Brunching is a great Sunday-funday activity (or any-day-of-the-week activity when that’s an option). There’s nothing like the pleasures of lounging around for hours with family and friends, sharing a great meal, sometimes bottomless cocktails and an ambiance that can’t be recreated at home. Some of the best memories are often made at brunch, so why not try these delicious and unique restaurants around Miami for a brunch experience you won’t soon forget?
You wouldn’t expect to find this paradise off of Biscayne Boulevard, but alas, Miami never ceases to delight and surprise. Just opened last year, Amara at Paraiso is another successful dining project by award-winning Chef Michael Schwartz and, boy, is it the perfect place to laze away on a Sunday. Come for brunch, stay for the Sunday sunset party. This upscale Latin restaurant boasts a crave-inducing brunch menu that includes a raw bar, empanadas, snacks like warm olives and yuca cheese puffs, sweet and savory plates like brioche french toast and chilaquiles and food carts that make their way around the restaurant serving up pork belly ribeye and more. To drink, try a spiked agua fresca or cocktails on tap. Both the Tulum Spritz and the Pisco Punch can be served as single drinks or punch bowls for the table.
Miami is not known for its Mexican food (or for its brunch, if we’re being 100 percent honest — oftentimes, people sleep through the most important meal of the day if they partied too hard the night before), but Diez y Seis by renowned Chef Jose Icardi gets it just right. This poolside restaurant at the Shore Club Hotel in South Beach hosts a brunch that’s $35 per person ($20 for children) plus $25 per person for bottomless bubbles. The concept here is simple and wonderful at the same time. Fill up at the raw bar and the omelette station, but save room for meats and fish, enchiladas, quesadillas and more. There is a taco cart at Diez y Seis and as if that weren’t enough, there’s also a guacamole cart rolling around. Finish strong at the dessert bar and then roll back to your room for a siesta. You’ll need it to get through what’s left of the day.
This upmarket Pan-Latin restaurant at the InterContinental Hotel serves one of the best brunches in Miami. Enjoy a Sunday bottomless brunch buffet with unlimited Mimosas and Bloody Marys for just $50 per person. Choose from a decadent display of salads, side dishes, a rodizio carving station with sizzling meats off the wood-fired grill, and plenty of desserts to satisfy even the pickiest sweet tooth. A Downtown Miami experience to remember, it doesn’t hurt that Toro Toro is also still a bit under the radar.
Does Spanish food ever, ever get old? Our answer is no. And though we could eat meats and cheeses for breakfast lunch and dinner, it’s brunch at Bulla that’s really calling our names. This three-course prix fixe brunch comes in at $27 per person and includes chickpea stew as an option, as well as cochinillo hash, torrija, churros con chocolate and even hazelnut waffles (yum!). With an $18 bottomless sangria or mimosa option, a Sunday morning at Bulla will easily turn into an afternoon of guaranteed fun and satisfied stomachs for all. Bulla has locations in Doral and Coral Gables.
A taste of the West Coast on the East Coast? Yes, please! Malibu Farm brings its coastal California charm all the way from Los Angeles to Miami Beach’s Eden Roc Hotel and we are thrilled about it. Sunday brunch runs from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. and includes Malibu Farm Favorites and Specialties (think acai bowls and quinoa oatmeal, breakfast burritos and tofu scrambles) along with a variety of coffee, tea, organic soda and a mimosa bar. And this ain’t any old mimosa bar — at Malibu Farm, you can drink your organic prosecco with orange juice, if you’d like, but you can also add fresh pressed watermelon or kale-apple juice to the bubbles for a fresh and healthy twist.
Located at the Freehand Hotel, this impossibly cool spot is cozy, fun and carefree. Known for its creative dishes and specialty cocktails, 27 Restaurant is all about fresh, local ingredients and communal dining. Get to know your neighbor over tid-bits that include bloody Mary ceviche and pan de bono with guava butter. But really get ready to dig in to your main course that could range from shawarma fried chicken benedict to arepas to shakshuka made with Sullivan St. Bakery bread. Bottomless mimosas here are $50, but we suggest trying a cocktail like the Scandinavian Summer or Cool Runnings — mixologists here have won awards for their unique creations, after all.
This outdoor oasis in Coconut Grove’s Peacock Park is not only family friendly, it’s dog-friendly, too. For those of you looking to brunch with your furry friends, this is the place to do it. Glass & Vine uses locally-sourced ingredients in all of its dishes and boasts a “sophisticated picnic-style” brunch. Start your day on the right foot with some carbonara fries and wagyu beef tartare and then move on to a creamy and sweet Coquito french toast. If you’re feeling real hungry and adventurous, share a whole stone oven chicken or a 28-ounce bone-in angus ribeye with a partner or friends. There are a variety of egg plates and salads here and, you guessed it, brunch cocktails. Go for a Glass and Vine Mule pitcher or a single glass of rosé. Any choice you make will surely be the right one.
Avocado toast. Beet toast. Pea toast. Threefold Cafe has all the toasts your heart desires and then some. With locations in both Coral Gables and South Miami, Threefold caters to the latte-loving crowd and the really cool thing about this restaurant is that its menu doesn’t really change from one day to the next. So whether you’re craving brunch food on a Monday, Wednesday or Sunday, Threefold has got your back. The eggies are great here, as is the selection of sweet and savory goodies including a shrimp fried rice bowl and a morning monkey made up of banana and walnut bread served with espresso butter. Mimosas, bubbles, beer and wine are on the menu here and these aren’t your everyday mimosas. Try a pear mimosa with caramel and cinnamon sugar or another with guava puree and strawberry. Who wants a classic when you can have tropical, colorful, sweet and sparkling breakfast cocktails?
Southern comfort is where its at and Blue Collar has been doing it best in Miami for seven years now. This historic MIMO District restaurant has an open kitchen so prepare to get a little warm, but on the bright side you can spot your food from a mile away. The menu here is broken down into “eggy stuff,” “syrupy stuff,” “salady stuff” and well, you get the drift. We recommend the pork and beans, the lemon buttermilk pancakes and the breakfast sandwich, which contains two over-easy eggs, bacon, cheddar, latke and garlic aioli. Beer, sparkling and red/white wines are drink options here, as well as a $4 per person unlimited thermos of Panther coffee.