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The Best Easter Brunches in Costa Mesa

Posted on March 19, 2024 | 11:44am

While brunch is a perfect weekend activity all year round, there’s just something about Easter Sunday that takes brunch to the next level. We’ve rounded up some of the tastiest Easter brunch spots in Costa Mesa to make your holiday a hip-hoppity good time.

Le Chateau at Ayres Hotel

Le Chateau offers not just a luxurious brunch experience, but they top it off with bottomless mimosas. Visit Le Chateau inside the Ayres Hotel in Costa Mesa for an omelette station and carving station with prime rib, fresh salmon, and honey-glazed ham. Reservations are suggested.

Silver Trumpet Restaurant & Bar

Experience a gorgeous lakeside Easter brunch at Silver Trumpet inside the Avenue of the Arts Hotel in Costa Mesa. Indulge in a gourmet buffet featuring multiple stations with a range of unique offerings. Make your reservations online to ensure your table is ready and waiting for you.

Café Sevilla

Photo by Café Sevilla

Starting at 11 am and running until 3 pm, Café Sevilla will be offering a special Easter “brunch from the other South” menu, featuring bottomless mimosas and live Spanish music. The menu will have brunch classics with a Spanish twist, such as eggs Benedict with Spanish jamón and Spanish-style French toast. Book your reservation.

Season 52

Seasons 52 offers an à la carte brunch menu (alongside their full menu). Choose from a selection that includes crab & cheddar quiche, upright French toast with fresh blueberry compote, and apricot-glazed spiral ham with French green beans and sweet potato mash and so much more. Reservations are recommended.

The Capital Grille

The Capital Grille might be offering South Coast Plaza’s most decadent brunch. Entrées include their popular lobster frittata made with butter-poached lobster tails, truffle hollandaise, and asparagus. But the decadence doesn’t stop there. They will also be serving bone-in dry-aged NY strips with eggs, center-cut filet mignon, and crab cake Benedict, and all options will be served with white cheddar hash browns. Reservations are recommended.

Morton’s The Steakhouse

Morton’s The Steakhouse is celebrating Easter the entire weekend (March 29th–30th) with a special three-course meal featuring filet mignon and lobster. Reservations recommended.

Outpost Kitchen

Celebrate the holiday with entrées of rib-eye steak & eggs, blueberry pancakes with lemon custard, smoked salmon, and shrimp Benedict, along with their full usual (and sought-after) brunch menu. They will also feature holiday extras to make the day special, including a family photo wall, balloons, and more. Reservations recommended. 

AnQi Bistro

Photo by AnQi

The renowned spot for Asian fusion cuisine is offering an à la carte Easter menu alongside their full menu of signature dishes. Reservations are recommended. 

Be sure to follow @travelcostamesa on Instagram to see more great spots to visit in our stories. Where will you be eating Easter brunch in Costa Mesa?

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5 Fun Spots for St. Patrick’s Day in Costa Mesa

Posted on March 8, 2024 | 12:21pm

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! While the history of March 17 is mostly forgotten, in today’s day and age it’s known as a night to go out with friends and enjoy some green beer and maybe even wear a bowler hat. You don’t need the luck of the Irish to find a great spot for happy hour, drinks or St. Patrick’s Day fun in Costa Mesa – that’s what we’re here for!

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February Feed: Costa Mesa’s Trending News & Reads

Posted on February 23, 2024 | 3:17pm

Costa Mesa has been gaining attention in the media lately as the cultural epicenter of Orange County. From our Kobe Bryant murals to fun Leap Year activities and Lunar New Year celebrations throughout the city, there’s clearly so many reasons everyone is flocking to Costa Mesa! Check out four stories of Costa Mesa featured in the press.

1. Kobe Bryant Murals Featured on ESPN

The legacy of Kobe Bryant lives on in Costa Mesa. ESPN recently recognized the Kobe Bryant mural created by Andaluz outside Social Costa Mesa as one of over 600 murals worldwide honoring his memory and the lives of those lost in the accident.

2. Leap Year Itineraries Curated by Locale

Local Magazine curated five unique itineraries showcasing Costa Mesa’s best offerings and hotel accommodations in “5 Unique Ways to Spend Your Extra Leap Year Day in Costa Mesa,” a handy guide for planning February 29th, or any free day on your calendar!

3. South Coast Plaza Year of the Dragon Celebration Highlighted in Business Wire

Business Wire highlighted South Coast Plaza for hosting the largest Lunar New Year celebration on the West Coast. The 19-day celebration features colorful performances, exclusive products, traditional cuisine, and captivating installations that bring the community together in celebration.

4. LA Times Showcases Costa Mesa as a Cultural Haven

The Los Angeles Times article, “Unveiling Costa Mesa: A Haven for Culture, Cuisine, and Community,” captures the essence of the city, emphasizing its diverse culinary scene, rich cultural experiences, and a strong sense of community that is weaved together through it’s seven diverse neighborhoods.

These recent features and publications underscore Costa Mesa’s rising prominence as the cultural hub of Orange County. So, when planning your Southern California getaway, be sure to make a visit to Costa Mesa to experience everything we have to offer!

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Shop Unique, Support Local: 15 Must-Visit Small Businesses in Costa Mesa

Posted on November 20, 2023 | 12:19pm

It’s …TIMEEE! Small Business Saturday is coming up on November 25th and you don’t have to look very far to find unique small shops in Costa Mesa. We’ve rounded up a list of 15 independently owned business you’ll want to support this holiday season.

1. Mellowist

You can take home a piece of living art when you shop at Mellowist on Randolph Street! Owners Jessica and DJ have carefully curated a unique selection of plants that are beautiful paired with locally crafted pottery.


If you need a gift for someone who loves exploring the outdoors, you have to check out SISU at the SOCO & The OC Mix. This sibling owned shop carries camping gear and home goods from brands you won’t be able to find anywhere else!

3. Lovely Curated Things

– photo by Lovely Curated Things

Female-owned women’s clothing boutique, Lovely Curated Things has a great selection of trendy and fashionable items. Score on unique vintage pieces, stylish boho clothes, and workwear staples without breaking your bank.

4. Work in Progress

– photo by @koralanne IG

If you love coffee and wine, make sure to visit Work in Progress at The CAMP. The relaxing environment and aesthetic décor make it the perfect spot for a midday caffeine or vino fix. And for those unexpected gifting situations, they offer bottled wine and a fun range of greeting cards.

5. Inspired Art Wine 

– photo by Inspired Art Wine

If you are looking for a fun group night out or memorable date night, we recommend booking a class at Inspired Art WineTake a step-by-step painting class while sipping on your favorite glass of wine! This relaxed space is a great way to tap into your inner artist and take a break from the holiday hustle and bustle.

6. Landers Supply House 

Landers Supply House is a must-visit unique hidden gem for shopping during the holidays. Their impressive range of vintage denim, jackets, jewelry, and western apparel is the perfect place to find a gift for someone who appreciates a unique, timeless piece.

7. Hadley & Ren Floral Co.

– photo by @phoebe_eats IG

Elevate your décor game this season with an everlasting floral bouquet from Hadley & Ren Floral Co. Their stunning collection of thoughtfully curated dried flowers are perfect for adding a unique, sophisticated touch to your holiday.


– photo by NEAT

Nestled in the heart of a local neighborhood, NEAT is a top choice for anyone looking for freshly brewed coffee and a warm welcoming vibe. If you need stocking stuffers, they have coffee bags from around the world, available for purchase!

9. Pürre Boutique

– photo by Pürre Boutique

Pürre Boutique is dedicated to offering organic, sustainable products, from natural apothecary items to timeless home goods and jewelry. Whether you’re treating yourself or looking for a thoughtful gift, they’ve got you covered.

10. Costa Mesa Ceramics Studio

– photo by @strelitzia_photo IG

Book a wheel-throwing class at Costa Mesa Ceramics Studio, where you can mold and shape clay into unique pottery pieces. Not much of an artist? Don’t worry, they have a lovely selection of handcrafted dinnerware and vases ready for purchase!

11. Fleur De Lys

– photo by Fleur De Lys

Started by two friends who envisioned a workplace where their dogs could tag along, Fleur De Lys has become one of Costa Mesa’s most popular shops! They have everything from beautiful stationery and home décor to well-appointed kitchenware. It’s almost impossible to walk out empty handed.

12. Fill Up Butter Cup 

– photo by Fill Up Butter Cup

Looking to shop more sustainably this holiday season? Fill Up Butter Cup is your one stop shop for home and body essentials that are biodegradable, compostable or can be easily recycled!

 13. Hola Adios Coffee

– photo by Hola Adios

Hola Adios Coffee is no ordinary coffee shop, it is inspired by the intrepid journeys of their green buyers, who spend weeks visiting coffee farmers across North, Central, and South America! They even offer a variety of artisan made products like blankets, baskets, and bags.

14. Period Correct

– photo by Period Correct

If someone on your list a self-described “car guy,” you can’t miss Period Correct. Their high-quality gear is influenced by racing, architecture, watches, and more. It’s all about premium materials, unique style, and exclusive collabs.

15. Rococo Boutique

Spoil the women in your life at Rococo Boutique. They offer a curated selection of high-quality clothing, jewelry, accessories and home goods.

Ready to shop small in Costa Mesa? Be sure to tag us on Facebook, Instagram, TikTok, and Threads. Don’t forget to use #ShopSmall and #ShopLocalCM!

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Fall into Fun: Costa Mesa’s Ultimate Weekend Guide

Posted on November 8, 2023 | 4:53pm

Welcome, weekend wanderers! Whether you’re a Southern California local or a jet setter extending a business trip, Costa Mesa has a cornucopia of fall delights waiting just for you. From sizzling dining experiences to electrifying performances, this vibrant city has everything you need to make this fall one for the books.

Dining Delights

Costa Mesa’s culinary scene is a feast for the senses, and Thanksgiving is no exception. Gather your friends at the iconic Mastro’s Steakhouse for a mouthwatering holiday meal with a touch of sophistication. If you’re craving a more laid-back atmosphere, Playa Mesa Kitchen offers a modern twist on traditional Mexican dishes, perfect for a festive celebration with a SoCal flair. Looking to skip the cooking on “Turkey Day” and have someone else do all the heavy lifting? Then, make a reservation at Silver Trumpet for a Thanksgiving brunch buffet or at La Chateau Bistro for a mouthwatering holiday meal.

Cozy Coffee

Kickstart your weekend with a caffeine fix at Costa Mesa’s trendiest coffee shops. Nook Coffee is a local gem known for its artisanal brews and cozy ambiance—a great spot to recharge before hitting the town. Don’t miss out on the seasonal specials at Portola Coffee Lab, where the baristas are true coffee artisans, turning your cup of joe into a masterpiece.

Performing Arts Extravaganza

For those seeking a dose of culture and entertainment, Costa Mesa’s performing arts scene is a treasure trove. Segerstrom Center for the Arts hosts captivating performances, from Broadway shows to world-class concerts. Check out their schedule for November—it’s bound to be a spectacular experience that’ll leave you in awe. Orange County Art Museum (OCMA) celebrates its one-year anniversary with an array of events and free admission.

Retail Therapy

-photo by SOCO

Indulge your shopping cravings in Costa Mesa’s eclectic retail landscape. South Coast Plaza, a shopper’s ultimate paradise, boasts an array of high-end brands and boutique shops. Take advantage of Thanksgiving weekend sales and treat yourself to some well-deserved retail therapy. If you’re into unique finds, explore the nearby SOCO and The OC Mix, where local artisans showcase their crafts in a hip, industrial setting.

Outdoor Adventure

-photo by @Farmersmarkoc

Burn off those fall-time calories with some outdoor fun in Costa Mesa’s beautiful parks. Grab a bike and explore the scenic trails at Fairview Park, or enjoy a leisurely stroll through the landscape and pond of TeWinkle Park. Or skate your way into the sunset at the Costa Mesa Skate Park.

Nightlife Excitement

-photo by Country Club

As the sun sets, Costa Mesa comes alive with vibrant nightlife options. Head to The Triangle for a mix of trendy bars and live music venues. The Country Club offers a stylish setting for cocktails and dancing, making it the ideal spot to cap off your night with a bang.

Costa Mesa is a dazzling blend of culinary delights, cultural experiences, and outdoor adventures. Whether you’re a weekend traveler, a business nomad extending your stay, or a SoCal resident looking for excitement, this vibrant city has something for everyone. Embrace the energy, savor the flavors, and make it an unforgettable overnight celebration of fall festivities!

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