Miami's connection to Latin America is so strong that locals joke that the city is actually Northeast Havana! Latin America is so tightly woven into the city that its culinary options tend to reflect that, but Miami is also the ultimate melting pot. And the stew this melting pot is made up of includes influences from all over the world. the world. For example, few people realize there is a thriving French cuisine scene in the city, and if you didn't realize it, then you definitely need to check out Miami's best French restaurants.

Bagatelle Miami Beach

Most of us associate French dining with fine dining, which makes this chic South Beach hot spot the ideal place to start. Bagatelle offers a posh ambiance with a menu to match. From boards filled with cured meats to sirloin burgers, everything here is magnifique

Pascal's on Ponce opened its doors in 2000 and has remained a Coral Gables fixture ever since. Named for its founder Chef Pascal Oudin, this French restaurant offers authentic Parisian cuisine that will make you feel like you're a stone's throw from the Eiffel Tower. 

Frenchie's Diner

Frenchie's concept is one of those ideas so that seems so obvious you wish you had thought of it. Americans love diners, and South Florida loves trendy foreign food, so what could be better than bringing both those things together in Coral Gables? Not much we can think of. So why not try this new diner spin at one Miami's best French restaurants?

Le Bouchon du Grove

You're probably noticing a trend here: Coconut Grove and Coral Gables are the neighborhoods to visit if you've got a craving for some French fixings. And Le Bouchon du Grove is as good as any of the options these neighboring towns have to offer. This fine French restaurant offers of favorites like red-wine beef stew and duck leg confit at reasonable prices.

db Bistro Moderne

This spot is best described as a French-American fusion. DB Bistro Moderne serves up French classics with modern American twists and flavors. For example, their Original DB Burger satisfies your love of an American classic while still branching out enough to feel like you're sampling something new. 

Cafe Bastille

Named for arguably the most popular French holiday, Cafe Bastille does not disappoint when it comes to offering what feels like an authentic French experience from the art to the music to the cuisine. While you're sure to love dinner, brunch is this restaurant's true highlight. Enjoy everything from cappucinos to French pastries, but we do recommend trying the Bastille Burger if you happen to swing by for lunch. 

Brickell is an oasis of dining and culture, and Marion contributes to that status. Stepping into Marion feels like stepping into an actual French bistro without the pricey flight. Marion features an open kitchen where they whip up a variety of delicacies, and be sure to save some room for dessert because that's the highlight of their scrumptious menu. 

Palm D'Or French Restaurant

We said earlier that most people associate French dining with fine dining. Located within the Biltmore Hotel Miami Coral Gables, no restaurant embodies fine dining quite like Palme d'Or. Seriously, this place is chic, so be prepared to spend a bit at this French restaurant. That said, it's well worth the price whether you order from its prix-fixe menu or its extensive list of entrees.

Miami's best French restaurants aren't as obvious as its Latin and various Caribbean options, but they're certainly worth trying, especially if you've never tasted the cuisine before.

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