Location: 369 E 17th St, Costa Mesa, CA 92627
Call: (949) 722-7586 *reservations recommended
Hours: everyday 8am-3pm
- Dietary: darn vegans and Celiacs, your options are very limited; yay vegetarians, you have a bounty of options!
- Physical: limited parking, wheelchair accessible and there are handicap parking spots in front, outdoor area is shaded
- Reservations: they accept reservations and event bookings and tag on an 18% gratuity for parties of 5 or more
- Etc.: child and pet-friendly, restroom available, credit cards accepted, no WiFi
Ambiance: casual and trendy
Best for: brunching, pics for the ‘gram, sweet & savory, medium-large parties
Value: Okay – prices and portions are standard
This place is hot 🔥 right now and once you see their insta or website gallery, it isn’t hard to see why! There are photos of beautifully adorned plates of fresh fruit, crispy bacon, and plenty of their gooey over-easy eggs that people can’t stop ‘oozing’ about. My cousin and I typically celebrate our birthdays together since we’re just 4 days apart, so we decided to come here based on these appetizing pics and extensive brunch menu.
* Before you read the entire post, I must say that I can’t whole-heartedly recommend coming here and would rather defer you to Pandor, which is down the street. If you are too in love with the beautiful food and feel you must come, then please read on to understand my reasoning!
Trying to find parking here can be a bit of a struggle since the lot is so small so we found overflow parking behind the restaurant and across the park in a residential area. Walking up, we could see why there was no parking as it was bustling! The façade of the restaurant is underwhelming – the patio area is large but basic and they would do well to get new tables and chairs with their high foot traffic and photo-worthy food. In comparison, the inside is really nice – clean decor, large windows, lovely wooden tables, and a beautiful diner-like bar area.
When we put down our names for a table the hostess informed us that we had just missed Selena Gomez; if you’re into celebrity-spotting, you may have some luck here! 🤩 The wait was about 30 minutes on a Saturday at noon since we were in a party of four. There are boutiques close by that are easy to burn time in while staying close by. We were seated on the outside patio, and though they were nearly filled to capacity out there, it wasn’t cramped or overly noisy since it is so open.
My aunt and I are big chai tea fans and we were quite pleased with their latte; it’s aromatic and sweet and spicy. One cousin ordered the ‘Pain Reliever,’ which is piña colada-esque, and my other cousin ordered their mimosa – both enjoyed their drinks thoroughly. Plum’s Café currently has a special which includes a tea/coffee + mimosa/bloody mary/champagne for $10, which is a rather good deal since their mimosas alone are $10.
My cousin and I pulled the “you order sweet, I’ll order savory, and we’ll halfsies” move, which was a great plan 👍🏽. I ordered the Spinach and Feta Cheese Omelet and she ordered the Northwest Berry Waffle.
The omelet is indeed savory – outside is adorned with feta, kalamata olives, and cherry tomatoes and the inside has the spinach and more feta. The bacon and avocado we ordered was really not worth the extra expense since there’s already enough going on.
The waffle was top-notch, and I will be back for it the next time I find myself in an insatiable waffle mood. It’s crispy and doughy, and the homemade whipped cream is OMG good 🤤. The berries atop the waffle are fresh and crisp, and balances the sweetness of the waffle and creaminess of the whipped cream perfectly.
We knew the check would be steep based on what we ordered, so we were not surprised to see that the four of us had breached the $100 mark. Comparatively speaking, we had celebrated another birthday at Seabirds with five people for the same price. The quality of everything we ordered was great, but you are definitely paying a premium for the hype.
Come for the prettiness but be prepared to wait to be seated as well as receive your food and drink. If you’re drinking or have already had a bite before coming, the wait for your food isn’t so terrible, but us being on the hungry side, we were a bit perturbed. The waiting is worth it when the food arrives, though goodness, the portions are small. This is not a budget diner by any means, rather a sort of middle ground between budget and higher-end dining you find in bordering Newport Beach. It’s a fine compromise, but there is better out there in this price range (check out Pandor or Le Pain Quotidien). In all, we were satisfied but will be trying new places before returning.
Thanks so much for your read and please comment with any pointers and feedback – we love to know how we can improve and what we’re doing well!
Pete and Kiana
We received no compensation from Plum’s Café + Catering to create this review.