Brunch is all about eating at leisure with family and good friends and indulging in a mimosa or bloody mary, all kinds of great breakfast/lunch food and a few hours of great conversation. In Orlando, hotels are the places to go if you are on the hunt for an upscale Sunday brunch, complete with those drinks and great food choices. You'll find bounteous buffets and classy presentation at these hotel brunches, generally with slightly higher prices than are typical at the many stand-alone Orlando restaurants serving weekend brunch. Make reservations if you don't like waiting for a table.
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La Boheme offers up a classy jazz brunch every Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. amid arty, red-themed decor and marble-topped tables. You'll have your choice of waffles, omelets, seafood, prime rib, antipasti, crepes, crab cakes and seasonal desserts. All this and unlimited mimosas, too. You can also order a la carte if these choices don't suit your fancy.
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The newly renovated LakeHouse at the Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress, overlooking the hotel's 21-acre private lake, doesn't just serve a great brunch on Sunday -- it does it daily. You can order off the upscale breakfast menu, which offers steel-cut oatmeal, smoked salmon and bagels, grilled banana bread french toast, crepes, steak and eggs, and chicken and waffles, along with many other choices. Or check out the sumptuous buffet, which includes a waffle bar, pancake bar and omelet bar, along with the usual suspects, from 7 to 11:30 a.m. on weekdays and until noon on Saturday and Sunday. The bar doesn't open until 11 a.m., but they'll make you a mimosa or bloody mary upon request.
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The Orlando Sentinel gave the Sunday brunch at Villa de Flora the Critic's Choice Award for Best Sunday Brunch. This Mediterranean-style resort hotel restaurant in Kissimmee serves its brunch from noon to 3 p.m. on Sunday. It's a seasonally conscious feast that includes prime rib, omelets and a long wine list. Go for the Bubbly Brunch if you just gotta have that mimosa.
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Plancha is inside the Four Seasons, and that should tell you a lot about its upscale bona fides. Sunday brunch is served from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., so you can sleep as late as you want and still get in. On the menu at the Cuban-inspired restaurant: beer; cocktails like a Hemingway daiquiri, mojito and guava fizz; berry french toast; Cuban sandwich; chicken and cheddar waffles; skirt steak; and shrimp onelet. This is definitely not the usual Sunday brunch menu. Bring your appetite for this Cubano take on an all-American weekend tradition.Continue to 5 of 5 below.
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La Hacienda, about a 30-minute drive from Orlando, offers a daily breakfast buffet from 7 to 11 a.m. on weekdays and from 6:30 to 11 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Eat omelets, waffles, pancakes and eggs overlooking the lake and the resort's 17th hole. Sunday's Champagne brunch from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. ups the style, with a sumptuous buffet, live entertainment and free Champagne and mimosas.