Concept    |     Cuisine     |     Meet The Owners

Concept

Upon entering, be transported to a world of European elegance, like stepping into a grand French Villa. The ambiance exuded by Villa Azur is second to none, the setting has something for everyone, from an intimate romantic environment to the ideal venue to keep guests dancing into the night. Yet VILLA AZUR is first and foremost an epicurean experience.  The menu at Villa Azur is designed to be a delicate intermingling of avant-garde mediterranean fare and traditional authenticity.

The unique convergence of romantic design, French modern cuisine, world-class mixology and exclusive musical talent collaborations across numerous genres creates a restaurant and lounge concept that is momentous in scale and ambition.

interior design

Villa Azur enlisted one of the most innovative and cutting edge interior design firm in the country specializing in the entertainment, restaurant and hospitality industries: François Frossard and his FFD team. Villa Azur leads the current new romantic design movement, infusing decadent glamour with whimsy and mystique, pairing contradiction with tradition.

Cuisine

“VILLA AZUR is first and foremost an epicurean experience.”

VILLA AZUR’s signature dishes derive from selecting only the freshest ingredients and flavor characteristics from the south of France, reinterpreted with an international twist. Each dish is carefully prepared with attention given to the even the smallest details. It is by combining classic dishes and techniques with local ingredients and flavors that VILLA AZUR’s cuisine offers innovative menu items. 

The menu at Villa Azur is designed to be a delicate intermingling of avant-garde mediterranean fare and traditional authenticity, which is sure to please even the most refined of palates. With an in-house sommelier on hand to suggest the ideal custom wine pairing, Villa Azur strives to sculpt the perfect meal from start to finish.

 
Villa Azur has received numerous accolades:
 
MIAMI CULINARY TOURS
VILLA AZUR IN ELEGANCE
 
MIAMI NEW TIMES
BEST OF AWARD – VILLA AZUR BEST SERVICE
 

ZAGAT

BEST OUTDOOR IN MIAMI
 
THE MIAMI HERALD
***3 STARS FOR EXQUISITE FRENCH FOOD AT VILLA AZUR
ON SOUTH BEACH
 
 ZAGAT
MIAMI’S HOTTEST MEDITERRANEAN RESTAURANT TO TRY NOW
 
THRILLIST
BEST NEW SEAFOOD IN SOUTH FLORIDA

Executive Chef

CARLOS TORRES 

His aptitude and zest for cooking landed him positions at upscale restaurants in New York City, including Lucy Latin Kitchen and Pipa. A few years later, Torres traveled along the coast and put down roots in Miami. With its wealth of Latin-American influences, Torres’ new home matched his skill set. Douglas Rodriguez, the “Father of Nuevo Latino” and owner of OLA, De Rodriguez Cuba at The Astor, and De Rodriguez Ocean at the Hilton Bentley Hotel became Torres’ mentor. With Rodriguez in his corner, Torres was able to achieve the executive chef title before age 30.

After working at Rodriguez’s signature restaurants and absorbing all the new knowledge he could, Torres’ culinary career boomed like something out of a storybook. He put himself on the map winning the Miami New Times Iron Fork Competition and being named one of the “Next Super Chefs” by Aventura Magazine. He was instrumental in the development of signature dishes at 660 at The Anglers Hotel and BLT Steak, which he later helped rebrand to LT Steak & Seafood. Additionally, Torres assisted Michelin-starred French chef Laurent Tourondel in opening two other restaurants in Miami: The Alley and La Ventanita.

CARLOS TORRES have added Latin flavors and ingredients without losing the Mediterranean and French component that has come to define Villa Azur throughout the years. 

 

Co-owners

Villa Azur  brand is a culmination of a unique partnership of friend backgrounds and experience; Michael Martin, a staple in the Miami nightlife scene infuse his expertise and knowledge of the Miami market while Jean-Philippe Bernard and Paul Breuza bring over 25 years experience in the hospitality industry stemming from the south of France which provide a winning formula for a nightspot with exquisite food, a celebrated beverage program, attentive service and an inviting and tantalizing atmosphere.
After months of conceptualizing and planning, partners opened the doors of  Villa Azur Restaurant and Lounge in March 2012. They wanted the restaurant infused fresh life to the South Beach dining scene, share the South of Europe feeling along with the unique and lively vibe of the Côte d’Azur in a chic, festive, Mediterranean style restaurant, bar & lounge.