About Us




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The Penguin has the best breakfast in town.  Trust me. No pretense, no foofy decor, just real food. I’m eating a breakfast burrito today.

On my top 10 best breakfast burritos in OC!

Jim V.

Laguna Beach, ***** Yelp

Wow!  Great old school deliciousness. Diner style breakfast cooked to perfection and super friendly service from Sabrina. We knew it would be great when we saw all the locals eating here.  

If you want an amazing traditional breakfast with lots of local charm this is your spot in Laguna Beach!

Greg D.

San Francisco, ***** Yelp

We love their omelettes, pancakes and super crispy bacon.
Always a perfect place for breakfast.
Molly Z.

***** Google

Our Story

Where It All Began

Penguin Cafe was established in 1940 in Laguna Beach, California on iconic Pacific Coast Highway between Thalia Street and Oak Street up the hill from Thalia Street Beach.

The restaurant opened in the late 1940’s as a malt shop (we still serve them). In the late 1960’s the current family took it over and has run it ever since, expanding offerings to include home-style breakfast and brunch favorites, vegan and vegetarian options, along with house made pies, cakes and more available by special order. Most everything on the menu is made fresh and from scratch.

Specialties include good old fashioned homemade food (think grandma’s house) with a modern day twist (think really fresh ingredients). You can be really good (we are happy to do special orders, egg whites and fresh veggies) or you can be really bad (pancakes topped with strawberries and whipped cream, burgers, fries, and milk shakes). Our menu ranges from bacon and eggs to mexican favorites, all soups are made fresh, and our bread is all natural and preservative free.

We are proud to be one of the oldest family run businesses in Laguna Beach and still enjoy doing things the old fashioned way. Whether you’re a surfer fueling up for the next set or on the hunt for great food, desserts and malts, we’re ready to satisfy your cravings.  We still believe our customers are an extension of our family and would love to have you join.We look forward to welcoming you soon to experience the Penguin Cafe!

“Awesome breakfast spot! My husband and I both loved our meals and I was so happy that they have vegan options too. Wonderful customer service as well, thank you!” April F., *****Google

Hours of Operation

7:00 am – 1:30 pm

Closed Wednesday

Drop Us a Line

Don’t be shy. Let us know if you have any questions!