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The best French restaurants in Miami

Our guide to the best French restaurants in Miami has you covered, from soup to nuts—or escargot to entrecôte

Photograph: Courtesy BLT Steak
The BLT Steak restaurant at the Betsy hotel, Miami—doing what they do best

This city is a Francophile’s paradise—provided you know where to look. And while there are many French restaurants in Miami to choose from, we’ve narrowed it down to five superb picks, from celebrity-owned hot spot Villa Azur to casual Parisian bistro A La Folie.

A La Folie

Quintessentially French, avec the attitude to prove it, this café is run by a Parisian who brought a piece of his precious city to Miami. A Euro crowd gathers to sip on endless cups of café au lait (ask for small, otherwise it arrives in something the size of a soup bowl). It also serves a mean croque-monsieur and crêpes.

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South Beach

BLT Steak

Opened in 2009, chef Laurent Tourondel’s modern steakhouse occupies the ground floor of the Betsy hotel. Mixing creative American ingredients with classic French techniques, the menu offers a half-dozen different slabs of beef, all of them naturally aged and broiled at super-high temperatures. Grab a table on the charming beachfront patio for Miamians’ favorite sport: people-watching.

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South Beach

Le Bouchon du Grove

Everything about this bistro screams "France"—except for the warm service. The cozy room, the closely packed tables and the convivial buzz are all très Paree. The home-made foie gras terrine and the onion soup are especially good.

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Coconut Grove

Villa Azur

In the heart of nightclub central, Villa Azur is a welcome reminder that the art of fine dining is not always lost on the party-’til-the-sun-rises crowd. This French newcomer—co-owned by actor Olivier Martinez (who, at press time, was set to become Mr Halle Berry)—channels a bit of the French Riviera with an inspired France-meets-Italy menu (Mediterranean bouillabaisse casserole and risotto with fresh lobster and purple artichoke hearts are two standout dishes). You’ll be transported the moment you walk inside the door into a lobby that Marie Antoinette would have loved—crystal chandeliers, antique wood fixtures and sleek chairs and couches lead the way to the dining room. But the courtyard is where the action happens. All the usual accoutrements—like a $600 helping of Kaluga caviar and more celebrities than you can shake a stick at—are here. But the end result is surprisingly down to earth.

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South Beach