The best outdoor restaurants in Miami

Where you should be eating now that the sun is out

Sep
30
2022

The best outdoor restaurants in Miami and where to eat out now that the sun is out.

We’ve been couped up inside and all we want to do is be outside or look at a pretty view, without a gloomy cloud in sight. Here is an updated guide for where to eat outside. We’d love it if the temperature dropped just a little bit, you know so, we can dust off our sweaters. But we’ll take what we can get.

Some of these spots are new, while others are classics that never disappoint us. What do they all have in common? An amazing outdoor setting and a guaranteed delicious meal.

LEVEL 6 AT AMAL


Neighborhood: Coconut Grove
Address: 3480 Main Hwy
CuisineModern Lebanese
Good for: date night, chisme session with views

From the team behind Byblos, Level 6 by Amal in Coconut Grove is the latest rooftop lounge and restaurant with the most amazing views of Biscayne Bay to open in Miami. You’re stopping by for some craft cocktails and a modern take on Spanish tapas like the tuna tartare avocado and lavosh crackers with truffle and crème fraîche and the seafood paella that is served with Argentinian shrimp, and clams. 

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. Executive Chef Tim Elmore is 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. 

FRANKIE AND WALLY’S AT SUPERBLUE


Neighborhood: Allapattah
Address: 1101 NW 23rd St
Cuisine: NY Style Craft Sandwiches
Good for: casual hang with friends, informal day-time date, cultural outing, no reservations

Frankie and Wally, the Italian American takeout concept offering chunky craft sandwiches is back! They are parked right in front of Superblue Miami across the street from the Rubell Museum in Allapattah. They will be open Wednesday-Saturday from 11 AM -4 PM (pick up, dine-in only, or for delivery).

After you check out the large-scale immersive art installations by James Turrell, park yourself outside at their food truck set up for an Il Padrino sandwich that comes with mortadella, salami, ham, provolone, hot cherry peppers, oil, and vinegar; or The Wally with golden roasted turkey, muenster, lettuce, tomato, cucumber, mayo, spicy mustard, oil, and vinegar.

SMORGASBURG


Neighborhood: Wynwood
Address: 2600 NW 2nd Ave
Cuisine: Foor market
Good for: picky eaters, casual hang with friends, informal day-time date, no reservations

Brooklyn’s open-aired food market, Smorgasburg located in Wynwood houses around 60 food vendors, some local and others from NYC & LA every Saturday. Stop by for a picnic table situation with wine, cocktails, and music by the Krus Kitchen team. They’ll be open every Saturday from 12 PM – 7 PM. Miami food concepts include The Lazy Oysters, Drinking Pig BBQ, Yakitoriboyz305, and Tacos El Machine Gon.

THE DREXEL


Neighborhood: Miami Beach
Address: 1436 Drexel Ave
Cuisine: Coastal Mediterranean & Italian
Good for: date night, family hangs, group dinner with friends

From the creators of Mandolin, meet The Drexel, an airy and beige-toned restaurant with doors that open up to Espanola Way. Stop by for homemade pasta and pizza with an emphasis on locally sourced seafood and an extensive selection of vegetable dishes. Some of our favorite dishes include the heirloom tomato salad with avocado, hearts of palm, and Nicoise olives, and also recommend the spaghetti cacio e pepe with limone.

PATIO ISOLA


Neighborhood: MiMo
Address: 6789 Biscayne Blvd
Cuisine: Italian
Good for: date night, group dinner, late night

If you love Italian red sauce, then you will love Patio Isola. Chefs Santo Agnello and Jose Mendin have recently opened a second Casa Isola concept in the former La Placita space. They’ve changed the name to Patio Isola and added additional antipasti, sandwiches, pasta, specialty plates, and a roster of pizzas. 

This location has a lovely patio and lots of options. Stop by for their Cheesy Garlic Bone Marrow served with housemade focaccia, the best Rigatoni alla Vodka in Miami, and the Veechia Signora pizza with braised short rib, taleggio white sauce, truffle oil, and pecorino. Upgrade your pizza “Isola style” and they’ll brush the crust with garlic butter, sesame seeds and serve your pizza with a cheese dipping sauce. 

B-SIDE AT 1-800-LUCKY


Neighborhood: Wynwood
Address: 143 NW 23rd St
Cuisine: Japanese
Good for: casual hang with friends, informal day-time date, no reservations, late night

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. B-Side has some of the best Nikkei-style sushi rolls, tiraditos and ceviches. Order at the counter and sit outside their large terrace. You can’t go wrong with the crispy shrimp roll wrapped in sesame soy paper, the Lost in Translation roll with tuna, salmon, avocado, tobiko, crispy quinoa, and aji amarillo mayo. Oh and don’t skip the thinly sliced octopus tiradito with botija olive, capers, cilantro, and leche de tigre. 

 

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ITAMAE


Neighborhood: Design District
Address: 140 NE 39th St #136
CuisineNikkei
Good for: lunch or early dinner with friends or the fam

Although Itamae has a small indoor section, the outdoor area is where you want to sit. Located in Design District’s Palm Court with tables nicely spread out, you will have one of the best Peruvian meals. Also, the people-watching is highly entertaining if you’re into that.

This Nikkei-inspired restaurant by Chef/Owner Fernando “Papa” Chang and his talented daughter and son, Chefs Valerie and Nando Chang proved to be a game-changer in Miami’s dining scene. Using Peruvian ingredients with Japanese technique, the team behind Itamae offers a rotating menu with the most refreshing flavor combinations.

 

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TIGRE


Neighborhood: Little River
Address: 620 NE 78th St
CuisineArgentinian
Good for: date night

Tigre is a modern Argentinan concept inspired by traditional Buenos Aires cafes and neighborhood bistros or “bodegones”. We’ve never been to Argentina but we’re feeling Miami River vibes when sitting out on the deck. Before you grab a table outside, we get there early and have a drink at the bar. Try the membrillo, made with Bordiga aperitivo, Martini & Rossi Fiero, Sirene, Lo-Fi aperitivo, pineapple, lime, and quince. It’s well-balanced and easy on the eyes.

Wrap up that first cocktail and move to your table on the waterfront deck for a shared dining experience. The menu includes small plates of Argentinian classics with a modern approach. We’d get the palmito salad (grilled heart of palm, radicchio, shaved fennel & parmesan, preserved lemon vinaigrette) and remolachas al rescoldo (coal-roasted beets, cashew yogurt, tangerine, roasted hazelnuts, and mint).

This is definitely a date spot. For more romantic dining recommendations click HERE.

 

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ABBALE TLV KITCHEN


Neighborhood: Miami Beach
Address: 864 Commerce St
CuisineMediterranean
Goog for: date night, Sunday brunch

Abbale TLV Kitchen is cozy Telavivian cafe in Miami Beach’s South of Fifth neighborhood with indoor seating and an outdoor terrace. 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 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.

OSTERIA MORINI


Neighborhood: Miami Beach
Address: 1750 Alton Rd
CuisineItalian
Good for: date night, dinner with friends

From New York to Miami comes an Italian restaurant from the Alta Marea Group. Osteria Morini is located inside of the Kimpton Palomar South Beach with a separate waterside entrance along Collins Canal on Alton Road. You’ll want to come here for the outdoor dining experience. It’s romantic yet laid back.

We’d start off the meal with a Brusco Spritz with Aperol and Lambrusco de Sorbara. It’s light and refreshing. Before you go for the appetizers get the batillardo, a cured meats and cheese board. It includes Prosciutto di ParmaMortadellaParmigiano with aged balsamico, a garlic jam served with grilled bread, and tigelle (thin circular bread from Emilia-Romagna area in Italy). From the Antipasti section, our favorite is the carciofi. A simple dish of grilled artichokes, herbed yogurt and marinated cipollini onion. We also love the polpettine, prosciutto, and mortadella meatballs with pomodoro sauce and whipped ricotta. You’re getting the rigatoni with wild mushroom ragù, rosemary, black truffle, and Moliterno, a sheep’s milk cheese from Sicily.

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 industrious 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 GASTON 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.

To start off 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, a seafood rice with shrimp, octopus, and calamari made at the wok, with ají amarillo sauce and criolla.

SUNNY’S STEAKHOUSE AT LOT 6 (CURRENTLY CLOSED)


Neighborhood: Little River
Address: 7357 NW Miami Ct
Cuisine: Steakhouse
Good for: dinner with a big group of friends, date night

Lot 6 in Little River has been home to Jaguar Sun’s Sunny’s Steakhouse pop-up since the summer of 2020. Owners Will Thompson, Carey Hynes, and the Jaguar Sun team redefined the steakhouse concept in Miami.

This is a fully-operational outdoor restaurant with some of the best hospitality in our city. Under the most incredible Banyan tree, you can have a Wagyu stripPecking duck breast, and an ice-cold martini poured tableside. Not to mention, Kusshi oysters with a selection of mignonettes, a wahoo crudo with burnt serrano chili, and their renowned parker house rolls. When we think of a steakhouse, we think of Caesar salad and the one at Sunny’s is not to be missed. Served with Cantabrian anchovies and shaved 30-month Parmesan, it’s our favorite Caesar of the moment. Honorable mentions must go the Wagyu beef tartare with leek ash aioli and the marinated leeks with watermelon radish and hazelnut. It’s safe to say that we’ve had 80% percent of the menu and you’re going to love it.

Reservations are highly encouraged and we recommend you arrive early to enjoy a cocktail before you’re seated.

THE DECK AT ISLAND GARDENS


Neighborhood: Jungle Islands
Address: 888 MacArthur Cswy
Cuisine: Mediterranean
Good for: Dinner with friends that are ready to have an extravagant night out in Miami.

If you’re looking for somewhere to enjoy drinks and dinner with a view of Miami and a superyacht marina in an outdoor restaurant & lounge, we recommend the Deck at Island Gardens. This is a place to see and be seen while drinking, dining, and dancing outdoors. They’ve recently launched their Sunset Society Happy Hour from Wednesday through Saturday 6 PM – 8 PM (summer hours), and Sunday 4 PM – 8 PM offering signature cocktails, champagne, chilled seafood, and sunset bar bites. If you’re staying for dinner expect a full show with a DJ set, fire dancers, violin, saxophone, and drums to get the party started from Friday to Sunday. We’d try the tuna tartar and the spicy coppa di parma pizzetta made in their brick oven.

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