As a rule of thumb, beware the restaurant that touts its view and not its food. Here are five places in South Florida where the dishes are as appealing as the sights:
1. Area 31
The 16th floor of the Epic Hotel provides a panoramic view of downtown and the bay. Ask for a terrace table.
270 Biscayne Blvd. Way, Miami. 305-424-5234, area31restaurant.com.
2. Rusty Pelican
The best bay views — and butter rolls — around.
3201 Rickenbacker Causeway, Key Biscayne. 305-361-3818, therustypelican.com.
3. Smith & Wollensky
Government Cut feels like a channel outside your private island on the patio of this timeless steakhouse.
One Washington Ave., Miami Beach. 305-673-2800, smithandwollensky.com.
The French-Japanese-Peruvian menu is very good. The scene full of pretty young things and the unbeatable view of Miami Beach? Mesmerizing.
1111 Lincoln Rd., Miami Beach. 305-763-8272, juviamiami.com.
5. Le Tub
It’s still serving one of the best burgers in the country, and the Intracoastal setting is as peaceful as Florida waterway dining gets, no matter the bathroom decorations.
1100 N. Ocean Dr., Hollywood. 954-921-9425, theletub.com.