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“Mediocre food, overpriced, into disco mutated eatery”

Villa Azur Restaurant & Lounge
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Ranked #152 of 1,103 Restaurants in Miami Beach
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$50 - US$50
Cuisines: French
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Dining options: Dinner, After-hours, Breakfast, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Dining
Description: Villa Azur has been described as the premier gastronomic experience of South Beach, inviting diners to succumb to elegance and gourmet cuisine at its finest. It features a 7,200 square foot dining room, adorned with the glamour and spark of the Riviera. Its white French doors and chandeliers welcome guests to the lounge and main dining area, which is crowned by a whimsical, open-aired courtyard, marked by plush tufted white leather couches and lush natural foliage. This exquisite backdrop sets the tone for a charming dining experience. Executive Chef Erwin Mallet’s inspired South of France menu complimented with Italian accents stems from the freshest ingredients and flavors combined with an international and contemporary twist from South Beach. Along with a resident in-house sommelier, Villa Azur’s menu creates the perfect blend of flavors bound to please every gourmand’s palate. Villa Azur strives to sculpt the perfect meal from start to finish. FORBES TRAVEL GUIDE ROMANTIC MIAMI RESTAURANT WE LOVE - 2015 ZAGAT BEST DECOR IN MIAMI - 2015 MIAMI CULINARY TOURS VILLA AZUR IN ELLEGANCE - 2015 ZAGAT BEST OUTDOOR IN MIAMI - 2015 ZAGAT MIAMI'S HOTTEST MEDITERRANEAN RESTAURANT TO TRY NOW - 2014 THRILLIST BEST NEW SEAFOOD IN SOUTH FLORIDA - 2014 THE NEW YORK TIMES SOUTH BEACH, NOW AND FOREVER. VILLA AZUR, A CHIC DINING SPOT - 2014 MIAMI NEW TIMES BEST OF AWARD - VILLA AZUR BEST SERVICE2014 THE MIAMI HERALD ***3 STARS FOR EXQUISITE FRENCH FOOD AT VILLA AZUR ON SOUTH BEACH - 2013
Reviewed 13 January 2014

the interior outfit is a question of taste. the 'background music' is so loud that you have to scream and shout to communicate. To talk across the table is impossible. So if you have to host a dinner and don't want to talk to your guests this is the place to go. And please, don't go there if you are hungry. Most of the portions are tiny and overpriced and the food mediocre. The 'crispy' Octopus starter @ $ 26 was served overcooked, not crispy at all and tasted like food served on a bus station; the 'Artichokes Salad' an undefinable stodge. The Bellini was served with what I guess was a second class sparkling wine mixed with some syrup. The Branzino portion @ $ 42,50 must have been a baby Branzino - so small that it almost fit single fork size. As it was impossible to lead a conversation even when screaming as the music was as loud as in a night club, we complained with management. The manager elegantly talking with a French accent informed that this is the concept of the establishment. In spite of the fact that several tables in some other corners where the music seemed to blast at some lower volume, he refused our request to offer us a table in some more silent corner. I assume it was meant to be funny that at some stage of our complaint the volume was taken down a bit to only be put to an even higher level 3 minutes later. If your hearing is bad or you are happy to have an excuse to avoid to talk to your table peer and/or you don't mind the quality of food neither hefty bills, this is the place to go. Knowing the Cote d'Azur reasonably well, in my opinion the name of the place is an insult to the French and is in line with the present ratings of unlucky French President Hollande.

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Reviewed 1 January 2014

We were tired from a big night of New Years Eve partying the night before, but it was our first anniversary and and we couldn't stay home. We live in Miami and frequently eat out. so i was looking for something different for this special night.
Villa Azur is a restaurant that gets a lot of press, we have not eaten there , but thought it may be something interesting to try.I read a number of reviews , both good and bad. I was skeptical about it, was anticipating a beautiful restaurant with ok food and service but decided to try it..
We went relatively early, 8pm , and and although the restaurant only had a few occupied tables, we could not find a table that was to our liking and had decided to leave. The waiter, Daniel, jumped in , came the rescue, and worked out something suitable. We decided to stay {owners take note , don't lose him}.
As i said, we had a big NYE night and we were doing this because we would be ashamed to tell our friends that we stayed home on our anniversary to recoup from the night before. This equates to saying we would not be hungry to eat or drink, nor easy to please. Daniel was a great waiter, although the restaurant did get busy while we were there,he gave his his full attention. We were pleasantly surprised with the food,it was excellent.
I was right on the first count, it is a beautiful restaurant, on the second and third, i needed to be corrected, great service and great food--they shall definitely see us again, and i shall recommend to
our friends. And incidentally, my wife, who is a local docent tour guide, shall do the same.
PS--and think u almost lost us because u couldn't work out a suitable table.It would have been a loss for both of us.

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Reviewed 31 December 2013

Great atmosphere, excellent food, good music. It is pricy but all together it was very good experience.

Thank Vagner F
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Reviewed 28 December 2013

Food was ok as the service. Nice decoration and a good wine selection.
Is a good restaurant if you feel to pay more for a normal food in a really nice place that's it.
If you feeling to have a drink in the patio late at night, you will see rats running and having a nice buffet, not kidding, rats just having dinner for free in the same place you already payed at least 100$. Lucky fellas. You don't believe me?? Go there to enjoy the decoration and wait in the patio until the place starts to get empty, relax and enjoy the rats party!!

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1  Thank Roberto R
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Reviewed 22 December 2013

Beautiful amazing garden & atmosphere
Amazing Bar scene , fine Dining , Great Manager and Hostess
Mr&Mrs Jean Phillippe Bernard both formally Nikky Beach St-Barth & St-Tropez

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Thank Bebe1955
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