Beyond the epic ocean views, Art Deco architecture, and world-class museums, brunch may be one of Miami’s most prized pastimes. From authentic Mexican fare and Mediterranean cuisine to iconic seafood towers and Michelin-starred Mexican, here are our top choices now for brunch in Miami.
MILA Restaurant’s brunch philosophy is inspired by Asian and Mediterranean cultures, embracing the importance of slowing down and enjoying the moment. The unique MediterrAsian brunch menu is a 2-hour multi-course experience, including a generous selection of dishes, all meant to be shared at the table and which can be re-ordered upon request. Pick your package and embark on a flavorful, bold and unique journey from the Mediterranean to the shores of Japan. Enjoy a selection of sushi, brunch classics like eggs benedict, “egg in a jar,” and avocado tartare, or entrees including sweet-spicy soy glazed salmon, satay-glazed Green Circle chicken breast, and MILA’s iconic seafood tower. Pick your choice of a Champagne or Rosé package, which includes additional cocktails like Bloody Marys, Espresso Martinis, Mimosas, Bellinis, and more.
When: Every Sunday from 11:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m
Buya Izakaya + Yakitori
Stemming from a partnership by Buya Ramen and KYU original creators, Lewis and Haigh, BUYA Izakaya + Yakitori is a casual Japanese eatery which opened in fall of 2020. The all-day, open-kitchen concept serves up Japanese Soul food, and most bites are cooked over its famed charcoal grill. In the style of an informal pub, Buya offers brunch on every Sunday from 12-4 p.m., featuring its popular karaage chicken and waffles, breakfast ramen, and Wagyu steak and eggs. With three different brunch cocktails available, including a sake-based mimosa, guests can enjoy their drinks while taking in Buya’s unique interior, adorned with tons of trinkets from numerous travels, a hand-painted graffiti mural and even a secret cocktail den, making it one of the trendiest places to grab a bite in Wynwood.
When: every Sunday from 12 – 4 p.m.
Zuma Miami’s famed brunch offers the restaurant’s traditional, shared plate style of izakaya dining with a modern twist. With four bottomless options to choose from, diners select between Zuma’s classic, signature or premium dishes such as the spicy beef tenderloin or Chilean seabass. Upon arrival, guests are greeted with a brunch cocktail as well as a savory selection of starters across a sprawling buffet of sushi, oysters, robata-grilled meats, fresh fruits and veggies. Starting at $98 a person, the menu includes bottomless cocktails, a selection of hot and cold appetizers for the table and one entree per person.
When: every Saturday and Sunday from 11:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Last month, Grassfed Culture Hospitality – powerhouse trio behind Krüs Kitchen – graced the streets of Coconut Grove with their newest eatery, Los Félix, an authentic Mexican Molino, natural wine and record bar that has people buzzing over the fresh tortillas and to-die for eats. But on Sundays, the jazzy record bar makes brunch goers’ dreams come true with a mix of natural wine-based cocktails, inspired eats and live DJ’s spinning away on the restaurant’s analog sound system. The Los Félix brunch menu features favorites like guacamole + totopos to share, chilaquiles, served with totopos, whipped sour cream, cotija cheese, salsa, fried egg, calendula, cilantro and black sesame seeds; huevos rancheros on a corn tostado topped with salsa, molcajete, black beans,queso fresco and avocado; or masa pancakes served with Moritas jam, maple and whipped butter.
When: every Sunday from 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Phuc Yea, the critically acclaimed, modern-Vietnamese mainstay from executive chef/co-owner Cesar Zapata and co-owner Aniece Meinhold are ringing in the new year with stellar new offerings, reminding everyone why dinner time at their restaurant continues to be one of the hottest reservations in town. The refreshed dinner menu is as colorful, lively, vibrant and funky as Phuc Yea’s environs and soundtrack, with the duo’s tastes and ethnicities evident throughout. Highlights include Millionaire Fried Rice – black truffle, black pepper, chives, quail egg; Wagyu Churrasco – truffled lemongrass ponzu, Petrosian paddlefish caviar, Malden Sea salt; and Char Siu Roasted Black Cod – house-made BBQ sauce, honey, nuoc cham, soy, lemongrass, citrus. New to the cocktail list are several inventive concoctions perfect for the season. Highlights include Pass the Diesel (Espresso Martini) – Grey Goose Vodka, Cardamaro liqueur, espresso cordial, dulce de leche; An Old Man Named Gio – Havana Club Anejo, mint, basil, lime, Alta Vista Rose Brut, Angostura bitters; 90 Miles – Havana Club Anejo, Fernet Branca, minted cola reduction, quinine, house carbonated; Bird of Paradise – Plantation & Smith + Cross Rum Blend, strawberry Campari, pineapple, allspice, lime; and Mezcalita – Amaras Espadin Mezcal, passionfruit, red bell pepper, Thai bird chili, lime, dulce de leche. Phuc Yea is located at 7100 Biscayne Boulevard in Miami.
When: Sunday brunch is served Noon to 3PM. Telephone: (305) 602-3710; www.phucyea.com.
Key Biscayne’s landmark dining destination, The Rusty Pelican, is celebrating the arrival of 2022 with delicious and new dishes launching this year. The menu changes encompass all meal periods with the majority of new options found on the expansive dinner menu. For raw bar aficionados, new on the restaurant’s already-impressive raw bar menu – Nikkei Salmon Tartare. Brunch is also benefiting from some menu upgrades including two new raw bar options – Medium Florida Stone Crabs with mustard celery salt and aji amarillo and freshly-shucked Pink Moon Oysters. A top tier temptation is the Pink Brick – Wagyu carpaccio served with black truffle butter and smoky chimichurri; prepared tableside on a brick of pink Himalayan salt. Other new starters include Crab Cake with roasted garlic and mustard aioli, and Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Thai chili. Heartier plates include the Roasted Chicken served with honey roasted root vegetables and sweet potato puree; and The Progressive featuring four standout cuts of beef grilled to perfection (Filet Mignon, Ribeye, Prime Skirt Steak and Mishima Wagyu Hanger Steak); Board for Two, featuring a Whole Fried Snapper, Lobster and Shrimp Risotto, Certified Angus Beef NY Strip and smoked sweet plantain mash. For those looking for a vegan entree, the Honey Roasted Root Vegetables with sweet potato puree, almondine and preserved lemon, can be a vegetarian main plate or the perfect accompaniment to fresh fish or steak entrées. Also debuting on the “sides” list, a flavor-packed Loaded Twice-Baked Potato with truffle mashed potato, Bowfin caviar, vodka crème fraiche – add freshly shaved truffle for additional $12.
Rusty Pelican is located at 3201 Rickenbacker Causeway in Key Biscayne.
When: Brunch available on Saturday and Sunday. Telephone: (305) 361-3818; www.therustypelican.com.
Toro Toro @ InterContinental Miami
Miami’s iconic downtown hotel InterContinental Miami is kicking off 2022 with a lineup of exciting InterAct @ InterCon programming for guests and locals at the property to enjoy throughout the week and weekend. On Sundays from 12PM to 4PM, indulge in Toro Toro’s Pan-Latin flavors at its unlimited brunch buffet. For more information on InterAct @ InterCon programming, visit www.icmiamihotel.com/play. InterContinental Miami is located at 100 Chopin Plaza in downtown Miami. Telephone: (305) 577-1000