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The 11 Essential French Restaurants in Miami

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While many would love to take off to France for a weekend of culinary indulgence, sometimes that’s just not in the cards. Here’s the good news, though — Miami has many French restaurants that can gastronomically transport guests to the cafés of Paris, the countryside vineyards of Normandy, and the seaside bistros of St. Tropez. Here are the best 11 French restaurants in Miami listed in geographical order from north to south.

Editor’s Note: The latest CDC guidance for vaccinated diners during the COVID-19 outbreak is here; dining out still carries risks for unvaccinated diners and workers. Please be aware of changing local rules, and check individual restaurant websites for any additional restrictions such as mask requirements. Find a local vaccination site here.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Le Zoo

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9700 Collins Ave #135
Miami Beach, FL 33154
(305) 602-9663
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This French brasserie from Stephen Starr not only offers a quaint interior seating salon but also al fresco seating in a palm tree-covered patio inside the Bal Harbour Shops. The menu is filled with selections of fruits de mer, fromages, salads, entrees, plats du jour, and desserts. Highlights include the steak tartare du parc, the duck confit, truffle pizza, and the bouillabaisse — all of which can be complimented by the extensive selection of wines.

2. Restaurant Côté Gourmet

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9999 NE 2nd Ave
Miami Shores, FL 33138
(305) 754-9012
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This Miami Shores’ destination for French cuisine has been around for more than twelve years. Boasting candlelit tables with fresh flowers invoking romance and the menu hunger. The house specialties are the pan seared foie gras and apples flambéed with Cognac, and the lamb chops. Make sure to leave room for the signature dessert, mikado; a decadent chocolate layer cake with berries and powdered sugar.

3. La Fresa Francesa

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59 W 3rd St
Hialeah, FL 33010
(786) 717-6886
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Hialeah may be known for its Cuban food, but French eatery La Fresa Francesa is shaking things up. Husband and wife team, Benoit Rablat and Sandy Sanchez, serve up French classics such as the baked fromage with white wine and shallots, French salted butter crepes, and the stand out dish of overnight braised rabbit leg. And for those that stop by on Thursday nights, guests can even enjoy live music with their dinner.

4. Le Jardinier

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151 NE 41st St Suite 135
Miami, FL 33137
(305) 402-9060
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Located in the Miami Design District, Le Jardiner boosts classic French technique to all of its dishes. Patrons can enjoy lunch, dinner, Sunday brunch, and happy hour indoors or in its tropical outdoor area. Menu highlights include spring pea and ricotta agnolottis with wild mushrooms and trio of pea and mint, and the whole lobster with marbled potatoes, fava beans, and coralline bisque. Don’t forget to end the meal with a decadent dessert or cheese plate.

5. LPM Miami

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1300 Brickell Bay Dr
Miami, FL 33131
(305) 403-9133
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This upscale French Mediterranean restaurant — from the team behind Zuma — is the Miami location of London based La Petite Mason. Located on Brickell Bay Drive, patrons can dine indoors or outdoors with scenic view of Biscayne Bay. The extensive menu showcases traditional dishes such as ratatouille et feta, carpaccios, whole and filets of poissons and poulets, and tarts and sorbets for sweet cravings.

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6. Gustave

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366 Miracle Mile
Miami, FL 33134
(305) 640-5675
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Miracle Mile’s newcomer is open for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and weekend brunch every day of the week for those craving French cuisine. Begin with the tomato burrata with olive oil, basil, and Prosciutto followed by the boeuf bourguignon (slow cooked short ribs with bourguignon sauce and mashed potatoes). Make sure to leave room for dessert such as the ile flottante with white meringue floating over vanilla custard and topped with caramel and grilled almonds.

7. Frenchie’s Diner

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2618 Galiano St
Coral Gables, FL 33134
(305) 442-4554
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Off the beaten path in Coral Gables, diners searching for French cuisine in a relaxed atmosphere will be happy to have stumbled upon Frenchie’s. Browse the wall length chalkboard menu with dishes scribbled in colors along or select from smaller boards that are passed around featuring the specials. Enjoy classics such as the croque monsieur, steak and frites, risottos, and vanilla pot du crème for dessert.

8. Pascal's On Ponce

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2611 Ponce De Leon Blvd
Coral Gables, FL 33134
(305) 444-2024
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For nearly nineteen years, Pascal’s has been serving up Coral Gables with authentic and modern French cuisine. Diners can order French fare such as mussels marinière and chicken Paillard or opt for a dinner tasting menu featuring a twice baked, upside down gruyere cheese soufflé, diver scallops, lamb rack, and chocolate soufflé.

9. Palme d'Or

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1200 Anastasia Ave
Coral Gables, FL 33134
(305) 913-3200
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The Biltmore Hotel’s resident French restaurant offers a menu full of options including the chef’s tasting and six course menus both available with wine pairings. Some of the highlights are the l’es escargots de Bourgogne appetizer, Japanese kobe beef tenderloin A5+ entrée, and la forêt noire dessert with chocolate cake and mascarpone mousse.

10. Le Bouchon

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3430 Main Hwy
Miami, FL 33133
(305) 448-6060
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Coconut Grove’s Le Bouchon is a homey restaurant offering diners a taste of cuisine reminiscent of Lyon, France. On the menu guests will find French red wine beef stew made with veal cheeks over fettuccine pasta, chicken fricassee served with a porcini mushroom risotto, and a warm caramelized apple pie tarte tartin that is worth the calories.

11. Cafe Pastis

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5312, 7310 SW 57th Ave
South Miami, FL 33143
(305) 665-3322

For more than nine years this cozy restaurant has been serving up French fare in South Miami. Try the quiche or soup du jour along with the spinach salad with Roquefort cheese and caramelized pear, or the escargot that requires the crusty bread to soak up all the butter. For heartier appetites, order any of the entrees and end with the creme brûlée that’s big enough for two.

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1. Le Zoo

9700 Collins Ave #135, Miami Beach, FL 33154

This French brasserie from Stephen Starr not only offers a quaint interior seating salon but also al fresco seating in a palm tree-covered patio inside the Bal Harbour Shops. The menu is filled with selections of fruits de mer, fromages, salads, entrees, plats du jour, and desserts. Highlights include the steak tartare du parc, the duck confit, truffle pizza, and the bouillabaisse — all of which can be complimented by the extensive selection of wines.

9700 Collins Ave #135
Miami Beach, FL 33154

2. Restaurant Côté Gourmet

9999 NE 2nd Ave, Miami Shores, FL 33138

This Miami Shores’ destination for French cuisine has been around for more than twelve years. Boasting candlelit tables with fresh flowers invoking romance and the menu hunger. The house specialties are the pan seared foie gras and apples flambéed with Cognac, and the lamb chops. Make sure to leave room for the signature dessert, mikado; a decadent chocolate layer cake with berries and powdered sugar.

9999 NE 2nd Ave
Miami Shores, FL 33138

3. La Fresa Francesa

59 W 3rd St, Hialeah, FL 33010

Hialeah may be known for its Cuban food, but French eatery La Fresa Francesa is shaking things up. Husband and wife team, Benoit Rablat and Sandy Sanchez, serve up French classics such as the baked fromage with white wine and shallots, French salted butter crepes, and the stand out dish of overnight braised rabbit leg. And for those that stop by on Thursday nights, guests can even enjoy live music with their dinner.

59 W 3rd St
Hialeah, FL 33010

4. Le Jardinier

151 NE 41st St Suite 135, Miami, FL 33137

Located in the Miami Design District, Le Jardiner boosts classic French technique to all of its dishes. Patrons can enjoy lunch, dinner, Sunday brunch, and happy hour indoors or in its tropical outdoor area. Menu highlights include spring pea and ricotta agnolottis with wild mushrooms and trio of pea and mint, and the whole lobster with marbled potatoes, fava beans, and coralline bisque. Don’t forget to end the meal with a decadent dessert or cheese plate.

151 NE 41st St Suite 135
Miami, FL 33137

5. LPM Miami

1300 Brickell Bay Dr, Miami, FL 33131
Interior of La Petite Maison
La Petite Maison/Official Press Photo

This upscale French Mediterranean restaurant — from the team behind Zuma — is the Miami location of London based La Petite Mason. Located on Brickell Bay Drive, patrons can dine indoors or outdoors with scenic view of Biscayne Bay. The extensive menu showcases traditional dishes such as ratatouille et feta, carpaccios, whole and filets of poissons and poulets, and tarts and sorbets for sweet cravings.

1300 Brickell Bay Dr
Miami, FL 33131

6. Gustave

366 Miracle Mile, Miami, FL 33134

Miracle Mile’s newcomer is open for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and weekend brunch every day of the week for those craving French cuisine. Begin with the tomato burrata with olive oil, basil, and Prosciutto followed by the boeuf bourguignon (slow cooked short ribs with bourguignon sauce and mashed potatoes). Make sure to leave room for dessert such as the ile flottante with white meringue floating over vanilla custard and topped with caramel and grilled almonds.

366 Miracle Mile
Miami, FL 33134

7. Frenchie’s Diner

2618 Galiano St, Coral Gables, FL 33134

Off the beaten path in Coral Gables, diners searching for French cuisine in a relaxed atmosphere will be happy to have stumbled upon Frenchie’s. Browse the wall length chalkboard menu with dishes scribbled in colors along or select from smaller boards that are passed around featuring the specials. Enjoy classics such as the croque monsieur, steak and frites, risottos, and vanilla pot du crème for dessert.

2618 Galiano St
Coral Gables, FL 33134

8. Pascal's On Ponce

2611 Ponce De Leon Blvd, Coral Gables, FL 33134

For nearly nineteen years, Pascal’s has been serving up Coral Gables with authentic and modern French cuisine. Diners can order French fare such as mussels marinière and chicken Paillard or opt for a dinner tasting menu featuring a twice baked, upside down gruyere cheese soufflé, diver scallops, lamb rack, and chocolate soufflé.

2611 Ponce De Leon Blvd
Coral Gables, FL 33134

9. Palme d'Or

1200 Anastasia Ave, Coral Gables, FL 33134

The Biltmore Hotel’s resident French restaurant offers a menu full of options including the chef’s tasting and six course menus both available with wine pairings. Some of the highlights are the l’es escargots de Bourgogne appetizer, Japanese kobe beef tenderloin A5+ entrée, and la forêt noire dessert with chocolate cake and mascarpone mousse.

1200 Anastasia Ave
Coral Gables, FL 33134

10. Le Bouchon

3430 Main Hwy, Miami, FL 33133

Coconut Grove’s Le Bouchon is a homey restaurant offering diners a taste of cuisine reminiscent of Lyon, France. On the menu guests will find French red wine beef stew made with veal cheeks over fettuccine pasta, chicken fricassee served with a porcini mushroom risotto, and a warm caramelized apple pie tarte tartin that is worth the calories.

3430 Main Hwy
Miami, FL 33133

11. Cafe Pastis

5312, 7310 SW 57th Ave, South Miami, FL 33143

For more than nine years this cozy restaurant has been serving up French fare in South Miami. Try the quiche or soup du jour along with the spinach salad with Roquefort cheese and caramelized pear, or the escargot that requires the crusty bread to soak up all the butter. For heartier appetites, order any of the entrees and end with the creme brûlée that’s big enough for two.

5312, 7310 SW 57th Ave
South Miami, FL 33143

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