There’s something special about brunch — maybe it’s the fact that it can easily be an all-day affair or maybe it’s the chance at bottomless day drinking without judgment. Whatever it is, there are plenty of spots in Miami to take it all in and enjoy the day. Those who are looking to add a little something extra, like a glorious view are in luck as Miami’s got plenty of those too.
Here are five of the top spots to have brunch on the water in Miami, Florida:
Verde is located in Pérez Art Museum Miami with sweeping views of Biscayne Bay and plenty of covered outdoor seating that’s ideal for enjoying the view. Not your average museum restaurant, this culinary destination incorporates the art experience at the museum into the cuisine by curating special menus inspired by new and traveling exhibits. Some favorite dishes include “Nashville Hot” fried chicken & waffles; shrimp + grits with tomato, okra and cheddar grits; smoked salmon served with crushed avocado, house-made everything spiced flatbread and a six-minute egg; and cinnamon swirl pancakes with pecan streusel and maple salted caramel. Brunch goers can complement their dishes and iced Irish coffee or bloody Mary. For their “Take a pitcher, it lasts longer” section, groups can enjoy bottomless mimosas, rosé, or seasonal sangria, Thyme for Another or Spicy Verde Margarita.
La Mar at Mandarin Oriental
Served only on Sundays with spectacular views of downtown, Brickell and Biscayne Bay, brunch at La Mar is a treat yourself experience everyone should look into. The Peruvian menu features a choice of à la carte entree and a massive buffet featuring several types of ceviche and seafood dishes, grilled market-style anticucho stations, tableside chaufa aeropuerto. All served with a bevy of signature brunch cocktails and endless Moët & Chandon Rosé if you spring for the higher-priced menu. If you’ve got a sweet tooth, dessert maybe your favorite part as it’s brought to each table served in a hand-painted dollhouse with something delicious in every nook and cranny.
Zuma Miami’s famed brunch is available on both Saturdays and Sundays. This brunch incorporates the shared plate style of izakaya dining, with brunch cocktails and plenty of savory starters. When it comes to the main course, diners can pick and choose between Zuma’s classic, signature or premium dishes including everything from spicy beef tenderloin to miso-marinated black cod. Save room for dessert because Zuma’s got a dessert platter that’s towering with house-made treats, sorbets, and exotic fruits placed right in the center of your table.
Located inside Miami Beach’s Eden Roc hotel, Malibu Farm is a west coast transplant that found itself a home on Miami’s sand. The Saturday brunch crowd can bask in the refreshing ocean breeze while enjoying fresh, organic, local Malibu Farm favorites. Breakfast lovers will jump for the breakfast burrito made in a whole wheat tortilla filled with scrambled eggs, chicken apple sausage, black beans, cheese, onion, peppers, taco salsa, guacamole, and mashed potato. Those looking for a vegetarian option can find comfort in the Vegan Chop made with kale, romaine, butternut squash, purple beet, avocado garbanzo beans, topped with red wine vinaigrette. Go bottomless for $30 and wash it all down with endless rose and mimosas. Don’t forget dessert, the Grilled Chocolate Cake and Ice Cream Sandwiches are can’t miss dishes.
Rusty Pelican, one of Miami’s most iconic restaurants, is home to stunning views of the city’s skyline and Biscayne Bay making it a perfect spot for a waterfront brunch. Dining options include everything from a raw bar to sushi, salads, fresh seafood, and plenty of brunch staples. Popular entrees include the Maine lobster benedict served on jalapeño cheddar cornbread, topped with a 1lb lobster, poached organic eggs, and crispy shallots or the fruity pebble pancakes that taste just as magical as they sound. There’s also a specialty bloody Mary menu that’s will keep you coming back for more.