Miami is an amazing place for restaurants with a view. Between the fine dining, the beautiful people, and the gorgeous panoramas, it’s hard to pick a favorite spot in town. Your best bet is to try them all.
Visit these five Miami attractions, known for their exceptional vistas, to soak in the glory of the Magic City over an exclusive meal.
Smith & Wollensky
If you’re looking for steak, this is your place. If you’re looking for steak, but always insist on restaurants with a view, this is definitely your place. Smith & Wollensky overlooks South Pointe Park and the neon turquoise waters of Government Cut between Miami Beach and Fisher Island, home to the highest per capita income of any place in the United States. You dine on steakhouse classics like filet mignon, fresh steamed lobster tail, or truffle mac and cheese. For vibrant Miami flavors, you seek out the charbroiled filet rubbed with coffee and cocoa and topped with ancho chile butter.
Peer into the heart of Lincoln Road Mall, one of the most beloved Miami attractions for locals and international shoppers alike. Of course, in order to do so, you have to remove your eyes from your plate, which is no easy feat at Juvia. Ceviche, wagyu beef, nigiri, and foie gras comprise the menu at this French-Japanese hot spot. The glass-walled dining room and rooftop deck—with a living wall of lush green plants—are spectacular at night. On a clear day, you gaze even farther out to the edges of the city and the beach’s skyline as you dine.
La Mar by Gastón Acurio
Indulge in the acclaimed Peruvian cuisine of Chef Gastón Acurio at La Mar. The restaurant is on Brickell Key, down a staircase from the warm bronze ambiance of the Mandarin Oriental’s main lobby. It opens up to a deck and floor-to-ceiling glass windows that reveal Brickell’s skyscrapers in fantastic detail across a small basin within Biscayne Bay. Once seated, you order ceviche and anticuchos, marinated and grilled morsels inspired by Peruvian street food.
Ascend to the eighth floor of the Miami Culinary Institute for Tuyo Restaurant, one of the few restaurants with a view downtown. Get an up-close look at the 255-foot Freedom Tower, a Spanish Revival gem, as well as the Adrienne Arsht Center, an expressionist masterpiece that acts as the anchor for the downtown arts revival. You start with fresh salads that are topped with rich dressings like lemon-vanilla or tahini-maple vinaigrettes. The staff then serves you continental cuisine like tuna and pork tenderloin—but because it’s Miami, there’s also an incredible ropa vieja with sour orange mojo and creamed yucca that you need to sample.
Red Fish Grill
Just south of Coral Gables is Red Fish Grill, one of Miami’s more laid-back restaurants, with a view of a gentle atoll pool along the edge of Matheson Hammock Park, the first county park in Miami-Dade. A nearby boat dock invites leisurely-paced sailboats and motorboats while illuminated coconut palms bow toward the water. Floridian seafood favorites top the list here. You feast on snapper, mahi mahi, Chilean sea bass, and the signature Caribbean bouillabaisse of mussels and scallops in coconut broth. Even after a vast dinner, you still leave room for homemade key lime pie.