Best Bets For Brunch in South Florida

Ariete Brunch
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Chef/Owner Michael Beltran’s Ariete has established a name for itself as one of Miami’s most dynamic restaurants. Diners and imbibers alike can enjoy brunch at one of the city’s go-to brunch destinations al fresco, in the lush, sheltered patio facing one of Coconut Grove’s idyllic tree-lined avenues. Offerings include the frita benedict – chorizo, hollandaise papitas; pork y harina – pulled pork, spicy tomato poached egg; chug burger – American cheese, b&b pickles secret sauce; and the cast iron pancake – coffee crumble and guava, among others. Bottomless mimosas, sangria, and bloody marys are available for $25-$40. Weekend Brunch is served from 11 AM to 3 PM. Ariete is located at 3540 Main Highway in Coconut Grove. Telephone: (305) 640-5862;


Jaya at The Setai Brunch
Photo Credit: Jaya at The Setai Miami Beach

Jaya at The Setai, helmed by Executive Chef Vijayudu Veena, showcases traditional culinary techniques from wok stations to tandoor ovens and offers up bold, unique flavors from Thailand, Vietnam, Korea, India, China, and Japan. The restaurant’s wildly popular Sunday Jazz Brunch is officially back with an updated format in line with safety regulations recommended by the CDC, health officials, and local government. Jaya’s Jazz Brunch continues to offer a lavish buffet of culinary delights, but the numerous stations will now be served by restaurant staff. Guests are invited to indulge in limitless Louis Roederer Champagne, Mimosas, and Bloody Mary’s while listening to the sounds of live jazz outdoors in the serene courtyard. Stations include a full raw bar filled with fresh oysters, shrimp, and more, rotisserie, Indian and Thai specialties, a selection of grilled meats, dim sum, breakfast favorites, charcuterie, and a full dessert table with homemade rotating selections. Sunday Jazz Brunch is offered weekly from 11:30 AM to 3 PM and is priced at $95 per person; $43 for Children (ages 12 and under). Jaya is located at 2001 Collins Avenue inside The Setai, Miami Beach. Reservations are encouraged and can be made on OpenTable or by calling (855) 923-7899.

Photo Credit: Miranda Kruse

Kush Coconut Grove, a cool new hybrid of the original Kush in Wynwood Arts District and The Spillover has revamped their al fresco dining environs with a unique, outdoor pop-up bar stationed on the restaurant’s patio. Brunch is available Saturdays & Sundays from 11 AM-3 PM. Brunch entree highlights include Butterscotch Banana Pecan French Toast ($14) – spiced pecans and bananas on top of Challah French toast, with powdered sugar, and a homemade butterscotch sauce and Mama Bear’s Chicken & Waffles ($16) – crispy, cage-free chicken served alongside Belgian waffles topped with bacon and powdered sugar with a side of sriracha maple syrup. Specialty cocktail highlights include the Buckwheat Boyz Presents: Peanut Butter Jelly Time ($13) – Bourbon, Screwball Whiskey, Smucker’s grape jam; Purple Drank ($11) Fords Gin, Giffards Violette served in a Capri Sun bag and Uncle Luke’s Love Songs ($13) Miami Club Rum, Vanilla Vodka, Chocolate, Espresso. Kush Coconut Grove is located at 2911 Grand Avenue #400D. Telephone: (305) 456-5723;

Lightkeepers Brunch Crab Cakes
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Lightkeepers, the casually elegant restaurant and bar housed at The Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne, invites guests to enjoy the ultimate weekend brunch experience while overlooking the Atlantic. The brunch, offered Saturday and Sunday from 11 AM to 3 PM, offers a variety of delectable dishes that feature the freshest seafood and land dishes from South Florida’s waters and local farms including Brioche French Toast with berry compote and cherry preserve butter; and Lobster Mac-N-Cheese with Winter Park dairy cheddar and Crispy Crab Cake with Florida citrus and Cajun aioli. A satisfying weekend brunch is incomplete without a stellar beverage lineup and as such, Lightkeeper offers the Bottomless Beverage + Bubbly Package, available with food purchase, which includes unlimited bubbly, brunch punch, sangria, Bloody Mary’s, draft beer, and mimosas for $25 per person. Lightkeepers is located at The Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne, Miami at 455 Grand Bay Drive in Key Biscayne, Florida. Breakfast is served daily from 7 AM to 11:30 AM.  Dinner is served Thursday through Saturday from 5 PM to 10 PM. Saturday and Sunday brunch a la carte is served from 11 AM to 3 PM. Reservations are required and can be placed by calling (305) 365-4156;

R House Brunch
Photo Credit: R House Wynwood

Situated in the heart of Wynwood Arts District, one of Miami’s most culturally askew neighborhoods, R House is a contemporary restaurant & bar as heralded for its soulful menu as it is for its bustling weekend brunch scene. The local gem recently revamped their sought-after Brunch offered on Saturdays and Sundays at 11:30 AM and again 2:30 PM. Hosted by Athena Dion (Miss Ultimate Miami Drag Queen), the famed R House Brunch features an impressive spread of brunch items to nosh on while enjoying Miami’s most storied Drag performances. French Toast topped with fresh berries and whipped cream; Bomba Rice Veggie Bowl, butternut squash, cauliflower, mushrooms, Brussels sprouts, peppers; R Cuban Breakfast with scrambled eggs, Moros y Cristianos and tostones; and Avocado Toast served with bacon, fried egg, and garlic mushrooms. Brunch sides are served a la cart Mac and Cheese with mozzarella, black truffle, and porcini mushrooms; Grilled Italian Pork Sausage or Quinoa Salad. Additional a la carte offerings include Sweet Chili Chicken Wings; Truffle Parm Hand Cut Fries; and Guacamole. R House, located at 2727 NW 2nd Avenue in Wynwood. Brunch is served on Saturdays & Sundays from 11:30 AM to 2:30 PM. Telephone: (305) 576-0201;

Sala'o Brunch Crudito de Salmon
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Sala’o Cuban Restaurant & Bar, one of Little Havana’s most soulful contemporary restaurants, has just launched a new Sunday brunch. The new brunch has been carefully crafted for enjoyment outdoors on the restaurant’s patio. Delicious offerings include coctel de Camarones; fresh oysters; tortilla Cubana with choice of topping; bocadito de pork belly — bao bun with glazed smoked pork belly, pickle mix, spicy paprika aioli; chicken & torreja — brioche torrejas, chicken fingers, herb & onion honey, leeks. Brunch libations such as the Sala’o Bloody Mary — house-made mix, vodka, spicy salt, honey-glazed pork belly, rosemary, and celery foam; and Bubbles — a selection of French sparkling wine, Moet Imperial Brut or Moet Imperial Rosé with fresh juices, are also available. A 15% discount is applied to all bottles of rosé and sparkling wine (excluding Dom Perignon). There is also a build-your-own feature where diners can construct their own mimosa, Bellini, Rossini, or Mangini with an array of add-ons. Sala’o is located at 1642 SW 8th Street in Miami. Brunch is served on the outdoor patio every Sunday from 11 AM to 4 PM. Reservations are strongly recommended. Telephone: (305) 642-8989;


Burlock Coast Brunch
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Located just steps from Fort Lauderdale Beach, Burlock Coast features a gorgeous indoor/outdoor space with breathtaking ocean views, making it the perfect venue for a Lost Weekend Brunch. On Saturdays and Sundays, from 12 PM to 5 PM, guests can enjoy Burlock Coast’s decadent a la carte brunch with offerings such as Zak’s Brioche French Toast with caramelized peaches and cream; Spicy Farmers Delight Omelet with hot peppers, onion, squash, and pepper jack cheese; and Huevos Rancheros with pulled pork, black bean puree, sour cream and ranchero sauce on corn tortillas. For an additional $25 charge, guests can add-on bottomless Mimosas, Bloody Mary’s, or Rum Punch. Burlock Coast is located at The Ritz-Carlton, Fort Lauderdale at 1 North Fort Lauderdale Beach Boulevard. Telephone: (954) 302-6460;

Lona Brunch
Photo Credit: Lona Cocina & Tequileria Fort Lauderdale

With its sweeping views of the ocean, beachside locale, and expansive patio, Lona Cocina & Tequileria in Fort Lauderdale is the perfect outdoor dining destination for bold and authentic Mexican cuisine. Guests can enjoy the ideal photo backdrop of Fort Lauderdale beach during Lona’s lively Bottomless Beachside Sunday Brunch, priced at $42 per person, and available every Sunday from 11:30 AM to 3 PM. Brunch-goers can indulge in delectable selections from various chefs served stations including a Guacamole Bar featuring toppings including fresh salsa, sour cream, jalapenos, and Pico de Gallo, a Ceviche Station, and a Dessert and Waffle Station. The Salad Station gives guests the freedom to pick from a wide array of fix-ins including queso fresco, crema fresca, habanero salsa, corn, serrano chilies, pepitas. An Omelet Station will also be an offer. Featured proteins include Chicken Carbon, Salmon Mole, Braised Short Ribs, and Picadillo. On the side, guests are offered the choice of Mexican Rice, Pinto Beans, soft and hard bowl Corn Tortillas, and Papas con Raja. Of course, no brunch is complete without refreshing libations and as such, the brunch price includes bottomless Margaritas, Mimosas, and Bloody Mary’s. Brunch menu offerings are on rotation and may vary weekly. Lona is located at the Westin Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort at 321 North Fort Lauderdale Beach Boulevard in Fort Lauderdale. Lunch is Monday – Saturday from 11 AM – 6 PM. Dinner is served daily from 6 PM-midnight. Sunday Brunch is offered from 11:30 AM to 3 PM. Telephone (954) 245-3069;

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