It rains a lot in Miami - especially during summer, because Miami weather is a bully who only wants 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.
South Beach’s excellent Italian restaurant has taken over the patio next door and now has covered outdoor seating great for a date you accidentally scheduled on a night when there’s a 97 percent chance of rain. You’re going to want a reservation to eat here because, it turns out, when you’re a restaurant serving Miami’s best pasta, you get very busy. Make one online.
The MiMo restaurant from Kush Hospitality, who seem to be incapable of producing a bad restaurant, has outdoor seating. Not only does that seating have a waterfront view, but it’s also covered and safe from rain. Cafe Kush is like the original Kush in Wynwood if it took a French vacation. They have some burger options, but also steak frites, a croque monsieur, and an excellent double-cut pork chop.
The South of Fifth Argentinian spot Orilla has covered patio seating that lets you feel like you’re eating outside but also will prevent those new suede shoes from getting ruined. The food here - mostly small plates with a lot of red meat - is very good. They also have a tableside martini that is one of the best martinis in town. It’s cute here too, good for a date or dinner with a couple friends who also don’t want to ruin their new suede shoes. Wow, you all wore suede shoes, huh? Embarassing.
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, walk-ins are welcome, and this is one of the few spots in Wynwood where we can (usually) find a table during the weekends.
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. Sit back, have a cocktail, and be glad you’re not one of the people in a rented yacht driving by.
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.
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 also 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.
Coconut Grove’s Taurus is part sit-down restaurant and part bar. It can also be a little of both, if that’s the vibe you’re looking for. But whether you’re coming here just for drinks or a burger - you’ll be dry. Their patio seating is covered, and there’s more covered seating in the back, so don’t panic if all the front patio tables are taken.
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. And there’s simply nothing sadder than a soggy cheeseburger.