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11 Miami Restaurants That Boast Dining With a View

Where to sit and soak up the views

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Sometimes the best things to see go beyond the dinner table. Miami has no shortage of skylines, waterscapes, and places to people watch. Here are a collection of 11 restaurants offering some of the best views to take in while eating.

Editor’s Note: Most Florida restaurants have resumed indoor and outdoor dining services. However, this should not be taken as endorsement for onsite dining, as there are still safety concerns: for updated information on coronavirus cases in your area, please visit the Florida Health Department’s website. Studies indicate that there is a lower exposure risk when outdoors, but the level of risk involved with patio dining is contingent on restaurants following strict social distancing and other safety guidelines.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Amara at Paraiso

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3101 NE 7th Ave
Miami, FL 33137
(305) 702-5528
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Michael Schwartz’s eatery sits directly on Biscayne Bay and showcases stunning views that can be seen from the expansive patio area, making it a perfect spot to sip on rose waterside while dining on bites like short rib empanadas, yucca cheese puffs, grilled red snapper, and its surf-and-turf parradilla.

2. Watr at the 1 Rooftop

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2341 Collins Ave
Miami Beach, FL 33139
(305) 604-6580
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Eighteen stories above 1 Hotel South Beach’s private beach, Watr At The 1 Rooftop serves up Peruvian and Japanese seafood with a heavy dose of atmosphere. Open daily for lunch and dinner, dusk tends to be the prime time for the public to partake in crudo, chardonnay, and waterfront selfies.

3. Astra

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2103 NW 2nd Ave
Miami, FL 33127
(305) 573-5778
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Atop Italian hot spot, Sette Osteria, Astra, a chic outdoor lounge dishes out Mediterranean plates — like kebab and Psari (fish) — inventive cocktails — like tropical ouzo — and city views to an eager Wynwood crowd. 

4. Juvia

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1111 Lincoln Rd
Miami Beach, FL 33139
(305) 763-8272
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Set atop the chains of Lincoln Road, Juvia is located in penthouse of the 1111 Lincoln Road parking garage, offering picturesque views of South Beach from every angle from its outdoor terrace.

5. Garcia's

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398 NW N River Dr
Miami, FL 33128
(305) 375-0765
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This classic Miami spot that overlooks the Miami River has been serving up freshly caught — right off the boat in some cases — seafood for more than 50 years, and offers covered seating on both the first or second floor patios.

6. Il Gabbiano

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335 S Biscayne Blvd
Miami, FL 33131
(305) 373-0063
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This swanky Italian eatery is filled nightly with Miami's movers and shakers who want to dine on lobster ravioli and its famous bread basket, while also soaking up views of Biscayne Bay from its expansive patio.

7. Area 31

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270 Biscayne Boulevard Way
Miami, FL 33131
(305) 424-5234
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Perched 16 floors high inside the EPIC Hotel in Downtown Miami, this longtime restaurant still has some of the best views of Miami's Downtown skyline in the city. Whether going for its popular happy hour or for a seafood feast, grab a seat on its outdoor patio and soak up the views.

8. Sugar

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40, 788 Brickell Plaza
Miami, FL 33131
(786) 805-4655
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This bar and eatery located 50 floors high inside the East Hotel features breathtaking views of Brickell and Downtown Miami along with plenty of see and be scene vibes.

9. Smith & Wollensky

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1 Washington Avenue
Miami Beach, FL 33139
(305) 673-2800
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This classic steakhouse perched in the South of Fifth neighborhood is just as popular for its views as it is for its meat selection. Grab a drink on the overlook deck and soak up the waterfront views while dining on your meal.

10. La Mar by Gaston Acurio at Mandarin Oriental, Miami

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500 Brickell Key Dr
Miami, FL 33131
(305) 913-8288
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Brickell Key seems to be one of those places kept secret by the locals. It's a manmade island stacked with condos with few tourist attractions besides a couple of restaurants and the Mandarin Oriental Hotel. Head to La Mar for a Peruvian brunch, lunch, or dinner service, while sitting outside under a canopy with views over looking the water towards the Downtown/ Brickell area.

11. Rusty Pelican (Miami)

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3201 Rickenbacker Cswy
Miami, FL 33149
(305) 361-3818
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This Miami staple still boasts one of the best views of the city. Head to Key Biscayne for a quiet lunch or watch the silhouette of the cityscape grow at sunset.

1. Amara at Paraiso

3101 NE 7th Ave, Miami, FL 33137

Michael Schwartz’s eatery sits directly on Biscayne Bay and showcases stunning views that can be seen from the expansive patio area, making it a perfect spot to sip on rose waterside while dining on bites like short rib empanadas, yucca cheese puffs, grilled red snapper, and its surf-and-turf parradilla.

3101 NE 7th Ave
Miami, FL 33137

2. Watr at the 1 Rooftop

2341 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139

Eighteen stories above 1 Hotel South Beach’s private beach, Watr At The 1 Rooftop serves up Peruvian and Japanese seafood with a heavy dose of atmosphere. Open daily for lunch and dinner, dusk tends to be the prime time for the public to partake in crudo, chardonnay, and waterfront selfies.

2341 Collins Ave
Miami Beach, FL 33139

3. Astra

2103 NW 2nd Ave, Miami, FL 33127

Atop Italian hot spot, Sette Osteria, Astra, a chic outdoor lounge dishes out Mediterranean plates — like kebab and Psari (fish) — inventive cocktails — like tropical ouzo — and city views to an eager Wynwood crowd. 

2103 NW 2nd Ave
Miami, FL 33127

4. Juvia

1111 Lincoln Rd, Miami Beach, FL 33139

Set atop the chains of Lincoln Road, Juvia is located in penthouse of the 1111 Lincoln Road parking garage, offering picturesque views of South Beach from every angle from its outdoor terrace.

1111 Lincoln Rd
Miami Beach, FL 33139

5. Garcia's

398 NW N River Dr, Miami, FL 33128

This classic Miami spot that overlooks the Miami River has been serving up freshly caught — right off the boat in some cases — seafood for more than 50 years, and offers covered seating on both the first or second floor patios.

398 NW N River Dr
Miami, FL 33128

6. Il Gabbiano

335 S Biscayne Blvd, Miami, FL 33131

This swanky Italian eatery is filled nightly with Miami's movers and shakers who want to dine on lobster ravioli and its famous bread basket, while also soaking up views of Biscayne Bay from its expansive patio.

335 S Biscayne Blvd
Miami, FL 33131

7. Area 31

270 Biscayne Boulevard Way, Miami, FL 33131

Perched 16 floors high inside the EPIC Hotel in Downtown Miami, this longtime restaurant still has some of the best views of Miami's Downtown skyline in the city. Whether going for its popular happy hour or for a seafood feast, grab a seat on its outdoor patio and soak up the views.

270 Biscayne Boulevard Way
Miami, FL 33131

8. Sugar

40, 788 Brickell Plaza, Miami, FL 33131

This bar and eatery located 50 floors high inside the East Hotel features breathtaking views of Brickell and Downtown Miami along with plenty of see and be scene vibes.

40, 788 Brickell Plaza
Miami, FL 33131

9. Smith & Wollensky

1 Washington Avenue, Miami Beach, FL 33139

This classic steakhouse perched in the South of Fifth neighborhood is just as popular for its views as it is for its meat selection. Grab a drink on the overlook deck and soak up the waterfront views while dining on your meal.

1 Washington Avenue
Miami Beach, FL 33139

10. La Mar by Gaston Acurio at Mandarin Oriental, Miami

500 Brickell Key Dr, Miami, FL 33131

Brickell Key seems to be one of those places kept secret by the locals. It's a manmade island stacked with condos with few tourist attractions besides a couple of restaurants and the Mandarin Oriental Hotel. Head to La Mar for a Peruvian brunch, lunch, or dinner service, while sitting outside under a canopy with views over looking the water towards the Downtown/ Brickell area.

500 Brickell Key Dr
Miami, FL 33131

11. Rusty Pelican (Miami)

3201 Rickenbacker Cswy, Miami, FL 33149

This Miami staple still boasts one of the best views of the city. Head to Key Biscayne for a quiet lunch or watch the silhouette of the cityscape grow at sunset.

3201 Rickenbacker Cswy
Miami, FL 33149

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