The best outdoor restaurants in Miami

Where you should be eating now that the weather is breezy

Jan
06
2022

These are the best outdoor restaurants in Miami where you can enjoy the breezy weather.

Everyone wants to be outside right now. Amirite!? This is our chance to take in Miami’s breeziest weather. We’d love it if the temperature dropped just a little bit, you know so, we can pull out our turtle necks. But we’ll take what we can get.

We’ve come up with a list of the best outdoor restaurants in Miami right now. Some 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.

SUNNY’S STEAKHOUSE AT LOT 6


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.

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 menu with the most refreshing flavor combinations. Expect tiraditos, cebiches, maki rolls and more. Make sure to get the Cremolada, a starfruit dessert with makrut lime leaf and mango.

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.

CAFE KUSH


Neighborhood: MiMo
Address: 7700 Biscayne Blvd
CuisineAmerican
Good for: date night

Wherever you find yourself in Miami, chances are you have a Kush restaurant near you. Their food concepts are tasty with an eccentric vibe. Café Kush is located at the Gold Dust Motel in what we now call the MiMo district. It’s retro style Euro bistro with a Miami twist. Sit outside along Little River on Riviera-style checkered chairs. Sure, it’s not the Seine but it is magical in the most Miami way.

We recommend the beef carpaccio to start. It’s topped with horseradish mustard aioli, hard-boiled egg, and some mixed greens for contrast. Also worth sharing are the fried frog legs or cuisses de grenouilles from the Gulf of Mexico. They’re paired with three sauces: honey sriracha, bbq, and our favorite, a creamy garlic sauce.

The most popular burger is the French onion burger. It’s an obvious choice and you can’t go wrong with it. You know it’s a good burger when it doesn’t need ketchup. We’ll take it just the way it comes. Sauteed onions, Gruyere cheese, Parmesan crisp, truffle mayo on a challah bun with a side of French fries. We love the steak frites with creamy peppercorn sauce made with brandy. Get it medium rare and extra sauce for those fries. Finally, bring it home with a sweet ending—Key lime pie that is. Simply one of the best in Miami.

 

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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.

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