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The 30 best brunch spots in Miami

Book your reservations in advance, and don't forget to set your alarm—these best Miami brunch restaurants are worth it.

Written by
Virginia Gil
&
Eric Barton
Contributor
Falyn Wood
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In Miami, you can brunch in a business suit, a flowy caftan or just that free tank top they passed out at the Heat game. You can sit down at a table draped in fine linen for dishes full of truffle and topped with caviar, order eggs your way at a Miami diner, or douse a pile of no-frills fried chicken and waffles in a beautiful pool of bourbon syrup.

We have boozy, bottomless brunches in Miami that might as well come with the drunken Uber ride home—is there really any other kind? The point is Miamians brunch. Seriously hard. But don’t settle for brunch just anywhere. This weekend, when you roll out of bed bright and early (say 3 o’clock in the afternoon?), just hope you’ve already got your reservation booked at one of these best spots for brunch in Miami.

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Top brunch spots in Miami

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

"Orno" comes from the Spanish word for oven, which you’ll find front and center in James Beard Award nominee Niven Patel's open kitchen at the THesis Hotel. The airy ground-floor restaurant is an ideal spot to consume wood-fired dishes made with ingredients from Patel's own farm, like the carmelized onion pizza with a farm egg and a Maine lobster toast with avocado. The star of brunch, though, is the Osetra caviar omelet, delicately folded over with smoked salmon and chives. Don't sleep on the delightfully herbaceous Bloody Mary, like a garden in liquid form. And the brown butter sticky bun is an absolute must for dessert.

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

If you’ve had the pleasure of sitting for brunch at Rosie’s, then you already know: There’s a whole lot of love baked into this burgeoning Little River restaurant. Rosie’s is the bountiful collaboration between Michelin-trained chef Akino West and his life partner, creative and hospitality director, Jamila West. What began as a pandemic pop-up has progressed to Rosie’s: The Backyard, a full-service brunch garden in Little River serving Southern-inspired dishes with hints of Italian flavors.

Just over the fence, a historic home is currently being converted into what will soon become Rosie’s next iteration with expanded dinner service throughout the week. In the meantime, Rosie's is serving up some of the best breakfast in Miami, such as as deviled eggs topped with crispy chicharrones and chines; burrata topped with fresh mango from the Wests’ own backyard as well as wildflower honey; and a hangover-curing pastrami hash with sweet potato sformato, charred green onion gremolata and goat cheese.

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

The Viet-Cajun spot is constantly reinventing itself and its menu, especially brunch, which changes often and never ceases to surprise and amaze. For its latest offering, Phuc Yea reimagines French toast by serving up crispy croissants with a bourbon custard and a banh mi with popcorn shrimp and sriracha aioli.

Major Food Group’s buzzy brunch spot balances a can’t-go-wrong menu with the vibe everyone needs for that cure-the-hangover meal. That includes the Instagrammable bagel tower with artfully arranged smoked fish salads, lox and sliced cucumbers and tomatoes. A stack of bagels is served alongside it. There are plenty of lunch-y items, like salads and oversize deli sandwiches, but the breakfast classics are where it's at. From cheese blintzes and custardy french toast to blueberry pancakes, there's something sweet to satisfy every type of early morning dessert craving.

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  • Restaurants
  • Brasseries
  • Park West
  • price 4 of 4

This new downtown spot is an homage to the French brasserie, and the brunch menu stays true to that theme, albeit with everything bumped up here and there. The omelet gets a hit of caviar to go with its goat cheese, herbs and crème fraîche. The burger is a knife-and-fork affair with gruyere, caramelized onions and an au poivre sauce souped over the entire thing. And the savory buckwheat crepe comes with mushroom cream and a fried egg. This is a more serious affair than some of the boozy brunches on this list, but there’s a full page of absinthe to get your day started with Parisian hallucinations.

  • 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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  • 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 omelet. 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.

  • 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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  • 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
  • Chinese
  • Brickell
  • price 3 of 4

Have all dim sum at Hutong’s weekend brunch (Sun, 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. If getting up early isn’t your thing, good news: Hutong does a Dark Brunch on the third Thursday of every month

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  • Restaurants
  • Seafood
  • South Beach
  • price 2 of 4

Like a locals-only spot in New Orleans’ Garden District, Joliet in South Beach has a laid-back vibe that fits well with a lazy Sunday spent brunching. There’s no bottomless offering, but the cocktails are of the classic kind, like an espresso martini and Bloody Marys. There’s a Cajun twist to much of the menu, including barbecue shrimp and grits, cornmeal johnny cakes with smoked lemon butter and a cream-cheese-glazed cinnamon roll that would feed the entire block—or just you.

  • Restaurants
  • Italian
  • Design District
  • price 3 of 4

The aesthetic of Contessa is like if Sofia Coppola and Wes Anderson co-directed a satirical family drama set in 18th-century Italy. It's a lavish layering of emerald marble, pink velvet and soft Venetian plaster; crystal chandeliers and bronze sconces; and a company of elegant waitstaff dancing around the two-story dining room and terrace. If this all sounds like the perfect backdrop for your next girls' brunch or romantic lunch date, you'd be spot on.

Aside from its looks, Contessa's menu of Italian classics is elevated by the highest-quality ingredients, like the daily imported burrata served in a chunky pomodorini sauce. The avocado bruschetta is a refreshing riff on a staple brunch dish, topped with almonds, tomato and basil. Highlights from the dinner menu are also available during the day, like the lobster capellini and the veal Milanese.

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Make it a saucy brunch at Osteria Morini, the canal-front, South Beach restaurant serving up all kinds of Italian delights. Start with a baked burrata with tomato, eggplant and basil for the table before tucking into an eggs benedict with a smoked salmon hollandaise or the classic eggs in purgatory. Unlimited pours of mimosas, bellinis, Bloody Marys and Italian Garibaldi cocktails will cost an extra $35, and add sparkling rosé for another $10. Bonus: You can mix and match drinks all throughout brunch. Best yet, Morini's house-made pasta is also available at brunch, just in case your morning wouldn't be complete without tagliatelle bolognese.

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

This stylish plant-based restaurant that started in the South of Fifth ’hood and spawned sister locations across South Florida serves french toast and waffles 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 scramble, which arrives topped with fresh truffle shavings.

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  • Restaurants
  • Spanish
  • West Coconut Grove
  • price 3 of 4

The rooftop club-restaurant six floors up from Amal in Coconut Grove sticks to its Spanish theme for a weekend brunch. There’s Spanish brioche french toast with ricotta cheese and strawberries, and an eggs benedict with manchego biscuit and chorizo. Cocktails keep to the Iberian theme, like a sangria with lychee and lavender. While there's no bottomless option, there is a roped-off VIP section on the other side of the bar for those who take day drinking seriously.

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

The brunch at Osaka, the internationally renowned eatery from Lima, leans heavily on its classic Nikkei dishes, such as the crowd-pleasing kaisen seafood platter. There's a kani bun made with snow crab, japanese milk bread and yuzu acevichada sauce, plus the assemble-yourself chicharon bao setto, a crispy pork belly bun. A smattering of breakfast-y things have Osaka’s stamp all over them: the caco matcha french toast with yuzu custard, miso toffee, matcha and cornflake crumble is an instant favorite.

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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. For $48, there's free-flowing sparkling wine or mimosas (pro tip: order yours with freshly juiced watermelon). Food runs the gamut but skews mostly Latin with dishes like chilaquiles and a guava skillet cookie.

  • Restaurants
  • Chinese
  • Downtown
  • price 4 of 4

This buzzy Chinese-Japanese restaurant serves a decadent Sunday brunch menu that's peppered with many of its dinnertime favorites, such as dumplings and sashimi, plus unlimited cocktails, champagne, rosé and sake. Whether you opt for the $99 signature option or splurge on the $199 premium, you'll get a selection of shareable appetizers and sushi for the table, your choice of entrée (each tier gets different options to choose from) and an impressive dessert platter that changes weekly depending on chef's inspiration.

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  • Restaurants
  • Coconut Grove

Krüs Kitchen is the airy, light-filled loft suspended above Los Félix, Coconut Grove's Michelin-starred Mexican restaurant. For brunch, chef Sebastian Vargas calls on his experience working at Michelin-starred restaurants like Osteria Francescana in Italy and Eleven Madison Park in New York to create bright, flavorful dishes like a lobster salad with buttermilk leche de tigre ($32) and the smoked coconut rice with wild caught crab and cilantro chimichurri ($28). Cofounder Josh Hackler takes command of Krüs Wine, a natural, organic and biodynamic program based on seasonality with a focus on the industry's up-and-coming tastemakers and innovators.

  • Restaurants
  • Italian
  • Coral Gables
  • price 3 of 4

The more casual upstairs sister restaurant to Fiola offers a rooftop Sunday jazz brunch with an a la carte menu and a bellini and Bloody Mary bar. The menu is highlighted by fettuccine carbonara, royal red shrimp and grits, prime delmonico steak and eggs and a $125 wagyu strip steak for those who don't fool around with their first meal of the day. The Michelin-level service downstairs continues up on the roof but with a more chill open-air vibe ideal for a Sunday morning.

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  • Restaurants
  • Italian
  • Sunny Isles Beach
  • price 4 of 4

There's a very old-school element to everything at Il Mulino, which began its life in 1981 in Greenwich Village and now has multiple locations. The Sunny Isles outpost takes over a sliver of space inside the Acqualina Resort and also sports a charming patio around a fountain out back with expansive views of the ocean. The $115 brunch includes endless Bloody Marys, mojitos and sangrias, along with access to charcuterie, seafood, crudo and house-made pastries.

  • 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 $59 spread includes bottomless mimosas, an entree and unlimited helpings of its buffet stacked with sweet and savory options.

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  • Restaurants
  • Gastropubs
  • Brickell
  • price 2 of 4

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 Saturdays and Sundays and features a $22.50 bottomless drink special (mimosas, sangria and bellinis for up to 90 minutes) and plenty of food egg dishes, lunch-y items and desserts that pass as breakfast to choose from.

  • 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 $135 for two, the smorgasbord includes lobster benedict and fried chicken, among other dishes.

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  • Restaurants
  • Coral Gables
  • price 3 of 4

This lively Spanish restaurant with three locations (Coral Gables, Doral and The Falls) serves a mean brunch, complete with bottomless sangrias and mimosas for an extra $20. Instead of a one-and-done meal, Bulla lets you choose three courses for brunch ($29.50). 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 mascarpone ice cream.

  • 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.

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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 the more chill scene at Threefold Cafe sounds ideal for a Sunday morning -- with locations now in Coral Gables and Brickell. Apoached, farm-fresh egg served over crusty bread smothered in smashed avocado (the Smashed Avo) and a cold-brewed coffee is all you need to feel like you’re winning at brunch. Going for gold? Order a side of bacon and the morning monkey (bread) for the table (or yourself).

  • Restaurants
  • Japanese
  • Downtown
  • price 4 of 4

This bougie, boozy brunch is worth every penny. Zuma’s lavish buffet (priced from $90 to $430 with premium champagne, truffles and caviar) aims to please, serving up the restaurant's signature times, plus a bonus entrée per person. 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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  • 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
  • Mediterranean
  • South Beach
  • price 3 of 4

Brunch with a view at Baia Beach Club, where lunch and breakfast are not mutually exclusive meals. Available on Saturday and Sunday from noon to 4pm, the a-la-carte menu includes classic omelets, Benedicts and avocado toast as well as whole branzino, a seafood tower and a massive tomahawk steak. Ranging from $15 to $40 depending on your preference, add-on bottomless mimosa, Bloody Marys, sangrias or rosé.

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