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12 Wonderful Waterfront Dining Destinations To Check Out In Miami

By Mª del Rosario Castro Díaz

12 Wonderful Waterfront Dining Destinations To Check Out In Miami

For the perfect dinner with a view.

We’re a seaside city so what better plan for a summer evening than to spend the evening chilling and cooling off by the water at one of the many beautiful waterfront spots Miami has to offer? From seafood shacks to the most refined of waterfront enclaves, you ought to check out these 10 wonderful waterfront spots!

1. Amara at Paraiso, Edgewater

For the quintessential Miami waterfront date experience head over to Amara at Paraiso. At this super romantic spot, you’ll be able to experience South Florida’s diverse food culture with some of the best Latin American dishes made with coastal ingredients. Indulge in Amara’s beautiful views of the Miami coastline while enjoying some hearty Latin dishes for a night you won’t forget!

Find it at 3101 NE 7th Ave.

2. Baia Beach Club, South Beach

Recently unveiled at the Mondrian in South Beach, Baia Beach Club features stunning views of Biscayne Bay and gorgeous rustic decor. This prime waterfront location offers several outdoor dining options including The Deck, The Terrace, and The Greenhouse in which you can enjoy incredible craft cocktails and Mediterranean food for breakfast, lunch and dinner!

Find it at the Mondrian at  1100 West Ave.

3. Café Kush, MiMo

Café Kush offers a bistro-spin of Wynwood’s popular Kush restaurant. On its menu, you’ll find great burger options, steak frites, croc monsieurs and fried frog legs. The pretty views of Little River are complimentary.

Find it at 7700 Biscayne Blvd.

4. García’s Seafood Grille & Fish, Downtown

It safe to say that eating seafood and waterfront views go hand in hand and García’s is probably one of the best spots in town to do just that. Located by the Miami River, this lovely spot has been a prime destination for no-thrills seafood dining since 1966!

Find it at 398 NW N River Dr.

5. Kiki on the River, Downtown

Another great romantic restaurant, Kiki on the River is perfect for cozying up with your date in one of Kiki on the River’s plush booths and enjoy some of the finest Greek food in the city while basking in the warmth of the beautiful Miami sunsets. Splurge on romance at this Greek oasis by the river and don’t forget to photograph the beautiful golden-hour views of the city!

Find it at 450 NW N River Dr.

6. La Mar by Gaston Acurio, Brickell

At La Mar you’ll be able to enjoy Peruvian cuisine in all its glory, from the most local novo-Andean dishes to the latest Asian-Peruvian fusion ones, inspired by the country’s Japanese heritage. The top-notch Peruvian cuisine, of course, comes with a side of beautiful Miami skyline views — The perfect backdrop for the perfect meal.

Find it at the Mandarin Oriental at 500 Brickell Key Dr.

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7. Lido Bayside Grill at The Standard, Miami Beach

Located inside The Standard in Miami Beach, Lido boasts extraordinary waterfront views. The restaurant offers a mix of small shareable plates as well as a variety of vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free options that you can enjoy in style while lounging at Lido’s chic outdoor dining room.

Find it at The Standard Spa, 40 Island Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139.

8. Malibu Farm, Miami Beach

Created by California-based Chef Helen Henderson, this breezy Miami Beach spot offers simple yet delicious farm-to-table dishes made only with fresh and traditional ingredients. And although Malibu Farm has several locations throughout the country, all recipes have been inspired by the same ones Henderson used to make at her home when she first started her business, keeping all dishes small, simple and sustainable.

Find it at 4525 Collins Ave, Miami Beach

9. Rusty Pelican, Key Biscayne

Talk about breathtaking Miami views! The Rusty Pelican in Key Biscayne is an absolute must-try when it comes to waterfront dining in Miami. Serving up plenty of great seafood and a classy atmosphere, this spot is the most famous restaurant in Key Biscayne for anything from brunches to weddings — plus some say it has some of the best views in the whole of Miami!

Find it at 3201 Rickenbacker Causeway.

10. Seaspice, East Little Havana

If you’re looking for some gorgeous waterfront views with a side of celebrity sightings then you ought to check out Seaspice in East Little Havana. Offering its fair share of drama and party vibes, this premier waterfront spot on the Miami River also offers a wide variety of seafood dishes, endless cocktails and awesome bottle service.

Find it at 422 NW North River Dr, Miami, FL 33128

11. Tigre, Little River

Nestled by a manatee sanctuary Little River’s new restaurant Tigre offers peace and serenity by the water for a wonderful evening al fresco. With over 100 feet of breezy waterfront seating, Tigre offers the perfect escape from the hustle and bustle of the city — just a stone’s throw away from the busy Biscayne Boulevard. You’ll find yourself surrounded by verdant nature, chic bistro furniture, and calming shades of green that help the restaurant blend in with its idyllic surroundings.

Find it at 620 NE 78th St.

10. The Wharf, Downtown

If it’s variety you seek, then we highly suggest checking out the Wharf in Overtown. This awesome spot by the Miami River offers a plethora of drinks, as well as a caravan of food trucks offering dishes such as doughnuts, stone crabs, and fish and chips. Plus, it also has an awesome dance floor featuring rotating DJs!

Find it at 114 SW North River Dr.

See also: 12 Of The Best Patio Bars In Miami

[Featured image: Instagram / @baiabeachclubmiami]