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“First rate food, service”
Review of Bagatelle

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Ranked #208 of 1,165 Restaurants in Miami Beach
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: French
Description: Located in South Beach on the corner of 21st and Collins Avenue, Bagatelle Miami Beach offers a redefinement of the French Mediterranean dining experience through an exquisite seasonal menu and a beautifully constructed space with outdoor seating. Designed by Celano Design Studio, Bagatelle Miami Beach embodies bustling Parisian bistro with classic décor, bold artwork and lively music. Bagatelle brings Miami Beach a feeling that it has yet to experience, mirroring that which can only be found in the South of France, until now.
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Description: Located in South Beach on the corner of 21st and Collins Avenue, Bagatelle Miami Beach offers a redefinement of the French Mediterranean dining experience through an exquisite seasonal menu and a beautifully constructed space with outdoor seating. Designed by Celano Design Studio, Bagatelle Miami Beach embodies bustling Parisian bistro with classic décor, bold artwork and lively music. Bagatelle brings Miami Beach a feeling that it has yet to experience, mirroring that which can only be found in the South of France, until now.
Reviewed October 21, 2015 via mobile

I was overwhelmed. The sliders are the best in the city. No kidding. Every table should share the Coquillettes au Jus, Jambon et Emmental. It stole the show--amazingly, as Ludovic Bricks, the GM, informed me that the dish is a family standard in homes back in France.(!)
I will be back with friends.
I really, really enjoyed my time here.

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Reviewed October 20, 2015

Food is excellent and service very professional. Wine list is well balanced but overcharged for classic wines (same bottle in another restaurant)
I recommend the crab salad, the duck and chocolate desert.

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Reviewed October 20, 2015

Why Bagatelle?

We were invited to have dinner at Bagatelle to celebrate the 50th birthday of a former Olympic and several times World Champion.

In view of the number of unflattering reviews posted to different websites about this particular restaurant, we were somewhat surprised that the organizers had chosen Bagatelle for this important event.

Bagatelle Miami Beach

Bagatelle is a contemporary, trendy, stylish Mediterranean inspired restaurant, located at 220 21st Street, Miami Beach, Florida 331399

The restaurant design and layout

The main restaurant, accommodating 144 customers, designed by NYC 'Celano Studio', consists of multiple small dining rooms, that flow into each other. It is well appointed, with beautiful chandeliers, various pop arts, and comfortable seats. The layout of the place creates the restaurant statement.The bar fits well into the concept of Bagatelle, and captures its essence.

Welcome and first impression

On arrival at the restaurant, we were pleasantly taken aback by the warm welcome extended to us by the front desk staff. We were immediately offered champagne, exquisite canapés and other savory tidbits.

The food

As it was a birthday dinner party for quite a few guests, understandably a limited menu had been pre-arranged between the restaurant management and the organizers of this event.

We chose, to start with, a 'Tuna Tartare', followed by 'Gnocchi à la Parisienne', and a 'Filet Mignon sauce Périgueux'; nothing ground breaking. After all, Bagatelle does not pretend to be a temple of French gastronomy! The food was long to come to the table, but warm, thoughtfully executed and, above-all, delectable.

The wines

The house wine, a rosé, chosen for the occasion, was thoroughly forgettable. It did not pair well with the food that we had ordered.

We were asked to taste and comment on 3 wines ordered, and paid for, by some friends at the main party table ( Château Margaux 1999, Château Latour 2004 and Opus One(?)

Our first observation was that these stellar wines were not handled with the high respect due to them. They all should have been properly decanted long before consumption, and served at the 'recommended' temperature. In Miami, in particular, it is a hit-and-miss affair to serve red wins at room temperature.

It is not always easy, upon having consumed many glasses of champagne, to fully appreciate the subtle, attractive well-aged aromas, length and well integrated tannins of such outstanding red wines, The palate, when rapidly subjected to different types of acidity, gets confused. Therefore, it takes time for one's palate to adjust.

The mark-ups on beverages, in Miami restaurants in general and Miami Beach in particular, are stratospheric, and consequently one pays silly prices for wines, especially top rated ones!

Sadly, for these reasons, our comments, about these cardinal wines, were partially critical.

The service

Each member of staff responsible for our table was very attentive to the needs of the guests, and the service, throughout the dinner, was amiably and efficiently assured.

We did not see much of either the Restaurant Manager or 'Maître D'. They were, both 'like bees to flowers', occupied at the main table, where big money was being spent.
Gone has the time when Restaurant managers and 'Maîtres D' were primarily employed to ensure the well-being of their customers. Nowadays, it seems that the sole purpose and presence of these guys are to boost sales.

The clientèle

On the night, it was a chic, nicely well-turned out coterie of diners. It was evident that a number of 'fashionistas' do gather in this Miami hideaway to be seen and indulge in a blend of eclectic dance music.

The music

We were a little apprehensive about the music. It is a well-known fact that, in Michelin starred restaurants, no background music is played. One goes to such restaurants to relish epicurean delicacies, not to be entertained!

However, on this very special occasion, our apprehension was ill-founded. The DJ on duty played some interesting and infectious music. By good fortune, it was not too intrusive, and we did not have to raise our voices to engage in conversation with other guests.

Conclusion

Would we return to the Miami Bagatelle restaurant? The answer is NO, unless invited again.

Although, we thoroughly enjoyed the food, the vibrant ambience of the restaurant, the excitement of the event, we strongly feel that Bagatelle is a place that is wholly committed to a young generation of customers (early 20 to late 40), and whose motto is in line with the restaurant's concept : 'Joie de Vivre'!

Swiss Visitors
October 2015

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2  Thank Gregorypeck186338
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Reviewed October 13, 2015

Categorically one of the greatest Restaurants in Miami, let alone South Beach. Their General Manager Ludovic Bricks and Chef David Allan Russell Jr. really have something great going there. Romantic meets fun meets elegant meets casual meets: a great time assured! Service is impeccable. South Beach is loath in the service category and these folks go out of their way to make your visit comfortable and really provide a WOW experience! Food -- excellent. Beautiful presentations. Always a nice group of people there -- wear jeans or get decked out -- this place becomes a party too later at night. And they're known for their Sunday Brunch -- this is not your Grandfather's Brunch -- it's served a la carte; designed for people who partied the night before and around 2pm when they close the shades and pump up the volume and bring in the entertainment: Waiter -- one more Bloody Mary please! I won't spoil all the surprises but if you're in Miami Beach for a few days: have dinner here and if you're in over the weekend -- go to the Beach in the AM / come for "brunch" at 2pm. And make sure you have a Monday flight out. Or Tuesday. And don't miss Camilla's desserts. Especially the Profiteroles. This is no "Cheap Date" but to quote: "You get what you pay for" -- you won't be disappointed. And NO -- you don't have to mortgage the house to have a great time!

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2  Thank Harold M
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Reviewed October 11, 2015

Went with a group of 3 couples, recommend reservations and make it before 8:00 pm so you can eat dessert right when the party is picking up. Tuna tartar is a must. Drinks are overpriced but hey.. this is Miami. Gets really crowded after 11:00 and pretty ladies in their high 30's. Fashion everywhere.

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2  Thank Barra183
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