When most people hear the words “Laguna Beach,” they think of art galleries or the resort town’s unfortunate association with the eponymous and eye-roll inducing MTV series, but Laguna Beach is also host to a great variety of breakfast spots. While each feature classic American breakfast fare, such as waffles, pancakes, breakfast combos and egg dishes, each restaurant has its own unique atmosphere.
329 S. Coast Hwy
Named after unofficial ambassador Eiler Larson, who stood on the restaurant site for over 40 years offering a warm welcome to locals and travelers alike, Greeter’s Corner is a reasonably-priced, family-friendly place that offers all the traditional fare, along with English breakfast classics, such as broiled bangers (broiled sausage) and sautéed kippers. Crab and bay shrimp can be added to any order for $2.99. With a little something for everyone, Greeter’s Corner is a family favorite.
361 Cliff Drive
Featuring a heated outdoor seating area and located next to the Laguna Beach Art Museum, Las Brisas offers stunning seaside views and an upscale dining experience. Enjoy a delicious seaside breakfast while taking in the sights and sounds of their picturesque location. Their Mexican Lasagna offers a tasty departure from their traditional breakfast fare. $17.50 per person, reservations suggested.
The Penguin Café
981 South Coast Highway
Family owned and operated for over 40 years and a favorite of generations of locals and vacationers alike, the Penguin offers fresh, made-to-order breakfast favorites that can also be tweaked to meet dietary preferences or restrictions. Open seven days a week, and lines can stretch around the block. Well worth the wait. Served in a busy, casual atmosphere, it is home-style breakfast at its best.
238 Thalia Street
A local vegetarian and vegan favorite. Healthy, fresh, locally-sourced ingredients make up the backbone of all their recipes, and each item is made to order. Pair your breakfast order with a fresh smoothie, and you will never hit the drive-thru again. Seating is very limited, so the best bet is to grab your order, cross the street, and enjoy your breakfast on the beach. Their breakfast burritos are an enjoyable departure from traditional breakfast fare.
The White House
340 South Coast Hwy.
Orange County’s oldest restaurant, established in 1918, features all the traditional breakfast favorites made and served in the California cuisine tradition: lighter, healthier ingredients and made to order. The dining area features the work of local artists, and the heated outdoor seating area makes for great people-watching, particularly during the summer months. Prices range from $4.95 to $9.95, and reservations are suggested.