Are you planning to visit South Florida soon?  Whether you are considering a vacation in sunny Miami, coming to town for a business trip, or visiting friends and family – I recommend making a reservation at any of these prior to arriving!  All of the restaurants below offer breathtaking water views.  Continue reading to see a round up of my favorite restaurants with a view – in no particular order.

THE BAR AT LVL 25, Conrad Miami

Unrivaled views of Biscayne Bay!

Conrad Miami Bar at LvL 25

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Dining Style:  Modern & Elegant.  International Latin Fusion.

What To Expect: Breakfast, lunch and dinner with sweeping views of Miami and Biscayne Bay.  Their menu includes avocado fries, shrimp escabeche, red snapper ceviche, grilled Cuban, poached salmon nicoise, and a huge bar menu and wines from all over the world.  Their beer selection is quite expansive as well.  This is a go-to spot for drinks in Brickell’s Financial District, I am always impressed by their windows, and the friendly ambiance.  Try the guava margarita or the kiwi pineapple caipirinha!!

Note: Come for pre-dinner drinks before nighttime to enjoy the view!

** The Bar is located on the 25th floor of the Conrad Miami, 1395 Brickell Avenue, Miami, Florida 33131

LA MAR, by Gaston Acurio at Mandarin Oriental

La Mar

Dining Style: Fine Dining.  Peruvian & Fusion Fare.

What To Expect: Here you can explore the authentic flavors of Peruvian gastronomy such as ceviches, tiraditos, anticuchos and traditional pisco sours with an outstanding view by the bay.

If you ever want to impress someone during dinner time, bring them here right before sunset!!!  I’ve mostly eaten at this beautiful place during golden hour, and the location is breathtaking.  La Mar is a chic waterfront restaurant that features the acclaimed cuisine of chef Gaston Acurio.  I am a big fan of traditional Peruvian food, so I always enjoy the menu here, especially the cebiche salad, the arroz con mariscos (rice with seafood), and pisco punch.  Ah! I just remembered that one of my colleagues was proposed to right here on the corridor by the water!

Note: Request a table outside!

* La Mar is located inside the Mandarin Oriental, 500 Brickell Key Drive, Miami, Florida 33131.

ZUMA, Downtown Miami

Miami’s minimalist Japanese hot spot by the Miami River!

Zuma Miami terrace

Dining Style: Casual Elegant.  Japanese Fusion.

What To Expect:  They offer a huge selection of Japanese bites, sushi & sashimi, sea bass, salmon, and delicious desserts like the yuzu and key lime meringue pie with raspberry umeboshi!!! – all with a beautiful presentation.

This is the restaurant that I have eaten at the most for three reasons (1) I used to work a block away from it (I miss this!), (2) modern Japanese cuisine is one of my favorites, and (3)  the ambiance is so enjoyable.  It is located in the heart of Downtown Miami, only 4 blocks from BAYSIDE MARKETPLACE (this is within walking distance), and approximately 8 blocks from the American Airlines Arena.

Note: Make a reservation in advance, and be patient while they bring you your food (totally worth it), they are always busy because they are just that good!

Zuma Miami Terrace

** Zuma is located at the Epic Hotel, 270 Biscayne Blvd Way, Miami, Florida 33131.


A breathtaking waterfront view of Miami!

smith and wollensky

Dining Style:  Upscale.  Steak House Chic.

What To Expect: This is one of America’s premier steakhouses that offers USDA Prime dry-aged steaks and seafood in a clubby, power dinning setting.  You can enjoy rib eye carpaccio, roasted bone marrow or tuna tartare as a starter.  Or you could try any of their classic dry-aged cuts, steaks, filets and chops.  Their delicious side dishes include truffled or lobster mac & cheese (so so good!!).  Make sure that you ask for the Chef Inspired Features as well.

The location is outstanding, and the waterfront patio is gorgeous for outdoor dining in Miami!  You can find young crowds enjoying their award-winning wine list on Fridays after work.  I have attended many happy hours here, and have tried almost all of their bar bites (order Wollensky’s Sliders and hand cut french fries!).

Note: Bring a good camara!  Make memories!

smith & wollensky

** Smith & Wollenski is located at 1 Washington Avenue, Miami Beach, Florida 33139.

JUVIA MIAMI on Lincoln Road, South Beach

This is one of the best rooftop hot spots in Miami!

Juvia Miami

Juvia Miami

Dining Style:  Ultra-Modern Elegance. Euro-Asian Fusion.

What To Expect:  They offer an extensive menu that includes salads, appetizers, spicy tuna crispy rice, chilean seabass, broiled branzino, king crab risotto, prawns linguine pasta (love it!), a variety of options from the binchotan charcoal grill or the cold bar.  Their specialty cocktails are some of the best that I have had, I usually order the purple juvia, the juvia lemonade or the lovely pear, try at least one!

I have lost count on the number of times that I have come to Juvia, but it is usually with a big group of friends on Saturday nights.  The world-class modern decor is quite attractive, the panoramic South Beach views are unique, and it’s location is very convenient / easy to access.   I love that both their indoor and outdoor options are awesome to sit at, and that this restaurant gets filled with a very nice crowd every single time!

Note:  After shopping on Lincoln Road, come up for a drink, to enjoy the view, or to have dinner.

** Juvia is located in the penthouse of the famed 1111 Lincoln Road parking garage, Miami, Florida 33139.

AREA 31, Downtown Miami

Incredible rooftop view of Downtown Miami!

area 31 restaurant

Dining Style:  Upscale outdoor eating.

What To Expect:  Lots of seafood, such as oysters, ahi tuna ceviche, jumbo crab cake, seared scallops, bouillabaisse, swordfish, and salmon.  In their lunch menu you can find a salmon burger (so good!), and many sandwiches.  They also offer a delicious brunch menu that includes steak & eggs, egg white omelet, chilaquiles, smoked salmon, tuna poke tacos, key lime tart, strawberry cheesecake, chocolate crunch, and so much more.

Happy Hours at Area 31 are fantastic, and they take place Monday to Thursday from 5pm to 8pm.  On Fridays from 5pm to Midnight they have what is called “Chase the Clock,” drinks are priced by the hour, $5 at 5pm, $6 at 6pm, $7 at 7pm and so on!  I have come to so many of these, I just advise you to come at 5pm so that you can enjoy the view AND their $5 drinks special!!

** Area 31 is located inside the Epic Hotel, 270 Biscayne Boulevard Way, Miami, Florida 33131.

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