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15 Sheltered Spots for Dining Outdoors in Miami When It Rains

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Miami’s weather is one of the most enviable traits the city has — making patio dining possible all year long. But, it also makes diners subject to the never predictable South Florida weather including torrential downpours that occur almost daily in the Magic City.

So while indoor dining rooms currently closed due to the coronavirus pandemic, outdoor dining, along with takeout and delivery, are Miami’s new normal, below are 15 spots that will shield diners from the unpredictable South Florida weather year round.

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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1. Ironside Pizza

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7580 NE 4th Ct
Miami, FL 33138
(305) 203-3218
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This longstanding Italian favorite, nestled inside the up-and-coming Ironside complex, has long been a favorite for classic, perfectly-charred Neapolitan style pizzas that boast the right combination of crunch and chew. Its newly revamped digs adds even more covered outdoor seating, while the restaurant keeps with its BYOB roots encouraging guests to bring their favorite bottle of vino to pair with its large assortment of pizza pies.

2. La Placita

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6789 Biscayne Blvd
Miami, FL 33138
(305) 400-8173
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La Placita has transformed itself into four different eateries, all outdoors and all featuring a rooftop that can shield diners from any of the elements Miami’s tricky weather can bring. The Puerto Rican outpost by Jose Mendin now boasts a grab-and-go juice bar, famer’s market, a taqueria, plus a full-service eatery with plates ranging from $5-19.

3. Vista Restaurant

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5020 NE 2nd Ave
Miami, FL 33137
(305) 405-7547
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Grab a seat at Vista’s colorful and charming patio — where somehow no matter the temperature or the weather it always feels cool and breezy — and dine on dishes with Italian with Miami influences like calamari with sesame salt, crudo with mango salad, Maltagliati pasta with brisket, poblano pesto gnocchi, and snapper a la plancha.

4. 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. But even when the weather turns sour, most of the seats are covered and the menu is still worth checking out filled with items like its short rib empanadas, yucca cheese puffs, grilled red snapper, and its surf-and-turf parradilla.

5. BAKAN

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2801 NW 2nd Ave
Miami, FL 33127
(305) 396-7080
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This Mexican-inspired outpost in the heart of Wynwood, features a variety of regional Mexican dishes and a large assortment of mezcal and tequila offerings all in its well-covered outdoor patio that prevents guests from too much heat or rain.

6. Le Chick Miami

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310 NW 24th St
Miami, FL 33127
(786) 216-7086
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A little rain won’t stop Le Chick. The Amsterdam implant serves up fried chicken and decadent burgers no matter how bad the weather is thanks to its retractable roof positioned over the patio. Get the Royale with cheese if a burger is on the brain or have a little bit of everything and order the ‘Why Not’ platter that comes with pork ribs, fried chicken, rotisserie chicken, a mountain of onion rings, and special sauces for each.

7. The Butcher Shop Beer Garden & Grill

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165 NW 23rd St
Miami, FL 33127
(305) 846-9120
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Since its opening in 2013, Butcher Shop has successfully served as a butcher shop, beer garden, and popular eatery with most of its seating in the outdoor patio that is fully covered to spare guests from the elements. The menu features hearty comfort food like burgers where the bacon and cheese are mixed directly into the patty and hot German pretzels served with cheese sauce.

8. Verde

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1103 Biscayne Blvd
Miami, FL 33132
(786) 345-5697
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Grab a seat at Verde’s expansive covered patio overlooking Biscayne Bay and dine on dishes like prosciutto pizza, its popular chicken under a brick, and grilled salmon. Of course leave room for dessert as its chef Hedy Goldsmith brings back her popular pastries to the restaurant.

9. ALL DAY

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1035 N Miami Ave
Miami, FL 33136
(305) 699-3447
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Don’t let rain ruin that coffee date. All Day has shifted all of its seating outdoors, lining the building with quaint tables that hide guests from oncoming bad weather. And doesn’t watching the rain with a perfectly prepared cup of joe — and maybe one of its popular breakfast sandwiches, like the “runny and everything” that oozes with eggs — seem like an ideal pairing?

10. Macchialina

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820 Alton Rd
Miami Beach, FL 33139
(305) 534-2124
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Dine on well-executed Italian classics like braised short-rib lasagna, branzino, veal Milanese, in Macchialina’s ample outdoor dining area dubbed “il Giardino” offering plenty of fully covered dining that holds up to Miami’s not-so-predictable weather.

11. Garcias

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501-599 NW 5th St
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 diners can grab a bite on its first or second floor patios that both boast cover from the rain.

12. Orilla Bar & Grill

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426 Euclid Ave
Miami Beach, FL 33139
(305) 397-8806
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This South American fusion outpost on Miami Beach serves up favorites like spicy beef empanadas, crispy arancini, bucatini pasta, and a variety of steaks seared on the charcoal grill, all in a sexy tropical outdoor space that is fully covered for those occasional sudden showers.

13. Il Gabbiano

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335 S Biscayne Blvd
Miami, FL 33131
(305) 373-0063
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This swanky spot located in Downtown Miami sits right on the water in the back of the unsuspecting One Miami condo building that boasts a fully covered patio area. It’s one of those places with impressive white glove service that keeps guests coming back. Expect a large bread basket, chunks of Parmesan cheese, bruschetta, and fried zucchini to appear before menus are even opened or any ordering has taken place.

14. Fiola Miami

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1500 San Ignacio Ave
Coral Gables, FL 33146
(305) 912-2639
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While date night is a bit more tricky nowadays, uber-chic Coral Gables eatery Fiola is still bringing its top notch service and Italian fair to diners thanks to its well covered outside seating. From caviar to white truffles to a wagyu ribeye, the high-end dishes are worth the splurge.

15. Latin House

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8695 SW 124th Ave
Miami, FL 33183
(786) 953-6331
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Diners can grab a seat a Latin House’s new outdoor patio cheekily named “El Patio,” which is fully covered from the elements. While dining, opt from options like a hearty plate of tacos, pig “wings,” chicken tenders, elote, and even keto-friendly dishes, all without having to worry about the rain.

1. Ironside Pizza

7580 NE 4th Ct, Miami, FL 33138

This longstanding Italian favorite, nestled inside the up-and-coming Ironside complex, has long been a favorite for classic, perfectly-charred Neapolitan style pizzas that boast the right combination of crunch and chew. Its newly revamped digs adds even more covered outdoor seating, while the restaurant keeps with its BYOB roots encouraging guests to bring their favorite bottle of vino to pair with its large assortment of pizza pies.

7580 NE 4th Ct
Miami, FL 33138

2. La Placita

6789 Biscayne Blvd, Miami, FL 33138

La Placita has transformed itself into four different eateries, all outdoors and all featuring a rooftop that can shield diners from any of the elements Miami’s tricky weather can bring. The Puerto Rican outpost by Jose Mendin now boasts a grab-and-go juice bar, famer’s market, a taqueria, plus a full-service eatery with plates ranging from $5-19.

6789 Biscayne Blvd
Miami, FL 33138

3. Vista Restaurant

5020 NE 2nd Ave, Miami, FL 33137

Grab a seat at Vista’s colorful and charming patio — where somehow no matter the temperature or the weather it always feels cool and breezy — and dine on dishes with Italian with Miami influences like calamari with sesame salt, crudo with mango salad, Maltagliati pasta with brisket, poblano pesto gnocchi, and snapper a la plancha.

5020 NE 2nd Ave
Miami, FL 33137

4. 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. But even when the weather turns sour, most of the seats are covered and the menu is still worth checking out filled with items like its short rib empanadas, yucca cheese puffs, grilled red snapper, and its surf-and-turf parradilla.

3101 NE 7th Ave
Miami, FL 33137

5. BAKAN

2801 NW 2nd Ave, Miami, FL 33127

This Mexican-inspired outpost in the heart of Wynwood, features a variety of regional Mexican dishes and a large assortment of mezcal and tequila offerings all in its well-covered outdoor patio that prevents guests from too much heat or rain.

2801 NW 2nd Ave
Miami, FL 33127

6. Le Chick Miami

310 NW 24th St, Miami, FL 33127

A little rain won’t stop Le Chick. The Amsterdam implant serves up fried chicken and decadent burgers no matter how bad the weather is thanks to its retractable roof positioned over the patio. Get the Royale with cheese if a burger is on the brain or have a little bit of everything and order the ‘Why Not’ platter that comes with pork ribs, fried chicken, rotisserie chicken, a mountain of onion rings, and special sauces for each.

310 NW 24th St
Miami, FL 33127

7. The Butcher Shop Beer Garden & Grill

165 NW 23rd St, Miami, FL 33127

Since its opening in 2013, Butcher Shop has successfully served as a butcher shop, beer garden, and popular eatery with most of its seating in the outdoor patio that is fully covered to spare guests from the elements. The menu features hearty comfort food like burgers where the bacon and cheese are mixed directly into the patty and hot German pretzels served with cheese sauce.

165 NW 23rd St
Miami, FL 33127

8. Verde

1103 Biscayne Blvd, Miami, FL 33132

Grab a seat at Verde’s expansive covered patio overlooking Biscayne Bay and dine on dishes like prosciutto pizza, its popular chicken under a brick, and grilled salmon. Of course leave room for dessert as its chef Hedy Goldsmith brings back her popular pastries to the restaurant.

1103 Biscayne Blvd
Miami, FL 33132

9. ALL DAY

1035 N Miami Ave, Miami, FL 33136

Don’t let rain ruin that coffee date. All Day has shifted all of its seating outdoors, lining the building with quaint tables that hide guests from oncoming bad weather. And doesn’t watching the rain with a perfectly prepared cup of joe — and maybe one of its popular breakfast sandwiches, like the “runny and everything” that oozes with eggs — seem like an ideal pairing?

1035 N Miami Ave
Miami, FL 33136

10. Macchialina

820 Alton Rd, Miami Beach, FL 33139

Dine on well-executed Italian classics like braised short-rib lasagna, branzino, veal Milanese, in Macchialina’s ample outdoor dining area dubbed “il Giardino” offering plenty of fully covered dining that holds up to Miami’s not-so-predictable weather.

820 Alton Rd
Miami Beach, FL 33139

11. Garcias

501-599 NW 5th St, 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 diners can grab a bite on its first or second floor patios that both boast cover from the rain.

501-599 NW 5th St
Miami, FL 33128

12. Orilla Bar & Grill

426 Euclid Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139

This South American fusion outpost on Miami Beach serves up favorites like spicy beef empanadas, crispy arancini, bucatini pasta, and a variety of steaks seared on the charcoal grill, all in a sexy tropical outdoor space that is fully covered for those occasional sudden showers.

426 Euclid Ave
Miami Beach, FL 33139

13. Il Gabbiano

335 S Biscayne Blvd, Miami, FL 33131

This swanky spot located in Downtown Miami sits right on the water in the back of the unsuspecting One Miami condo building that boasts a fully covered patio area. It’s one of those places with impressive white glove service that keeps guests coming back. Expect a large bread basket, chunks of Parmesan cheese, bruschetta, and fried zucchini to appear before menus are even opened or any ordering has taken place.

335 S Biscayne Blvd
Miami, FL 33131

14. Fiola Miami

1500 San Ignacio Ave, Coral Gables, FL 33146

While date night is a bit more tricky nowadays, uber-chic Coral Gables eatery Fiola is still bringing its top notch service and Italian fair to diners thanks to its well covered outside seating. From caviar to white truffles to a wagyu ribeye, the high-end dishes are worth the splurge.

1500 San Ignacio Ave
Coral Gables, FL 33146

15. Latin House

8695 SW 124th Ave, Miami, FL 33183

Diners can grab a seat a Latin House’s new outdoor patio cheekily named “El Patio,” which is fully covered from the elements. While dining, opt from options like a hearty plate of tacos, pig “wings,” chicken tenders, elote, and even keto-friendly dishes, all without having to worry about the rain.

8695 SW 124th Ave
Miami, FL 33183

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