Miami has great weather year round — and the patios to prove it. Outdoor dining is a perk of living in the Sunshine State, giving residents the chance to dine al fresco on everything from Cuban to Italian. And the settings in Miami are just as diverse as the city’s cuisines: Take your pick from water views, city skylines, abundant gardens, or raucous rooftops.
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For Latin American in Wynwood: Amara at Paraiso
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 spot for midweek happy hour or Sunday brunch, snag a scenic seat on the upper deck.
For Cuban-inflected fine dining in Coconut Grove: Ariete
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: a 14-day dry aged duck breast with pistachio dukkah, a duck tamale with wild mushroom and foie gravy, and a duck fricassee pastelito with green salad.
For bottomless mimosas Downtown: Casa Florida
Casa Florida is basically three outdoor spaces in one, allowing diners to choose their ideal atmosphere. “The Playground” features a ping pong table and a renovated 1969 GM bus that serves as a cocktail lounge. For the second, head up to “the Deck” to grab a drink from the shipping container turned bar and DJ booth. Lastly, “the Lawn” is a smattering of socially distanced tables to eat dishes such as tuna tostadas or zucchini carpaccio. To make a day of it, book the bottomless mimosas experience on OpenTable.
For a meat-centric feast in Wynwood: The Butcher Shop Beer Garden
Craving some meat? Get your protein fix with the housemade 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. Snag 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 large beer selection.
For an ocean view in South Beach: Fuego y Mar
At Fuego y Mar, the menu is influenced by Mexican, Cuban, Venezuelan and Colombian cuisines, with a focus on fresh, 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, offering omelet and carving stations with unlimited mimosas or bellinis to wash them down.
For sunset views in Wynwood: Astra
The 10,000-square-foot rooftop deck at Astra features lots of greenery and laidback couch seating, giving diners plenty of room to spread out and enjoy the sunsets in Wynwood. The Mediterranean menu includes lobster pasta, lamb chops, and grilled octopus, along with a late-night menu and a bottomless brunch option on Sundays.
For fresh Florida seafood in Wynwood: Three and No.3 Social
The food at Three and No.3 Social is inspired by local flavors, where the seasonal, market-driven menu can include grilled beef rib and Florida lobster tartine. Diners can eat in the lounge or on the rooftop deck that overlooks the artsy neighborhood. Popular cocktails like “Fly Me to Tulum,” a riff on a spicy margarita, and the rosé-based “F’Rose” are just as summery and bright as the restaurant’s decor.
For Italian on the Upper East Side: Vista
Venture to Miami’s Upper East Side to dine at Vista, an Italian restaurant with two outdoor seating areas: a flourishing, plant-filled outdoor garden and a soaring rooftop deck. The restaurant’s menu ranges from pizzas to proteins, with dishes such as arugula and prosciutto pizza, chicken milanese panini, and gnocchi sorrentina pasta.
For Caribbean in Liberty City: Naomi’s Garden
Naomi’s Garden started as a vegetarian food truck, but now has a permanent home 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.
For an epic rooftop in South Beach: MILA
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 hand-cut beef tartare and a seasonal mushroom hot pot with truffles. Want to mark a special holiday? Keep an eye out for the restaurant’s prix fixe holiday experiences on OpenTable, like the three-course Valentine’s Day dinner available to reserve on the rooftop.
Mariette Williams is a South Florida-based travel and culture writer who has been featured in Travel + Leisure, Essence, VICE, and lots more. Follow her on Twitter @mariettewrites.