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Penguin Cafe

Certificate of Excellence
American, Cafe, Diner
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981 S Coast Hwy, Laguna Beach, CA 92651-2726
+1 949-494-1353
07:00 - 13:30
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Mon - Fri 06:30 - 14:30
Sat - Sun 07:00 - 13:30
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Orlando, Florida
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19 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Late brunch while on family trip, we checked trip advisor and found this gem. Good portions of food served up with fun waitress. owner on site so food is quickly created and served to guest satisfaction.

Thank kevinkpic
Saint Charles, Missouri
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15 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This is exactly what you expect - good but standard breakfast plates in a traditional café setting! Expect to wait for a table.

Thank LauerMummau
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Has to be the best Americana style diner on the OC coast! Have been coming here for years and it's always good, if not great! One of the best old style huevos rancheros in OC, and a great chorizo & eggs, too. Breakfast burritos, the egg breakfast options, and huge pancakes the kids (and kids inside us adults) love! Their... More 

Thank Rick G
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10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My husband and I arrived and was seated within 2 mins during the height of breakfast rush. I ordered egges & home fries & bacon. Was cooked perfect and very good. My husband ordered the eggs benedict. He is very particular about this dish. Powder was used not made in the traditional way. It was good but not great. The... More 

Thank Kim F
Shrewsbury, Massachusetts
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86 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 February 2017

Big tasty portions of cooking from seemed like moms kitchen. Friendly quick on the coffee and in Laguna reasonable pricing. I loved it, so we went back a second time in just our 4 day stay. Kids wanted it also! Rustic late classic diner charm.

Thank KeithMack
Atlanta, Georgia
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26 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 February 2017

Get over the small location and outdoor sign-up, just see the satisfied folks leaving and you know "this is the place". One of the few really local spots and really good! You can thank me later!!

Thank Steve B
Apple Valley, California
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13 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 February 2017

The one place to go for great diner food and a a very reasonable price compared to regular beach prices. The bread is really good also...

Thank Gay R
Cleveland, Tennessee
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26 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 January 2017 via mobile

Unless you were shopping in the area, you'd never know this place existed. It's a tiny restaurant nestled in between other quaint shops. None of the dishes or silverware match, which is part of the charm of the place. Food was good, service was excellent and both food and service were given in a very timely manner. We enjoyed looking... More 

Thank Deanna F
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10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 December 2016 via mobile

I stopped here while traveling on a business trip one morning. Being from the eastern time zone, I woke up extremely early and was hungry by 6:00 AM. Just a short walk up the main coastal highway from my hotel, I found this little cafe open for business. The menu had all of the breakfast classics that you would expect,... More 

Thank Tifferpalooza
Santa Barbara, California
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26 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 October 2016 via mobile

My family always goes to the Penguin Cafe whenever we are staying in Newport Beach, which is about twice a year. You definitely wouldn't want to come with a large group, because it's so small, but it's such a classic breakfast spot. Pancakes, eggs over easy, bottomless cup of coffee, absolutely no pretension.

Thank rlnSB

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
American, Cafe, Diner
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Takeout
Good for
Cheap Eats, Child-friendly
Open Hours
07:00 - 13:30
06:30 - 14:30
06:30 - 14:30
06:30 - 14:30
06:30 - 14:30
06:30 - 14:30
07:00 - 13:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 981 S Coast Hwy, Laguna Beach, CA 92651-2726
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Orange County  >  Laguna Beach
  • Phone Number: +1 949-494-1353

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?