Brunch is an ideal meal to eat out in Irvine, CA. You get the flexibility of enjoying breakfast or lunch food any time between mid-morning and early afternoon. What other meal makes it perfectly acceptable to drink alcohol so early in the day?

The next time you're planning a date, a family get-together, or a girls' outing, check out one or more of the following places for brunch in the greater Irvine, CA, area.

Bruxie

Bruxie

Heritage Plaza Shopping Center, 14376 Culver Drive, Irvine, 949-556-4894

Bruxie is an original twist on the tried-and-true Belgian waffle. It’s light, crispy, yeasty, and not sweet but still satisfying.

Bruxie pairs their unique waffles with fresh seasonal ingredients to create one-of-a-kind gourmet waffle sandwiches. There are savory offerings such as hot pastrami and buttermilk fried chicken as well as sweet offerings such as s'mores and creme brulee. Complete your meal with an old-fashioned pure cane sugar soda, custom crafted coffee or tea, or a shake or float.

Mustard Cafe

5663 Alton Parkway, Irvine, 949-559-8085

The Mustard Cafe boasts an authentic taste that you won't forget any time soon. They offer a classic breakfast menu with oatmeal, fruit salads, breakfast sandwiches, eggs and omelets, pancakes, and French toast. The smell of fresh bread will get you in the door, and the high quality of the ingredients and attention to detail in each meal will keep you coming back for more. The establishment is small but clean with an ample outdoor seating area and friendly staff.

Del Frisco's Grille

772 Spectrum Center Drive, Irvine, 949-341-0376

Del Friscos Grille

Del Frisco's Grille is an American bar and grill that’s well known in the area for their award-winning wine selection. If you're ever been there for lunch or dinner, most likely you won't be surprised to learn that they also offer an outstanding Sunday brunch.

Enjoy a sweet meal such as the Red Velvet Belgian Waffle, which is topped with whipped vanilla bean cream cheese, or a savory selection such as the Chicken-Fried Steak and Eggs, which comes with a large biscuit and chorizo gravy. Of course no brunch at Del Frisco's is complete without a bloody Mary, mimosa, white sangria, or screwdriver.

Zov's Irvine

3915 Portola Parkway, Irvine, 714-734-9687

Zov's Irvine location features a casual cafe atmosphere with some of the signature dishes that have made the original Tustin location so successful. The restaurant is warm and inviting yet upscale, with weekend brunch as well as lunch, dinner, happy hour, a take-out family menu, and event catering.

Zov's offers a standard brunch menu with eggs and omelets, waffles, pancakes, oatmeal, fresh fruit, and a selection of coffee and alcoholic beverages. The staff is friendly, attentive, and always willing to go the extra mile to make sure the diners are satisfied.

Rick's Atomic Cafe

3100 Airway Avenue, Suite 113, Costa Mesa, 714-825-0570

Brunch Places in Irvine, CA

Rick Le Blanc of Rick's Atomic Cafe is a food nerd with a buzz cut and horned-rimmed glasses. He uses the same basic breakfast ingredients as everyone else but somehow produces higher-quality results with them. From the artisan bread to the hand-squeezed orange juice, you'll appreciate the attention to detail in every aspect of your meal.

The breakfast menu is simple, with just a handful of entrees and a few add-on options. As everything is so good, you won't be disappointed by the lack of choices.

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