A proper brunch is more than just bellinis, brioche, and eggs benedict. It’s a laid-back round-table session where you and your friends can share stories about what happened last night over light food and drink. We’ve already listed our favorite new brunch spots that boast amazing food and fantastic service, but on certain days when the weather is just right, you can add one more element to make the perfect morning meal: an inspiring view. With this in mind, we’ve scoured the city to find brunch spots that satisfy all the senses, so wake up and take in the scenery at the 3 best Miami brunch spots with a view.
Area 31 in Downtown Miami
Set on the 16th floor of the EPIC hotel, Area 31 has sweeping views of Brickell, Downtown Miami, and Biscayne Bay. You dine on an open air terrace by the pool, high above the city. The table-side Bellini bar is a must for the creatives in your group. There are strawberry, passion fruit, and orange juice mixers to be added to a glass of champagne individually, or mixed to your preference. The meal options are equally inventive: Give the omelets a break and try the snapper ceviche with green papaya, or share a chilled seafood platter with the table as you chat about your eventful night out.
The Rusty Pelican on Key Biscayne
Located on the waterfront of Key Biscayne, a table by the panoramic windows at the Rusty Pelican is your best option for breathtaking views of the Miami skyline. Over a spicy bloody Mary, enjoy the views of the Bear Cut Bridge and the boats that sail past it. Honor the location with a crab cake starter drizzled in chipotle aioli for a zingy dish that will really wake you up. Or go classic with a traditional mimosa and banana-cinnamon French toast topped with homemade vanilla syrup as you dish about your weekend plans.
Zuma on the Miami River
If you find yourself traveling by boat over the weekend, dock and dine at Zuma‘s Miami River location. With easy access to the bay, brunching at this waterfront Japanese spot can inspire wanderlust with wide views of passing sails through its floor-to-ceiling windows. The brunch menu is full of sashimi and robata (grilled seafood and vegetable skewers), so conspire with friends over a decanter of sake and an elegant platter of delicious morsels. Or, order a steamy rice hot pot with flavorful Japanese vegetables. It’s not a standard brunch — but that’s what makes it so great.