The Absolute Best Brunch Spots in Miami Right Now
Kick off the weekend (or any old Tuesday) with lavish spreads from South Florida’s finest.
Miami loves a good brunch. The ability to day drink (or drink through last night’s hangover) while gabbing with friends or enjoying a fabulous drag show is easily one of the 305’s favorite pastimes. From OG favorites like Phuc Yea to New York transplants, there’s a ton of options for those looking for that perfect weekend morning situation.
While outdoor dining has always been a thing in Miami, it’s especially pleasant this time of year, when daytime temps remain tolerable and bottomless Mimosas complement the warm tropical breeze. From Doral to Brickell, these are the best places to brunch in Miami.
Major Food Group’s super popular all-day breakfast institution, Sadelle’s, made its way to Coconut Grove and bought its notorious bagel towers and meticulously chopped salads along with them. Situated on the cross section of Tigertail and Mary Streets, this verdant oasis makes for a leisurely spot to meet with friends and family to enjoy sliced-to-order salmon, triple-decker sandwiches, and pastries paired with brunchy cocktails and Miami’s gorgeous al fresco views.
Perched on the pool deck of the Goodtime Hotel, the brainchild of Pharrell Williams and David Grutman is a mint and coral Art Deco lover’s dream complete with DJs and a fun lively atmosphere. Those looking for booze can opt for bottomless Jah-Mah Marys, rosé, and Mimosas for $36 per person, while noshing on specialities like Chocolate Babka French Toast, Moroccan Shakshuka, Avocado Toast, Falafel Benedict, and so much more.
How to book: Reserve via SevenRooms.
From a tiny grab n’ go counter to an all new recently opened massive diner-esque spot, Chug’s is the place to go if you’re looking for something on the breakfastier side of brunch. Open seven days a week with a selection of breakfast items (available until close) like Salmon Tostada with Cuban bread, whipped cream cheese, smoked salmon, red onions, capers and dill; Chug’s famous Cast-iron Pancake slow-cooked in clarified butter and served on a pool of decadent maple syrup; and, naturally, La Completa, a plate with two eggs, potatoes a la Jonathan Waxman, and tostada. Those in the know aflock here for chef Giovanni Fesser, aka Pastelito Papi, and his clever pastelito variations.
How to book: Stop by for first come, first serve seating.
Located at Freehand Miami, 27 Restaurant is a full service bar and restaurant that features brunch every Sunday. Using ingredients from the property’s lush herb garden, chef Jimmy Lebron and team whip up standouts like Oyster Mushrooms and Labneh, Latke Benedict, Shakshuka, and Kimchi Fried Rice in a communal-style atmosphere. It comes as no surprise that the Bar Lab concept would have a solid cocktail program to complement the dishes. Specialty cocktails include Mack's Fault, made with Turkish coffee, fat-washed Old Forester Rye, cardamom, and Tiki bitters, and Ghost of 27, crafted with Bacardi 4, pineapple, lime, and rosemary orgeat.
The Deck at Island Gardens
Long known for its majestic sunsets over the Miami skyline and rosé-all-day weekend affairs, The Deck at Island Gardens has brought on chef Joe Bonavita to revitalize its menu. So now, in addition to soaking up the sun (and the scene) in your private cabana, you can also peruse a multi-station buffet offering everything from Roast Beef and Lamb Shoulder to pizzas, omelets, granola, and housemade guacamole.
Osaka Cocina Nikkei
Nikkei cuisine has proven time and again that it adapts marvelously to brunch and this example is no exception. Here, you can start out with a Sake Sangria that doesn’t punch as hard as its wine-based forefather, before moving on to an Avocado Benedict where the traditional egg-and-hollandaise setup arrives atop a lightly grilled avocado. If sweets are your jam, opt for the Coco Matcha French Toast, a Japanese take on the classic layered with coconut, matcha cornflake crumble, and rich yuzu custard.
How to book: Reserve via Tock.
Sweet Liberty Drink & Supply Co.
Not that brunching on Cauliflower Nachos and a Michy’s Fried Chicken sandwich was ever really a lacking experience, per se, especially when paired with the Absinthe-and-cucumber-juice hair of the dog that is the Green Beast. But throw in a drag show led by bearded bombshell Karla Croqueta and you’ve got a South Beach experience fit for everyone from tourists to industry types.
How to book: Reserve via SevenRooms.
R House Wynwood
The drag brunch at R House is a Miami Sunday tradition right up there with getting disappointed by the Dolphins. But unlike the Dolphins, R House is full of pleasant surprises, where in addition to the best drag revue in the city you’ll also get a menu that would be pretty fantastic even if it wasn’t raining men. The R Cuban Breakfast with scrambled eggs, moros y cristianos, and tostones would put you into a food coma if not for Miss Athena Dixon and her cadre of performers. And the Sweet Chili Chicken Wings are perfect if you get there too late for breakfast food.
Nikki Beach Miami
Long before brunch became as ubiquitous in Miami as Cuban sandwiches, there was Nikki Beach, whose Sunday spread was equal parts boozy feast and serious South Beach scene. And even though it seems like you can find quality brunch in a gas station nowadays, Nikki Beach still offers one of the city’s strongest with crepe, pasta, waffle, and prime rib stations headlining a colorful lineup that runs the entire length of the restaurant.
Brunch doesn’t have to mean heavenly amounts of cured pork and eggs six different ways. For a carb-ier, sugar-focused alternative, no place tops his beloved outpost from master pastry chef Antonio Bachour. In addition to the usual croissants and macarons, the heftier weekend menu also includes Guava and Cheese Pancakes, Challah French Toast, and a Spanish Scramble, all showcasing the same detailed deliciousness as their sugary counterparts.
How to book: Stop by for first come, first served seating.
Chef Jose Mendin puts his own spin on a host of brunch standards inside this home-grown sushi favorite. Highlights include Onsen Tamago Shakshuka with soft baked eggs in a tomato-anticucho sauce and Korean Chicken and Waffles with honey chili garlic glaze. And don’t skip the Breakfast Bao Bun, a fist-sized delight stuffed with poached egg, avocado tomatillo salsa, chopped bacon, and chorizo.
Glass and Vine
Somehow, even sweaty summer Sundays seem cool and refreshing when brunching at Glass and Vine. The restaurant is set in Peacock Park, where you’ll feel like you’re sipping Mimosas and nibbling on Avocado Toast while people go about their weekend play dates just a few yards away. The menu sounds like fine dining but is charmingly approachable, with stuff like Chicken and Black Truffle Gnocchi and Sweet Potato Tater Tots topping the list. You’ll also want to make sure to get an order of the Maine Lobster Mac and Cheese—even if cheesy pasta isn’t usually your thing, you’ll make an exception here.
Perhaps South America’s most celebrated hangover cure is Sancocho, a hearty stew of meat, potatoes, tubers, and other vegetables best experienced the morning after a rough night down south. Cesar Zapata puts his spin on it as part of Phuc Yea’s brunch setup with a Sancocho Pho, harnessing the traditional Vietnamese broth along with Sriracha, rice noodles, and other Asian influences. There’s also a fantastic Fried Chicken Banh Mi and a coconut rum-drizzled Croissant French Toast, if you’re feeling like something more substantial than soup.
Blue Collar Restaurant
While many cities reserve brunch for Saturday and Sunday, those cities are also catering to residents with jobs they can legally explain. Blue Collar gets Miami’s flexy lifestyle, and offers a full brunch menu all day, every day. So if you’ve got a hankering for Brioche French Toast, Shrimp and Grits, or a massive Breakfast Burrito slathered with chipotle sour cream and 3 pm on a Monday, they’re happy to oblige. You can still stop in for brunch on the weekend, too, but much like nightclubs that never close, it’s nice to know you have the option.
The Rusty Pelican
The last time you ate brunch at the Rusty Pelican was probably for a daytime wedding reception, but this storied venue with a postcard view of the skyline has seriously upped its food game in the last few years, and is now a must-visit for any occasion. Try the Pork Belly Waffle Sandwich with sundried tomato and maple mustard sauce. Or, if you’d like something sweeter, try the Frosted Flake-crusted French Toast topped with caramel sauce and cinnamon whipped cream.