The Absolute Best Brunch Spots in Miami
From delicate Nikkei fare to overstuffed waffle sandwiches with all the fixings.
The bars might not be vibing 24/7 these days, but that hasn’t stopped Miamians from waking up with those same mean hangovers every weekend. Maybe we’re all just going hard in our living rooms? Either way, morning sustenance remains in high demand in this city and this season, a new crop of must-try spots are popping up to give the Eating Houses and Nikki Beaches of the world a run for their brunch money.
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 Overtown, these are the best places to brunch in Miami.
The casino-flophouse that was once the old Demetree Hotel might seem an odd place to open one of the hottest brunch joints in Miami, but that didn’t stop chef Akino West from bringing the talents he honed at Copenhagen’s fabled NOMA to the patio of the Copper Door B&B. Expect the absolute best lemon ricotta pancakes with blueberry syrup you’ll ever have as well as stick-to-your-bones masterpieces like crispy hot chicken with vanilla waffles and Cajun shrimp and grits with smoked sausage.
How to order: Order online or head to Overtown and try your luck getting a table.
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 recently 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 house-made guacamole.
How to order: Make a reservation on The Deck’s website or through OpenTable.
The Miami Diner
Sometimes after a long night of vodka-sodas, you wake up seriously craving some diner food. And if you happen to live in Downtown or Brickell, that no longer means having to drag your hungover self through beach traffic to get it. This retro destination delivers a menu of over-the-top waffle flavors like bacon and cheddar and Oreo and Nutella alongside a waffle sandwich filled with ham, swiss, and fried eggs. An entire menu of Instagram-friendly milkshakes is guaranteed to score likes from pretty much everyone but your dentist.
How to order: Order online or stroll over and have a seat in one of their vinyl booths.
Osaka Cocina Nikkei
Nikkei cuisine has proven time and again that it adapts marvelously to brunch and this latest 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 with coconut, matcha cornflake crumble, and rich yuzu custard.
How to order: Book a table on Osaka’s website or through OpenTable.
Taquerias El Mexicano
Mexican brunch just hits different. And by that, we mean you’d better not make too many plans for Sunday evening, especially if you stop into Calle Ocho’s landmark taqueria where huevos rancheros and chilaquiles are only the beginning of the gut-busting fun. For something different, try a Oaxacan Tlayuda, a thin and crispy tortilla covered pizza-style with green chile pollo, chorizo, or veggies. And you might as well wash it down with a margarita or two—your day is basically shot anyway.
How to order: Order online or make a reservation via OpenTable.
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 order: Reserve a table through Sweet Liberty.
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.
How to order: Reservations available on their website or OpenTable
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 length of the restaurant.
How to order: Email firstname.lastname@example.org and provide the number of guests. Or reserve on OpenTable
Giorgio Rapicivoli’s Wakin-and-Bacon brunch manages to get Miamians to do two things we never do: Wait in line and wake up early on Sunday. But it’s worth both the ungodly alarm and the sweltering line to enjoy the most creative bunch offerings in the city. The Cap n’ Crunch pancakes might be Miami’s most quintessential brunch item. Though if that sugar rush is too much for your adult self, the carbonara eggs benedict with applewood bacon and black truffle should also make waking up a little more tolerable.
How to order: Reservations available via OpenTable
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 lengthier weekend menu also includes guava and cheese pancakes, challah French toast, and a Spanish scramble, all showcasing the same detailed deliciousness as their sweet counterparts.
How to order: Reservations available via Bachour’s website
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.
How to order: Reservations are available via OpenTable
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 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.
How to order: Order take-out via ToastTab; reservations available on the website
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 with a sancocho pho, using the traditional Vietnamese broth with siracha, 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 something more than soup.
How to order: Order takeout through UpServe or you can make reservations on OpenTable
Though in many cities brunch is reserved for Saturday and Sunday, other cities also have people with jobs they can legally explain. Blue Collar gets Miami’s flex schedule lifestyle and offers a full brunch menu all day, every day. So if you’re hankering for brioche French toast, shrimp and grits, or a massive breakfast burrito with chipotle sour cream and 3pm on a Monday, they’re happy to oblige. You can still stop in for brunch on the traditional “weekend” too, but much like having nightclubs that never close, it’s nice to know you have the option.
How to order: Order takeout through Toast or make a reservation on the website
Nobody in Miami does modernized Cuban food quite like Michael Beltran, and his brunch is no exception. At Ariete, you’ll find stuff like a frita benedict with chorizo and hollandaise papitas. Or the cast iron pancake served with coffee crumble and guava. Then wash it all down with bottomless mimosas, sangria, and Bloody Marys—served both Saturday and Sunday from 11 am to 3 pm.
How to order: Make reservations on Ariete’s website or via OpenTable
Pisco y Nazca
One of the best brunch deals in the exploding dining scene of Doral is at Pisco Y Nazca, where chefs have curated a three-course, prix fixe brunch for a pleasantly reasonable $27. You’ll get Pisco faves like tostones, causa de pancita, ceviches, and alfajor pancakes, plus the option to go for bottomless sangria or passion fruit mimosas for another $18. The same deal goes at its Kendall location, if you don’t feel like climbing the Palmetto for brunch.
How to order: Make a reservation, order delivery, or grab takeout via Pisco Y Nazca’s website
The Rusty Pelican
Probably the last time you ate brunch at the Rusty Pelican it was 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 two years, and is a must-visit if you haven’t been. 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.
How to order: Reservations available on OpenTable