Food With A View: Best Florida “Scenic” Restaurants

California Grill
Contemporary Resort, Walt Disney World

Everyone who has spent some time at Walt Disney World knows the best view of the fireworks at the Magic Kingdom is from the restaurant at the top of the contemporary resort. Now that they have stolen the chef from Jiko, the menu and food is possibly the best at WDW.
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From a WIndow Table or the Catwalk: You Get Fireworks

The good news is there is a large bar at the restaurant (if you can get in) and the menu which includes light items can be served to bar guests. There is even access to the roof viewing area for an perfect outside observation.

Grand Hyatt Tampa Bay

Planted on the 14th floor by the Causeway to Clearwater and right on scenic Upper Tampa Bay, Armani’s serves outstanding Italian food in a Northern Italian trattoria style. The hotel is right next to the landing pattern of Tampa International Airport so you also see the beautiful night views of the colorful airplanes coming and going.

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Area 31
EPIC Hotel, Miami

High-rise Miami is loaded with good restaurants in high locations of buildings and along the ocean and Biscayne Bay, but the nighttime views of the downtown Miami skyline is best here at 270 Biscayne Boulevard Way.

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There is River and Bay Action Here

The 16th floor view will dominate your attention until you are served one of the wonderful seafood entries at Area 31.

111 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach
The top of a parking lot may seem an unlikely spot to get the best view of most of booming South Beach, particularly its night lights and miles of automobiles, but this is a great penthouse restaurant.

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The windows seem to enhance the view

La Mar by Gaston Acorio
Mandarin Oriental Hotel, Brickell Key

Surrounded by high rise condos on the exclusive island of Brickell Key is this amazing Peruvian restaurant. From the canopied patio you’ll see all of Miami’s downtown skyline.

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The City Lights At La Mar

Canopy Rooftop Lounge

One would have to describe this as a social bar more than a full-service restaurant, but in downtown crawling with nightlife and mostly sidewalk cafes, this place is unique. People come here after a restaurant or movie to have light fare, have drinks, and relax with the Beach Drive scene and Bayfront all around them.

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Dusk at Saint Petersburg

Pelican Grand Beach Resort, Fort Lauderdale

Fort Lauderdale has a lot of beachside restaurants but the Pelican’s round main restaurant and long patio are located on the northside of the building and give a magnificent view to the wide beach. The food is served from 7am to 10pm so you can catch a sunrise in the morning and view the arrival of evening.

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Atlantic Bar and Grill
The Four Seasons, Palm Beach

For a lot of Florida visitors, seeing tall buildings aglow at night is not why they came to Florida. They want to dine at seafood with a salt sea breeze and a beautiful white beach spreading across the landscape. This resort beach fits that image both day and night.

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Historian and travel writer M. C. Bob Leonard makes the Sunshine State his home base. Besides serving as content editor for several textbook publishers and as an Emeritus college professor, he moderates the FHIC at
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