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Miami’s 8 Best Restaurant Views

Miami's Got a Lot of Great Restaurant Views. Here's the Best Eight.
April 09, 2014 By Matt Meltzer in Miami: Food & Restaurant News  | 1 Comment


Say what you will about Miami. People are never on time. Jobs are scarce. Nobody speaks English. But one thing you can never debate about this city is the endless beautiful views you get walking around. And the water is pretty nice too (Ba-ZING!) But perhaps the best way to take Instagram pictures and make all your friends back in Frozen Wasteland, USA jealous is to plop down at a nice restaurant, throw a steak and a cocktail in the picture, and show them what a great view they’re missing by not being in Miami. So to help you become the envy of everyone you know who’s NOT here, here’s the 8 best restaurant views in Miami.


415 NE 2nd Ave • Miami
(305) 237-3200

This downtown spot is a culinary lab of sorts for the Miami Culinary Institute at Miami-Dade College. Located on its Wolfson campus, the windows on this 7th floor restaurant look north towards the landmark Freedom Tower and American Airlines Arena, then out onto Biscayne Bay.


Rusty Pelican
3201 Rickenbacker Cswy • Key Biscayne
(305) 361-3818

In the most sweeping restaurant view of Miami’s skyline you’ll find, this Key Biscayne landmark has been a brunch, wedding and special occasion staple for over 40 years. Looking west over Biscayne Bay one can watch Miami’s boom and bust economy as cranes and condos have made this view more dynamic as the years go on.


Monty’s Sunset
300 Alton Rd • Miami Beach
(305) 672-1148

Perhaps the next-best skyline view comes from this funky seafood bar next to the Miami Beach marina in South Beach. The draw of Monty’s isn’t just its spectacular view west over Biscayne of the city skylines, but its sunset happy hour where you can enjoy half priced drinks while you watch the sun go down over Miami.


Smith and Wollensky
1 Washington Ave - Miami Beach •
(305) 673-2800

For the most diverse view in Miami, nothing beats an outdoor table at venerable Smith and Wollensky. Bite into a juicy steak at one of their tables situated on the southern most point of South Beach and look out at the Atlantic Ocean, the downtown skyline, Fisher Island, and the beautiful people running through South Pointe Park without even having to turn your head.


La Mar
500 Brickell Key Dr • Miami
(305) 913-8358

Not only is the waterfront view from the Mandarin Oriental’s newest restaurant one of the city’s best-  looking west across the serene bridge to Brickell Key towards the Brickell skyline - but it’s also the best restaurant with a view in Miami as Chilean legend Gaston Acurio brings his seafood mastery to South Florida


801 Brickell Bay Dr • Miami
(786) 502-3826

In the space that was once Pocao, the premiere Miami rodizio steakhouse, Brasileiro adds an Asian fusion menu to the rodizio repertoire while diners sit almost-on-the-bay and gaze across Biscayne at Virginia Key, Fisher Island and, from some tables, the diners at La Mar.


Red Fish Grill
9610 Old Cutler Rd • Coral Gables
(305) 668-8788

Unlike Tavern on the Green, this restaurant-in-a-public-park serves up actual good food in one of our hidden gems: Matheson Hammock Park. Drive through the banyan trees and down the dirt roads to end up at this bayside spot where you’ll forget you’re anywhere near one of the largest cities in America, and enjoy the blue waters of Biscayne Bay rolling out over a deserted beach as you dine on fresh caught Miami seafood. It’s like being stranded on an Island, without the dehydration.


1395 Brickell Ave • Miami
(305) 503-6529

The best urban view in the city has to belong to Atrio on the 25th floor of the Conrad Hotel in Brickell. The western view out of the dining room gives you the Brickell skyline and sprawling Miami in the background, while the eastern view from the patio has you towering above the Rickenbacker causeway as it stretches across the Bay to Key Biscayne.

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About the Author: Matt Meltzer is a featured columnist at Miami Beach 411.

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1 Comments on

"Miami’s 8 Best Restaurant Views"

Joe says:

Gastón acuario is peruvian

Posted on 05/31/2015 at 10:23 AM

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