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By: Zebrina Edgerton-Maloy

Miami foodies: get ready to savor diverse dishes and be captivated by amazing views while you dine at outdoor restaurants during Miami Spice Restaurant Months. From August 1 through September 30, 2022, more than 100 Miami Spice Restaurants throughout Greater Miami & Miami Beach offer special three-course, prix-fixe menus where you can taste outstanding dishes at very reasonable fixed prices – just $28 for lunch or brunch, and $45 or $60 for dinner. Offering everything from beachside Mediterranean cuisine to elegant fine dining, these eight standout al fresco spots will make summer dining in Miami unforgettable.

Note: Each of the restaurant paragraphs below describes the type of food and dishes you might expect to see throughout the year. Official Miami Spice menus are posted on each restaurant’s listing page (click on the links included in this article) and on the Miami Spice website as they become available, so check back often for updates.

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Dine al fresco at Glass & Vine

Take in Serene Surroundings in a Garden Oasis

Glass & Vine

Wander into the garden oasis of Glass & Vine, tucked within Peacock Park near Biscayne Bay in the heart of Coconut Grove. This intimate restaurant from “Chopped” champion Giorgio Rapicavoli is the perfect spot for a summer rendezvous. Immerse yourself in Glass & Vine’s serene surroundings and covered outdoor dining area while you explore elegant flavors that captivate the senses. Start your culinary adventure with spinach ricotta dip and cauliflower appetizers, and savor cocktails such as the Mediterranean Daiquiri and La Mula before you dive into the all-time-favorite chicken and black truffle gnocchi. Parents, consider Glass & Vine your new favorite restaurant – here, you can indulge in delectable food and enjoy gentle bay breezes while your children conquer the playground right next door.

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Try Amara at Paraiso's fresh seafood while taking in views of Biscayne Bay

Enjoy Idyllic Waterfront Bayside Views

Amara at Paraiso

Delight your palate at Amara at Paraiso, where James Beard Award-winning Chef Michael Schwartz’s Latin American fusion menu celebrates Miami’s culinary diversity. Relax on Amara’s waterfront deck overlooking shimmering Biscayne Bay while you enjoy fresh seafood dishes like grilled citrus yellowtail snapper. Sip a signature Smokey on the Bay cocktail or the Midas Touch Margarita at Amara’s raw bar as you savor dishes such as beef tartare arepas or oysters with caviar. Amara’s brioche French toast with fried banana is a favorite brunch entrée. End your quintessential Miami dining experience with a rich dessert such as a perfectly creamy flan while you enjoy sweeping views of Biscayne Bay.

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Marvel at breathtaking views from Baia Beach Club's outside dining area

Dine al fresco in South Beach

Baia Beach Club

At the bohemian chic Baia Beach Club in South Beach, you can enjoy Mediterranean-style al fresco dining as you take in breathtaking views of yachts cruising along the waters. Feel your stress melt away as you sample dishes like charred octopus with black garlic, romesco, salsa verde and lima beans or zaatar lamb with zucchini carpaccio, tzatziki and red pepper zhug. Pair your sophisticated Miami Spice meal with an Italian Mojito, a Sunset Red Sangria or a classic Manhattan while you bask in a divine golden sunset over the Downtown Miami skyline.

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Take in Juvia's stunning rooftop views

Juvia

With stunning 180-degree views overlooking South Beach, Juvia is a rooftop restaurant that gives diners a gorgeous vantage point high above Lincoln Road. Executive Chef Sunny Oh, formerly of Nobu, and "first hand" Chef Kaoru Chang guide a menu that offers "...a trinity of French, Japanese and Peruvian cooking styles, studied and meticulously crafted as a result of a decades of training within each culture.” While there, indulge in dishes such as miso glazed eggplant, grilled skirt steak and roasted cauliflower florets. Perched atop a parking garage that’s an architectural landmark, Juvia pairs ultramodern purple-and-white décor with a living wall backdrop, setting the stage for a first-class dining experience as the city lights twinkle below.

Layla

Fall in love at Layla’s chic terrace along Collins Canal. The cuisine is fittingly inspired by the love story of Layla and Majnun, a Middle Eastern precursor of Romeo and Juliet. Take in the lush greenery of Layla’s garden sanctuary as you relish dishes such as eggplant toast, a lamb burger or grilled branzino. Sip perfectly boozy cocktails such as the Happily Ever After tequila concoction or a Sunset Sangria, and then end the night with luscious baklava or other tempting desserts.

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Enjoy bay and waterfront views at Lido Bayside Grill, photo by Adrian Gaut

Lido Bayside Grill

Find unparalleled bay views, delicious coastal dishes and iconic cocktails at Lido Bayside Grill at the Standard Hotel. Watch the sun slowly set over Biscayne Bay during your romantic date night. Dig into Mediterranean-inspired meals created from fresh, locally sourced seasonal ingredients. You’ll also find plenty of vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free options at Lido. Sample popular dishes such as blackened fish tacos, seafood risotto and grilled ratatouille.

The Ocean Grill

Modern Asian design elements and lush tropical greenery grace the beachfront dining deck at The Ocean Grill. Watch the world go by on the nearby beachwalk as you feast beneath the tall wood-beamed cabana, enjoying favorites such as Spanish octopus and yellowfin tuna tartare. The Ocean Grill presents classic American fare, flavors from southern Europe and specialty seafood prepared on the wood-fired grill. Don’t miss the truffle pizza – it's known as the “diamond of the kitchen.”

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Indulge in Mexican specialties on Serena's colorful patio

Serena

You’ll find yourself transported to Oaxaca when you dine at Serena. Located on the rooftop of the Moxy Hotel, Serena’s garden-like outdoor restaurant is a perfect place for a romantic date night, brunch or girls’ night out. An enchanting canopy of twinkling lights frames vibrant tropical foliage on the terrace as you sip hand-crafted cocktails and explore the Mexican fare. Watch as chefs work in the outdoor kitchen to prepare delicious dishes such as shrimp tostadas, chicken enchiladas and Baja fish tacos, and see how fresh tortillas are shaped by hand. Savor Serena’s top-notch cocktails designed by acclaimed mixologist Christian Rubio – especially the Miami Parrot and Serena Margarita. You can also choose from plenty of mezcal and tequila options.

Remember to check out all the wonderful restaurants participating in Miami Spice during August and September. Coming to Greater Miami & Miami Beach at a different time of year? Find more great places to dine in Miami.

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