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Where to find the best brunch in Miami

No weekend is complete without a visit to one of these Miami brunch spots, serving up egg sammies, mimosas and more

Virginia Gil
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Virginia Gil
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Brunch in Miami is a weekend ritual that locals take very seriously. Come Saturday and Sunday mornings, you’ll see folks line up at coffee shops in Miami and Miami’s best restaurants to tuck into satisfying plates of perfectly runny eggs, hangover-curing dishes, pillowy pancakes and more of the things we crave on our days off. On the subject of no work, let’s talk day drinking. Miami brunches are the perfect excuse to sip a few cocktails while the sun’s still out. Whether you’re in it for the food, the booze, the views (some of the places on our curated list are, in fact, waterfront restaurants—swoon!) these brunch spots will not disappoint. 

The best of the city under one roof

  • Time Out Market

Keep your pants on but do prepare to go bottomless at Time Out Market Miami. We’re talking all-you-can-drink mimosas, bellinis and prosecco from noon to 3pm on Saturdays and Sundays and, unlike other spots, the purchase of a meal isn’t required to cash in on the brunch drink specials. Though if you do get hungry, there’s plenty to satisfy your cravings for sweet things (think croissants from Bachour) and savory things—from chicken and waffles at Kush to a salmon and cream cheese arepa at Arepitas to spam fried rice at Hapa. Eat up, drink up and enjoy the fricking weekend.

Best brunch in Miami

  • Restaurants
  • Contemporary American
  • West Coconut Grove
  • price 2 of 4

A burger at brunch? Sure, especially if it’s Ariete’s Chug. The Coconut Grove restaurant serves its signature cheeseburger alongside a tightly edited selection of classic breakfast dishes—think a Cuban-inspired "grand slam" with rice and black beans—and sweets that burst with Latin flavors. If you’ve never had a pancake topped with a cafecito crumble and guava, now’s the time.

  • Restaurants
  • Seafood
  • South Beach
  • price 3 of 4

Sunset Harbour’s stylish fish shack makes an excellent case for tucking into a big bowl of oysters before noon. The raw bar offerings are extensive and super fresh as most of the seafood served is sourced locally. For brunch-y options from the sea, try the crab truffle omelette. It’s reminiscent of Chinese-American crab rangoons and filled with chunky lump meat, local black truffle cheese and melted leeks. The spoonable cornbread, a dinner-time hit, can also be tailored for midday with poached eggs and thick-cut candied bacon. Making it boozy? Bottles of La Fête du Rosé are only $25 during brunch.

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  • Restaurants
  • Cuban
  • Little Gables

Does your abuela enjoy brunch? She probably doesn’t even know what a mimosa is, but we can assure you she’ll recognize the flavors in Caja Caliente’s Cuban-inspired brunch dishes. Chef Mika Leon channels her roots with guava-swirled pancakes, french toast dipped in café con leche and tamal en cazuela topped with crispy bacon and a perfectly poached egg. Brunch is offered to-go and sidewalk seating is now available for folks looking to dine in outdoors.

  • Restaurants
  • Vietnamese
  • Little Haiti / Lemon City
  • price 2 of 4

We love a place that lets us order from the dinner menu at brunch. Sometimes you just want a heaping bowl of pho and a side of sticky ribs in the middle of the day, you know? The MiMo restaurant recently revamped their menu, introducing a smattering of lighter dishes ideal for the hot summer (and fall, because Miami) months like Vietnamese steak tartare and a smoked salmon summer roll that’s so fresh it goes down like a salad. Though if you’re in the mood for breakfast, try the egg-soaked brekky sammie with whipped cream cheese. It’s as if though french toast and a bagel with lox had a baby and it’s delicious.

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  • Restaurants
  • American
  • Brickell
  • price 2 of 4

Get the atmosphere of a sports bar, the craft beer selection of a gastropub and the views of a waterfront restaurant at this Brickell mainstay on the Miami River. American Social serves, well, American food with an emphasis on comfort classics—find chicken and waffles, steak and eggs, biscuits and gravy, and more. It’s a wide-ranging menu with an even larger list of cocktails, wine and beers to choose from. Go hungry and thirsty, and preferably with a D.D. on speed dial.

  • Restaurants
  • American
  • Little Haiti / Lemon City
  • price 2 of 4

Danny Serfer doubled the size of his hip, cozy diner in MiMo, giving you more room to dig into his delicious hangover-curing, comfort food. Head to the covered patio or the new outdoor beer garden for the usual “eggy stuff” and “syrupy stuff,” including a bacon-egg-and-cheese burrito the size of your head. Blue Collar’s famous dry-aged cheeseburger is always on the menu and is always a good idea. 

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  • Bars
  • Cocktail bars
  • Wynwood
  • price 2 of 4

Get two brunches in one: No. 3 Social is serving sister restaurant Three’s full menu at its rooftop terrace in Wynwood. You’ll get to enjoy the outdoor bar’s breezy, laid-back vibes while noshing on the downstairs eatery’s signature avocado toast, a veggie spin on Croque monsieur with mushrooms and more elevated brunch eats.

  • Bars
  • Gastropubs
  • Downtown
  • price 1 of 4

Downtown’s quirky, Florida-inspired bar goes all in on brunch, available Saturdays and Sundays from 11am to 3pm. Not unlike its all-day offerings, Over Under’s weekend cuisine is a mix of vegan twists on breakfast classics, like the jackfruit chilaquiles (you won’t even miss the meat), and Tex-Mex-meets-tropical dishes, featuring fresh produce from the Redland’s. The signature Bloody Maria (tequila or mezcal with the house-made mix, tomato chipotle and tajin) provides an added source of veggies. Get it bottomless for an extra $25.

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  • Restaurants
  • Gastropubs
  • Brickell
  • price 2 of 4

The Brickell gastropub with reopens just in time for football season. With seemingly more TVs than chairs, Batch is a favorite of sports fans looking for a good view of the game and a solid meal to enjoy while they watch. Brunch is served on Sundays and features a $20 bottomless drink special (mimosas, sangria and bellinis) and plenty of food egg dishes, lunch-y items and desserts that pass as breakfast to choose from.

  • Restaurants
  • Seafood
  • South of Fifth
  • price 3 of 4

Part of Myles Chefetz’s Prime restaurant empire, Prime Fish is known for its massive plates of seafood, heaping piles of east and west coast oysters, Maine lobster cocktails and much more. But it’s equally touted for its brunch, which is one of the better values in town. The $63 gourmet spread includes bottomless mimosas, an entree and unlimited helpings of its buffet stacked with sweet and savory options. 

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  • Hotels
  • B&Bs
  • Overtown

The Copper Door, Overtown’s adorable bed and breakfast, is temporarily operating as a pop-up restaurant called Rosie’s. Open Thursday through Monday, it’s the ideal spot for a leisurely weekday breakfast that feels like brunch. Saturdays are especially busy for Rosie’s, which opens from 9am until sold out, so arrive early to snag yourself a plate of its signature shrimp and grits and a side of fresh-baked buttermilk biscuits. Rosie’s recently introduced an outdoor seating area, where you can go ahead and make yourself right at home.

  • Restaurants
  • Coral Gables
  • price 3 of 4

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

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  • Restaurants
  • Coconut Grove
  • price 2 of 4

More than a restaurant, Green Street is 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. 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 is the variety of Bloody Marys.

  • Restaurants
  • Pan-Asian
  • Brickell
  • price 3 of 4

Osaka, the internationally renowned eatery from Lima, makes a strong case for tucking into dinner food at noon. Its new weekend brunch leans heavily on its classic Nikkei dishes, such as the crowd-pleasing tuna rocoto and various interpretations of ceviche and tiradito, plus crispy pork belly served over salad. A smattering of breakfast-y things do make the cut and they’ve got Osaka’s stamp all over them: the coco matcha french toast with yuzu custard, miso toffee, matcha and cornflake crumble is an inimitable, instant favorite.

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  • Restaurants
  • American
  • Coral Gables
  • price 2 of 4

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). 

 

  • Restaurants
  • Seafood
  • Miami
  • price 3 of 4

This Key Biscayne institution is a no-brainer for people who pick their restaurants based on atmosphere and views—the vibe here is lively and the scenery beyond picturesque. Plus, there’s outdoor seating for folks looking to get their 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. The á-la-carte menu reflects the location, with plenty of yummy seafood options like crab huevos rancheros and salmon and eggs. The brunch board is great for couples who want to share a few things without ordering half the menu. At $110 for two, the smorgasbord includes lobster benedict and fried chicken, among other dishes.

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  • Restaurants
  • American
  • South Beach
  • price 3 of 4

This downhome Southern restaurant in SoBe has been around longer than most in the neighborhood, and it’s never fallen out of favor with tourists. All signs of enduring popularity point to its signature fried chicken with honey hot sauce plus classic dishes like the fried green tomato BLT. The menu is as large as the crowds that gather, so take your time and be sure to reserve your table in advance.

  • Restaurants
  • Chinese
  • Brickell
  • price 3 of 4

Have all dim sum at Hutong’s weekend brunch (11:30am–3:30pm)—practically every dumpling and appetizer bite on the dinner menu is served at this sumptuous, bottomless brunch. In addition to the free-flowing spring rolls, bao buns and bubbles, brunch includes a serving of the restaurant’s signature Peking duck as well as dessert. Good luck not rolling home.

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  • Restaurants
  • Vegan
  • South of Fifth
  • price 2 of 4

This stylish plant-based restaurant in the South of Fifth ’hood serves pancakes, pizza and queso dip that won’t completely wreck your waistline. 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 spiked fresh-pressed juices. Nothing’s basic here, not even the avocado toast, which comes on irresistible Sullivan Street Bakery bread.

  • Restaurants
  • Japanese
  • Downtown
  • price 4 of 4

This bougie, boozy brunch is worth every penny. Zuma’s lavish buffet (priced at $98, $148 or $398, depending on your drink option; plus a $78 booze-free option on Saturday) is on pause, but the Downtown restaurant provides a safe workaround where servers bring the dishes you’d find in the unlimited spread right to your table. From sushi and sashimi to robata-grilled veggies and small plates like glazed pork ribs—it’s all there and you can order as many times as you’d like. 

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Little River’s sprawling multiuse complex launched a bottomless, Mediterranean vegetarian brunch last fall that’s just $54 and includes live jazz and all the mezze and mimosas you can handle in a four-hour time span. Zatounya Foods, a local catering company run by female Syrian refugees, prepares the plethora of small plant-based bites available, while the Cubazz quartet serenades you with live jazz. Brunch takes place in Ironside’s back garden...just follow the tunes to your afternoon oasis.

  • Restaurants
  • Contemporary American
  • Coral Gables
  • price 2 of 4

Public Square puts a fresh spin on classic American brunch staples at its recently launched weekend brunch (available 11am to 4pm). Mostly everything has an egg in it or on it (yum), like the chicken and waffles topped with two sunny-side-up beauties, but there’s, but there’s also a selection of sweets—think Nutella waffles and orange-kissed french toast. Public Square also serves most of its dinner menu (mains, sushi, salads and the like) for the breakfast haters in your party.

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  • Bars
  • Cocktail bars
  • Wynwood
  • price 2 of 4

The Wynwood restaurant extends its notable mixology program through to brunch, serving proper cocktails that exceed the standard Bloody Mary. There’s the herbaceous and refreshing That’s All, Folks for gin lovers (carrot juice, ginger, cilantro and Oxley gin) and the whiskey-soaked Irish coffee for people just rolling out of bed and in need of a pick-me-up. Food runs the gamut but skews mostly Latin with dishes like chilaquiles, arroz con pollo and a guava skillet cookie.

  • Bars
  • South Beach
  • price 2 of 4

The best bar in Miami just so happens to serve brunch—and a damn good one at that. Available Sundays from noon to 5pm, the sweeping menu ranges from morning faves like chilaquiles and steak and eggs to afternoon delights like fresh oysters and cauliflower nachos, a Sweet Liberty staple. Bottomless rosé is on tap for $35 (there’s a two-hour limit), plus plenty of the bar’s award-winning cocktails. 

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