People are predominantly drawn to Miami, Florida, because of the many benefits of living in a coastal town. In addition, the ocean provides many recreational activities, such as swimming, fishing, and boating. Miami is the place to be if you’re looking for the best waterfront restaurants with virtually any cuisine. With some of the best restaurants in the country, Miami boasts a lovely view to go along with your meal.
For those looking for the ultimate Miami vacation experience, Luxury Rentals Miami Beach is one of the best choices. From short-term rentals Miami Beach that offer just a few days away to longer-term stays featuring full amenities, these rentals provide a respite from the hustle and bustle of city life. So whether you’re looking for a peaceful atmosphere to relax in or a lively neighborhood with plenty of restaurants and bars nearby, there’s something for everyone among these Miami Beach vacation rentals.
The Best Miami Waterfront Restaurants
La Mar by Gaston Acurio is my favorite place in Miami for many reasons, one being the picturesque view of Downtown Miami that you get from Brickell Key. Dinner with a view? Watch the boats sail past as you enjoy dinner within arm’s reach of Biscayne Bay.
500 Brickell Key Dr, Miami, FL 33131
Amara at Paraiso
Amara at Paraiso has always been an excellent place for outdoor dining, but the show’s real star is the stunning waterfront views of Pace Picnic Island and the Intracoastal Waterway.
3101 NE 7th Ave, Miami, FL 33137
Duffy’s Sports Grill
Though it may be a chain restaurant, it boasts some of the most stunning views in town—not to mention daily happy hours.
3969 NE 163rd St, North Miami Beach, FL 33160
Baia Beach Club Miami
The Mondrian South Beach’s Baia Beach Club features bayside cabanas, a full-service restaurant, and an extensive outdoor seating lounge.
1100 West Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139
A century ago, boaters flocked to Dinner Key in Coconut Grove to Savour breezy coastal views during their picnics. Bayshore Club Bar & Grill harkens back to that open-air feeling with a beautifully restored Art Deco hangar that once housed Pan American Clipper flying boats. Bayshore Club is the perfect place to enjoy delicious seafood. Start with our chilled oysters or coral reef ceviche, or share a crab & shrimp cocktail cooler from the raw bar. Our All Day lunch and dinner menu offer something for everyone! You can enjoy salads, small plates, and handhelds like the blackened Mahi Sammy and grilled local fish tacos from our menu. Our Wednesday through Sunday live music will provide the perfect soundtrack to your evening as you sip on cocktails or wine.
3391 Pan American Drive, Miami, FL 33133
Garcia’s Seafood Grille & Fish
Relax and watch the marine traffic sail by while enjoying some delicious seafood at Garcia’s Seafood Grille & Fish Market. With a beautiful view of the busy Miami River, it’s one of the many unbeatable places to eat in town. This is the perfect spot if you’re looking for a less chaotic environment for lunch or dinner key.
398 NW N River Dr, Miami, FL 33128
Casablanca on the bay
Casablanca has a restaurant with an unbeatable view of key Biscayne Bay, and they only use the freshest seafood. Their dedication to quality is what Casablanca attributes its 20+ years of success to. In addition to steak, pasta, and more, there’s an array of seafood, including grilled octopus, oysters, shrimp cocktail, fresh Florida stone crab season, and various ceviches. Different types of grilled and fried fish are also available.
1717 N Bayshore Dr #200, Miami, FL 33132
Zuma’s menu features three kitchens – the sushi counter, the robata ocean grill, and the central kitchen. Dishes served are authentically non-traditional Japanese, taking inspiration from the Izakaya dining style. This eatery is perfect for those special occasions when you want to dress up and dine among other elegant guests. The service is fantastic–attentive and friendly, the menu alluring, and the quality of the ingredients. You won’t regret booking a reservation here!
70 Biscayne Blvd Way, Miami, FL 33131
Verde is a great place to eat, drink, and relax – not just because it’s centrally located. This excellent restaurant is next to the Pérez Art Museum Miami and the Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science patio inside Maurice A. Ferré Park.
1103 Biscayne Blvd, Miami, FL 33132
SALT Waterfront Restaurant
If you’re ever on the University of Miami’s Oceans and Human Health Center campus, check out SALT Waterfront Restaurant. It’s a fantastic gastropub that offers incredible views and delicious food. The bar food here is some of the best I’ve ever had, and it only gets better when you enjoy it with a cold drink while watching the sunset over the bay.
4600 Rickenbacker Causeway, Miami, FL 33149
Kiki on the River
Kiki on the River is a beautiful waterfront restaurant near Lummus Park Historic District, so it has excellent views of the Miami river overlooks. The food here is mainly Mediterranean cuisine, like Greek specialties, and it’s all excellent.
450 NW N River Dr, Miami, FL 33128
The Lido Bayside Grill
The casual Bayside Grill restaurant and happening swimming pool are next to each other, and both have expansive views of the Venetian islands and Miami Beach. The umbrella-topped Grill is for those who crave a relaxed meal, with an aesthetic that resembles what you’d find near the south beach on one of Greece’s many islands. Not to worry about uncooperative weather—the umbrellas are set up to provide coverage in case of rain. And for when the sun finally decides to show up, strings of lights give off a subtle and festive mood.
40 Island Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139
The Deck at Island Gardens
The Deck at Island Gardens is another excellent choice for a waterfront view restaurant in Miami. Guests can enjoy stunning views of Downtown Miami and Biscayne Bay while sipping delicious wine, dining on exquisite cuisine, and dancing outdoors. If you’re looking for utter privacy and want to be in a small group, the waterfront seating cabana lounges are gorgeous and exactly what you need. You’ll find a wide variety of seafood, Italian cuisine, and cocktails on the extensive menu. A few menu examples are lasagna al Forno, The Deck Burger, and Homestead Farm tomato palm salad. There are also berry-stuffed pancakes and carbonara pizza. Make sure you take advantage of the brunch- it’s always a blast!
888 MacArthur Causeway, Miami, FL 33132
Seaspice Brasserie and Lounge have become a classic Miami fine-dining destination, located waterfront on the Miami River minutes from Downtown Miami and the Brickell Financial District. This well-known oasis offers fresh seafood, traditional wood-fired casseroles, and globally diverse dishes. In addition, its open-air Courtyard Lounge and bar serve delectable cocktails with the finest ingredients. If you’re feeling fancy, have a meal on the open-air restaurant deck surrounded by soft romantic lighting overlooking the river or skyline. Another option is to dock your yacht here and enjoy lunch with some potentially live entertainment depending on the day. Check their website ahead of time for more details.
412 NW N River Dr, Miami, FL 33128
The Wetlab, located on the Rickenbacker Causeway near Historic Virginia Key Beach Park and the Miami Seaquarium, is next on my list of top waterfront restaurants in Miami. If you’re looking for a waterfront dining experience, this is the perfect spot – especially after a day at the park or aquarium.
If you’re looking for a great time by the water in Miami, look no further than The Wetlab! They have delicious cold beer on tap and constantly host live music events that are sure to get you up out of your seat and dancing. Trust us; you won’t be disappointed if you come and check it out!
12 NW N River Dr, Miami, FL 33128
The beautiful views of Biscayne Bay and the Atlantic Ocean make the food taste even better, or you can enjoy your meal while sitting next to the Miami River. Enjoy stunning views and delicious seafood at one of these waterfront restaurants in Greater Miami & Miami Beach.
Although there are plenty of Miami vacation rentals to choose from for your next getaway, there’s something special about staying in a luxurious villa for rent Miami. Luxury Rentals Miami Beach offers incomparable luxury and privacy, with spectacular views overlooking the vibrant downtown skyline. Located just blocks from some of Miami’s most renowned Waterfront Restaurants, you can enjoy the best of both worlds: a quiet retreat to retire after a day spent exploring the city or trying out the latest restaurant hot spot.