By: Jennifer Agress and Yours Truly
Brunch is a mainstay here in South Florida, and (lucky for diners!) the Magic City has plenty worth knowing about. Looking for a new place to brunch in Miami? Try one of our five new picks below. With menus perfect for the spring season, we’re sure you’ll love them.
Weekend Brunch at International Smoke
Brought to South Florida by the award-winning Chef Michael Mina and bestselling cookbook author, Ayesha Curry, International Smoke is a highly-acclaimed BBQ joint. Just like the food—which is inspired by fire, grilling and smoke techniques from all over the world—the design stands out, too. Think: lush terrace, pink neon signs, graffiti art and different shades of red to resemble the different cooking temperatures of meat. Every Saturday and Sunday, head to this new South Florida restaurant for its weekend brunch! Here, you’ll find bottomless rosé and mimosas, and dishes like Jamaican Jerk Chicken and Waffles, Crème Brulee French Toast and the French Omelet stuffed with pork belly. International Smoke is located inside Aventura Mall, at 19501 Biscayne Boulevard. Brunch is available every Saturday and Sunday, from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dishes are priced a la carte. Free parking is available at Aventura Mall.
Sunday Brunch at Isabelle’s Grill Room & Garden
Isabelle’s Grill Room & Garden opened at The Ritz-Carlton Coconut Grove, Miami at the end of January. Since then, this chic, stylish restaurant has blown diners away with its elevated Florida cuisine! Every Sunday, listen to the lively Mad Jazz Duo while you feast on $22 bottomless Bloody Marys and mimosas and a fabulous brunch deserving a spot at The Ritz. Starters include: East and West Coast Oysters, Beef Carpaccio with crispy mushrooms and Pecorino, and Burrata with heirloom tomatoes and grilled ciabatta.
If you’re craving something sweet, get the Challah French Toast with Nutella and bananas or the Lemon Ricotta Hotcakes with blueberry compote and crème fraiche. For something savory, choose plates like Chicken and Waffles with buttermilk fried chicken and jalapeno honey, the Lobster Roll or Isabelle’s Cheeseburger with smoked tomato aioli and brandied onions. Hungry yet? Isabelle’s Grill Room and Garden is located at 3300 SW 27th Avenue. Brunch is offered every Sunday, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dishes are priced a la carte. Hotel valet is available for $7 with restaurant validation.
Rosé Sundays at St. Regis Bal Harbour
“Rosé all day” is practically Miami’s mantra. Every Sunday, head to the St. Regis Bal Harbour and drink it in style! Take advantage of the chic hotel’s Sunday buffet brunch, and you can pair bottomless rosé, Champagne and signature Bloody Marys with classic brunch favorites. The buffet will include: dry-aged prime rib, salt-crusted sea bass, King crab legs, freshly shucked oysters, caviar, charcuterie, soups, salads, decadent desserts and Miami’s largest macaron display. Floor-to-ceiling views will ensure you have picture-perfect views of the Atlantic Ocean and hotel pools, while live music will keep you swaying as you sip. The St. Regis Bal Harbour is located at 9703 Collins Avenue. Brunch is offered every Sunday, from 11 a.m. to 2.30 p.m. It is priced at $95 per adult and $45 per child (age 12 and under). Hotel valet is available.
Weekend Brunch at Swan
When nightlife guru, David Grutman, teamed up with music sensation, Pharrell Williams, to open a buzzy new restaurant, South Florida’s finest were intrigued. The result, Swan & Bar Bevy, is a dream come true for design aficionados and foodies alike. The kitchen is helmed by French chef and winner of Europe’s Top Chef season three, Jean Imbert. Mirroring his delicious fare, the decor has a palette of soft pinks and grays, jewel-like finishes, a horseshoe bar covered in scalloped tile and a pink onyx backdrop. Every Saturday and Sunday, try sweet brunch plates like the Bourbon Caramel Cinnamon Roll with sea salt or the Coconut Pancakes with banana ice cream and maple syrup.
For something savory, the Ham & Truffle Omelet with sottocenere al tartufo and crispy potatoes, the Baked Eggs with stracciatella and grilled filone, or the Wagyu Pastrami Hash with Brussels sprouts should do the trick. Get the chicest bagel spread you’ve ever seen when you order the Smoked Salmon Tier. It comes out on a three-tiered platter piled high with different bagels, smoked salmon, hard boiled eggs, tomatoes, cucumbers, capers, pickled red onions and herbed cream cheese. Swan & Bar Bevy is located at 90 NE 39th Street. Brunch is offered every Saturday and Sunday, starting at 11 a.m. Dishes are priced a la carte. The Miami Design District parking garage and street parking are nearby.
Weekend Brunch at Fi’lia
The Italian staple, Fi’lia—located inside the SLS Brickell—has become a Miami mainstay. Go for brunch every Saturday and Sunday, and you won’t be disappointed by what you find! Start with small plates like the Lemon Ricotta Pancakes with Blueberry Compote, Frittata with caramelized onion and arugula, or Braised Short Rib Crespelle with bechamel, taleggio and fontina. Then, move on to large plates like the egg-filled Breakfast Pizza with spiced sausage and potato or the Breakfast Sandwich with spiced sausage and fried egg.
Don’t know what you want? You can never go wrong with a namesake burger! The Fi’lia Burger is served on a brioche bun and piled high with fontina, tomato, arugula and a spiced parsley aioli. Go on Sunday, and you’ll get to enjoy all that with live music, too. Fi’lia is located at 1300 South Miami Avenue. Brunch is offered every Saturday and Sunday, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dishes are priced a la carte. Hotel valet is available, and street and garage parking are nearby.
Matador Room, at The Miami Beach EDITION, is a good idea for any meal—and Sunday brunch is no exception. Hop into the spring season with a handful of haute, seasonal brunch plates befitting a Jean-Georges Vongerichten restaurant. Huevos Rancheros are served on a fresh corn tortilla with fire-roasted salsa, while a Sweet Pea Guacamole is made with toasted sunflower seeds. For something sweet and different, get the Coconut Pancakes with grapefruit and lavender maple syrup. You can never go wrong with Spicy Tuna Tartare or the Achiote Pork Tacos! And if you pair any of the above with bottomless mimosas, Bloody Marys or bellinis, you’re really in for a treat. Matador Room is located at 2901 Collins Avenue. Brunch is offered every Saturday and Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dishes are priced a la carte. Hotel valet is available.