Top restaurants for outdoor and waterfront dining

Gianni's at The Villa Casa Casuarina in South Beach, formerly the Versace Mansion.

Before it gets too hot outside, here are seven great restaurants with outdoor seating in Miami, Miami Beach and Bal Harbour. Breathe in the fresh air, get a glimpse of the ocean, or work on your tan. Whatever your reason for al fresco dining, these places will satisfy your need to eat in the open air.

1. The Ocean Grill

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The Ocean Grill at The Setai in Miami Beach.

The Ocean Grill is unique among Miami al fresco culinary experiences in that it offers breathtaking water views in every direction, from the Atlantic Ocean to The Setai’s three infinity-edge pools. Standout dishes include Grilled Spanish Octopus, Yellowfin Tuna Tartare, Mediterranean Branzino and Truffle Pizza, “the diamond of the kitchen.”

2. Juvia

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Juvia in Miami Beach.

Juvia is an indoor/outdoor restaurant that offers a stunning, panoramic view of South Beach and the water from nine stories above the city. A trackless retractable roof acts as an umbrella and makes dining on Juvia’s terrace an all-weather experience.

 

 

3. Le Zoo

Le Zoo in Bal Harbour.

Le Zoo is a stylish, 200-seat brasserie reminiscent of European sidewalk cafes. The lush, palm tree-covered patio features pops of red, blue and beige colors, and comfy seating for private dinners or lively group gatherings.

4. Boulud Sud Miami

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Boulud Sud in downtown Miami.

Boulud Sud Miami is chef Daniel Boulud’s new restaurant in downtown Miami, drawing inspiration the coastal Mediterranean. Take a seat on the terrace as the restaurant boasts jewel tones and soft fabrics to create a relaxing and casual atmosphere.

5. Bird & Bone

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Bird & Bone in Miami Beach.

Bird & Bone, a partnership between Miami Beach’s The Confidante hotel and chef Richard Hales, is a Southern-inspired restaurant that transports guests to a contemporary countryside farmhouse. 

6. Gianni’s

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Gianni’s in Miami Beach.

Gianni’slocated in The Villa Casa Casuarina (formerly the Versace Mansion), is an elegant oasis of Italian and Mediterranean cuisine and spirits – such as the 24K Golden Margarita. Nestled in what was once Versace’s private dining space, the venue allows guests to dine in the same room where Versace once enjoyed his meals, giving diners a glimpse into the legendary designer’s opulent lifestyle.

7. Azabu Miami Beach

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Azabu in Miami Beach.

Azabu Miami Beach at the Stanton Hotel is an indoor/outdoor restaurant serving Japanese cuisine in its 80-seat dining room and hidden sushi counter known as The Den, and outside on its beautiful patio with beach views. 

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