By Caitlin Marino
Miami’s brunch scene isn’t just about the food. Brunch has turned into a full-on social event that you thoroughly prep for with your friends all week. Location, ambiance and drink specials all add up to help create the most Instagram-able Sunday afternoon, and I have a game-changer for you! Welcome to Beach Bar at Newport Pier (16501 Collins Avenue, Sunny Isles Beach), Miami’s only pier restaurant that features fresh seafood cuisine and a full bar, but more importantly, stunning, unblocked views of the Atlantic Ocean, and for the first time, a brunch menu.
Menu highlights: Other than the perfect view, I enjoyed the Eggs Benedict which brought a choice of Canadian bacon, slow-roasted short ribs, or Maryland-style crab cake with sautéed spinach. I also enjoyed the Smoked Salmon Omelet with Nova Scotia salmon, cream cheese, and chives. Both are great brunch classics that were elevated next to the beach-side scene. Expect all the traditional breakfast favorites when you drop by for your brunch visit. In addition, Beach Bar’s general menu offers an array of options to satisfy all guests. You’ll find American classics, elaborate sushi rolls fresh from the sushi bar, and whatever drink your heart desires from the full-service bar. Basically, what is there not to love?
Standout dish: My go-to for brunch will forever be French Toast, but Chicken & Waffles is a nice substitute and Beach Bar’s perfectly fluffy waffles and warm chicken tenders makes the sweet-salty combo an option I can dabble with infinitely. This particular version brought Belgian waffles topped with crispy chicken breast tenders, garnished with fresh strawberries, and served with a variety of sauces (maple syrup, honey mustard, etc.), and it was undoubtedly the most memorable dish.
Are we boozing? Of course we are, brunch is just breakfast with booze! Check out staples like Mimosas and Bloody Marys, or switch it up for something a bit more tropical to match the views like a Bahama Mama!
Check this place out if you like: An oldie but goodie like Quarterdeck! Beach Bar was founded by Old School Hospitality group who also currently owns and manages several Quarterdeck restaurants throughout Broward County. You can see similarities in the menus but the view at Beach Bar is pretty much second to none.
Caitlin’s take: Beach Bar honestly might have the best damn brunch view in Miami. I suggest making a Sunday plan to really relax and enjoy your meal at Beach Bar and then make your way down to the sand (five steps away) to nap off the brunch coma. Pro tip: Take advantage of parking at the Newport Beachside Hotel & Resort and, if you spend $50 at Beach Bar, valet is only $10.