Just because the venerable Rusty Pelican has been home to more weddings, engagements, and other moments of kissy-kissy indulgence than any other restaurant in Miami doesn’t mean it’s lost its edge. Not satisfied to rest on its glass-walled and skyline-showcasing laurels, the restaurant revamped the entire concept a few years back. Now, rather than a menu of dishes just good enough to complement the view, it’s stocked with stuff like fresh sushi, Lobster Risotto, and an impressive lineup of prime steaks. The cocktails here are also among the most creative in the city, with six different herb-infused Gin and Tonics accompanying an array of original creations.
Key Biscayne’s most well known dining destination, the Rusty Pelican, is the ideal setting for a waterfront dining experience. A reliable spot to take out-of-towners for a good meal and even better views, the menu features surf n’ turf, sushi, and tons of raw bar options. Happy hour is really where it’s at—taking place Monday through Thursday from 4 to 6:30 pm, drinks start at just $5 and there’s loads of bites available for half-off. Throw in a cotton candy-hued sunset, and you’ve got yourself the start of a fantastic night.
The last time you ate brunch at the Rusty Pelican was probably for a daytime wedding reception, but this storied venue with a postcard view of the skyline has seriously upped its food game in the last few years, and is now a must-visit for any occasion. Try the Pork Belly Waffle Sandwich with sundried tomato and maple mustard sauce. Or, if you’d like something sweeter, try the Frosted Flake-crusted French Toast topped with caramel sauce and cinnamon whipped cream.
If you wake up on Christmas morning and to the horrifying realization you forgot to buy a present for someone really important, the Rusty Pelican has you covered. Just tell them you booked a table at Miami’s top spot for special occasion dining, and treat them to a night of fire-grilled steaks, ocean-fresh seafood, and stunning skyline views. They’re open from 5:30 to 9:30 pm for dinner, so you can knock that gift out before New Years hits.
Cost: A la carte menu prices vary
How to book: Reserve via OpenTable.