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
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 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.
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.
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.
Call it cliché but Pubbelly’s brunch really offers the best of both worlds, or in this case, three since the gastropub’s menu comprises top dishes from sister restaurants Pubbelly Sushi and Barceloneta. That means you’ll have your pick of Pubbelly classics such as mofongo in a savory shoyu broth and the McBelly topped with yakiniku BBQ sauce, as well as an Asian spin on Mexican chilaquiles served with spicy kimchi and the fluffiest corn pancakes you’ve ever tasted—made fresh by pastry chef Maria Orantes. Though served tapas-style, portions are as generous as the flowing mimosas (an additional $10).
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.
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.
With a bevy of entrees in the $50-plus price range, Hakkasan is hardly the kind of place you’ll be dining at on a weekly basis. Let alone in the daytime. But their dim sum brunch ($28) 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. Unequivocally more affordable though still very much a glamorous experience, brunch at Hakkasan is where you go to be seen and indulge in upscale food.
For a rager of a brunch, hit up this newish Coral Gables hotspot, where your water glass might go empty but your mimosa flute never, ever will. It’s arguably one of the cheapest boozy brunches in town; $15 gets you unlimited mimosas, Bloody Marys and Funky Buddha Floridian beer. The best part? The bottomless pours are available even without the purchase of an entrée, though you wouldn’t want to miss out on Tap 42’s chocolate banana French toast with a side of crispy bacon. Plus, you’ll need the carbs if you expect to make it to work on Monday morning.
Brunch is a misnomer for what happens at Bagatelle between noon and 6pm on Sundays. It’s more like a dance party with bottle service meets a very dimly lit meal set to a bumping soundtrack. And we like it that way. Big parties looking to celebrate special occasions over giant, shareable drinks fare well here, as do smaller groups craving authentic French cuisine or an out-of-this-world burger served on a brioche bun and topped with fried egg. If arriving hungry, make sure to order early before your booth becomes a dance floor.
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. 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 guava and Iron Beer for maple syrup.
Truth be told, there’s never a bad time to take in a leisurely meal at Yardbird (just be sure to make a reservation, as it remains one of South Beach’s busiest hot spots even five years after opening—practically a lifetime in Miami). 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). There’s no unlimited drink option at Yardbird but the Blackberry Bourbon Lemonade is so worth the a la carte price.
The usual brunch scene at Tacocraft Taqueria & Tequila Bar includes lines that wrap around the block, large parties celebrating a special occasion and tables packed with ladies taking advantage of the free sangria (with the purchase of an entrée). Pair a glass (or two) with eggy Mexican dishes, such as huevos rancheros and a hearty chorizo hash. The tacos are pedestrian at best, but the flavorful oxtail empanadas satisfy the need for spicy handheld food.
Not all brunches call for egg dishes. Sometimes you need something heartier like what you’ll find at Soho Beach House’s signature restaurant, Cecconi’s, putting forth such dinner favorites as plin agnolotti, butter and sage, 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 for good measure.
Multicourse dining has found its way to daytime service at Brasserie Central. Brunch here is a leisurely experience best enjoyed in the outdoor patio, beginning with a bucket of sparkling wine and a carafe of OJ for the table and saunters on with generous portions of classic bistro fare like Lyonnaise salad with frisee bacon lardon and a soft-poached egg, and steak frites—hanger steak with shallot sauce and crispy French fries. The ile flotttante, one of six dessert options available, is an airy meringue atop creme anglaise and the perfect French ending.