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31 Best Outdoor Restaurants Following Covid-19 Guidelines in Miami

Looking for somewhere to dine outdoors in Miami, but not sure where to go? Are you unsure what spots are currently open and offering outdoor seating aligned with the Covid-19 guidelines? We get it — with so many dining options available, it can be hard to decide! From formal dining to casual dining, and everything in-between, there's plenty of outdoor restaurants to choose from in Miami.

Featuring delectable cuisines from across the world, in no particular order, here's our pick of the best outdoor restaurants in Miami.

Best Formal Outdoor Dining Restaurants in Miami

Vista restaurant is positioned within the Upper Buena Vista outdoor mall. The tranquil open air restaurant with covered outdoor seating sits at the center of UBV and offers guests a sanctuary to dine, drink, and relax within in the midst Miami's temperamental summer weather. Vista's mixologists put a Floridian spin on classic cocktails, using fresh, locally-sourced ingredients — ideal for the cocktail connoisseurs of Miami. The same goes for the food menu, too, which is full of delicious dishes, packed with fresh local ingredients. Whether you're dining outdoors or looking for food to go, Vista Miami offers a range of options from Avocado toast to Salmon a la Plancha.

Situated on Watson Island, Joia Beach is a chic, waterside restaurant featuring a European-inspired menu. The rustic beachy interiors of the restaurant are extremely inviting, providing an idyllic space to relax and unwind. Joia Beach also has its own beach club, offering loungers, teepees, communal hangout areas, and beach services of food and drinks. At Joia Beach, you’ll feel like you’re on vacation.

Offering a menu full of delicious Greek and Turkish cuisine, Mandolin Aegean Bistro is situated in Miami's Design District. Founded in 2009 by husband and wife, Ahmet Erkaya and Anastasia Koutsioukis, the idea behind Mandolin was to serve simple, unpretentious, healthy food using fresh ingredients in a welcoming atmosphere. With a peaceful outdoor dining area, and a garden growing seasonal ingredients for the dishes, it's clear that Ahmet and Anastasia have achieved their goal with Mandolin.

For those looking to enjoy the finer things in life, Leku is a great option. Located at the Rubell Museum, Allapattah, Leku brings Spain's charming Basque region to Miami. Serving a range of pintxos (Basque tapas) and traditional Basque cuisine, the team at Leku adheres to the Basque principles of using local, seasonal ingredients and simplistic cooking methods. The outdoor dining area is a picturesque patio reminiscent of Spanish alfresco dining, with a Basque grill as a centerpiece, where the wood-fired items on the menu are prepared.

Smith & Wollensky is a renowned American steakhouse located in Miami Beach. With establishments located across the US, as well as in Taipei and London, the waterfront views of this restaurant make it one of the best Smith & Wollensky destinations (in our opinion). Whether you're looking to go for dinner with friends or host a private event, you can't go wrong here. With its large outdoor patio area overlooking the waterfront, Smith & Wollensky is a great place to enjoy "the best steak of your life."

Orilla Bar and Grill is a modern steakhouse located in South Beach, Miami. Led by Argentinian chef, Fernando Trocca, who has worked alongside some of the best chefs in Argentina, the menu at Orilla is a fusion between South American and European cuisine. This chic restaurant offers a laid back yet stylish atmosphere with both indoor and outdoor dining areas.

Juvia is a rooftop restaurant situated at the top of the Herzog & de Meuron 1111 Lincoln Road building in Miami Beach. Guests at Juiva can expect to find a mixture of French, Japanese, and Peruvian cuisines on the menu, prepared by a talented team of chefs, who, together, have decades of training within each culture. The contemporary rooftop restaurant features a pared-back, modern design, surrounded by natural foliage — another great place to watch the sunset and dine under the stars.

Ideally situated in the heart of Downtown Miami, Alloy Bistro offers a calm, picturesque outdoor dining experience amongst the city's hustle and bustle. The bistro boasts a menu full of gourmet modern Italian cuisine, featuring lots of fresh, local ingredients. The Mediterranean-inspired outdoor patio provides the perfect backdrop for alfresco dining in Downtown Miami.

Rusty Pelican is a waterfront restaurant located at Rickenbacker Causeway. Offering contemporary American cuisine, fresh local seafood, and hand-crafted cocktails created by some of the best mixologists in Miami, there's plenty to be enjoyed at the Rusty Pelican. Relax and take in the beautiful waterside views of the Miami skyline, whilst consuming flavorful dishes prepared by one of Miami's most innovative chefs.

Kiki on the River is a luxurious Greek restaurant situated alongside the Miami River, on the site of one of Miami's original fish markets. Boasting beautiful riverfront views and a delectable menu featuring modern Greek cuisine, Kiki on the River is a brilliant place to experience Miami. Decorated with a rustic-Mediterranean style, the waterfront setting offers an exquisite location for outdoor dining.

Cecconi's is perfectly positioned within the courtyard of Soho Beach House at Miami Beach. This luxe restaurant serves an array of classic Italian dishes with a modern twist, including hand-made pasta, seafood, cicchetti, and lots more. Surrounded by greenery and trees decorated with glistening fairy lights, Cecconi's provides an elegant environment for visitors to enjoy delicious Italian cuisine prepared by executive chef, Sergio Sigala.

The Setai is a luxurious hotel based in Miami Beach that offers two unique dining experiences — one of them being Jaya. At Jaya, authentic Asian heritage dishes with a modern spin are prepared by Executive Chef Vijayudu Veena. Jaya’s courtyard makes for a truly exquisite alfresco dining location. A large stone-filled pool sits at the center of the courtyard, with dining tables surrounding it, and the retractable rooftop opens up to give guests a beautiful view of the sky. Jaya’s courtyard is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner each day and hosts a Jazz Brunch on Sundays.

Best Casual Outdoor Dining Food Concepts in Miami

Nestled in a tropical paradise within Upper Buena Vista, Maya' mi Cocina serves gourmet street food full of flavor. The restaurant's purpose is to create an immersive culinary experience that honors the essence of its ancestral Mayan roots. If you love fresh, flavorsome tacos and quesadillas, Maya' mi Cocina's outdoor sanctuary is the place for you.

Kraken Lab is an authentic raw bar situated within Upper Buena Vista that offers grab-n-go Japanese fusion cuisine. The skilled team at Kraken Lab are passionate about creating an exceptional culinary experience for each guest and only use fresh, locally-sourced ingredients for their bowls and cones. Kraken Lab also offers delivery through Uber Eats, Grubhub, Postmates, and DoorDash for those who prefer to stay at home.

An entirely outdoor restaurant nestled amidst the nature of Coconut Grove's Peacock Park, Glass & Vine is the perfect place to relax and unwind. Serving a range of contemporary American dishes across brunch, lunch and dinner (each dish prepared using locally-sourced ingredients), there's something to suit every taste at this patio in the park. Described as an 'intimate secret garden by the sea,' Glass & Vine evokes an enchanted forest vibe by night, with its sparkling fairy lights and swirling tree branches — ideal for romantic dates and evenings with friends alike.

La Carpaccieria is the place to go if you're looking for fresh, unique and delicious carpaccios in Miami. La Carpaccieria offers a wide selection of Carpaccios — salmon, octopus and zucchini are just a few of the variations available. This authentic outdoor dining experience is situated within Upper Buena Vista outdoor mall.

Astra is a rooftop restaurant and lounge with a chilled out vibe, located in Wynwood, Miami. Serving Mediterranean cuisine with a focus on Greek flavors, Astra is the perfect place to watch the sunset, while enjoying great food. Astra's sky garden is decorated with foliage that complements the Mediterranean theme and offers stunning 360 views. The rooftop restaurant serves dinner each night and bottomless brunch on Sundays.

Situated in Miami's River District, Crust is owned by chef Klime Kovaceski and his wife, Anita. Crust offers a range of modern Italian cuisine and specialty pizzas. The restaurant, set in a standalone art deco building with an outdoor patio area, has won many awards, including OpenTable's "100 Best Restaurants in America" in 2017 & 2019, and was voted Miami's #1 restaurant on TripAdvisor for four years in a row. The menu is bursting full of tasty Italian dishes, and Kovaceski doesn't scrimp on portions, either!

Melinda's is a casual restaurant and cocktail lounge situated in Miami's Omni District. Nestled in a beautiful Wynwood courtyard surrounded by foliage and an orchid garden, Melinda's is a lovely spot to enjoy an afternoon or evening with friends. The food menu features a selection of dishes, including wood fire oven specialties (the pizzas look scrumptious!) and a raw bar. Plus, the cocktail bar has a wide range of signature and classic cocktails to choose from.

Coined "Coconut Grove's most iconic 'see and be seen' restaurant," Green Street Cafe is the place to be if you're looking to rub shoulders with local celebs. Home to a large outdoor lounge area featuring lush velvet couches and plenty of space for friends and family to gather, Green Street Cafe presents a warm and welcoming atmosphere. The restaurant is renowned for its large, tasty breakfasts, which include Nutella French toast, cinnamon roll pancakes, eggs in lots of different ways, and a selection of continental options. With breakfast served until 2:45 pm, it's an ideal spot for the brunch aficionados of Miami.

Situated in Wynwood, Le Chick is a casual eatery and cocktail bar with a sophisticated vibe. Well-known for its quality burgers, Le Chick was inspired by Rotisserie Amsterdam. Founders Coco Coig and Jorge Sanchez had a dream to "open a cozy restaurant with casual but sophisticated food and a perfect late-night vibe," and it seems their dreams came true with Le Chick (along with lots of hard work). The restaurant's mouthwatering burgers and other delicious dishes are all made using high-quality ingredients. Le Chick offers gourmet comfort food at an affordable price point in a classy atmosphere — their #1 spot in Big 7 Travel's 2019 '25 Best Burgers in Florida' guide is testament to that.

Barceloneta brings a taste of Spain to Miami Beach. Perfectly positioned at Sunset Harbour, Barceloneta serves an array of Spanish Mediterranean tapas, seafood, arroz, and unique gin cocktails. Barceloneta, which is named after a small Puerto Rican town, has a beautiful outdoor terrace area, surrounded by greenery, evocative of an outdoor Spanish tapas bar.

Best Outdoor Cafes and Juice Bars in Miami

Cafe Creme is an authentic French-inspired cafe in Miami, situated in two locations: Upper Buena Vista and North Miami. With a variety of artisan-crafted bread, homemade pate and homemade pastries on offer, Cafe Creme is equally ideal for busy Miamians and those who enjoy the slower pace of life. Cafe Creme was designed with quality and detail in mind, from its cozy interior to the gourmet menu — it's the perfect place to enjoy a coffee and a pastry in the heart of Miami.

Situated in both Upper Buena Vista and Aventura Mall, Amazonica is a Columbian street food inspired restaurant. Serving a range of fresh food and drinks, including obleas (crispy wafer sandwiches), choladas (a cross between an icee, shaved ice, and a smoothie), and acai bowls, there's plenty to enjoy in this tropical-themed paradise. The Amazonica experience is all about encompassing the Hispanic culture and offering a place of reunion and enjoyment for people to relax within.

Located in Upper Buena Vista, with additional stands in Midtown Shops and Midtown Garden Center, Devia Juice Bar offers a range of all-natural smoothies, juices, and bowls. The juice bar prides itself on only using the very best ingredients, packed with vitamins to fill your body with the goodness it deserves. Each juice from Devia is freshly pressed and contains two pounds of organic fruits and vegetables. Whichever mouthwatering option you choose, it's sure to make you feel good.

Kalma describes itself as "an energy market that will define your mood" and has also been referred to as a "woke convenience store." At Kalma, you'll find a range of plant-based products and functional beverages on tap, infused with ingredients like kava and CBD. The team at Kalma is passionate about educating visitors on the benefits of incorporating CBD, adaptogens, superfoods and nootropics into a healthy lifestyle.

Founded by Cuban-American, Jason Odio, Bebito’s is a Cuban-inspired cafe situated at Flamingo Point. The interior at Bebito’s features trendy pastel pink decor with a green tiled backdrop behind the service counter. Bebito’s also has a generous outdoor seating area — following the same color scheme as indoors — where guests can enjoy Bebito’s Private Label signature coffee, breakfast served all day, and a range of baked goods (plus lots more).

All Day is a coffee shop/bar in Park West. Named the “best cup of coffee in Miami” by Vogue Magazine, All Day serves an array of coffees and teas, along with a food menu full of breakfast and lunch options. They also have a beer and wine menu, if you’re looking for an afternoon tipple! When owners, Camila Ramos & Chris MacLeod, created All Day, they wanted it to serve as a warm and elegant hub for their community — and there’s certainly a buzz around the place.

Pura Vida is a cafe located in Design District, serving as a brilliant option for the health-conscious individual. From superfood smoothies and fresh salads to acai bowls and all-day breakfast, the menu is bursting with clean food, prepared using local and organic ingredients. For those looking for something a little more sugar-coated, don’t worry — there’s also a selection of scrumptious sweet treats to take your fancy (we’ve got our eye on the Brownie Krispy Crunch)!

Under The Mango Tree is an organic cafe situated in South Beach. Offering a colorful selection of juices, smoothies, acai bowls, and more, everything on the menu looks absolutely delicious (and Instagrammable). Decorated with a natural vibe involving lots of greenery and wooden features, Under The Mango Tree has a chilled out and welcoming atmosphere — which is what founder, Patricia Olesen, had in mind when she launched the cafe.

Positioned at the end of Espanola Way, Miami Beach, A La Folie is a French-inspired cafe/restaurant. Reminiscent of a French bistro, the menu features traditional French cuisine, including Foie Gras, Escargots (snails in garlic butter), and sweet and savory crepes. A La Folie, which has another location on Purdy Avenue, also serves an array of cafe classics from soups and sandwiches to salads and platters. Bon appétit!


From riverfront restaurants to rooftop bars and gourmet bistros, we hope you enjoyed our guide to the best outdoor restaurants in Miami. Which will you choose? Let us know which is your favorite!

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