For Miamians, brunch has become the most important meal of the weekend — and, if done right, the most fun. While there are plenty of low-key spots to snag a decent meal on a relaxing late morning or early afternoon, nothing says “Magic City by day” better than a good boozy brunch.
Creating that perfect breakfast-lunch combination isn’t easy, but plenty of Miami restaurants have risen to the challenge. They beckon us with hearty plates to cure last night’s hangover or prepare us for the night to come, dishes that are all too easily washed down with boozy daytime drinks.
While these weekend affairs can fall anywhere between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., depending on the restaurant, Miami offers enough options to allow you to rise early or sleep in — or even partake during the week.
From reasonably priced à la carte menus to lavish late-day feasts, here are the top ten places to brunch in Miami.
30 SW 12th St., Miami
If bottomless drinks and sports-bar vibes sound like the perfect way to spend the afternoon, then head to Batch Gastropub for an expansive menu and equally wide-ranging drink list. Whether you have a craving for simple American fare like steak and eggs or comfort food classics like chicken ‘n’ waffles, Batch has you covered. The brunch menu is served indoors or outdoors and can be paired with bottomless mimosas, sangrias, and bellinis (90-minute limit). On Sundays, jam out to the sounds of a live DJ from noon to 4 p.m. Brunch is served on Saturday from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Multiple area locations, including:
8870 SW 136th St., Miami
Bulla — pronounced “boo-ya” — serves weekend brunch at several locations. Choose a special brunch tasting menu that includes a three-course prix-fixe or order à la carte. Whatever you select will pair well with $19 bottomless mimosas and Bulla’s red or white sangria. Make sure to try the “Huevos Bulla,” homemade potato chips topped with a fried egg, serrano ham, potato foam, and truffle oil. Brunchgoers with a sweet tooth can opt for the blueberry and ricotta pancakes or the churros con chocolate made with fried dough. Brunch is served Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Cafe Bastille serves an all-day breakfast in downtown Miami, with a new location coming soon to South Beach.
Photo courtesy of Cafe Bastille Downtown
248 SE First St., Miami
Take a day trip to Paris at Cafe Bastille in downtown Miami (a new location is coming soon to South Beach). Here, brunch is available all day, including weekdays. The entire place channels Parisian café cool, with a variety of homemade comfort foods. On weekends a live DJ brings the beats, while the kitchen serves up favorites like the croque monsieur, crêpes, blueberry mascarpone pancakes, and eggs Benedict served on an open-face croissant. Pair it with bottomless mimosas or strawberry bellinis and you’ve got yourself the perfect getaway. Brunch is served Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Glass and Vine
2820 McFarlane Rd., Miami
Glass and Vine, the Coconut Grove restaurant offering one of the city’s favorite outdoor patios in the heart of Peacock Park, has elevated its brunch game with weekend brunch every day of the week. Toast Monday with a glass of bubbly accompanied by sweet and savory brunch classics that range from surf-and-turf eggs Benedict and a chicken-topped Mediterranean salad to a dulce de leche Belgian waffle and cornflake-crusted French toast. Brunch is served daily from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Choose from a large selection of Southern comfort fare at Honey Uninhibited.
Photo courtesy of Honey Uninhibited
1777 SW. Third Ave., Miami
With Honey Uninhibited, founder Carlos Dunlap wanted to offer Miami a place to get breakfast and brunch seven days a week — and nearly all day long. To that end, Dunlap’s establishment delivers a menu of Southern staples that speak to the owner’s travels and Southern roots. Signature dishes like the “Gullah Shrimp ‘n Grits” hail from the famed foodie city of Charleston, South Carolina, while the “Sweet Chick Benny,” a breaded chicken thigh topped waffle, is inspired by an entrée that left a lasting impression during a trip to Atlanta. If you’re living your life meat-free, a number of vegan dishes are regionally inspired, from the egg-free scramble and banana bread toast to a vegan burger. Should all of that make you thirsty, try the “uninhibited” mimosa kit, which pairs Moët or other sparkling wine with a choice of two juices. Brunch is served daily from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
1855 Purdy Ave., Miami Beach
Icebox Cafe is perhaps best known as the home of Oprah’s favorite chocolate cake, but this Miami Beach staple has more than two decades of being a favorite local dining destination for its incredible brunch. Here, owner Robert Siegmann delivers a modern American menu touched by global inspiration that, for the restaurant’s weekend-long brunch, includes dishes like homemade granola, guava-filled French toast, and lemon ricotta pancakes. Each pair perfectly with the two-hour limit bottomless bloody Mary’s, mimosas, and rosé. Brunch is served on Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
1111 Parrot Jungle Tr., Miami
Joia Beach brings party vibes to its Sunday Funday weekend brunch. Watch as servers in mini boats dole out bottles of rosé and magnums of Champagne to guests seated in the beachy dining room while the sights and sounds of live DJs, surprise entertainment, sparklers, and dancing provide the action. The brunch menu includes Belgian waffles, filet mignon and eggs, and a bagel tower with smoked salmon that’s ideal for sharing. If popping bottles isn’t your speed, opt for massive mules that arrive in oversize vessels that serve up to six people, available in an assortment of seasonal fruit flavors. Brunch is served on Sunday from noon to 5 p.m.
Limonada Bar + Brunch is the boozy all-day brunch next door to the Clinton Hotel.
Photo courtesy of Limonada Bar + Brunch
Limonada Bar + Brunch
825 Washington Ave., Miami Beach
Looking for an all-day boozy poolside brunch party? Look no further than Limonada Bar + Brunch, a South Beach spot next to the Clinton Hotel that supplies outdoor sports-bar vibes paired with an all-day brunch menu, happy-hour specials, drinking games, and live music. Limonada’s menu offers a list of classic brunch dishes like steak and eggs, huevos rancheros, breakfast burritos, dulce de leche pancakes, and Nutella French toast — even a classic turkey club sandwich. The party comes into focus with the restaurant’s famous $1 buy-in drinking games — “Shake for Shots”, “Beat the Glass”, and the “Wheel of Fortune” — which encourages interacting with the patrons around you while vying for a free shot, beer, or cocktail. Brunch is served daily from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Pinch Kitchen + Bar
8601 Biscayne Blvd., Miami
When contemplating what makes the perfect brunch, one considers food, drink, and atmosphere. Enter Pinch, where chefs/partners John Gallo and Rene Reyes accurately describe the experience as “small bites, big impact.” If you’ve eaten here for dinner, be aware that brunch is a bit different. The best way to imagine it is to think of its slogan: “A pinch of this — a pinch of that.” The menu features an eclectic bunch of mismatched plates that together create a flavorful and filling meal. Start with the “K-Town” kimchi-spiked guacamole, then proceed to staples like steak and eggs, a fried chicken sandwich, guava-stuffed French toast, chicken ‘n’ waffles, or a cold smoked salmon sandwich. And don’t forget that famed Pinch burger. Brunch is served on Saturday and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m.
Well Fed offers a Latin-inspired brunch with a prix-fixe menu that includes coffee, bread, and dessert.
Photo courtesy of Well Fed
271 Miracle Mile, Coral Gables
If bottomless brunch and all-day booze parties aren’t your speed, slow things down with the massive brunch spread at Well Fed. The restaurant’s Saturday brunch offers a three-course prix-fixe menu that will leave you feeling satisfied. It kicks off with coffee or hot tea and a basket of the “pan de la casa,” a variety of house-made breads. The meal continues with a parade of dishes including a choice of house-made quiches; fainá (chickpea flatbread) topped with cherry tomato and green asparagus confit; or a toasted arepa served with yucca hash browns, grilled white cheese, and eggs cooked to order and a side of homemade stew. The final course brings stuffed pancakes or the “torta de la casa,” topped with whipped cream and fruit. Well Fed also offers bottomless sparkling wine options. Brunch is served on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
A Letter from Aaron Tandy, Chair of the Miami Beach Chamber Board
I hope everyone enjoyed their Memorial Day holiday and their long weekend. At the Chamber, we were able to support the Hyundai Air & Sea Show or “The Greatest Show Above the Earth,” which occurs annually during the holiday weekend. The event showcases the men, women, technology and equipment from all five branches of the United States Military as well as our police, firefighters and their first responder agencies. This two-day spectacular event features the Cigarette offshore powerboat racing exhibition, extreme water sports, military display village and more, all on the beautiful shores of Miami Beach. If you weren’t able to attend this year, we high encourage you to attend next year. Additionally, though not in Miami Beach, this month welcomed Formula 1 in Miami Shores. It was nice to see so many of our local hotels on Miami Beach at capacity, our restaurants overflowing with people, and successful major activations like concerts at the Fontainebleau Hotel and VIP events at luxury hotels like Faena.
On Wednesday, May 11th the chamber proudly presented a reception hosted by Denison Yachting at the Miami Beach Marina. On Tuesday, May 3rd the Board of Governors voted to allow the formation of a new marine council and the reception was the kick off. Thanks to Mirielle Enlow, long time chamber member and Real Estate council chair, along with Bob Denison and Mike Kiely of Denison Yachting, marine industry professionals were invited to attend the reception to experience the value of chamber membership. Chairman’s Circle and Board of Governor members attended to welcome the marine professionals. According to the state, Miami-Dade County has the most number of individual boats registered with a significant number choosing Miami Beach as their home. The marine industry contributes more than $1.0 billion dollars in gross economic impact to the County, with a considerable portion falling on Miami Beach. It is high time that the Chamber recognize this dynamic and impactful industry with its own separate council, and I welcome the creation of the council on my watch.
Additionally, as you read in our last letter and in the cover story accompanying this month’s letter, our Gala is coming up in a few days. We are still looking for auction items for the event. If you can donate a service, tickets to events, hotel stays or restaurant gift certificates, we would greatly appreciate it. Funds from the auction help support the Chamber and our Miami Beach Chamber Education Foundation.
If you know anyone in the marine industry or would like to donate to our auction please contact Danny Diaz at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Resilient New Park at 600 Alton Road Now Open
The city’s newest amenity features a 25,000-gallon underground cistern to collect rainwater
The City of Miami Beach welcomed a sprawling 3-acre resilient park at 600 Alton Rd on Monday, May 16. This important addition is set to transform the South Beach experience and connect neighboring communities in a way that’s never been done before.
“Instead of a massive wall of rental units, we now have this exquisite greenspace in a neighborhood where no one has a backyard,” said City of Miami Beach Mayor Dan Gelber. “This park will quickly become a welcomed amenity for nearby residents and a favorite gathering spot for our entire community.”
As part of the ribbon cutting celebration, attendees had the opportunity to explore all the park has to offer, including an outdoor gym, dog park, public art sculpture by Miami-based artist Mark Handforth and a whimsical playground designed by MONSTRUM. Additionally, guests marveled at the park’s lush landscaping, canopies of native and exotic trees and hundreds of vibrant orchids planted as part of The One Million Orchid Project in partnership with the National Orchid Garden and Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden. Once visitors had thoroughly explored the amenity, they enjoyed light bites from Bodega, a sweet treat from Santos Churros as well as local, organic dog treats from Bowie Bites for their four-legged friends.
Aside from being a central gathering space, the yet-to-be named park at 600 Alton Rd. addresses a variety of sustainability issues on Miami Beach. With nearly 40 different plant and tree species throughout, the park plays an important environmental role to balance ecosystems, mitigate soil erosion, decrease urban heating effects, provide habitats for threatened animals and protect watersheds from destructive floods with a newly built bioswale.
The park was developed by TCH 500 Alton, LLC, a partnership between two of Miami Beach’s deepest-rooted real estate developers: David Martin and Russell Galbut. The development team, which is also behind the neighboring Five Park residential tower, constructed and donated the park to the City of Miami Beach’s Parks & Recreation Department as a gift to the community’s residents and visitors.
“The park will be a gateway for the City of Miami Beach, a destination for visitors, and an everyday amenity for residents, so we’ve taken the time to assemble a team of visionaries who have led some of the most transformational projects in the world,” said developer Russell Galbut of TCH 500 Alton, LLC. “We’ve created a vibrant community asset that brings people together while providing a design experience that rivals public spaces in the world’s greatest cities.”
“The park was designed with beautiful aesthetics in mind but also serves a broader environmental purpose,” said developer David Martin of TCH 500 Alton, LLC. “Its innovative sustainability and resiliency attributes will benefit not only the future residents of the adjacent Five Park tower, but also the entire surrounding neighborhood.”
Miami Beach Chamber of Commerce Honors Five Pillars of the Business Community at the 98th Annual Gala
Event Celebrates the Chamber’s Centennial with Prohibition Themed Fete
On Saturday, June 4, business leaders will gather at the Miami Beach Convention Center to celebrate another amazing year at the Miami Beach Chamber of Commerce 98th Annual Gala presented by City National Bank. Over 500 of South Florida’s top professionals will gather at the largest networking event in Miami Beach to celebrate the achievements of business leaders. The event will also recognize the contributions of five distinguished pillars of the Miami Beach community for their continued commitment to the strength and growth of this thriving city as well as raise money for the Miami Beach Chamber Education Foundation, which supports the needs of the City’s public school system. The funds raised help fund a Mental Health Counselor for Miami Beach Senior High School, provides teacher grants, supply nurses in local schools, and helps fund IB Programs in Miami Beach Senior High School.
The black-tie event will celebrate the Chamber’s anti-prohibition stance in the 1920’s and will be a “Roaring” good time. The Chamber would like to thank its extraordinary Gala Chairs Alfredo Gonzalez, Seth Feuer and Richard Segal for their help in organizing this event and promoting it to the community.
The award recipients this year are:
Michael Capponi (Global Empowerment Mission) for the Citizen of the Year Award
DJ IRIE (Irie Foundation) for the Jan Pfeiffer Distinguished Service Award
Wayne M. Pathman, Esq. (Pathman Schermer Tandy, LLP) for the City National Bank Beach High Outstanding Achievement Award
Peggy Benua (The Dream South Beach) for the Excellence in Tourism Award
Barton S. Goldberg for the Leonard A. “Doc” Baker Lifetime Achievement Award
“We wanted to highlight the amazing accomplishments of people in our community that are making difference not only in Miami Beach but globally,” said Chair of the Board Aaron Tandy. “Our five honorees are exceptional people in their own right and we are excited to recognize them during our centennial year.”
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