The best brunch in Miami is a hard thing to pick. And even if you consulted our handy guide of where to find the nearest boozy one, sometimes you need an expert to tell you where to go. Which is why we polled the top chefs in Miami to find out where they’re eating brunch, and where you probably should too.
Timon Balloo of Sugarcane
His pick: The Federal (address and info)
This husband-and-wife duo make all good things come true through their passion for food and drinks. You can't go wrong with anything on the menu but do make it a point to stop in for the biscuits!
Aniece Meinhold/Cesar Zapata of The Federal
Their pick: China Pavilion (address and info)
We go to China Pavillion in Pembroke Pines. No Benedicts, no waffles, no pig wings, when you see the stuff every day, you really don't ever want to eat it! We do steamed shrimp hargao, scallion and shrimp hargao, crispy custard puffs, turnip cakes, chicken feet (!), and baked pork buns.
For the days we are actually working brunch, we do post-brunch noshing at Sugarcane. Happy hour sushi and rosé works miracles after feeding 200 plus people.
Nedal Ahmad of Pincho Factory
His pick: Tongue and Cheek (address and info)
Very family friendly and approachable menu, we're a party of five so kid friendly is important to us. My order there is always the same, I get the braised brisket Benedict, and I share an order of the lemon ricotta pancakes with my oldest (and by that I mean I steal most of her pancakes).
Michael Pirolo of Macchialina
His pick: Mignonette (address and info)
Dan (Serfer) does an amazing job. I especially love the lobster rolls and croissants.
Danny Serfer of Blue Collar/Mignonette
His pick: Front Porch Cafe (address and info)
I like simple regular breakfast stuff for brunch like sunny side-up eggs, potatoes, bacon, and toast with some straight pancakes or French toast for the table. That being said, my go-to is the Front Porch in South Beach. I've been going there for 10-plus years. Michael does a great job.
Giorgio Rapicavoli of Eating House
His picks: Pubbelly (address and info) and Blue Collar (address and info)
The Korean pork chilaquiles are crazy good and after the meal I can head right over to the sand for a nice day at the beach. If I can find the time for a Saturday brunch, it’s all about Blue Collar. Danny’s latkes are one of my favorite things in Miami!
Cindy Hutson of Ortanique on the Mile
Her pick: Zuma (address and info)
Zuma has three different tiers of brunch to choose from... a group of us recently went and chose the one where you got limitless Roederer Champagne, sake martinis, margaritas, and an amazing buffet. They have a cooked station, sushi sashimi station, and hot pot rice. You also get to choose a hot robata cooked item -- I chose the beef tenderloin which gets delivered to you.
Peter Vauthy of Red, the Steakhouse
His pick: Fontana at the Biltmore Hotel (address and info)
Old Miami elegance and such a stunning setting. The food reminds me how a brunch is supposed to be, old school and over the top. Carving stations, seafood display, caviar, and, of course, they pour real Champagne! Which is crucial to any brunch! Not-to-miss dish is the lobster salad martinis, so delicious I can’t eat just one.
Julia Ning of Station 5
Her pick: Blackbrick Chinese (address and info)
It feels like going home. My top must-have is the char siu bao BBQ pork bun, tastes just like my grandmother’s!
Fred Joulin of Semilla
His pick: Brasserie Azur (address and info)
It reminds me of when I was young in France with their tradition. The design is beautiful... you can see from the dining room all the way to the raw bar, pizza oven, and kitchen. Prices are very fair and the food is very simple and delightful. The chariot de desserts a la Francaise (dessert cart) has three different desserts and is just $16. And the butcher bagel is a must. And it’s hard to find a place in Miami with a real handmade hollandaise sauce.
Phil Bryant of The Local Craft Food & Drink
His pick: Wagon’s West (address and info)
It’s the first place I had a real country breakfast when I moved to Miami. That said, I honestly don’t go to brunch much. I’m either working it or sleeping in!
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1. Sugarcane Raw Bar and Grille3250 NE First Ave, Miami
2. The Federal Food Drink & Provisions5132 Biscayne Blvd, Miami
3. China Pavilion10041 Pines Blvd, Pembroke Pines
4. Pincho Factory32 Giralda Ave, Coral Gables
5. Tongue & Cheek431 Washington Ave, Miami Beach
6. Macchialina Taverna Rustica820 Alton Rd, Miami Beach
7. Mignonette210 NE 18th St, Miami
8. Front Porch Cafe1458 Ocean Dr, Miami Beach
9. Eating House804 Ponce De Leon Blvd, Miami
10. Pubbelly1418 20th St, Miami Beach
11. Blue Collar Restaurant6730 Biscayne Blvd, Miami
12. JugoFresh1935 West Ave, Miami Beach
13. Golden Fig Restaurant1250 S Miami Ave, Miami
14. Matador Room2901 Collins Ave, Miami
15. Ortanique on the Mile278 Miracle Mile, Coral Gables
16. Zuma270 Biscayne Blvd Way, Miami
17. The Oceanaire Seafood Room900 S Miami Ave., Miami
18. Red, The Steakhouse119 Washington Ave, Miami Beach
19. Fontana at The Biltmore1200 Anastasia Ave, Coral Gables
20. 3030 Ocean3030 Holiday Dr, Fort Lauderdale
21. Josh's Deli9517 Harding Ave, Miami
22. Station 5 Table and Bar5845 Sunset Dr, South Miami
23. Blackbrick3451 NE 1st Ave, Miami
24. Semilla Eatery and Bar1330 Alton Road, Miami
25. Brasserie Azur3252 NE 1st Ave, Miami
26. The Local Craft Food & Drink150 Giralda Ave, Coral Gables
27. Wagon's West Restaurant11311 S Dixie Hwy, Miami
Transferring their tapas steez to the AM/ early afternoon, Sugarcane's offering sharable whole wheat pumpkin pancakes w/ whipped vanilla bean ricotta & seasonal fruit, plus creative savories like duck & waffles w/ crispy leg confit & mustard maple syrup;
The Phuc Yea! crew's homey spot on Biscayne is serving comfort food that you can wash down with 15 wines, beers on tap, and cocktails... just not all at once. Their light, fluffy biscuits have been ranked as some of the best in the country and are just a little sweet with a honey apple cider glaze. This modern American tavern serves up lunch, dinner and boozy brunch, and their Bloody Mary, made with Southwestern-style chipotle, cilantro, horseradish and agave wine, is not one to miss.
This Pembroke Pines spot has a great dim sum featuring items like steamed shrimp hargao, scallion and shrimp hargao, crispy custard puffs, turnip cakes, chicken feet(!), and baked pork buns.
It's BYOB at PF's second outpost in Coral Gables, where they're serving the same delicious American eats, including their award-winning Best Burger in South Florida. The place is hellbent on countering your quinoa intake with bacon dogs and frighteningly awesome burgers, but they don't just stop there: PF also serves up killer breakfast eats like French toast soaked in a homemade custard, spiked with their banana bread beer reduction and smothered in caramelized bananas and maple syrup.
This down-home American spot is serving up awesome craft 'tails and twists on classic eats like meatballs and gravy, fried chicken, cured pork belly, and fish-n-chips.
After heading up the Miami outpost of Scarpetta, Chef Michael Pirolo went out on his own with Macchialina Taverna Rustica, an Italian comfort destination on Alton Road. His handmade pastas --topped with baby meatballs and pancetta or tossed with clams, rock shrimp, and tomato -- is something for the books, as are shareable appetizers like local burrata, margherita pizza, and the polenta board with meatballs, sausage, truffled mushrooms, and pickled fruit. The wine selection is slim but highly curated, featuring reds, whites, and sparkling wines from across Italy.
Danny Serfer brings you this shellfish-devoted venture with an oyster heavy menu that’s also filled with lobster deviled eggs, caviar, scallops with polenta, and croissants with lobster butter.
This trendy Miami Beach spot offers breakfast ALL DAY in huge portions. We're talking everything from French toast to the Sicilian omelette.
Eating House isn't a regular restaurant, it's a cool restaurant. Chef Giorgio Rapicavoli's spot began as a pop-up in 2012 before it took a permanent, brick-and-mortar turn in Coral Gables a few years later. It's hard to decide what Rapicavoli does better: local ingredient-driven dinner or over-the-top brunch. Whatever it is, all the dishes coming out of the kitchen -- like Cap'n Crunch pancakes or black truffle carbonara -- are similar in their sheer creativity.
Pubbelly's an Asian-inspired gastropub that (you guessed it!) combines Asian food, Western eats and beer. It hails from three better-known vets: Casa Tua, Nobu, and Sushi Samba.
Blue Collar's mission is to give off a true neighborhood hang-out vibe, which it successfully does with a huge menu of comfort food staples. Every day, the kitchen serves a different rib dish (baby back, short ribs, spare ribs, etc), parmesan dish (chicken, veal, pork, eggplant, etc), and a braised dish (brisket, pot roast, ox tails, pork shoulder). There's a whole chalkboard of vegetable sides to counter the meaty entrées, and appetizers like definitely-order-or-you'll-regret-it potato latkes. Don't even get us started on brunch -- just make sure you get there early.
The brainchild of a local nutritionist who previously juiced concoctions for athletes in his own kitchen, JugoFresh just opened up shop on the beach to peddle (and eventually deliver to your door) everything from extreme cleanses to custom, enzyme-rich elixirs that can do everything from cure your hangover to ensure your stomach doesn't hangover your belt.
This modern American spot offers farm to table eats in a trendy environment. Go for brunch and get the huevos rancheros, you won't be disappointed.
The Matador Room takes on Latin and Caribbean food, but it puts a nice twist on classics with stuff like gulf white shrimp in “agua Diablo” (devil’s water).
No place does tropical quite this Coral Gables spot. Yes, the menu’s packed with fresh seafood and more ways to use mangoes and pineapples than you ever thought possible, but it's also got a Certified Angus filet that could go toe to toe with any steakhouse cut in the city.
From a German chef inspired to open his first much-loved spot in London after living in Tokyo for six years, our Zuma's styled after Japanese Izakaya spots and sits on the Miami River, with a private dock, water views, and an interior that combines rocks and natural accents.
They only serve the top-of-the-catch because they only want to serve the freshest seafood. The menu changes frequently depending on the availability of the market.
Once voted Sexiest Steakhouse of the Year (by Playboy, no less) and beloved by A-listers, Red delivers on all the swanky fronts. But we suggest you let the food -- from appetizers like seared foie gras and caviar with crème fraiche to the steak and seafood entrées -- do the talking. Throw in a fully-loaded wine list, and the fact that Red is one of the few places in the country to use Miyazaki beef (like Kobe but more marbled), and you've got a steak night to remember.
Fontana is the Biltmore Hotel’s upscale Italian ristorante, known for its elegant décor, refined dinner menu, and tastefully over-the-top brunch. The indoor dining room is bookended by ornate vaulted ceilings and parquet wooden floors, while patio dining is situated in a lavish courtyard with a fountain surrounded by columned arcades. The European charm is reflected in Fontana’s food program; Chef Beppe Galazzi uses local and farm-fresh ingredients when stocking the breakfast buffet of eggs, meats, fruits, pastries, and yogurt, and the à la carte dinner of homemade pastas, meats, and antipasti.
3030 Ocean offers some truly incredible seafood that is worth every penny... and you will be spending a lot of pennies on items like tuna ceviche and seared Maine scallops.
Josh's Deli is a "homey", kosher-style deli that has a menu that offers breakfast, soups, salads, and obviously "sandwiches and stuff".
This South Miami spot puts a modern twist on American classics. It's got a great happy hour too with half-priced beer, glasses of wine, and well drinks, plus $5 “cheffy snacks” like duck foie gras toast and gluten-free fried pickles.
Blackbrick pust a Floridian twist on Chinese with stuff like General Tso’s Florida Gator and Swank farms eggplant with Oyster sauce.
This Alton Rd eatery's got some of SoFla's best craft brews on tap. With organic eats and happy hour specials, this gastropub has plenty of local character.
This French spot offers fairly priced, simple eats in a beautifully designed space. It has the full deal: a raw bar, pizza oven, hand-made hollandaise sauce, and a chariot de desserts a la Francaise (dessert cart) that has 3 different desserts for $16.
Rumor has it that the guys behind The Local used to go to DC on the weekends to drink affordable craft beer and revel in laid-back nightlife, both of which Miami sorely lacked back in the day. No more, thanks to their Coral Gables gastropub that serves a rotating selection of 18 craft beers, small-batch wine, and innovative comfort food like fried spare ribs, hen & dumplings, and fried chicken with bacon and cornbread dressing. The Local's burger, made with a short rib and brisket-blended patty and topped with two slices of American cheese, pickles, and Mississippi Comeback sauce, is one of the best in the 305.