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Rusty Pelican, Key Biscayne | Courtesy of Ariane Middel/Flickr
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The Best Waterfront Restaurants In Miami

Picture of Laurence Kidd
Updated: 9 February 2017
The only problem with eating at a restaurant with a magnificent view of Biscayne Bay, the Miami River, or the Rickenbacker Causeway is that the food has a lot to live up to. Luckily for you, this list of waterfront restaurants doesn’t sacrifice location for quality. Read our guide to Miami’s best waterfront eateries to be best informed for your next dinner outing in the 305. This handful of eateries are all eloquently perched on winding canals, bustling bays and blue oceans, offering a complete package of views, tastes and the ambiance of the Miami lifestyle.
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River Yacht Club

Internationally renowned greenscape architect Raymond Jungles collaborated with Dupoux Partners to create an immaculate design that fits perfectly with the River Yacht Club’s international concept. Here, a chic rooftop bar accompanies the first ever exclusive VanDutch Lounge. Come here for a high class seafood experience in the heart of Miami’s yachting scene.

River Yacht Club, 401 SW 3rd Ave, Miami, FL, USA +1 305 200 5716

TGIF! Perfect kick start to the weekend at @riveryachtclub ⚓️🍴

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Black Point Ocean Grill

Located in the Black Point Marina in Homestead, Florida, this waterfront restaurant has won awards for its outstanding service and mouthwatering dishes. Here, only the freshest ingredients and quality seasonal dishes are served and everything is reasonably priced, all the way from steak to seafood. We recommend that you eat on the outside patio where you can experience an al fresco setting as you sip on a glass of wine and enjoy a pleasant South Florida evening.

Black Point Ocean Grill, 24775 SW 87th Ave, Homestead, FL, USA +1 305 258 3918

Pura vida, baby.

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Garcia’s Seafood Grille & Fish

Eating seafood just feels more authentic while enjoying it with a view of the ocean where it comes from. Garcia’s is the perfect place to do just this; grab a seat and soak up views of the Miami River while watching fishing boats drop off their latest catches. Originally from Cuba, the Garcia brothers made their dream of opening a seafood restaurant/market in Miami a reality in 1966. 48 years later, their legacy lives on, and the business is still owned and operated by the family.

Garcia’s Seafood Grille & Fish, 398 NW North River Dr, Miami, FL, USA +1 305 375 0765

Happy Saturday!!!

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Lido Restaurant & Bayside Grill

Housed inside the always hip Standard Hotel, this popular spot is filled with people soaking in the pristine bay views under the restaurant’s large and colorful umbrellas. The Lido Bayside Grill at The Standard Spa, Miami Beach takes inspiration from the traditional Mediterranean diet and lifestyle. Executive Chef Mark Zeitouni specializes in organic meats and fish, and the portions served are not small by any standard. We highly recommend this place for a romantic date night on the water.

The Standard Spa Miami Beach, 40 Island Ave, Miami Beach, FL, USA +1 786 245 0880

Palmieras Beach Club

The Palmieras Beach Club is no slouch; it has it all, whether you’re looking for a relaxing spa, a luxury hotel room or beautiful pools. It also hosts a 5-star restaurant on a private island in paradise. The main restaurant offers breathtaking waterfront views with indoor and outdoor patio seating. The dining room is decorated to resemble the ocean waters, showcasing hand-painted walls of local artists. You can also opt for outside dining, where signature dishes are served to you with a perfect view of Biscayne Bay.

Palmieras Beach Club, Grove Hotel Partners LLC, 4 Grove Isle Dr, Miami, FL, USA +1 305 858 8300

Grove Isle in Biscayne Bay, Miami. The Location of Palmieras Beach Club | Courtesy of Wikipedia Commons
Grove Isle in Biscayne Bay, Miami. The Location of Palmieras Beach Club | Courtesy of Wikipedia Commons
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Rusty Pelican

Known as the hottest destination for locals, celebrities and tourists alike, the Rusty Pelican offers eclectic and impressive contemporary American cuisine and the freshest local seafood you can find. Located on the famous Rickenbacker Causeway, this waterfront restaurant has elegant interior that features wood floors, tables and chairs. Make sure to check out its Sunday Brunch.

Rusty Pelican, 3201 Rickenbacker Causeway, Key Biscayne, FL, USA +1 305 361 3818

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Smith & Wollensky

One of the best places in Miami to catch the sunset, you’ll find locals and tourists alike crowded around its popular bar nightly to take in the views and the ocean breezes. Smith & Wollensky is a chophouse chain with exclusive locations in the trendiest parts of the country, such as Las Vegas, New York, Chicago, and Boston’s famous Atlantic Wharf. The food and drinks here are excellent and the atmosphere is surprisingly lively and fast-paced considering the high-class nature of the establishment.

Smith & Wollensky, 1 Washington Ave, Miami Beach, FL, USA +1 305 673 2800

#miamilife #sunday

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Red Fish Grill

A fashionable, romantically lit beach destination for dinner and drinks, Red Fish Grill boasts breathtaking views of Biscayne Bay and a wealth of tasty dishes from land and sea. Take, for instance, the juicy double-bone pork chop, served with corn pudding, kale, and caramelized onions — its food is beyond amazing! This waterfront restaurant is a throwback to Miami’s bygone era of post-war leisure and sophistication. Housed in what was originally the Matheson Hammock Beach Pavilion, Red Fish Grill feels more like a romantic restaurant in the Keys than a typical chic Miami restaurant.

Red Fish Grill, 3201 Rickenbacker Causeway, Key Biscayne, FL, USA +1 305 361 3818

By Laurence Kidd