The best outdoor restaurants in Miami

Where you’re eating outside when the weather is bearable & breezy

Nov
20
2023

The best outdoor restaurants in Miami and where to eat outside when the weather is bearable & breezy. 

We’ve had our cold fronts but for now, it seems like Miami will stay in the 75 °F range for a little longer. Which we of course will take.

This is the time to dine in the open air and enjoy the Miami “winter”. Here is an updated guide for where to eat outside.

Some of these spots are new, while others are Miami classics. What do they all have in common? An amazing outdoor setting and good enough food. You may be paying for the views and we’re ok with that for this guide.

LIDO RESTAURANT AT THE SURF CLUB


Neighborhood: Surfside
Address: 9011 Collins Ave
Cuisine: Italian, Mediterranean
Good for: Big groups, birthdays, clients, date night, eating alone, drinks and bites, eating at the bar, outdoor seating, “ambiente” (see and be seen), special occasions, out-of-towners, chismes with a view, dinner with friends

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.

PASTIS


Neighborhood: Wynwood
Address380 NW 26th St
Cuisine: French
Good for: Big groups, birthdays, clients, date night, day drinking, eating alone, drinks and bites, eating at the bar, outdoor seating, “ambiente” (see and be seen), special occasions, out-of-towners, dinner with friends

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 feel like you’re in Wynwood.

This is how you’re doing Pastis. You’re stopping by for a long lunch or happy hour. You’re, of course, sitting outside when the weather permits in their French-style bistro garden.

Get the Grand Plateau seafood tower. It will easily feed 2 to 4 guests. And wash the fruit de mer down with a couple of martinis.

 

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LIRA BEIRUT EATERY


Neighborhood: Wynwood
Address2000 NW 2nd Ave
CuisineLebanese, Middle Easter
Good for: Big groups, birthdays, date night, outdoor seating, out-of-towners, dinner with friends

LIRA Beirut Eatery is a newer restaurant to open at the edge of Wynwood. It’s conveniently located on the outskirts of this bustling neighborhood, for those that want to avoid the chaotic streets filled with tourists.

Stop by for dinner or lunch on Monday – Sunday. You’ll want to come here for a date night, with a group of friends, or a lovely weekend lunch.

Their outdoor area reminds us of Mandolin’s patio setting. Except here, they are serving Lebanese dishes that will make you feel like you’re in Beirut.

We loved the warm hospitality of their team and homestyle cooking. We recommend you share the hummus with grilled lambmuhammara red pepper dipeggplant fetteh, kibbeh labnieh, and for dessert knafeh. Oh and apparently, the grilled whole branzino is a must.

KOKO BY BAKAN


Neighborhood: Coconut Grove
Address2856 Tigertail Ave
Cuisine: Mexican
Good for: Big groups, birthdays, clients, date night, drinks and bites, outdoor seating, “ambiente” (see and be seen), out-of-towners, chismes with a view, dinner with friends

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. The interior design is stunning and inspired by the natural landscapes and colors of Mexico.

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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CHUG’S DINER


Neighborhood: Coconut Grove
Address: 3444 Main Hwy Suite 21
Cuisine: Cuban, American
Good for: Big groups, eating alone, eating at the bar, outdoor seating, “ambiente” (see and be seen), out-of-towners, kid-friendly

This is a diner for Miami. And yes, it includes a ventanita. If it’s a group outing, we’d sit outside for people-watching and when the weather is nice.

You can pretty much stop by Chug’s at any time of the day for an all-day breakfast experience. It’s also a great option for Saturday and Sunday.

This is the meal you deserve when craving a hearty breakfast with the fam, or a great spot to catch up with friends during the day.

Order the best Cast Iron Pancake (these may take up to 25 mins to come out of the kitchen), slow-cooked in clarified butter and warm maple syrup with an order of Beltran’s Bacon, thick steak cut bacon with smoked maple syrup. If you’re looking for a handheld, get yourself a non-traditional Pan con Lechon with mojo and tonnato sauce; or the Diner Burger with caramelized onion, mustard aioli, and cooper sharp American Cheese

 

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DOYA


Neighborhood: Wynwood
Address: 347 NW 24th St
Cuisine: Aegean, Turkish, Mediterranean
Good for: Big groups, birthdays, clients, date night, eating alone, drinks and bites, eating at the bar, healthy eating, outdoor seating, “ambiente” (see and be seen), happy hour, out-of-towners, dinner with friends, vegetarians

Doya, in Wynwood, is serving Aegean flavors from the coast of Turkey. This is that restaurant that pretty much works for all occasions. When the weather is nice we like to sit in their front patio.

At Doya, you are stopping by for the top-notch hospitality and the meze dining experience. Order for the center of the table, because you’re sharing. We love the Cretan feta dip, the manti, beef dumplings, drenched in a garlic yogurt sauce, and the Adana kebab with lavash bread. Oh, and if they have the dolmas cabbage leaves, get them.

CASA ISOLA OSTERIA


Neighborhood: South Beach
Address: 1418 20th St
Cuisine: Italian, pasta
Good for: Birthdays, date night, outdoor seating, out-of-towners, dinner with friends

Since 2021, the Casa Isola team led by Chef Jose Mendin has embraced Italian American cooking in Sunset Harbor with dishes like our favorite Rigatoni Alla Vodka, Ravioli Bianconeri with short rib, taleggio cheese, truffle, balsamic jus; and Pane al Proscuitto. However, there have been some changes recently to the menu.

Inspired by Chef Jose Mendin’s first restaurant, Pubbelly Noodle Bar, Casa Isola has introduced new dishes that pay homage to the creative flair that initially brought him culinary acclaim.

These dishes will highlight Italian and Asian flavors. We’re going soon and can’t wait to try the Udon Carbonara with Pork Belly, pancetta, pecorino, and a poached egg; the Bucatini Amatriciana with Guanciale, tomato, and gochujang; and the Corn Gyoza “Agnolotti” with beef soy broth and parmesan foam.

We’d stop by here for a casual date, a family outing, or a birthday with friends. Get everyone gathered and sit at their renovated outdoor terrace.

B-SIDE MIAMI DESIGN DISTRICT


Neighborhood: Design District
Address140 NE 39th St #136
Cuisine: Sushi
Good for: Clients, date night, eating alone, eating at the bar, outdoor seating, “ambiente” (see and be seen), out-of-towners, dinner with friends

Come here when you want fresh, bold, and bursting flavors that will make you want to drink the leftover leche de Tigre in every dish.

B-Side by Itamae is the second concept of Valerie, Nando, and Papa Chang located inside the 1-800 Lucky Asian food hall in Wynwood. Just recently, they opened a second B-Side in the former Itamae location in the Design District with more offerings than their Wynwood location.

If you ever visited Itamae when they first opened in Design District, well then this B-Side menu will feel familiar.

When the weather is nice, this a great spot to have a fun lunch or an early dinner. We’d bring a group of 4 to 5 guests, so we can have a little bit of everything.

The menu at B-Side in the Design District focuses on Nikkei cuisine. We recommend the Yellowtail Tiradito with avocado, capers, aji limo leche de tigre; the Tuna Cebiche with red onions, aji limo leche de tigre, and tostones; the Chicken Karaage with lime and huacatay ranch; and the Crispy Octopus with sarza criolla and botija olive. Oh and don’t skip the cheesy Hokkaido Scallop Bañadito with lime and Parmesan. Both B-Side locations offer a more condensed yet delicious takeout menu for dining at home.

 

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BOATER’S GRILL


Neighborhood: Key Biscayne
Address: No Name Harbor, 1200 Crandon Blvd
Cuisine: American, seafood
Good for: Big groups, budget-friendly, outdoor seating, out-of-towners, chismes with a view, dinner with friends

When it’s winter in Miami, we love to spend time in Key Biscayne, specifically in Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park. When we get hungry, we head to Boater’s Grill, the park’s long-standing establishment.

For over 20 years, this family-owned and operated restaurant has served fresh-caught seafood and Cuban food to locals, boaters, and tourists seven days a week. We love this casual spot for some fried fishfish croquetas, and conch fritters.

Please don’t dress up to come to Boater’s Grill. It’s super informal, with fishermen’s shirts and short vibes all around. There will probably be a line, but it moves quickly.

KLAW ROOFTOP


Neighborhood: Edgewater
Address: 1737 N Bayshore Dr
CuisineSeafood
Good for: Cocktails with friends, light bites, dinner with a view, date night

Klaw is the newest restaurant and the only rooftop in Edgewater. Corporate Executive Chef Phil Campbell and Executive Chef Micheal Paley are serving a high-quality beef program and sea delicacies. 

It’s rare to find a restaurant in Miami with views this nice and where the food is actually good. You have two dining options at Klaw. One is the main dining room and then there’s the rooftop. For this time, we’re recommending you head to the roof.

The menu is a more condensed version and although you won’t be able to order the tableside Norweigan King crab legs, it’s still worth it. 

You can still get 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. 

MACCHIALINA


Neighborhood: Miami Beach
Address: 820 Alton Road
Cuisine: Italian
Good for: Date night, birthday, family dinner

Macchialina is that neighborhood Italian restaurant we’ve loved for so many years. 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 cozy 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.

THE LIDO BAYSIDE GRILL


Neighborhood: Miami Beach
Address: 40 Island Ave
CuisineMediterranean
Good for: Chisme with a view, people-watching, out-of-towners

The Standard has always been at the top of our list for out-of-towners but it’s also that spot where locals can remember why they love Miami. It’s all about the views, the boats, and the people watching. Located on the Venetian Islands, you’re going to want to catch the spectacular sunset and hear the waves.

The Standard is refreshingly casual, serving American fare. We’d keep it simple with the Lido Burger and some Parmesan fries. Don’t miss the High Tides Happy Hour – Monday through Thursday from 4 to 6PM. They also serve brunch which we have yet to try.

 

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MICHAEL’S GENUINE


NeighborhoodDesign District
Address: 130 NE 40th St
CuisineContemporary American
Good for: Dinner with a group, people watching

The newly expanded Michael’s Genuine is a hotspot when dining in the Design District and looking for a lively ambiance for lunch, brunch, and dinner. The renovated outdoor terrace is bigger and bustling with guests. 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.

EDITOR PIZZA


Neighborhood: Miami Beach
Address: 803 5th St
CuisineGourmet pizzeria
Good for: Dinner with a group, date night

Located in the Urbanica Fifth Hotel, this pizzeria feels very sleek-New York City. It has this incredible encapsulated bar with seating available on both sides, depending on if you want to sit indoors or outdoors. We recommend you opt for the outdoor patio. On the menu, you will find antipasti, pasta dishes, and pizza, as well as a branzino and roasted chicken if you’re staying away from the carbs. Not us, we’re stopping by for the full bar experience and some pizza.

The crust is airy yet crispy, and one of the best we’ve had in recent times. Order the simple margherita, with mozzarella, mozzarella di Bufala, tomato sauce, and fresh basil; and the nduja with mozzarella, mozzarella di Bufala, tomato sauce, chili oil, spicy pork sausage. We’d also like to note that their lasagna is one that made us feel cozy inside. It’s made with fresh pasta, bolognese sauce, bechamel, and Parmigiano.

 

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ABBALE TLV KITCHEN


Neighborhood: Miami Beach
Address: 864 Commerce St
CuisineMediterranean
Good for: Date night, Sunday brunch

Abbale TLV Kitchen is a cozy Telavivian cafe in Miami Beach’s South of Fifth neighborhood with indoor seating and an outdoor terrace. When the weather is nice, sit outside to feel like you’re lounging at your friend’s outdoor apartment deck in Miami Beach.

Expect a Middle Eastern and Mediterranean menu that draws influence from Chef Sam Gorenstein’s Syrian background and Chef Horev’s Moroccan roots.

For brunch, we’d go for the frozen limonana beverage with lemon and mint, you can always spike it with some prosecco. Followed by the typical Israeli breakfast plate (Abba’s breakfast) that comes with house-made arak citrus cured salmon, two eggs, labneh, cured olives, shuk salad, hummus, pickled onions, and a toasted Jerusalem bagel.

For dinner, get the Moroccan spiced local fish with spicy tomato braise, roasted cipollini, grilled Jerusalem bagel, and lemon aioli.

LUCA OSTERIA


Neighborhood: Coral Gables
Address: 116 Giralda Ave
CuisineItalian
Good for: Date night, dinner with friends, vegetarians

At Osteria Luca, there is dim lighting, outdoor seating, and an Italian menu by Chef Giorgio Rapicavoli that will make your mouth water. Expect to order half of the antipasti on the menu.

For sure you’ve seen this on the gram: patate fritte. It’s their soft potato balls/bites covered in Parmigiano fondue, egg yolk, and black truffle specks. Yes, get this. The grilled wild mushroom should also be at the center of the table. These mushrooms are served with Bagna Cauda, a sauce from Piedmont with garlic, salted anchovies, and olive oil; and shaved bottarga di muggine or grey mullet roe. The simple little gem lettuce with a cacio e pepe dressing is light, has a great crunch, and is finished with some limoncito. We’d share a few of that pasta dishes including the pasta al limone with 24-month Parmigiano Reggiano and the pasta al pesto. Simple, delicious, not bad for people-watching, and one of our favorite new restaurants of 2021.

 

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LEKU


Neighborhood: Allapattah
Address: 1100 NW 23rd St
CuisineBasque
Good for: Date night, dinner with friends

Leku 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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AMARA AT PARAISO


Neighborhood: Edgewater
Address: 3101 NE 7th Ave
CuisineLatin American inspired
Good for: Lunch with friends, date night

If you’re looking for a great place to have a weekday lunch. Check out Amara at Paraiso, Chef Michael Schwartz’s Edgewater restaurant. We love the ocean views especially when we’re looking to disconnect from the world. Take in the perfect Miami skyline, of course, snap a photo and dig into their Latin-focused menu.

Start your meal with one of the Snacks & Apps—we recommend the Yuca Cheese Puffs, a bite-sized crowd-pleaser topped with parmesan and sea salt. We’re also huge fans of briny Island Creek Oysters, which always taste best by the water. If you’re craving something a bit more hearty, try the Grilled Local Fish with cilantro rice, toasted cashew, pickled vegetables, crispy onions, and green curry for a nice spicy kick.

MANDOLIN AEGEAN BISTRO


Neighborhood: Design District
Address: 4312 NE 2nd Ave
CuisineMediterranean
Good for: Lunch with friends, date night

Mandolin Aegean Bistro is a Miami favorite serving Greek and Turkish fare. If there is a place to see-and-be-seen in Miami, Mandolin’s patio is definitely it. Head over to the Design District and enjoy a little trip to the Mediterranean with an Aegean white sangria inside this picturesque white and blue house. It’s almost always fully booked, so we definitely suggest you plan ahead.

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

LA MAR BY GASTÓN ACURIO


Neighborhood: Brickell
Address: 500 Brickell Key Dr
CuisinePeruvian
Good for: Dinner with the whole fam and/or with the suegros.

La Mar by Gaston Acurio is located inside the Mandarin Oriental in Brickell Key. This restaurant serves some of Miami’s best Peruvian dishes accompanied by impressive skyline views. A rare find in Miami because often times the food at restaurants by the water aren’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.

 

 

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