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Pool area at Strawberry Moon
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10 Picture-Perfect Miami Poolside and Beachfront Restaurants

Grab a drink and enjoy the view

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Pool area at Strawberry Moon
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Miami offers plenty of enjoyable dining experiences and a meal by the beach or pool is right up there with the best of them. When it comes to relaxed dining in South Florida, spending a few lazy hours soaking up the views and enjoying the waterfront breezes over a meal and drinks is the best way to enjoy Miami. Here are 10 restaurants around Miami with enviable poolside and beachside views.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

Watr at the 1 Rooftop

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Perched 18 floors above the beach, Watr at 1 Hotel South Beach serves Peruvian and Japanese cuisine next to an adults-only rooftop pool. The outdoor seating area makes the most of the hotel’s sweeping waterfront views with equally as stunning food. The all-day menu features shareable portions of guacamole, crispy Brussel sprouts, sushi, and crudo options, alongside entrees such as charred octopus, vegan burgers, and a steak saltado bowl.

Sweet Beach

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A sprawling backyard, inventive cocktails, and a laidback vibe make this one of Miami’s most popular beachside bars. Sweet Liberty Drinks & Supply Co.’s palm-filled pop-up is set poolside with easy Miami Beach boardwalk access, making it a perfect place to stop for a drink while taking a stroll along the beach. Aside from a menu of oysters, tamarind barbecue glazed chicken wings, and lobster roll sliders, this restaurant offers lawn games, live entertainment, sports broadcasts, and Sunday barbecue competitions.

Marea 1939

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Spanish cuisine served poolside is on the on the menu at Marea 1939. Created by chef Sergio Chamizo the menu is filled with items like roasted beet carpaccio, scallop crudo, honey-spiced duck breast, black paella, patatas bravas, and Spanish octopus. Desserts of Manchego cheese flan and caramelized tortilla brioche are just as tempting. Wash it all down with red, white, or sparkling sangria. 

Nautilus at the Loews Miami Beach Hotel

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Purchase a day pass at the Lowes Hotel and rent a chair, umbrella, or daybed by the beach or pool. Then sit back and enjoy dishes from the hotel’s on-site restaurant Nautilus like fried calamari, lobster rolls, chicken salad, Cuban sandwiches, and octopus skewers. An order of churros with caramel sauce or chocolate cake makes for the perfect sweet ending. 

Joia Beach

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A 45,000-square-foot waterfront club located on Watson Island, Joia Beach houses a 120-seat restaurant serving Mediterranean cuisine like hamachi crudo, beef carpaccio, fennel and jumbo crab salad, and churrasco. Grab a seat at the rustic-chic beach bar or lie back in one of the daybeds or teepees lining the ocean as a DJ spins a blend of tunes.

Baia Beach Club Miami

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Baia Beach Club, the Mondrian South Beach’s massive outdoor lounge and restaurant boasts bayside cabanas and pavilions in a casual atmosphere. Non-guests can experience chef Nelson Tabares’s healthy approach to Mediterranean cuisine at the waterfront full-service restaurant or enjoy poolside bites of sliders with caramelized onions, mushroom tacos, sushi boats, tuna poke, and vegan bowls. 

The Pool at Strawberry Moon

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For the ultimate Miami experience head to Goodtime Hotels’ rooftop restaurant Strawberry Moon. The space features twin pools divided by a runway and lined with greenery, chaise lounges, and private cabanas. Watch A-listers splash around the pool space and dine on items like branzino, octopus salad, kebabs, and pide Turkish pizza options washed back by refreshing cocktails.

Monty's Sunset - South Beach

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Located on the edge of the Miami Beach Marina, Monty’s Sunset serves solid bar fare and seafood offerings like oysters, she-crab soup, coconut shrimp, tuna ceviche, grouper Reubens, or lobster shrimp rolls. Enjoy a dip in the restaurant’s center pool and live music during its popular weekday happy hour while sipping on Pain Removers, the restaurant’s blend of dark rum, pineapple and orange juice with a touch of coconut.

Santorini by Georgios

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The Greek food is taken seriously at Santorini by Georgios, but the atmosphere is lighthearted at this restaurant docked at the beachfront Hilton Bentley. Dine to the sounds of live music by the pool and enjoy spanakopita, chicken kebabs, and lamb chops. The beach chairs here are very in demand and with good reason, the location is perfect for people watching and dining on beach bites while sipping pina coladas. 

Altitude Pool Deck at SLS Brickell Miami

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The Altitude pool deck at SLS Brickell offers a menu of dishes ranging from chicken wings and shrimp salad to chicken Milanese, eggplant Parmesan, and margherita pizza. Pool day passes start at $50 and there are also daybeds, shaded cabanas, and wellness packages to take advantage from. Sip on flavorful cocktails and enjoy the two sprawling pools and stunning views of Downtown Miami and the bay. 

Watr at the 1 Rooftop

Perched 18 floors above the beach, Watr at 1 Hotel South Beach serves Peruvian and Japanese cuisine next to an adults-only rooftop pool. The outdoor seating area makes the most of the hotel’s sweeping waterfront views with equally as stunning food. The all-day menu features shareable portions of guacamole, crispy Brussel sprouts, sushi, and crudo options, alongside entrees such as charred octopus, vegan burgers, and a steak saltado bowl.

Sweet Beach

A sprawling backyard, inventive cocktails, and a laidback vibe make this one of Miami’s most popular beachside bars. Sweet Liberty Drinks & Supply Co.’s palm-filled pop-up is set poolside with easy Miami Beach boardwalk access, making it a perfect place to stop for a drink while taking a stroll along the beach. Aside from a menu of oysters, tamarind barbecue glazed chicken wings, and lobster roll sliders, this restaurant offers lawn games, live entertainment, sports broadcasts, and Sunday barbecue competitions.

Marea 1939

Spanish cuisine served poolside is on the on the menu at Marea 1939. Created by chef Sergio Chamizo the menu is filled with items like roasted beet carpaccio, scallop crudo, honey-spiced duck breast, black paella, patatas bravas, and Spanish octopus. Desserts of Manchego cheese flan and caramelized tortilla brioche are just as tempting. Wash it all down with red, white, or sparkling sangria. 

Nautilus at the Loews Miami Beach Hotel

Purchase a day pass at the Lowes Hotel and rent a chair, umbrella, or daybed by the beach or pool. Then sit back and enjoy dishes from the hotel’s on-site restaurant Nautilus like fried calamari, lobster rolls, chicken salad, Cuban sandwiches, and octopus skewers. An order of churros with caramel sauce or chocolate cake makes for the perfect sweet ending. 

Joia Beach

A 45,000-square-foot waterfront club located on Watson Island, Joia Beach houses a 120-seat restaurant serving Mediterranean cuisine like hamachi crudo, beef carpaccio, fennel and jumbo crab salad, and churrasco. Grab a seat at the rustic-chic beach bar or lie back in one of the daybeds or teepees lining the ocean as a DJ spins a blend of tunes.

Baia Beach Club Miami

Baia Beach Club, the Mondrian South Beach’s massive outdoor lounge and restaurant boasts bayside cabanas and pavilions in a casual atmosphere. Non-guests can experience chef Nelson Tabares’s healthy approach to Mediterranean cuisine at the waterfront full-service restaurant or enjoy poolside bites of sliders with caramelized onions, mushroom tacos, sushi boats, tuna poke, and vegan bowls. 

The Pool at Strawberry Moon

For the ultimate Miami experience head to Goodtime Hotels’ rooftop restaurant Strawberry Moon. The space features twin pools divided by a runway and lined with greenery, chaise lounges, and private cabanas. Watch A-listers splash around the pool space and dine on items like branzino, octopus salad, kebabs, and pide Turkish pizza options washed back by refreshing cocktails.

Monty's Sunset - South Beach

Located on the edge of the Miami Beach Marina, Monty’s Sunset serves solid bar fare and seafood offerings like oysters, she-crab soup, coconut shrimp, tuna ceviche, grouper Reubens, or lobster shrimp rolls. Enjoy a dip in the restaurant’s center pool and live music during its popular weekday happy hour while sipping on Pain Removers, the restaurant’s blend of dark rum, pineapple and orange juice with a touch of coconut.

Santorini by Georgios

The Greek food is taken seriously at Santorini by Georgios, but the atmosphere is lighthearted at this restaurant docked at the beachfront Hilton Bentley. Dine to the sounds of live music by the pool and enjoy spanakopita, chicken kebabs, and lamb chops. The beach chairs here are very in demand and with good reason, the location is perfect for people watching and dining on beach bites while sipping pina coladas. 

Altitude Pool Deck at SLS Brickell Miami

The Altitude pool deck at SLS Brickell offers a menu of dishes ranging from chicken wings and shrimp salad to chicken Milanese, eggplant Parmesan, and margherita pizza. Pool day passes start at $50 and there are also daybeds, shaded cabanas, and wellness packages to take advantage from. Sip on flavorful cocktails and enjoy the two sprawling pools and stunning views of Downtown Miami and the bay. 

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