Biscayne Bay, Miami Beach, and the Miami River all offer this vibrant metropolis miles and miles of azure frontage. And with the past decade’s influx of cool, there is no shortage of memorable dining experiences to be had. These two ingredients make Miami the ideal city for stunning mealtime views. From a design award-winning eatery overlooking the Art Deco district to a Japanese hotspot you can boat up to, we’ve narrowed down the city’s 6,000 dining options to five favourite luxury restaurants, all with extraordinary vistas. Bon appétit!
ZumaOne of Miami’s many foreign imports, this edition of the London restaurant was designed, like many of its counterparts, by Japan’s Noriyoshi Muramatsu. Inside, Japanese rice paper and earth-tone granite adorn walls and floors, while outside, at one of the city’s only boat-accessible eateries, comfy lounge seating extends right to the edge of the Miami River. 270 Biscayne Boulevard Way; zumarestaurant.com
SeaspiceOverlooking the Miami River and the glimmering skyline, this former postindustrial warehouse has a nautical design linking its terrace, courtyard lounge, indoor dining room, and garden bar, not to mention its impressive garden featuring stylized trees set against stark white decor. 422 NW North River Drive; seaspicemiami.com
JuviaWinning multiple awards (including a James Beard Award for restaurant design for Venezuelan architect Alejandro Barrios-Carrero), this restaurant centers on a vertical garden designed by botanist Patrick Blanc. It has the best views of South Beach’s famed Art Deco district and the Atlantic beyond. 1111 Lincoln Road; juviamiami.com
Verde at the PAMMPart of Herzog & de Meuron’s Miami marvel, the Perez Art Museum Miami, this restaurant, also designed by the Swiss duo, is LEED certified and features a muted color palette, earthy wood tables, and concrete walls draped in a soft gauzelike material that offers the perfect foil to the rectilinear architecture of the building. 1103 Biscayne Boulevard; pamm.org
TuyoPerched high atop Miami’s culinary institute, offering stunning views of Biscayne Bay, this versatile venue has simple, modern interiors that allow the vistas to do most of the talking. Given that its downstairs neighbors are some of the most talented budding chefs in the country, there’s no denying the strength of Tuyo’s menu. 15 NE 2nd Avenue; tuyomiami.com