One of the many perks of Miami living is the ability to dine outdoors nearly all year long. With the exception of those rainy afternoons, the palm tree-lined city is an ideal place to be if you’re looking to dine al fresco. From romantic Italian to waterfront views to family-focused dining in a park, outdoor dining options in Miami seems endless.
Here are six of the best spots for outdoor dining.
Located in Peacock Park in the heart of Coconut Grove, you’ll find a family-friendly, relaxing restaurant destination at Glass & Vine. The majority of this restaurant is located outdoors adjacent to a playground making it the ideal place to dine if you’re also hoping to tire out your children. The menu features fresh seasonal fare with dishes like shrimp and watermelon salad, black truffle gnocchi, and grilled local Mahi. It’s a great spot to meet a friend for happy hour or to spend a full Sunday funday under the shade of the surrounding trees.
Arguably one of the best views in the city, La Mar by Gastion Acurio, is located inside the Mandarin Oriental on Brickell Key. With patio seating featuring sweeping views of both Biscayne Bay and Brickell’s skyline, the gorgeous views are a perfect match for chef Diego Oka’s beautifully plated dishes. On this menu, you’ll find an assortment of classic Peruvian food with a bit of a twist inspired by the chef’s travels around the world. Favorite dishes include the tiradito bachiche made with fluke, 24-month aged parmesan cheese leche de tigre, colatura, garlic chips, and basil oil; and the chaufa made with Chinese sausage, roasted pork, pan fried rice, shrimp omelet, quinoa, egg noodles, and pickled vegetables.
You can’t go wrong with a classic steakhouse that boasts a waterfront view. Smith & Wollensky offers stunning views right off of South Pointe Park in Miami Beaches South of Fifth neighborhood. With tables located right along the park’s path, diners can enjoy Double R Ranch Northwest beef steaks paired with martinis and tried and true sides like truffle mac n’ cheese, whipped potatoes, and sauteed asparagus with hollandaise as they watch the cruise ships leave the port and head into the Atlantic Ocean.
A more cozy and intimate outdoor seating situation can be found at cult-favorite, Macchialina. A result of a pandemic pivot, this outdoor area is located in what used to be the neighboring hostel’s courtyard. With string lights and lush tropical plants, this popular Italian restaurant has created a welcoming setting for those looking for some of the city’s most beloved pasta. Popular dishes on Macchialina’s menu include cavatelli Macchialina made with baby meatballs, porchetta, and pecorino, and creamy polenta made with wild mushroom ragu and charred scallions.
Got a yacht or simply just wish you did? Seaspice is the place to be for outdoor dining with a view of what’s cruising down the Miami River. Indulge on Alaskan King crab tempura, grilled oysters, and caviar while sipping champagne and taking in the sights of Miami’s bustling downtown waterway.
The strings of red lanterns really set the mood at MiMo’s Phuc Yea outdoor patio. A Viet-Cajun concept serving dishes full of flavor and a killer cocktail menu. Menu highlights include a fall-off-the-bone tender short rib that’s hickory smoked and covered in nuoc cham caramel sauce and served with a spicy watermelon salad; crispy imperial rolls, and the cravable PY noodles — a signature house egg noodle dish that’s made saucy with garlic butter, oyster sauce, and parmesan cheese.