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Miami's Best Brunch Spots from SoBe to Coral Gables



Brunch has become a time-honored tradition for many Miami locals. It's not uncommon to hear families making weekend brunch a regular event, or to know a group of girlfriends that always gather over mimosas and pancakes to swap war stories about the previous night's events.

Many restaurants already knew that brunch would be a hit ages ago, while others are just now coming to their senses as to what a grand idea this is. Places that once only opened lunch and dinner are now serving eggs benedict and bellinis on the weekends, and so we knew we had to compile a list of the best of the best for our readers.

There are establishments whose brunch reputation precedes them, like Greenstreet Cafe in Coconut Grove, an eatery known for its incredible goat cheese omelets and friendly attitude toward accompanying pets. 

There are also some unexpected restaurants on this list, like the Fontainbleau's own Hakkasan, a Cantonese fine-dining experience with an outstanding dim sum brunch that caters to a well-refined palate.

SoBe local's favorite Yardbird also made our list with its unmatched chicken and waffles (hello, bourbon maple syrup!) and its reputation for being one of the hippest eateries in town.

Whether you're looking for recommendations or are simply curious as to whose scrambled eggs stole our hearts, you'll find it all in this list.


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Yardbird Southern Table & Bar


Yardbird Southern Table & Bar puts a sophisticated spin on classic Southern specialties without taking away their Dixie souls. Located in the heart of South Beach, Yardbird has grown a loyal following among foodies and chefs since its opening in Fall of 2011. Its success has been such that the owners have since opened a second joint out in Vegas. Despite the casual setting, scoring a spot for supper can prove daunting, but it is worth fighting for. Yardbird's chicken biscuits, sweet-tea brined ribs, and macaroni and cheese leave guests weak in the knees, but everyone knows they're most famous for their not-to-be-missed chicken and waffles (cheddar cheese-topped waffles and fried chicken served with bourbon maple syrup and a hot honey sauce, with a side of spiced fresh watermelon). To boot, the impressive bourbon selection reels in its own loyal sect of sipping connoisseurs.

Recommended for Brunch because: Yardbird's flavorful fare has long been a hit with locals, garnering endorsements from folks like world-traveler and chef Anthony Bourdain. How could we say no?

Priscilla's expert tip: You can bring your vegetarian friends but leave your vegan friends at home.

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La Mar by Gaston Acurio


La Mar by Gaston Acurio made the Mandarin Oriental its home in 2014, dazzling patrons with passionately prepared Peruvian food by their namesake global icon. A table on La Mar's deck frames Brickell's concrete landscape, its soothing bay waters reflecting the city's rising towers. The al fresco decor is minimal, with only a handful of over-sized umbrellas acting as sun shields. La Mar's serenity seeps inside as well; an open ceviche bar and vertical garden line the far walls, while teal chairs carry the eye to the bayside windows. Enjoy Peruvian-style sushi, lomo saltado, chaufa, tiraditos, and other Latin American favorites with a view that can't be beat.

Recommended for Brunch because: Bottomless champagne with ceviche and chaufa (Peruvian-style fried rice) makes for a pleasant change from the usual brunch. Try it and see for yourself.

Priscilla's expert tip: Parking at the Mandarin Oriental is valet only.

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Start a day of business meetings or sightseeing by fueling up at this popular, buzzing cafe located in the bustling neighborhood of Coconut Grove. Whether you're grabbing a bagel, pastry or croissant to go or you're settling in to while away the morning with a full meal and the daily news, this is the perfect choice for locals and tourists alike. GreenStreet offers indoor seating but it's the outdoor tables that are always busiest, often with patrons who bring their furry friends to this dog-friendly establishment. On the weekends, the dining room is especially crowded with couples and families enjoying fresh coffee and plates brimming with omelets, pancakes and fruit-topped waffles.

Recommended for Brunch because: Greenstreet has been a staple to the brunch community for years and with its excellent service, consistently delicious fare, and relaxing ambiance, it's no wonder.

Priscilla's expert tip: If you're in search of pancakes, this is your place. Some of the menu options include Red Velvet Pancakes, Blueberry Granola Pancakes, Whole Wheat Protein Pancakes, Cinnamon Roll Pancakes, and even Gluten-Free Buttermilk Pancakes.

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Headed by Chef Ed Malloy, Oliver's Bistro in Miami Beach offers a sizable breakfast menu, backed up by an equally impressive dinner menu revolving around American and Italian dishes. This venue spans the culinary field from Steak and Eggs and French Toast in the mornings, to Shrimp Scampi and Chipotle Beef Tacos at night, and just about anything else your taste buds desire in between. Flatbreads? Check. Cobb salad? Check. Kobe beef sliders? Triple check. They open at 9 a.m. daily, with breakfast running through 2:30 p.m., and on the weekends they stay open until midnight for those on the beach with a late night craving.

Recommended for Brunch because: Everyone's talking about the sausage, egg, and cheese popovers, and enjoyed with a Kir Royale or Bellini Cocktail, you'll get why Oliver's is perfection.

Priscilla's expert tip: Oliver's has a great breakfast but you'll want to come for their Sunday brunch for some extra goodies not listed on the regular menu.

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Located inside the boutique hotel the Anglers, 660 provides a splendid respite from bustling Washington Ave where you can wine and dine to your heart's content. Here you'll find scrumptious morsels of American fare alongside a few Latin-inspired appetizers and tapas. Choose between beef or lechon sliders to start with, then enjoy the crispy seared snapper or a grilled-to-perfection New York strip with of grilled corn, or maybe add some yucca mash. Among the pickings from their Happy Hour Tapas menu are short rib empanadas and pan de bono, a Colombian specialty, which you can wash down with a classic Mojito or maybe a Buffalo Soldier (vodka with carpano antica, grenadine, lemon juice, and plum bitters). Brunch brings it all together here with everything from chicken and waffles to kale salad to bagels and challah french toast.

Recommended for Brunch because: 660's brunch adds Latin flavors to classic American faves, like their Steak and Eggs with chimichurri and waffles with guava butter, perfect for South Beach.

Priscilla's expert tip: Add the queso fresco to your eggs--you won't be sorry.

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Hakkasan - Fontainebleau Miami Beach


The Zagat Rated, AAA Four Diamond Award Winning restaurant Hakkasan has much to brag about. This gem inside the world-renowned Fontainbleau Hotel on Miami Beach is known for its unique and authentic Cantonese dishes, including a weekend Dim Sum Lunch that high-rolling locals are raving about. Chef de Cuisine Jian Heng Loo has created incredibly delectable dishes including a Black Pepper Beef Tenderloin and a Crispy Duck Salad with Jasmine Tea-Smoked Ribs. Once seated inside this aesthetically divine restaurant, peruse the menu and pick out an appetizer (wild mushroom lettuce wrap, duck roll) for starters; then move on to your main dish (wok baked lobster in supreme stock, tofu claypot in black bean sauce); and wash it down with one of their inspired cocktails (the Hakka, Zen Garden).

Recommended for Brunch because: Hakkasan's extensive weekend dim sum brunch is perfect for omnivores and vegetarians, and a steal at just $28 per person.

Priscilla's expert tip: For the best deal, check out their prix fixe menus, including a vegetarian dim sum and a summer tastings menu!

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Wynwood


Named after the eldest daughter of owner Barclay Graebner, this organic-meets-soul food restaurant serves up a marvelous mish-mash of feel-good comfort food, including one of the most unbelievable brunches in Miami. Although the menu does include some less familiar foods, like a Moroccan Style Stew and Beet & Goat Cheese Tacos, it's punctuated by their contemporary twists on true classics like eggs benedict turned Benedict Burger (a meat patty topped with poached egg, ham or spinach, and hollandaise sauce), their Meatloaf with Smoky Mashed Potatoes, and the unbelievably cheesy Voluptuous Grilled Cheese (a gooey concoction of brie, gruyere, and white cheddar).

Recommended for Brunch because: Brunch at Morgan's is like having a rich, Southern meal at your grandma's house in Georgia. Except it's actually organic fare in Wynwood.

Priscilla's expert tip: If you're visiting Morgan's for the first time, make sure it's brunch. If it's your second time at Morgan's, try the brunch. If you've already been to Morgan's a few times...well, you know.

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Fontana


This restaurant is known for having the area's best breakfast (two kinds of bacon, endless frittata and omelet combinations, plentry of fresh fruit, straight from the oven pastries, Belgian waffles, and four different types of pancakes are just some of the selections), but its vast champagne brunch buffet on Sundays (10am-2pm) presents some tough decisions. Everything is presented so elegantly, you'll want a little bit of it all. How about an omelet made any way you like? Pastas? Sushi? Or even caviar? Afterwards, there's a chocolate fountain and no shortage of sinful dessert offerings. Indeed, no one walks away hungry! Live music complements the meal perfectly, and al fresco seating is available in the tropical courtyard.

Recommended for Brunch because: The Biltmore's courtyard-served Champagne brunch is as extravagant as its price tag, but well worth it.

Priscilla's expert tip: The beverage selection at Fontana can't be beat and includes an impressive array of teas, as well as tropical juices, Lavazza coffee beverages, plus a breakfast bar with mimosas, champagne, and Bloody Mary's.

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Located in the prestigious Setai Hotel, this expansive restaurant is situated around an open kitchen and bar and outfitted with high ceilings, neutral tones and striking Asian decor. Patrons may also dine in the serene courtyard, surrounded by lovely ponds and pergolas. Executive chef Mathias Gervais, who has trained with some of the world's best, prepares some of the most interesting and authentically flavored pan-Asian dishes in the city. Don't miss chawan mushi, an awesomely silky Japanese egg custard with bits of asparagus, shiitake and hon shimeji mushrooms, and tofu, flavored with yuzu zest. Or incredible steamed scallop dumplings with black truffle emulsion. Or miso black cod with daikon consomme, flavored with yuzu and the pepper mixture ishimi togarashi. The Chinese barbecue pork belly with ginger-carrot mousseline is succulent and crispy, all at once, and the grilled Wagyu strip loin lives up to its pedigree with a soy-olive oil gravy.

Recommended for Brunch because: The Setai's brunch is simply unbeatable, featuring strawberry pancakes, chocolate bombilini, andouillette, ratatouille, and mini wagyu sliders, plus live music that's perfect with complimentary champagne.

Priscilla's expert tip: Make reservations for Sunday's Jazz brunch from 11:30-3pm to get the best seats.

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Pris Blossom is a freelance writer and feminist mama with a love for travel, writing, music, film, craft beer, yoga, museums, cultural anthropology, and her awesome kid.

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