On the hunt for the best outdoor brunch in Miami? From Miami Beach to the Miami River and beyond, we’ve found 12 picture-perfect restaurants serving the best brunch al fresco. Just don’t forget your floppy hat and SPF.
1. STILTSVILLE FISH BAR
One of our favorite spots for seafood and ’Gram-worthy vibes serves an equally satisfying outdoor brunch. Go for the hummingbird waffle topped with rum caramel, charred pineapple and mascarpone whip. And the blue crab cake eggs Benedict. And, of course, sugar-dusted beignets. Oh, and maybe an order of oysters, too. Can’t forget those.
1787 Purdy Ave., Miami Beach; 786-353-0477 or stiltsvillefishbar.com
2. AMARA AT PARAISO
Gaze at the Miami River and sip on bottomless rosé every weekend at Michael Schwartz’s Amara at Paraiso. As for the food, you can’t go wrong with the brioche French toast with Knaus Berry Farm strawberries and huevos rancheros with fried eggs. Yum.
3101 NE 7th Ave., Miami; 305-702-5528 or amaraatparaiso.com
It feels like just yesterday that Grammy Award–winning musician Pharrell Williams opened his first restaurant and lounge with hospitality whiz David Grutman (OTL, Planta, Komodo). More than two years later, and we can confidently say brunch is still our favorite meal here. With a swanky patio at the center of the Design District, enjoy the Miami air as you indulge in a bagel and lox tower, bourbon cinnamon rolls and fruity cocktails.
90 NE 39th St.; 305-704-0994 or swanbevy.com
4. THE BILTMORE
An icon of Miami glitz and glamour, the Biltmore hosts the most famous brunch in the entire city. Once frequented by celebrities and socialites (think Judy Garland, Al Capone, the Vanderbilts and the Roosevelts), the hotel’s lavish courtyard is known for its Sunday brunch overflowing with a few of our favorites: Champagne, caviar, eggs Benedict and Belgian waffles.
1200 Anastasia Ave., Coral Gables; 305-913-3200 or biltmorehotel.com
5. MALIBU FARM
This farm-to-table eatery is as charming as it is healthy, with almost every dish incorporating a handful of fruits and vegetables. Grab a seat on the restaurant’s half-indoor, half-outdoor deck facing the Atlantic Ocean and summon your inner romantic vacation mode. Then order a veggie pizza on cauliflower crust and the “American,” a plate of farm fresh eggs, breakfast potatoes, crispy applewood smoked bacon or apple sausage and a few slices of country wheat.
4525 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; 305-674-5579 or edenrochotelmiami.com
You’ve surely dined at Juvia in the evening, but have you visited this rooftop restaurant for brunch? Beyond the unbelievable city views, Juvia serves a pretty affordable bottomless brunch (by Miami Beach standards, at least). Enjoy two hours of all-you-can-drink mimosas, tequila margaritas or bellinis for $30. Pair the bubbly with a brunch entrée—we’re thinking the smoked salmon egg Benedict with yuzu hollandaise.
1111 Lincoln Rd., Miami Beach; 305-763-8272 or juviamiami.com
7. GLASS & VINE
This quaint restaurant located within Peacock Park packs a big punch. Its menu changes with the season, but the food is always handmade, local and downright delicious. As for brunch, some things stay the same (thankfully). No matter when you visit, make sure you order the chorizo and manchego croquettes, sweet potato tots and the dulce de leche waffle. Don’t worry about sitting outside in the dead of summer either: Glass & Vine is prepared with outdoor fans. Bless.
2820 McFarlane Rd., Coconut Grove; 305-200-5268 or glassandvine.com
With a charming outdoor courtyard canopied by lush greenery, it’s no wonder chef Michael Beltran’s Ariete is a brunch go-to. Plan to share just about everything, including Beltran’s legendary bacon, plantain polenta fries, the cast iron pancake with guava and coffee crumble and frita Benedict with chorizo and papitas. Mmm.
3540 Main Hwy., Coconut Grove; 305-640-5862 or arietecoconutgrove.com
9. NIKKI BEACH
DIY Bloody Mary bar anyone? At Nikki Beach, lounge on a daybed in the sand while feasting on sushi, made-to-order omelets and freshly baked breads and pastries. Stretch your legs with a walk to the booze station for pours of mimosas and Champagne, or create your own cocktail instead (i.e., load up on all the hot sauce and olives your heart desires). FYI: Reservations are suggested.
1 Ocean Dr., Miami Beach; 305-538-1111 or miami-beach.nikkibeach.com
10. RUSTY PELICAN
Duh, no surprise here. We can’t help but include the restaurant that has been around since before we can remember. Rusty Pelican, we heart you, your seafood-driven brunch and your unparalleled view of the Miami skyline.
3201 Rickenbacker Cswy., Key Biscayne; 305-361-3818 or therustypelican.com
11. PRIME FISH
Does it count as outdoor brunch if the restaurant keeps its doors and windows open the entire time? Either way, you’ll want to slot this fancy South Beach brunch into your weekend plans ASAP. For $55, indulge in a seafood-filled buffet stocked with everything from sushi and oysters to French toast and fresh veggies. Then select an egg-centric entrée from its à la carte menu, followed by a visit (or three) to a dessert stand replete with homemade s’mores and apple pie bars. The price includes unlimited mimosas too. Basically, it’s our favorite place for an all-day eat-and-drink sesh without blowing our entire savings.
100 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; 305-532-4550 or mylesrestaurantgroup.com
As far as we’re concerned, it doesn’t get much better than dining on a lobster Benedict while lounging on Seaspice’s gorgeous patio on the Miami River. Did we mention the bottomless rosé? You’ll have a prime viewing spot of mega yachts cruising along the downtown waterfront as your glass is continuously refilled. Yep, this is Miami luxury at its best.
422 NW North River Dr.; Miami; 305-440-4200 or seaspice.com