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Brunch is all about having a leisurely meal with family and good friends, indulging in a mimosa or bloody mary, savoring creative cuisine, and enjoying 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 bountiful buffets and classy presentation at these hotel brunches. Although in general, the prices are slightly higher than in the typical Orlando restaurant, these brunch experiences are well worth it. Reservations are recommended.
La Boheme at the Grand Bohemian Hotel
La Boheme offers up a classy jazz brunch every Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. amid artsy, 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. The stations where the food is prepared and served offers a delightful range of options. For example, the chef-assisted crepes station provides savory and sweet toppings for you to request as your crepes are made while you watch.
All this to eat and unlimited mimosas, too. You can also order a la carte if these choices don't suit your fancy.
LakeHouse at Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress
The 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 serves brunch 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 an omelet bar, along with the usual breakfast options, 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.
Villa de Flora at Gaylord Palms Resort
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 changing feast that includes prime rib, omelets, and a long wine list. Go for the Bubbly Brunch if you want to enjoy a mimosa.
Plancha at the Four Seasons, Walt Disney World Resort
Plancha is inside the Four Seasons, so you can expect an upscale experience. Sunday brunch is served from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., so you can sleep as late as you wish and still be in time for brunch. On the menu, at the Cuban-inspired restaurant, you'll find bottomless bloody mimosas and Bloody Marys. Dine on berry french toast; Cuban sandwiches; chicken and waffles; skirt steak; and Eggs Benedict. This is definitely not the usual Sunday brunch menu. Bring your appetite for this Cubano-take on an all-American weekend tradition.
La Hacienda at Mission Inn Resort & Club
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 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Enjoy omelets, waffles, pancakes, and eggs while overlooking the lake and the resort's 17th hole.
Sunday's Champagne brunch from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. increases the offerings, with a sumptuous buffet, live entertainment, and free Champagne and mimosas.