enders. The wine list is extensive, with well-chosen vintages mostly from France and California.
Lucca Cafe Restaurant Review: Owner Cathy Pavlos and her husband run this European-style bistro with proud panache. The Euro-chic décor is classic yet modern, and works well for Shady Canyon residents and others who want to enjoy a casual meal or a glass of vino and a snack at the wine bar. Pavlos’ contemporary menu features mostly locally grown, organic, seasonal ingredients. Pavlos is known for composing sumptuous cheese and charcuterie plates from the in-house deli, featuring topnotch artisanal food products from California, the East Coast and Europe. Entrées are full of bold flavors, such as pan-seared scallops with spinach-cannellini bean ragoût and pancetta, or a tender Angus beef hanger steak with wild mushroom trifolata, fingerling potatoes and Gorgonzola. Wines from an eclectic 30-label list are meant for pairing: all are offered three ways — as a two-and-a-half-ounce taste, a six-ounce glass or by the bottle. Desserts include a “killer” brownie à la mode with vanilla bean ice cream and caramel sauce, or a seasonal fruit galette. Breakfast reflects the upscale California café vibe; we’re partial to the eggs Lucca (two poached eggs served on a toasted baguette, topped with roasted peppers and marinara), and the orange crème fraîche-stuffed pain perdu. Chef Cathy also offers one of OC’s only fresh antipasto bars for dinner, available Wednesday through Sunday, as well as a free-flowing Champagne buffet brunch on weekends.
Ramos House Restaurant Review: Located within San Juan Capistrano’s Los Rios Historic District in a structure built in 1881, Ramos House Café serves up breakfast, lunch and weekend brunch. The house is actually occupied by proprietor John Q. Humphries, so don’t be surprised if he greets you in his pajama pants with coffee cup in hand. Also be mindful that this charming cottage has all-outdoor dining, with tables placed under a shady 100-year-old mulberry tree (heaters and blankets provided). Chef Mitch Gillan helms the tiny kitchen and makes the most of humble seasonal ingredients. For those who need to relax, try the eye-opening Bloody Mary with spicy Scotch quail eggs dipped in hot mustard. Some come early for the strong coffee and soft yet crisp apple-cinnamon beignets. The egg scramble dishes are tasty, with ingredients like smoked bacon, sweet onions, crab hash and cured salmon. For lunch, we suggest the spiced-just-right pulled pork sandwich, with its crunchy sweet potato fries and refreshing apple slaw. At meal’s end, try any of the desserts or the churned-by-hand ice cream sandwiches.
The Ranch Restaurant & Saloon Restaurant Review: Located on the ground floor of an office building, adjacent to a lively country-western dance hall, this Anaheim venue boasts one of the region’s quirkiest addresses. Inside its heavy doors lies an eatery that revels in attention to detail, from the warm lighting that juxtaposes against dark banquettes to the sleek woods and nuanced colors. The restaurant marks the reunion of master sommelier Michael Jordan and executive chef Michael Rossi, the duo who first achieved widespread acclaim in Orange County at Napa Rose just a few blocks away. They have not missed a beat, as they have created a study in contemporary food and wine that helps set the benchmark for OC dining. Jordan’s cultivated wine list of more than 14,000 domestic and foreign labels guarantees that there will be something on hand to ideally match your mood and the occasion. Likewise, Rossi’s skill and unrelenting quest for the finest ingredients — many of which are grown on the restaurant’s farm — result in contemporary dishes that carry unforgettable flavors. Freshly baked popovers with daily-made preserves are a must to begin the meal, while the Kobe-style beef carpaccio with black truffle and tuna crudo with orange are inspired starters. Mains are smartly composed, as in the salmon with black quinoa and the lamb chops with pumpkin, merguez sausage, olives, chickpeas and harissa. Desserts, like the PBJ and milk chocolate bar and buttered popcorn ice cream, are sweetly whimsical. If you are headed next door for dance, be sure to stop in here to indulge in one of the handcrafted cocktails or a selection from the deep roster of fine spirits.
Sapphire Laguna Restaurant Review: Sapphire Laguna captures Laguna Beach’s dual nature as a homespun artist community and sophisticated coastal city. Chef Azmin Ghahreman presides over this charming bistro, which channels Laguna’s art and architecture along with the chef’s passion for world cuisines. Located in the Old Pottery Place complex in the space formerly occupied by The Pottery Shack, Sapphire Laguna owes its look to interior designer Si Teller, who combined Craftsman-style open architecture and warm woods with artsy Laguna touches like hand-blown glass from local artist John Barber. Ghahreman’s contemporary dishes draw plenty of excitement by exploring global flavors. We enjoy starting with the “tasting of mezzeh” plate highlighted by the creamy hummus and the balanced notes of the date and lamb kibbeh. Ghahreman shows a delicate touch with fish dishes like barramundi, prepared in a tangy South African red mango curry sauce. The chef is also adept at coaxing good flavors from meat, evidenced by the pan-seared beef tenderloin and coconut milk-braised short ribs. What to drink with your meal can present a pleasant challenge, as the cellar here features a well-chosen list of more than 900 wines. After you’ve polished off the bread pudding, head over to the adjacent Sapphire Pantry to shop for some hard-to-find international cheeses, fine wines, charcuterie, deli items and chocolates to go.
Shades Restaurant Review: Shades is a modern hotel restaurant with a cozy main dining room and an umbrella-filled outdoor patio with striking ocean views. Chef Jeff Littlefield, who gets most of his ingredients from his forays to the Santa Monica farmers market, has reinvented his menu with more classic European and Mediterranean influences. Start with such appetizers as a flavorful baba ghanouj, a crab cocktail, oyster shooters or tender diver scallops with Meyer lemon risotto and coriander oil. The cheese, charcuterie and pâté plates are also a good choice, especially with a glass of wine recommended by the always-on-hand sommelier. We also suggest the Mediterranean-influenced tapas menu, with such winners as goat cheese-stuffed piquillo peppers, spicy lamb skewers and Kobe sliders with smoked mozzarella. For mains, try the barbecue-rubbed salmon, shrimp skewers, Prime hanger steak or one of the robust nightly signature dishes, such as veal osso buco milanese or a short rib pot roast. The dessert menu, available upon request, has a number of solid options, led by the baked hot chocolate and churros combo. The wine list has some good selections of mostly California, French and South African varietals. On Sundays, Shades has one of the best brunches in OC.
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