6 Best Waterfront Restaurants in Miami to Get to By Boat

Written by Boatsetter Team
February 3, 2022

Last Updated on February 2, 2024 by Boatsetter Team

Thanks to Miami‘s diverse population, foodies who want to enrich their palettes with Latino, Hispanic,  Caribbean and other parts of the world will love it here. Besides your classic American Fare, you have a variety of Dominican, Cuban, Jamaican, Bohemian restaurants to enjoy. Many of these restaurants are on the water, which you can access by boat in a true 305 style. Our list will bring you right to the dock of the best waterfront restaurants in Miami.

  1. Baia Beach Club Miami
  2. Joia Beach
  3. Kiki on the River
  4. Kuba Cabana Bayside
  5. Monty’s Raw Bar
  6. Shucker’s Bar & Grill

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1. Baia Beach Club Miami

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Baia Beach Club Miami offers boaters a sophisticated atmosphere surrounded by coastal living vibes. This restaurant was inspired by laid-back Bohemian energy that is welcoming and waiting for guests to experience. The marina is situated on the waters of Biscayne Bay, offering boaters a place to dock and dine. Menu items feature authentic food and beverage options, plus the location hosts immersive social activities, making this a fantastic place to spend time with friends and family. Mouth-watering menu options include starters, shareables, plates, salads, desserts, and more. Popular options include beets and farro, Baia chips, dukkah lamb ribs, tuna tartare, charcuterie board, and whole roasted kosher chicken. Additional menu items include grilled lobster, tomahawk steak, and Faroe Islands salmon.

  • Address: 1100 West Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139
  • Hours: Monday – Thursday, 7am – 11am, 12pm – 3:30pm, 5pm – 10pm; Saturday – Sunday 7am – 3:30pm, 5pm – 10:30pm
  • Reservations: Yes
  • Type of food: Mediterranean cuisine
  • Dockage available: No

2. Joia Beach

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Joia Beach is a hidden gem in the heart of Miami, offering boaters a vibrant oasis when taking a break from being out on the water. This restaurant serves up freshly-sourced seasonal ingredients and fresh seafood. The menu is finely crafted using classic cooking techniques with modern influences, including small plates, appetizers, and beverages. The bright lights and Miami city vibe are just some of the elements that make dining at Joia Beach a must when boating in the area. When arriving by boat, make sure to coordinate your arrival when you make your reservations at least seven days in advance.

The Beach Lounge serves small plates and bottle service, while the main dining area serves starters, salads, dishes, sides, and sweets. Popular menu items include yellowtail Crudo, fire-roasted octopus, wagyu beef carpaccio, bigeye tuna tartare, and crispy lobster tails. Other menu items include stracciatella and prosciutto pide, truffle pide, and octopus carpaccio.

  • Address: 1111 Parrot Jungle Trail, Miami, FL 33132
  • Hours: Wednesday – Sunday 12pm – 11pm
  • Reservations: Yes
  • Type of food: European inspired
  • Dockage available: No

3. Kiki on the River

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Nested on the Miami River, Kiki on the River is a Greek restaurant featuring modern cuisine with an authentic Mediterranean, island-inspired flair. The location for Kiki on the River is built on one of Miami’s original fish markets and displays some of the artistic origins of the area. This restaurant is truly the place to go when looking for a unique dining experience featuring uniquely crafted cocktails and lunch and dinner menus.

Kiki on the River’s menu offers guests an assortment of sides, salads, soups, entrees, and desserts. Popular menu items include lemon potatoes, pikilia, lamb chops, organic chicken, beef filet, and salmon saganaki. Other menu items include grilled lobster, beef “dino” ribs, tuna tartare, and a seafood tower with Alaskan king crab, Maine lobster, jumbo shrimp, assorted oysters, and more.

  • Address: 450 NW N River Dr, Miami, FL 33128
  • Hours: Monday – Tuesday 5pm – 11pm; Wednesday – Thursday 1pm – 11pm, Friday – Sunday 1pm – 12am, Saturday 12pm – 12am
  • Reservations: No
  • Type of food: Greek
  • Dockage available: Yes

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4. Kuba Cabana Bayside 

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This vibrant and sophisticated establishment effortlessly combines the rich flavors of Cuban cuisine with a stunning panoramic view, creating an unforgettable destination for locals and visitors alike. The menu has all your Cuban favorites, with dishes like Ropa Vieja Tacos, Mojito Grilled Shrimp, and the signature Vaca Frita bringing the essence of Havana to Miami. Come nighttime Kuba Cabana Bayside transforms into a lively hub of entertainment. The restaurant regularly hosts live music, featuring talented local artists who infuse the air with salsa, merengue, and bachata.

  • Address:401 Biscayne Blvd #1085, Miami, FL 33132
  • Hours: Open for lunch and dinner
  • Reservations: Yes
  • Type of food: Cuban cuisine
  • Dockage available: Yes

5. Monty’s Raw Bar

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This iconic location has served as the backdrop for TV series, music videos, and movies including Miami Vice, Burn Notice, and Marley & Me. Established in 1960, Monty’s Raw Bar is where to go when looking for fresh seafood, great cocktails, an assortment of unique island dishes, and more. The atmosphere of this restaurant surrounds you with an authentic Florida vibe, enhancing your dining experience. This location is the perfect place to take a break from the water for entertainment, food, and drinks with friends and family.

Monty’s Raw Bar’s menu includes a selection of soups, salads, appetizers, entrees, desserts, and raw bar selections. Popular menu items include clam chowder, Gulf oysters, shrimp ceviche, and the house-smoked fish dip. Other menu items include seafood tostada, gator bites, conch fritters, and Mahi fingers.

  • Address: 2550 S Bayshore Dr, Miami, FL 33133
  • Hours: Monday – Thurday, Sunday, 11:30am – 10pm; Friday 11:30am – 11pm; Saturday 11:30pm – 12am
  • Reservations: No
  • Type of food: American & seafood
  • Dockage available: Yes

6. Shuckers Bar & Grill

shuckers bar and grill miami

Shuckers Bar & Grill is one of Miami’s most iconic waterfront grills on the island of North Bay Village. This dining establishment has welcomed guests by land and sea for over 30 years, offering picturesque views, mouth-watering grilled wings, fresh seafood, and unique local favorites. So take a break from the water and relax in a vibrant and uplifting environment, where many locals enjoy handcrafted cocktails and a selection of local beers. Shuckers Bar & Grill also offers a “Sail Away” menu, with an assortment of family-style platters, perfect for taking out on the water with you.

Shuckers Bar and Grill offers a menu full of traditional dining options, including breakfast, lunch, dinner, and dessert. Chef Specials are available on Fridays and Saturdays, but many enjoy the daily breakfast menu featuring scrambled eggs, potatoes, and bacon. Popular menu items include raw oysters, tuna tartare, smoked fish dip, and coconut fried shrimp. Other menu options include grilled wings, black Chilean mussels, and shrimp po’boy sandwiches. Finally, don’t forget to grab the “bom” brownie for a decadent dessert experience.

  • Address: 1819 79th Street Causeway, North Bay Village, FL 33141
  • Hours: Monday – Saturday 7:30am -10:30 am, 12 pm – 12 am; Sunday, 7:30am – 12 am
  • Reservations: No
  • Type of food: Seafood
  • Dockage available: Yes (Best Western On The Bay Inn & Marina)

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