In Miami, you’re constantly seeking that perfect ocean view restaurant for an exquisite meal to remember. That’s understandable, considering the city’s spectacular vistas of lovely Biscayne Bay, the Intracoastal Waterway, and the breathtaking Atlantic Ocean. Here are five excellent choices that marry fabulous cuisine with tables overlooking the sea.
In Miami Beach, you try the much-lauded Japanese fusion Soho Bay, where Chef Rick Sauri’s creations are complemented by its location on the Intracoastal Waterway. The warm, modern decor grabs your attention, but then your eyes wander outside to the water and the dramatic Miami skyline. You and your significant other start with sake and beef cheeks gyoza, and follow that will an exotic lionfish salad. The experience is a study in delicious, surprising tastes, like the duck breast on a hot stone, served with sublime leek kimchi that you order as your main.
Next, you snag a coveted reservation at Juvia, perched on top of one of the world’s most gorgeous parking garages. You gaze at the outlines of South Beach and in the distance, the sea. This open air space projects a tropical chic vibe, enhanced by the indulgent ginger julep cocktails your server brings. To start, you share lobster ceviche and delectably fresh oysters. The sun is slowly sliding down the horizon, casting ribbons of pink light, as your entrees arrive: seared sashimi-grade tuna and New Zealand lamb shank.
People say Verde, the restaurant at Perez Art Museum Miami, is one of the best lunch spots in the area—and you can see why. From your table, you and your dining partner absorb a dramatic canvas of cruise ships and a curvaceous bridge against a backdrop of Biscayne Bay’s aqua green water. Here, the decor and cuisine are blissfully restrained, and you decide that a glass of champagne will complement the knockout vista. The appetizer of fluke crudo with ginger and mango awakens your taste buds, and the warmed shrimp salad with truffle beurre blanc simply makes you happy.
When you’re in the mood for upscale Peruvian cuisine, you head to the ocean view restaurant Panorama at the Sonesta Hotel in Coconut Grove. Panorama’s eighth floor perch provides a stunning window onto the local marina and Biscayne Bay’s mangrove islands. You two toast one another with caipirinhas as you sample the tuna ceviche. It’s so good, you’re tempted to order a second serving, but then your dish of corvina comes to the table: the scent of cilantro in the sauce wafts up from the plate and you’re immediately hooked.
Red Fish Grill
For the final ocean view restaurant, you and your date decide to change it up. Red Fish Grill, tucked inside Matheson Hammock Park, may have top-notch food, but the setting is casual and the vibe mellow—just what you’re in the mood for. At this secluded spot, white lights encircle palm trees, and the ambiance just oozes romance. You sip sauvignon blanc as you look out on the rippling surface of Biscayne Bay under moonlight. Tuna tartar is just right for sharing, while your pan-roasted mahi mahi tastes tender and well-seasoned, especially with green papaya salad. You ask your server to take a picture of you both to capture this blissful moment. The best part of the evening is being able to experience it together—and remember it forever.