Celebratory Sunday brunch has transformed into a full-blown weekend affair in Greater Fort Lauderdale, where dining spots everywhere from the beachfront and Intracoastal to hotel rooftop venues and coffee shops offer lavish spreads.
Fighting off the Sunday scaries is often reason enough to linger over a meal that seamlessly passes from breakfast fare to heartier lunch plates. However, brunch in Greater Fort Lauderdale is also a reason to get the group or family together for everything from graduation and engagement celebrations to holidays like Easter and Mother’s Day.
With options ranging from themed drag brunches to decadent meals with bottomless mimosas and bloody marys, no excuse is necessary to spend a day dining and drinking while soaking up that characteristic South Florida sunshine.
For Bottomless Drinks
Overlooking the New River on Las Olas Boulevard, Rooftop @ 1WLO is one of the many popular brunch spots found in the heart of downtown Fort Lauderdale. Rooftop serves bottomless Champagne brunch on Sundays from noon to 4 p.m. Opt between the $40 premium endless Moët & Chandon or $20 unlimited house Champagne, and pair the bubbles alongside one of the reinvented brunch classics, like the strawberry-guava French toast with cream cheese mousse or maple bacon currant scones with whipped honey butter. The party continues after brunch with live DJ beats until 10 p.m.
Also in Fort Lauderdale, Batch New Southern Kitchen & Tap serves brunch on Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Known for its locally sourced, new-South style of cuisine and garden-to-glass cocktails, the laid-back eatery checks all the boxes in terms of brunch fare, from sweet dishes like cast-iron pecan cinnamon rolls and s’mores waffles to savory smoked duck and bacon hash and Southern crab cake Benedict. Wash everything down with 90 minutes of bottomless sangria, bellinis, and mimosas, or order a booze-forward cocktail like the strawberry moonshine-based Hillbilly 75.
With locations in Fort Lauderdale, Coral Springs, and Davie, TAP 42 Craft Kitchen + Bar has become a neighborhood favorite for its tap room-like vibe and elevated bar bites. In addition to Tap 42's happy hour specials, all locations offer $25 Bottomless Brunch on weekends between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Brunch alcoholic beverages include mimosas, bloody marys, and Funky Buddha’s Floridian and 42 Hazy Daze beers. The brunch menu ranges from gastropub fare like a drunken goat burger to sweet offerings, including the tres leches French toast and Southern fried chicken and waffle.
For Family-Style Spreads
Over in Hollywood, GG’s Waterfront Bar & Grill serves weekend brunch from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on the covered dockside promenade and waterfront patio lounge. On the menu: spritzes, sangria, and watermelon sidecars, as well as pastry boards, calamari fritto misto, and a full raw bar. Check out Hollywood’s Broadwalk for more of a selection of brunch options all within walking distance of each other.
Foxy Brown in Fort Lauderdale is a family favorite with a lunch, dinner, and brunch menu revolving around comfort food classics. Brunch starts on the earlier side for those coming in with little ones. Available weekends from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., the brunch menu features mouth-watering options like glazed doughnut holes with cereal milk and banana bread grilled cheese, and a slew of sandwiches, Benedicts, chicken and waffle sliders, and white chocolate chip French toast.
Enjoy alfresco dining and a selection of coffee drinks at Bulegreen Cafe Yard in Oakland Park, Java & Jam in Fort Lauderdale, or The Alchemist in Wilton Manors.
For Brunch with a Show or Workout
Georgie’s Alibi Monkey Bar in Wilton Manors hosts Saturday Drag Brunch. Seating starts sharply at 2:30 p.m. and is hosted by Legendary TP Lords, with new guest queens chiming in each week. Take your pick of $35 brunch (which includes an entrée and unlimited drinks like mimosas and bellinis) or the $25 liquid brunch, which, as the name suggests, is solely bottomless alcohol.
Another popular spot for drag Brunch is Lips in Fort Lauderdale. On Sundays, the drag show venue hosts brunch, and for $32.95 per person, you enjoy all-you-can-drink mimosas, Champagne, or bloody marys. You can upgrade to frozen cosmos for $10 more.
A landmark attraction since the 1950s, B Ocean Resort Fort Lauderdale's Wreck Bar, known for its burlesque mermaid shows, takes a family-focused twist during the Mermaids & Mimosas Sunday Brunch. The price of admission is $55 for adults and $20 for children 12 and under and includes unlimited mimosas and photo ops with the swimming mermaids in the background. Brunch runs from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., and the mermaids put on their aquatic show from noon to 2 p.m.
For beachfront dining with live music in Deerfield Beach, spend a weekend morning or early afternoon at JB’s On the Beach serving magnificent views and a delicious brunch.
Those who want to get their relaxation on before lingering over a meal can take part in a dockside yoga class pre-brunch at Shooters Waterfront in Fort Lauderdale. The complimentary hour-long Yoga & Yolks session starts at 8 a.m. on Saturdays and includes a Champagne toast post-lesson and $5 off brunch. Bring a yoga mat or towel if you wish to participate in the yoga class beforehand. From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, Shooters offers a buffet or à la carte brunch with everything from flatbreads to sushi, in addition to bottomless mimosas. The best part? There’s plenty of outdoor dining available for small and large groups.
These restaurants are just some of the dozens of brunch spots in GFL. However you do brunch, there’s no doing it wrong here.