Brunch with a View: Waterfront Dining in Long Beach

Brunch culture is thriving in Long Beach, where sunny mornings and ocean views abound, sending many residents on an ongoing quest to find their favorite breakfast burrito. Check out these local restaurants where outdoor dining provides the backdrop for the perfect weekend brunch.


For a brunch experience with a hint of culture and class, visit the Long Beach Museum of Art’s restaurant Claire’s (2300 E Ocean Blvd), named after artist Claire Falkenstein who created the extraordinary sculpture fountain at the center of the patio. Sip a pomegranate champagne cocktail or a blood orange margarita under the iconic yellow umbrellas, and choose from indulgent dishes like crème brȗlée French toast or smoked salmon benedict. Or, opt for something green, like the kale caesar salad with Parmigiano crisps.



Known for their steaks, sushi, and oyster bar, Boathouse on the Bay (190 N. Marina Dr.) offers such brunch delights as the Regatta Colada – made with Myer’s blonde rum, amaretto, lime, and pineapple juice – and a Marina Mimosa, served in a sizable chalice and topped with a suspended champagne split. Breakfast menu selections include the wagyu loco moco, a Hawaiian comfort food classic, or brioche French toast, served with whipped mascarpone and candied pecans.



Located on Alamitos Bay in a cozy corner of the Marina Pacifica shopping center, Tantalum (6272 E. Pacific Coast Hwy.) transports diners to the tropical Indonesian Islands and offers California cuisine with an Asian influence. Pair the kiwi margarita with the albacore burger and watch boats sail by from the palm-shaded patio.

A plate of small bites at the Tantalum Restaurant in Long Beach, CA.
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