The “Venice of America” offers the ability to combine two great pleasures: boating and dining.
Here is a list of the best waterfront restaurants in South Florida to check out this summer:
Located just south of East Las Olas Boulevard, Coconuts is a great stop for lunch or Sunday brunch, offering a friendly local vibe. Try the scooby snacks which are blue crab pinchers sautéed in olive oil, crushed red pepper, garlic and scallions. They feature half-off bottles of wine on Mondays and Tuesdays. Dock space is limited and available on a first-come first-serve basis.
429 Seabreeze Blvd, Fort Lauderdale
Grille 66 offers balcony dining that overlooks the Intracoastal Waterway with over 400 feet of dockage for boaters who want to arrive in style. Four-star chef, Michael Siegal, serves a variety of seafood dishes as well as prime 28-day aged beef. Stop by the bar seven days a week for happy hour from 5pm to 7pm.
2301 SE 17th St, Fort Lauderdale
Billy’s Stone Crab
Billy’s is one of the few restaurants with dockage on Hollywood’s Intracoastal waterway and can handle up to a 100’ yacht. Whether you choose the all you can eat stone crabs or the Florida lobster tails, the seafood from Billy’s is trucked seven days a week from the Keys and West coast of Florida to offer the freshest selection.
400 N. Ocean Drive, Hollywood
A contemporary Japanese cuisine located in the heart of downtown Miami, Zuma offers modern dishes created by Chef Rainer Becker in an open kitchen concept. Nestled inside the EPIC Hotel, this restaurant offers a unique culinary experience in a vibrant environment. Zuma infuses their own shochu and offers over 80 varieties of sake. Contact David Smyth, the dock master at EPIC, for dockage availability.
270 Biscayne Blvd, Miami
Lido Bayside Grill
Located on Belle Isle, Lido is off the beaten path and offers unique cocktails and Mediterranean-inspired cuisine in a peaceful tropical setting. Enjoy breathtaking sunsets overlooking Biscyane Bay while sipping on half-priced drinks from 4pm to 7pm daily.
40 Island Ave, Miami Beach
River Yacht Club
RYC has a residence rotating chef program, showcasing a new head chef every few seasons, to offer a mix of culinary offerings. Stop by Thursday nights for live jazz and check out the rooftop terrace where the VanDutch Lounge serves drinks with a view. Annual memberships start at about $200 a month which allows for dockage up to 80’ yachts.
401 SW 3rd Ave, Miami
La Mar at the Mandarin Oriental
La Mar offers a taste of Peru in the heart of Miami. Offering select dishes featured by Chef Gaston Acurio, guests have the chance to explore authentic and diverse flavors of Peruvian culture. To get the full effect, opt for a seat under the stars where you’ll fall in love with the Biscayne Bay skyline.
500 Brickell Key Drive, Miami