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Where to eat and drink outdoors in Miami

With an average of 248 sunny days a year, a stunning coastline and eclectic array of different inner-city suburbs to explore, eating outdoors in Miami is a no-brainer. If fine food and fresh air are your Miami vices, here’s a selection of some of the best restaurants to feast your eyes and mouths on.

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Perfect for a great bite

With a delightful outdoor area along the bank of a canal in the Upper East Side, this Argentinian restaurant has long been a favorite among discerning Miami foodies. It has a lovely “tucked away” kind of atmosphere and a menu that offers plenty of veggie options alongside more traditional steak and fish alternatives. The cocktails are also worth trying and if you’re lucky you may even catch a glimpse of an inquisitive manatee or two into the bargain!

Tigre Miami

620 NE 78th Street, Miami

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All that jazz

Known perhaps more as a drinking hotspot than an eaterie, there are few better places in Miami to enjoy an al fresco wine or beer than this Wynwood/MidTown hangout. The bar, which features regularly in top lists not only in the city but the entire country has an old-style New Orleans jazz haunt vibe about it, especially in its laidback backyard. And while the emphasis may be on the drinks and nightly live music, it’s well worth trying out the food too.

Lagniappe

3425 NE 2nd Ave, Miami

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Bird’s eye view

While there may be plenty of restaurants claiming to have the best views in Miami, it’s pretty hard to argue with those at Rusty Pelican. Perched on the waterfront the causeway on the way to Virginia Key and Key Biscayne, it’s a haven for people watching, yacht admiring and simply taking in the spectacular sights from the restaurant’s elevated patio. Food-wise, fish is as fresh as it gets at this American cuisine establishment, and the weekend brunch is a perennial favorite.

Rusty Pelican

3201 Rickenbacker Causeway, Miami

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Farm-to-beach

If your goal is to be as close as possible to the water without actually getting wet, Malibu Farm in Miami fits the bill. Part of the Eden Roc Hotel on Miami Beach, the farm-to-beach food concept is based on as many local ingredients as possible, while it has also carved a reputation for its cocktails. As you would expect, the menu is broadly fish based but backed up by plenty of vegetarian options and lighter bites too.

Malibu Farm

4525 Collins Ave, Miami Beach

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The Floribbean factor

Outdoor dining and drinking in Miami can often tend to be a showy (and expensive) affair, but it doesn’t have to be that way. Whiskey Joe’s in Biscayne Bay certainly delivers on the views, placed s it is so near to the water, but it is the “Floribbean” vibe of the place that seems to be such a hit with the regular. Blending Florida favorites with Caribbean influences the food isn’t fussy but goes perfectly with a huge range of cocktails that features some 14 types of Mojito and 30 Margarita variations.

Whiskey Joe’s

3301 Rickenbacker Causeway, Key Biscayne

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French fusion

For charm (and superb food), Rouge, located in Miami's North Beach, ticks all the boxes. This delightful cozy place is pleasantly hidden away and once you’ve gone through the rather busy interior, the courtyard is like stepping into another private world. The food? A sumptuous fusion of French and Moroccan, the vibe laid back jazz. What’s not to love?

Rouge

908 71st St, Miami Beach

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Cuba libre!

Little Havana has an atmosphere all of its own and provides a fascinating authentic alternative to the glitz of Downtown and Miami Beach. Offering fresh artisanal dishes, a good selection of local craft beer and live music that just hits the sweet spot, this place has a fast-growing reputation among those in the know. Order a bunch of small dishes and share the treat!

Doce Provisions

541 SW 12th Ave, Miami

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