In case you haven’t heard, only outdoor dining is allowed in Miami right now. And if you haven’t looked out a window in the last month, it’s been raining a lot. It’s probably going to keep raining too, because Miami summers are mean bullies who only want to ruin your plans. Luckily, there are plenty of restaurants in this city where you can eat outside in the rain without getting all soggy. Here are some of our favorites.
The South of Fifth Argentinian spot Orilla is open and has covered patio seating. The food here - mostly small plates with a lot of meat - is very good. It's cute too, good for a date if those are even still a thing anymore. Orilla is accepting reservations online
You’ll be alright if a spontaneous noon thunderstorm rolls through during your brunch at All Day - all of their sidewalk seating is covered by the building. We can’t guarantee your shoes will stay completely dry if it really starts coming down, but the food here is good enough to justify getting your socks a little wet. All Day is also accepting reservations online for the first time ever.
The Wynwood beer garden’s outdoor seating is pretty well covered, which is both good for protection from the rain and the sun when it inevitably clears up after 17 minutes of intense downpour. They’ve got beer, sausages, and burgers here. As a bonus, reservations aren’t required.
Garcia’s outdoor seating - both on the second floor and ground level - is covered. So you can take comfort in knowing your oysters will stay safe in case one of those scattered thunderstorms decides to scatter itself all over you. Reservations are suggested and you can call (305) 375-0765 to make one.
Not all of Amara’s outdoor space is covered, but the bulk of their waterfront tables do have a roof above them. Just be sure to make a reservation so you know you’ll have one of those tables, and order with confidence. Pretty much all the seafood here is very good.
Little Havana’s La Camaronera has set up what looks like a small stage outside the little seafood restaurant. Except instead of a band, the headliners here are the best fried shrimp in town and that lovely pan con minuta. The dining area is covered by a tent and has some fans too, in case you’re worried about sweating on your fried lobster.
The MiMo pizza spot is mostly safe from storms thanks to its wide roof. They’ve also recently added some additional outdoor seating, so you shouldn’t have a problem getting a table here. Reservations aren’t required. Being in the mood for pizza, however, kind of is.
KYU’s new sidewalk set up is covered by a humble little awning that’s trying its hardest. Maybe it’s not the best spot if there’s a lot of rain in the forecast, but if all you’re worried about are some quick little showers, you should be fine here. Their fried chicken is totally worth the risk anyway. Reservations are available online.
The Wynwood spot Three is now serving brunch and dinner from their rooftop lounge. They have things like fried chicken, snapper ceviche, and grilled empanadas. The outdoor space is covered and shaded too. Reservations are available online.
If you want to put on real clothes again or just happen to miss hotels, the Matador Room inside Mid-Beach’s Edition Hotel is open. This place has a lot of covered outdoor seating and a view of the pool. It’s a solid spot for a fancy dinner or a business lunch if your coworker is still scared to use Zoom after accidentally leaving the mic on while they went to the bathroom. You can make a reservation online.
Coconut Grove’s Taurus recently underwent some changes - it’s now more of a sit-down restaurant than a bar. However, it’s still a great place to sit outside with a drink, oysters, chicken wings, and a burger. Most of their patio seating is covered, so you should be good if the skies decide to open up too.
Le Chick’s outdoor patio has a retractable awning, so if it starts raining, all someone needs to do is push a button and you won’t have to grab your rotisserie chicken (or their very good cheeseburger) and run for cover. You can make a reservation online.