Where To Eat In Bal Harbour

Le Zoo

Le Zoo at Bal Harbour Shops

Makoto

Makoto Restaurant

Artisan Beach House

Artisan Beach House

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By: Angela Caraway-Carlton

While the ritzy enclave of Bal Harbour may be small in size, it offers big choices when it comes to fine dining. Many of its best restaurants are tucked away within the luxurious resorts that line the beach or are located within the centerpiece of the village, the famous Bal Harbour Shops. This luxury shopping center offers a perfect day of power shopping and fine dining. Upscale Japanese food, a French brasserie and a taste of the Mediterranean are just some of the gems to be discovered on a culinary journey in Bal Harbour.

Carpaccio

A staple in Bal Harbour Shops, this is a place where shoppers and locals-in-the-know gather for a delicious Italian lunch or dinner. As its name suggests, Carpaccio is known for razor-thin salmon or filet served many different ways. You can also order crispy margherita pizza, heaping plates of pasta and specialty fish dishes such as salmon served on a bed of garlic spinach. Choose to eat in the sleek dining room or arrive early to score a coveted table on the palm-fringed patio, where you can watch the parade of exotic cars and fashionistas sashaying in and out of the shops.

Makoto
Enjoy some of Miami's best sushi at Makoto

Makoto

For another chic dining experience at the Bal Harbour Shops, grab a table at Makoto, a Japanese restaurant where you’ll discover some of the best sushi in Miami. Cozy up at a wood-paneled booth in the dining room or on the sun-soaked patio for chef Makoto Okuwa’s take on Japanese cuisine that marries traditional Edomae sushi with modern-day innovation. Some of the must-haves are the fire and ice oysters, the chef’s sushi sampler and the crispy rice topped with spicy tuna. Other popular choices include the melt-in-your-mouth miso seabass and Japanese Wagyu cooked tableside on a hot river stone. A meal here is a multi-sensory experience combining plates that are works of art, delicious rare sakes and a well-choreographed show as chefs work behind the sushi bar.

Le Zoo outdoor seating
Experience a French brasserie at Le Zoo

Le Zoo

Paris in Miami, anyone? You’ll feel as if you’ve been transported to a French brasserie at Le Zoo by famed restauranteur Stephen Starr. Take a cue from the French and start with a plate of cheese or savory escargot in hazelnut butter; then try entrees such as steak frites, a decadent pizza crowned with black truffle and an egg, or chicken paillard. Ask for the best wine to pair from the list of French makers. And be sure to save room for Le Zoo’s chocolate-doused profiteroles.

The Terrace

Enjoy a stunning view of the pool and the Atlantic Ocean at The Terrace at the aptly named Sea View Hotel Bal Harbour. Take in the casual yet refined atmosphere while savoring dishes like the “catch of the day” sliders as well as a wide variety of fresh salads, homemade pastas and the signature steak frites dinner for a Miami take on a traditional French dining experience.

O'Lima Signature Cuisine

This upscale fusion dining experience, nestled in nearby Bay Harbour Islands, features Peruvian dishes with a Japanese influence. The menu is served family-style, with portions made for sharing. Located close to Bal Harbour Shops, O’Lima Signature Cuisine  is open for lunch and dinner. Treat yourself to something cool from its Pisco cocktail menu, choose a refreshing option from the ceviche offerings, then select from main dishes such as risotto saltado with shrimp and Peruvian spices, or the lomo gorgonzola – filet mignon topped with gorgonzola sauce and a tangy marmalade.

Atlantikos
Greek cuisine comes to life at Atlantikós at The St. Regis Bal Harbour Resort

Atlantikós

Atlantikós is located inside the posh St. Regis Bal Harbour Resort, but a visit here is like taking a quick getaway to the Greek isles. With its crisp blue-and-white décor and indoor-outdoor seating, this breakfast-and-lunch destination shines a spotlight on Greek cuisine. Start with a selection of Mediterranean appetizers to share. In the morning, take a tour of the breakfast buffet with its mix of Greek favorites and American classics. At lunch, try a sampler of Greek dips like hummus and smoked eggplant, as well as beef and lamb meatballs or lamb kebabs. With fish that’s sourced daily from local waters as well as the Greek fish market near Athens, you won’t want to pass up one of the restaurant’s specialty seafood dishes.

Artisan Beach House
Enjoy unobstructed ocean views at Artisan Beach House

Artisan Beach House

The stunning views are as memorable as the gorgeous seafood at the Artisan Beach House at the Ritz-Carlton, Bal Harbour. Try to get a seat on the expansive patio for unobstructed views of the glittering Atlantic Ocean and Haulover Cut. The restaurant’s airy, coastal design complements a menu that features items such as tuna poke bowls, grilled salmon and roasted rosemary lambchops with sunchoke puree.

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