11 Gorgeous Miami Patios Where You Won’t Melt from the Heat
A weird thing about living somewhere with year-round warm weather: You have a tendency to beeline for the nearest air-conditioned dining room. But don’t go inside just yet—we’ve found 11 gorgeous patios, gardens and decks that’ll keep you as cool as that champagne you’re sipping.
Nab an outdoor table shaded by banyan trees at this modern Italian restaurant. Order a bottle of wine, a charcuterie and cheese board and pistachio-mint gnocchi, then keep the night going with a drink at Vista’s rooftop bar, which offers unobstructed views of the downtown skyline.
5020 NE Second Ave.; 305-405-7547 or vistamiamirestaurant.com
Isabelle’s Grill Room & Garden
If there’s a better dinner date than steak and truffle fries on Isabelle’s dimly lit garden terrace, we haven’t found it.
3300 SW 27th Ave., Coconut Grove; 305-644-4680 or ritzcarlton.com
Inside Life House, Little Havana’s first boutique hotel, Parcela serves veg-forward fare with ingredients from an on-site garden. And you can dine adjacent to said garden with a seat on Parcela’s picturesque patio.
528 SW Ninth Ave.; 866-466-7534 or lifehouselittlehavana.com
Bring a few bottles (there’s no limit and no corkage fee) to this charming haunt tucked away in Ironside. You’ll dine on some of the finest pizza and pasta in town—gluten-free and vegan varieties included—while enjoying your favorite wines under cool canopies.
7580 NE Fourth Court; 305-531-5055 or pizzaironside.com
Sidle up to the patio bar or just hang out on the couch-style benches and enjoy one of Miami’s newest farm-to-table eateries. Go for a seat on the restaurant’s half-indoor, half-outdoor deck for pristine views of the Atlantic with the bonus of AC. On the menu, look out for the arugula, mango and burrata salad and the avocado pizza on cauliflower crust.
4525 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; 305-674-5579 or malibufarmmiamibeach.com
The swankiest rooftop terrace in all of Miami and the coldest pinot grigio in town. Insider tip: Arrive 30 minutes before sunset, order a few appetizers and get ready for a magical evening.
1111 Lincoln Rd., Miami Beach; 305-763-8272 or juviamiami.com
GLASS AND VINE
This quaint restaurant is located within one of our favorite green spaces, Peacock Park. Take refuge under large shady trees while snacking on a refreshing watermelon salad doused in cotija cheese and lime crema. Oh, and make sure to snag a seat next to one of the restaurant’s big fans (both for the cooling factor and the Beyoncé-music-video effect).
2820 McFarlane Rd., Coconut Grove; 305-200-5268 or glassandvine.com
Get ready to up your Instagram game: Snap a few photos of your mussels and rosé at Le Zoo’s charming sidewalk café. Striped chairs and dangling lights, oui, oui.
9700 Collins Ave. #135, Miami Beach; 305-602-9663 or lezoo.com
Amara at Paraiso
Is it really an indoor restaurant when all the windows and doors are wide open, making way for the Biscayne Bay breeze and a killer Intracoastal sunset? At this recently opened restaurant by Miami’s own Michael Schwartz, feast on platters of Argentine meat and cheese while enjoying a chilled malbec.
3101 NE Seventh Ave.; 305-702-5528 or amaraatparaiso.com
Gianni’s at the Villa
Dinner alfresco doesn’t get more romantic than at Gianni’s, a restaurant inside the former Versace mansion with delicious food and dazzling views. And nothing says romance like noshing on charcuterie and burrata while gazing at a 54-foot-long gold-tiled mosaic pool and sipping a 24-karat golden margarita.
1116 Ocean Dr., Miami Beach; 786-485-2200 or vmmiamibeach.com
Bird & Bone
We couldn’t round up outdoor dining spots and not include Bird & Bone’s adorable enclosed patio, reminiscent of a country farmhouse. Offset a plate of the must-order hot fried chicken with a refreshing Bone Bramble (gin, blackberry, cucumber, sage and lemon).
4041 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; 305-424-1234 or theconfidantemiamibeach.hyatt.com