Miami's Favorite Brunch Spots

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By: Shayne Benowitz

While it may be hard to forgo prime time weekend sun at the beach, Miami’s vast array of brunch options make for just the thing to lure you from your lounge chair and into the dining rooms and patios of Miami’s best restaurants. With crave-worthy indulgent dishes (think, guava and cream cheese pancakes or skirt steak chilaquiles) paired with bottomless mimosas and bloody marys, Miami brunch is a meal not to be skipped. Read on for some of our favorite spots around town.

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Stiltsville Fish Bar

Set in South Beach’s trendy Sunset Harbour neighborhood, Stiltsville is the brainchild of chef power couple Janine Booth and Jeff McInnis of Top Chef fame. A fish house blended with down home Southern comfort fare, you’ll delight in everything from local snapper ceviche to decadent sweet corn spoonbread with the option to add butter-poached lobster. The shabby chic maritime décor with its location on Biscayne Bay makes for a breezy brunch date with specialties ranging from shrimp ‘n grits to pimento cheese omelets.

    Ariete

    A go-to brunch spot in Coconut Grove, Ariete offers bottomless mimosas or sangria, as well as a variety of brunch cocktails. These act as the perfect compliment to their mouth-watering, Cuban-inspired fare. Think, guava and cream cheese pancakes or a frita benedict made with biscuit, chorizo and hollandaise sauce topped with papitas. The piece de resistance is their Chug Burger, a double patty burger made with American cheese and bread and butter pickles that will leave you full past dinnertime. Pro tip: Grab a table in their airy, shaded courtyard for optimal Miami brunch ambiance.

      Zuma at Kimpton Epic

      For Miami’s most decadent brunch, make a reservation at Zuma at the Kimpton Epic hotel. This high end Japanese izakaya restaurant imported from London dishes up the freshest sushi in town, as well as robata grill and tempura specialties. At brunch, enjoy all you can drink Champagne, as well as cocktails along with a buffet of Zuma delicacies and a brunch entrée. Set inside a gorgeous Zen dining room with views of the Miami River, it makes for a chic affair

        Fontana at Biltmore

        Sunday brunch at Fontana at the Biltmore is a classic Miami dining experience. Set in a gorgeous courtyard at the historic Mediterranean Revival hotel, you’ll delight in everything from omelet and carving stations to sushi, pasta, tapas and decadent desserts under the direction of the hotel’s longtime executive chef David Hackett. The experience includes bottomless Champagne, bellinis and other selections, as well as live music to set the mood.

          27 Restaurant at Freehand Miami

          Set in an inviting dining room and courtyard filled with eclectic knickknacks and South Florida ephemera, indulge in a truly local brunch experience at 27 Restaurant. Nestled on the property of Freehand Miami, the menu is filled with both large and small plates that draw inspiration from Miami’s melting pot of cultures, from Latin to Caribbean to Jewish. Think, latke benedicts made with house-cured lox, caper cream cheese and dill hollandaise or arepas with eggs, queso, avocado and black beans. Best of all, the menu is constantly changing, so you’ll always find a fresh entrée you’ve never had before. With cocktails from the crew of onsite Broken Shaker, 27 is a no brainer at brunch time.

            Upland

            From award-winning restaurateur Stephen Starr and chef Justin Smillie, Upland is an instant classic in South Beach’s South of Fifth neighborhood. Brunch time means bottomless bloody marys, mimosas or rosé, as well as crave-worthy dishes like chilaquiles with skirt steak or a bowl of perfectly piquant cacio e pepe bucatini. Also on the menu, a selection of pizzas (sausage and kale with pistachio pesto is a no brainer) and the Upland cheeseburger. The only challenge here is choosing from a menu with so many fantastic options.

              KYU

              Named Florida’s best restaurant by Time magazine, KYU is a Wynwood hotspot dishing up seriously delicious wood-fired, pan-Asian fare. Swing by at brunch for steak and eggs with kimchee, crispy banana bourbon French toast with salted butter and maple syrup and potato pancakes with scallions. You can also enjoy bottomless Champagne, rosé, bellinis, mimosas and other brunch cocktails like the kimchee bloody mary inside their chic, warehouse-like dining room.

                La Mar by Gaston Acurio at Mandarin Oriental, Miami

                Grab a table on the patio at La Mar by Gaston Acurio at the Mandarin Oriental, Miami on Brickell Key with panoramic views of Biscayne Bay. Specializing in high-end Peruvian cuisine, the glittering bayfront setting paired with bottomless Champagne, wine and pisco cocktails makes for a true escape. And that’s to say nothing of the mouth-watering endless buffet of seafood ceviches, whipped potato causas, sashimi-style tiraditos and their signature pan-fried rice dish, chaufa aeropuerto with Chinese sausage, roasted pork and shrimp omelet. You can also select from entrees like crispy mahi-mahi with quail egg or beef tenderloin with fried egg. While you indulge, it’s hard to decide what’s better, the bayfront views or the outrageously flavorful food.

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