With outdoor seating as our only option to experience our favorite eateries outside of the home, it’s been hard to find a good spot that isn’t too uncomfortable in this sweltering heat. Since much of Miami and South Florida is embraced by water, you’d think it’d be easier to find charming eateries with unobstructed views of the bay or ocean. Well, we’ve done some research for you by checking which of our favorite waterfront dining spots are open and waiting for you to arrive:
GG’s Waterfront is one of Hollywood’s waterside icons, still kicking after being a Rat Pack favorite hang in the 1950s and 60s. You can dock your boat right there, so come in for outdoor dining to indulge in their American classics and lively brunch and happy hour atmosphere.
If you’re looking for something a little more elevated than the American classics you’ll find at most of these joints, The Deck is a good choice. Located inside Island Gardens, you’re first greeted by the surrounding tropical oasis before you even set your eyes on the shimmering waters of the bay. Nestle yourself under bohemian umbrellas and take your pick of this fine dining menu.
Black Point Ocean Grill is a great spot for whenever you head down south on one of your many day trips to Homestead. It’s one of those classic waterside, umbrella-lined dining spots, the only difference here is that it’s the only spot giving off beautiful views to the inlet in Black Point marina, so there’s an isolation factor here you won’t really get anywhere else.
Le Tub is a waterfront saloon in Hollywood, dishing out seafood and grilled classics out of a former gas station. It’s overgrown and eclectic, filled with hand-picked water-themed items the restaurant’s owner found while jogging on the beach over the years. It has that homegrown, low-key feeling we all love, plus a burger that has been featured in GQ and The Oprah Winfrey Show.
via Flickr by Amanda White Photography
Monty’s is an absolute Miami staple, still serving the classic, outdoor tiki vibes we all love for decades. It’s a favorite for happy hour, where locals flock for their array of frozen drinks, beers on tap, and freshly-caught seafood. Whether you choose to visit their Coconut Grove or South Beach locations, both offer breezy views of the bay.
Garcia’s Seafood Grille & Fish Market is an absolute Miami classic and we would be remiss not to include it on this here round-up. While many eateries along the Miami River play to the yacht-owning crowds, Garcia’s is welcoming for everyone with its laid-back atmosphere and no-frills, seafood-forward menu that features some of the best quality fish in town.
ETARU in Hallandale is another favorite waterfront spot with unobstructed, second-story views of the ocean. From the co-founder of Zuma worldwide, this Japanese robatayaki-style eatery blends a perfect mix of refined experience with the welcoming ambiance of most waterfront spots we love. Their happy hour is easily one of the best in the region.
Amara at Paraiso is easily one of the most beautiful waterfront restaurants in town. From the talented mind of award-winning chef, Michael Schwartz, the team behind many of Miami’s favorites like Michael’s Genuine and Harry’s Pizza, this idyllic spot is worth the trip. Whether you’re digging your toes into the self-made beach or sharing a plate of fresh oysters and champagne, there’s no wrong way to have a good time here.
Finally, we couldn’t have a waterfront dining round-up without Chef Gaston Acurio’s Miami stunner: La Mar. Located inside the chic, Mandarin Oriental, this Peruvian outpost delivers fine dining along with a breathtaking view of the skyline over Biscayne Bay. While La Mar has been here long enough to be a Miami Spice staple, it still never disappoints.
Cover photo courtesy of Monty’s.