The Best Rooftop Spots In Miami
Seven spots for when you just want to eat and drink on a roof.
For some reason, life feels more exciting high up in the air. Just ask your cousin Ted, who still talks about that one time he went skydiving even though it was over a decade ago. Rooftop restaurants follow a similar logic. And while Miami is sadly lacking in quality rooftop spots, the five ones on this guide are the best in town.
Terras at Life House Little Havana
Latin in Little Havana
- Perfect for
- Date Night
- Day Drinking
- Drinking Good Cocktails
- Impressing Out of Towners
- Outdoor/Patio Situation
Terras is our favorite rooftop in town, and this is thanks to both the great cocktails and the wonderful view of the Downtown skyline. They serve food here as well, including small plates like queso fundido, hearts of palm salad, and short rib birria tacos - but you’re mostly coming here to drink. The space is pretty and not too claustrophobic - great for a date or catching up with a few friends. And even though it’s on the roof of a hotel, it’s not annoyingly touristy.
This Little River food hall has a nice rooftop, with umbrellas for shading and a solid sunset view. But the best part is the food, so if you’re trying to eat on a roof, this is the place to go. There are some stellar vendors downstairs, and you can order right from your table. The best options include one of Miami’s best burgers from United States Burger Service, great Laotian food from Lil’ Laos, some outstanding seafood from The Shores, and Frice, one of our favorite ice cream shops in Miami. Ash Pizza and Manjay (Caribbean) aren’t bad choices either. They accept reservations for the rooftop as well.
Sugar is probably Miami’s fanciest (and one of our tallest) rooftop spots. You’ve got to take a very cool elevator 40 floors up in Brickell’s East Hotel to get here. It’s an upscale place that sometimes has a long line to get in. Once you’re in, expect decent cocktails in the $16-18 range, and a crowd that looks extremely ready for its close-up. But if you want to put on nice clothes and are in a rooftop mood, it’s a solid spot for a fancy night out. They have food too, but we usually stick to drinks here.
Just down the hall from Sugar, behind a somewhat secret door, you’ll find Tea Room. This dark space is more of a sit-down restaurant and bar than Sugar, but it actually has an even better view thanks to the floor-to-ceiling windows that offer a spectacular look at the Miami skyline. Team Room does an “Asian night brunch” with dishes like bang bang shrimp, spring rolls, dumplings, and some sushi rolls. The food is not too impressive, but the view does make up for it. You will need a reservation, though.
If an Irish pub closed its eyes and made a wish to be on a roof, you’d get Mike’s. This place is casual bordering on dive bar, and it’s on the roof of an old apartment building right at the west end of the Venetian Causeway. But it’s got a charming old Miami vibe we really love. They also have decent fried food, cold beer, and (if you stand up and walk to the edge) a very nice view of Biscayne Bay.
Miami is not a city rich with rooftop spots that are actually worth your time, and the fact that Three is on this guide is proof of that. No disrespect to this place. We like it, but we do have to warn you that it’s only barely a rooftop - just two floors up. You might not have a great view, but there are cocktails and dishes like oysters, fried chicken, and grilled snapper to choose from. They also do weekend brunch with dishes like huevos rancheros, fried chicken with french toast, and bacon, egg, and cheese sliders.
If we’re judging by the view, Watr is the best rooftop spot in Miami. At this Mid-Beach restaurant, you’ll have a really stunning 360-degree look at Miami Beach - even from the bathrooms. This is a hotel restaurant, so brace yourself for subpar $16 guacamole and a $26 burger. But if you really want to see the beach in all its glory, this is the place to do it. You’ll probably want a reservation and you can make one online.