Food & Drink

13 of Miami’s best boozy hotel brunches

That’ll work: Brunch at Restaurant Michael Schwartz, served poolside at the Raleigh hotel in Miami Beach.
That’ll work: Brunch at Restaurant Michael Schwartz, served poolside at the Raleigh hotel in Miami Beach. The Genuine Hospitality Group

Here in South Florida, we advocate stay-cations whenever possible. Whether you choose to spend the night, these hotels offer some of top weekend brunches in town.

Restaurant Michael Schwartz@ The Raleigh

When: 7 a.m.-4 p.m. Sundays.

Best for: A classic South Beach date in a romantic al fresco, Art Deco setting.

Menu Highlights: Delight in fresh, farm-to-table fare around one of South Beach’s most iconic pools, under the shade of palm trees. The green eggs and crab are served with jumbo lump crab meat, roasted tomato fondue, sweet corn and basil Hollandaise. For the sweet tooth, the lemon-ricotta pancakes are fluffy as clouds with a blueberry Thai basil compote.

Booze Situation: Bottomless Bloody Mary Bar, $29; Bottomless Canard-Duchene Brut Champagne, $39.

The Bill: $12-$21/dish. Discounted valet: $10.

1775 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; 305-612-1163,

Traymore Restaurant & Bar@ Metropolitan by COMO

When: 10:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturdays.

Best for: Artsy couples who appreciate jazz.

Menu Highlights: Tuck into the glistening white digs of the Traymore for Saturday Jazz Brunch, accompanied by a live band. Indulge in a savory crab-cake Benedict sandwich, lobster and avocado grilled cheese, or foie gras and duck sliders. For a truly decadent addition, opt for a seafood plateau.

Booze Situation: Bottomless Mimosas, Bellinis, Bloody Marys or Gin Punch, $20.

The Bill: $12-$18/dish.

2445 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; 305-695-3600,

Bistro One LR @ The Ritz-Carlton South Beach

When: Noon-3 p.m. Sundays.

Best for: Visiting friends and family in search of the ocean breeze.

Menu Highlights: The Champagne and Caviar Brunch at the Ritz-Carlton’s oceanfront buffet includes breakfast delights, sushi, carving stations, oysters and, of course, caviar. Feast on chef de cuisine Gihen Zitouni’s charcuterie, fresh ceviche and prime rib.

Booze Situation: Bottomless Champagne.

The Bill: $75 adults, $35 children 12 and under.

One Lincoln Rd., Miami Beach; 786-276-4000,

Local House @ Sense Beach House

When: Until 5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays.

Best for: Impromptu plans with SoFi friends who want to hit the beach before/after.

Menu Highlights: Head to the Local House and snag a cushy seat on the covered patio overlooking Ocean Drive. For the eggs Benedict lovers, choose from the classic, crab cake, smoked salmon or veggie with tomatoes and sautéed spinach, all with a side of home fries. You can also order from the regular menu with favorites like the goat cheese croquettes with spicy guava sauce.

Booze Situation: Bottomless Mimosas, $19.

The Bill: $10-$16/dish.

400 Ocean Dr., Miami Beach; 786-230-8396,

Zuma @ Epic Hotel

When: Noon-2 p.m. Saturdays, 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Sundays.

Best for: Impressing clients. Major celebrations.

Menu Highlights: For a Japanese-inspired brunch, free-flowing bubbly and luxurious environs, look no further than Zuma. Indulge in an all-you-can-eat premium sushi bar and robata grill with rice hotpot and one main-dish selection per person. Plus, the piece de resistance, Zuma’s dessert platter served with exotic fruits, sorbets and other delicacies.

Booze Situation: Bottomless Louis Roederer Champagne and cocktails.

The Bill: $95/person. Upgrades available.

270 Biscayne Blvd. Way, Miami; 305-577-0277,

660 @ The Angler’s

When: 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays.

Best for: Casual brunch with friends. A cute date in SoFi.

Menu Highlights: Expect a creative twist on Cuban and pan-Latin cuisine with breakfast options like chorizo Benedict with creamy spinach or the 660 burrito stuffed with fried eggs, applewood-smoked bacon, chorizo, white cheddar and tater tots. Start with an order of pandebonos, a Colombian cheese bread served with whipped guava butter.

Booze Situation: Bottomless Bellinis and Bloody Marys, $25.

The Bill: $12-$19/dish.

660 Washington Ave., Miami Beach; 305-534-9600,

Fontana @ The Biltmore

When: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sundays (last seating 2 p.m.).

Best for: Special occasions with family.

Menu Highlights: As far as classic Miami brunches go, the Biltmore is your spot. This Coral Gables landmark offers a lavish buffet in Fontana’s courtyard, featuring chef-prepared eggs, carving stations, charcuterie and cheese boards, sushi, caviar, raw bar, a variety of salads, pastas, and desserts. Some of the most tantalizing selections include eggs Benedict with black truffle Hollandaise, herb-rubbed boneless leg of lamb, and chocolate-dipped strawberries.

Booze Situation: Bottomless Champagne and Bellinis.

The Bill: $85 for adults, $42.50 for children. $10 more on holiday weekends.

1200 Anastasia Ave., Coral Gables; 305-913-3200,

15th & Vine @ Viceroy

When: 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays.

Best for: Party people in Brickell hoping to crash the longest pool in Miami.

Menu Highlights: From classics spicy black-bean huevos rancheros to carb-conscious salmon a la plancha with baby spinach, fennel and orange, 15th & Vine has your brunch bases covered in a dramatic dining room and terrace perched amid Brickell’s high-rises. Not watching carbs? The blueberry-lemon pancakes with warm maple syrup are a must.

Booze Situation: Bottomless Mimosas or Bloody Marys, $15.

The Bill: $12-$23/dish.

485 Brickell Ave., Miami; 305-307-5413,

L’Echon Brasserie @ Hilton Cabana

When: Noon-3 p.m. Sundays.

Best for: Serious foodies looking for an out-of-the-way, resort setting.

Menu Highlights: Brunch the Pubbelly way! Tuck into this cozy bistro setting in mid-Beach for an indulgent mid-afternoon meal. With inventive oeufs like fennel salsiccia made with creamy polenta, pipperade, tomato and two sunny-side-up eggs to the omelet de canard with caramelized onions and gruyere, arrive hungry. For a sweet treat, popcorn pancakes with Kronenberg-bacon ice cream should not be passed up.

Booze Situation: Bottomless Mimosas or Bellinis, $20.

The Bill: $12-$23/dish.

6261 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; 786-483-1611,

La Mar by Gastón Acurio@ Mandarin Oriental Miami

When: 11:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Sundays (last seating 3 p.m.).

Best for: Serious foodies looking for one of the hottest brunches in town.

Menu Highlights: Indulge in a Peruvian-style brunch at this newly launched bacchanal styled after Zuma’s longstanding fete. In addition to your entrée selection and unlimited Champagne, feast on an elaborate buffet that includes cold selections like ceviche, causas, tiraditos, Peruvian-style sushi, and hot selections like empanadas, anticucho skewers, sliders and whole fish.

Booze Situation: Unlimited Piper-Heidsieck Champagne and classic cocktails.

The Bill: $85 for adults, $35 for children. $20 upgrade available for premium entrée and Charles Heidsieck Champagne.

500 Brickell Key Dr., Miami; 305-913-8288,

Terrazza @ Shore Club

When: Noon-4 p.m. Sundays.

Best for: Pool party girls!

Menu Highlights: The Shore Club’s Ladies Who Brunch party features an Italian twist on the beloved weekend meal with buffet selections like an antipasto station, Italian empanadas with prosciutto cotto and fontina or four cheeses, a caprese salad with burrata and heirloom tomatoes, pasta varieties and Tuscan beef stew. Afterward, hit up the famous Shore Thing Sunday Pool Party.

Booze Situation: Bottomless Mimosas and Bellinis included for ladies, $20 for men. DIY Bottomless Bloody Mary Bar, $20.

The Bill: $44/person.

1901 Collins Ave, Miami Beach; 305-695-3100,

Bianca @ Delano

When: 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sundays.

Best for: Entertaining friends from out of town.

Menu Highlights: Enjoy an elevated brunch buffet at Bianca overlooking the Delano’s iconic pool, featuring fresh eggs, waffle station, pasta, imported Italian cheeses and salumi, sushi and lobster, skirt steak, Italian sausage, and more from the grill.

Booze Situation: One glass of Sangria included.

The Bill: $75/person.

1685 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; 305-672-2000,

EDGE Steak & Bar @ Four Seasons

When: 11:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m. Sundays.

Best for: A hungry group of friends or family ready to pig out on whole-roasted pork.

Menu Highlights: Named one of the Best Brunch Buffets in America by Travel + Leisure, Edge is worth the fuss with its interactive buffet in Brickell. Create your own tacos, enjoy made-to-order ceviche and freshly shucked oysters, and feast on classic a la carte breakfast items, as well as fresh fruit, cheese and charcuterie. Whole pig roasted in a Miami-made Caja China always takes center stage.

Booze Situation: Bottomless Mojitos, Mimosas and Bloody Marys, $20.

The Bill: $75 adults, $32 children under 12.

1435 Brickell Ave., Miami; 305-381-3190,

Shayne Benowitz is’s hotels editor. Contact her at; follow her on Twitter: @ShayneBenowitz.

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