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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.

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Amara at Paraiso

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Michael Schwartz’s restaurant sits directly on Biscayne Bay. It 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.

Watr at the 1 Rooftop

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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.

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. 

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

Garcia's

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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 over 50 years and offers covered seating on both the first and second-floor patios.

Il Gabbiano

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This swanky Italian restaurant 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.

Area 31

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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 a seafood feast, grab a seat on its outdoor patio and soak up the views.

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

Smith & Wollensky

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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.

La Mar by Gaston Acurio at Mandarin Oriental, Miami

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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 few 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 overlooking the water towards the Downtown/ Brickell area.

Rusty Pelican (Miami)

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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 cityscape silhouette grow at sunset.

Amara at Paraiso

Michael Schwartz’s restaurant sits directly on Biscayne Bay. It 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.

Watr at the 1 Rooftop

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.

Astra

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. 

Juvia

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

Garcia's

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

Il Gabbiano

This swanky Italian restaurant 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.

Area 31

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 a seafood feast, grab a seat on its outdoor patio and soak up the views.

Sugar

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

Smith & Wollensky

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.

La Mar by Gaston Acurio at Mandarin Oriental, Miami

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 few 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 overlooking the water towards the Downtown/ Brickell area.

Rusty Pelican (Miami)

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

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