Outdoor Dining is Allowed in Miami and Here are Some of Your Options 

Gianni's At The Former Versace Mansion
Photo Credit: Gianni’s At The Former Versace Mansion

ARIETE

Chef/Owner Michael Beltran’s Ariete has established a name for itself as one of Miami’s most dynamic restaurants, offering a contemporary menu of New American cuisine with robust Cuban influences. The restaurant, nestled in one of Coconut Grove’s idyllic tree-lined avenues, features a lush, foliage-lined patio where guests can safely enjoy a meal. On the menu, guests can find Crema De Malanga with black truffles, soft-cooked egg, crispy leeks; Arroz Imperial with peekytoe crab, braised bacon, saffron rice, Castelvetrano olives, parmesan espuma; Monkfish Encendido with shellfish and beef jus, white rice; and the famed Pastrami Style Shortrib, among others. The eatery is serving dinner Monday through Thursday from 5 PM to 10 PM, until 11 PM on Friday; Saturday 11 AM to 11 PM; and Sunday 11 AM to 10 PM. Weekend Brunch is served from 11 AM to 3 PM. Ariete is located at 3540 Main Highway in Coconut Grove. Telephone: (305) 640-5862; www.arietemiami.com.

BOIA DE

The year-old funky and intimate eatery in Little Haiti by co-owners Alex Meyer and Luciana Giangrandi will be offering limited outdoor seating beginning Friday, July 10. Boia De will continue to serve up its modern American cuisine with Italian influences including signature favorites and new dishes. As always, menu selections will change frequently, based on seasonal ingredients. The restaurant will also be offering a limited takeout menu and will continue operating its larder featuring hard-to-find, homemade, and imported items. Reservations for outdoor dining are required and can be made through Resy.com, at www.boiaderestaurant.com or by calling (305)967-8866. Boia De is located at 5205 NE 2nd Avenue in Little Haiti.

CHUG’S CUBAN DINER

Chef Michael Beltran’s popular Cuban diner, Chug’s, is offering limited outdoor seating in addition to ventanita takeout. Ventanita items include Pastelito Papii’s signature pastelitos, croquetas, Cuban toast, and coffee. The eatery’s full menu will be available for al fresco dining, including fritas, the breakfast sandwich, Cuban sandwich, and other handhelds, freshly baked goods, and more. Chug’s Cuban Diner is located at 3444 Main Highway in Coconut Grove. The restaurant is open daily from 7 AM to 5 PM. Telephone: (786) 534-8722; www.chugsdiner.com.

GIANNI’S

Overlooking the 54-foot long pool lined with 24-karat gold and one million mosaic tiles, showcasing the famous Medusa logo, Gianni’s at the former Versace Mansion is an ideal and picturesque outdoor dining destination. The signature restaurant is open for lunch and dinner. Lunch is served from noon to 4 PMdinner is served Sunday through Thursday, 6:30 PM to 10:30 PM; and Friday and Saturday until 11 PM. Gianni’s full menu is on offer as well as daily specials. Florida Residents can enjoy a 15% discount during dinner service. Reservations strongly suggested. Valet parking is available on the corner of 12th Street and Collins Avenue. Gianni’s is located at 1116 Ocean Drive on Miami Beach. Telephone: (786) 485-2200; www.vmmiamibeach.com/gianni

JAYA AT THE SETAI

The Setai Miami Beach’s signature modern Asian restaurant, Jaya, will continue offering lunch and dinner al fresco in their outdoor Courtyard. The recently renovated poolside courtyard now features a built-in retractable rooftop that fully expands, allowing guests unparalleled sky views while feeling the cool ocean breeze. Lunch will be offered from 12 PM until 3 PM and dinner will be served from 6 PM until 10 PM. Reservations are required and may be made on OpenTable. Jaya at The Setai is located at 2001 Collins Avenue in Miami Beach. Telephone: (855) 923-7899www.thesetaihotels.com/en-us/hotels/miami-beach/dining

KUSH HOSPITALITY GROUP

Kush WynwoodKush Coconut Grove, and LoKal will all be offering outdoor dining as well as continuing with takeout and delivery servicesStephen’s Deli in Hialeah will offer takeout and delivery only. All concepts will be open daily for lunch, dinner, and weekend brunch with hours varying by location. Hours, menus, addresses, and additional details for each restaurant can be found at www.kushhospitality.com.

THE OCEAN GRILL AT THE SETAI, MIAMI BEACH

Re-opened early June after adopting enhanced COVID safety and sanitization protocols, The Ocean Grill at The Setai, Miami Beach is an ideal outdoor dining destination steps away from the beach. Offering unobstructed views of the ocean in a casually-sophisticated, lush environment complete with cool misted air, the alfresco restaurant has just launched its new summer menu.  Priced at $33 per person (exclusive of tax and gratuity) the three-course prix fixe bill of fare is available daily from 11 AM until 5 PM. The specialty menu showcases the restaurant’s Mediterranean-inspired wood-grilled cuisine prepared by chef de cuisine Scott Brown under the direction of Setai executive chef Vijayudu Veena. The Ocean Grill is located at The Setai, Miami Beach, 2001 Collins Avenue. The restaurant is open daily from 11 AM to 5 PM. For reservations, please visit OpenTable or call (855) 923-7899.

THE TAURUS

Coconut Grove’s recently revamped hotspot The Taurus is open for al fresco dining. Of course, the eatery will be adhering to all safety protocols. On the menu, new approachable, flavor-forward dishes sure to please include: CroquetasChicken Wings – ranch dusted, buffalo sauce, celery or Jamal’s lemon pepper; Duck Quesadilla – Duck confit, black bean, cheddar, sour cream; Pastrami Sandwich – Big Marty bun, house pastrami, grain mustard; The Taurus Burger – Big Marty bun, Beltran’s bacon, cheddar, onion ring, house BBQ sauce, fries; The Frita Classic – spicy ketchup, papitas; and an array of pizzas. For a limited time, and with limited availability, guests can enjoy the legendary Proof Burger, served on Wednesdays only. The Taurus is located at 3540 Main Highway in Coconut Grove. The eatery opens at 5 PM Monday through Friday; at Noon Saturday and Sunday. Telephone: (305) 529-6523; New website forthcoming: www.thetauruscoconutgrove.com

Zulma Torres

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