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5 & Dine: Fort Lauderdale’s Best Brunches for Mom or Anytime

Celebrate mom with an experience to make her day memorable.

Fort Lauderdale offers a plethora of exceptional brunch spots, each promising a special treat for mom on her day. From elegant oceanfront restaurants to charming neighborhood cafes, there’s a brunch destination to suit every taste and preference. Whether you’re seeking a lavish buffet, a health-conscious menu, or a cozy ambiance, Fort Lauderdale’s best brunches provide truly remarkable culinary excellence. Indulge in coastal flavors, savor creative twists on classic dishes, and bask in the warm hospitality that Fort Lauderdale is renowned for. Celebrate mom at Fort Lauderdale’s best brunches with an experience to make her day memorable. Check out five of Fort Lauderdale’s best brunches in our 5 & Dine series below.

Livia Bar & Grill

Address: 500 North Andrews Ave., Fort Lauderdale

The Buzz: Enjoy Sunday brunch with live music and a satisfying menu. Everything from small bites to shareables including Sunday Sauce Meatballs and French toast with brulee bananas foster. Steak and Eggs as a main entrée features filet medallions, two eggs, and potato hash, and then there’s Chicken and Waffles that Livia serves up signature style: housemade buttermilk waffles topped with crispy Parmesan chicken breast, sunny side up eggs, and bacon served with a Calabrian chili hot honey on the side. Oh, mama, pour it on! Mother’s Day brunch, Sunday, May 12: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Contact: (954) 306-3407; liviabarandgrill.com

Café Bastille

Address: 704 SE 1st St., Fort Lauderdale

The Buzz: Tucked inside a one-story stucco building that once held Junior League of Fort Lauderdale meetings, everything at this French-inspired café is delectable. You’ll be storming Café Bastille more than once to taste everything on the menu. First-timers should try the Red Velvet Pancakes, deep red pancakes with cream cheese sandwiched in between, then topped with strawberries and glazed with cheese. The Turkish Eggs dish is tasty and hearty made with two organic poached eggs atop savory yogurt. Kalamata olives, heirloom grapes, tomatoes, feta mint, cucumbers, and smoked chili oil add a savory flavor, and a soft, freshly baked Jerusalem bagel adds a subtle sweet touch. C’est magnifique.

Contact: (784) 425-3575; cafebastilledowntown.com

Evelyn’s Fort Lauderdale at the Four Seasons Hotel

Address: 525 N. Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd., Fort Lauderdale

The Buzz: Sunday brunch at Evelyn’s features a three-course sharing-style menu with a new menu each week. The view from the hotel’s elevated ocean sun deck is spectacular and the Sunday brunch is memorable. Evelyn’s Mother’s Day handcrafted buffet brunch promises to be even more remarkable with a seafood buffet featuring East Coast oysters and Key West shrimp, a la carte specialty dishes such as Turkish flatbread with Halloumi cheese and quail egg, and sumptuous beef ribs from the tableside carving station, and more. Pastry Chef Michel Sanchez’s Strawberry-Rose Crepe Cake will be the grand finale alongside other festive and fun desserts on a rolling cart making its way throughout the dining room. Sunday brunch: 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Contact: (754) 336-3100; www.evelynsfortlauderdale.com

Ocean2000 at Pelican Grand Beach Resort

Address: 2000 N. Ocean Blvd., Fort Lauderdale

The Buzz: The luxury breakfast-lunch mashup has everything from seafood-centric dishes, including a raw bar with a seafood tower filled with lobster, oysters, shrimp, clams, and crab, to classic brunch dishes like Belgian waffles. And what’s brunch without bottomless Bloody Marys and Mimosas to keep the vibe flowing? Dine al fresco with a spectacular view of the sparkling Atlantic Ocean. This year’s grand Mother’s Day menu features an exquisite buffet with Ocean2000’s usual brunch fare and more including carving stations and sweet desserts. Only for Mother’s Day, there are two reserved seatings with live music in the afternoon. Mother’s Day brunch, Sunday, May 12, seatings at noon and 3 p.m.; regular brunch hours Saturday and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Contact: (954) 556-7667; pelicanbeach.com/ocean2000/

YOT Bar and Kitchen

Address: 2015 SW 20th St., Fort Lauderdale

The Buzz: Drive up to YOT or better still, head over by boat and dock and dine to make the most out of the brunch experience with this prime location on the New River in the Lauderdale Marine Center. Wafting through the air is the smell of hot-out-of-the-oven fresh baked cinnamon buns and cinnamon bun bread pudding. Dare we say no one makes a brunch French toast like YOT – brioche bread is crusted with cornflakes and almonds, then smothered with berry compote and vanilla bourbon custard and topped with fresh whipped cream. Along with the usual Mimosas and Bloody Marys served at nearly every brunch, there are more choices here, including all-you-can-drink Aperol Spritzes and Rosé. Saturday and Sunday brunch hours: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Contact: (954) 953-9000; yotlmc.com

For great happy hour venues, visit our article on the best happy hours in South Florida.

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