5 top waterfront restaurants where you can bring your boat

Waterfront dining - boat optional - at Elcielo Miami.
Waterfront dining - boat optional - at Elcielo Miami.

These top spots for waterfront dining in South Florida take the desire to eat by the water one step further: You can actually pull your boat right up to the restaurants’ docks, eat in leisure, then continue on your watery journey. Five of the best restaurants to dock and dine in and around Miami:

1. Casablanca Seafood Bar + Grill

Casablanca: Fresh seafood on the Miami River.
Located on North River Drive, Casablanca Seafood Bar + Grill is one of Miami’s few true boat-to-table restaurants, catching and serving its fish on the same day. Dock your boat and enjoy fresh dishes a signature Stuffed Lobster or Paella Casablanca, all with a beautiful waterfront view of the downtown Miami skyline.

2. Diplomat Beach Resort

At the Diplomat.
For seafaring locals, The Diplomat Beach Resort offers free dockage for up to four hours when dining at one of its six full-service restaurants. Vessels are welcome to dock at Diplomat Landing via the Intracoastal Waterway in Hollywood. Once boaters disembark, The Diplomat offers dining options for everyone: casual family-friendly Bristol’s Burgers and Portico Beer & Wine Garden, beachside Playa, Michael Schulson’s award-winning Monkitail, Geoffrey Zakarin’s coastal seafood restaurant Point Royal, and celebrated steakhouse Diplomat Prime. Guests can finish their experience with a sweet treat from Candy & Cones. For large vessels 100 feet and up, dock reservations are recommended: Call Dock Master Chuck Campbell at 954-658-2526.

3. Duffy’s Sports Grill

Duffy’s North Miami Beach
Duffy's in North Miami Beach.
Duffy’s Sports Grill is the ultimate sports-themed restaurant offering classic American favorites in an energetic and welcoming atmosphere. Pull up on your boat to the North Miami Beach restaurant to enjoy quality food, family-friendly entertainment and a full bar.

4. Elcielo

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View of the Miami River from Elcielo.
Elcielo is an avant-garde restaurant on the banks of the Miami River in downtown Miami that is all about providing diners with a multisensory experience through unique tasting menus. Diners are welcomed to use Elcielo’s 300-foot docking space free of charge as they enjoy chef Juanma Barrientos’ food.

5. Wolfgang’s Steakhouse

Lobster dinner at Wolfgang's Steakhouse in Miami.
Wolfgang’s Steakhouse is downtown Miami’s premier steakhouse for waterfront dining. Dock your boat and enjoy a 28-day, dry-aged steak dinner along with, perhaps, a glass of wine from Wolfgang’s expansive list, all while overlooking the beautiful Miami River.