The 6 Best Miami Lunch Spots with Outdoor Seating

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Are you tired of eating lunch at your desk or in the same old cafeteria every day? Why not take a break and enjoy the beautiful weather by having lunch outside? There are plenty of options to satisfy your cravings and soak up some sunshine – here are some of our faves:

CJ’s Crab Shack

Looking for a lunch spot with unbeatable ocean views in Miami Beach? Look no further than CJ’s Crab Shack! Located right by the sand, this seafood joint has everything you need for a perfect meal in paradise. From their famous crab cakes and oysters to delicious snow crab and fried shrimp, CJ’s menu is packed with mouthwatering options that are sure to satisfy any seafood craving. The full bar selection is equally impressive with drinks like Gwen’s Summertime Sangria and mango daiquiris. But what really sets this spot apart is their outdoor seating area, which offers stunning views of the sand and plenty of sunshine. 

Doce Provisions

In the mood for some mouthwatering Latin cuisine? Be sure to check out Doce Provisions in Little Havana. This vibrant restaurant offers spacious outdoor seating where you can enjoy your meal and just escape the hustle and bustle of the neighborhood. The menu at Doce Provisions features a variety of Latin-inspired dishes with a modern twist. 

Highlights include their beloved lechon asado buns and their tasty take on the Cuban sandwich; it’s a very meat-heavy menu but there are other options like salmon and mahi. Don’t forget to try their signature croquetas – we’re partial to the goat cheese croquettes; these little bites of heaven are the perfect way to start your meal. With its laidback atmosphere and delicious food, Doce Provisions is the perfect spot for a chill lunch break. 

Doce Provisions is located at 541 SW 12th Avenue, Miami, FL 33130. For more information, visit their official website

Le Jardinier

Those of us who feel like splurging a little at lunch will feel right at home at Le Jardinier. This elegant restaurant offers outdoor seating where you can enjoy your meal surrounded by lush greenery and beautiful design elements. 

The menu at Le Jardinier features imaginative dishes that showcase the best of seasonal ingredients – from their artfully presented beef tartare to their hefty mushroom tagliatelle, every dish is a work of art. With its stylish atmosphere and impeccable cuisine, Le Jardinier is the ideal place for a scenic outdoor lunch. One thing to keep in mind: Lunch is prix fixe only – there is currently no a la carte option. 

Le Jardinier is located at 151 NE 41st Street, Suite 135, Miami, FL 33137. For more information, visit their official website

The Lobster Shack

South Pointe eatery The Lobster Shack is the perfect place to unwind and enjoy some of the best food and drinks on this side of town. From their signature lobster rolls to classic fish tacos, The Lobster Shack’s menu has something for everyone. Start with the original chilled lobster roll and work your way through more creative fare like the Cajun Lobster Roll or the South Beach Lobster Roll with bacon and avocado. 

And when it comes to drinks, their cocktail list is not to be missed. Sip on a refreshing mojito or try one of their specialty cocktails like the guava jalapeno margarita. With plenty of outdoor seating available, you can enjoy your meal while taking in the breathtaking scenery of Miami Beach.

Paperfish Sushi

Over on Espanola Way, Paperfish Sushi is serving up delicious Nikkei fare with a view. The neighborhood newbie is already drawing crowds thanks to its spectacular lunch deals with affordable prices unheard of in South Beach. The weekday Bento Boxes come loaded with rolls, salads, gyoza, and other delights that will tide you over until dinner and beyond; the crispy rock shrimp is also worth a look for something filling and budget friendly. Come check them out for lunch and sit outside to enjoy the perfect people-watching view.  

Riviera Focacceria

For those looking for an authentic taste of Italy in the heart of Midtown Miami, Riviera Focacceria is a must-visit spot. This charming eatery offers outdoor seating where you can enjoy the warm Miami weather while indulging in some of the best Italian cuisine in the neighborhood. From classic pasta dishes like lasagna to their signature focaccia dish, Riviera Focacceria’s menu is sure to satisfy any craving. 

The focaccia, in particular, is a must-try – there’s a reason the description warns you about becoming addicted. And if you’re feeling extra hungry, try their risotto of the day or their slow-cooked boneless beef short ribs for a decadent treat. With its cozy atmosphere and delicious food, Riviera Focacceria is the perfect spot for a lunch break that feels like a trip to Italy.

Update: Riviera Focacceria Italiana is permanently closed. 

Geoffrey Anderson

Geoffrey Anderson Jr. is a contributing/staff writer for Dish Miami. For over six years, he has covered the South Florida dining scene with his wife for the award-winning local food blog Miami Food Pug. When he's not writing about food, he's eating it—or attending rock concerts and traveling.

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