Thanksgiving 2019: Miami Restaurant Brunch Guide

Turkey leg is one of the Thanksgiving brunch offerings at Lightkeepers in the Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne.
Turkey leg is one of the Thanksgiving brunch offerings at Lightkeepers in the Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne. Photo courtesy of Lightkeepers
In Miami, brunch is always a must, including on Thanksgiving. This year, break from custom and head to one of the city's many restaurants for an early holiday feast. You’ll have no dishes to wash later and plenty of time to enjoy the rest of the holiday with your loved ones.

Wondering which Miami restaurants are serving Thanksgiving brunch? Here are the tastiest options. Brunches listed below are for Thursday, November 28, unless noted otherwise. Prices do not include tax or gratuity.
Amara's outdoor dining area.
Photo courtesy of the Genuine Hospitality Group

Amara at Paraiso

3101 NE Seventh Ave., Miami

Michael Schwartz's waterfront spot in Edgewater will host a long weekend champagne brunch for Thanksgiving. The festive midday meal is a two-hour, all-you-can-drink affair of Veuve Clicquot yellow label, along with raw bar offerings, ceviche, and seafood platters. Appetizer options include jumbo stone crabs ($28) and tuna tiradito ($18). Mains include short-rib hash ($28) and grilled rib-eye ($28). Choose sweet endings from a tray of assorted desserts. Brunch is served from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and costs $42 per person.
click to enlarge AQ's dining room - PHOTO COURTESY OF AQ CHOP HOUSE BY IL MULINO
AQ's dining room
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AQ by Il Mulino

17875 Collins Ave., Sunny Isles Beach

Give thanks at the five-star Acqualina Resort & Spa with an all-you-can-eat brunch of breakfast classics, turkey, carved meats, seafood, a bevy of dessert options, and unlimited cocktails. There will also be live entertainment and a cartoonist. Brunch is served from noon to 4 p.m. and costs $95 per person.

Boulud Sud

255 Biscayne Blvd. Way, Miami

Chef Daniel Boulud's chic eatery will serve a three-course prix fixe of beloved Turkey Day classics with a Mediterranean flair. The meal includes starters of spiced pumpkin soup and Italian chicory salad, followed by pumpkin agnolotti, seared Mediterranean branzino, and lamb chops. The dessert list includes a spiced pumpkin sundae and pecan tart. Also on the menu is a special holiday toddy — the Hottie — a blend of PiggyBack rye, Granny Smith apples, cinnamon, and lemon. Brunch is served from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and costs $65 per person.
Photo courtesy of Cecconi's


4385 Collins Ave., Miami Beach

Check out the Italian eatery nestled inside the Soho Beach House for a buffet-style brunch with an array of seafood, meat, and pasta offerings. The special selection of Thanksgiving dishes includes roast turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce, mashed potatoes, and pies. Brunch is served from noon to 4 p.m. and costs $75 per person.


2341 Collins Ave., Miami Beach

Start your holiday with a lavish brunch buffet at Habitat in the 1 Hotel South Beach. The restaurant will offer a buffet of sushi, pastas, salads, an overloaded pastry section, and a kids' menu. From the chef station, indulge in main courses of salmon Wellington with citrus béchamel; citrus herb-marinated turkey; and a mujaddara grains plate with basmati rice, lentils, caramelized onion, zhoug, and yogurt. Brunch is served from noon to 4 p.m. and costs $90 per adult and $45 per child aged 12 or younger.
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Jaya at the Setai
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Jaya at the Setai

2001 Collins Ave., Miami Beach

Head to the modern pan-Asian restaurant at the Setai for exotic dishes such as roasted Hereford prime New York strip loin, oven-baked gammon ham with honey and cardamom, and roasted leg of lamb. Jaya will also offer a raw bar, a Chinese dim sum menu, Thai specialties such as green curry and pad thai, and Indian dishes including butter chicken and masala fish, along with an assortment of desserts. A whole roast turkey with traditional accompaniments is also on the menu. Brunch is served from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. and costs $145 per adult and $63 per child aged 5 to 12.
click to enlarge Lightkeepers - PHOTO COURTESY OF LIGHTKEEPERS
Photo courtesy of Lightkeepers


455 Grand Bay Dr., Key Biscayne

At the Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne, find a Thanksgiving Day feast of holiday-themed favorites, interactive culinary stations, a raw bar, sweet treats, and bottomless beverages. Brunch at Lightkeepers will include sweet corn chorizo arepa Benedict, cranberry walnut sweet potato hash, pancakes, waffles, artisanal cheeses, and cured meats. Look for entrées of braised short rib, roast turkey, and lamb leg. Brunch is served from 12:30 to 4 p.m.and costs $145 per adult and $49 per child aged 5 to 12.
click to enlarge Rusty Pelican's terrace - PHOTO COURTESY OF RUSTY PELICAN
Rusty Pelican's terrace
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Rusty Pelican

3201 Rickenbacker Cswy., Key Biscayne

Thanksgiving brunch pairs with dazzling waterfront views at Rusty Pelican. Try breakfast plates such as banana French toast, baby kale and goat cheese scrambled eggs, and applewood-smoked bacon and pork sausage. Move on to raw bar options, sushi, ceviche, tartare, and American caviar. The carving station will serve rosemary-crusted leg of lamb, garlic-crusted tomahawk prime rib, miso-glazed mahi-mahi, and hickory-smoked whole turkey. An assortment of mini desserts and pastries such as pumpkin pie, carrot cake, pecan cheesecake, apple tarts, and chocolate mousse will add a sweet ending to your meal. Brunch is served from 10 a.m to 3 p.m. and costs $89 per adult and $35 per child.
click to enlarge Pumpkin pie at Yardbird. - PHOTO COURTESY OF YARDBIRD SOUTHERN TABLE & BAR
Pumpkin pie at Yardbird.
Photo courtesy of Yardbird Southern Table & Bar

Yardbird Southern Table & Bar

1600 Lenox Ave., Miami Beach

Yardbird Southern Table & Bar will host a comfort-food celebration with herb-roasted turkey with mama’s mash, green bean casserole, and giblet gravy ($36). Also on the menu are appetizers of Charleston she-crab soup with pimento cheese straws ($16), lobster mac 'n' cheese, ($24), and a dessert list of seasonal cobbler ($25) and spiced pumpkin and classic pecan pies ($10 each). Pair with a Turkey Leg cocktail, made with Wild Turkey 81 bourbon, fresh lemon juice, simple syrup, cranberry purée, and sparkling wine ($15). Brunch is served from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
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