Updated: Jan 19
Brunch is a perfect way to spend the weekend, and there’s no better place than Fort Lauderdale. Life in South Florida is not just about the beach and nightlife, it's also got an eclectic food scene and finding great brunch places with outdoor seating is no exception. After all, who doesn't want to drink a cocktail and eat a delicious meal while basking in beautiful weather? November through April is particularly nice in South Florida, but don't take our word for it, come find out yourself! In this blog post, we'll be looking at some of the best brunch spots that offer outdoor seating in Fort Lauderdale.
The Boatyard offers a Sunday brunch each week from its 80-seat restaurant that overlooks the water. Much of the menu revolves around seafood, where you can expect to eat traditional brunch fare such as eggs benedict and crab cake. While it’s an expensive choice as all items, including side dishes, are a la carte, it is a good place to enjoy brunch. You’ll need reservations to eat here and watch the intracoastal while you eat.
Bulegreen Cafe Yard (All-Day Brunch)
The Bulegreen Cafe Yard is another family-owned restaurant that uses locally sourced ingredients. You can eat some delicious American dishes including cheesy waffle toast, French toast, pot pie, and waffle BLT. It’s an easy place to grab a seat, with low wait times for delicious freshly made brunch foods outside.
Coconuts is open for a Sunday brunch from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. It has a large bar menu and a large number of shellfish. You can eat Belgian waffles, fruit bowls, pancakes with powdered sugar, salami benedict, and a seafood frittata. If you’d rather eat more lunch inspired foods, you can have shrimp and grits, a lobster club, and a green goddess salad.
Wild Thyme Oceanside Eatery (American)
Wild Thyme Oceanside Eatery has a small but nice patio that you can eat brunch on. It’s a restaurant that specializes in American breakfast and brunch foods. You can find many of your breakfast favorites, such as a banana foster French toast, breakfast bowls, omelets, and buttermilk pancakes. It also sells a range of lunch options, such as sandwiches and pizzas.
Shooters Waterfront (Seafood)
Shooters Waterfront is an excellent special occasion restaurant for brunch on both Saturdays and Sundays. Sitting along the water, you can visit Shooters Waterfront from your boat along the 340-foot-long dock. There are lots of fresh seafood dishes such as Cajun shrimp pasta, challah French toast, cinnamon rolls, and a crab and shrimp omelet. There is even a brunch buffet for $45 a person. You can also order high end foods like lamb chops, sushi rolls, and chicken pesto flatbread.
Tequila Sunrise Mexican Grill (Mexican)
We've saved the best for last! If you want something less traditional than French toast and salmon eggs Benedict for your brunch, you've got to check out Tequila Sunrise Mexican Grill! This iconic Fort Lauderdale Mexican restaurant offers Mexican brunch every Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. You can enjoy a range of favorites, including Huevos Rancheros, Carne Asada, and tequilaquiles. We recommend the breakfast chorizo and egg chimichanga or the chipotle steak and egg sandwich if you want something festive. We can faithfully say we've tried the whole menu; no matter what you choose, you can't go wrong! Just bring your friends and your appetite, we'll supply the good times and the food.
If that weren't enough, to set the stage for a true 'Sunday Funday', Tequila Sunrise also has a Sunday Booze Bar menu that features bloody marys, flavored mimosas, Mexican coffee, Irish coffee, American coffee, screwdrivers, and brunch sangria. If you want something a little more up-tempo, Tequila Sunrise Mexican Grill also boasts a tequila menu with 75 different kinds of tequila! If you don't like it alone on the rocks, might we suggest a prickly pear margarita? Or perhaps a frozen strawberry-banana margarita? With over 13 flavor options, the combinations are endless!
This gem is tucked away off the side of N Dixie Highway in Oakland Park with a ton of outdoor seating to enjoy the sunshine and fresh Fort Lauderdale air. If you love Mexican food, this is one brunch place with outdoor seating that you don't want to miss. This family-owned joint has been a popular Mexican food staple in the Fort Lauderdale area since 1995. Come for the food and drinks, stay for the amazing service and fun!
Eat at One of These Brunch Places with Outdoor Seating
Brunch is a popular meal, and for good reason. It’s a great time to catch up with friends over coffee and eggs benedict, indulge in some fresh fruit and pastries, or even try a new restaurant. In Fort Lauderdale, there are many different places to go for brunch. Whether you want traditional Mexican fare or something more conventional, these restaurants have outdoor seating and offer a nice setting for your next brunch.