Brunch Date: Sea Pearl in Merrifield, VA

Let’s call a spade a spade: buffets are difficult. Some people are even overly critical solely because they’re expecting the impossible. The food is typically not made to order, and we should all know this. With that caveat, Sea Pearl Restaurant in the Mosaic District is offering several items that do actually come right out of the pan and hot off the griddle, which raises the stakes as far as we are concerned.


First of all, order a Bloody Mary. Spicy and thick, just the way we like it.



Even in a short time (only 8 weeks since their launch), the brunch buffet at Sea Pearl has seemingly caught the attention of many. From families with children to groups of friends, this brunch has attracted the masses looking for the all-you-can-eat format. The bright colors and large buffet room is inviting and easy to navigate.

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The made-to-order foods include omelets, waffles, a carving station, and even ice cream. If ice cream wasn’t enough to satisfy your sweet tooth the tables full of pastries, churros, and chocolate fondue certainly addressed any remaining sweet tooth at your table.

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Though Alix and I tend to avoid the buffet line, there were some immediate standouts. The Tiger Bites (steamed buns) that come with either pork belly or braised short rib should be one of the first things you try. Some other major takeaways were the crispy applewood smoked bacon, which seems to be rare for many places to achieve, and the variety of sushi was key for those opting a dish outside the regular brunch norm. seapearl-8seapearl-7

To end the meal (or start, if you’re a rebel), the homemade ice cream is a must. Watch as they whip the cream into a fluffy rich dessert, and add any of your favorite toppings.

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Though the buffet was handled superbly, The Eggs Benedict was just too difficult to pull off. The egg was cooked to perfection and the presentation looked spot on, unfortunately the dish was cold by the time we got to it.  This is an unfortunate side effect of a buffet, but still it was a letdown for someone, like Alix, who loves a good Benedict


All in all, if you are looking for a wide variety and all you can eat on a Sunday morning, head to SeaPearl to give their brunch buffet a try. It costs $35pp (1/2 for guests under 10), and can be found every Sunday, from 10am – 2:30pm.


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    1. I haven’t been to Sea Pearl’s brunch but I love their happy hour. I used to work around the area before all the rest of the Mosaic District restaurants popped up and it’s great, too!

      1. We definitely need to get back for Happy Hour! I had never been to Mosaic before – crazy how much is there!

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