Coconut Grove is now home to an outpost of the Cipriani empire, with their swanky rooftop Bellini Restaurant and Bar housed inside the even-swankier Mr. C Coconut Grove Hotel.
Designed by Miami’s Arquitectonica, the top floor restaurant feels like the dining room of a glitzy cruise liner with floor-to-ceiling windows that frame spectacular water views. There’s a gleaming wooden bar, chairs clad in baby blue fabric and grand crystal chandeliers. The white-jacketed waiters add to the throwback vibe with plenty of tableside service.
An outdoor patio features more seating on a wrap-around balcony with blue and white director’s chairs for more nautical vibes.
Italian classics. The menu here is practically identical to other Cipriani outposts with a few seasonal and local ingredients thrown in like heirloom tomatoes and fresh catch. Prices are slightly more forgiving than the flagship restaurant with starters $14-$24 and mains $22-$48.
The restaurant is famous for a few dishes so it’s best to start off with a round of Bellinis, the house drink (prosecco with peach puree) along with the crisp breadsticks and rolls that are offered. Among their noteworthy dishes: a baked polenta with stracchino cheese and mushrooms, a platter of fritto misto featuring plump shrimp, lobster and calamari and the Mr. C club sandwich. Other starters include a shrimp and avocado butter lettuce salad and fried mozzarella with marinara sauce. Pastas include a risotto of the day and polpettine with a creamy tomato sauce.
Mains include branzino with crushed tomatoes, olives, and parsnip puree, veal Milanese and New Zealand lamp chops. Desserts keep the decadence going with rich scoops of gelato, a tiramesu and a lemon pie.
Now folks south of downtown can bask in the legendary restaurant’s classic comforts and air of exclusivity.
Bellini Restaurant and Bar
2988 McFarlane Rd., Coconut Grove, inside Mr. C Coconut Grove Hotel