Your guide to the best outdoor restaurants in Miami

Published Date: January 6, 2023

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With an average of almost 250 days of sunshine a year and miles of beautiful coastline, Miami is an ideal destination for outdoor dining. And no matter what cuisine you’re craving or what vibe you’re seeking, this South Florida metropolis has something for every palate. 

For ocean views

Located at Miami Beach’s hip Eden Roc Hotel, Malibu Farm offers sweeping ocean views just steps from the sand. Recognized by the Miami New Times as the best waterfront restaurant in the city, this laid-back but chic eatery is the East Coast outpost of chef Helene Henderson’s California restaurant of the same name. Sample popular dishes like the avocado pizza with jalapeño ricotta, pan-seared Chilean sea bass with miso tahini or the vegan coconut and tofu with baby bok choy. 

For live music

Colorful and artsy, Little Havana’s Doce Provisions boasts a cozy courtyard that regularly plays host to local musicians, so the ambience simply can’t be beat. On the menu are plenty of Latin-inspired dishes made from locally sourced ingredients, delicious craft beers, and cocktails like mojitos, margaritas and Caribbean rum punch. The menu offers fresh takes on classic Cuban dishes like cubano sandwiches, mixed grill, cod fish croquettes and homemade tostones. 

For rooftop cocktails

See and be seen at South Beach’s Watr at the Rooftop, located at the 1 Hotel South Beach. With comfy couches and reclaimed wood floors, this bar has a decidedly laid-back vibe. Take the elevator 18 floors up for Peruvian-meets-Japanese fare, including award-winning sushi and the classic pisco sour. They take a farm-to-table approach, sourcing ingredients from local farmers whenever possible and pairing them with responsibly sourced meat, fish and seafood. 

For Instagram-worthy pics

Have you ever sipped a tropical cocktail inside a vintage bus? You can at Little Havana’s Casa Florida, which is brimming with photo-worthy backdrops. The outdoor dining setup is perfectly pastel, with irresistible vintage vibes. Casa Florida is known for its brunch, which includes items like a dulce de leche and banana waffle, golden avocado toast and a selection of bottomless cocktails. Cheers!

For a rainy day

Yes, it does rain occasionally in South Florida, but when it does, there’s no reason to cancel your dining plans. Located in the Wynwood area, the Butcher Shop Beer Garden & Grill has a huge covered beer garden with an impressive selection of craft brews. The menu has hearty fare that pairs well with beer, including a classic Bavarian pretzel, house-made sausages and the churrasco steak burger, which was featured on “Diners, Drive-Ins & Dives.”

For space to roam

Dining out with high-energy kids can be a challenge, but Coconut Grove’s Glass and Vine gives kids space to burn off energy, while letting parents indulge in delicious contemporary American cuisine. The restaurant’s expansive patio is nestled up against Peacock Park, a nine-acre park with a playground, sports fields and plenty of space to play before or after dinner.  

For a special occasion

Nothing says upscale like dining surrounded by Miami’s most jaw-dropping super yachts. The Deck at Island Gardens serves up incredible marina, downtown and Biscayne Bay views for diners arriving by land or by sea. And no matter what you’re celebrating, the menu is full of surprises that will help you mark any occasion. Indulge in the seafood tower (complete with Alaskan king crab, ceviche, oysters and caviar) or share tableside dishes like a tossed arugula and endive salad in a cheese wheel or the oven-baked salt-crusted Florida snapper.  

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