Christmas in the Magic City is well, magical, and the dining options are cheerful and plentiful. Because the only thing better than a Christmas feast is indulging in a second flavor-packed meal, many Miami restaurants will open their doors early on December 25 for brunch.
Here’s where to go for eggs and mimosas after unwrapping your presents.
AQ Chophouse by Il Mulino. At the Aqualina Resort, chef Michelle Mazza is offering a special Christmas spread featuring carved meats and fish, fresh sushi, homemade pasta stations, seafood, made-to-order omelets and a dessert buffet. The all-you-can-eat brunch includes unlimited mimosas, bloody marys, mojitos, and prosecco. $85 per person and $35 for children under 12. Tuesday, December 25, from noon to 4 p.m. at 17875 Collins Ave., Sunny Isles; 305-466-9191; acqualinaresort.com/dining.
Atlantikos. Spend Christmas Day in a sea of white and azure at this Greek eatery in the St. Regis Bal Harbour. The festive brunch includes morning bakeries, fresh fruits, seasonal salads, caviar and smoked salmon, sushi and sashimi, Greek fare, caviar and carving stations, roasted winter vegetables, and a variety of desserts, including pastries and macaroons. $135 per adult and $50 per child under 12. Tuesday, December 25, from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at 9703 Collins Ave., Bal Harbour; 305-903-700; atlantikosrestaurant.com.
Cecconi’s. Inside the Soho Beach House, this Italian eatery will feature a Christmas brunch that includes pasta, seafood, salad, and omelet stations along with an ice cream corner and a dessert table. $75 per person, $25 per children under 12. Tuesday, December 25, from noon to 4 p.m. at 4385 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; 786-507-7902; cecconismiamibeach.com.
Donna Mare Trattoria. The new Italian trattoria in the Cadillac Hotel and Beach Club will be offering brunch options like omelets, roasted potatoes, fresh fruits, prime rib, braised short rib, and secret stuffing. $45 per person. Tuesday, December 25, from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at 3925 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; 305-538-3373; donnamare.com.
Habitat. Miami chef Jose Mendin’s eatery at the 1 Hotel in South Beach is hosting a Christmas Day brunch that will include salad, sushi bar, omelet, and chef carving stations, along with a kids buffet and pastry shop. $90 per person at 2341 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; 305-604-1000; 1hotels.com.
Jaya at the Setai. Jaya is offering a festive Christmas Day brunch with selections from the restaurant’s special festive menu that includes desserts and raw bar offerings along with free-flowing Louis Roederer champagne and live jazz in the courtyard. $145 per person and $63 per child ages 5-12 years old. Reservations are required. Tuesday, December 25, from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 2001 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; 855-923-7899; thesetaihotel.com.
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Lightkeepers. In the Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne, enjoy a sumptuous brunch spread of domestic artisan cheeses and cured meats, salads, a chilled seafood and raw bar, breads, soups, a pasta station, seafood and meat-based entrees, and a kids corner and sweet station. $145 per adult and $49 per child ages 5 through 12. Reservations are required. Tuesday, December 25, from noon to 3 p.m., at 455 Grand Bay Dr., Key Biscayne, 305-365-4156, ritzcarlton.com.
Market at Edition. Head to this vibrant Miami Beach hotel for a buffet-style meal on Christmas Day. There will be salads, soups, a raw bar, a carving station, and an array of sides and desserts. $65 per person and $35 for children. Tuesday, December 25, from 8 to 11 a.m at 2901 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; 786-257-600; editionhotels.com.
Nautilus South Beach. Christmas Eve and Christmas Day buffets will be available at this Miami Beach hotel’s Mediterranean restaurant, the Nautilus Cabana Club. The spread features salad, bread, cold cuts and artisan cheese, carving and kids stations, a seafood raw bar, and plenty of desserts. $75 per person on December 24 and 25 at 1825 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; 305-503-5700; sixtyhotels.com.
Point Royal. Chef Geoffrey Zakarian’s Point Royal at the Diplomat Beach Resort is opening its doors with a lavish brunch buffet featuring breakfast staples like farm egg omelets, malted waffles, prime rib roast, and shrimp cocktail. Dessert offerings include a chocolate yule log, roasted pear thyme-infused creme brulee, and holiday cookies. $75 per person, including bottomless hard cider, at 3555 S. Ocean Dr., Hollywood; 954- 602-8750; pointroyal-fl.com.