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The Best Outdoor Dining in Miami

7 Restaurants
Hidden courtyards, waterfront terraces, shaded patios surrounded by greenery: Miami restaurant-goers are spoiled for choice when it comes to outdoor dining. Here are the best places to eat al fresco.
Updated on 11 May 2023
1100 NW. 23rd St., 33127 Miami
$$$ · Spanish

Never judge a book by its cover, as this Spanish looker lies on a rather industrial stretch of Allapattah and inside the contemporary digs of the Rubell Museum. With tall, handsome garage doors that open out onto the lush, forest-like patio, covered and well-shaded, chef Mikel Goikolea’s airy restaurant is a celebration of Basque cooking.

Los Fuegos by Francis Mallmann
3201 Collins Ave., 33140 Miami Beach
$$$$ · Argentinian

“Theatrical” barely begins to describe the scale and style of Francis Mallman’s restaurant set inside the FAENA Hotel. Much like the hotel itself, the director of "Moulin Rouge" is responsible for such décor elements. Known for open-fire cooking, Chef Mallman is not outmatched by the room’s design, nor the spacious patio's, shielded from the sun by a batik-style red-and-white canopy.

La Mar by Gastón Acurio
500 Brickell Key Dr., 33131 Miami
$$$ · Peruvian

At the base of the Mandarin Oriental hotel, the space's expansive terrace sits right on Biscayne Bay in full view of the Miami skyline. It is a sight to savor. All the while, friendly servers usher out a broad menu of familiar favorites. Start with seafood. Cebiche loaded with grouper, shrimp and octopus arrives dressed in a tangy leche de tigre.

3540 Main Hwy., 33133 Miami
$$$ · Seafood

From chef Michael Beltran and team, this cool and sleek respite may be found almost camouflaged behind a courtyard. The hues are light, the banquettes are soft, and the windows lofty with a view of the verdant patio cooled by ceiling vans. Pick a spot outdoors and look forward to a leisurely meal that's focused on seafood and filled with modern nuances.

El Turco
184 NE. 50th Terr., 33137 Miami
$$ · Mediterranean Cuisine

This charming café, sheltered within a shopping enclave, hosts a loyal following at outdoor tables shaded by age-old oak trees. Inside, chef Vural Aydoğan and team work out of a glass-walled kiosk, dressed up with blue-and-white tile as well as neatly lined cans and bottles. The menu is an enticing offering of breakfast fare, Turkish mezzes, manti and savory pastries like borek.

Michael's Genuine
130 NE. 40th St., 33137 Miami
$$$ · Contemporary

This Design District pioneer from Chef Michael Schwartz is as popular now as it was when it first debuted almost 15 years ago. A well-heeled crowd digs into the all-day menu; whether it's a requisite respite from boutique hopping, a spot to catch up with friends or a meal to close a business deal, this dining delight is for everyone. The courtyard is a lovely place to linger, thanks to its lush greenery.

Mandolin Aegean Bistro
4312 NE. 2nd Ave., 33137 Miami
$$ · Mediterranean Cuisine

Founded by husband and wife, Ahmet Erkaya and Anastasia Koutsioukis, this charming mezze-focused bistro welcomes diners with a blue door and whitewashed façade. The space features wood tables, lacquered chairs and an outdoor bar, although the focus is on its lovely courtyard dining area, enhanced with mature trees, orchids and electric fans.