Top 10 Restaurants With a View in Miami/South Florida

10/04/2013 05:14 pm ET | Updated Dec 04, 2013


Vibrant, lively Miami is home to some spectacular views including plenty of water. We've chosen 10 restaurants from the area that complement such vistas with top food.

Area 31
EPIC Hotel
270 Biscayne Blvd. Way
Miami, FL 33131

The skyscraper-to-bay and beyond view at Area 31 is a perfect backdrop for cocktails during happy hour.

Atrio Restaurant & Wine Room at Conrad Miami
Conrad Miami
1395 Brickell Ave.
Miami, FL 33131

While the Conrad's entire 25th floor now centers on dining venues (collectively called Level 25), Atrio, a dimly lit room offering a soothing vista of the twinkling city lights below, remains the hotel's top-end restaurant.

Hot Tin Roof
Ocean Key Resort & Spa
Duval St.
Key West, FL 33040

Teamed with old-rose tapestry upholstery, jeweled palm frond-shaped chandeliers and gleaming mahogany floors, the space offers a box office setting (on the second floor) from which to look out over the theatrical Gulf, especially alluring as the sun sets.

The Dining Room at Little Palm Island
Little Palm Island Resort & Spa
28500 Overseas Hwy
Little Torch Key, FL 33042

The remote natural surroundings (royal palms, wild Key deer, lush tropical foliage) are a breathtaking backdrop for opulent, outdoor dining.

Red Fish Grill
Matheson Hammocks State Park
9610 Old Cutler Rd.
Coral Gables, FL 33156

At the end of a winding drive, you'll come upon a gorgeous old '20s coral structure resting on the edge of the open bay with a panoramic view unparalleled in the city.

Fontainebleau Miami Beach
4441 Collins Ave.
Miami Beach, FL 33140

The creative, contemporary Italian food is arguably some of the best in town; the indoor/outdoor ocean-view setting in the Fontainebleau Miami Beach makes Scarpetta a relaxing special occasion spot.

Smith & Wollensky
1 Washington Ave.
Miami Beach, FL 33139

This branch of the steakhouse chain has a good location going for it: a colossal old house on the southernmost tip of South Beach. Be sure to reserve a window table or one in the outdoor café for the best view of cruise ships steaming by on adjacent Government Cut.

3030 Ocean
Harbor Beach Marriott Resort & Spa
3030 Holiday Dr.
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316

Enjoy local seafood and ocean views at this restaurant at the Harbor Beach Marriott Resort & Spa.

Tony Chan's Water Club
Doubletree Grand Hotel Biscayne Bay
1717 N. Bayshore Dr.
Miami, FL 33132

The panoramic vistas of Biscayne Bay as seen through the ceiling-high windows is a stunning side show in its own right though some might find the view of chefs working at massive woks in a sunken, open kitchen even more gripping than that of sailboats sailing by.

Miami Culinary Institute
415 NE Second Ave.
Miami, FL 33132

Tuyo boasts an elegant setting on the top floor of the Miami Culinary Institute, with a downtown view extending across Biscayne Bay.