Hidden away in some of Costa Mesa’s most popular business areas is the small and chic Rooster Cafe, a restaurant specializing in breakfast and lunch favorites. It would’ve been hard to find, but there is a a giant rooster mural on it’s outer wall (plus it’s next to the “Tin Lizzie Saloon”:

Who would’ve thought a place called “Rooster Cafe” would have a rooster painted on it?!

The parking in this area can be problematic at times, but it’s usually not that bad during the morning and afternoon hours. Rooster Cafe’s menu read like a standard “American dining” menu, but what they lack in cleverness they make up for in quality.

The Rooster Cafe Chicken Club

  • Grilled Chicken Breast
  • Bacon
  • Provolone cheese
  • Mayo
  • Avocado
  • Lettuce
  • Tomato
  • Onion
  • Francese bread

Rooster Cafe chicken sandwichthe chicken club took a little longer to come out than I had expected, but there’s a good reason. The chicken was cooked perfectly with great texture and flavor, a protein worth the extra minute. The produce is fresh and everything seems to be made with quality in mind. The super star of this sandwich was the bacon, which I feel is underwhelming at most places. Thick, crispy, and competently prepared bacon is rare at a lot of quick bite restaurants, so Rooster Cafe has an edge on a lot of places. The Francese bread has an interesting texture with a strong crust.

I feel like the Rooster Cafe would be a great place to bring friends for breakfast/brunch. It’s a very unpretentious and casual spot, perfect for bringing companions after a night of drinking. So I’ll happily accept any invitations to go back, especially to try their Chicken Parmesan sandwich.


Rooster Cafe
750 St Clair St, Costa Mesa, CA 92626

Friday 7AM–3PM, 7PM–1:30AM
Saturday 7AM–3PM, 7PM–1:30AM
Sunday 7AM–3PM
Monday 7AM–3PM
Tuesday 7AM–3PM
Wednesday 7AM–3PM
Thursday 7AM–3PM

Delivery: DoorDash

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