The front and back patios of the MiMo spot underwent a transformation over the past few weeks, introducing more seating and planting loads of fresh greenery for added privacy between tables. While more updates are scheduled for the whimsical rear lantern garden, the breezy terrace off Biscayne Boulevard already feels like a secluded oasis. Phuc Yea is currently only open for dinner and brunch and weekends; reservations are required.
Summer is about the worst time of year to dine outdoors in Miami—it’s hot, muggy and you’re usually seconds away from a sudden downpour. But life post lockdown has a lot of us rethinking the appeal of a meal al fresco even when it’s sweltering. As more restaurants in Miami reopen, some people feel safer eating outside amid the fresh air while others are excited for the opportunity to be anywhere but indoors right now, ordering food delivery for the thousandth time this month.
Below is a list of the best places to dine outdoors in Miami right this minute. Our curated roundup is by no means exhaustive but we will be updating it as more spots reopen. In it, we point to eateries known for their delightful terraces as well as restaurants that have expanded their patios and gardens during the shutdown. Whether inside or outside, remember to follow the new safety guidelines in place for Miami-Dade restaurants, including wearing a mask to and from your table. And by all means, be patient. Dining out these days is an adjustment for everyone, including for the staff who are getting used to all kinds of changes. Kindness is welcomed and tipping generously is encouraged.