Ask anyone in Miami what their favorite meal is, and you'll likely hear "brunch." So it only makes sense that this beauteous combination of breakfast and lunch items gives us a reason to celebrate it alongside one of the year's biggest holidays: Easter Sunday.
Easter Sunday is known for more than egg hunts and the Easter Bunny. In Miami, restaurants everywhere are celebrating with holiday-themed brunches offering lavish spreads and special menus.
Here, listed in alphabetical order, are the best places to enjoy Easter Sunday brunch in the Magic City this year. (Unless otherwise noted, all brunches are on Easter Sunday, April 4; taxes and gratuity not included in listed price. Reservations are strongly suggested.)
Amara at Paraiso3101 NE Seventh Ave., Miami
On Sunday, April 4, Amara at Paraiso will be offering a special Easter brunch. The ticketed event will include a family-style feast of appetizers and baked goods, a choice of entrée, and desserts. Starters include braised chicken empanadas and smoked fish dip. Entrées include brioche French toast and soft scrambled eggs and caviar. Unlimited non-alcoholic beverages — juice, coffee, tea, sodas — are included. Amara will also offer a selection of holiday cocktails for an additional charge. Brunch is served from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and costs $150 per person. Purchase brunch tickets in advance online.
Fuego y Mar at the Ritz-Carlton South Beach1 Lincoln Rd., Miami Beach
This year, the Ritz-Carlton South Beach resort restaurant, Fuego y Mar, will host an expansive buffet. Offerings include brunch classics with plenty of elevated extras, including chilled seafood (Gulf shrimp, Island Creek oysters, and crab claws), caviar, a sushi station, and an Iberico ham station. Choices include items from a grill station (with chorizo, Argentinian sausage, and grilled seafood), a carving station (with leg of lamb, snapper, and prime rib), and an eggs Benedict station. The cherry on top: live entertainment to keep the afternoon festive. Brunch is served from noon to 6 p.m. and costs $150 for adults and $75 for children 6 to 12. Children under 6 eat free.
Gianni's at the Villa116 Ocean Dr., Miami Beach
Celebrate Easter at Gianni’s, the iconic restaurant at the Villa Casa Casuarina at the former Versace Mansion. On Sunday, April 4, Gianni’s will offer an à la carte lunch and dinner in several extravagant dining areas including the Garden Dining Room, the Roman Room decorated with romantic statues, the courtyard, and the terrace overlooking the mosaic-filled pool and garden. Signature dishes include spaghetti pomodoro, truffle gnocchi, pan-seared Chilean sea bass served with sauteed spinach, Australian lamb chops served with roasted potatoes and mixed baby vegetables, and a T-bone porterhouse for two served with roasted potatoes and seasonal vegetables. Signature cocktails and wine pairings are available for an additional charge. Lunch is served from noon to 4 p.m., dinner from 5 to 10:30 p.m.
Jaya at the Setai2001 Collins Ave., Miami Beach
Jaya at the Setai offers an extravagant, Easter-themed version of its popular jazz brunch on Sunday, April 4. The brunch features a grand buffet that includes a raw bar and sushi. Asian and Indian specialties include traditional and nontraditional dishes, from Indian curries to Chinese dim sum. Also expect free-flowing sparkling wine, mimosas, and bloody marys. A dessert station will feature liquid nitrogen ice cream. Following an 11 a.m. Easter egg hunt, the Easter Bunny will make a surprise appearance to entertain the kids. Brunch is served from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and costs $145 per adult and $65 per child aged 5 to 12. Children under 5 eat for free.
Michael's Genuine Food & Drink130 NE 40th St., Miami
On Sunday, April 4, Michael's Genuine serves up a special Easter brunch menu. The ticketed event costs $120 per person and includes a family-style feast of appetizers and baked goods, choice of entrée, family-style desserts, and non-alcoholic beverages. Starters include rock shrimp and chorizo arancini, as well as golden gravlax topped with crème fraîche; entrées include grilled lamb and crab cake eggs Benedict; and family-style desserts include fresh strawberries, Nutella flan, and matcha brownie and guava pastelitos. Brunch is served from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and costs $120 per person. Purchase brunch tickets in advance online.
Rusty Pelican3201 Rickenbacker Cswy., Key Biscayne
Rusty Pelican's Easter Brunch Celebration menu features an appetizer platter to share that includes snow crab and shrimp cocktail, crushed avocado and marinated tomato and ricotta tartines, croissants, charcuterie, and more. For the main entrée, each guest will have a choice of entrée including filet and eggs Benedict, lobster and waffles, or crab cake Benedict. End your meal with a dessert platter for the table that includes an assortment of Easter eggs, carrot cake, lemon meringue tarts, chocolate salted caramel tarts, and café con leche. Bottomless mimosas are on offer for an additional $25 per person. Brunch is served from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and costs $89 for adults and $35 for children 6 to 12. Children under 6 eat for free.