Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Waterfront Dining In Miami: 12 Great Spots

Waterfront Dining In Miami: 12 Great Spots

Our biggest request, after what are the must visit restaurants and where should I eat now, is where can we dine with some great water views? Surprisingly for a city that is built on the water this is harder to come up than one would think, but we've rounded up 12 solid spots in Miami with great views.
Did we miss your favorite spot? Make sure to voice your thoughts in the comments below.

1 Black Point Marina

This bar and restaurant located in South Dade serves up fresh seafood and plenty of boat gazing along in addition to its water views.
24775 SW 87th Ave
Cutler Bay, FL 33190
Harbor / Marina

2 Garcia's Seafood Grille & Fish

Eating seafood and water views go hand-in-hand and Garcia's is the perfect example of that. Grab a seat and soak up views of the Miami River while watching fishing boats drop off their latest catches for you to devour.
398 NW North River Dr
Miami, FL 33128

(305) 375-0765
Seafood Restaurant, $$$$

3 Gibraltar at Grove Isle

Located on a swanky private island just north of Coconut Grove provides some of the most serene waterfront views in the city complete with a fire pit and tiki torches.
4 Grove Isle Dr
Miami, FL 33133
(305) 860-4305
American Restaurant

4 La Mar by Gaston Acurio at Mandarin Oriental, Miami

The only acceptable way to indulge in ceviche by one of the world's best chefs is with killer water views. Luckily for you, La Mar offers up both.
500 Brickell Key Drive
Miami, FL 33131
(305) 913-8288
Peruvian Restaurant, $$$$

5 Lido Restaurant & Bayside Grill

Housed inside the always hip Standard Hotel, this popular spot is filled with people soaking in the pristine bay views under the restaurant's large colorful umbrellas while sipping rosé like it is water.
40 Island Ave
Miami Beach, FL 33139

(305) 673-1717
Mediterranean Restaurant, $$$$

6 Red Fish Grill

Tucked inside Matheson Hammock Park is known for its romantic ambiance and serene water views.
9610 Old Cutler Rd
Coral Gables, FL

(305) 668-8788
Seafood Restaurant, $$$$

7 Rusty Pelican (Miami)

This classic Key Biscayne restaurant has recently undergone some renovations, but one thing that has stayed intact is its expansive waterfront views and idyllic shots of Miami.
3201 Rickenbacker Cswy
Miami, FL 33149

(305) 361-3818
Seafood Restaurant, $$$$

8 Scotty's Landing

Rumors have swirled around for years that this Coconut Grove landmark will soon shutter. But, alas, it's still kicking — for how long we aren't entirely sure — with some of the best water views in the city.
3381 Pan American Dr
Miami, FL 33133
(305) 854-2626
Bar, $$$$

9 Seaspice

This celeb-filled hot spot has had its fair share of drama, name changes and turnovers, but one thing that has remained in place is its abundance of waterfront seating right along the Miami River.
422 NW North River Dr
Miami, FL 33128

(305) 440-4200
Seafood Restaurant, $$$$

10 Smith & Wollensky

One of the best places in Miami to catch the sunset, you'll find locals and tourists alike crowded around its popular bar nightly to take in the views and the ocean breezes.
1 Washington Avenue
Miami Beach, FL 33139

(305) 673-2800
Steakhouse, $$$$

11 Soho Bay

The Miami Beach newcomer features unobstructed views of the bay and Miami’s skyline, along with plenty of indoor and outdoor seating. And we're told coming later this year is a private boating dock and marina.
520 West Ave
Miami Beach, FL 33139
(786) 618-2788
Japanese Restaurant, $$$$

12 Zuma

Yes, people come from far and wide to dine on Zuma's famous sushi and high-end Asian cuisine but many hungry restaurant goers also come to enjoy their meal on the water with views of Downtown and Biscayne Bay.
270 Biscayne Boulevard Way
Miami, FL 33131
(305) 577-0277
Japanese Restaurant, $$$$

$750M Miami Worldcenter Hotel & Expo unveiled

$750M Miami Worldcenter Hotel & Expo unveiled

More than 600,000 square feet of meeting and convention space, 1,800 hotel rooms and $750 million.
Developers MDM Group, architects and community partners gathered on Tuesday to reveal plans for the Marriott Marquis Miami Worldcenter Hotel & Expo, slated to be the largest hotel in South Florida when it opens in the fall of 2018.
The expo center fronts the four large, curved towers that are “very dramatic and vertically oriented,” John Nichols, CEO of Nichols Brosch Wurst Wolfe & Associates, told The Real Deal. At night, the horizontal strips on the development will light up. NBWW is the architect on the project.
“Many don’t realize how big it is,” Nichols said, citing the Fontainebleau Miami Beach’s 1,500 rooms.
Exhibit space will include a 100,000-square-foot exhibit hall ground floor, a 65,000-square-foot main ballroom, a 45,000-square-foot junior ballroom, 390,000 square feet of other meeting space, and a 10,000-square-foot, 1,500-seat lecture hall — all for a total of 610,000 square feet.
The hotel will be located within steps of Miami Worldcenter’s shopping mall, which will include a Bloomingdale’s a and Macy’s. The 27-acre development, led by Nitin Motwani and Art Falcone, is within a quarter of a mile of proposed All Aboard Florida and Tri-Rail stations.
“All Aboard Florida is the linchpin,” Nicholas said. “This whole area is going through a massive change. We’re excited to be around it.”
Developers received approval from the city of Miami for the first phase, which will include the 765,000-square-foot mall, the 470 unit Paramount Miami Worldcenter condo tower and a newly announced apartment tower. Miami Worldcenter Associates will begin seeking building permits, with plans to break ground on the first phase later this year.
“This project is not only transformative to downtown Miami, but to the region as well,” Joe Herndon, director of development for MDM Group, said on Tuesday. “This development rivals, in scope and magnitude, major hotels and convention centers on a global [scale].”
The hotel and expo center will generate the need for an additional 2,400 hotel rooms in the area, Herndon said.
Bill Talbert, president and CEO of the Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau, said the development will complement, not compete, with the planned Miami Beach Convention Center renovation and expansion, which includes an 800-room hotel. “These are complementary. Miami Beach has four halls, this has one. There are some folks who want to be in a downtown environment,” Talbert said.
The Marriott brand, he said, “is the No.1 brand in this community. Marriott sells.”
The hotel will offer 1,800 rooms on levels six through 54, and valet parking for 1,094 spaces.
“This property will be distinguished by the fact that it’s a Marriott Marquis, one of our most distinguished brands. When you mention Marriott Marquis to meeting planners, they know what that means,” Tom Papelian, senior vice president of hotel development for Marriott International, told TRD.
The hotel and expo component is expected to create more than 1,300 permanent jobs, $175 million in annual revenue and $14.8 million in annual city and county tax revenue through 2045.
RTKL is the interior design firm for the project, and Coastal Construction Tishman is the general contractor, according to a fact sheet. Coastal Co-President Tom C. Murphy said the company is actively involved in about 20 projects in South Florida, including Faena and Faena House, Surf Club Four Seasons Hotel and Private Residences, Porsche Design Tower and Fendi Chateau.