Portola Coffee Lab

Portola Coffee Lab

Coffee Shop and Café
3313 Hyland Ave #B2 (at Sunflower), Costa Mesa, CA 92626, United States
Open until 9:00 PM (Show more)
  • Mon–Fri
    • 6:00 AM–9:00 PM
  • Sat–Sun
    • 7:00 AM–9:00 PM
$ $ $ $
Breakfast, Lunch, Dessert
Credit Cards:
Yes (incl. Discover & Visa)
Outdoor Seating:

Meticulously sourced direct trade coffees. Always roasted fresh and brewed by the cup. Home of Theorem, our 6-seat coffee concept bar.


Based on 407 votes

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  • What you need to know
    "Get the Kyoto and enjoy the crash & burn Icarus."(8 Tips)
    Josh D.
    "... 200 miles. Get a gaspar, perfect balance and delicious espresso..."(6 Tips)
    "Currently sipping my Kyoto Iced Coffee, heaven in a cup."(5 Tips)
    Dëva H.
    "Try a V60 pour over or house made chai"(5 Tips)
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  • coffee
  • espresso drinks
  • kyoto
  • gaspar
  • trendy
  • theorem
  • hipster
  • casual
  • authentic
  • lively
  • maple bacon
  • tea
  • free Wifi
  • breakfast food
  • good for dates
  • scones
  • outdoor seating
  • great value
  • cute
  • scenic views
  • Luc D.

    Espresso and single origin coffees!

    Luc Doan · 1 week ago
  • Jeremey F.

    Great coffee, I especially love the flat white, but prepare for a very long wait.

    Jeremey Fleischer · 2 weeks ago
  • Stephen L.

    Don't order from the Asian guy unless you're a girl or you're his friend otherwise the experience will be straight 💩 he dgaf

    Stephen Lee · 3 weeks ago
  • Colleen A.

    Beautiful and unusual setting. The barristas are super friendly and accommodating!😀

    Colleen Alarcon · September 30
  • Colleen A.

    Flat white, mocha, pastries

    Colleen Alarcon · September 30
  • Monique K.

    S. O. Espresso is amazing

    Monique Kuwahara · August 29
  • Eric G.

    A Silver Lake ultra hipster coffee spot in Costa Mesa. That is how this place feels

    Eric Gomes · August 5
  • Lou O.

    Kioto Ice Coffee ! The Ultimate.....♡

    Lou Ort · July 27
  • Makena H.

    Really impressive iced coffee with the kyoto, and the flat brown is an interesting take on one of my favorites, the flat white.

    Makena Heffernan · June 26
  • Amie W.

    The granola and yogurt bowl!

    Amie Weber · June 12
  • Vicky C.

    Great coffee

    Vicky Chang · June 7
  • Ralph L.

    Iced latte was solid.

    Ralph Li · May 29
  • Abbygale B.

    Amazing iced mochas

  • Taylor L.

    2015 Coffee Roaster of the Year!

    Taylor Loren · March 30
  • Noelle C.

    Portola is OC's third wave coffee pioneer. What's not to love about hand crafted espresso made with the upmost perfection. I absolutely love the baristas, atmosphere and of course the quality coffee!

    Noelle Caliguri · March 19
  • DAR A.

    Very good coffee. I don't like their cold coffee though.

    DAR Abdul · March 15
  • Phuc P.

    Theorem is way better than the main bar. Nick is such a nice guy and he really knows his brew.

    Phuc Pham · February 24
  • Ron

    Amazing drinks. We had wonderful lemonade with a wonderful twist of spice. Show is cod on toast with crispy pork belly. All the food rocks!

    Ron · January 25
  • Sergio

    Probably the best Mocha west of Mississippi ;)

    Sergio · January 17
  • Mihai P.

    Best latte in orange county. Spirit machine!

    Mihai Paun · January 7
  • Scott M.

    Hidden caffeine Speakeasy , just past the Traditional Portola long line. A true gem. amazing!

    Scott Mc Kiernan · December 16, 2014
  • Liz .

    Chorizo breakfast burrito was not worth it.

    Liz 🐲 · November 14, 2014
  • Jason Y.

    V60 + maple bacon sammich = best way to start the day

    Jason Yeh · November 10, 2014
  • Brett D.

    Great coffee in Orange County.

    Brett Dahlenburg · November 6, 2014
  • Dëva H.

    Hands down the best coffee you will find anywhere in SoCal. Specialty pastries are good and the food menu is simple and healthy. Try a V60 pour over or house made chai

    Dëva Holik · October 22, 2014
  • Martin D. C.

    I love dark, black coffee that gives you instant energy when you need a good kicking. I prefer v60 because I feel the time goes into the coffee equates to how awesome it'll taste. FYI, cookie = Big-O.

    Martin D. Ciao · September 4, 2014
  • Phillip W.

    The Maple Bacon Sammy is to die for!

    Phillip Woolston · August 21, 2014
  • Michael F.

    Best coffee in Orange County.

    Michael Francois · August 9, 2014
  • Joey B.

    Good coffee and atmosphere. Great place to get work done or study, although wifi can be pretty inconsistent. The mocha is incredible!

    Joey Brantley · August 8, 2014
  • Khristine

    The lattes are a classic choice! 👌

    Khristine · August 7, 2014
  • Shelby L.

    Iced Latte deliciousness

    Shelby Lang · August 7, 2014
  • Pedro C.


    Pedro Cruz-Ithier · August 7, 2014
  • Kyle O.

    The coffee here is unmatched. I have yet to find a spot that brews better coffee. If I had to recommend one drink, get the Kyoto Iced Coffee—it's ... so good.

    Kyle Ota · August 7, 2014
  • Aaron D.

    Get a single shot espresso - it comes with a little glass of seltzer water to cleanse your palette between each sip

    Aaron Dodson · August 6, 2014
  • Faisal A.

    Never had a better Mocha

    Faisal Almugairin · July 26, 2014
  • John S.

    Yo, that GASPAR is on blast!

    John Schwartz · June 21, 2014
  • Brew meets Girl

    Try the Kyoto Cold Brew.

    Brew meets Girl · June 16, 2014
  • DAN C.

    These kids are masters. Leave your addictions in their capable hands!

    DAN COX · April 17, 2014
  • Portola Coffee Lab

    THEOREM - Now open to the public daily from 11am-9pm, with a new speciality drink menu monthly. April's drinks are: coffee old fashioned- vanilla scented con panna - latte macchiato - campfire capp

    Portola Coffee Lab · April 10, 2014
  • Rich K.

    Think bacon... inside the maple scone. Just saying. :)

    Rich Kirkpatrick · April 5, 2014
  • DAN C.

    HANDS DOWN, the most impressive coffee shop in CA. Period.

    DAN COX · March 18, 2014
  • Piper J.

    Great care taken here to specialty coffee. On the roast as well as prep side. Such a treat for great coffee appreciators.

    Piper Jones · March 15, 2014
  • constants a.

    don't be like these #assholeswhocutinline

    constants axl · January 25, 2014
  • Portola Coffee Lab

    New Chefs Special Salad: Bacon and date salad with coffee balsamic. The perfect lunch!

    Portola Coffee Lab · January 10, 2014
  • Dan K.

    My favorite coffee joint in OC other than Kean. The Kyoto Iced Coffee won't disappoint, provided they haven't run out of it that day...

    Dan Kim · December 30, 2013
  • McCanne S.

    Iced Latte, so tasty!

    McCanne Sanford · December 27, 2013
  • Portola Coffee Lab

    Our gift card promo is BACK • Purchase a $50 gift card and get a $5 gift card FREE • Purchase a $100 gift card and get a $15 gift card FREE - Now - Sunday, come grab a few extra stocking stuffers!

    Portola Coffee Lab · December 20, 2013
  • Portola Coffee Lab

    Don Pachi Geisha - Available in 3 different sizes for your home brewing pleasure. You can also enjoy Don Pachi at our main bar, brewed to order v60 style, $12 a cup, until we run out!

    Portola Coffee Lab · December 13, 2013
  • Brent D.

    Kyoto Iced Coffee is life-changing

    Brent D · November 28, 2013
  • Alan N.

    Cool geeky science approach to coffee - love it! And I'm English and usually drink gallons of tea

    Alan Newton · November 10, 2013

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