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Jim and Neesie
Photograph: Anthony Nader/52 Chefs

Where to find the best brunch in Miami for all your weekend plans

The best brunch in Miami is a mixed bag of hangover cures, tasty desserts and buffets with more than just breakfast food

By Virginia Gil

June 2019: Is a weekend without brunch even a weekend? Hardly, and for those who’ve too often passed on the opportunity to brunch in Miami, we have a slew of new options to, hopefully, get you inspired and out of the house before dinnertime. For the traditionalists tempted by a sprawling buffet, we’ve included the famous Biltmore brunch and Rusty Pelican’s meal-with-a-view option. Carving a trendier vibe? The Jim and Neesie, Stiltsville and ETARU keep it cool and fresh. We said goodbye to a few old favorites, including the now-shuttered Mason Eatery, whose oversize pancakes we truly miss.

Brunch in Miami is practically a religion. Every Sunday (and on the occasional holy Saturday), the hungry, hangry and hungover gather at the best Miami restaurants to worship over carafes of mimosas, tricked out Bloody Mary cocktails and drippy stacks of pancakes. And it’s not just stalwart diners in Miami and the best coffee shops in Miami giving us our fill of eggs and toast—you can get bottomless brunch in Miami with an Asian tilt, or a fine-dining edge. So, whether you prefer to eat early or late, sweet or savory, or just need to suppress the effects of the previous night, these spots have the best brunch in Miami for you.

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Best brunch in Miami

Cap'n crunch pancakes at Eating House
Photograph: Ernie Rodriguez

1. Eating House

Restaurants Contemporary American Little Gables

What is it? Chef Giorgio Rapicavoli puts a fun twist on upscale dining at Eating House with eccentric dishes like pumpkin pie waffle and Cap’n Crunch pancakes—both of which can be washed down with a sublime Tang mimosa.

Why go? Rapicavoli’s take on eggs Benedict skews swanky thanks to a black truffle topping while the French toast speaks to the city’s Latin influences, subbing in Cuban bread for brioche and a cafecito-infused syrup for basic maple.

ETARU Hallandale
Photograph: Courtesy ETARU Hallandale

2. ETARU Hallandale

Restaurants Japanese

What is it? This Japanese robatayaki spot from the folks behind Zuma is one of the best bargains around, featuring a $55 brunch that includes a welcome cocktail, unlimited wine and a beautiful, Instagrammable dessert to share.

Why go? While it’s technically in Broward, the Hallandale restaurant is literally on the sand. Name a Miami restaurant with unobstructed views of the ocean and a bottomless brunch that won’t break the bank. We’ll wait.

Jim and Neesie
Photograph: Anthony Nader/52 Chefs

3. The Jim and Neesie

Restaurants American Miami Beach

What is it? It’s like brunching at home, only with much, much better food. Fashioned after the would-be home of Jim and Neesie, the fictional couple it’s named for, the restaurant offers an intimate, low-key alternative to Miami Beach’s typical brunch scenes.

Why go? Get all of chef Daniel Roy’s delicious dinner classics, like West Coast oysters with cucumber mint mignonette and the kale salad, plus new dishes only available while the sun’s still up—think tostada chilaquiles, buttermilk pancakes and shrimp and grits. Spritzes are only $5 at brunch, which happens every Sunday from noon to 4pm.

Sweet Liberty
Photograph: Courtesy Sweet Liberty

4. Sweet Liberty Drinks & Supply Company

Bars South Beach

What is it? The best bar in Miami just so happens to serve brunch—and a damn good one at that. It goes without saying but this is not the place for a basic mimosa.

Why go? Sweet Liberty’s motto is “pursue happiness,” which, on Sundays from noon to 5pm, manifests as Michy’s fried chicken over housemade Belgian waffles and topped with jalapeño-honey butter. The $25 bottomless rosé help you stave off last night’s hangover a little while longer.

La Mar
Photograph: Courtesy of La Mar

5. La Mar

Restaurants Peruvian Brickell Key

What is it? Elegant, decadent and about as indulgent as brunch possibly gets, La Mar’s brunch is for people with discerning palates and deep pockets.

Why go? Brunch is an experience! You’ll start with arroz chaufa (Peruvian fried rice) served tableside and move on to myriad food stations doling out 15 types of cebiches and curiously plated classics like crab causa. Then each person gets the entrée of their choice. If you haven’t saved room for dessert, you’ll change your mind once you’re served an artisanal dollhouse filled with treats. No, it’s not the effects of unlimited cocktails you’re experiencing. The dessert house is, in fact, spinning.

Photograph: Courtesy Stiltsville

6. Stiltsville Fish Bar

Restaurants Seafood South Beach

What is it? Sunset Harbour’s stylish fish shack makes an excellent case for tucking into a big bowl of seafood at breakfast (the majority of what’s on the menu is locally sourced and responsibly caught). 

Why go? Delectable seafood aside, there’s lots of great southern-inspired fare on the menu (co-owner and chef Jeff McInnis does fried chicken like few can). If there’s one thing to order, though, it’s the brunch version of the popular spoonable cornbread with lobster. On Sundays, try it topped with a runny poached egg and slices of thick-cut candied bacon. 

GreenStreet Cafe
Photograph: FujifilmGirl

7. Green Street Cafe

Restaurants Snacks Coconut Grove

What is it? A gathering place for a confluence of cyclists, dog parents, families and people seeking a shady spot where to enjoy Miami’s sunny weather. The nicer the day, the longer the wait time, though the bar serves cocktails and food on a first come, first served basis.

Why go? The view and experience are quintessential Miami— lots of well-dressed people lingering over breakfast fare and sipping mimosas along a busy sidewalk. People watching is superb and so are the Bloody Marys served in repurposed cans of soup.

Biltmore Hotel Brunch
Photograph: Courtesy CC/Flickr/Bob B. Brown

8. Biltmore Hotel

Hotels Boutique hotels Coral Gables

What is it? A mainstay on the Miami brunch circuit, the Biltmore Hotel’s epic Sunday champagne shindig is as extravagant and indulgent as they come.

Why go? A seemingly endless buffet of crustaceans, multiple food stations (breakfast, carving, caviar, etc.,), more baked goods than your blood-sugar can handle and flowing—like a steady, boozy stream—champagne, rosé, mimosas and more. Hovering around the $100 mark, it’s an expensive option but one worth the splurge for special occasions. 

Photograph: Courtesy Bachour

9. Bachour

Restaurants Cafés Coral Gables

What is it? Pastry chef Antonio Bachour’s eponymous bakery sits on a quiet corner in Coral Gables. Though inside, the lofty space is abuzz guests oohing and aahing at the artful display of croissants.  

Why go? There’s a croissant in every flavor imaginable—almond, Nutella, red velvet... we could go on for hours. But there are just as many savory options, too. Our fave? The Spanish eggs, a delicious soft scramble with Pata Negra ham that’s big enough to share.

27 Restaurant
Photograph: Justin Namon

10. 27 Restaurant at Freehand Hostel

Restaurants Contemporary American Miami Beach

What is it? A cool, hipster spot inside the supremely trendy Freehand Miami and next door to cocktail bar the Broken Shaker.

Why go? On Sundays, you’ll pop in to sample signature items like Elad’s Shakshuka served alongside Zak the Baker bread or the spicy bibimbap, a flavorful blend of kimchi fried rice, short rib and egg. The menu is a tightly curated assortment of dishes that represent Miami’s melting pot of flavors while the cocktail list is far less restrained, ranging from citrusy to “stiff and boozy,” with a few craft beers thrown into the mix.

Phuc Yea
Photograph: Patrick Michael Chin

11. Phuc Yea

Restaurants Vietnamese Little Haiti / Lemon City

What is it? Vietnamese food with, in the restaurant’s own words, a “Miami swagger.” The industrial chic spot has a charming outdoor patio too, with Chinese lanterns swinging overhead.

Why go? This just might be the best hangover brunch in town. There is, of course, the quintessential migraine-reducing beef pho, but even reading the other options like sweet and sour wings and waffles, smoked duck with grits and country fried French toast is already bringing us back to life. Tack on bottomless tropical mimosas for an extra $20.

Photograph: Courtesy Zuma

12. Zuma

Restaurants Japanese Downtown

What is it? A bougie, boozy brunch that’s worth every penny. Zuma’s lavish buffet (ranging from $95–$395, inclusive of unlimited premium drinks) features dinner-menu favorites and a satisfying selection of sushi.

Why go? Varied Japanese cuisine is represented across all parts of Zuma’s decadent spread. You’ll find traditional fare—sushi, sashimi and hot robata dishes like the popular baby back ribs—and unexpected favorites like king crab salad on nori toast, among others. Japanese whiskey tastings are offered randomly at brunch, so keep your eyes peeled.

Pinch Kitchen burger
Photograph: Virginia Gil

13. Pinch Kitchen

Restaurants American creative Miami

What is it? At this cozy Upper Eastside restaurant, noise never rises above a murmur, and you’ll always find the right amount of natural light peeking through the large windows overlooking the street. It’s got all the comforts of home but the food is far superior to anything you could ever make.

Why go? Pinch’s famed burger—stuffed with bacon and topped with a fried egg—is only available at lunchtime and during brunch service on the weekends. If you do anything on a Sunday, make it a cheeseburger pilgrimage. You won’t regret it.

Rusty Pelican
Photograph: Michael Pisarri

14. Rusty Pelican

Restaurants Seafood Miami

What is it? This Key Biscayne institution is a favorite among people who pick their restaurants based on atmosphere and views—the vibe here is lively and the scenery beyond picturesque. 

Why go? Have your fill of that waterfront dining experience that’s surprisingly hard to come by in Miami, no matter how many miles of shoreline this city boasts. Plus, the restaurant’s auspicious location ensures there’s plenty of yummy seafood on the menu, too, such as crab huevos rancheros and salmon and eggs.

Blue Collar
Photograph: Tess Gostfrand

15. Blue Collar

Restaurants American Little Haiti / Lemon City

What is it? Danny Serfer’s hip diner in MiMo is a cozy option for delicious hangover food.

Why go? Regardless of its size, crowds still line up outside the small restaurant on weekend mornings to eat “eggy stuff” and “syrupy stuff,” not to mention the famous dry-aged cheeseburger—the ultimate hangover cure. For once, follow the crowd.

16. Bulla Gastrobar

Restaurants Small plates Coral Gables

What is it? This lively Spanish joint serves a mean brunch, complete with bottomless sangria for an extra $18.

Why go? Instead of a one-and-done meal, Bulla lets you choose three courses for brunch. In a group? Order one of everything and have a tapas-style feast featuring flatbreads, a pork hash and a yummy brioche dessert topped with turrón ice cream.

Planta Miami David Grutman
Photograph: Courtesy Planta

17. Planta

Restaurants Vegan South of Fifth

What is it? This stylish plant-based restaurant in the South of Fifth ’hood serves pancakes, pizza and queso dip that won’t completely wreck your waistline.

Why go? Think of Planta as an upgrade from your usual hippy, vegan dive. It’s sexy, polished and will woo you with tasty dupes of meaty dishes and fresh juice cocktails. And the avocado toast comes on irresistible Sullivan Street Bakery bread.

Photograph: Courtesy Hakkasan

18. Hakkasan

Restaurants Chinese Miami Beach

What is it?  Fontainebleau’s posh Chinese restaurant is where you go to see and be seen. The intimate, beautifully designed space measures up to the tasty, high-priced food.

Why go? Hakkasan’s dim sum brunch offers all the same perfectly balanced Asian flavors as their dinner menu—think crab meat shumai with pork, black pepper beef puff and baby pak choi with garlic—at a fraction of the price.

Threefold Cafe
Photograph: Courtesy Yelp/Laura S.

19. Threefold Cafe

Restaurants American Coral Gables

What is it? A fabulous option for breakfast and brunch when you’re not trying to compete in the Binge-Drinking Olympics.

Why go? Sometimes, a poached, farm-fresh egg served over crusty Zak the Baker bread smothered in smashed avocado (the Smashed Avo) and a cold-brewed Panther coffee is all you need to feel like you’re winning at brunch. Go for gold with a side of bacon and monkey bread—both are winners here. Taking the kids? Threefold has a small play area for little ones.

Prime Fish
Photograph: Yelp/Angelo R.

20. Prime Fish

Restaurants Seafood South of Fifth

What is it? Part of the Prime family of restaurants, Fish offers one of the most affordable spreads in town. If you like buffets, endless seafood and expansive outdoor seating, this $63 brunch is for you.

Why go? The glass is always full at Prime Fish–literally. Servers circle the tables like sharks, refilling your bottomless mimosa right to the meniscus before you even think to ask.

Lobster Benedict at Seaspice
Photograph: Courtesy Seaspice

21. Seaspice

Restaurants Seafood East Little Havana

What is it? The Miami River’s bougie party spot introduces a new three-course brunch complete with bottomless Whispering Angel rosé.

Why go? It’s a scene flocking with beautiful people, but the food actually holds up—think dishes like lobster benedict, truffle parmesan tagliatelle and a wagyu burger. Plus, brunch is available on Saturday and Sunday unlimited Whispering Angel is only $35.

Cecconi's, Restaurants and cafes, Miami
Photograph: Gesi Schilling

22. Cecconi's

Restaurants Italian Miami Beach

What is it? Ritzy Soho Beach House’s only public space is a fairytale-like restaurant with lots of indoor trees and string lights.

Why go? Head straight to Cecconi’s when you’re craving carbs. Their brunch spread features a buffet of dinner favorites like cheesy macaroni (with crispy breadcrumb topping, no less) and meatballs in San Marzano tomato sauce as early as noon. A raw bar, charcuterie platters and gelato station round out the Italian eatery’s selection of suitably “brunchy” pizzas and pastas, served with the choice of complimentary Bellini or mimosa.

Yardbird, Restaurants and cafes, Miami
Photograph: Tracey-Ann Jarrett

23. Yardbird Southern Table & Bar

Restaurants American South Beach

What is it? This downhome Southern restaurant in South Beach serves tasty fried chicken with all the fixings, plus tasty bourbon cocktails.
Why go? There’s never a bad time to take in a leisurely meal at Yardbird (just be sure to make a reservation). But brunch offers most of the same items as the regular menu—including their signature fine fried chicken with honey hot sauce and the fried green tomato BLT—plus a Southern-style take on such classic early morning dishes as Eggs n’ Ham and Big Ol’ Waffles (try the cheddar-topped one). 

Tap 42 Coral Gables
Photograph: Tap 42

24. Tap 42

Restaurants Gastropubs Coral Gables

What is it? Tap 42 offers a great value on a fun party brunch in Coral Gables: $15 gets you unlimited mimosas, Bloody Marys and Funky Buddha Floridian beer, and you don’t even have to buy an entrée.

Why go? With a shaded patio, a DJ on the weekends and all sorts of seating arrangements to accommodate parties large and small, Tap 42 is a great spot for a celebratory feast.

Still hungover? It might be time for the hair of the dog.


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