We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Plums Cafe

369 E 17th St Ste 8, Costa Mesa, CA 92627-3270
+1 949-722-7586
Improve this listing
Ranked #82 of 417 restaurants in Costa Mesa
Price range: $1 - $20
Cuisines: American
Good for: Outdoor seating
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch
Restaurant details
Good for: Outdoor seating
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch
Write a Review

50 reviews from our community

72% Recommend
Rating summary
Date | Rating
  • English first
  • Any
English first
San Luis Obispo, California
5 reviews 5 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

On my way home from visiting in Newport Beach, we wanted a yummy Sunday brunch. Two dogs on a warm day limited our choices. Conveniently, Plums is tucked away in a shopping area close to the 405. We had to wait a bit - but always fun to watch the Orange County crowd :) Seated on the patio, the dogs... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Costa Mesa, California
Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

We had to wait outside basically in the parking lot for about an hour just to be seated in an area under construction on a table that barely had enough room for our food. No complaints about the staff, they are helpful, but the food has no flavor. They even found a way to take the flavor out of bacon,... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Avalon, California
Senior Contributor
26 reviews 26 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2014 via mobile

We used to enjoy Plum's often. They keep taking items off their menus we enjoy. Now nothing much we like for dinner. Service is not as good as it used to be either. Was our neighborhood 'go to' spot.

Was this review helpful? Yes
London, United Kingdom
4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2014

Food was fantastic. Alderwood Smoked Salmon had a variety of flavours, none too strong; the smoked salmon itself was flakey yet moist. Upon arrival on Sunday morning there appeared to be a massive queue (or rather, throng of people), but we were seated within 15-20 minutes.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Garden Grove, California
Senior Contributor
25 reviews 25 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2013

Second time at this restaurant in Costa Mesa. First time was probably better than the second time. The Dutch Baby is the one dish that got me to try this place, but it's the Willamette Valley Hazelnut Pancakes that got me to go the second time. For 3 small pancakes for $14, I would expect something out of the extraordinary.... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
San Francisco, California
Top Contributor
61 reviews 61 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2013

Our daughter is a student a UC Irvine and lives in the Newport Beach area with a house full of students and likes to go to Plums for breakfast. During our last visit with her she took us to one of her favorite places - Plums. The eggs Benedict was perfect. The pancakes were also tasty and moist. It's a... More

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
1 review
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2013 via mobile

I went yesterday and everything was perfect. So we went back today..aweful! It took so long to get our food that by the time it came out everybody that had come after us had already ate. No real apologies not even from manager. We asked for ketchup and guess what..I'm still waiting. Food is good so it's worth a try... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Huntington Beach, California
11 reviews 11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2013

First know that there was 8 of us for Breakfast. I think our bill came to $160.00 with one cocktail. VERY PRICEY FOR BREAKFAST. I thought the place was just OK/average. The food was good, service was good, but was missing something. Maybe the fact that it's in a strip mall and charging so much for breakfast. I just don't... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Huntington Beach, California
Senior Contributor
38 reviews 38 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2013

We have gone here a few times now and I have had the same experience every time. The food is good and very interesting (where else can you have sand dabs for dinner?). However, the servers are very slow and forget to bring things and the chefs are very slow. The last time we went, the restaurant was about 1/3... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
San Jose, California
Top Contributor
57 reviews 57 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2013 via mobile

We were visiting the area and looking for a good brunch before leaving town. Plum's was highly recommended online, so we decided to check it out. It is obviously a popular spot. There was a sizeable wait the entire time that we were there. The food was really delicious. There was an even amount of savory and sweet choices. We... More

Was this review helpful? Yes

Travelers who viewed Plums Cafe also viewed

Costa Mesa, Orange County
Costa Mesa, Orange County

Been to Plums Cafe? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

If you own or manage Plums Cafe, register now for free tools to enhance your listing, attract new reviews, and respond to reviewers.

Manage your listing