Villa Azur

Restaurants , French South Beach
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Photograph: Francois Colinet
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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 retreat—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.

Venue name: Villa Azur
Address: 309 23rd St

Cross street: at Liberty Ave
Opening hours: 6.30pm–3am daily
Transport: Bus 103, 112, 113, 119, 123
Price: Main courses $21–$55
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