We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: weekends are holy and deserve attention to detail to make the utmost best of them. Whether the day is hot, rainy, or breezy, everyone is in need of a great list of go-tos for Sunday lunches with the friends and family. We’ve searched far and wide to find those perfectly tropical, delicious, and luxurious eateries that deserve your consideration the next time you want Sunday lunch to turn into dinner.

Redfish

Matheson Hammock has long-since been one of our city’s most beloved bayside treasures. For years, RedFish has stood in its rock-lined walls at the very mouth of Matheson’s family lagoon. Recently, the beloved Chef Adrienne took over its kitchen and is breathing new life into the hallowed halls.

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Cantina Beach

All set to a backdrop of endless blue ocean and colorful, casually sophisticated décor, Miami’s only oceanfront, coastal Mexican restaurant, Cantina Beach presents innovative menu additions and daily specials inspired by Mexico’s culinary regions, created by Chiapas, Mexico-native Chef de Cuisine. All luxuriously located inside The Ritz Carlton on Key Biscayne.

The Ritz Carlton Key Biscayne

The Strand

When you think of a Miami Beach hotel restaurant, ‘welcoming’ usually isn’t the word that comes to mind immediately. But with The Strand‘s airy dining room and nonchalant take on upscale classics, not much was left to be desired. Like those solid joints you return to time and time again, the outpost at The Carillon Miami Wellness Resort has become a Magic City mainstay.

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Leku

In case you weren’t able to pass by the new Rubell Museum in Allapattah, they too have recently re-opened along with their new restaurant, Leku, and a huge space for ample social distancing. If you’re looking to both escape and to splurge, heading to this upscale Basque eatery will definitely wow and satisfy.

Leku

Rosie’s

What started as a pop-up in response to COVID-19 hotel closures is quickly making its mark on Miami’s culinary scene. Rosie’s at The Copper Door B&B has expanded their new brunch menu to offer various options of comfort fare. Rosie’s offers a feel-good breakfast along with a small yet worthy lunch selection that combines Italian ingredients and techniques with Southern-American roots and inspiration.

Rosie’s

Cafe Kush

It’s hard not to fall in love with every one of Kush Hospitality’s eateries around town–Lokal being a serious go-to for those of us in the Grove and Gables area. Their newest concept, a Euro-style Miami bistro, fuses the comforting we love from their repertoire with an elevated menu perfect for the MiMo neighborhood. Recently opened inside the Gold Dust Motel, Miami’s first official Selina property, this charming spot along the water is a great new addition to our roster of beloved go-tos.

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Ariete

We will never not love this newer-generation Coconut Grove stronghold by Chef Michael Beltran and his Ariete Hospitality Group team. Ariete‘s elevated Latin and American fusion fare with impeccable cocktails and a gorgeously luscious outside make for a perfect destination for Sunday brunch or lunch with the family. If you’re looking for something seafood-focused and airy, head next door to Nave for an equally as satisfying meal.

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Chef Adrienne’s Vineyard

Chef Adrianne’s Vineyard Restaurant is one of those undercover juggernauts that’s been holding down their culinary highly-decorated fort with some of the best sangria and dinner pairings ever. Seriously. But we like heading there during the day when both the menu and the crowd is a little lighter.

Chef Adrienne’s Vineyard

Le Chick

Those of us fried chicken lovers in-the-know, have been onto Le Chick ever since it opened two years ago along a quiet Wynwood street. While the experience oozes with upscale panache, the food exposes the true love for Southern Comfort happening inside the kitchen. Sandwiches, wings, or whole chickens–oh my!

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Itamae

Itamae has garnered much local and national fame for its unique attack of Japanese-Peruvian cuisine. Itamae is where you can get intricately rolled concoctions topped with fresh-as-can-be ceviche over the counter. What was considered one of the best pop-ups at the former St. Roch Market now has a bright new brick & mortar inside Miami Design District’s Palm Court.

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KYU

For wood-fired eats in Wynwood, KYU is king. From their famous cauliflower to their flavor-packed Thai fried rice, this bustling hotspot is always the right choice for a meal. It’s also one of the few restaurants that never sleeps on their annual Miami Spice offerings or their commitment to consistency.

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EST. 33 Thai Brewery & Kitchen

EST.33 Thai Craft Brewery & Kitchen is set to opened early this year inside Brickell City Centre. The restaurant features Asian flavors that meet the distinctive techniques of American barbecue complemented by Thai craft brews. When we tried the creative eatery we were blown away by the flavors and service, all set in an open terrace on the fourth floor.

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The River Oyster Bar

It’s very hard to stay open as a restaurant in Miami, let alone remain open for nearly 20 years. River Oyster Bar, the beloved seafood locale in Brickell, has not only managed to keep its doors open but also remain a beloved eatery for many Miami locals. While their new location is expansive, their deliciously sustainable and organic bistro-style menu hasn’t changed.

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