Miami Easter Brunch Guide 2016

Le Zoo's poached egg basquaise with creamy polenta and prosciutto.
Le Zoo's poached egg basquaise with creamy polenta and prosciutto.
Photo by Clarissa Buch

Prepare for an overabundance of chocolate-filled bunnies and multicolored eggs, because Easter is this Sunday, March 27. But sweets and egg hunts aside, it's also one of the biggest Sunday brunch days of the year, meaning it's time to peep some menus and make reservations. From eateries familiar with the weekend meal soiree to those opening their doors exclusively for the holiday, consider hopping over to one of these restaurants offering eggs and pastries, along with more elaborate plates such as grilled octopus and crisp crab steamed buns. Prices generally do not include tax and gratuity, and reservations are a highly recommended. 

American Social Brickell
The restaurant will serve Easter brunch featuring a number of specialty dishes from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. In addition to enjoying the restaurant's regular brunch offerings, guests can choose from holiday-inspired plates including honey-baked ham, au gratin potatoes, roasted baby carrots, and poundcake with wild berry coulis. Bottomless Belvedere bloody marys and Moët mimosas are available for $39.95 per person with the purchase of an entrée. For reservations, call 305-223-7004. 

Atrio Restaurant and Wine Room 
Executive chef Virgile Brandel will offer Easter brunch with an array of favorites, including roasted lamb leg, grouper tiradito, mini goat cheese croquettes, and ginger-banana pudding with bourbon cream. Brunch runs from noon to 3 p.m. and costs $75 for adults and $27 for children 12 and younger. For reservations, call 305-503-6529. 

Bachour Bakery & Bistro
Bachour Bakery & Bistro, opening Friday, March 25, will mark its first weekend of business with an all-day Easter brunch. Menu includes spicy tuna toast, falafel waffle, croissant Cuban sandwich, truffle bun, and shaved Brussels caesar. For reservations, call 305-330-6310. 

Bocce 
In celebration of Easter, Bocce will offer its signature brunch menu with special entrées including braised pork risotto, ricotta pancakes, and pizza carbonara. In addition to an entree, enjoy Bocce's antipasti table, made-to-order omelettes, and unlimited house-made pastries. Brunch is priced at $34 for adults and $15 for children. Pair brunch with bottomless prosecco for an extra $15. For reservations, call 786-245-6211. 

BLT Steak 
Executive chef Laurent Tourondel's three-course prix fixe features selections such as sweet pea and avocado soup, porcini-crusted lamb carpaccio, Lake Meadow eggs en cocotte, and challah bread pudding with English nutmeg crème. Brunch costs $40 per person. 

Bourbon Steak
The restaurant will offer a large buffet-style spread of dishes. Among the offerings, there is also a section in which you can order a main dish that is made "a la minute" from the kitchen including ricotta and blueberry pancakes, Maine crab cake benedict, house-smoked salmon bagel, steak and eggs, and an all-beef farmhouse burger.

Brasserie Central
The Coral Gables eatery in Merrick Park will host Easter in the Courtyard, complete with a three-course menu, bottomless mimosas, and takeaway gifts. Priced at $45 per person, menu items include salads, eggs, crepes, meats, and more. For reservations, call 786-536-9386. 

The Continental 
For Easter brunch, the Continental will feature its à la carte menu, as well as bottomless champagne drinks such as mimosas or mango, guava, pineapple, and passionfruit flavored drinks. Favorite brunch dishes include avocado toast on Zak the Baker bread, huevos rancheros, and pancakes with seasonal fruit. For reservations, call 305-604-2000.

DB Bistro Moderne
The downtown eatery will offer a three-course prix fixe. Begin with a choice of five appetizers, including mixed berry parfait with almond granola, and arugula cavatelli with ricotta, tomato, and lemon. Entrée plates include lobster risotto with asparagus, mascarpone, and confit lemon, and roasted leg of lamb with spring onions, carrots, and snap peas. Dessert options include white chocolate panna cotta and chocolate fondant topped with caramel sauce, chocolate tuile, and coffee ice cream. Brunch is priced at $50 per person and $35 for children 12 and younger. To book a table, call 305-421-8800. 

The Dutch,
Chef Andrew Carmellini's roots-inspired American restaurant will celebrate the holiday with dishes including a 'savory special,' a dish featuring spring risotto with fresh peas, morel mushrooms, pancetta, and perigord black truffle; and a dessert special made with a milk chocolate Easter egg with passion fruit cream and toasted almond ice cream. The regular a la carte menu will also be available. Reservations are required and can be made by calling (305) 938-3111 or booking online at opentable.com.

Vida at Fontainebleau 
Vida, located inside the Fontainebleau, will offer an expansive brunch buffet from noon to 4 p.m. Various action stations include a Wood Stone oven, a rotisserie station, raw bars, tapas, and charcuterie. Expect to see a range of dishes, such as omelets, pastries, pancakes, beet-and-fennel salad with orange tarragon dressing, jerk chicken, seafood paella, margarita pizza, assorted maki, and various cakes, like raspberry cheesecake, fresh fruit tart, and chocolate gateau. Cost is $68 per person. Visit fontainebleau.com or call 877-512-8002 for more information.

Izzy's Fish & Oyster
Chef/owner Jamie DeRosa and chef de cuisine William Crandall highlight the best of New England seafood in their Easter brunch offerings. A la carte standout dishes include the Maine lobster benedict with gem lettuce and old bay hollandaise; fried oyster rancheros with salsa verde, blue corn tortillas, black beans, and eggs; challah French toast with berries, cream, and salted almonds; warm whole Maine lobster Roll; fried clam bellies; and New England crab cake with pepperade, lemon pudding, and cache. Bottomless rose, bloody marys and mimosas are available too. 

Jaya at the Setai
Celebrate Easter with a full buffet spread and live jazz. Guests can choose from an array of options and pan-Asian plates, including a rotisserie station featuring roasted strip loin au jus and caramelized leg of lamb; a seafood station with Alaskan king crabs legs and snow crab claws; an Indian station showcasing butter chicken and fish curry; and an Asian station with pad thai goong sod, red pork curry, and fried flat noodles. Jaya will host two seatings, at 11:45 a.m. and 2 p.m. Brunch costs $115 for adults and $58 for children. Call 855-923-7899 for reservations.

Grilled octopus with palm hearts and sudachi lime.
Grilled octopus with palm hearts and sudachi lime.
Photo by Clarissa Buch

Kyu
Wynwood's new Asian-inspired barbecue concept, Kyu, recently launched its Sunday brunch and will be open for Easter. Wood-fired menu options include crisp crab steamed buns, grilled octopus with palm hearts and sudachi lime, and pork and shiitake gyoza in a smoked truffle ponzu. Breakfast-centric plates include banana-and-bourbon French toast with salted butter and maple syrup, and steak and eggs with fire-roasted kimchee and sides like duck sausage and maple-schicimi bacon. For reservations, call 786-577-0150. 

La Riviera
Crafted by executive chef John Gray, Easter brunch will include a variety of ceviches; hand rolled sushi stations; miso charred beef carpaccio; a decadent slow roasted beef steamship; chilaquiles with grilled shrimp and crab; and brunch classics like eggs benedict and smoked salmon. An endless variety of fresh from the oven miniature desserts, tarts, cookies, and macaroons offer a sweet finish.

Le Zoo
For Easter Sunday, Le Zoo's menu will offer a wide selection of French-American-inspired plates, including eggs Benedict, poached egg Basquaise with creamy polenta and prosciutto, French onion soup gratinée, escargots, and steak-frites. An extensive raw bar and inspired cocktail list will also be available. For reservations, call 305-602-9663.

Lique 
The eatery, overlooking the Intracoastal Waterway, will serve Easter brunch with a creative twist from noon to 6 p.m. The Alice in Wonderland tea party–themed afternoon will include dishes like pecan challah bread French toast and king crab Benedict, along with handcrafted cocktails. Live entertainment comes courtesy of DJ Faze. For reservations, call 305-705-2425.

The Local Craft Food & Drink 
All day specials will be offered, including eggs in a basket, fried chicken and pancakes, pulled pork and grits, and Sally Lunn French toast. For reservations, call 305-648-5687.

Los Fuegos by Francis Mallmann
The newly opened restaurant will host a unique Sunday Easter brunch asado. Argentine grillmaster Francis Mallmann has curated a meal priced at $95 per person. Add $25 for unlimited mimosas and bloody marys.

Mondrian South Beach
Enjoy Easter with chef Dustin Atoigue's brunch selections, including cold-pressed juices by Juicee, cinnamon bun French toast, crabcake Benedict, and house-made yogurt parfait. Stick around after brunch for the Mondrian's reggae-driven pool party. Call 305-514-1500 to book a table.

National Hotel 
The hotel's restaurant, Tamara Bistro, will serve Easter brunch and give diners all-day access to the pool. Brunch costs $39 per adult and $19.50 per child. For reservations, call 305-532-2311. 

Nikki Beach
Celebrate Easter with an Alice in Wonderland-themed brunch. Its traditional Sunday brunch will transform into a topsy-turvy adult tea party. Brunch goers can expect giant tea cups, queen of hearts inspired tables, and more. For more information, visit nikkibeach.com.

Palmeiras Beach Club at Grove Isle
The Grove Isle hideaway will offer an Easter brunch menu from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Menu highlights include a Greek-style frittata with spinach, tomato, feta, and oregano; branzino with golden skin, garlic broccolini, baby zucchini, grape tomatoes, baby carrots, and saffron garlic sauce; and Cape Cod mussels with tomato garlic broth, shallots, basil, and crostini. For reservations, call 305-858-8300.

Rusty Pelican
Easter brunch from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. will feature breakfast classics including banana French toast, fresh pastries, bacon, and sausages, along with a raw bar, sushi, and stations offering mac and cheese, crisp chicken, and ceviche and tartare. It's priced at $75 for adults and $30 for kids.

Smith & Wollensky
The eatery will open for Easter brunch with specialty items including filet mignon with colossal lump crabmeat, asparagus, and hollandaise sauce; porterhouse for two with red wine demi-glace and roasted vegetables; dry-aged bone-in sirloin; pan-seared salmon with garlic kale, beurre rouge, and cipollini onions; and a shellfish bouquet with fresh raw oysters, jumbo shrimp, a lobster tail, colossal lump crabmeat, and clams. 

The Continental's favorited avocado toast with Zak the Baker bread
The Continental's favorited avocado toast with Zak the Baker bread
Photo by Clarissa Buch

Spasso
Chef Gaetano Ascione of Spasso (3540 Main Highway) will curate a full-fledged buffet with a dry-aged Chicago prime rib, house-made pastas such as Italian tortelloni with black truffle sauce, egg frittatas, and more. Brunch is from 11:30am to 3:30 pm,  and priced at $42 per person and $22 for children under 12. Reservations are suggested via OpenTable.

Sugarcane Raw Bar Grill
To celebrate Easter, Sugarcane will offer à la carte dishes ($7 to $17) in addition to its full signature brunch menu. Highlights include an Easter bread basket with ham-and-cheese croissants, strawberry rhubarb turnovers, and hot cross buns; house-made lamb sausage and roasted pepper quiche; and Jorge's smoked ham with a fried egg. For reservations, call 786-369-0353. 

Terrazza at Shore Club
Chef Steve Rhee at Terrazzo will curate a buffet spread for Easter Sunday. The prix fixe gives guests an array of options, including a raw bar, a charcuterie and cheese station, a pasta-making station, an omelet and carving station, and a full dessert spread. Brunch costs $58 per guest. To book a table, call 305-695-3226.

Thyme at Carillon Miami Beach
Celebrate Easter with an elegant buffet spread, live music, and an oceanfront view. Expect an expansive raw bar including avruga caviar, Fanny Bay oysters, and yellowfin tuna. A salad station will offer spring-inspired greens and colorful vegetables, and hot stations will feature items like organic grass-fed strip loin, lamb chops, and maple-glazed ham. Also expect charcuterie and cheese, a sushi bar, and homemade Peeps. Pair brunch with a Peep-inspired cocktail too. Brunch runs from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. and is priced at $95 per person and $35 per child aged 12 or younger. For more information and reservations, call 305-514-7474 or visit carillonhotel.com

Verde at Pérez Art Museum Miami
Executive chef Kaytlin Brakefield will feature two special dishes, along with Verde's regular à la carte menu, for Easter brunch. Specials include an appetizer of grilled asparagus, poached egg, and prosciutto and an entrée of porchetta with herb watercress salad. Call 786-345-5697 to book a table.

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