12 Can’t-Miss Spots for Outdoor Dining in Miami

The deck at MILA | Credit: MILA

Miami has great weather year round — and the patios to prove it. Outdoor dining is a distinct perk for residents of the Sunshine State, who can feast al fresco on everything from Cuban to Italian. And the settings in Miami are just as diverse as the city’s cuisines: From various bodies of water to stunning skylines, there are plenty of breathtaking views to take in while eating outside. 

Check out some of the most magical outdoor dining options in Miami.

Amara at Paraiso (Edgewater)

If you’re looking for a meal with a spectacular view, check out Amara at Paraiso, perched right on Biscayne Bay. Headed up by James Beard Award-winning chef Michael Schwartz, the restaurant serves a Latin American menu that includes Florida yellowtail snapper and locally caught stone crab. For an excellent midweek happy hour or Saturday brunch (hello, bottomless rosé!), snag a scenic seat on the upper deck. 

Ariete (Coconut Grove)

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Stepping into Ariete’s outdoor dining area feels like you’ve been invited to an exclusive garden party. The Coconut Grove restaurant combines executive chef and owner Michael Beltran’s Cuban heritage with his European training in a lush outdoor setting. This combination comes to life in dishes such as a tamale with sea urchin and pork fat foam or a large-format duck for two, served three ways.

Casa Florida (Little Havana)

Casa Florida is three outdoor spaces in one, allowing diners to choose their ideal atmosphere. “The Playground” features a ping pong table and a renovated 1969 transit bus that serves as a cocktail lounge. For the second setting, head up to “the Deck” to grab a drink from the shipping container turned bar and DJ booth. Lastly, “the Lawn” consists of socially distanced tables to eat dishes such as tuna tostadas or zucchini carpaccio. To make a day out of it, book the bottomless mimosas experience on OpenTable. Check out the special experiences available at this restaurant, which include bottomless mimosas at brunch and the Disco Florida, a bottled cocktail fit for multiple people. Book by heading to the Experiences section here.

Michael’s Genuine Food and Drink – Miami (Design District)

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Simple preparations of locally sourced ingredients define the menu at this airy Design District spot from James Beard Award-winning chef Michael Schwartz. The menu rotates often to accommodate seasonal changes, but always includes a variety of fresh caught seafood and creatively prepared vegetables. Enjoy dishes such as wood-roasted grouper and sun shrimp tacos  while sitting on the outdoor patio, surrounded by potted plants and twinkling lights. 

The Butcher Shop Beer Garden (Wynwood)

Craving some meat? Get your protein fix with the house-made sausages and prime cuts of steak from The Butcher Shop Beer Garden in Wynwood, home to a full-service butcher shop, restaurant, and outdoor bar. Grab a seat on the covered terrace to enjoy hearty meals such as skirt steak, bacon and gorgonzola burgers, and pierogies, all available to pair with the restaurant’s extensive beer selection.

Fuego y Mar – The Ritz-Carlton South Beach (South Beach)

Outdoor dining at Fuego y Mar

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At Fuego y Mar, the menu is influenced by Mexican, Cuban, Venezuelan, and Colombian cuisines, with a focus on fresh and simple ingredients. Located inside the Ritz-Carlton on South Beach, the restaurant has outdoor seating with full views of the pool and ocean. The Sunday brunch draws a crowd, partly thanks to its omelet and carving stations with unlimited mimosas or bellinis to boot. Book by heading to the Experiences section here.

Glass & Vine (Coconut Grove)

An outdoor restaurant in a park

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With an expansive patio beneath a canopy of trees next to a spacious open-air bar and restaurant, there’s not a bad seat in the house at Glass & Vine. The contemporary American menu features a variety of locally sourced options and classics with a South Florida twist. Enjoy dishes such as nori-crusted tuna and grilled miso salmon, or sip on brunch cocktails between bites of the corn cereal-crusted French toast.

Vista (Buena Vista)

Venture to Miami’s Upper East Side to dine at Vista, an Italian restaurant with two outdoor seating areas: a flourishing plant-filled garden and a soaring rooftop deck. The restaurant’s menu ranges from noodles to proteins, with dishes such as pasta filled with pear and taleggio cheese, chicken piccata, and lamb cavatelli.

Naomi’s Garden (Liberty City)

Naomi’s Garden began as a vegetarian food truck, but now has a permanent place on a garden property in Liberty City. The casual spot serves Haitian-Caribbean food such as jerk chicken and fried snapper, as well as vegan options like spinach stew. Allow extra time to hang out in the garden and enjoy the midweek music and art events. Walk-ins only.

MILA (South Beach)

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MILA is a Mediterranean-inspired restaurant on Lincoln Road that boasts a 5,000-square-foot rooftop deck with a bohemian vibe and an upscale menu to match the surroundings. Stop in for signature dishes such as Wagyu beef carpaccio with onion jam and salted seaweed, and sweet-spicy soy glazed salmon with a panzanella tomato salad. Looking for a special occasion brunch? Check out the two-hour, shareable, multi-course menu, which includes options such as eggs Benedict with blood orange hollandaise sauce and corn on the cob with feta cream.  Check out the special New Year’s Eve experience available at this restaurant. Book by heading to the Experiences section here.

Layla (South Beach)

 Layla, a cozy spot serving shareable Mediterranean delights, is tucked inside the Kayak Hotel. Start with mezze platters before digging into larger plates such as the roasted eggplant and Moroccan salmon. Dine outside along the quiet Collins Canal under shimmering lights and plenty of greenery or enjoy a special chef’s dinner served family-style on the rooftop. Book by heading to the Experience section here.

Tigre (MiMo/Upper East Side)

Right off 79th Street along an often overlooked canal is Tigre, a quaint spot that’s inspired by the bistros often found in Buenos Aires. The leafy outdoor patio offers views of manatees happily floating by. Honing in on the Argentinian theme, the menu is heavy on meat offerings such as the 36-hour beef ribs, churrasco, and a beef and bone marrow burger — but there’s also plenty of seafood for those who aren’t carnivores.

Mariette Williams and Lauren McDowell contributed to this guide.

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