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Miami's Best Spots for Al Fresco Dining

As Miami’s weather has been glorious, I wanted to share a few of the best restaurants around town for al fresco dining - from serene rooftops and breathtaking waterfront views, this is the ultimate guide to Miami’s best outdoor dining. 


MILA



Step into a realm of architectural beauty and culinary artistry at MILA Miami where refined aesthetics, lavish comfort and natural elements seamlessly transition serene days into magical evenings. Located in the heart of Miami Beach, MILA is a restaurant, rooftop lounge, and mixology bar that transports guests on a culinary journey through the shores of Japan and the Mediterranean through sophisticated MediterrAsian cuisine. Experience an unforgettable dinner and let dance and rhythms enchant you on MILA’s stunning rooftop where fire performers merge tribal vibes with captivating brilliance for an evening unlike any other. 


MILA's cuisine is inspired by the traditions and offerings of Asia and the Mediterranean. Healthy, vibrant, and joyful, the MediterrAsian dishes are served izakaya style, meant to be shared at the table among friends and family. The transportive venue brings elevated dining and pleasure together with a magical, glamourous, and vibrant atmosphere. Reservations here.


Bellini at Mr. C Coconut Grove



Set atop the iconic Mr. C Miami - Coconut Grove and enveloped by sweeping views of Biscayne Bay, Bellini fuses authentic Italian cuisine with an up-scale elevated ambience to immaculately marry the captivating beauty of Italy’s Coastal style and Miami’s Coconut Grove. From the minds of Ignazio and Maggio Cipriani, a fourth-generation hotelier family, Bellini’s renowned authentic Italian cuisine brings a contemporary edge to much-loved traditional favorites, as well as features classic Cipriani dishes. Inspired by the hospitality brother’s extensive travels throughout Italy, the brilliantly designed menu features a range of recipes from different regions of the European country and boasts a divine selection of antipasti, salads, and exquisite entrées including a Baked Polenta “al Cucchiaio” con Stracchino Cheese and Crispy Mushroom to begin the meal; a Langoustine Scampi Carpaccio for the table;  Tagliatelle with Saffron and Pancetta; and Branzino with Tomato Concasse, Black Olives, and Parsnip Puree. Reminiscent of an enchanting evening on the Amalfi Coast, Bellini brings timeless old-world Italian glamor to the historic Coconut Grove neighborhood and is the perfect destination for al fresco dining. Full menu here, images here, please credit Mr. C Coconut Grove.


MATADOR Terrace at The Miami Beach EDITION



One can’t help but feel instantly at ease when entering the open- air, poolside and ocean-view elevated dining patio, MATADOR Terrace. The al fresco dining experience utilizes only the freshest local ingredients and merges Spanish, Caribbean and South American flavors to create the perfect dishes. Acting as an extension of the elegant MATADOR ROOM, guests can savor Chef Jean-George Vongerichten’s exquisite creations paired with luscious outdoor ambiance and Miami’s glorious breeze; or taste the sophisticated palette of the carefully crafted brunch menu served every Saturday and Sunday. Full menu here, images here, please credit The Miami Beach EDITION.


Baia Beach Club at Mondrian South Beach



Savor breathtaking sunset views and Miami’s breeze at Baia Beach Club, the tropical waterfront oasis located at the iconic Mondrian South Beach. Inspired by the bohemian energy and welcoming multi-cultural spirit of the Mediterranean, Baia Beach Club evokes the laid-back sophistication of international coastal living and is perfectly situated on the glistening waters of Miami’s Biscayne Bay. Taking cues from the flavors of the Mediterranean, Baia Beach Club features a unique, coastal-inspired menu and delightful cocktail blends curated from only the freshest ingredients. Sip on euphorically refreshing cocktails, infused with vibrant flavors and pamper your palate with classic Mediterranean favorites like the Hamachi Crudo, Tuna Tartare or Delicata Squash. With a front row seat to breathtaking views of Miami’s magnificent cityscape, Baia Beach Club is the perfect destination for al fresco dining. Full menu HERE, images available HERE, please credit Baia Beach Club. 


Serena at Moxy Miami South Beach



Near all the action, in the heart of buzzing South Beach ascend the staircase to Serena, the beautiful rooftop restaurant located atop Moxy Miami South Beach. Serena channels the enchanting, alfresco patio dining of Oaxaca and Mexico City. Featuring a vibrant, lushly planted terrace, take in the laid-back yet sophisticated vibe that’s unlike any other place in South Beach. Known for shareable dishes and a mod take on Latin and Mexican cuisine, Serena welcomes sunset cocktails and lite bites, leisurely lunches and dinner or boozy brunches, perfect for any outdoor dining experience. Serena’s menu is designed to be served “para compartir,” to share, and features delectable signature plates of tacos, enchiladas, ceviches, quesadillas, and more. Enjoy hand-crafted cocktails such as the Rosita La Margarita while chilled-out tunes emanate from the DJ booth, stationed beneath a neon sign reading "LA ULTIMA Y NOS VAMOS" ("Last one and we're leaving") offer an ideal vibe for enjoying the beautiful Miami weather. Full menu HERE, images linked HERE, please credit Moxy Miami South Beach.


Lido Bayside Grill at The Standard Spa, Miami Beach



Unwind at the stylish, waterfront restaurant, Lido Bayside Grill, located at The Standard Spa, Miami Beach. Enjoy stunning panoramic views of Biscayne Bay at the healthy, sun-kissed, wholesome and natural, Lido Bayside Grill. Lido Bayside Grill’s vision is inspired by coastal cuisines and provides an exciting, varied palate that showcases locally-sourced ingredients and line-caught seafood. Enjoy the delectable Paella, tantalizing Whole Fried Snapper, or the refreshing Tuna Nicoise Salad as you sit along the water. Take in the stunning Miami weather and fresh air and enjoy a relaxing open-air dining experience at Lido Bayside Grill.  Full menu HERE, images linked HERE, please credit The Standard Spa, Miami Beach


LPM Miami



Be transported to the sophisticated yet laid back atmosphere of coastal France with LPM Miami. LPM Miami offers a harmonious blend of classic menu items made for sharing, served in a setting made for connecting. The lush and breezy outdoor terrace sets the perfect tone for the enchanting dining experience that awaits you at LPM Miami. Enjoy the refreshing outdoor air as you indulge in 

 

Bar Central at SLS South Beach



Overlooking SLS South Beach’s alluring poolscape, Bar Central is an inspired intimate retreat from the bustling South Beach streets, perfect for a low-key outdoor dining experience. At this outdoor oasis, cocktails become adventurous undertakings and culinary offerings infuses fresh fare with modern tools such as liquid nitrogen and organic emulsifiers to elevate the classics and reimagine modern mainstays. Bar Central’s laid-back yet sophisticated offerings are best enjoyed while taking in the Miami beach oceanfront breeze. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Full menus here and here. Images linked here, please credit SLS South Beach.


By ML Staff. Images courtesy of each featured venue on this story.

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