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 love. Start a meal with freshly baked bread and an onion soup, green salad, or mushroom tart--all flavorful yet small enough to leave room for what you really came for. Bouillabaisse, steak au poivre, quiche lorraine, croque madame, and trout almondine are among the favorites here, and pair excellently with a nice glass of bubbly from their impressive selection. Of course, if champagne isn't your poison, you can always opt for a glass of red or white, or a handcrafted cocktail from their top-shelf bar. The ambiance leaves nothing to be desired, the service is prompt and professional, and overall, Le Zoo impresses even the harshest of critics.
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 to find some of the very best French cuisine in all of the Magic City. Among the delicacies you'll find at this hidden gem are moules marniere (mussels in white wine), rillettes de canard (potted duck confit), and filet mignon au poivre vert (pan seared beef tenderloin covered in a green peppercorn sauce). Don't forget to round out your evening at this dinner-only bistro with a taste or two of their profiteroles.
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 salmon), cheeses (fresh mozzarella, swiss, brie) and condiments (never skip the cornichons). If you need a veggie fix, opt for a salad, like the French Riviera (lettuce, tomatos, green and hot peppers, black olives, onions, cucumbers, cornichons, carrots, and egg); 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.
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 a casual atmosphere that is perfect for dining with friends, co-workers, or family members. The creative menu features a wide array of great selections, always made from the highest quality ingredients. Be sure to ask your server about daily specials and other notable menu selections. The staff at Le Bouchon Du Grove are friendly and professional and will ensure that your dining experience is a pleasant one.
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.
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 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. Exceptional wines and a romantic dining room sweep you away to the Champs-Elysees. Business casual attire.
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 cuisine, which may include dishes such as lobster fricassee over linguine or chicken stuffed with foie gras. Michelin starred and James Beard "Rising Star" nominee Chef Gregory Pugin prepares his French fare with a modern twist, always using fresh, sustainable, and local ingredients to ensure his dishes go beyond expectations. Wonderful wines and impeccable desserts complete this sophisticated yet unpretentious dining experience. Reservations required.