Our biggest request from visitors to the South Florida region is “Where can we dine with some great waterfront views?” Surprisingly for a city that is built on the water, this is harder to come up than one would think, but we’ve rounded up 12 solid spots in Miami with great views.
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1 Black Point Marina
This bar and restaurant located in South Dade serves up fresh seafood and plenty of boat gazing along in addition to its water views.
2 Garcia’s Seafood Grille & Fish
Eating seafood and water views go hand-in-hand and Garcia’s is the perfect example of that. Grab a seat and soak up views of the Miami River while watching fishing boats drop off their latest catches for you to devour.
3 Gibraltar at Grove Isle
Located on a swanky private island just north of Coconut Grove, Gibralter provides some of the most serene waterfront views in the city complete with a fire pit and tiki torches.
4 La Mar by Gaston Acurio at Mandarin Oriental, Miami
The only acceptable way to indulge in ceviche by one of the world’s best chefs is with killer water views. Luckily for you, La Mar offers up both.
5 Lido Restaurant & Bayside Grill
Housed inside the always hip Standard Hotel, this popular spot is filled with people soaking in the pristine bay views under the restaurant’s large colorful umbrellas while sipping rosé like it is water. ShadeFLA is particularly fond of this spot!
6 Red Fish Grill
Tucked inside Matheson Hammock Park, Red Fish Grill is known for its romantic ambiance and serene water views.
7 Rusty Pelican (Miami)
This classic Key Biscayne restaurant has recently undergone some renovations, but one thing that has stayed intact is its expansive waterfront and idyllic views of Miami.
8 Scotty’s Landing
Rumors have swirled around for years that this Coconut Grove landmark will soon shutter. But for now it’s still kicking — for how long we aren’t entirely sure — with some of the best water views in the city.
This celeb-filled hot spot has had its fair share of drama, name changes and turnovers, but one thing that has remained in place is its abundance of waterfront seating right along the Miami River.
10 Smith & Wollensky
One of the best places in Miami to catch the sunset, you’ll find locals and tourists alike crowded around its popular bar nightly to take in the views and the ocean breezes.
11 Soho Bay
The Miami Beach newcomer features unobstructed views of the bay and Miami’s skyline, along with plenty of indoor and outdoor seating. And we’re told coming later this year is a private boating dock and marina.
Yes, people come from far and wide to dine on Zuma’s famous sushi and high-end Asian cuisine but many hungry restaurant goers also come to enjoy their meal on the water with views of Downtown and Biscayne Bay. While you’re there, check out the retractable roof installed by ShadeFLA!