French

Sometimes, the urge to have French food strikes, and nothing satisfies until you get it. When that happens, count on 10Best to point you in the direction of Miami's best French restaurants. We understand the desire to have a great meal, and we work hard to bring you the top places to eat in Miami. We vet restaurants carefully for quality, and when we recommend popular eateries like La Sandwicherie or tell you that Provence Grill gets good reader feedback, you can believe it. From South Beach to Coral Gables, we'll make sure you get - and eat - what's best.

10 The Setai Grill
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 Russian purveyors (Marky's International Food Emporium, Cinco Jotas, Fernando Pensato), and you have The Setai Grill, open since December 2012. The treats begin when you're seated with a glass of rose Champagne, a loaf of brioche and a plate of prosciutto di San Daniele, sliced at the lip of the open kitchen. They continue when you order items that range from langoustine encased in papillote to navarin (braised lamb shouder en cocotte) with tournee potatoes and zucchini to a 30-day prime aged strip sirloin carved tableside by suave, eminently efficient Restaurant Manager Hakan Balkuvvar. The Grill is set off the lobby and, with burnished wood floors and inlaid tables, seems almost like a posh and romantic private club. Indeed this is prime steak-slicing, date-night dining, with a soupcon of a terrific wine list, a dessert cart and the most perfect cappuccino on the beach to finish things off right. (305-520-6400, 305-520-6800)

9 La Gloutonnerie
La Gloutonnerie Vintage Kitchen is the perfect place for patrons to experience rustic French home cooking in the heart of Miami Beach. Guests can enjoy dining al-fresco on the restaurant's gorgeous patio or inside in the cozy, French-vintage inspired dining room. The menu has an array of delicious French fair with an assortment of seafood, poultry and meat options that speak to any pallet. Compliment your meal with one of La Gloutonnerie's signature cocktails or a glass of wine. But save some room for dessert. Patrons can enjoy a traditional Black Forest Cake or opt for a Warm Apple Tart with vanilla ice cream and salty caramel sauce. Bon appétit! ((305) 503-3811)

8 Le Provencal
For a pleasing midday meal with all-out French flair, this pleasant bistro fits the bill. Meet friends or business associates for the fixed price lunch, which offers three fabulous courses for one reasonable price. The authentic French soups are a specialty, and fresh seafood is frequently featured as a special. Look for the fresh catch prepared with leeks, tomato, and garlic-infused olive oil. Nice wines and a romantic dining room sweep you away to the Champs-Elysees. Business casual attire. (305-448-8984)

7 Provence Grill
This understated, romantic country bistro combines French and Italian cuisines with sublime results. The menu offers a broad range of items, but seafood is the top choice for most patrons. Enjoy homemade pâté, sautéed scallops St. Jacques in creamy champagne sauce, or the always-excellent steak frites. The wine list includes superb French and international varietals. Reservations recommended. (305-531-1600)

6 Gourmet Diner
The name sums up the offerings quite nicely — the atmosphere is pure diner, but the cuisine is pure gourmet. The French favorites are skillfully prepared but low-priced, including classic dishes such as buttery escargot, châteaubriand, loin of lamb in herb crust, and creamy seafood au gratin. At lunchtime, the vinaigrette-topped salads are a customer favorite, and the special listed on the blackboard is sure to please. Whether you're by yourself or with a crowd, you'll enjoy the atmosphere, which recreates a dining car from the 1950s. Excellent wines and desserts like the custard fruit tart make this a first-class dining experience without the high prices. (305-947-2255)

5 Tamara
Experience the color and flavor of the French Riviera at Tamara. The menu takes traditional Mediterranean cooking and applies a decidedly modern spin. Menu highlights include blackened grouper with tagliolini pasta, scallop and salmon dua and croissant chicken pot pie. Soak up the evocative Art Deco-style interior and enjoy a cocktail, particularly during happy hour, when Cosmopolitans are two for the price of one. At the adjoining cabaret bar, the D'Lounge, you'll find plush couches and live music. (305-532-2311)

4 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 stool at the small bar area. While decor may not dazzle, the menu sure will, especially when one factors in such delightful dishes as lobster bisque, crispy sea bass in a red wine reduction, veal rib-eye with endive, and steamed salmon with shrimp and scallops. Of course, desserts at such a place are always in order, and Pascal's clafoutis with fresh, dark cherries is nothing short of divine. Reservations are suggested, especially on the weekends. (305-444-2024)

3 Palme d'Or
Surround yourself in luxury at this upscale French restaurant. First, soak up the glittering ambiance, full of polished crystal, crisp linens and gilt-lined mirrors. Then dive into the rich cuisine, which may include dishes such as lobster fricassee over linguine or chicken stuffed with foie gras. Wonderful wines and impeccable desserts complete this sophisticated yet unpretentious dining experience. Reservations required. (305-913-3201)

2 La Sandwicherie
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 pâté and smoked salmon), cheeses and condiments. If you need a veggie fix, opt for a salad — all are generous, fresh and tasty. Smoothies and frozen yogurt satisfy sweet-tooth urgings, and prices are more than affordable. Expect a line, though, because the place attracts a crowd all day long. (305-532-8934)

1 Michy's
This snug little French-Med charmer on Biscayne is owned by Michelle Bernstein (she formerly headed Azul at the Mandarin Oriental). The space itself sports a certain sense of whimsey — the bold blue and orange hues of the walls, the Capiz-shell chandeliers, the kicky orange banquettes, and the assorted chairs, many of which look like they came from thrift stores or yard sales. The cuisine, meanwhile, reflects Bernstein's rich background, from her classical French training to her affinity for Southern, Latin, Italian and even Asian nuances. As you might expect, the results are simply magical. NB The place sits around 60, so reservations are a must. (305-759-2001)


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The Setai Grill 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: European, French, Steakhouse
Dining Options: Sommelier, Wine Cellar
Neighborhood: South Beach
COST: $$$$
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La Gloutonnerie 10Best List Arrow
Dining Options: Bar Dining, Group Friendly, Take Out, Wine Cellar
Cuisine: European, French, International
Neighborhood: South Beach
COST: $$$
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Le Provencal 10Best List Arrow
Dining Options: Bar / Lounge, Non-Smoking
Cuisine: European, French
Neighborhood: Coral Gables
COST: $$
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Provence Grill 10Best List Arrow
Dining Options: Bar / Lounge, Non-Smoking
Cuisine: European, French, Seafood
COST: $$
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Gourmet Diner 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: European, French
Dining Options: Family Friendly
COST: $$
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Tamara 10Best List Arrow
Dining Options: Bar / Lounge, Non-Smoking
Cuisine: European, French, Fusion, Mediterranean
COST: $$$
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Pascal's on Ponce 10Best List Arrow
Dining Options: Bar / Lounge, Disabled Accessible, Non-Smoking, Parties / Private Rooms, Wine Cellar
Cuisine: Continental, European, French
Neighborhood: Coral Gables
COST: $$$
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Palme d'Or 10Best List Arrow
Dining Options: Bar / Lounge, Disabled Accessible, Live Music, Non-Smoking
Cuisine: European, French
Neighborhood: Coral Gables
COST: $$$$
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La Sandwicherie 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, Deli
Dining Options: Catering, Counter Seating, Delivery, Take Out
COST: $
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Michy's 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: Eclectic, European, French, Mediterranean
Dining Options: Non-Smoking, Sommelier
Neighborhood: Upper East Side
COST: $$