A guide to miami waterfront restaurants

Apr 8, 2017

The water is beautiful, the wind in your hair feels like freedom, and your stunning charter yacht has amenities galore. But now – you’re hungry! Stopping at a waterfront restaurant is always popular on a yacht cruise, and people often ask us about the choices available in Miami waterfront restaurants. We’ve “served up” a menu of tempting restaurants below that pair well with our Miami luxury yacht charters.

  1. Seaspice 422 NW North River Drive, Miami, FL 33128. Our captains have requests for this one constantly, and no wonder, as it seems to be currently the hottest restaurant in Miami. Located on the Miami River, Seaspice has 550 feet of dockage that allows patrons easy access to dining while relishing great views of Miami. Appetizers, raw bar, pizeta and pasta, and Seaspice signature wood fired casseroles are on the menu here, plus the adjacent Modern Garden lounge with its own fish delicacies. (www.seaspicemiami.com)
  2. Kiki on teh River 450 NW North River Drive, Miami, FL 33128. Enter an old world Mediterranean-inspired waterfront garden and enjoy authentic and elegantly presented Greek cuisine at Kiki on the River, one of the hottest spots on the Miami River. Convenient dock access to happy hour, lunch or dinner. Tempting starters include the raw bar, salads, or appetizers from Kiki chips with Tzatziki to braised octopus. Entrees range from Mediterranean chicken, beef, fish including snapper, tuna and salmon saganaki, to of course, lamb. An entrancing dock-and-dine destination. (www.kikiontheriver.com)
  3. Zuma 270 Biscayne Blvd Way, Miami, FL33131. Another very popular waterfront restaurant is located within the Epic Hotel – Zuma. This modern venue has a grill, sake room, riverside terrace and more. Zuma has locations in London, Bangkok, Dubai and more, and brings its international flair to Miami. The cuisine is modern Japanese and includes everything from sushi to seared beef, from oven roasted chicken to seabass sashimi, with an emphasis on creative fish dishes. (www.zumarestaurant.com)
  4. Casablanca Seafood Bar & Grill 400 North River Drive, Miami, FL 33128. Located on the Miami River, Casablanca offers free dock space to diners on Miami yacht charters, and gorgeous Miami views. For 20 years, this casual upscale restaurant and fish market with its Key West-y feel has attracted seafood lovers who appreciate the fresh caught faire – straight from boat to table. On Wednesdays you’ll enjoy half priced oysters all day and Happy Hour is Monday through Friday from 5 to 7pm. The raw bar is complemented by salads, pastas, sandwiches and specialities like crab-stuffed shrimp and Snapper al Pescador. (www.casablancaseafood.com)
  5. Texas de Brazil 300 Alton Road, Miami Beach, FL 33139. This Brazilian steakhouse which brought its distinctive rodizio style menu first to Texas is located on Miami Beach near Miami Beach Marina. Featuring carved seasoned beef, lamb, pork, chicken and Brazilian sausage in the flavor of Porto Alegre, Brazil complemented by an extravagant 50-60-item salad bar, Texas de Brazil Churrascaria is sure to leave you satisfied. Patio dining available, happy hour from 5 to 7pm on weekdays, and an extensive wine cellar. Or, enjoy the signature beverage, the Caipirinha. (www.texasdebrazil.com)
  1. Monty’s 300 Alton Road, Miami Beach, FL 33139 2550 South Bayshore Drive, Miami, FL 33133. Pull your Miami yacht rental right up to the dock to experience the uber-popular Monty’s, either in South Beach near Miami Beach Marina, or by Bayshore Landing Marina, Coconut Grove. The incomparable raw bar makes it a challenge to choose from fresh Florida stone crab, oysters, clams, shrimp and of course, Maine lobster. Monty’s full menu includes a plethora of seafood appetizers to sandwiches and salads. Enjoy the happy hour that draws a dedicated crowd on weekdays from 4 to 8pm. Thursday through Sunday, a live band and DJ adds to the casual Florida vibe. (www.montyssobe.com, www.montysrawbar.com)
  2. Smith & Wollensky 1 Washington Avenue at South Pointe Park, Miami Beach, FL 33139. The five-minute walk from your Miami private yacht charter at Miami Beach Marina to this delectable establishment is well worth it. Enjoy outdoor waterfront or indoor dining while enjoying beautiful Miami skyline views. Known for its dry-aged steaks of USDA prime beef and filet mignon, the menu also includes quality fresh seafood and plenty of variety in sides and salads. (www.smithandwollensky.com/our-restaurants/miami-beach)
  3. Rusty Pelican 3201 Rickenbacker Causeway, Key Biscayne, FL 33149. An icon at Rickenbacker Marina, the Rusty Pelican sits at the tip of Key Biscayne offering waterfront views of Miami. Recently renovated, the Rusty Pelican offers a sophisticated and modern ambiance in a plantation-style building. Menu includes contemporary American cuisine with Miami flair. For brunch lunch or dinner, choose from the raw bar, sushi, salads, steaks and more. Bar and lounge, outdoor dining and firepit, live music. (www.therustypelican.com)
  4. Red Fish Grill Matheson Hammock, 9610 Old Cutler Road, Coral Gables, FL 33156. Within Matheson Hammock Park, a historic building on the beach offers the delightful surprise of the Red Fish Grill. Seafood appetizers including Tuna Tartare, Ceviche and more pair with entrees of Pan Roasted Mahi Mahi, garlic sesame crusted Chilean Sea Bass and and a tempting selection of non-seafood entrees. Miami rental yachts up to 50’ are welcome in the Matheson Hammock Marina, and dining is on the beachside patio or inside the coral stone dining room. The site for movies including “There’s Something about Mary” and “Random Hearts,” the Zagat-rated Red Fish Grill is a unique stopping point on your private yacht charter. (www.redfishgrill.net)
  1. Boater’s Grill Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park, 1200 Crandon Blvd, Key Biscayne, FL 33149. Sail down to the Boater’s Grill for Latin influenced seafood and great Biscayne Bay views overlooking No Name Harbor. Featured on the Travel Channel’s “Where to Eat & Drink,” Boater’s Grill offers an ideal setting for an imaginative breakfast menu or a dinner to remember of seafood selections, salads and soups. (www.lighthouserestaurants.com/BoatersGrill/about.php)
  2. Lighthouse Café Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park, 1200 Crandon Blvd, Key Biscayne, FL 33149. The second dining option at Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park, Lighthouse Café offers breakfast and lunch open seven days a week. Breaktaking views include not only the ocean but the historic Cape Florida Lighthouse, the oldest man-made structure in Dade County. Disembark for a cheese omelet or French Toast, or enjoy a lunch of sandwiches, seafood, or pasta on the casual wooden patio deck. (www.lighthouserestaurants.com/LighthouseCafe/about.php)
  3. Duffy’s Sports Grill 3969 NE 163rd Street, North Miami Beach, FL 33160. Boaters can enjoy Duffy’s Sports Grill pasta, burgers, wings and sandwiches while docking for free in North Miami Beach. Huge menu variety, sports on TV, neon lit bar with a selection of craft beers and specialty drinks and even gluten-free selections. A covered deck for outside seating offers great views of the yachts going by, while an outdoor pool offers a refreshing dip. Open for lunch or dinner starting at 11:30am. (www.duffysmvp.com)
  4. Lido Bayside Grill 40 Island Avenue, Miami Beach, FL 33139. Located at The Standard Spa in Miami Beach, the Lido Bayside Grill incorporates Mediterranean flavors in organic meats, fish and vegetarian dishes. This treat-yourself dining destination is open for breakfast, lunch or dinner with happy hour every weekday from 4 to 7pm. Healthy lifestyle on the water is “the standard” celebration here. Mark this one for your next Miami boat charter day trip. (www.standardhotels.com/miami/features/bayside-grill)
  5. Lique 3957 NE 163rd St. North Miami, FL 33160. 1000 feet of dock space are available by reservation at this boater-friendly upscale waterfront restaurant. A Raw Bar featuring oysters, stone crab claws, prawns and clams provides tempting repast, as well as entrees, salads, appetizers and other seafood specialties with Mediterranean influence. Dine indoors or outdoors or lounge in the outdoor ambiance made irresistible by Miami’s water views. (liquemiami.com)
  6. Bayside Marketplace 401 Biscayne Blvd., Miami, FL 33132. Easily reachable from Bayside Miamarina, Bayside Marketplace features two stories of shops and restaurants. From Hard Rock Café to Hooters, from The Knife to Largo Seafood Grill and plenty of lighter fare, Bayside can offer cuisine to soothe any yachter’s appetite. (www.baysidemarketplace.com/en/directory/food.html) .”

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