Villa Azur: French Restaurant Brings South of France to South Beach

By Joana Mangune May 14, 2012, 10:00 AM EDT

Surrounded by palm trees, the 4,000-square-foot courtyard can seat 110 guests.

Photo: Pascal Ollinger

Restaurant and lounge Villa Azur is bringing a piece of the French Riviera to South Beach.

Co-owned by French actor Olivier Martinez, Michael Martin, and Jean-Philippe Bernard, the 6,000-square-foot restaurant’s romantic decor combines contemporary, cream-colored sofas with antique wooden tables, giving the space a contrasting mix of modern and traditional. The restaurant, which opened in March, also features music influenced and spun mainly by DJs from South of France.

The Mediterranean-influenced menu offers dishes such as rigatoni with a morel mushroom sauce, veal filet mignon stuffed with artichokes, seared scallops with leek fondue, and mousse au nutella for dessert. A raw bar serves seafood towers and fresh oysters.

Tucked inside the restaurant’s wine cellar, La Cave d’Azur is a private dining room with more than 190 wines and can seat up to 12 guests. Private events can also be held in the restaurant’s 4,000-square-foot courtyard for 110 seated guests. For buyouts, the entire space can seat 250 and hold 300 for receptions. Villa Azur also caters events outside of the restaurant.

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