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May 28, 2014

Hottest Miami Rooftop Restaurants & Bars

We recommend these Miami rooftop destinations for good food, drinks, and experiences.

Highbar Miami

Tucked within the Dream Hotel, you will find this lively rooftop bar with a lovely view of the ocean. Take a dive in the pool to refresh you from the scalding Miami sun, and embrace the clientele made of posh men and women lining the area. The décor is mostly white, continuing the Miami theme of adopting everything that is “White Hot,” but this also serves to create a chic vibe combined with techno beats surrounding the bar. We recommend Peggy's Punch, with Belvedere Vodka, watermelon juice and fresh basil for a diverse and tempting cocktail. If you get hungry, order food from the Naked Taco downstairs, Ralph Pagano's venture based on Mexican Street food.

1111 Collins Ave
Miami Beach, FL 33139
(305) 534-8455
dreamhotels.com/hotels/florida/miami-beach/dream-south-beach/hotel-dining/highbar

Area 31

The 16th floor dining allows you to see everything that makes Miami famous. This would be a destination based on the views alone, but chef Wolfgang Birk offers a menu that turns this location to a must-visit when in Miami. While the approachable menu has something to offer for everyone, stick with the seafood items, as the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch dedicated to promoting sustainable seafood practices certifies Area 31.

270 Biscayne Boulevard Way
Miami, FL 33131
(305) 424-5234
area31restaurant.com

Panorama at the Sonesta in the Grove

Take pleasure in panoramic views of Biscayne Bay and the marina in Coconut Grove as you dine on Latin-inspired cuisine and signature cocktails. The food is straightforward and classic, but delicious nonetheless. We recommend on the Grilled Churrasco Steak Served with sweet plantain, basmati rice, pico de gallo and chimichurri. The restaurant is small, but this adds to an intimate feeling that makes for a great date spot in a part of town that is not normally frequented by visitors.

2889 McFarlane Rd
Coconut Grove, FL 33133
(305) 529-2828
sonesta.com/coconutgrove/index.cfm?fa=diningentertainment.home

Juvia

Juvia sits in an impressive penthouse of a building on the iconic Lincoln Road. Although the open-air rooftop is only on the 9th floor, all the surrounding buildings are low-rise, so the broad views of all of Miami Beach are quite amazing. The chef has created a fusion menu where Asian and French meet Peruvian, resulting in a blending of techniques and flavors that can satisfy any patron. Start with the Causa Croquette, made from tuna, red onion, cilantro, aji amarillo aioli and have Aji Panko Colorado Lamb Chops with quinoa couscous, bok choy, shimeji mushrooms as your entrée. The drinks may seem a bit overpriced, but they are indeed crafted well and make up for the dollars you are putting down with a spectacular view of Miami Beach. Stick to the extensive martini selection for a unique take on the classic drink.

1111 Lincoln Rd
Miami Beach, FL 33139
(305) 763-8272
juviamiami.com
facebook.com/JuviaMiami

Pool and Beach Bar, The Setai

Although service is only offered for lunch (11a.m. until 6:30 p.m.), coming to the Pool and Beach Bar at the Setai gives you an opportunity to indulge in afternoon libations and some sun bathing. Combine a great location, inviting ambiance, elegant décor, and delectable food and drink to create a South Beach afternoon that will prepare for a night out on the strip. The menu may be small, but the quality is up to par and competes with some of the best restaurants in the area. The Steak Frites are a classic dish executed correctly, with a healthy portion of tender beef being cooked to order served with a side of perfectly crisp and well-seasoned fries.

2001 Collins Ave
Miami Beach, FL 33139
(305) 520-6400
thesetaihotel.com/dining/thepoolandbeachbar

Tuyo

The view and food at Tuyo’s embodies Miami in a single experience. You will have the opportunity to observe the Downtown Skyline as you dine, with the Freedom Tower being the main draw. In Miami, the Freedom Tower represents the embracement of different incoming cultures and nationalities, so the fact that a blending of cuisines can be enjoyed while overlooking it seems to make sense. With a local ingredient-driven menu, Tuyo embraces the popular concept of farm-to-table dining based on the seasons. While the Slow-Braised Deboned Short Rib of Beef on Smoked Celery Root Puree with Sauteed Rapini and Malbec Essence is succulent and satisfying, we recommend the Pan-Roasted American Red Snapper on Coconut-Jasmine Rice with Pineapple and Black Bean Salsa and Ginger-Lime Vinaigrette for a true Miami encounter.

415 N.E. Second Ave.
Downtown Miami, FL 33132
305-237-3200
tuyomiami.com/
facebook.com/tuyomiami

 

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