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Penguin Cafe

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American, Cafe, Diner
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981 S Coast Hwy, Laguna Beach, CA 92651-2726
+1 949-494-1353
Today
06:30 - 14:30
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Hours:
Mon - Fri 06:30 - 14:30
Sat - Sun 07:00 - 13:30
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Santa Barbara, California
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7 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 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.

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Thank rlnSB
Bristol, United Kingdom
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22 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 October 2016

Hubby and I had breakfast here a couple of times during our short stay in Laguna Beach. Always busy, but staff handle it well. Every kind of breakfast, very reasonably priced.

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Thank 1summer10
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 September 2016

traveling back to my favorite California BEACH TOWN i visited in the 40s thru 60s made my heart soar ! the Penguin cafe brought memories of real people in a local hangout .i have lived in BC CANADA 45 years but a big part of my heart remains in a little joint like Penguins .working in film and tv 20... More 

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Thank Roger G
Lafayette, California
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7 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 September 2016 via mobile

The Penguin Cafe dates back to the '60s. Cosy, great staff, and a solid breakfast and lunch menu. I have never been disappointed. Try it out next time you are in Laguna Beach.

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Thank 741lindsaym
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9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 September 2016 via mobile

It's just what it looks like a local diner, great greasy food big menu, local and tourists- great staff I love the cheese egg sandwich!!!!

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Thank Andrea B
Claremont, California
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122 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 August 2016

Sunday this place was packed with a wait outside. We came back for breakfast on Monday a.m. and had the place almost to ourselves. 2 Eggs, potatoes, bacon and two pieces of French Toast for $10.50. Foot was ample and tasted great. A pet peave is to have to ask for coffee which I did twice. Other than that the... More 

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Lorne997.embarqmail.com
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20 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 August 2016 via mobile

This place had a real problem today...5 tables walked out after waiting for 1 hour...We stuck it out ...The food was good. Waitress said cook wasn't feeling well...

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Thank Sandee W
Las Vegas
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30 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 July 2016 via mobile

Don't let the location fool you, this place has no atmosphere, unless you like greasy spoons. You know those cool, tiny coffee shops that serves killer coffee and cheap, tasty eats? This is not that place. Spend an extra $5 and go elsewhere with a view...

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Thank fungus49
Laguna Beach
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108 reviews
86 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 July 2016

This is a mom and pop restaurant...Another locals' favorite...They serve breakfast and lunch....walking distance to town....

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Thank Khoshid
Barcelona, Spain
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10 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 July 2016 via mobile

We visit this Cafe every summer for a nice breackfast or lunch. The food is very good and the attendants really nice for very reasonable prices. Local people are the usual clients. A place to always come back.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
American, Cafe, Diner
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Takeout
Good for
Child-friendly, Cheap Eats
Open Hours
Sunday
07:00 - 13:30
Monday
06:30 - 14:30
Tuesday
06:30 - 14:30
Wednesday
06:30 - 14:30
Thursday
06:30 - 14:30
Friday
06:30 - 14:30
Saturday
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?