When it comes to brunch, what’s not to like? A choice of sweet and savory options, fresh juices, sparkling Champagne, and the joy of knowing you’ve got nothing but time to create new memories. Enjoy the weekend with a leisurely brunch at one of these Santa Ana locales.


If you want to enjoy your brunch al fresco, head to Benchmark, where you can relax under cheery umbrellas on their patio. You can’t go wrong by ordering the pastrami hash made with sweet potatoes, brussels sprouts, poached eggs, and chipotle hollandaise. Or zag and try the crispy chicken sandwich with a maple-chili glaze on a brioche bun. (pictured below Dulce De Leche French Toast)

Benchmark  Dulce De Leche French Toast

Den Cafe

Enjoy brunch with friends in his warm, light-filled cafe. Try the Monte Cristo-ish, made with melted Havarti cheese, grilled ham, arugula, and strawberry compote (pictured below), or sample the classic waffle topped with homemade blueberry lemon compote, coconut cream, candied walnuts, and a side of honey butter.

The Den Cafe Monte Cristo-ish


Native Son

Dining with a furry friend? Head over to Native Son’s dog-friendly patio. There, you’ll find bottomless mimosas and a variety of sweet and savory options. The Native Slam burrito, stuffed with scrambled eggs, home fries, cheese, cajun aioli, and a choice of bacon, chorizo, or sorizo, is a standout.


Native Son brunch


Perla Mexican Cuisine

This modern bistro serves up a variety of Mexican dishes and brunch cocktails. For something light, order the tropical halibut ceviche, made with Pacific halibut marinated in lime and orange, avocado, cucumber, and serrano chile. Or go all out with their chilaquiles con pollo, an impressive serving of housemade tortilla chips, shredded chicken, house salsa, queso fresco, and refried beans.

Perla Mexican Cuisine Mimosa flight


Santa Ana Brunch Club

It makes sense to check out the place literally named for your favorite meal. Their fried chicken and waffles served with hot honey butter and smoked maple syrup are always a winner, as is the French omelet made with aged cheddar, mozzarella, creme fraiche, and a touch of tobiko black caviar (pictured below).


Santa Ana Brunch Club French omelet



If you need a bite after taking in the incredible art at the Bowers Museum, Tangata has you covered. The avocado toast is sublime: a generous slice of whole-grain bread topped with smashed avocado, alfalfa sprouts, tomato, and pickled onion.


Tangata Brunch


The Green Parrot Villa

Every Sunday, the Green Parrot serves brunch with complimentary Champagne. They lay out an impressive display, complete with a fresh waffle station, Italian pasta, taco bar, personalized omelets, fresh fruit, salad bar, various Mexican entrees and sides, menudo, and desserts.


Green Parrot Villa Brunch