The Great Indoors

Erin Lavan |
Food And Dining

While we love outdoor patios and flowery garden decks, some of our favorite dining spaces are indoors. From sleek oyster bars to plush lounges to white-linen elegance—these restaurants are full of character, splendor, and social draws we can't deny. And in the heat of a Miami summer, an inside space can be an oasis. We've sought out Miami's favorite dining rooms, all organized by neighborhood. Get inside!

 

BRICKELL

Atrio Restaurant and Wine Room

{Conrad Hotel Miami, 1395 Brickell Avenue; 305.503.6529}
Guests will take in sweeping views of the Miami skyline from the 25th floor, where rich red tones complement dark wood tables. Consider the private wine room for up to 10 guests for an intimate celebration or wine-pairing dinner.

Standout features: extraordinary views, private dining room

 

Azul at The Mandarin

{Mandarin Oriental Hotel, 500 Brickell Key Drive; 866.888.6780}
Azul seems to float on Biscayne Bay, offering sparkling water views in every direction. Clean, white décor, floor-to-ceiling windows, and an open marble kitchen give the feeling of infinite space.

Standout features: open kitchen

 

The River Oyster Bar

{650 South Miami Avenue; 305.530.1915}
This is the bustling locals' bar scene for after-work happy hours and fun into the night. The dining room is casual but elegant, with a mahogany and slate bar overlooking the fresh oysters and raw seafood selection. An award-winning private wine cellar caters to private affairs for up to 25.

Standout features: local hangout, private dining room

 

DOWNTOWN

Tuyo

{Miami Dade College, 415 Northeast Second Avenue; 305.237.3200}
This crown jewel is perched atop the gleaming, eco-chic Miami Culinary Institute, offering spectacular views of the Bay and downtown Miami skyline. Come for the romantic, formal dining room, and stay for the world-class cuisine.

Standout features: extraordinary views

 

City Hall the Restaurant

{2004 Biscayne Boulevard; 305.764.3130}
This welcoming two-story, 6,000-square-foot brasserie offers plenty of space cool to off from the summer heat. Comfy leather banquettes and a spirited bar offer a hip and friendly destination any time of the day.

Standout features: bar area, local hangout

 

BAL HARBOUR

J&G Grill

{St. Regis Bal Harbour Resort, 9703 Collins Avenue; 305.993.3333}
With an interior that could only be called commanding, J&G Grill features soaring ceilings over dramatic industrial fixtures. A wall of windows opens up to serene ocean views from the elegant, intriguing, and chic dining room.

Standout features: extraordinary views

 

NORTH MIAMI BEACH

Sushi House

{15911 Biscayne Boulevard, Aventura; 305.947.6002}
Cool off in this vast white wonderland, where glistening chandeliers and milky-white drapes dance against a cool blue backdrop. A large, high white marble table invites communal dining, while cozy romantic nooks offer extra privacy. The open sushi bar and back-lit art illuminates the far wall.

Standout features: community table, bar area, exceptional décor

 

COCONUT GROVE

Chart House

{51 Charthouse Drive; 305.856.9741}
Don’t have a yacht to dine on? No problem. When you step into Chart House in Coconut Grove, you'll feel as though you do. Nautical visions surround this cool, airy seafood house and the only thing separating you from the water is a wall of glass.

Standout features: extraordinary views

 

Peacock Garden Cafe

{2889 McFarlane Road; 305.774.3332}
Perfect for special events, the interior of Peacock Cafe rivals its garden counterpart. White wicker chairs and wooden floors add to the warm Southern-style ambience, while historical neighborhood photos offer a sense of nostalgia.

Standout features: private dining room

 

CORAL GABLES

Bread + Butter

{2330 Salzedo Street; 305.442.9622}
This hip little joint fuses the Cuban cafeteria counter concept with an edgy gastropub. Industrial lighting, subway tiles, and metal bar stools give an urban vibe, while black and white photos from Cuba and tables finished with tiny white roses in mason jars add warm, rustic appeal.

Standout features: people-watching, local hangout, exceptional décor

 

Zielo

{264 Giralda Avenue; 786.953.4182}
With a cool, Mediterranean vibe, Zielo takes your breath away. Marble accents, white table cloths, and sparkling chandeliers are accented with touches of royal blue—like on the modern back bar, the in-set shelves, and glassware. The space sprawls elegantly and offers intimate alcoves for private affairs.

Standout features: bar area, exceptional décor

 

SOUTH BEACH

Villa Azur Restaurant & Lounge

{309 23rd Street; 305.763.8688}
Villa Azur offers a decadent experience. Grand columns and majestic drapes welcome you into the living room, mimicking a villa in the south of France. At once splendid and cozy, this sprawling space offers lounge areas with white couches and faux fireplaces, intimate tables for dining, and their Cave d’Azur for private celebrations.

Standout features: private dining room, lounge area

 

The Bazaar

{SLS Hotel South Beach, 1701 Collins Avenue; 305.455.2999}
Whimsical and cool with a giant, frosty chandelier as its focal point, The Bazaar at SLS is the perfect place to dine indoors. Lounge with a cocktail and people-watch at this trendy locale.

Standout features: lounge area, people-watching

 

Katsuya

{SLS Hotel South Beach, 1701 Collins Avenue; 305.455.2995}
Superbly chic, Katsuya is the ultimate interior space. Enter via the patio at the SLS Hotel, and let the circular space, soaring with high ceilings, seize your senses. Wraparound windows glow with sheer silk coverings, while the grand open sushi bar glows and buzzes with activity. Upstairs, the Dragon Room is always ready for a party.

Standout features: private dining, lounge area, exceptional décor, bar area

 

Quinn's South Beach

{The Park Central Hotel, 640 Ocean Drive; 305.673.6400}
Escape the heat of Ocean Drive and enter the tropical paradise of Quinn’s at The Park Central Hotel. Palm trees sway to the gentle swoosh of ceiling fans, and lush exotic plants abound—if it weren't for the ceiling overhead and the cool A/C, you might forget you're dining indoors. Don't miss the raw bar.

Standout features: people-watching, local hangout,

 

Sardinia Enoteca Ristorante

{1801 Purdy Avenue; 305.531.2228}
This authentic Italian eatery welcomes guests with a warm, rustic vibe, and a glowing wood-burning oven. Wine bottles and brown leather banquettes line the walls, while a vast marble bar and cozy tables make you feel right at home as you sample antipasti and wine from the knowledgeable Italian staff.

Standout features: bar area

 

MIAMI BEACH

Cafe Avanti

{732 Arthur Godfrey Road; 305.538.4400}
A Miami must for indoor dining, Cafe Avanti is the quintessential white-table-cloth eatery, perfect for literally any occasion. The vast space also offers a cozy bar with a communal high-top table, a brick room for intimate private gatherings, and the signature Avanti Room for larger occasions. Wherever you choose to take your seat, impeccable food and service are guaranteed.

Standout features: community table, private dining, bar area