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3 South Florida Waterfront Restaurants to Experience

The tri-county area has no shortage of waterfront venues to enjoy, so we’ve narrowed down some options.

Enjoying a lovely meal with picturesque water views entails one of South Florida’s best perks. As the summer season approaches, we highlight some of the area’s best South Florida waterfront restaurants to experience: 

1. Enjoy Water Views at The Deck at Island Gardens

The Deck at Island Gardens, known as one of Miami’s most treasured waterfront restaurants, features innovative brunch bites to weekday Sunset Happy Hour, private cabana service, special events and more. This unparalleled setting allows guests to sit comfortably at reservable full-size dining tables or cabana lounges while enjoying a decadent menu of fresh seafood, brick-oven pizzettas, pasta, meats, large plates, desserts and more while taking in the views of Downtown Miami and Biscayne Bay.

Address: 888 MacArthur Causeway, Miami

2. Experience Pier-Top Dining at Beach Bar @ Newport Pier

At Beach Bar @ Newport Pier, summer feels nearly endless. This seaside gem in Sunny Isles Beach stands out as the sole restaurant on a pier in Miami-Dade County. Beach Bar’s all-American menu has been carefully crafted to blend seamlessly with Eastern seafood flavors, resulting in visually stunning sushi boats and a Sunday brunch with an ocean twist. Guests can choose between sitting outside on the patio for a traditional experience or inside at one of the many bars, including the sushi-making station where skilled chefs perform their craft. The menu is a refreshing fusion of Florida-inspired dishes, like the Floridian Benedict and the popular Florida Citrus and Crab Cobb Salad, as well as Asian-inspired fare, including Bento Boxes (available for lunch until 4 p.m.) and a variety of creative sushi rolls.

Address: 16501 Collins Ave., Sunny Isles Beach

3. Try the Gourmet Gondola Tours at Casa Sensei in Fort Lauderdale

Casa Sensei blends traditional Latin American cuisine with Pan-Asian staples to create the best of both worlds. Situated along the Himmarshee Canal off Las Olas Boulevard, guests can dine dockside while indulging in seafood dishes – including Tuna Truffle Tartar ($18), Komodo Lobster ($25), Miso Marinated Sea Bass ($39) or one of the many sushi rolls – in addition to a wide range of cocktails, wine and beer. Thanks to a partnership with Riverfront Gondola Tours, guests can reserve a private dinner cruise on one of three eco-friendly, electric-powered boats that seat up to six people. The 90-minute gondola ride offers views of stunning waterfront homes, tropical foliage and South Florida wildlife, including manatees, peacocks, iguanas, exotic birds and more.

Address: 1200 E. Las Olas Blvd., #101, Fort Lauderdale

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Drew Limsky

Drew Limsky

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BIOGRAPHY

Drew Limsky joined Lifestyle Media Group in August 2020 as Editor-in-Chief of South Florida Business & Wealth. His first issue of SFBW, October 2020, heralded a reimagined structure, with new content categories and a slew of fresh visual themes. “As sort of a cross between Forbes and Robb Report, with a dash of GQ and Vogue,” Limsky says, “SFBW reflects South Florida’s increasingly sophisticated and dynamic business and cultural landscape.”

Limsky, an avid traveler, swimmer and film buff who holds a law degree and Ph.D. from New York University, likes to say, “I’m a doctor, but I can’t operate—except on your brand.” He wrote his dissertation on the nonfiction work of Joan Didion. Prior to that, Limsky received his B.A. in English, summa cum laude, from Emory University and earned his M.A. in literature at American University in connection with a Masters Scholar Award fellowship.

Limsky came to SFBW at the apex of a storied career in journalism and publishing that includes six previous lead editorial roles, including for some of the world’s best-known brands. He served as global editor-in-chief of Lexus magazine, founding editor-in-chief of custom lifestyle magazines for Cadillac and Holland America Line, and was the founding editor-in-chief of Modern Luxury Interiors South Florida. He also was the executive editor for B2B magazines for Acura and Honda Financial Services, and he served as travel editor for Conde Nast. Magazines under Limsky’s editorship have garnered more than 75 industry awards.

He has also written for many of the country’s top newspapers and magazines, including The New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Miami Herald, Boston Globe, USA Today, Worth, Robb Report, Afar, Time Out New York, National Geographic Traveler, Men’s Journal, Ritz-Carlton, Elite Traveler, Florida Design, Metropolis and Architectural Digest Mexico. His other clients have included Four Seasons, Acqualina Resort & Residences, Yahoo!, American Airlines, Wynn, Douglas Elliman and Corcoran. As an adjunct assistant professor, Limsky has taught journalism, film and creative writing at the City University of New York, Pace University, American University and other colleges.