The Roof at Esmé has mastered the art of shade during a Miami summer. Photo courtesy The Roof at Esmé


The Resy Guide to Outdoor Dining in Miami


Outdoor dining in Miami isn’t for everyone. Let us rephrase: Summer outdoor dining in Miami isn’t for everyone.

Come January, when the Homestead tomatoes are hitting and the humidity is in check, it can be glorious to dine alfresco in the Magic City. But during the height of hurricane season? When Miamians are on our second shower before our first cup of coffee? Dining outside requires either a severe aversion to air conditioning — or a bit of effort by our restaurant friends to keep us comfortable, rain or shine. 

From shaded gardens in South Beach to a secluded atrium on the Upper East Side, here are 14 of Miami’s top places for dining outdoors. And remember, if you have a good meal at these places during the summer, odds are you’re going to love going back during cooler weather.