Miami's Five Best Poolside Dining Spots

Categories: Best of Miami

The Raleigh Pool
If Miami is synonymous with ocean views and gorgeous beaches, why is it so hard to dine by the water? As locals know and tourists quickly find out, there are very few Miami joints that actually offer waterfront dining. And with the recent collapse of the Shuckers deck, many are left scratching their heads wondering where they can they can enjoy the water, sunsets and seafood one expects from the Magic City.

Instead of chasing rainbows all summer, try checking out some of Miami's top poolside dining spots for an equally tropical dining experience. You get the sun and light fare you'd expect from ocean side dining, and at many of the restaurants you can take a dip to cool off. We rounded up five spots where you can dine by the cement pond here in Miami. It might not be an ocean view like the one in the brochures for the city, but these spots guarantee an authentic Miami atmosphere and a good time this summer.

Restaurant Michael Schwartz
One of the city's most recognizable pools is home to an equally beloved chef, James Beard Award-winning Michael Schwartz. Occupying the upper deck of the Raleigh's iconic baroque pool, Restaurant Michael Schwartz's captures the timeless atmosphere that has defined Miami Beach over the years while adding a touch of new with a menu of innovative martini cocktails that feature fresh twists on the classics.

La Côte
La Côte
Nestled between the Fontainebleau Miami Beach's luxe pool and Atlantic Ocean, La Côte's French Riviera vibe has been a go-to for locals in the know looking to enjoy an al fresco lunch, delectable drinks or an early sunset supper. Now, the beach club has announced extended hours for those who wish to linger longer, remaining open until 9 p.m., Thursday through Saturday. The new evening menu includes hamachi ceviche with lemon and coriander oil, mahi mahi bouillabaisse in a tomato saffron broth with mussels, clams and chorizo and lobster thermidor with mushrooms, chives, béchamel and gruyere cheese.

Location Info



La Cote

4441 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, FL

Category: Restaurant

Restaurant Michael Schwartz

1775 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, FL

Category: Restaurant

Florida Cookery

1545 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, FL

Category: Restaurant

Freehand Miami Hostel

2727 Indian Creek Drive, Miami Beach, FL

Category: General

Lou's Beer Garden

7337 Harding Ave., Miami Beach, FL

Category: Music

Duffy's Sports Grill

3969 NE 163rd St., North Miami Beach, FL

Category: Restaurant

Mike's at Venetia

555 NE 15th St., 9th Floor, Miami, FL

Category: Music

Finnegan's on the River

401 SW 3rd Ave., Miami, FL

Category: Music

Monty's Raw Bar Coconut Grove

2550 S. Bayshore Drive, Coconut Grove, FL

Category: Restaurant

Monty's Sunset

300 Alton Road, Miami Beach, FL

Category: Music

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Lucy Skipp Craft
Lucy Skipp Craft

Hard to dine by the water, are you kidding? what rock do you live under. There are so many wonderful either Bayside or Oceanside restaurant's and Shuckers was not one of the best.!

Juan R. Pollo
Juan R. Pollo

Really? Eat by the pool with the smell of chlorine in the air? When we have a whole ocean and plenty of rivers, canals and lakes?

j.pollo topcommenter

You must be new here, if you don't know about Scotty's, Blackpoint Marina and Alabama Jack's

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