Best Brunches In Miami Beach

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Cecconi's

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Essensia

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Fried green tomato at Essensia

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Hakkasan dining area

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Dim Sum at Hakkasan

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Los Fuegos by Francis Mallmann at Faena

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By: Angela Caraway-Carlton

Rise and shine! With its delectable restaurants boasting over-the-top buffets, sweet and savory dishes, airy patios and a party-all-the-time attitude, Miami Beach is the perfect destination for brunch. Grab your “brunch bunch,” here are some of the best spots on Miami Beach for a midday meal — calorie-counting not included.

Bagatelle Miami Beach

With its loud music, flashing lights, and champagne bottles that sparkle — this entertaining brunch is the ultimate definition of “Sunday Funday.” Bagatelle, a high-end French-Mediterranean restaurant, will transport you to the south of France every Sunday with its party-all-day vibe and delicious signature dishes. Standouts include the toasted croissant stacked with poached eggs; lobster béarnaise and a celery remoulade; a dreamy homemade brioche French toast topped with mascarpone, caramelized banana and toasted coconut; and the hearty Bagatelle burger (for those who may have imbibed too much the night before). To really feast like the French, splurge on a bottle of Champs or rosé from their extensive list — and be prepared to pace yourself — this brunch tends to blur the lines between day and night with a celebration that lasts until 6 p.m.

Bird & Bone

If you woke up dreaming about the South’s hearty breakfast dishes, head to Bird & Bone, a Southern-inspired restaurant that feels like a modern country farmhouse located inside the popular lifestyle hotel, The Confidante Miami. Led by one of Miami’s top chefs, Richard Hales (best known for his Midtown eateries Sakaya Kitchen and Blackbrick), the must-try at this rustic restaurant is the Nashville-inspired hot fried chicken —you can have it with a cornbread waffle featuring candied bacon and bourbon syrup for brunch or add the crispy, kicked-up chicken to breakfast tacos. In the South, biscuits are queen of the mornings, and here you can nosh on baked-to-order Florida cheddar and chives biscuits served with Hales’ wife’s homemade strawberry preserves or go for the biscuits and gravy with two poached eggs, gravy and cheese heirloom corn grits. There’s also a bottomless booze option that includes unlimited mimosas, Bellini’s, ginger peach sangria and more. Extra-bonus? You can sit outside on the open-air terrace and dream about working off all those calories!

Cecconi’s Miami Beach

This longtime Miami Beach staple tucked away inside the courtyard of trendy Soho House is still one of the most beloved brunch spots in town by locals. Enjoy what they call the “Weekend Feast” on both Saturday and Sundays, a lavish, all- you-can-eat buffet for $65 per person. Peruse the tables filled with fresh seafood, pastas, cheeses and meats and an omelet station where you can load up your eggs with veggies, cheeses and meats. Each person receives a complimentary welcome drink like a mimosa or Bellini, and groups of four or more can opt for the bottomless route. As soothing music floats through the air, enjoy your feast in Cecconi's fairytale courtyard dotted with hovering trees and plants (and ocean breezes), or duck inside the stylish lobby for an intimate table and air conditioning.

Habitat

Habitat, from another one of Miami’s top chefs, Jose Mendin, is located inside the eco-chic 1 Hotel and churns out a brunch that offers the best of both worlds — it’s part à la carte, part buffet. You’ll want to come hungry; for $60, diners can have a field day choosing from a raw bar packed with fresh oysters and smoked salmon, a sushi station with rolls provided by Menin’s Pubbelly Sushi restaurant, a ceviche station offering a selection of fish and sauces, a made-to-order omelet station with inventive proteins like lemongrass langoustines and glazed filet mignon, plus tables loaded with pastries and other baked goods. Once you’re done stalking the stations, you can order from the menu, choosing from dishes like chicken and waffles, huevos rancheros and shrimp and scallion pancakes. For those looking to imbibe as they dine, there’s a bloody mary and Michelada bar (a cocktail made with Mexican beer, tomato juice and few signature seasonings) where guests can create their own bespoke brunch cocktail. Save room for dessert, especially the Cinnabao – a decadent mash-up of a cinnamon roll and a bao bun.

Hakkasan

For some, brunch means loading up on dim sum, and Hakkasan, a modern Cantonese restaurant at the tony Fontainebleau Miami Beach hotel is one of the most striking spots in town to nosh on the Chinese bite-sized portions. Hakkasan offers two chances to get your fill on Saturdays and Sundays, and the dimly lit restaurant delivers a romantic “day-date” vibe, and is also great for large parties looking to share a leisurely brunch. At their dim sum brunch, guests can choose to order à la carte or order the suggested prix-fixe menu ($45) where each guest will receive a steamed dim sum platter filled with dumplings like black truffle chicken shui mai, a fried dim sum combo, a main course such as crispy lemon chicken or smoked ribs, and a dessert. Plus, you can walk around and take in the scene at hotel when you’re done.

Los Fuegos by Francis Mallmann

Want to break away from the traditional brunch of eggs, bacon and pancakes? Add some fire to your Sunday with the “Asado Buffet Brunch” at Los Fuegos by Francis Mallmann, an Argentine grillmaster known for his live-fire cooking, located at the whimsical Faena Hotel Miami Beach. Quick history lesson: an asado, an open-fire barbecue, is a major social event in Argentina where friends and family gather around traditional dishes and spend an afternoon catching up. At Los Fuegos, breathe in the smoky goodness at their buffet-style asado that’s heavy on the meats and features a variety of South American-inspired dishes like tender slow-cooked ribeye, wood-oven provoleta and a tempting tower of desserts ($75 for adults and $35 for children).

Essensia Restaurant

If brunch is considered the reward for a morning of exercise, try “Zendays at The Palms” which is a yoga-brunch-beach day at The Palms Hotel & Spa that happens every Sunday morning. After an invigorating vinyasa yoga class in the hotel’s lush tropical garden, you’ll indulge in a prix-fixe brunch at Essensia Restaurant (known for their organic and seasonal ingredients) that includes a main course like a filling French toast stuffed with mascarpone and bananas foster, or a benedict with poached eggs and bacon, a dessert and a drink of choice. When you’re done brunching, escape to their secluded pool or a lounge chair on the beach and you’ll also receive 20% off at the AVEDA Spa. Exercise, good food, the beach and the spa? Now, that’s called a great Sunday Miami Beach style!

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