Miami's Waterfront Restaurants

Rusty Pelican

Rusty Pelican

Sushi Bar at La Mar

Sushi Bar at La Mar

Whiskey Joe's

Fish Tacos at Whiskey Joe's

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By: Shayne Benowitz

Soak in the Views of Key Biscayne at One of These Top Restaurants

While the Atlantic Ocean and South Beach may get all the attention, Miami’s geography is distinct in its relationship to Biscayne Bay. An intracoastal waterway along the western shores of Miami Beach, Biscayne Bay opens up into a more expansive body of water south of Key Biscayne where it becomes Biscayne National Park spanning 172,000 acres with a shoreline of mangrove preserves. With so many miles of bayside coastline, there are ample opportunities to enjoy a meal with a view at one of Miami’s top bayside restaurants.

The Lido Bayside Grill at The Standard

Japanese-inspired fare, bright yellow umbrellas, a beautiful crowd and sweeping views of Biscayne Bay’s intracoastal make The Lido Bayside Grill at The Standard the stunning bayside destination that it is. The menu features a variety of small plates and entrees of locally sourced seafood and seasonal produce—and creative cocktails, to match. The kitchen also highlights pop-up concepts from time to time, so you never know what you’re in store for. Come for the sunset and enjoy  happy hour pricing until 7 p.m.

Verde at Peréz Art Museum Miami

Verde at the Peréz Art Museum Miami is set inside a dining room with floor-to-ceiling windows and an outdoor patio overlooking Biscayne Bay. The landmark building designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architects Herzog & de Meuron takes full advantage of its position on Biscayne Bay framing picture-perfect views for patrons of the museum and its restaurant. Verde’s menu features fresh salads, pizza, sandwiches and entrees. Reserve a table or opt for an item from their grab-and-go counter and enjoy your bite while seated at a swinging chair overlooking the water.

La Mar by Gaston Acurio
Enjoy stunning Brickell viewd at La Mar by Gaston Acurio

La Mar by Gaston Acurio at the Mandarin Oriental

La Mar by Gaston Acurio is an upscale Peruvian eatery at the Mandarin Oriental with an expansive outdoor patio on Biscayne Bay for views reflecting Downtown Miami's glittering skyline. Indulge in variety of fresh fish ceviche, tiraditos, whipped potato causas and anticucho grilled meats. Start with the chaufa aeropuerto, a traditional pan-fried rice dish made with Chinese sausage, shrimp omelet and egg noodles. Other highlights include the clasico ceviche made with fluke, the Nikkei made with both tuna tataki and candied tuna in tamarind leche de tigre and the stir-fried tenderloin lomo saltado. You can’t go wrong with the chef’s tasting menu to sample a little bit of everything.

The Rusty Pelican
Catch the sunset at The Rusty Pelican

The Rusty Pelican

Set on the Rickenbacker Causeway en route to Key Biscayne, The Rusty Pelican offers one of the best views of the Downtown Miami skyline reflecting on Biscayne Bay’s intracoastal. The menu features modern American cuisine with small plates perfect for sharing, a wine list filled with unique varietals and an impressive raw bar with fresh ceviche and shellfish. In the lounge and outdoor patio, enjoy cocktails with a selection of specialty microbrews and wines by the glass. Menu highlights include the seafood tower raw bar, crab cakes and lobster risotto.

Monty’s Raw Bar

Monty’s Raw Bar is a laidback, al fresco tiki bar and restaurant situated on Coconut Grove’s Dinner Key Marina on Biscayne Bay. It’s especially popular amongst boaters returning to shore in search of a casual bite and a strong drink. Expect live music, a crowded bar and groups of friends at picnic tables soaking up the sun. Order a mahi sandwich or nachos and pair it with a tiki-inspired cocktail or cold beer and while away the afternoon on the waterfront.

Whiskey Joe’s

Set bayside on the Rickenbacker Marina, Whiskey Joe’s is a classic spot for boaters to congregate to knock back a few cold ones after a day on the water on Biscayne Bay. The tropical tiki bar setting boasts an ample patio shaded by a giant palapa and there’s always live music during happy hour on Saturdays and Sundays. Enjoy tropical mixed drinks ranging from margaritas to daiquiris and pair them with coconut mahi nuggets, peel ‘n eat shrimp or buffalo wings.

View of the Lighthouse at Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park
Dine in an iconic location at Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park

Boater’s Grill & Lighthouse Café at Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park

For a true feet-in-the-sand dining experience overlooking Biscayne Bay, head to Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park at the tip of Key Biscayne. Here you’ll find both Boater’s Grill and the Lighthouse Café offering authentic Cuban fare in rustic settings. There are also shaded picnic pavilions if you bring your own food. With rugged sand dunes leading to an uncrowded beach and unlimited views of Biscayne Bay and the Atlantic Ocean as far as the eye can see, it's a piece of unspoiled old Florida.

Garcia's Seafood Grille & Fish Market

Garcia's Seafood Grille & Fish Market is a Cuban family-owned Miami institution that has served locals some of the freshest seafood for more than 50 years. Whether you choose to dine inside the nautical-themed restaurant or outside on the wooden deck with relaxing views of the Miami River in Downtown Miami, it’s not rare to spot a fishing boat docking right up to the restaurant to drop off the catch-of-the-day. The freshest catches brought in daily are available for purchase on the menu or by the pound at the fish market next door. Favorite menu items include the famous fish dip, conch fritters, the fried shrimp sandwich, Florida stone crabs, and the grilled grouper, but rest assured that you will not be disappointed with their daily blackboard specials.

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