Boat-Up Restaurants in Miami
Is there any more iconic way to spend a day in Miami than on a boat? Whether you own your dream yacht or are planning to rent a boat for a weekend, one of the best ways to enjoy it is at a boat-up restaurant. Miami is filled with boat-up restaurants you will love, and we have list a few of our favorites for you here.
The Rusty Pelican
Overlooking sparkling Biscayne Bay, The Rusty Pelican is a classic boat-up restaurant with a chic and trendy atmosphere. They offer upscale waterfront dining, an experience carefully curated by one of Miami's best chef's and a mixologist that is practically a local celebrity. The menu showcases eclectic and impressive contemporary American cuisine and the freshest local seafood, in addition to photogenic handcrafted cocktails. Reservations are recommended, as this restaurant is a Miami favorite with a long waiting list. If you prefer something last minute, order from their takeout menu to enjoy lunch or dinner on your boat.
Owned by the same family as The Rusty Pelican, Whiskey Joe's is a more casual iteration with the same attention to detail and ideal Biscayne Bay location. Dock at the marina and enjoy cocktails, burgers, nachos, or fried seafood after a fishing trip. The setting is laid back, so even if you've been in the water and are showing up in flip-flops, you will feel right at home.
Monty's Raw Bar
The ultimate seaside raw bar, Monty's is a Miami landmark you simply have to try. Serving the freshest seafood along the shores of Biscayne Bay in Coconut Grover, Monty's Raw Bar is a lively bikini bar with live music, satisfying portions, and delicious drinks. Of course they are known for their oysters, which can't be beat. If you aren't an oyster fan, don't worry! They also serve delicious conch fritters, mahi fingers, and popcorn shrimp. For those who don't prefer seafood, there are a few items on the menu that are not ocean inspired, like nachos and chicken fingers. Dock at their marina and lose track of time with friends at this fun and delicious boat-up restaurant.
Seaspice Brasserie & Lounge
For a truly elegant waterfront experience, dock at Seaspice Brasserie & Lounge and enjoy a romantic dinner on the water. Their menu boasts impressive seafood dishes, with appetizers like Hokkaido Scallop Tartare in a mussels reduction with granny smith apples and Ossetra caviar, Hudson Valley Pan-Seared Foie Gras, and Grand Seafood Platter that features two pounds of lobster, with prawns, oysters, and Alaskan king crab. Try a memorable entree like Australian Leg of Lamb cooked on volcanic hot stones. Be sure to call ahead for reservations.
Shucker's Waterfront Grill
For something casual and family friendly, dock at Shucker's Waterfront Grill. They serve family-style specials designed for sharing, or individual entrees with approachable favorites like chicken wings, cheeseburgers, and fried seafood. Shucker's has been a Miami favorite for over 30 years, with a classic beachfront atmosphere that will immediately put you in vacation mode. The dock accommodates vessels up to 65 feet, and reservations are not required. If you'd prefer, call ahead and place a Sail Away order to enjoy on your boat.
Garcia's Seafood Grill and Market
For a distinctly Cuban experience on the Miami River, choose Garcia's Seafood Grill and Market. It is worth the trip to North River to enjoy show stopping Cuban food like fried whole snapper, paella, and tostones rellenos (fried plantains stuffed with spicy shrimp) in a laid back atmosphere. You will feel right at home and leave feeling satisfied.