Recent ordinances might have allowed restaurants to open up interiors to 50% capacity, but some of just still don’t want to take any chances and that’s totally okay. The great thing about the weather becoming slightly more bearable is that many of Miami’s best courtyard and outdoor lounges are primed for your hanging pleasure. From hidden and shady treasures to classic outside hangs, here are our favorite outdoor options with the best vibes around:
When this BarLab pop-up hit Nikki Beach Instagram was sent into a frenzy of bohemian canopies and artisan rugs. Margot Natural Wine Bar is pretty much THE vibe you want, complete with swaying palms and rustic seating in a vast space.
Ever a Miami treasure, Chef Beltran and his team boast one of the nicest outdoor courtyards in town with plenty of space and seating options that still retains its cozy atmosphere we all love. Dig into a breezy happy hour or boozy brunch at Ariete.
As a way to adapt during the pandemic, this Little Havana stronghold opened up a laid-back outdoor patio that the neighborhood sorely needed. Taquerias el Mexicano is one of the most solid Mexican joints in town, so kick back with a cold michelada and you’re good here.
From all-star chef pop-ups and weekly lunch specials, Lot 6 in Little River is a badass local favorite. Shaded by a colossal banyan and peppered with plenty of picnic tables, swing by this open lot for a delicious meal from Jaguar Sun.
One of Coconut Groves most beloved hangs, Barracuda Taphouse & Grill didn’t lose any of its nostalgic essence during the pandemic. In fact, the street has been expanded and filled with trademark pink picnic tables so more locals can enjoy their endless menu of tapped beer.
While we all wait patiently for clubs and bars to re-open, you can still support some of the music scene’s most OG names by spending a refreshing afternoon at Melinda’s in Downtown. Their luscious and romantic, fan-filled patio is a perfect backdrop for an extended happy hour. Throw in a few spiked glasses of Kimberly’s Frozen Treats while you’re at it.
Miami’s only Asian-focused food hall is great for many reasons, and its outdoor patio is definitely one of them 1-800 Lucky has recently added delicious new concepts that you can enjoy under their outside roof while listening to the sounds of local DJs and funky playlists.
When The Spillover closed at the beginning of the shutdown, they came back new and improved. They’ve joined together two highly popular concepts and flavor profiles: Kush and The Spillover with the same outdoor seating sett in the architecturally historic Mayfair area of Coconut Grove.
From the moment it opened, Phuc Yea became a neighborhood staple in the MiMo District. Not only because their owners are great people or because their food and drinks always hit the spot, but partly because their back patio–lined with glowing lanterns and bamboo–is just to die for.
Owning easily the largest outdoor space on the list, The Citadel‘s rooftop should definitely be on your radar if you want to be outside. Enjoy something yummy from each of the food hall’s concepts, grab your hand-crafted cocktails, and take them upstairs to sit down with some breezy views of the city.
Finally, while Miami might be late to the game when it comes to pedestrian-friendly walkways, some neighborhoods have risen to the challenge and activated their promenades with heaps of outdoor seating for all. Giralda Plaza‘s string of food concepts all have outdoor seating, Downtown Doral transformed its Main Street into a pop-up promenade, and Española Way is always a great choice if you want to get lost in a beautiful setting.
Looking for more outdoor seating options? Yelp Miami has a couple of helpful lists for you to scroll through. One specifying restaurants with outdoor seating that stipulate health code regulations, and another more general list of restaurants with outdoor dining.
Cover photo by GMCVB.