The only thing better than Miami’s extensive culinary scene are the stunning views that accompany it: whitewashed sky scrapers, turquoise ocean water and palm tree-lined beaches, all setting the backdrop of a quintessential night out to dinner at one of the many exquisite eateries populating the Magic City. We’ve rounded up our top picks for the venues that don’t disappoint when it comes to gourmet gastronomy with a killer view.
Situated above Lincoln Road on a gorgeous roof top overlooking South Beach's pedestrian epicenter, Juvia's reputation as a restaurant that offers one of the most scenic dining experiences in the city precedes its stunning location. Whether you're sipping a craft cocktail at the bar or having a meal on the outdoor terrace, it's impossible to have a negative experience when the backdrop is filled with the twinkling lights of beachfront abodes and upbeat energy of vacationing vagabonds.
Lincoln Road Mall, 1111 Lincoln Rd, Miami Beach, FL 33139
Zuma has become somewhat of a household name in Miami's dining industry, and for good reason -- not only does the sleek EPIC Hotel restaurant serve up some of the best sushi in town, but also offers prime views of the picturesque Miami River. Head to the downtown hotspot to sip a lychee martini amidst the glittery lights of Brickell's urban enclave at happy hour, or for the notorious all-you-can-eat brunch buffet on Sunday for scrumptious sashimi and sumptuous scenery.
270 Biscayne Blvd Way, Miami, FL 33131
3 The Deck at Island Gardens
With panoramic views that span across the only marina in North America that can accommodate yachts up to 550 ft in length, THE DECK at Island Gardens is unrivaled when it comes to the glitz and glam of an ideal Miami dining experience. The posh port-side hotspot is the place to be for a delicious meal of fresh Mediterranean cuisine, enjoyed over the unbeatable views of Biscayne Bay and the luxury yachts cruising through it.
888 MacArthur Causeway, Miami, FL 33132
4 Wynwood Kitchen & BarSerg Alexander
This celebrated Wynwood restaurant is a favorite for locals and visitors alike, thanks to its innovative menu and artistic aesthetic. The bar area features a floor-to-ceiling, wallpapered mural by famed street artist Shepard Fairey, while the dining room boasts panoramic canvases by Christian Awe and a futuristic painting by Santiago Rubino, along with an 11 foot multi-colored sculptured man by David Benjamin Sherry. Between the eclectic artwork and innovative dishes found on the restaurant's Latin-influenced menu, the restaurant is a stand-out in Miami's culinary scene.
2550 NW 2nd Ave, Miami, FL 33127
5 River Yacht Club
Miami River is undoubtedly one of the city's best backdrops when it comes to outdoor dining, and River Yacht Club has always been a top destination for Instagram-worthy snapshots of the the city lights glinting off the water -- and now the iconic location has added Dashi, a progressive new Japanese restaurant, to the mix. Having opened as recently as last week, the venue's kitchen is helmed by Chef Shuji Hiyakawa, a protégé of Iron Chef Masahuru Morimoto, and serves up an innovative menu of fresh sushi & sashimi, udon, salads and craft cocktails.
401 SW 3rd Ave, Miami, FL 33130