Ooh La La! These 10 Local French Restaurants Are 'Tres Magnifique'



For many, French dining is considered to be "haute cuisine". Many master chefs were either trained in France or are highly knowledgeable about French cuisine and it's true that much of Western gastronomy has been profoundly influenced by it.

Miami, being the cultural hub of chefs and foodies in the southeast, holds its own by being the home of numerous French and French-inspired eateries and their purveyors.

While some may believe that French dining is reserved for those with deep pockets, that's not necessarily true. In the Grove, you can easily step into Le Bouchon du Grove and spend a mere $20 for a filling and flavorful meal.

Popular spots like La Sandwicherie also offer casual French cuisine for just a few dollars.

That being said, some of Miami's greatest French restaurants do come with a higher price tag--though totally worth it, in our opinion.

The Setai Grill, while not exclusively French, doles out some of the most delectable dishes this side of Paris, and Le Provencal will set you back a few depending on what you order. But again, completely worth every penny.

And then of course there's Palme d'Or, whose reputation as the place for French gourmet cuisine precedes it. Read on to find out who our latest picks for best French cuisine are.




One of the city's most talked about places to dine these days is none other than Le Zoo. This French brasserie by Philadephia restaurateur Stephen Starr has a menu boasting the classic Parisian favorites that the local, well-to-do clientele...  Read More




The Petit Rouge Bistro is the sort of place you find out about from a trusted friend rather than from exploring the usual restaurant-heavy neighborhoods. Located in North Miami and tucked away in a shopping plaza, driving by you'd never expect...  Read More


La Sandwicherie
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After a hard night of clubbing or bar-hopping, nothing's better than a hefty sandwich from this walk-up counter right off Collins Avenue. Crusty French bread is piled high with your choice of meats (from turkey and prosciutto to pate and smoked...  Read More


Le Bouchon Du Grove


Restaurant critics, Grove-dwellers, and first time visitors always agree about Le Bouchon Du Grove, the cozy bistro in the heart of Coconut Grove. the atmosphere is great, the food is superb,and the service is outstanding. The restaurant offers...  Read More




This elegant cafe in the heart of the Gables combines the flavors of France, Spain, Belgium, and Italy for a number of winning dishes that patrons return for again and again. Enjoy the cozy ambiance and peruse the lengthy menu or ask one of your...  Read More


Pascal's on Ponce


Nouvelle French cuisine served in a cozy, unpretentious setting – this is the forte of chef-owner Pascal Oudin's friendly little eatery, where Coral Gables sophisticates scramble to secure one of the handful of tables or, if nothing else, a...  Read More




Located within the JW Marriott Marquis in Downtown Miami, db Bistro can only be described as a modern take on the classic French bistro. The restaurant is named after famed French Chef Daniel Boulud, whose career has led him to open restaurants...  Read More


Le Provencal


For a pleasing midday meal with all-out French flair, this pleasant bistro in Coral Gables fits the bill. Le Provencal has brought delicious southern French cuisine to diners since 1988, but moved to its current location in 2009. Meet friends or...  Read More




Take a luxury hotel known for its Asian glam (The Setai); a French executive chef (Executive Chef Mathias Gervais, along with Chef de Cuisine Thomas Griese); a lauded Italian-American butcher family (Pat LaFrieda & Son) and Latino and...  Read More


Palme d'Or


Surround yourself in luxury at this upscale French restaurant, housed inside the even more luxurious Biltmore Hotel. First, soak up the glittering ambiance, full of polished crystal, crisp linens and gilt-lined mirrors. Then dive into the rich...  Read More


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Meet Priscilla Blossom

Pris Blossom is a freelance writer and feminist mama with a love for travel, writing, music, film, craft beer, yoga, museums, cultural anthropology, and her awesome kid.

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