Vista restaurant originally opened its doors in August 2018 by restaurateurs Roberto Bearzi and wife Fiorella Blanco of Fratelli Milano. Since then, the Italian concept has quickly become a popular social scene among locals. It’s tucked inside Upper Buena Vista, a village-like enclave housing local artisan shops that speak to the bohemian at heart.
The rooftop at vista celebrated its official opening in late-January. A treehouse for adults, the space overlooks the top of the Bodhi "Wish Tree" - a marvelous 120-year-old banyan tree that sits at the center of the complex. Lush potted plants hang from the rooftop's industrial beams to create a protected, open-air experience.
Along with the opening of their treetop experience, Vista introduced a new live music program. The live bands perform on the rooftop every Thursday, Friday and Saturday and continue the entertainment on Sunday in the restaurant. If you like cover songs mixed with Latin and funk beats, then Thursday's performance is for you!
Vista's rooftop menu emphasizes the "pure vida" vibe of Upper Buena Vista.
The handful of options available on the food menu are generous in size and taste. Each dish is influenced by Miami's various cultural flavors combined with an Italian twist. Our favorite is the Cubano ($17). A spin on the classic, this sandwich is served with slow roasted Italian porchetta and romesco mustard on toasted focaccia from Sullivan Street Bakery. It's hearty and delicious.
The cocktail menu is led by Head Mixologist and Bar Manager Josue Villacis and is inspired by owner Fiorella Blanco's Costa Rican roots. All of the cocktails feature exotic combinations of tropical fruits, herbs and spirits. Two must-try cocktails are the Pinga Loca (cachaca) and the Manigordo (rum).
vista is located at 5020 NE 2nd Ave, Miami, FL 33137 inside the Upper Buena Vista village. The rooftop is open Thursday through Saturday from 5PM until late and the restaurant is open Tuesday through Sunday for lunch and dinner service.