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Café Bastille located in the heart of Downtown Miami, delivers nothing but excellence and is a special treat for locals and tourists alike. The homemade French cuisine made fresh daily sets it far apart from the numerous other cafes located in downtown Miami. Café Bastille opened nine years ago and has quiet the reputation for exceptional fresh food. After nine years of business, they decided to enhance the café into a quaint and rustic atmosphere that makes you want to order a cappuccino, open up your book and pause time for a couple hours, escaping the fast paced lifestyle of Miami. This local staple has taken their restaurant to the next level by completely remodeling their café into a new and much improved version. Now, as soon as you walk into Café Bastille, you feel the coziness from the rustic brick walls surrounding you. The hanging light fixtures streamed across the ceiling instantly make you feel as if you are sitting on a street corner in Paris, surrounded by warm lights and French wine, sipping away the stress of your day. The back wall of the restaurant is covered entirely by a glass armoire, displaying hundreds of fine aged wines. The unpolished wood tables and chairs compliment the brick walls, giving the café an intimate, French cottage feel while sending you a warm welcome at the same time.
Café Bastille is a family ran business, giving that extra special quality of care and dedication to their food. Their produce is brought in on a weekly basis from Naples to market and handpicked by Chef Eloise Garcia. She spends time each week carefully selecting the freshest produce, making sure everything is locally grown. Café Bastille is known for their amazing seafood and they are one of the only restaurants in Miami that takes the time to go to market on a weekly basis at 6am to hand pick their produce and fish, making it a top priority to get the best selection for their customers. Eloise selects different fish daily, giving the café a variety of specials each week. The amount of energy and effort that goes in to this kitchen is truly incredible, and it pays off in their reputation for keeping customers eager to come back.
Café Bastille is not your ordinary French bistro where you can expect only traditional French cuisine. The beauty of Café Bastille is all of the different spices and flavors that Chef Eloise infuses into her creations. She says her French food has a Mediterranean flare with hints of Moroccan and Thai flavors added in, giving these dishes a truly unique zest. In addition to Café Bastille’s set menu, Eloise likes to create new specials every single day to give her guest something new to try each time they come in. Her passion is driven by the motto to cook excellent, high quality food that will please her costumers considering their wants and needs on that particular day. For example, if it’s raining outside she likes to serve her guests comfort food like hot soup and a warm toasted sandwich smothered in melted cheese. On the other hand, if it’s a typical scorching hot Miami day she likes to have many salad options with fruit to refresh her costumers.
“Café Bastille is not only a place to go and enjoy a relaxing meal, but a time to get away from the loud streets of Miami, and indulge in a French homemade meal. We value personable and friendly service making sure our customers feel right at home”, says owner Christian Jouault.