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Enjoy Delightful Al Fresco Eats At Miami's 10 Best Outdoor Dining Restaurants



Miami is anything but short on places in which to eat outdoors. In fact, we've got entire areas dedicated to eating outdoors. There's Lincoln Road and Ocean Drive on the beach. There's CocoWalk in the Grove. Brickell and Downtown both have a few en plein air options. And let's not forget about South Miami's Sunset Place sector. 

This time around, we're counting down the best individual spots at which to dine outdoors. Some of our picks are places with phenomenal views from the sky, like the ever-impressive Juvia. Others are neighborhood favorites, like Greenstreet Cafe in Coconut Grove--always popular with the dog-walking crowd.

We've also got places that are perfect for a romantic evening out, places that specialize in making every meal as enchanting as possible. Among these is the exceptionally private Casa Tua, which doesn't even have a sign so there's never a chance of lost SoBe tourists stumbling in.


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94th Aero Squadron


This aviation-themed restaurant is located right behind Miami International Airport and features unobstructed views of planes arriving and departing. Although it's technically a chain, it's nothing like going to a Chilis or a Dennys. Instead, it's more akin to a single-standing quality restaurant where you can find delicious brunches, delightful dinners, and even the occasional wedding or baby shower taking place. The 200-seat restaurant is perfect for breakfast, lunch, or dinner and features mouth-watering menu items spanning casual and gourmet tastes. You'll find medallions of pork loin and grilled reubens, porcini mushroom ravioli and beer cheese soup all on the same menu.

Recommended for Outdoor Dining because: Watching planes take off while enjoying a stellar meal makes for the perfect Sunday--and makes this restaurant deserving of a spot on our list.

Priscilla's expert tip: Reasonably priced lunches and brunches can be obtained here buffet style and certainly don't fail to impress.

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Wynwood Kitchen & Bar


Encased in the Wynwood Walls, a grassy art park featuring 20-foot murals and collages, you'll find the painfully hip Wynwood Kitchen & Bar. Hosting pieces inside and out by world-renowned graffiti artists, this restaurant is lovingly hipster chic, yet shockingly homey. The menu is simplistic in description, offering everyday items like braised short rib, pan-seared snapper and pork tenderloin. There are no adjectives, nothing is described as succulent, decadent or even moist and tender. But what the menu lacks in poetics, it makes up for with some of the most complex tastes and just genuinely delicious dishes, expertly prepared and beautifully presented.

Recommended for Outdoor Dining because: The ever-changing murals that surround the outdoor terrace ensure that you'll always have something new and interesting to gaze at while you dine here.

Priscilla's expert tip: The best time to dine at Wynwood Kitchen & Bar is on the second Saturday of every month, when the art galleries in Wynwood open up their doors in the early evening for exhibitions featuring fresh pieces and open bars.

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Located in Kimpton's Epic Hotel, this restaurant's setting affords skyline views of both Miami (to the north and west) and Biscayne Bay (to the east and south) that guests find truly breathtaking--that is, if they aren't too focused on the incredible cuisine. Executive Chef Wolfgang Birk gleans most of his seafare--items such as jumbo lump crab salad with spicy seared watermelon, heirloom tomato, avocado, mint and basil or yellowfin tuna with mixed grains, smoked black beans, shrimp guacamole and ginger juice--either locally or from the region of the ocean for which the restaurant is named, Area 31, one of the only self-sustaining spots that is said to be left in the ocean. Meat and pasta dishes are just as delicious and contain sustainable items from nearby farms and other trusted sources. So not only should you leave you leave your diet at home, but drop your guilt behind, too.

Recommended for Outdoor Dining because: When choosing a great outdoor restaurant, you'll want spectacular views, good service, and excellent food. Area 31's got all three in spades.

Priscilla's expert tip: Visit on Fridays for their "Chase The Clock" happy hour, when all drinks and snacks are priced according to the hour from 5 p.m. to close ($5 at 5 p.m., $6 at 6 p.m., etc.).

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Start a day of business meetings or sightseeing by fueling up at this popular, buzzing cafe located in the bustling neighborhood of Coconut Grove. Whether you're grabbing a bagel, pastry or croissant to go or you're settling in to while away the morning with a full meal and the daily news, this is the perfect choice for locals and tourists alike. GreenStreet offers indoor seating but it's the outdoor tables that are always busiest, often with patrons who bring their furry friends to this dog-friendly establishment. On the weekends, the dining room is especially crowded with couples and families enjoying fresh coffee and plates brimming with omelets, pancakes and fruit-topped waffles.

Recommended for Outdoor Dining because: The Grove is ripe with outdoor dining, but everyone knows Greenstreet is the place to be. Comfortable seating, dog-friendly attitudes, and delicious meals abound.

Priscilla's expert tip: If you're in search of pancakes, this is your place. Some of the menu options include Red Velvet Pancakes, Blueberry Granola Pancakes, Whole Wheat Protein Pancakes, Cinnamon Roll Pancakes, and even Gluten-Free Buttermilk Pancakes.

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This popular gathering place is a favorite among local professionals, who flock here for quick lunches and upscale dinners. The deli selection is particularly popular at midday, when tasty sandwiches composed of the finest meats and cheeses from around the world are offered. At dinnertime, it's a pleasure to linger in the screened-in dining room, which was constructed with parts of an old barn. The rustic, lived-in decor creates a pleasant atmosphere for enjoying Italian and American favorites like Caesar salad, ravioli, mahi mahi on a bed of fresh greens or eggplant Parmesan. Creamy gelato is a decadent finish. The menu features an impressive assortment of upscale Italian fare, including linguini with saut�ed jumbo shrimp and fresh asparagus.

Recommended for Outdoor Dining because: Al fresco meals at Perricone's are a delight, transporting you to a rustic garden, with beautiful foliage and sparkling lights--ideal for romance.

Priscilla's expert tip: If you can't find street parking, parking further out and taking the Metro Mover is certainly an option. Also, stop by in their marketplace after your meal for some yummy take-home items.

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Located off the breathtakingly scenic Old Cutler Road, this classy-but-cozy restaurant is for many the ideal spot for a romantic seafood dinner. Red Fish's Old Florida interior pairs perfectly with the surrounding lush nature of Matheson Hammock Park and the sweeping views of Biscayne Bay. The stone exterior once harbored the beach's pavilion and is steps away from the park's pristine cove. Red Fish is well known for its exceptionally prepared seafood: pan fried red snapper, Caribbean bouillabase, steamed mussels--the list goes on. An impressive wine list and delectable desserts round off your experience here. With enchanting sunsets visible from your seat, it's no wonder this is a frequent venue for weddings.

Recommended for Outdoor Dining because: Remarkable seafood enjoyed under colorful sunsets and twinkle lights make eating at Red Fish a magical outdoor dining experience.

Priscilla's expert tip: Avoid the marina entrance fee by letting the guard know you're coming to the restaurant.

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Casa Tua


Located in an Italian-style villa, this restaurant's distinguishable only by an open gate and diners seated at elegant outdoor tables. You won't find any signage outside and you might think you're walking into some millionaire's home on South Beach but you'll be greeted shortly by one of their amicable staff members. Start off with bay scallops topped with fresh herbs and olive oil or red wine-marinated beef carpaccio before progressing to an adventurous selection of pastas such as pumpkin and hazelnut ravioli or lobster and artichoke lasagna. Tantalizing main dish offerings include veal marinated in lime juice, seared beef tenderloin with foie gras, and scaloppine with wild mushrooms. After dinner, cleanse your palate with frozen champagne soup and fresh fruit salad.

Recommended for Outdoor Dining because: For those searching for a truly intimate and enchanting outdoor dining experience with your beau, Casa Tua is the tops.

Priscilla's expert tip: Google Map this place ahead of time. You won't be able to find it outright as there are no signs outside. Once you find yourself outside the Italian villa with the tall bushes and gate, just walk through and you'll have arrived.

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La Mar by Gaston Acurio


La Mar by Gaston Acurio made the Mandarin Oriental its home in 2014, dazzling patrons with passionately prepared Peruvian food by their namesake global icon. A table on La Mar's deck frames Brickell's concrete landscape, its soothing bay waters reflecting the city's rising towers. The al fresco decor is minimal, with only a handful of over-sized umbrellas acting as sun shields. La Mar's serenity seeps inside as well; an open ceviche bar and vertical garden line the far walls, while teal chairs carry the eye to the bayside windows. Enjoy Peruvian-style sushi, lomo saltado, chaufa, tiraditos, and other Latin American favorites with a view that can't be beat.

Recommended for Outdoor Dining because: Who could deny La Mar after seeing their unforgettable views of Brickell Bay: gorgeous in the daytime, beautifully lit by stars and skyscrapers at night.

Priscilla's expert tip: Stop in for their ultra-chic Sunday brunches, with live DJs spinning all day long.

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Essensia Restaurant & Lounge
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Situated inside The Palms Hotel and Spa on Miami Beach, this gourmet restaurant features New American cuisine in a laid back garden atmosphere. At Essensia, it's all about using fresh, seasonal, and local ingredients, often times straight from the chef's own organic garden hidden behind the hotel's Tiki Bar. With a clear slant toward wanting guests to enjoy not only a sustainable but also a health-conscious and earth-friendly meal, you can bet there are wonderful menu options for vegans and vegetarians as well as omnivores. And when it comes to drinks, you'll be pleased to find organic and biodynamic wines, eco-conscious cocktails, and many local craft beers on the list. A phenomenal Sunday brunch with an extensive menu featuring everything from BLTA Benedict and Blue Corn Chilaquiles to Vegan Chocolate Mousse is not to be missed.

Recommended for Outdoor Dining because: With fresh, sustainable meals plus outdoor terraces and private tiki cabanas, dining at Essencia will make you feel like you're dining in a tropical paradise.

Priscilla's expert tip: Ladies should take note to visit on Thursdays for Thersdays Unplugged Ladies Night, when ladies enjoy complimentary cocktails from 6:30-7:30, free mini spa treatments, 20% off dinner and items from the gift shop, live music and more!

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Miami Beach's Juvia is a rooftop sparkler flaunting French, Japanese, and Peruvian inspired cuisine. Situated atop Lincoln Road's illustrious 1111 Garage, this James Beard Award winner for Outstanding Restaurant Design offers wondrous, unobstructed views of Miami Beach and Downtown Miami. Juvia's stylish, urban-meets-Eden polishings include a lavender and white color palette and Wonderland-worthy vertical garden. Wood flanks the walls and ceiling while marble tops mark the bar. A retractable roof allows for service year round, rain or shine. Prix fixe lunches are available, featuring an appetizer, main, and dessert, and are a perfect option for a first visit to this impressive culinary locale.

Recommended for Outdoor Dining because: The en plein air high-rise vistas alone make Juvia a top contender for this 10 Best list.

Priscilla's expert tip: While price might not be a big deal if you're dining here, you can always save a few bucks by parking in the garage across the way by the movie theater.

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Pris Blossom is a freelance writer and feminist mama with a love for travel, writing, music, film, craft beer, yoga, museums, cultural anthropology, and her awesome kid.

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