It rains a lot in Miami. It’s probably going to keep raining too, 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 fried frog legs.
The South of Fifth Argentinian spot Orilla 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 or dinner with a couple friends. 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 well enough to ensure your excellent french toast stays dry. All Day is also accepting reservations online.
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.
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.