There are very few places in the country that offer year-round outdoor dining, and we are lucky to be living in one of the best. The Miami terrain offers the perfect playground for outdoor dining, whether it’s a beachside cabana, a patio perched among city lights, or a table docked by the marina. With so many options and so little time, we have mapped out some of Miami’s most spectacular options for dining al fresco. Bon Apetit!
Outdoor Dining Restaurants in Brickell/Downtown Miami
Alloy Bistro Gourmet
If your mood for the night is getting transported to a chic little courtyard somewhere on the Mediterranean coast—Alloy Bistro is the move. Tucked away amid Downtown Miami skyscrapers, it’s a true gem for the crowd with pristine taste. The outdoor seating is neatly spaced with tropical plants and umbrellas shielding diners from the hot Miami sun. The paced-out atmosphere amidst Downtown’s bustle will have you feeling like you’re on vacation by the end of your meal. Especially if you come on a Thursday. ‘Cause, you know, that’s $1 oyster night.
Alloy’s Chef Frederico uses seasonal and local ingredients to give patrons a taste of the French Meditteranean fair. Of course, not withholding multicultural influence. On the thoughtfully curated menu, you’ll find an abundance of the freshest seafood. Choices include a refreshing lemon-blackberry branzino carpaccio, a work of art grilled octopus nestling atop lobster rouille, a whole roasted cauliflower head served with feta cheese foam, and homemade lobster pappardelle. Each dish is colorfully plated, light, and tempting to the eyes. As with any proper Mediterannean bistro, there is undoubtedly no lack of fine wines. Some Stylish Bubbles or Refreshing Rosés will only complement a charming food date spent in Alloy’s courtyard.
Alloy Bistro Gourmet is located at 154 SE 1st Avenue, Miami, FL 33131. For more information, visit their official website.
Frequented by Miami’s elite and epicureans is the city’s very own Osaka Nikkei. With nearly 20 years of experience under its belt, the restaurant doesn’t fail to provide superlative Nikkei cuisine. Picture the freshest cuts of fish prepared using masterful Japanese technique, plated with a rainbow of luscious Peruvian sauces, spices, and fruits.
Besides cozy inside dining and an exceptional quality omakase take-out menu, Osaka also offers invigorating outside dining on their covered patio. Enjoy your meal in the candlelight, surrounded by lush flora and cooling fans. The lounge seating makes the outdoor terrace the ideal destination for friendly gatherings and dates.
The bar at Osaka is so well-stocked, you might forget all about the main attraction to come. On the menu, there’s Japanese beer, whiskey, and gin. Peruvian Pisco. Mexican Mezcal and Tequila. A fine selection of local liquors. The most delightful craft cocktails meshing the two cultures. Plus, a pervasive list of sake and global wines.
To pair with the sips is a menu crafted by critically acclaimed chefs Juan Urrutia and Rogger Quispe. Each dish pays due respect to its Nikkei roots. Sharing is recommended as choices are plentiful, and each dish enticing. Specialties include torched scallop nigiri with truffle butter and tuna ceviche with a rocoto-yuzu sauce. A most elegant experience for the senses!
1300 Brickell Bay Dr, Miami, FL; (786) 627-4800; osakanikkei.com
Just thinking about Toscana Divino brings smiles to all who have happened to cross its glittery path. They’re getting it done, on every scorecard: etiquette, flavor, atmosphere, sustainability. Nestled in Miami’s Brickell neighborhood, the well known authentic Italian eatery has made guests of many, from celebrities to sports stars. They’ve even been awarded the highest mark of authentic Italian cuisine possible in the US. And what’s best is that the fluff has no bluff. At all.
Inside the magnetic diner feels collective and thriving, all the while imbuing a high-class hush. The wood grain on the chairs and tables reflect Toscana’s close-to-Earth philosophy and add to the food’s already warming appeal. The outdoor seating reminded us of old Italian film scenes — public and inviting, yet spacious and homely. It’s like having a bunch of private parties within a bigger party. And, within the air of the surrounding city, you can have the best of both atmospheres.
Local and sustainable is the name of the game, so courses vary with the season, leaving plenty of discretion for local diners. For the Fall/Winter favorites this year, feast your eyes on the Crab Salad, Octopus Puttanesca, or the classic, Lasagna. As for the beverages, organic boutique or family-run vineyards with strict quality mandates are preferred. Ask a specialist to aid you when pairing a glass with your dish.
Although bar and crowding restrictions were augmented in light of the pandemic, the hospitality at Toscana Divino is as heartfelt as ever.
900 S Miami Ave, Miami, FL 33130; (305) 371-2767, toscanadivino.com; Open Mon-Fri, noon-10 p.m.; Sat 5-10 p.m.
Outdoor Dining Restaurants in Coral Gables
Giralda Plaza has become Instagram-famous for its public art installations (remember the umbrellas in 2018?). The pedestrian-friendly block has just about every type of food you could crave, but for the best burgers and local craft beers head to Clutch Burger. Their love of all things burger is evident in every bite as they experimented with different flavors to come up with unique creations. Pair your favorite with a cold brew in a relaxing outdoor setting and you’ve got the perfect meal.
146 Giralda Avenue, Coral Gables; (305) 400-8242; clutchburger.com
Outdoor Dining Restaurants in Doral
The Doral Yard
The Doral Yard is not your usual “outdoor dining” spot. Oh no. It’s so much more! It’s the epitome of a place you can take any of your friends to (young or old, pawed or bipedal) and chill from sunup to sundown, munching on some pretty dope finds. The Doral Yard’s outdoor space, dubbed the Backyard, features a massive grass turf walled with luscious trees and a substantially sized stage intended for live music and cultural events. You know you’re in for a good time.
The space features six food vendors, three bars, and a noteworthy restaurant—Barbacoa by Finka. Miami’s gastronauts can choose from customizable plant-based bowls, smashin’ Venezuelan rotisserie chicken, Hawaiian poke bowls, and hand-crafted dim sum. For dessert, there are small-batch paletas (yum, strawberry condensed milk…), as well as fresh-to-order churros nestled atop local ice cream scoops (guava-cheese churro over dulce de leche drizzled vanilla ice cream with a slice of condensed milk cake, oh my…). It’s all cool though, since you’ll have plenty of time to shake off those calories while dancing to some groovy bands. Just make sure you have one of the infamous craft cocktails in hand, like the Sunset in Cartagena — a truly fiery concoction, and you’re good to go!
The Doral Yard is located at the corner of Main Street and Paseo in Downtown Doral, Miami. For more information, visit their official website.
Outdoor Dining Restaurants in Miami Beach
Call Me Gaby
In the tranquil, chic neighborhood of SoFi, Call Me Gaby is the place for authentic Italian cuisine and al fresco dining. But Call Me Gaby isn’t just a restaurant, it’s an experience of casual yet elegant dining. This hotspot prides itself on a simple, authentic and fresh menu, a sophisticated wine selection and stylish surroundings. Pinsa Romana-style pizzas, each named for a fabulous woman, are hand-crafted by highly skilled and trained Italian chefs.
22 Washington Avenue, Miami Beach; (305) 531-4800; callmegaby.com
Steps away from South Pointe Beach, we’ve got the folks over at Lobster Shack serving up loaded buttery seafood rolls plus much, much more. And who wouldn’t want to enjoy the ultimate seafood feast with the fresh ocean air breezing by? Although serving up classic New England fare, spots like this are what make people make the trip down to Miami from states up north. It’s the spot for a laid-back afternoon out in the fresh air. The space is as down-to-earth as the menu. Inviting bistro-style seating surrounds the area outside of the eatery and is conveniently covered in case of rainy weather.
The family-run business has over 96 years of experience under its belt, and it certainly shows. The seafood is fresh and prepared with love, the portions are generous, and the prices are very friendly. Perhaps the three pillars of longevity in the fast-paced world of Miami eateries. It’s hard to choose favorites, but some absolute musts are the Classic Lobster Roll, King Crab Rol, Blackened Shrimp Tacos, and fresh-shucked East Coast oysters. Pair it up with a draft beer from their rotating selection, and you’re good to go!
40 South Pointe Drive, Miami Beach, FL; (305) 763-8230, lobstershackmiami.com
RED South Beach
America is not short of places where you can get a mighty good steak. But between us, RED South Beach is the only place you’ll want to go for next-level meats and outdoor seating right in South Pointe. We all know, somehow being outside in the fresh air makes that perfectly executed steak taste extra banging.
The ambiance in RED’s courtyard is, shall we say, business casual. The 3000 sq. ft. outdoor patio features well-spaced seating, white table cloths… We’re just saying it’s definitely not the wrong place to have a business meeting if the weather permits. Speaking of, stop by on a Wednesday to get 50% off bottles of wine. Once you see RED’s extensive award-winning cellar, you’ll know you made the right choice.
The named Best Steakhouse in Miami serves up mean meats of any caliber under the guidance of their noble head chef, Peter Vauthy. The specialty, however, is perhaps the dry-aged options like the absolutely mouthwatering dry-aged c.a.b. Prime Porterhouse. While some call RED a carnivore’s paradise (and rightfully so), the menu is filled with equally delicious options of marine dwellers and crop harvests. So you might want to take a good look at the raw bar, appetizers, and even the pasta. Everything’s exquisite.
RED South Beach is located at 801 South Pointe Drive, Miami Beach, FL 33139. For more information, visit their official website.
The team over at MILA Miami knows how to create a mood. Everything from the food to the cocktails and even the interior is an experience. Sitting up on the Lincoln Road rooftop, they’ll have you feeling like you’re at a 5-star Bali resort. Founders Gregory and Marine Galy aimed to create an ambiance that lets you feel Eudaimonia. A feeling of happiness and content — in that freeing way similar to when you’re traveling. We’d say they nailed it.
The outdoor terrace can host up to 100 people and is coined as an open sky sanctuary. Enjoy your meal surrounded by the establishment’s zen water feature, greenery, and open skies. If you come with a small group, you might want to opt for a table in one of the tranquil cabanas. V by MILA is also located outdoors — MILA’s signature theatrical cocktail performance lead by award-winning mixologists, meant to be enjoyed with the five senses: sight, sound, smell, taste, and touch.
The Mediterranean-Asian food menu is perfect for sharing. Tapas, crudo, tataki, and tartare are offered for appetizers and prepared fresh in front of guests. Notable mains include steamed, poached, or robata-style fresh fish as well as Japanese A5 Wagyu steak. You just choose the travel destination, and MILA will take care of the rest.
1636 Meridian Avenue Rooftop Miami Beach, FL; (786) 706-0744, milarestaurant.com
Shucker’s Waterfront Grill
You may never know it by driving past the Best Western in North Bay Village, but hidden out back is probably one of the best views and chill restaurants in Miami. At Shucker’s Waterfront Grill, you can kick back with a bucket of cold beer, their famous chicken wings and fresh oysters. If you’re lucky enough to have a boat, you can even dock and dine. This is truly what dining in Miami is meant to be.
1819 79th Street Causeway, North Bay Village, (305) 866-1570; bestwesternonthebay.com/shuckers-waterfront-grill
Ah, Villa Azur. After hours of basking in the Mediterranean-themed courtyard, reclining on cream-colored loveseats, and sipping Grand Cordon Brut, you might be in for a shock when stepping back out onto the streets of Miami Beach. Like no other, the masterminds behind this haute French restaurant know everything about creating an atmosphere adjacent to their home of Cote D’azur.
The romantic French villa patio was made for sunny brunches and intimate candlelit dinners. Rated numerous times as the best outdoor dining in Miami, the open space is ideal for a get-together on a quarantine afternoon. After all, the terrace is spacious and social distancing is not a problem. Notably, this is also one of the best places for some people watching, getting a feel for where the city’s crème de la crème might find themselves on a Saturday.
Elegance exudes not only from the location but also from the cuisine, which is often the main selling point for Miami’s gastronomers. Dishes resemble fine art paintings and offer an explosion of modern flavors and traditional warmth. Baked Bucheron cheese arranged atop filone toast, accompanied with butternut squash and honey, is a delectable starter one might find on their table during the cooler winter evenings. While Apple Crab Louie with a zesty avocado mash and fennel salad added alongside Whole Roasted butter-herb-crusted Chicken is sure to complete the perfect banquet.
More wine and a housemade Nutella Mousse studded with fresh berries will bring a dazzling finish to the most chic of Miami evenings. Especially if you’re lucky enough to catch the DJ spinning.
Outdoor Dining Restaurants in Midtown Miami
Sugarcane’s highly popular happy hour is best enjoyed in the beautiful garden terrace with lantern lights, tropical fans and tree canopy. No matter where you sit at the indoor-outdoor bar you will delight in fresh air and refreshing cocktails. The range of their menu allows for sampling and sharing. Pick a dish from the sushi & raw bar, open fire grill, or traditional kitchen, or from all three – small or large plates that are classic yet innovative in style and flavor.
3252 NE 1st Avenue, Miami; (786) 369-0353; sugarcanerawbargrill.com
Lagniappe is an out-of-the-way favorite for its mind-blowing selection of wines from all over the world. If you’re new to wines, one of their “connoisseur” servers can point you in the right direction based on your personal tastes. The outdoor patio feels like a picnic gathering with friends – mismatched chairs and tables are part of the charm. Best of all, nightly live music completes the lively ambiance of this New Orleans-style jazz haunt.
3425 NE 2nd Avenue, Miami; (305) 576-0108; lagniappehouse.com
Outdoor Dining Restaurants in MiMo
If you find yourself in MiMo, look no further than La Placita, Miami’s very own sanctuary of Puerto Rican food and culture. The spectacular terrace is large enough to fit bigger parties and is ideal for celebrations. La Placita is inspired by Mercado Santurce, a bustling and colorful market in the middle of San Juan where you can find anything your soul desires. Think fresh produce, drinks, local Puerto Rican food, and various knick-knacks. The team behind La Placita has plopped down that authentic Puerto Rican experience for us right in Miami.
Award-winning Chef Mendin takes those iconic home dishes you’d find out in the PR streets, mixes them up with a bit of Miami ingenuity, and voila! Basque in the tropical terrace while enjoying mixed seafood ceviche, crab alcapurrias, or some bacalao fritters. The seafood feast is surely tempting in the fresh air but save room for some carne. The ropa vieja mofongo is slammin’! Stop by during Happy Hour for La Placita’s signature cocktail, the Mama Yak Remix—a tropical concoction featuring Don Q Cristal. The eatery provides just the ideal tropical shield away from the busy streets, so you might forget you’re in Miami in the first place. Oh, and peep the old school domino tables while you’re there.
La Placita is located at 6789 Biscayne Boulevard, Miami, FL 33138. For more information, visit their official website
Outdoor Dining Restaurants in Wynwood
This cozy-chic eatery is obsessed with creating the best rotisserie chicken and burgers. The founders were inspired by Rotisserie Amsterdam’s creations and wanted to bring their own mélange of flavors to Miami. In 2020, popsugar.com named it the best place to get a burger in Florida. If the dry-aged brisket, crispy buttermilk fried chicken, or pulled barbecue ribs in their creative sandwiches don’t make your mouth water, nothing will. The unique outdoor area captures the sophisticated yet casual vibe and is the ideal place to try their craft cocktails.
310 NW 24th Street, Miami; (786) 216-7086; lechickrotisserie.com
Wynwood Kitchen & Bar
Wynwood Walls is arguably the place that put Wynwood on the map in Miami, so naturally, Wynwood Kitchen & Bar is the most famous eatery in the neighborhood. Dine in the patio surrounded by graffiti masterpieces by renowned street artists from around the world. It is a feast for your eyes as you feast on Latin-inspired bites served tapas-style. When you’re done, stroll through the rest of the complex admiring the eye-popping murals.
2550 NW 2nd Avenue, Miami; (305) 722-8959; wynwoodkitchenandbar.com
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