Easter Sunday is only days away, so we’ve scouted Miami and Miami Beach for the most decadent holiday brunches for last-minute deciders, ranging from the fun and rustic to the downright luxurious.
1. Pascua at BOCCE
This spacious Midtown Miami sister to Sugarcane and SUSHISAMBA features an unlimited, expansive Easter brunch buffet plus an entrée in an authentic Italian style. Chef Nunzio Fuschillo has created a number of special Easter-only entrées like Risotto with Braised Pork Shoulder in red wine reduction; Braised Lamb Panino Di Agnello with fontina cheese, pickled veggies, and house-made potato chips; and Polenta e Tartufo, a truffled creamy polenta with mushroom ragù. Guests can enjoy the fresh antipasti table, omelettes made-to-order, entrée of their choice, house-made Italian pastries and assorted dolci. Indoor and garden terrace dining available.
What Makes It Special: The city’s only official bocce ball court for endless competitions, plus organized Easter egg decorating for children
Price: $34 adults / $15 children, plus $15 Unlimited Prosecco, tax & gratuity not included
Hours: 11 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
The Essentials: BOCCE, 3252 NE 1st Ave., Miami, FL, 33137 ; 786.245.6211; www.bocceristorante.com
2. River Yacht Club
This chic new waterfront addition to downtown’s red-hot Miami River district is a stunning European-inspired, nautical-themed playground featuring distinct dining areas, scattered lounge vignettes and an impressive array of sculptures from around the world. In addition to its regular a la carte menu of seafood-centric appetizers, simply grilled meats and raw bar items, River Yacht Club is offering an array of special dishes on Easter Sunday, including Tea Smoked Salmon with poached eggs; Seafood Chowder with herb-crusted tuna; Colorado Rack of Lamb; Watermelon & Feta Salad;Assorted muffins and scones; French Toast with chantilly and strawberries; and White Chocolate Almond Cake. Arrival by boat is for members only, but magnums of rosé guarantees a Sunday funday.
What Makes It Special: The wow factor of seeing the design and decor when entering the spacious compound, a live DJ spinning breezy house, and kid-friendly lawn areas perfect for egg rolling.
Price: Appetizers from $12 – $21, Raw Bar from $15, Entrees $18 – $42
Hours: Noon – 6 p.m.
The Essentials: River Yacht Club, 401 SW 3rd Ave., Miami FL 33130 ; 305.200.5716; www.riveryachtclub.com
3. Edge Steak & Bar at The Four Seasons
Tucked inside the luxurious Four Seasons Hotel on Brickell, Edge has spacious indoor and outdoor dining areas perfect for enjoying an elaborate holiday brunch with unlimited a la carte options, made-to-order BBQ, fresh seafood, assorted cheese and charcuterie, endless desserts and special Easter entrées. Inside, the beautiful space features a huge buffet table packed with award-winning cuisine from Chef Aaron Brooks, who has added specials this Sunday like Aussie Lamb Rotisserie with grilled sesame and garlic flatbread, served with preserved lemon yogurt and golden raisin chimichurri, plus made-to-order hand-rolled Potato Gnocchi with mushrooms, parmesan crema and fresh truffles at a “live” pasta action station. Recognized as one of the “Best Brunch Buffets in America” by Travel + Leisure.
What Makes It Special: At 1:30 p.m. children are invited to bring their Easter baskets and join an egg hunt in Palm Grove, located on the two-acre pool terrace. Plus $20 unlimited mojitos, mimosas and bloody Mary’s.
Price: $110 adults, $35 children (5-12 years of age), tax and gratuity not included
Hours: 11:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.
The Essentials: The Four Seasons Hotel Miami 1435 Brickell Avenue Miami FL 33131; 305.358.3535; www.edgerestaurantmiami.com
4. Los Fuegos at FAENA
Miami Beach’s newest, most over-the-top destination is Faena, the district within a city that promises a utopian blend of art, architecture, performing arts and yes, luxuriously-prepared food and drinks from various restaurants and bars scattered about. This Easter, Chef Francis Mallmann of Los Fuegos launches his Sunday Asado, a contemporary, gaucho-inspired Argentinian open-fire barbecue celebration featuring family style menu of “delicious grilled meats paired with the best wines from all over the world.” Included on the menu include Lechoncito Marinated Young Pig, confit with fine herbs; Hanging Chicken, wood-smoked & slowly roasted; Provoleta Parrillera, with Argentine provolone cheese, fresh oregano, extra virgin olive oil; and Chilled Tomato Soup with poached egg and breadcrumbs.
What Makes It Special: Faena is a visual-candied spectacle of the unexpected, from the seas of dramatic red furnishings and textiles, to the $15 million Damien Hirst golden wooly mammoth enclosed in glass.
Price: $95 pp, plus $25 for bottomless mimosas and Bloody Mary’s
Hours: Noon – 5 p.m.
The Essentials: FAENA 3201 Collins Avenue Miami Beach FL 33140; 786.655.5600; www.faena.com
5. Verde at Pérez Art Museum Miami
Nestled partially on the terrace of the stunning Herzog & de Meuron-designed Pérez Art Museum Miami, Verde offers the best of both worlds – stunning vistas of Miami’s Government Cut and Museum Park, and the air-conditioned bliss of eating within soaring art gallery spaces. It’s the perfect kid-friendly, “keep them busy” combination of Easter Sunday brunch before or after touring the most colorful contemporary art in the city. In addition to their standard brunch menu including Lobster Benedict with lime hollandaise, Smoked Salmon with 6 minute egg, herb salad, and ZTB Rye, and Fluke Crudo with mango, ginger, aji limo, and black salt, Chef Kaytlin Brakefield has added two special dishes for Easter – appetizer of Grilled Asparagus, poached egg and prosciutto, and an entrée of Porchetta served with herb watercress salad. Parking is plentiful, including valet.
What Makes It Special: The spectacular views of the cruise ship terminals and Miami Beach, coupled with acres of beautiful greenspace at Museum Park for kids to play.
Price: Brunch Favorites from $12 – $25, Small Plates from $8 – $14, Entrées from $15 – $26
Hours: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
The Essentials: Verde at Pérez Art Museum Miami 1103 Biscayne Blvd., Miami, FL 33132; 786.345.5697; www.pamm.org