Miami's 10 Best Restaurants for Outdoor and Terrace Dining
Miami's 10 Best Restaurants for Outdoor and Terrace Dining - baoli
Miami's 10 Best Restaurants for Outdoor and Terrace Dining -
Miami is a city just right for al fresco dining: with perfect beach weather and more paradise patios than you can count, outdoor diners are spoiled for choice. Brickell, Coconut Grove, Little Haiti and Little Havana offer an urban atmosphere with ethnic, authentic cuisines, while Miami Beach dining, given a little localsavoir faire, offers a diverse selection as well as a remarkable experience. Here are ten al fresco suggestions for eating out in Miami.
Bringing knowledge from their exceptional lounges in Cannes, France, The Bâoli Group is stunning South Beach daily with their newly opened-and-renovated venue on Collins Avenue. Bâoli’s outdoor space offers a whimsical sophistication and modern Mediterranean-Asian cuisine. Chef Gustavo Vertone combines fresh, local ingredients with Omakase style dining, meaning he has free rein to be innovative with your meal. The weekly Wednesday event, ‘My Boyfriend Is Out Of Town’ has boosted Bâoli to hot-spot status on South Beach for cuisine, entertainment and celebrity sightings.
Bâoli, 1906 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, FL, United States, +1 (305) 674-8822
Miami Beach is all about swimming pools, sunshine and glitzy parties. Terrazzaoffers all this plus casual al fresco dining overlooking the Shore Club's famous infinity edge pool. The restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, but the stunner is their Ladies Who Brunch event on Sundays from 11am-4pm. The brunch menu offers a smattering of flavours, from lemon ricotta pancakes and French toast to Tuscan beef stew and spaghetti bolognese. For $44 USD ladies (and men for $20 extra) can indulge in brunch, including unlimited mimosas, bellinis and bloody marys.
Terrazza, 1901 Collins Avenue, South Beach, FL, United States, +1 (305) 695-3100
Seasalt and Pepper
Uniquely positioned on the Miami River, Seasalt and Pepper is an exciting new dining addition to Miami’s up-and-coming riverfront neighbourhood, offering creative and signature gastronomy classics with an emphasis on freshly sourced produce, flavour pairings and thoughtful presentations. The menu at Seasalt and Pepper features items from wood-burning ovens, which deliver roasted and flavored casseroles of seafood and vegetables along with sumptuous grass-fed rib-eye and veal chop. Additionally there is a variety of carefully-curated raw bar, pastas and risottos. Art installations from renowned local artist Carlos Betancourt dress the restaurant’s interior, while outdoor seating yields a relaxing view of the Miami River and everything from small paddle-boats to million-dollar yachts.
Seasalt and Pepper, 422 N.W. North River Drive, Miami, FL, United States, +1 (305) 982-8995
LuLu is a dog-friendly, funky neighbourhood restaurant with a sophisticated yet personable vibe. Located on the bustling street corner of Coconut Grove’s Commodore Plaza, LuLu aims to serve customers food that inspires conversation. A great place to sit back and people watch, while enjoying the extensive menu options from tapas-style plates, entrees, wines and cocktails. LuLu’s neighbourhood restaurant is nothing short of innovative. Some local favourites are: shrimp and grits, veal meatballs, fried green tomatoes and the green tomato BLT. The bacon-infused bloody mary and the house sangria are also popular go-to menu items.
LuLu, 3105 Commodore Plaza, Coconut Grove, FL, United States, +1 (305) 447-5858
Sunset Lounge at Mondrian South Beach is one piece of the giant, iconic puzzle put together by the magical mind of Marcel Wanders. The multi-space restaurant includes a lobby bar, lounge and poolside area with private cabanas. The menu offers bites that cater to every mood and palate, including but not limited to: kale, brussels sprouts, salads, chipotle-lime chicken and carne asada skirt steak tacos. Sunset Lounge is open from 7-11pm every night and even later on Thursdays and Saturdays. The space is poised for a romantic night or an evening with friends. Sunset Lounge offers an inspired and relaxing space to enjoy the setting sun Miami-style, starting with a happy hour cocktail and ending with a meal and music.
Soya e Pomodoro
Located in the heart of downtown Miami, Soya e Pomodoro is an off-the-beaten path bohemian gem that Miami locals barely know. This Italian restaurant is owned-and-operated by a tight-nit group of Italians who close the restaurant every August and trek back to Italy. Offering classic Italian dishes and live music on Friday nights, Soya e Pomodoro offers an ambience like nothing else in Miami. The restaurant is nestled between old Miami mafia buildings, which once hosted a bank and other commerce businesses. With an eclectic array of paintings, plants, wrought iron, old furniture and bookshelves Soya e Pomodoro feels more like a living room in Florence than an Italian restaurant in Miami. The eggplant Parmesan reigns here.
Juvia is located in the penthouse of the Herzog & de Mueron parking building on Lincoln Avenue, which is just as famous as the models photographed and sprawled across its concrete infrastructure. Accessed by a private elevator, Juvia gives its guests a 360 degree unobstructed view of the Atlantic ocean and South Beach’s famed Art Deco District. On the patio, this James Beard Foundation restaurant award winner displays a tropically chic vertical garden designed by internationally acclaimed botanist, Patrick Blanc, meant to evoke the lushness of the Amazon rainforest. Juvia’s menu offers Euro-Asian-Latin cuisine with an abundant selection of ceviches, tiraditos, fresh seafood and prime meats served tapas-style and as main plates.
The brainchild of Chef Rainer Becker, ZUMA has a string of accolades, from Wine Spectator Awards to Open Table merits. Focused on authentic, nontraditional Japanese cuisine, ZUMA Miami opened its doors in 2010, emulating the success of its London homestead restaurant. Tokyo based Noriyoshi Muramatsu, designed the restaurant’s granite-laid structure using neutral tones that accent Japanese rice paper panels extending from the ceiling. Set at the base of the Epic hotel on the Miami River, ZUMA’s environment resembles that of Izakaya style dining. ZUMA is one of the only restaurants in Miami with boat accessibility that offers guests private marina dockage while dining. Signature dishes include: spicy beef tenderloin, seabass sashimi, kurobutu pork belly skewers, black cod, king crab and the arjun negi toro roll.
ZUMA, 270 Biscayne Boulevard Way, Miami, FL, United States, +1 (305) 577-0277
Smith & Wollensky
Known for preparing and serving premium quality dry-aged meats, the elegant but not pretentious, Smith & Wollensky offers the best al fresco dining in which to enjoy a USDA Prime steak and glass of wine. Located at the southernmost point of South Beach where the cruise port and Miami skyline meet, guests of Smith & Wollensky can relax on a beautiful patio view while savouring the restaurant’s lobster mango salad or rib eye carpaccio. Celebrities and politicians are both frequent guests of the restaurant, however, they are not the only famous faces around: the classic façade of Smith & Wollensky has made a cameo in American blockbusters such as High Fidelity, American Psycho, The Devil Wears Prada, The Break-up and The Dilemma.
Smith & Wollensky, 1 Washington Avenue, Miami Beach, FL, United States, +1 (305) 673-2800
Located in the Delano, one of Miami's über chic Art Deco hotels, Bianca offers a classic and eclectic mix of dining options and atmosphere. Executive Chef Brian Massie showcases his culinary talent through dishes like seared swordfish, handmade pomodoro, squid ink tagliolini and the big eye tuna pizza. The discreet outdoor patio at Bianca is stylish, sophisticated and playful. Tables overlook a grand courtyard bearing a large rectangular pool lined in white cabanas. Trees are decorated with glowing lanterns where an over-sized chessboard can be seen, resembling something from Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland. After dinner, a stroll through the courtyard is the natural next option, followed by a walk on the beach, just a few steps away.
Bianca, 1685 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, FL, United States, +1 (305) 674-5752