There’s nothing quite as Miami as spending an entire day making pictures of yourself on a boat. But taking all those selfies works up a powerful hunger, so as your day on the water progresses, we’ll take you from the Miami River up to the North and tell you the best restaurants to tie up and tie one on.
Great views and fabulous food in Key Biscayne paradise, you can see some famous people like Juanes or Andy García there
GARCIA’S SEAFOOD GRILL AND MARKET
It’s amazing how for 50 years, this place managed to serve possibly the best, freshest seafood in Miami, cold beers, and a stunning view of the Miami River and never refused service to anyone because they weren’t wearing designer sunglasses. Perhaps the next-door neighbors could take a lesson. Garcia’s still managed to serve the freshest seafood in Miami, with its fresh-off-the boat specialties plated with a breathtaking view of… corpses and boats full of mattresses. But now the river — and the surrounding neighborhood — has cleaned up so you can enjoy what’s STILL the freshest seafood in Miami.
CASABLANCA SEAFOOD BAR AND GRILL
Though not the institution that its next-door neighbor Garcia’s is, the seafood at Casablanca is every bit as good, and the menu even a little more upscale with items like its signature crab-stuffed lobster and a raw bar with an impressive collection of ceviches and tiraditos. They’ve also got a seafood market inside, if you feel like grabbing something to take back on the boat with you.
If you’re the one who actually OWNS the boat — or one of the girls tagging along — this is THE boat-up go-to for Sunday brunch. If not? Well the $125 price tag that comes with Zuma’s legendary boozy brunch might be a little out of your… oh wait, never mind. It’s Miami.
LIDO RESTAURANT AT STANDARD
While Miami Beach is severely lacking when it comes to boat-up dining, the saving grace is this restaurant at The Standard, where you’ll get some of the best fries in the city, which you can wash down with half-priced drinks from 4-7pm daily. And if a day in a bathing suit makes you hungry for something other than grease and alcohol, its menu of spa cuisine is also among Miami’s best.
DUFFY’S SPORTS GRILL
Remember when your mom used to tell you to stay out of the pool for, like, a week after you ate? That’s especially important advice to heed here, where you’ll be stuffed with the best bar menu in South Florida, then given 2-for-1-drinks all day, every day. Both are things that don’t mix well with a swimming pool, which its also got on the patio along with more flat screens than you can possibly watch.
If burgers that come with an instant side of Lipitor aren’t exactly what you’re craving after a long day on the water, right next to Duffy’s is this spot, which serves a Mediterranean-inspired menu with lighter fare like the truffle tuna roll and the whole grilled branzino. And while smoking a stogie on your boat is never a bad idea, they’ve also got an adjacent hookah and cigar lounge for after dinner.
BIMINI BOAT YARD BAR AND GRILL
Just don’t confuse it with the Bimini Bay CLUB, because that’s a dive bar that shows pornos on the TV, and even worse has nowhere to tie up your boat. This place, however, is the best restaurant on a canal in one of the world’s best canal cities, where you can get fresh seafood and steaks, right before the 17th St Bridge.
BOKAMPERS SPORTS BAR
There’s really nothing worse than being four hours into your boating day, drifting all the way up to Oakland Park, and suddenly realizing, “Oh crap! I’m missing the World Logrolling Championships on Spike!” But don’t worry! Bokampers has you covered with 350ft of dock space, 150 flat screens, and even a full sushi bar to keep you energized so you can watch those high-intensity log rolls.
THE RUSTY HOOK TAVERN
Hands down the best new waterfront restaurant to open in Broward in the past year, here an all-star team of chefs made up of Nader “Ned” Jaouhar, Kareem Lakchira, and Andy Patton have created the most surprisingly tasty menu you’ll find on the Intercoastal. Anywhere. Like it might be the only time in your life you say, “It’s worth going to Pompano.” Try the Moroccan meatballs, then move on the greatest use of snack food you’ll ever see — the Cheetos-crusted catch of the day.