Serena, an open-air rooftop restaurant and bar, channels the enchanting rooftop and patio restaurants of Oaxaca and Mexico City. Located on a vibrant, lushly planted terrace at Moxy South Beach, Serena has a laid-back yet sophisticated vibe that's like none other in Miami. Lounge and table seating — plus an expansive menu of shareable classic dishes combined with a modern interpretation of traditional Latin and Mexican cuisine — creates an inviting atmosphere for sunset cocktails and nibbles, leisurely lunches and dinners, or buzzy brunches accompanied by live music.
Inspired by the brightly hued works of the great Modernist architect Luis Barragán, Serena's garden-like outdoor dining area is a vibrant mosaic in bold shades of pink, orange, coral, and blue, with fun and eclectic seating arrangements of plush sofas, overstuffed banquettes, swinging barstools, cushioned wrought-iron chairs, and ceramic-tile tabletops. A domed cast iron canopy strung with twinkling lights and fragrant bougainvillea evoke an indigenous Mexican market, as does the outdoor kitchen, where diners watch freshly ground cornmeal shaped by hand into fresh tortillas, cooked to order on a traditional comal, and transformed into delectable dishes such as Uni and Crab Tostadas and Squash Blossom Quesadillas.
The menu also features classic dishes like Caesar Salad, Steak Tartare, and Tuna Tartare. These are complemented by an array of ceviches, and cooked dishes highlighting fresh local seafood, as well as small plates, salads, burgers, and sandwiches.
Creative cocktails devised by the acclaimed mixologist Christian Rubio, along with beers and wines, are prepared in the greenhouse-like bar, whose glass garage-style doors open to the warm beach breezes. Inside, the lounge has blue-painted beam ceilings and mosaic tiles reminiscent of an antique fountain. Easygoing and versatile, Serena is the perfect place to gather with friends while taking in the rich hues of an unforgettable Miami sunset.