Are you on the hunt for the best brunches in Fort Lauderdale to enjoy an unlimited mimosa and good vibes this Sunday? A gorgeous city on the water with a vibrant yet laidback vibe, there are many fantastic brunch spots in Fort Lauderdale to choose from.
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Nestled in the heart of Broward County, Fort Lauderdale is a great town to unwind and indulge in a fabulous brunch on any given weekend. The weather is beautiful, the traffic is moderate, and you don’t need to fight for parking in most places (Miami we’re side-eyeing you).
With a restaurant scene as diverse as the population, Fort Lauderdale has a lot to offer when it comes to brunch. Whether your priority is finding the best brunch in Fort Lauderdale for innovative dishes or the best brunch party in Fort Lauderdale with a DJ playing music you can vibe to, we’ve got you covered with our list. From Las Olas to Flagler Village and beyond, we’re rounding up the best restaurants for a boozy brunch in Fort Lauderdale.
The overall vibe: Right on the water. Laid back vibrant vibe perfect for friends, families, and parties.
Boatyard in Fort Lauderdale is a popular dining destination known for its gorgeous waterfront views and fresh seafood. Located directly on the Intracoastal Waterway, you can smell the fresh saltwater breeze as you watch the big boats pass by.
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This upscale eatery offers both indoor and outdoor seating options, allowing guests to enjoy the beautiful scenery no matter what the weather may be. The brunch menu features dishes such as a Classic Benedict or Steak and Eggs. With its prime waterfront location, traditional brunch dishes, and relaxed yet sophisticated atmosphere, Boatyard is a must-visit for anyone looking for an unforgettable brunch experience in Fort Lauderdale.
2. Shooters Waterfront
The overall vibe: Also right on the water. Very similar to the aforementioned. Both are terrific options for friends, families, and parties.
Similarly to Boatyard, Shooters Waterfront is a Fort Lauderdale restaurant that is well-known for its waterfront views and delicious brunch offerings. Also located on the Intracoastal Waterway, Shooters, too, offers indoor and outdoor seating options with stunning unobstructed views of the water.
Shooters serve up an array of classic brunch items such as pancakes, waffles, and omelets, as well as a variety of unexpected dishes like the Blue Crab Benedict and Buttermilk Friend Chicken. What truly makes Shooters especially unique, however, isn’t on the menu. Each Friday, Saturday, and Sunday you can look forward to living music performances from local artists and bands. From the sounds of soulful steel drums to an energetic mix of Southern rock and Caribbean funk, the vibes will definitely move you.
The overall vibe: Upscale, trendy, not as busy for brunch as they are for happy hour on a Friday night. Food is divine!
A popular spot for date night and a go-to happy hour spot for singles, YOLO is one of the best brunches in Fort Lauderdale to consider. With the simple mantra of “You only live once”, YOLO is an exquisite restaurant to treat yourself to a modern twist on brunch cuisine and bottomless mimosas.
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I’ve personally never had a bad meal at YOLO, and the drinks are always divine. The menu at this Fort Lauderdale brunch spot in Las Olas features a variety of flatbreads including a Smoked Salmon Benedict Flatbread. Also, I highly recommend you try The Halmo French Toast Brioche & Whistlepig Maple Syrup — take it from a girl that would usually go for the pancakes, the French Toast is phenomenal!
4. Salt 7
The overall vibe: Lovely mature vibe outside on the water. Young party vibe inside.
Another Fort Lauderdale brunch spot with a waterfront view (this is after all the “Venice of Florida), Salt 7 is an upscale restaurant located in Fort Lauderdale that serves up exceptional dishes right on the New River.
The brunch menu at Salt 7 is simple and classic. From Chicken and Waffles to the HAngover Burger served with their famous duck fat fries, you’re sure to find something here that will satisfy your taste buds. If drinks are your forte, in addition to the bottomless mimosas, SALT 7 serves up some pretty delicious cocktails too. Furthermore, this one restaurant offers two totally different vibes in one. For a fun party atmosphere featuring a live DJ, grab a seat inside. For a more chill ambiance ask the hostess to seat you outside by the river. Either way, you’ll have a nice time.
5. Tap 42
The overall vibe: Young, urban, fun, party vibe inside and out.
Just up the road from Las Olas in the Poinciana Park neighborhood of Fort Lauderdale, you will find Tap 42. With 9 locations across South Florida, if you’re a South Florida Local, you may be familiar with this popular brunch place in Fort Lauderdale to mix and mingle.
As the name suggests, in addition to an extensive selection of beers, wine, and cocktails, Tap 42 is also well known for its brunch offerings, which are served on weekends from 11 am to 3 pm. Guests can enjoy yummy apps like a Crispy Asian Calamari Tower or classic plates such as Chicago Steak and eggs. At the Fort Lauderdale location, you can sit inside or outside under the covered patio, and enjoy a live DJ on the weekends spinning everything from Bad Bunny to Biggie.
6. Louie Bossi
The overall vibe: Mixed crowd. Gets packed inside. Not meant to be a party vibe but definitely one of the more popular brunch restaurants in Fort Lauderdale.
A Fort Lauderdale staple located along the Las Olas strip, Louis Bossi is an Italian joint that one might not expect to be among the best Fort Lauderdale brunches. That however would be a very wrong assumption as this place on a weekend is packed with locals hungry for a good time.
If you want to grab brunch here, make sure to come early, or you can expect to wait a bit for a table. If you don’t mind eating at the bar or a communal high top, however, you can often squeeze yourself in to enjoy the full menu and bottomless specials too. The brunch menu at Louie Bossi offers a variety of Italian-inspired dishes that are sure to please. I wouldn’t leave without trying the Porchetta Hash or the Eggs Al Forno On Oven Roasted Polenta.
7. Holly Blue
The overall vibe: Trendy, upscale, boogie, party vibe. Very instagramable.
Level up your brunch experience with a visit to Holly Blue. Located in the Flagler Village district, this trending spot has an interior that oozes elegance and sophistication. While the bottomless Moet Imperial Brut Champagne will run you back a few pretty pennies than the other Fort Lauderdale brunch spots, the vibe here is upscale, chic, fun, and totally worth it.
Holly Blue invites you to immerse yourself in the perfect alchemy of artfully plated dishes, and classic libations. The menu at Holly Blue is fresh, innovative, and contemporary — brunch choices include a short rib hash with organic poached eggs, or if you fancy, perhaps a Maine Lobster roll.
8. Foxy Brown
The overall vibe: Cool. Just very cool. Plan to come early or plan to wait a bit for Sunday brunch.
This brunch restaurant in Fort Lauderdale’s historic Flager Village, Foxy Brown, is a local neighborhood gem that specializes in serving comfort food with a twist. If you’re a foodie with a fondness for the sweet and savory, you’ll definitely appreciate this place.
This trendy spot features a stylish and modern interior, with plenty of natural light and greenery to create a relaxed and inviting atmosphere. Foxy Brown’s menu offers a range of classic brunch dishes with a creative twist, such as their Sunrise Arepa (I personally vouch for this one) and the Banger Plate. This is another spot to check in early as the line can get quite long. If you’re dining as a duo or solo dolo, the bar is an option too where you can get through faster for all the fixings.
9. Big City Tavern
The overall vibe: Unassuming and classic American.
If you’re more inclined to a mature crowd and atmosphere that’s still mature, Big City Tavern is the Fort Lauderdale brunch spot for you. Located right in the heart of Las Olas, this gastro pub offers a wide array of classic brunch options for both the savory and sweet tooth.
From the outside patio seating, you can people-watch and take in the scenes of busy Las Olas Blvd. In addition to bottomless mimosas, bellinis, bloody marys, and Aperol spritz, the menu here has something for everyone. Whether you prefer a brunch favorite like Eggs Benedict or something more perhaps pan-seared scallops, Big City Tavern has what you’re craving.
The overall vibe: Come for the drinks and views. Trendy, brunch party vibe. Also very instagramable.
For all the cool people looking for a trendy brunch spot in Fort Lauderdale with a brunch party vibe to style and profile, head up to the Rooftop. Located just before the bridge at Andrews Avenue, this is where you can expect to find a young and social crowd.
Truth be told, the Sunday brunch menu here definitely isn’t the most extensive of the bunch — you come here more for the view and the vibes. The brunchiest items on the menu include a steak and potatoes with the option to add eggs and a breakfast tostada if you’re feeling spicey. Other menu favorites include buffalo chicken empanadas and a sausage roll.
If you’re looking for the best brunches in Fort Lauderdale to snag a bottomless mimosa, these fun favorites are fabulous options. From upscale restaurants with waterfront views to party brunches to bust a move, you can find a spot that suits both your vibe and appetite in this city by the sea.
These are some of my personal favorite brunches in Broward county, what are yours? If you’re a Broward/Fort Lauderdale local, feel free to drop your recommendations in the comments below.