The heart of the Bal Harbour Shops, and the center of its social network, is undoubtedly Carpaccio. The Italian restaurant has been abuzz since it opened its doors 15 years ago, and continues to be the restaurant of choice for power brokers, politicians, sports stars, socialites and celebrities alike who find themselves coming back for the crispy pizza Margherita, citrusy Riviera salad, and of course its paper-thin, succulent beef, tuna and salmon carpaccio. The recently renovated indoor dinning room is centered around a full-service bar, but the real scene is outdoors where guests vie for the coveted power tables on the sun-drenched patio.
Open Sunday to Friday, 11:30 am to 11:30 pm; Saturday, 11:30 am to 12:30 am. Reservations for parties of eight or more, 305-867-7777
Zagat lists Carpaccio under its “Most Popular” category in Miami and gives it an overall rating of excellent. “Fast, professional service and fair prices make it a primo spot for people- and car-watching.”