After a long week of doing the business of life, there's nothing quite like taking a leisurely brunch with friends and/or family. There's something about this brilliant meal that combines breakfast and lunch into one long feast that focuses on the art of food, drink and conversation that has taken hold of the American psyche.

The origin of brunch is a bit murky, though we do know it was first mentioned in print in an 1859 article in Hunter's Weekly and by the 1930s had become a wide spread tradition in the United States. By the 1980s, brunch was wildly popular from coast to coast, and now in the 2000s it is as important to our food culture as hamburgers and fries.

Here we give you the top four places to celebrate the tradition of brunching in Laguna Beach.


 
lumberyard brunch
 
The Lumberyard opened its doors in 2008, after a complete remodel. It is named after the original company occupying the site, The Laguna Lumber Company, which was the longest running company in Laguna Beach, in business from 1910 to 1985. Wanting to stay true to the original integrity of the 1912 building, inside no detail has been left to chance with custom booths, a horseshoe-shaped bar, artisan woodwork throughout, and a beautiful 12,000-piece mesquite wood floor entrance. They've also got two 60" TVs and one 80" TV for you to watch the game.
 
 lumberyard bloody mary bar
 
Need to Know:
11am-3pm, Sunday
An a la Carte menu featuring scrambles, the brunch favorite eggs benedicts, French toast and more. Plus a make-your-own Bloody Mary Bar and $5 glasses of champagne that can’t be missed.
 
384 Forest Avenue, Laguna Beach, CA 92651
949-715-3900
Reservations are suggested

 
white house brunch 
 
Housed in a historical building and one of the oldest restaurants in Laguna Beach, The White House has a loyal clientele of both locals and visitors. During prohibition they were a popular speak easy, getting their contraband booze from boats that were floated in onto Main Beach. 

white house bloody mary 
 
Need to Know:
8am-4pm, Saturday and Sunday
An extensive brunch menu featuring savory sandwiches, fresh salads, omelets and more. 
 
340 S. Coast Hwy., Laguna Beach, CA 92651
(949) 494-8088
Reservations are suggested

 
 
 
Nestled in Heisler Park and overlooking the Laguna Beach coastline, Las Brisas has been a Laguna Beach staple for more than 30 years.  In fact, travelers come from all over the world to taste the authentic Mexican Riviera seafood cuisine that Las Brisas has become famous for, not to mention one of the most beautiful lookout spots in town.

 
las brisas seating 
 
Need to Know:
9am-3pm, Sunday
$40, includes fresh fruit, soup or salad, choice between 10 main courses, champagne all day, dessert & Mexican pastries
 
361 Cliff Drive, Laguna Beach, CA 92651
949-497-5434
Reservations are strongly recommended 

 
splashes brunch 
 
With the ocean only 25 feet below, Splashes is about as close as you can get to on-the-sand dining. With an innovative menu that changes with the seasons, you know you’ll be getting fresh and inspiring dishes. They’re also known for their signature cocktails that pair perfectly with the spectacular views.

splashes seating 
 
Need to Know:
11:30am-3pm, Saturday and Sunday
A La Carte Menu including small plates and entrees
 
1555 South Coast Hwy. (inside Surf & Sand Resort)
949-376-2779
Reservations are strongly recommended