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Plums Cafe

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369 E 17th St, Costa Mesa, CA 92627

(949) 722-7586

Today: 8:00 am - 3:00 pm
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General Info
Plums Café and Catering has been a local favorite for over twenty years. Tucked away in a corner of Costa Mesa, Plums friendly staff, unique menu, Northwest-influenced cuisine & down-to-earth ambiance keep patrons coming back again and again.
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Regular Hours
Mon - Sun:
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Phone: (949) 548-7586

Payment method
all major credit cards, amex, master card, visa
Price Range
Westport Square
Eastside Costa Mesa, Costa Mesa

Plums Café & Catering

Plums Catering

Plums Cafe and Catering

Plums Cafe & Catering

Caterers, American Restaurants, Bartending Service, Breakfast, Brunch & Lunch Restaurants, Coffee Shops, Meeting & Event Planning Services, Restaurants
Other Information

Bike Parking: Yes

Attire: Casual

Wheelchair Accessible: Yes

Wi-Fi: No

Parking: Lot, Private

Takes Reservations: Yes

Outdoor Seating: Yes

Specialties: Meetings

Cuisines: Caterers, American, Cafeterias, Breakfast, Brunch & Lunch

Cuisine: American, Diner, Cafe, Omelets

Price Range : Average


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MMM DUTCH BABY! Try their fam...

MMM DUTCH BABY! Try their famous dutch baby (it's like a big puffy pancake/popover thing. They also have great bacon. This place has great variety of breakfast/brunch food. It's a bit on the pricey side, but you get quality ingredients and a nice sized helping. Make sure you come early, or expect to wait a while as this is a popular joint on the weekends.

They've recently opened for lunch/dinner hours with a big expanded menu. I haven't tried lunch/dinner yet, but if their breakfast speaks for them, I bet it's amazing.

Parking is pretty easy, but it's a smaller lot.



Provided by Citysearch - 

Me and breakfast go way back. So when I go to a place like plums and find out they actually know how to make a good breakfast, I get all warm and fuzzy inside. Not only does this place make good food, but it caters to my alcoholic tendencies by offering momosas, which come with a free coffee. Yes, they're brilliant.

I started out with a momosa -- great way to start any day -- and a cup of OK coffee, nothing special. I then moved on to a bowl of their banana brulee oatmeal. This was perfect considering its oatmeal and I don't want it to be overbearingly sweet. I then had the coconut french toast, which was the best french toast I have ever had in my life. I dream about this french toast. It was love at first sight and our relationship is still blossoming to this day.

Service was decent, nothing special.

Come to this place for a great breakfast.



Provided by Citysearch - 
Great OC breakfast

Whenever a friend is here to visit, we bring them to Plums. The breakfast is great, good selection, friendly staff. Get there early on weekends as it gets very busy. A good breakfast place for when you are in the area.

Libra Girl


Provided by Citysearch - 
Great place for good breakfast

Plums in one of my fav's for breakfast. The food is great! There are so many unique choices to choose from. It's a little expensive but worth it. You get the amount of food for your money.



Provided by Citysearch - 
Yummy Breakfast

I went here for breakfast and it was so good. I go t the rasberry pancakes and they were the most amazing thing ever! My friends got the salmon hash and they were raving about how good that was (except for the bones in their fish). Only bad thing was it was a little expensive ($3 for a soda). I recommend this place.



Provided by Citysearch - 
Very Classy and clean

my friends convinced me to meet them there. i came early and was impressed by the decor straight away. Service and food were good. I only came to hear later from people at work that this place was well known , and i found out my parents had even gone there. I will definetely be back



Provided by Citysearch - 
Best Breakfast in town!

If you are ever in Costa Mesa you have to visit Plums cafe. I would recommend the eggs benedict or the steak and eggs. You also have to try the bacon and sausage some of the best I have ever had.



Provided by Citysearch - 
My Favorite Breakfast Place

I love going to Plum's. I have to get the Smoked Salmon Hash everytime I go, sometimes a bloody mary, sometimes a latte, depending on how I feel. Plum's isn't the cheapest place to have breakfast, but it is the best. If you want to spend less than $10, reconsider and check out Del Taco's Morning Menu. For a party of two the bill usually comes out to be $35, not including tip. The service has always been quick and I have never had any complaints. I do take into consideration that they are always packed, especially on the weekends, so I know my food isn't going to come out 10 minutes after I have ordered it. Truly one of my favorites in Orange County, always a treat.



Provided by Citysearch - 
great place for breakfast but expensive!

I had one of my best breakfast since I am here in CA. The Spinach, tomatoes and feta omelette was perfect. Usually I do not think feta is the best cheese for omelette because I like melt cheese but this time he feta was exquisitely soft and warm. The little red and yellow tomatoes linked perfectly with the rest and the thaste of the greek olives was genuines and authentics. I appreciated also the Plums potatoes.
The refill of the coffee was awful instead. It tasted as burned and I could not drink it.
The waiting time to be seated was not as long as it was the waiting for receiving the food. In that sense the service was really bad. A part from the service and the bill (too expensive!!) I really recommend this spot.
I didn't eat the Dutch pancake but I saw it and I gonna have it next time for sure!



Provided by Citysearch - 
Try a Dutch Baby

It may take slightly longer but a traditional Dutch Baby is something not to miss out on at Plums. This pastry pancake is larger than the plate it comes on, but a treat you?re unlikely to find anywhere else. Inspired by flavors of the Pacific Northwest, their coconut French toast is also a must when had with an oversized mug of Seattle?s Best Coffee.



Provided by Citysearch - 
Best Eggs Benedict & Apple Sausages!

Plums has the best eggs benedict, with their chipotle hollandaise, and their apple ketchup to go with their breakfast potatotes. Another recommendation is their creme brulee oatmeal- it is like eating dessert. I always get a side of their apple sausages and split that with my husband, and we always order the eggs benedict. I cannot comment on any other dish, as I always promise myself that I would get soemthing else, but cannot bring myself to forego the usual. The long wait on the weekends are worth it! TIP: Do not sit indoors- it is stuffy and crowded. Always eat in their outdoor patio- the beautiful morning sun, a cup of hot tea and a steaming egg breakfast cannot be beat!



Provided by Citysearch - 
OK food - not what I expected - somewhat overhyped

In our quest to find a breakfast spot to ""call our own"" - we decided to try Plums. Everyone we know said - ""Oh - it's incredible"". BEFORE we went there.

Now everyone says - ""Oh - go there for the pumkin soup"" or ""Oh, don't order THAT!"".

Unfortunately, we didn't see the Editorial Profile's mention of the french toast. They were dead on - it's NOT good. Then again - nor was the overpriced mound of ""alderwood smoked salmon hash"". In reality - a bunch of severly undercooked potatoes, peppers and onions, covered by a package of smoked salmon and some eggs with hollidaise sauce. You'd think that would be incredible. Think again.

My suggestion - go for lunch in November and have the pumpkin soup. EVERYONE seems to agree on it.



Provided by Citysearch - 
Use to be my favorite

what has happened to Plums!?!?! I use to go to brunch here every Sunday and would come for lunch all the time.. with family, friends and clients. I would still say the menu is above average.. but the food has gone down in quality. My eggs are runny now.. i only get one piece of toast now, you have to beg for ketchup, and my boyfriend ordered a the turkey avocado sandwich that came with no avocado! They use to have endless champagne brunch on the weekends for an added $5.. they took that away and limited it to 4.. now it is 1 mimosa for the discounted price of $5.. like that is a deal? I have basically stopped going here except is someone else wants to go.... the only positive thing now is that there is no longer an hour wait on weekends



Provided by Citysearch - 
best brunch, best breakfast

It's so yummy that I drive 40 miles to Plums Cafe almost every Sunday for brunch. I have had almost everything on the menu but my absolute favorite would have to be the lemon meringue waffles; although everything is scrumptious! The only thing is the 45 minute wait if you get there after 10 am. If you can get up and there before 9 am then you can get seated right away. Definitely worth the drive and the wait!



Provided by Citysearch - 
Dutch Baby - Gigantic Yorkshire Pudding

I have only been here once, but I will definitely be going back. I got the Dutch Baby, which turned out to be well worth the 20 minute wait. It is basically a giant Yorkshire Pudding, if you know what that is (a pancake that is cooked with a grease dropping in the middle so the sides rise into a bowl shape) but lemon curd is used in the middle instead of the Yorkshire Pudding's traditional fat or butter. It is served with powdered sugar, fresh lemon, and both are excellent. It is somewhat embarassing when it comes to your table, because it is HUGE, but it was so good that I ate it all. Service was also great. Our waiter was very friendly and chatty, and even let us bring the Diedrich coffee's we had just gotten in to our table. If weird shaped pancakes arent your thing, dont fret. Everything (especially the omlets) looks terrific, and everyone I know who has ever been to Plum's has rave reviews. Keep in mind that this is no IHOP though, and breakfast can easily be $10-$15/ person.