Retractable Roof, new menus at WATR at 1 Hotel South Beach

In an effort to continually enhance and elevate the guest experience at 1 Hotel South Beach, the hotel’s famed Rooftop is re-launching with an added amenity – a fully retractable roof. In tandem with the rooftop’s physical transformation, WATR at the 1 Rooftop is also offering a new summer menu featuring Japanese and South American inspired dishes to be enjoyed in either the sun or shade.


At cloud level, 18 stories above the beach, WATR at 1 Hotel South Beach offers unobstructed views of the Atlantic Ocean. The newly re-launched roof will boast the same 395-person capacity and square footage, but now features a built-in retractable canopy that fully expands across the seating area of the restaurant, allowing diners to enjoy the dining experience even in inclement weather conditions. The new feature also provides groups with private events and dining options.

“WATR at the 1 Rooftop has always been one of the finest rooftop venues in Miami and we wanted to make it even more accessible and welcoming to diners,” said Milton Sgarbi, VP of Operations at 1 Hotel South Beach. “Now, we can serve as a go-to destination for guests at any time and can continue to offer the best service, cocktails and seasonal dishes throughout the entire space, rain or shine.”

Keeping in line with WATR’s classic Japanese inspired dishes, the new summer menu continues to place an emphasis on sushi, but now also incorporates more Latin and Peruvian flavors. An expansive selection of Crudos are new to the seasonal offering, including Corvina Ceviche, a ceviche made with Traditional White Drum Fish from tropical and South Pacific waters mixed with Red Onions, Baby Peppers, Choclo, Cilantro, Leche de Tigre, and Crispy Malanga Chips. Assorted Anticuchos or “Pinchos” have also been added to the menu, and include Shrimp served with Salted Sherry Honey Brussels Sprouts, and Gluten-Free Chicken served with Sweet Potato Puree and Aji Panca.

Chicken Yakisoba Noodles

New signature and handcrafted sushi rolls include the New England Lobster Roll and the Sea Bacon Roll made with Warm Scallop, Smoked Salmon, Nori, Wasabi Tobiko, Crispy Salmon Skin, 1 Spicy Mayo, and Kabayaki Sauce.

“The menu at WATR at the 1 Rooftop is meant to be refreshing, but at the same time, vibrant, very much like the city itself,” said Gabriel Rivera, Director of Food and Beverage at 1 Hotel South Beach.

The new summer menu also features a re-invigorated cocktail menu developed by Steven Minor, Beverage Director at 1 Hotel South Beach. The Cocktails, Boozy Slushies and large-format Sangrias and Margaritas each offer innovative takes on Latin ingredients, utilizing local fruits such as Guanabana and Guava sourced directly from 1 Hotel South Beach’s partners in The Redlands area of South Florida.


New signature cocktails include the MVP, made with Aged Agricole Rhum, Local Guanabana, Coconut, Angostura Bitters, and Lime as well as The Cusco Connection made with Pisco Acholado, Florida Guava, Vanilla, Lemon, and Aquafaba.

Photos: 1 Hotel South Beach


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