Autumn in Miami feels like summer in most parts of the country, but for locals, the slightly cooler temperatures are a welcome reprieve from the sweltering heat and humidity of July, August, and September. The breezes are a little bit balmier, the sun not as harsh — which means one can finally dine outside comfortably. We’ve made a list of some of our favorite spots to eat outdoors, so you can start making your weekend dinner plans.
MILA Restaurant, Rooftop Lounge & Mixology Bar
This “open-sky sanctuary” is one of the most gorgeous spots to enjoy a bite and a cocktail in Miami Beach. The 250-seat rooftop restaurant was designed to resemble a lush oasis and will make you feel as though you’ve wound up in a secret garden. Claim a couch outside and soak up the view as you dine on Mediterranean- and Asian-inspired delicacies, like branzino tataki, chicken karaage, and shawarma wagyu gyozas.
Details: MILA is located at 1636 Meridian Ave, Miami Beach. For more information, visit www.milarestaurant.com.
Located on bustling Lincoln Road, Juvia has been one of Miami’s top restaurants for stunning rooftop views and delicious food. They also recently brought back their popular Sunset Menu for locals — a three-course meal paired with a complimentary glass of prosecco for just $45 per person. It’s available Wednesday through Saturday from 5:30-6:45 p.m.
Details: Juvia is located at 1111 Lincoln Rd, Miami Beach. For more information, visit www.juviamiami.com.
The Lido Bayside Grill at The Standard
Savor the fall(ish) weather with a side of waterfront views at The Lido Bayside Grill. Located at The Standard, this outdoor favorite spotlights seasonal ingredients and locally sourced seafood prepared with unique citrus and fermentation techniques. Happy hour takes place Monday through Thursday from 4-6 p.m., but the frosé keeps flowing all the way into the weekend.
Details: The Lido Bayside Grill is located at 40 Island Ave, Miami Beach. For more information, visit www.standardhotels.com/miami/features/bayside-grill.
Sugar at EAST Miami
If you’re looking to dine outdoors in Brickell, head to Sugar at EAST Miami. Located on the 40th floor of the hotel, this picture-perfect hideaway serves up Asian-inspired cocktails and small plates. Nibble on wok-tossed edamame, boneless Korean chicken wings, signature sushi rolls, and Thai beef satay as you sip imaginative libations and take in the sweeping views of the glittering skyline and the bay.
Details: EAST Miami is located at 788 Brickell Plaza, Miami. For more information, visit www.easthotels.com/en/miami/restaurants-and-bars/sugar/.