Note: As you can see, this is dated from 2015 so please check prices before you go.

By Kayla Louttit

What’s better than a sunny weekend afternoon spent catching up with good friends, good food and a mimosa or two? What’s the best brunch in Miami?  From a hidden garden gem in Coconut Grove to a chic waterfront hotel find,  here are my 5 picks. All were chosen for their delicious food,  atmosphere, the deal and their signature touch.

Zuma

Located in the heart of downtown Miami at the EPIC Hotel, Zuma is an upscale Japanese hot spot overlooking the Miami River. Nothing here is just the usual. Zuma offers an overflowing, artfully prepared all-you-can eat brunch complete with unlimited cocktails and drinks, a premium sushi and oyster bar, robata (Japanese grill) counter, choice of main entrée, rice hot pot with wild mushrooms and Japanese vegetables for the table, and indulgent desserts. There is a menu with three categories: $95, $135 and $395. All three categories include the open food selection explained above, however, there are 3-4 different entrees to choose from within each price category. The salmon teriyaki from the $95 menu is divine. Attractive people watching too.

Zuma

Photo via Miami.com

Brunch Hours: Saturdays, 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. & Sundays, 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Parking Details: The hotel has free valet until 5pm.

270 Biscayne Blvd. Way, Miami, FL (305) 577-0277

EDGE Steak & Bar

EDGE Steak & Bar at the Four Seasons Hotel Miami offers both a buffet and “mini” menu (which changes every Sunday) where you can choose items a la carte like whole wheat pancakes and breakfast arepas and, of course, white glove service. No doubt about it, here there’s something for everyone. The impressive buffet is set up with dynamic stations including “lite start” items, salads, charcuterie, the raw bar, tacos, a crispy roast suckling pig, a full grill-to-order barbecue, and delectable desserts that rival any buffet in the Magic City. Highlights of Pastry Chef Keith Wallace’s decadent sweets include a Salted Berry Cobbler, Cortadito Crème Brulee and Passion Fruit Pannacotta. The brunch costs $75 per adult and children 5 to 12 years old are $32. Add on unlimited Mojitos, Mimosas, Bloody Marys and select specialty cocktails to round out your meal for an extra $20.

Brunch Hours: Sundays, 11:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Parking Details: The restaurant will validate your valet ticket for three hours for $10.

1435 Brickell Ave, Miami, FL (305) 381-3015

Edge

La Mar by Gastón Acurio

A chic waterfront find, La Mar at Mandarin Oriental features the tasty, decadent Peruvian cuisine from acclaimed chef Gastón Acurio. Brunch features outstanding ceviches and tiraditos and signature pisco sours with an outdoor terrace boasting a wonderful view of the water. Priced at $85 per person, the brunch includes a choice of an entrée, La Mar’s signature Chaufa Aeropuerto (Peruvian pork fried rice) prepared tableside in a sizzling hot pot, unlimited brunch cocktails + select wines + Piper-Heidsieck champagne, and access to a sprawling buffet of savory grill items and fresh seafood. Entrees include options such as Grouper Chorrillana, Jalea Frita and more. However, for an upgrade to $120, pricier options like Churrasco Ribeye Steak or King Crab Plancha Anticuchera are available. Must save room for dessert – which is another unique experience!

Brunch Hours: Sundays, 12 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Parking Details: From 11am to 3:30pm valet parking is offered on a complimentary basis.

500 Brickell Key Dr, Miami, FL (305) 913-8358

La Mar

Peacock Garden Café

Amidst a verdant tropical garden, Peacock Garden Café in Coconut Grove is a great break from Miami with a whimsical outdoor patio, old Florida charm and tasty eats. Crafted with the best and freshest ingredients, the brunch menu includes selections such as a Lobster Omelet with spinach and Hollandaise sauce (pictured); Pecan Waffles with mixed berries and homemade apple compote; a Yogi’s Fruit Salad and more. My very berry mimosa was served in a large mason jar with fresh fruit at the bottom! Bakery items cost $4, brunch entrees range from $10-$22 and sides are $5.

Brunch Hours: Saturdays & Sundays, 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Parking details: Right next door there is a 24-hour garage for $1.50 an hour. There’s also metered parking on the street and valet parking at the neighboring Sonesta Hotel.

2889 McFarlane Rd, Coconut Grove, FL (305) 774-3332

Peacock Garden

 

Bagatelle

Bagatelle, a modern french bistro with branches in NYC, Las Vegas, Sao Paulo, St. Barth and St. Tropez, has finally brought its celebrated brunch to Miami. A lively party atmosphere, the brunch features delicious seafood plates, excess amounts of champagne, table-top dancing and a caped “Supergirl” delivering the finest selections of champagne to the Superman theme song. Brunch is a la carte with decadent standards like black truffle pizza ($22); a whole truffled, roasted chicken for two ($69); spicy crab benedict ($23) and buttermilk pancakes with caramelized banana, candied pecan and maple syrup ($19).

Brunch Hours: Saturdays & Sundays, 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Parking Details: Valet parking is available for $25 at the Villa Bagetlle Hotel. There is also a parking garage on 21st street.

2000 Collins Ave Miami Beach, FL (305) 763-8330



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