The best outdoor restaurants for a date in Miami

Play out your own Rom-Com at these restaurant patios

Jan
25
2024

Keep this guide handy when looking for the best outdoor restaurants for a date in Miami. 

Dining al fresco in Miami is a must from January through March if we’re lucky and the weather permits. However, dining at a restaurant where the beautiful outdoor setting matches the food is trickier to find. And if you’re adding a romantic layer on top to impress your date, well that makes the pool of restaurants even smaller.

In this guide, you will find the outdoor restaurants that work for a date night. These spots won’t be a trap and you won’t feel cheated when the check arrives. Some of them have water views, garden or patio seating, and picturesque terraces. And one, in particular, will take you to a place that is more French and a lot less Miami. Count on good food from all of these. If the date goes south, it won’t be because of the spots we chose. That we can guarantee.

MANDOLIN AEGEAN BISTRO


Neighborhood: Design District
Address4312 NE 2nd Ave
CuisineMediterranean

For those that love Rom-Coms, and all the gushy love stuff, Mandolin is calling your name. This Miami favorite serves Greek and Turkish dishes. It’s almost always fully booked, so we definitely suggest you plan ahead and take someone you’re really into.

We recommend the mussels with white wine, garlic, lemon, and oregano; the grilled Halloumi with heirloom cherry tomatoes and fresh oregano; and the grilled octopus to start.

From the sandwich section, we’d go for the spicy mandolin kebab, with a grilled house blend of ground beef and lamb, onion, parsley, sumac, and spicy Greek yogurt. If you are trying to cut back on calories, then whole Mediterranean sea bass grilled with extra virgin Aegean olive oil, lemon, and oregano is the way to go. But don’t forget to order a side of house cut fires with garlic Greek yogurt to share.

LIDO RESTAURANT AT THE SURF CLUB


Neighborhood: Surfside
Address: 9011 Collins Ave
Cuisine: Italian, Mediterranean

If your date has flawless taste, is all about clean flavors, and loves being wine and dined, then we’ve got the spot for you.

Lido Restaurant at the Surf Club, inside the Four Seasons in Surfside has an important place in Miami Beach’s history. Since it opened its doors on New Year’s Day in 1930, it has been a destination for Italian Mediterranean dining and retro glamour.

The Lido Restaurant is in the Surf Club’s legendary ballroom and adjacent oceanfront terrace. Lido is where you go when you want to feel like you’re in Sicily, especially in their balcony seating.

The menu highlights simple Mediterranean cuisine. We recommend stopping by for lunch and sitting on the terrace. Some of our favorite dishes include the Ricciola al Limone, sliced yellowtail, “Amalfi” crudo with lemon dressing; Vitello Tonnato, thinly sliced veal, tonnato sauce, crispy capers, and Aged Balsamic; and the Saffron Risotto with organic Acquarello rice and Amarelli licorice.

KLAW ROOFTOP


Neighborhood: Edgewater
Address1737 N Bayshore Dr
CuisineSeafood

It’s not easy to find a restaurant that provides good views and good food. And a rooftop? We would have said good luck until Klaw came into the picture.

This is the only rooftop in Edgewater with a menu that features a high-quality beef program and sea delicacies. It’s also our favorite restaurant for a date night rooftop situation.

The rooftop has a more condensed menu in comparison to the main dining room. However, you can still order the  Norweigan King crab legs.

Additionally, order the black grouper crudo with caviar, yuzu kosho, finger lime, scallion, avocado, and leche de tigre; the baby-size crab tacos with spicy dashi butter, avocado, lime, and kimchi; and the stracciatella with grilled black mission fig, shaved speck ham, buttered croutons aged balsamic, toasted walnuts, basil oil, and herb salad. Order the Maine lobster roll and picanha that are only available at the rooftop lounge.

LEKU


Neighborhood: Allapattah
Address1100 NW 23rd St
Cuisine: Spanish, Basque

You’re going to LEKU with that date of yours that is elegant, into small portions and fine dining.

This is a modern, Basque-inspired restaurant serving beautiful Northern Spanish dishes. The open-aired spot located inside the Rubell Museum has a beautiful garden view that will make you forget you’re in the industrial Allapattah neighborhood.

You’ll want to start with one of their delicious gin and tonic cocktails. You can pair your choice of macerado (infusion) such as rosemary & Florida citrus or basil & strawberries with the tonic of your liking.

Our favorite dainty dishes for sharing include the croquetas de ibérico made with 5 jotas ham, the simple and tasty tomato basil cracker, and the grilled country bread with a trio of house-made butters.

Off the menu, we’d go for the salt-baked gambas. Think of this dish as an A+ science project. Presented tableside, your server pours what looks like water on the uncooked shrimp. Wait a moment and you’ll start seeing a mountain of salt, forming and cooking the gambas. Your server will then remove the excess salt to the side of the plate. Chef Mikel Goikolea recommends sucking the shrimp head for maximum flavor and we couldn’t agree more. We’d also order the grilled wild mushroom rice with homemade aioli and the jamón Ibérico tartare.

 

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MACCHIALINA


Neighborhood: Miami Beach
Address: 820 Alton Road
Cuisine: Italian

Macchialina is that neighborhood Italian restaurant we’ve loved for so many years. In terms of food, this is the best and coziest restaurant on this list. So if your date loves homemade Italian food, they will love Macchialina. You can come here regularly and it will never get old.

Since 2021 they’ve expanded, taking over what once was a small hostel and transforming it into “Il Gardino”, an outdoor covered backyard patio that is charming and a great outdoor dining option. Stop by of course for the cavatelli Macchialina and the spaghetti pomodoro.

For dessert, don’t skip the most refreshing tiramisu you’ve had. It’s made with dulce de leche and an espresso granita giving it an additional texture that is not usual when eating tiramisu. Make sure you dive deep in with your spoon.

MICHAEL’S GENUINE


NeighborhoodDesign District
Address: 130 NE 40th St
CuisineContemporary American

Michael’s Genuine is a hotspot when dining in the Design District and looking for a good ambiance for any time of the day. The renovated outdoor terrace is bigger and bustling with guests. Stop by with a date you’re still getting to know for lunch, brunch, or dinner. You won’t hear any awkward silence because of the lively vibes.

We’d choose Michael’s if you’re looking for a place where you can try a little bit of everything and get more than one dessert. The menu changes often, but we always go for their house-made bucatini. The one on the menu right now has paddlefish caviar, crème fraîche, chives and a poached egg. We also love their crispy pork belly with kimchi, crushed peanuts, and cilantro. As far as desserts go, the cookies & confections are a must, with a scoop or two of their housemade seasonal sorbets and ice creams.

KOKO BY BAKAN


Neighborhood: Coconut Grove
Address2856 Tigertail Ave
Cuisine: Mexican

Koko, a super cool new Mexican spot by Grupo Bakan, opened this year in Coconut Grove, and we love the sexy vibe they are putting out into the world which works for a date night where you’re still getting to know someone.

They make their tacos with fresh tortillas from organic corn, and their meat and seafood come straight from the wood-fired grill. They also have an insane selection of over 400 mezcals and tequilas. It’s a nice balance between a chic Mexican restaurant and comida caserita. Make sure to score a seat on their covered outdoor patio surrounded by cacti.

 

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PASTIS


Neighborhood: Wynwood
Address: 380 NW 26th St
Cuisine: French

The iconic NYC staple, Pastis, has expanded its presence to the vibrant neighborhood of Wynwood. The restaurant stays true to its New York roots, offering the same menu filled with classic French dishes and an incredible ambiance that won’t make you and your date feel like you’re in Wynwood.

This is how you’re doing Pastis. You’re stopping by for a long lunch or happy hour. It’s different from the usual date night but trust us it’s a daytime vibe. You’re, of course, sitting outside when the weather is nice in their French-style bistro garden.

Get the Grand Plateau seafood tower. It will easily feed 2 to 4 guests (if you want to make it a double date). And wash the fruit de mer down with a couple of martinis.

 

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LA MAR BY GASTÓN ACURIO


Neighborhood: Brickell
Address500 Brickell Key Dr
CuisinePeruvian, Nikkei

La Mar by Gaston Acurio is located inside the Mandarin Oriental in Brickell Key. You’re going here for an anniversary dinner when you want to be textbook romantic.

This restaurant serves some of Miami’s best Peruvian dishes accompanied by impressive skyline views. A rare find in Miami. The food at restaurants in close proximity to water isn’t all that great. La Mar is definitely one of the exceptions.

We suggest you start your evening with any pisco-infused cocktail outside for a breezy night out.

To start the meal, we’d get the Roll Hiro, from the Piqueos section of the menu, made with sushi rice, tuna tartare, takuan, tobiko, and avocado; from the Cebiche Bar, we’d order the Tiradito Bachiche, a fluke tiradito with 24-month parmesan cheese, leche de tigre, colatura, garlic chips, and basil oil.

We recommend the Arroz con Mariscos, from the hot dishes, seafood rice with shrimp, octopus, and calamari made at the wok, with ají amarillo sauce and Criolla.

 

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