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Penguin Cafe

981 S Coast Hwy, Laguna Beach, CA 92651-2726
+1 949-494-1353
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  • Excellent46%
  • Very good36%
  • Average14%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“pancakes” (6 reviews)
“french toast” (6 reviews)
“potatoes” (7 reviews)
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American, Cafe, Diner
981 S Coast Hwy, Laguna Beach, CA 92651-2726
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This place has been in Laguna Beach since 1942, family owned and it shows. Best Berger in town and Breakfast, small but quaint with lots of atmosphere. Opens only until 1:00 pm so hurry and get a plate full of goodies before a day in...More

Thank Jannie C
Reviewed 11 February 2018 via mobile

The food was okay but the service was horrible!! Our water had no ice, and the waitress barley even acknowledged us, WE had to ask for drinks and refills. The drinks were also extremely flat because they just have bottles of soda in the fridge....More

Thank adumas15
Reviewed 28 December 2017

The "Penquin" is a local favorite for breakfast and lunch only. It is indeed a step back in time - no fancy decor here - locally owned all these years and some mornings are like neighborhood get togethers. We generally hesitate to extoll its virtues...More

Thank donaleel
Reviewed 6 September 2017

This is one of my sister's favorite places to grab breakfast or lunch in Laguna Beach. Away from the busier part of town and just good basic grub in this place. Small and busy, and good eats! This place has some good breakfast and also...More

Thank Jaguarbeth
Reviewed 2 September 2017

Love the hometown and penguin atmosphere! Good hot traditional breakfast cafe style!! Clean fast service.

Thank beachlady2014
Reviewed 11 August 2017 via mobile

I had a breakfast here, it was fast but it was not really good. I will recommend this if you're on the road and you want something fast though. Restaurant is small so you might have to wait a little.

Thank Louismichelin
Reviewed 13 July 2017

Wife and I were looking for a breakfast after church. As we returned to our hotel on Costal Hwy we spotted this neat looking restaurant. It was nearly packed, but had room for two more. I had the BEST hash, eggs, and potatoes! Wow, a...More

2  Thank OutdoorSteveNH
Reviewed 21 June 2017

We were able to get right in by sitting at the counter which was just fine with us. A yummy omelet for me and a club for my friend. Coffee and OJ completed our meals. A lot of food and taste good too. You can...More

1  Thank JenJen1865
Reviewed 22 May 2017 via mobile

Visited here with my daughters today for breakfast. Really nice. Recommend the Corned Beef Hash. Very quaint setting and dry friendly staff. Will definitely be coming back.

Thank tsmithSevenoaks
Reviewed 30 April 2017 via mobile

Stopped in for lunch with two small children. Had an amazing club sandwich and the staff was friendlt

Thank MidwestBum
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
American, Cafe, Diner
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
7:00 AM - 1:30 PM
6:30 AM - 2:30 PM
6:30 AM - 2:30 PM
6:30 AM - 2:30 PM
6:30 AM - 2:30 PM
6:30 AM - 2:30 PM
7:00 AM - 1:30 PM
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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