The Vibe: At the centre of the action at the Bal Harbour Shops is undoubtedly Carpaccio. The hive is constantly buzzing with hungry shoppers, power brokers making deals, socialites out to lunch and quite often than not a celebrity or two. Inside or out, the tables are always full, particularly at lunch during the weekdays, so if you want a coveted table on the patio, come early.
The Facts: Ever since Carpaccio opened its doors more than 17 years ago it’s been the shop’s most popular dining destination. With seating for 200, the most coveted seats are the ones outside where people (and car) watching is prime.
The Experience: Arriving before the rush of lunch diners, the patio was already bustling, but we were able to snag a front-and-centre location inside. The pace is just as furious as the action, with our server ready to take our orders at a moment’s notice. When it comes to eating your meal there is no rush, which is good because the portions are extremely generous. Plus you’ll want to take time to soak in the energy, maybe take a selfie or at the very least a food pic for Instagram. A legitimately authentic Italian dining experience, don’t be surprised if you suddenly expect to hear Italian to come out of your server’s mouth.
Start With: Carpaccio
You can’t go wrong with the dish that the restaurant is named after. Fresh fish (salmon, swordfish or tuna), as well as filed mignon, thinly slice and offered with a selection of accompaniments, it’s the perfect sharing dish to start off your lunch.
Entree With: Amalfi Salad
They know how to do seafood here and this salad is no exception. A mountain of shrimp, calamari, mussels and clams over a bed of mixed greens, it’s light and fresh, as well as very filling.
End With: Cappuccino
Although it’s not traditionally acceptable in Italy to have a cappuccino past the breakfast hours, you’re in Miami, so break the rules and order the frothy beverage to help get you through another few hours of shopping.
Table to Book: Arrive early and request a seat outside. You’ll get the see all the action, while enjoying the warm Miami breeze.
Getting There: Get your driver to drop you off at the shops (no one walks here) and the restaurant is located on the ground level of the mall.
Where to Find:
Bal Harbour Shops
9700 Collins Ave, Miami Beach