River Gods: 3 of Miami's Best Riverfront Hangouts

Hot venues along the Miami River during 2018

All the cool kids in Miami like to play along the River.

Kiki on the River

Kiki on the River is one of Miami's favorite playgrounds.

The indoor-outdoor venue is helmed by nightlife pro Roman Jones and industry-vet chef Steve Rhee, who want you to feel like you’re escaping to the Greek islands. Enjoy your meal in Kiki's romantic garden lounge, where on weekends a debaucherous brunch party ensues. Your meal will begin with Pikilia (Greek spreads) that include a carp roe, garlic almond and roasted baby eggplant. Move on to shared plates and salads, an extensive raw bar and perfectly sized main dishes. Menu highlights include grilled whole Mediterranean sea bass and a half-rack of baby-back pork ribs. 

Popping Up: The Wharf 

Rotating food trucks, chef cook-offs and highly curated special events await you at this open-air pop-up experience. Open since 2017, The 30,000-square-foot Wharf currently has eight food vendors that offer a tempting variety of cuisines, from Thai to Mexican to, of course, fresh seafood. Bars provide plenty of liquid refreshment, and community groups and organizations provide the live music and entertainment. Kids and leashed pets welcome until sundown. Roll up by car or by boat.

Pies and Pasta: Crust

Enjoy a different experience at Crust, located in a 2,400-square-foot Art Deco former home. Chef Klime Kovaceski and his wife Anita serve pizza and Italian cuisine that includes their namesake pizza with figs, prosciutto and blue cheese. Having racked up scores of best-of accolades and been featured in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal and on CBS, Crust continues to be a crowd-pleaser with its inventive and classic Italian fare, generous portions, and welcoming atmosphere.