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In a perfect world, we’d eat every meal outside while looking at the ocean and feasting on chilled oysters. Oh, wait—we can. Behold, nine lovely (and non-sweltering) places to dine alfresco.  

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Ironside Kitchen

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., Miami; 305-531-5055 or

Malibu Farm

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 giving you pristine views of the Atlantic with the bonus added 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

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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

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Glass and Vine

This quaint restaurant is located within one of our favorite green spaces, Peacock Park. Take refuge under large shade 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

Le Zoo

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

Lolo’s Surf Cantina

This South Beach Mexican joint is known for its luminous outdoor patio—it’s a fantastic place to kick back on a warm night. Tacos under the stars? We thought you’d never ask.

161 Ocean Dr., Miami Beach; 305-735-6973 or

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, order platters of Argentine meat and cheese while enjoying a chilled Malbec.

3101 NE Seventh Ave., Miami; 305-702-5528 or

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

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Bird & Bone

We couldn’t round up alfresco 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

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