Part social, part sustenance, brunch in Miami isn't quite the same institution as in cities like New York. But it's getting there, thanks to the rapidly rising number of quality brunch menus served at several of the best restaurants in Miami. And it's not just stalwart diners in Miami and the best coffee shops in Miami giving us our fill of eggs and pancakes—you can get brunch with an Asian inflection, or a fine-dining edge. So, whether you prefer to eat early or late, sweet or savory, these spots have the best brunch in Miami for you.
Best brunch in Miami
Hidden chef’s table notwithstanding, every seat at Pinch seems like the best in the house. 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. Sharing is the way to go: Start with the Egg in a Basket; featuring crispy potato covered in espuma and served alongside whole-wheat toast and crispy speck, then move on to stuffed brioche French toast with guava and whipped cream cheese. Willing to go halfsies on either dish? This relationship will go the distance.
Varied Japanese cuisine is represented across all parts of Zuma’s decadent brunch. You’ll find traditional fare—sushi, sashimi and hot robata dishes like the popular baby back ribs—and unexpected favorites from atakoyaki street fare station putting out cheese-stuffed pancakes and king crab salad on nori toast, among others. Included in any of the three brunch tiers (ranging from $95–$395, inclusive of unlimited premium drinks) is an entrée that would otherwise be superfluous were it not the option to have Zuma’s spicy beef tenderloin, a favorite across all locations around the globe.
Its location within the supercool Freehand Miami and proximity to the Bar Lab-helmed Broken Shaker only adds to 27 Restaurant’s decidedly hipster vibe. 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 kimchee 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.
Brunch at famed chef Gastón Acurio’s La Mar is an experience, the kind you carve hours out of your Sunday to linger over and indulge. You’ll start with arroz chaufa (Peruvian fried rice) served tableside and move on to myriad food stations serving curiously plated classics like crab causa and pastel de choclo (native corn cake). Then it’s on to the entrée, which varies by brunch tier, and dessert. If you haven’t saved room for a sweet ending, 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.
“The wait will be approximately five hours.” This is what you’re likely to hear the hostess say before she shows you to the bar, where hordes of people knock back Bloody Marías as they sit in purgatory waiting for a table. It’s just what you do at GreenStreet on any given weekend, when the weather is sunny and chances for good people-watching are high. Food is your basic breakfast fare—think oversize omelettes and pancakes the size of your face—but the generous portions also make it okay to take your time eating…and linger a little longer.
You’d typically have to drive at least an hour south to the Florida Keys to get the kind of waterfront experience Newport Pier offers; it’s one of Miami’s only pier restaurants. The brunch here is a mix of lunch fare and more breakfasty items like omelettes and chicken and waffles, plus mango Bellinis—which are just what you want to be sipping during a sunny day at the beach.
For a foodie-approved, epicurean experience, head to Ariete for brunch. Chef Michael Beltran elevates mid-morning classics into dishes that are extraordinary and satisfying—and much too delicious to share. Take the eggs Benedict, which he serves on a Gruyère biscuit topped with chorizo and crunchy papitas, or the duck preparada, his spin on a Cuban ham-croquette sandwich that’s piled high with duck confit. Sweet entrées double as desserts here, namely the crunchy French toast sticks covered in cinnamon and sugar with a light drizzling of condensed milk. To drink, it’s refreshing, spirit-forward cocktails over sugary mimosas; the Agua de Coco (coconut water and rum) and Guarapo (sugarcane juice and vodka) are top choices. Reservations are key, particularly if you want to secure a table outdoors—shaded and away from the typically bustling dining room.
Not all brunch needs to feel like you’re competing in the Binge-Drinking Olympics. 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. Going for gold? Order a side of bacon and monkey bread for the table (or yourself). As any good athlete should know, a pre-game snack is important. Waiting times typically exceed 30 minutes on weekends, so plan accordingly. Come starving and you might be disqualified.
The popularity of Miami’s Design District as a foodie destination can be almost exclusively traced back to Michael’s Genuine, the signature restaurant of celebrity chef Michael Schwartz, and its wildly popular weekend brunch. Patrons flock here from every corner of the city (and beyond) to indulge in a daily-changing menu of farm-to-table dishes, including a breakfast pizza topped with eggs and bacon, roasted double-yolk eggs with creamy Gruyère and crusty bread, and posole rojo with pork belly, a tasty dinner crossover that’s piled high with fixin’s and a fried egg. And no brunch at Michael’s would be complete without an order of the peanut butter and chocolate chip sweet bun.