If you thought buildings were the only thing booming in Brickell, think again. Miami’s metropolitan core has quite the brunch scene, where experimental dishes and flavors start or end your weekend off right and bottomless specials abound. From a classic spread to Latin breakfast fare, here are our favorite places to brunch in Brickell.
You’ve penciled American Social in for a night out; now pencil it in for a nice plate of chicken and waffles in the morning. It’s one of the booziest brunches in all of Brickell, with unlimited Moët mimosas and Belvedere Bloody Marys flow until late in the afternoon. (On Saturday afternoons, mimosas for ladies are on the house.) The ambiance is laid back and friendly—perfect for big groups who want to spend a lazy weekend lounging along the Miami River. The menu doesn’t hurt either: steak Benedict, duck confit, new menu items like huevos rancheros and whole wheat pancakes are the highlights. And keep on ordering those complimentary house-made muffins and guava bread for the entire table. 690 SW First Ct., Miami, 305-223-7004
Miami’s longstanding void for high-end Colombian fare has been filled, and we can’t think of a better restaurant to get your fix than El Cielo. The award-winning eatery recently launched its brunch menu with two options: a six-course brunch tasting menu with dishes like Frutas En Osmosis, a combo of coconut, pineapples, vodka-soaked pears, and apples soaked in tequila; and an a la carte menu with bites like ropa vieja croquetas and maduro empanadas with cheese. To dine at El Cielo is an experience that taps into every taste bud, so prepare for a brunch that takes you out of your element. 31 SE Fifth St., Miami, 305-755-8840
Is it ever a bad time for some guac and a marg? A midday experience at Cantina La Veinte is as colorful as it gets, with a robust menu of traditional Mexican dishes with gourmet twists. Everything here is meant to be shared so you and your entire table can indulge in plates like albóndingas made with chipotle sauce, soft shell crab served in flour tortillas with jalapeño sauce, and rib eye chicharrónes. There are also DIY options like the queso fundido and lobster or al pastor tacos in case you like to whip up your own spicy fare. 465 Brickell Ave., Miami, 786-623-6135
Piola has a DIY mimosa bar where you can fill up your glass with wine or prosecco for hours on end. What’s better is that you can customize each glass with ingredients like kiwi, mango compote, blueberries, and lychee, although at some point you’ll need to soak it all up, in which case Piola’s Italian-style breakfast is the perfect fit. Dishes like brie and prosciutto-topped Italian toast, avocado dip, and Rina eggs (which are baked in ragu sauce and served with rosemary focaccia) are definite crowd pleasers. 1250 S. Miami Ave., 305-374-0031
When it comes to brunch (or dinner, for that matter), you can’t beat the sweeping Biscayne Bay view at La Mar. Nor can you beat what’s to come on your plate. For $85, an opulent assortment of Peruvian specialties are laid out; you’ll find cold stations with seafood, ceviches, tiraditos, and Peruvian-style sushi rolls, as well as hot dishes like grilled anticucho skewers, empanadas, sliders, and fish. Every table gets a plate of Chaufa Aeropuerto, the restaurant’s signature Chinese fried rice dish served with pork and shrimp, and one entrée is served to each guest. Unlimited champagne, Pisco Sours, mimosas, and Bloody Marys are included—just make sure to leave room for dessert, which is a decadent carousel of alfajores, Peruvian chocolate mousse, pie de limón, and truffles delivered straight to your table. Mandarin Oriental, 500 Brickell Key Dr., Miami, 305-913-8358