8 Tempting Spots for Outdoor Dining

By Carissa Chesanek  |  December 6, 2013

Unlike the rest of the country, where cold winter weather brings people indoors, this time of year Miamians are all about heading outside. With warm ocean breezes and nighttime temperatures dipping down to the mid-70s, it's the perfect time of year to take in the lovely weather. Here are our eight picks for the best outdoor dining.

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    Smith & Wollensky

    This classic steakhouse is known for its prime dry-aged meats, signature colossal lump crab cakes and beef tenderloin charbroiled trio, but the menu isn’t the only thing that keeps us coming back. The outdoor terrace and bar facing the water gets us every time with its warm breezes and impeccable views.

    South Pointe Prk,; 305-673-2800

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    Sitting high on top of a modern South Beach parking lot, this sexy penthouse garden offers stunning views of the city, especially on the large outdoor terrace. Catch some fresh air while ordering off the Peruvian and French-inspired menu, boasting potent spiked lemonades, juicy roasted duck magret and a decadent chocolate candy bar.

    1111 Lincoln Rd.; 305-763-8272

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    Red Fish Grill

    You'll have to drive down a long dirt road to get to this romantic seafood spot, but the ride is worth it once you see the large outdoor space right on its own private beach. Sit under the lit palm trees while enjoying plates like Chilean sea bass with panko garlic sesame crust and carrot ginger risotto with shiitake mushrooms. 

    9610 Old Cutler Rd.; 305-668-8788

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    Area 31

    When looking for an upscale happy hour with Downtown views and tasty, contemporary American bar bites - think coffee-spiced chicken thighs with barbecue sauce - this space on the 16th floor of the Epic Hotel has the whole package. Head outside to the terrace, where neo-soul is played and house cocktails are served, including the Sunset made with vodka, passion fruit and Grand Marnier. 

    270 Biscayne Blvd; 305-424-5234

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    This Soho Beach House eatery offers delicious Italian cuisine such as gnocchi romana with Gorgonzola and mixed grilled fish in oregano, along with a relaxed open-air setting. The lit-up trees and comfy couches create an enchanting garden space, while the retractable awning allows for a little sky-gazing. 

    4385 Collins Ave.; 786-507-7902

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    Cantina Beach

    The Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne's Mexican locale offers only outdoor seating - either under a roof or under the stars on its terrace - that faces the sparkling ocean waters. Sip on a Millionaire’s Margarita
 (with Gran Patron Platinum) to go with specialties like tableside guacamole and slow-braised pork ribs carnitas with corn tortillas.

    455 Grand Bay Dr.; 305-365-4500

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    Whiskey Joe’s

    This no-frills, all-outdoor beach bar offers a laid-back atmosphere with hammocks and water views under a bamboo-style roof. It's just the place to kick back with a tiki drink and chow down on fried gator bites (spiced up with chipotle dipping sauce) and beer-battered fish 'n' chips with slaw.

    3301 Rickenbacker Cswy; 305-423-6590

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    ll Gabbiano

    Upscale dishes - such as scaloppine veal sautéed with fresh baby artichokes and fettuccine Alfredo with chicken - share top billing with the view at this fine Italian venue. Sit outside on the terrace overlooking the bay while watching boats pass by and lights dancing off the water from the skyline. 

    335 S Biscayne Blvd.; 305-373-0063