THE SUPER Miami Brunch Guide

Thanks to Ketel One Vodka you can add these essential brunch spots to your list

Apr
29
2021
PHOTO CREDIT RED ROOSTER
BY SARAH DUNN & ANDREA BECERRA

These restaurants for brunch have been hand-selected by The Hungry Post and are presented by: 

We all love brunch. The restaurant scene in Miami is dynamic, but keeping up with specific brunch options is a search in itself. That’s what we’re here for. We’ve been busy running all around Miami, trying out different brunches to make this list for our loyal Hungries.

This carefully curated list is a collection of ten-weekend brunches covering all our favorite neighborhoods, ranging from Coral Gables to Overtown and everywhere in between. You’ll see some classic mainstays in this list as well as some newcomers.

There’s also something for every budget and occasion. Sometimes we want to impress out-of-towners, and other times we want to visit a neighborhood staple. Some love bottomless brunches (us too!), and others prefer à la carte. Enjoy, and don’t forget to share with your friends!

ZUMA 


Where to go for a lavish, bottomless, modern Japanese brunch.

Neighborhood: Downtown
Address: 270 Biscayne Blvd Way
Book your table: HERE
Weekend Brunch Hours: Saturdays and Sundays 11:30 am – 3:30 pm 

Outdoor seating is available.

What you need to know

Zuma is known around the world for its high-end modern Japanese izakaya dining. The restaurant has sleek, modern architecture and river views. The menu is extensive, with authentic Japanese dishes featuring bold flavors and a classic presentation. All dishes are designed to be shared. While this is definitely one of the more pricey restaurants in Miami, a more budget-friendly way to enjoy it is at the weekend brunch.

Zuma’s brunch includes all-you-can-eat samplings of food and cocktails, divided into four categories: Classic ($98 per person without tax and tip), Signature ($148), Premium Sake ($198) and Premium Champagne ($398).

All categories include a buffet-style assortment of cold and hot items including but not limited to sushi, sashimi, salads, and robata dishes. The bottomless brunch concept goes a step further at Zuma with a selection of more than a dozen brunch beverages, such as mimosas, martinis, wine and sake. Just remember that you need to finish your drink before ordering another.

What you’re getting

We recommend the Spicy Beef Tenderloin, drizzled in sweet chili and seasoned with garlic ginger. Another favorite is the Salmon Teriyaki, topped with pickled cucumber. There are additional options available at a supplemental cost, including seafood and steak. We loved the Miso Black Cod, marinated in miso sauce and wrapped in hoba leaf.

Each brunch concludes with the famous Zuma dessert platter, with an array of exotic fruits, cakes, pastries, and sorbets.

SEASPICE  


Where to brunch after stepping off your boat (or watch the boats arrive).

Neighborhood: Miami River
Address: 422 NW North River Dr
Book your table: HERE 
Weekend Brunch Hours: Saturdays and Sundays 12 pm – 3:30 pm 

Outdoor seating is available.

What you need to know

Are you looking for a waterfront restaurant to impress out-of-town guests or that special someone? Grab a cocktail and take in the sun, the Miami skyline, and the incoming yachts!  Seaspice has established itself on the shortlist of luxurious riverside spots. This nautical restaurant is airy and gorgeous, seating over 350 guests.

Seaspice features gastro-classic dining and specialty cocktails. The brunch menu showcases several classics elevated with that luxe Seaspice flair. Expect upgraded takes on eggs Benedict, avocado toast, pasta, and waffle—reimagined with high-end ingredients and additions such as black truffle, caviar, and lobster (just to name a few!).

What you’re getting

There is nothing basic about the Avocado Toast: whole grain artisan bread is topped with succulent blackened shrimp, ripe avocado and cilantro. Our favorite item on the brunch menu is the Seaspice Lobster Benedict.  The Seaspice version features decadent lobster on a base of crunchy potato hash and an organic poached egg. The chive hollandaise sauce is rich and creamy, and there is an option to add caviar if your tastes and budgets allow.

If you are torn between breakfast and lunch, look no further than the Truffle Parmesan Tagliatelle. This is the ultimate brunch pasta, tossed with parmigiana Reggiano, a poached organic egg, and shaved truffle. We loved every bite of the eggy and cheesy indulgence. If you are looking for something on the lighter side, we recommend the Power Waffle, made with quinoa and flaxseed. These waffles are topped with all kinds of fruity goodness: banana brûlée, mixed berries, walnuts, and strawberry yogurt. Regardless of what you’re eating you’ll need a cocktail. Order the Beckham’s Club for a refreshing Haig Club whisky based-drink with citrus notes and blackberries. If you’re looking for a rum cocktail, try the Coco Loco with Zacapa Rum and Fresh Young Coconut.

MILA 


Where to go for a rooftop brunch, if you’re looking for a buffet that comes to you.

Neighborhood: Miami Beach
Address: 1636 Meridian Ave
Book your table: HERE 
Weekend Brunch Hours: Sundays 11:30 am – 2:30 pm 

Outdoor seating is available.

What you need to know

Located on a rooftop above Meridian Ave, Mila is a swanky upgrade to the Lincoln Road dining scene. It has a sexy vibe and is a place to see and be seen. The outdoor area features a koi pond, a small bar perfect for enjoying the view, and retractable awnings for unpredictable Miami beach weather. The interior is designed to create a luxe lounge atmosphere.

Mila’s cuisine is “MediterrAsian”, a Japanese and Mediterranean menu with dishes meant to be shared.

What you’re getting

On Sundays, Mila hosts a brunch buffet for $75/person. In the spirit of social distancing, the “buffet” is currently served to diners in courses, and second (or third!) helpings are available upon request. Come hungry, because there is plenty to enjoy!

Starters include vegetable dishes, yogurt, salads, and other appetizers. We recommend the Shrimp Cocktail, drizzled with mojo rojo, saffron crème fraîche and garnished with micro cilantro. Another crowd-pleaser is the Rye Bread Avocado-Edamame Toast, topped with ripe heirloom tomatoes and seasoned with maja olive oil and Salvador spice.

The egg course has an egg benedict, a Mediterranean omelet, and our favorite, the Egg in a Jar. Each jar is filled with egg yolk, potato puree, and topped with feta foam. Slices of crispy sourdough bread are dipped into the jar for the ultimate rich, creamy, and flavorful bite.

The “Robata” selections are prime beef, glazed satay chicken, zucchini, and corn on the cob. Mila Signatures are meat and fish entrees. Branzino and Prime Skirt Steak are included in the buffet. If you’re feeling extra, Maine lobster, a mushroom hotpot, and a 32oz Tomahawk are available at an additional cost. If you have room for dessert, the dessert platter has fresh pineapple, a mini cheesecake, a mini chocolate cake, and a selection of macarons.

R HOUSE WYNWOOD 


Where to go for an unforgettable show at a Wynwood original.

Neighborhood: Wynwood
Address: 2727 NW 2nd Ave
Book your table: HERE
Weekend Brunch Hours: Saturdays and Sundays 11:30 am & 2:30 pm 

Outdoor seating is available.

What you need to know

Wynwood has welcomed several newcomers lately, but one of the neighborhood’s tried and true classics is R House. Back in 2014, Owner/Executive Chef Rocco Carulli (a snowbird from Cape Cod’s famous Provincetown) brought his idea of a “full sensory experience” to Wynwood: art, music, and incredible food. The menu is Latin-inspired and features Miami flavors.

If you are looking for somewhere to celebrate a special occasion or just enjoy a show, you have to add the Drag Brunch to your list. On weekends, Athena Dion (Miss Ultimate Miami Drag Queen) hosts two shows: one at 11:30 and one at 2:30. Book early (and arrive early, as the line goes around the block) and don’t forget to tip your queens!!

What you’re getting

$50/person (plus tax and gratuity) gets you the ultimate brunch show: an ongoing performance by Miami’s finest drag entertainers, Bottomless drinks (pitchers of mimosas, sangria, mojitos), and a family-style brunch menu. We love this setup because there are literally no decisions to be made, except which bottomless pitcher to get refilled! It’s perfect for any group.

The food does not disappoint, and there is something for everyone. We loved the Chimichurri cheeseburger sliders, hearty bites of tender beef with a yummy combination of cheese and chimichurri. Another favorite is the Cinnamon Sweet French Toast  – covered in Miami favorites: guava syrup, cream cheese, tropical fruit, and coconut flakes. The brunch also includes a plate of Cayenne fried chicken, Breakfast croissants (with mojo pork, serrano ham, swiss cheese and scrambled egg), a brunch salad, and Arroz Moro (rice and beans). Don’t get stressed about sharing, nobody will go hungry! There are also options for vegan guests, a kids menu, and sides and desserts. As far as drinks go, don’t miss the Wynwood Bartender. It’s made with Bulleit Bourbon, muddled with strawberries and basil and a splash of orange blossom water.

RED ROOSTER OVERTOWN


Where to celebrate Overtown’s history with live jazz and a brunch menu full of soul.

Neighborhood: Overtown
Address: 920 NW 2nd Ave
Book your table: HERE 
Weekend Brunch Hours: Saturdays and Sundays 10 am – 3 pm 

What you need to know

A year ago, Chef Marcus Samuelsson was ready to open the Miami outpost of his Harlem restaurant. Instead, he pivoted to partner with World Central Kitchen and Food Rescue US, serving meals to those in need three days a week.

In December, Red Rooster opened in the former “Clyde Killen’s Pool Hall”, the centerpiece of Overtown nightlife in the 50s and 60s. The restaurant hosts live music daily, taking guests back to the days of Duke Ellington, Aretha Franklin, and their contemporaries in Overtown, Miami.

Diners are welcomed by a large bar in the front room, followed by several dining rooms and a covered outdoor patio with a separate bar. We love the subtle nods to the neighborhood, such as the stairwell covered in nostalgic Overtown memorabilia and the ice cream shop housed in a former speakeasy.

What you’re getting

Brunch is served on Saturdays and Sundays. On Sundays, you can enjoy a live jazz band during Gospel Choir Brunch. Saturdays’ bands feature “Funk and all the classics”.

The menu is a combination of Chef Samuelsson’s comfort food classics and local Miami flavors. In addition to small plates, salads, mains, and sides, you can indulge in a Beach Bird Seafood Tower or try a Crispy Bird Dog. What is a bird dog? Chicken tenders on a potato roll, which sounds like Chef Samuelsson’s version of our favorite Publix Sub.

We had two orders of the Deviled Eggs, tasty bites of mustard togarashi and mayo, garnished with caviar and adorned with a chicharron “tail” (to make them look like little roosters, of course). Our favorite entree is Anthony’s Breakfast Beans, a meatier, elevated version of Huevos Rancheros (without the tortilla). Fejoida style red beans are mixed with wagyu oxtail, sausage, and tomato, and topped with salsa verde and easy eggs. For dessert, get the Magic City Donuts, miniature beignets with two dipping sauces: guava cream cheese and dulce de leche. Your meal will pair well with La Pasion cocktail. It has mango, fresh lime, passion fruit and can be served with Don Julio Reposado.

AMARA AT PARAISO  


Where to enjoy a waterfront brunch by one of Miami’s award-winning chefs.

Neighborhood: Edgewater
Address: 3101 NE 7th Ave
Book your table: HERE
Weekend Brunch Hours: Saturdays and Sundays 11 am – 4 pm 

Outdoor seating is available.

What you need to know

Here in Miami, we all love brunch with a waterfront view. And we’re not just limited to Miami Beach or the Miami River—Edgewater has an incredible view of Biscayne Bay and Miami Beach. Chef Michael Schwartz, an Edgewater local, opened Amara at Paraiso to share Miami’s beauty and his cuisine.

Amara brings the Latin flavor with meats and fish cooked on a spit-fire grill accompanied by vegetables, grains, and tasty sauces. They also serve an impressive selection of raw bar items, small snacks and appetizers.

What you’re getting

Weekend brunch is served a la carte, with something for everyone. Beverage mimosa specials include a “quarantine mimosa” (extra large!) and a magnum of French sparkling wine and OJ to make 11 mimosas (but who’s counting?). Start your meal with one of the Snacks & Apps—we recommend the Yuca Cheese Puffs, a bite-sized crowd-pleaser topped with parmesan and sea salt.

We’re also huge fans of briny Island Creek Oysters, which always taste best by the water. The “Brunch Plates” range from salads to grilled meat and fish dishes, with everything in between. We can’t get enough of the Yellowfin Tuna Tostada, a lighter option with fresh tuna, avocado and chipotle mayo.

If you’re craving something a bit more hearty, try the Amara Brunch Bowl: a base of cilantro rice is smothered in a runny sunny egg, red beans, avocado, sour onion, sweet plantains, and queso frito. Finish your meal with something sweet, such as the Cashew Chocolate Torte with Manjari dark chocolate and cashew caramel.

EATING HOUSE  


Where to go when you’re dreaming of your childhood days & looking for a heartwarming brunch.

Neighborhood: Coral Gables
Address: 804 Ponce de Leon
Book your table: HERE
Weekend Brunch Hours: Saturdays and Sundays 11 am – 3 pm 

Limited outdoor seating is available.

What you need to know

It wouldn’t be a SUPER Miami Brunch Guide without Eating House. Located in Coral Gables, this neighborhood gem by Chef Giorgio Rapicavoli has been around since 2012.

It’s a low-key, family-friendly restaurant that makes you feel right at home. Reservations are highly recommended as Eating House usually gets slammed, especially for brunch.

The menu is filled with unconventional and inventive dishes that will leave you wanting more.

What you’re getting

You’re coming to Eating House for a brunch date or with a friend to catch up on the latest chisme. Start the meal with the Burrata ‘Caprese’, a simple yet flavorful rendition with heirloom tomato, basil, olive oil and balsamic. Don’t skip the ‘Loaded’ Tater Tots with a black truffle cream, applewood smoked bacon and Grana Padano cheese.

As far as mains go, if you’re looking for something savory go with the Braised Pork Calentado with congri (Cuban version of black beans & rice), sweet plantains, sunny side up eggs and chimichurri. You didn’t go to Eating House without trying the Cap’N Crunch Pancakes. Drenched in a creamy leche condensada or condensed milk syrup, vanilla butter and candied Cap’N Crunch. Your childhood dreams have officially come true.

BEAKER & GRAY   


Where to go when you want to cure your hangover in Wynwood.

Neighborhood: Wynwood
Address: 2637 N Miami Ave
Book your table: HERE
Weekend Brunch Hours: Saturdays and Sundays 11 am – 4 pm 

Outdoor seating is available.

What you need to know

Wynwood’s Beaker & Gray offers a hearty brunch great for a group of friends looking for a #SundayFunday or to soak up that hangover. Chef Brian Nasajon’s global brunch menu draws influence from Asia, Peru, Mexico and beyond.

Brunch wouldn’t be complete with a cocktail or two in hand. Signal bar director Ben Potts, who is always adding his magical touch to Beaker & Gray’s original cocktail program.

What you’re getting

Before we get to the menu, make sure you ask about Beaker & Gray’s rotating brunch specials. They’re worth considering. We also recommend you get the saucy Chicken Wings with brown sugar, tamarind and sesame sprinkled on top. You’ll need a stack of napkins for this generous size dish that is great for sharing.

The Cheeseburger Hash is also a must, especially when treating your hangover. It comes in a casserole with bacon, aji amarillo, and chili. If you’re looking for a larger entree go with The Crispy Duck. It’s Beaker & Gray’s take on chicken and waffles. It comes with two eggs any style, crispy waffle, bacon jam, maple syrup and home fries. 

After a long week, you need a cocktail break. We’d go for the Ketel One Vodka Mule with ginger, lime and aromatized bitters or the Ketel One Vodka Bloody Mary. Beaker & Gray also has a two-hour unlimited sparkling wine, mimosa and watermelon-mosa for $42. 

LIDO AT THE SURF CLUB    


Where to go for an oceanfront luxurious brunch with a string quartet and a 5-course brunch.

Neighborhood: Surfside
Address: 9011 Collins Ave
Book your table: HERE or call +1 (786) 482 2280
Weekend Brunch Hours: Sundays 12 pm – 3 pm 

Outdoor seating is available.

What you need to know

The Four Seasons at the Surf Club has an important place in Miami Beach’s history. Since it opened its doors on New Year’s Day in 1930, it has been a destination for modern Italian dining and retro glamour.

The Lido Restaurant is in the Surf Club’s legendary ballroom and adjacent oceanfront terrace. Lido was designed to transport diners into an Italian summer, with a focus on authentic and simple Mediterranean cuisine from Chef Antonio Mermolia.

What you’re getting

Sunday brunch at Lido is a leisurely and luxurious experience for $95/person. The meal commences in traditional Italian style with a welcome aperitivo or your choice of mimosa, Bloody Mary, or prosecco. The first drink is included in the brunch, but the extensive cocktail and wine menu is also available, including a daily selection of four “Tiny Tinis”, 2 ounce signature mini martinis.

Three courses are served family-style: Antipasto & Crudo, Charcuterie & Cheese, and Pizza & Mixed Greens. The crudo dishes are refreshing and light, such as the Hamachi Crudo and the Snapper Ceviche. Save room for the pizza course, a yummy Margherita with zesty tomato sauce and generous portions of fresh Mozzarella cheese.

The main course options include a fresh pasta of the day, meat or catch of the day, a Frittata, and an Italian Pancake with Macedonian fruit, whipped cream, and maple syrup.

Dessert is Dulcis in Fundo, a presentation of assorted pastries. We recommend trying as many as you can!

KYU     


Where to go for an Asian-inspired, wood-fire brunch in Wynwood.

Neighborhood: Wynwood
Address: 251 NW 25th St
Book your table: HERE 
Weekend Brunch Hours: Sundays 11 am – 4 pm 

Outdoor seating is available.

What you need to know

KYU has been one of Wynwood’s most loved restaurants since its opening in 2016. It’s reminiscent of a sleek warehouse with an open kitchen and a brightly lit mirrored bar.

You’re coming to KYU for a delicious Asian-inspired brunch focusing on Japanese barbecue. Expect smoky, charred and refreshing flavors being fired up in the kitchen by Executive Chef Raheem Sealey and Sous Chef Mark Wint.

KYU is always bustling so make sure you book your table with time!

What you’re getting

Whatever you do, come hungry. You’re sharing to make the most out of your experience at KYU. If you’re into crispy and crunchy, look to the “Crispy, Crunchy” section on the menu. We recommend the Crispy Pork “Guy”. Tender pieces of braised and deep-fried pork with a Thai basil sauce for dipping. The Kale Ceasar Salad is a signature KYU dish that needs to be at your table. It’s served with a ramen egg, house-cured fresh anchovies, and a parmesan-shichimi dressing. 

If you’re into chilled crudos, don’t miss the Sliced Hamachi with white ponzu chili. We also enjoyed the Burrata with a yuzu marmalade and “Zak the Baker” toast.

As far as meatier dishes go, we’d get the hand-cut Beef Tartare on a toast with Japanese mustard vinaigrette and soy cured egg yolk. From the “Smoked” corner of the menu get the flawlessly charred Duck Breast “Burnt Ends” and make sure to order some of that extra sauce. 

 

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