It’s Springtime in Miami. The birds are chirping. The palms are flowing. The water is a sparkling crystal blue. You basically have the whole ocean at your disposal. Well, not literally, but you can definitely take in the water and the atmosphere better than most people.
Get out there and take advantage of this fact, Miami.
Here are the best outdoor restaurants in the city – complete with some truly gorgeous views.
Artisan Beach House — 10295 Collins Avenue
This Bal Harbor restaurant is so much more than a place to grab a bite to eat. Located in the upscale Ritz-Carlton hotel, Artisan Beach House is an experience. From the pristine views of nothing but clear skies and water to the curated menu, this will be a lunch date you won’t soon forget. Go for their Sunday Brunch and try the Nutella French toast topped with caramelized bananas. Or if you’d rather keep it light, try any of their fresh-pressed juices like the refreshing Watermelon Fresca.
Black Point Ocean Grill – 24775 S.W. 87th Avenue
This waterfront restaurant is great if you’re looking for something casual. It’s perfect for both a quick lunch and date night, and you don’t have to worry about the added pressure of looking a certain way. Jeans are welcomed! When you go, take advantage of the super fresh seafood options like their Bahamian-style conch chowder or their ahi tuna steak sandwich. And of course, take in the island music, the Tiki Bar and the beautiful views of Cutler Bay.
II Gabbiano – 335 Biscayne Blvd.
Whether you go during the day or at night, the views of Biscayne Bay set the perfect backdrop to a nice meal at II Gabbiano. They specialize in upscale Italian cuisine, and the sparkling water in the distance only adds to your overall experience. Throw on something nice, bring your partner, and try classic Italian dishes like fettuccine alfredo. Trust us, you haven’t had it like this before!
Palmeiras Beach Club – 4 Grove Isle Drive
Palmeiras Beach Club is probably best experienced in a full weekend stay, but if you can’t commit to that type of time, definitely go for the on-site restaurant! First things first, the beach club is perfectly secluded from the usual frenzy that can represent Miami. It’s almost hidden away, so it’s great if you want to have a quiet, yet special evening with views just for you. Their menu features dishes like brick oven pizza, truffled French fries, angus beef burgers and more. They also feature a specially crafted wine list, so that’s always fun.
Rusty Pelican – 3201 Rickenbacker Causeway
We’d be remiss if we didn’t mention the city’s renowned Rusty Pelican. This waterfront restaurant, near our downtown Miami hotel, has been celebrated for years and for good reason. Whether it’s the water that’s mere steps away from your table, their seafood tower or their boozy Sunday brunch, the Rusty Pelican has an appeal like none other. The food is great, and the views are greater. It’s a Win all around.
Get out there, and take advantage of where you are, Miami. Eat well, and enjoy the sunny, welcoming ambience while you’re at it.