Food & Drink

Miami's 11 Best Boat-Up Restaurants

Published On 05/06/2015 Published On 05/06/2015
Garcia's Seafood Grille & Fishmarket
Zuma Miami - Official
Lique Miami Waterfront Restaurant and Lounge
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1. Garcia's Seafood Grille & Fish 398 NW North River Dr, Miami, FL 33128

It’s amazing how for 50 years this place managed to serve possibly the best, freshest seafood in Miami, cold beers, and a stunning view of the Miami River and never refused service to anyone because they weren’t wearing designer sunglasses. Perhaps the next-door neighbors could take a lesson.

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2. Casablanca Seafood Bar & Grill 1717 North Bayshore Dr, Miami, FL

After 20 years on the Miami River, Casablanca Seafood Bar & Grill opened a second, much bigger, much-less-hidden outpost right off the marina on Biscayne Bay enticing you to dominate daily fresh catches like whole fried yellowtail, Mahon beer mussels, Florida spiny lobsters, and very precioussss New Zealand lamb chops.

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3. Zuma 270 Biscayne Blvd Way, Miami, FL 33131

Izakaya-inspired restaurant Zuma in Downtown Miami combines a bright, modern setting with exquisite presentation of its ocean-fresh sushi dishes, like the Dynamite Spider Roll with soft-shell crab, chili, and wasabi tobiko sauce. From the robata grill, opt for tender beef and shishito pepper skewers with smoked chili soy, or baby artichoke with truffle wafu dressing. If it’s something crispy you’re craving, crunch on rock shrimp tempura with lime and chili mayonnaise, lobster tempura with spicy ponzu, or grouper tempura with chili onions. Brunch offerings include a selection of premium sushi, sashimi, and maki rolls.

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4. The Standard Miami Beach 40 Island Ave , Miami Beach, FL 33139

Tucked just off the Venetian Causeway, and literally dead ending into one of the best panoramic views of Miami, The Standard's relaxing effect is so strong, you'll almost forget about the fact that their activities include Drunk Bingo. Almost.

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5. Duffy's Sports Grill 3969 NE 163rd St, Miami Beach , FL 33160

Because drafting Priest Holmes first overall every year in the same exact place gets soooo boring, Duffy's will let you and your fantasy-hound buddies take over their private room, equipped with seven flatscreens and wifi, while enjoying two-for-one drink specials on everything in the house from 4p on.

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6. Lique 3957 NE 163rd St, North Miami Beach, FL 33160

This spot serves a Mediterranean-inspired menu with lighter fare like the truffle tuna roll and the whole grilled branzino. And while smoking a stogie on your boat is never a bad idea, its also got an adjacent hookah and cigar lounge for after dinner.

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7. Boatyard 1555 SE 17th St, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316

Boatyard taps into the pulse of Fort Lauderdale’s yachting community as a dockside seafood restaurant. The menu boasts fresh daily catches like salmon, mahi-mahi, yellowfin tuna, black grouper, and local swordfish, which you’ll dress with citrus butter, shitake lemongrass, lemon herb vinaigrette, or saffron lemon nage. But, of course, you’ll be hungry as you await your gilled delight, so you’ll want to start your meal off with some “Shareables.” Opt for honey-butter-escorted Bimini bread, which is made with vanilla, sugar, and a coconut glaze, or the Brussels spouts with ginger, kimchee, and peanuts. Come for the food and stay for the impressive views of the Intracoastal.

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8. Bokampers Sports Bar & Grill 3115 NE 32nd Ave, Fort Lauderdale, FL

The inventive chefs at this waterfront locale for Kim’s sports palace have created some rolls (like the Miami Vice with dry-rubbed tuna, mango, pineapple cilantro and masago) that’ll have you completely forgetting about ordering their already-famous wings, all while watching the game right on the Intercoastal on 150 flat screens. Or, pull your boat right up: they’ve got 350 feet of dock space.

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9. The Rusty Hook Tavern 125 N Riverside Dr, Pompano Beach, FL 33062

Even the most resolute homebodies of Miami trek north to Pompano Beach for this harbor-side spot, especially for its popular happy hour deals. The ambience is relaxed, between the casually maritime-themed décor and outdoor patio overlooking the docks, and the pub fare here proves wholly satisfying: coconut shrimp with mango salsa and sweet ponzu chili sauce are crispy and perfect for snacking, and there’s no way to wrong with any of the rotating “daily catch entrées.”

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10. Boca Landing at Waterstone Resort & Marina 999 E Camino Real, Boca Raton, FL 33432

If you’ve got a special lady on your boat and want to cap off your day on the water with the perfect dinner... who are we kidding? If you own your own boat you really don’t need our help to seal the deal, but hit this spot at the Waterstone Resort anyway, where you can sit closer to the water than you could on your boat and enjoy the seafood heavy menu with seared yellowfin or snapper ceviche. It’s also the rare seafood place that does steak perfectly, so grab the filet mignon if you want something a little heartier.

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11. Seaspice 422 NW North River Dr, Miami, FL 33128

This waterfront restaurant serves globally inspired, upscale seafood -- think aushak dumplings with yogurt sauce, burrata with olive tapenade, crab tempura, and truffle Brie tart -- just feet from the Miami River. Tucked inside of Seaspice is Modern Garden, a hot stone and crudo lounge that serves up raw fish and premium meats heated on 850-degree volcanic stone slabs. It also offers an incredible outdoor patio, with docking room to tie up your boat (or 150ft yacht).