In a perfect world, we’d eat every meal outside while looking at the ocean and feasting on chilled oysters. Oh, wait—we can. From gorgeous patios to gardens and decks, these spots will keep you as cool as that Champagne you’re sipping. Here are the eleven best outdoor restaurants in Miami right now (all of which are currently operating with social distancing guidelines in place).

Note: Please check the official Miami government website for the most up-to-date information regarding mask-wearing and safety guidelines.

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1. Stiltsville Fish Bar

This nautical spot by Top Chef vets Jeff McInnis and Janine Booth is one of our favorite outdoor dining spots in Miami—and for good reason. Catch us on the patio, indulging in the crispy whole yellowtail snapper, lemon-dusted fried chicken and chilled watermelon and pickles all while staring at the sunset.

1787 Purdy Ave., Miami Beach; 786-353-0477 or

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2. Azabu Miami Beach

Where else can you dine on Michelin-starred Japanese cuisine right by the ocean? Azabu Miami Beach serves killer fish (think salmon tataki, miso black cod and spicy tuna crispy rice) with a view of the water. Just make sure to reserve a table on the restaurant’s outdoor patio in advance. Can’t score a resy? Don’t worry, the restaurant now offers pick-up too.

161 Ocean Dr., Miami Beach; 786-276-0520 or

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3. Vista

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 on Vista’s rooftop, which offers unobstructed views of the downtown skyline. Enjoying Vista at home is an option too, as the restaurant also offers curbside pick-up and delivery.

5020 NE 2 Ave.; 305-405-7547 or vistamiamirestau

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4. 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. Or order delivery instead via Uber Eats, GrubHub, Postmates or DoorDash.

7580 NE Fourth Court.; 305-531-5055 or

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5. Malibu Farm

Sidle up to the patio bar or just hang out on the couch-style benches and enjoy one of Miami’s most beautiful farm-to-table eateries. Go for a seat on the restaurant’s 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

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6. Juvia

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. Otherwise, consider a meal to-go with Juvia’s new pick-up option.

1111 Lincoln Rd., Miami Beach; 305-763-8272 or

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7. 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

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8. 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. The restaurant is also open for pick-up or delivery via DoorDash.

9700 Collins Ave. #135, Miami Beach; 305-602-9663 or

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9. Amara at Paraiso

Settle in here for the evening and lap up the Biscayne Bay breeze and a killer Intracoastal sunset at this restaurant owned by Miami’s own Michael Schwartz. Our recommendation? Feast on platters of Argentine meat and cheese while enjoying a chilled malbec.

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

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10. Gianni’s at the Villa

Dinner alfresco doesn’t get more romantic than at Gianni’s, a restaurant located at 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

11. Mandolin Aegean Bistro

Craving a quick trip to the Mediterranean? Try a reservation at Mandolin instead. Channel your inner Greek goddess by requesting an alfresco table on the restaurant’s whitewashed, greenery-filled outdoor patio and diving into over a few orders of the cheese saganaki and kefte meatballs.

4312 NE Second Ave.; 305-749-9140 or

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