Al Fresco Miami: An Open Air Tour of Diverse Eats
From food trucks to sidewalk cafes to luxurious beachfront dining, you can experience Miami’s finest cultural cuisine without sacrificing any time in the Florida sunshine. Check out these vibrant international eateries with outdoor seating options—or just grab your food to go and get back to the beach!
El Rey De Las Fritas
You can’t visit Miami without tasting the city’s fabulous Cuban fare, and El Rey De Las Fritas‘s original frita cubana is a must. The Cuban-style burger features sautéed onions and crispy shoestring fries on a fluffy Cuban roll. You’ll find several locations throughout Miami and a food truck—El Rey De Las Fritas on Wheels.
Babylon Turkish Restaurant
Belly dancing, live world music, and traditional homemade Turkish food? Yes, please! Head to South Beach for a truly authentic experience in a gorgeous globally-inspired setting. Sample their kabobs, Musakka, Baklava, and much more in the trellised garden patio area at Babylon Miami Beach, open seven days a week.
The Matador Room’s spectacular indoor dining space echoes the glamorous supper clubs of the 1940s and 1950s, but on those sultry Miami evenings, opt for the sophistication of climbing bougainvilleas, lush tropical greenery, and ocean and poolside views on the Matador Terrace. Fresh, seasonal, local ingredients comprise the venue’s Latin and Caribbean fare, with world-famous chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten at the helm.
Traditional and modern Tuscan dishes are the star of this South Miami Avenue location, open daily. Toscana Divino‘s wine cellar is impressive too: It houses more than 2,000 bottles of fine Italian wines, 80 percent of which come directly from Tuscany. Enjoy their sumptuous dishes indoors or on its elegant patio.
Twinkling white lights in the trees overhead and sparkling candlelit tables make Bâoli Miami’s patio setting simply magical, and the exotically delicious cuisine borrows from France, Italy, and Spain with a “touch of the Orient.” Dance under the stars after dinner: the DJs are among the world’s best.
Havanna Harry’s claim to fame? The best mojitos in Miami. Pair the perfect summer cocktail with fantastic Cuban fusion fare in this Coral Gables hot spot. And save room for dessert: Havana Harry’s has an extensive list of traditional Cuban desserts with a twist, like the Creamy Flan and Caramel or the Tres Leches Overdose.
Mango’s Tropical Café
Meet friends and get sidewalk seating for drinks and dinner at this hot South Beach location, then head inside for one of Mango’s world-famous live music and dancing shows—there’s conga, belly dancing, samba, hip hop, reggae, and more. Boredom is not an option at this tropical-themed venue.
Bold, bright, and slightly bizarre—throughout the Wynwood Kitchen and Bar’s hip indoor and outdoor seating areas you’ll find these characteristics, as the restaurant makes it home in Miami’s vibrant art district. Contemporary urban art accompanies every colorful, Latin American-influenced plate.