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Celebrate Bastille Day At These South Florida Restaurants Offering French Fare

Don your best blue, white and red apparel and get ready to celebrate all that is French. American locals and French citizens alike come together July 14 to celebrate France’s national holiday, Bastille Day.

Similar to America’s Fourth of July, Bastille Day gives French people a chance to show off their national pride. The holiday, named after the famous storming of the Bastille, or French prison, to free citizens who spoke against King Louis XVI, gives everyone here in the U.S. the opportunity to express their love of French culture, and try out delicious cuisine too.

Fort Lauderdale

Photo via Facebook/Thursday's Fort Lauderdale

Anyone can experience the tempting tastes and flavors of France at Thursday’s on Las Olas. For one night only, Thursday’s will feature a small menu honoring the French national holiday with traditional French dishes. For $36, guests can enjoy lobster bisque or salade gourmande as an appetizer. Entrées include dishes like steak marchand de vin, pan fried steak with a decadent wine sauce or branzino de beurre blanc, fish with an emulsified white wine butter sauce. Last but certainly not least is mousse au chocolat for dessert. Dinner will also be accompanied by French music performed live by Michel Chatillon.

1521 E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale; 954.368.4630; thursdaysfortlauderdale.business.site 


Photo courtesy of La CĂ´te

Celebrate Bastille Day in style while overlooking the Atlantic Ocean from the Fontainebleau’s Mediterranean-inspired restaurant La CĂ´te. While enjoying the oceanfront view and the picturesque pool, guests can dance to and enjoy live entertainment including French DJ’s, dancers and musicians. An assortment of drink choices will be available for guests including rosĂ© and Champagne from their rolling Champagne cart. Make sure to check out the featured French-inspired cocktails for the evening, including the refreshing French Press, made with vodka and fresh watermelon juice and the Bastille made with vodka, Prosecco, and passionfruit for sweet and bubbly sips. 

4441 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; 305.674.4710; fontainebleau.com/dining

Boca Raton

Photo via Facebook/Chez Marie French Bistro

Experience authentic Parisian dining at Chez Marie French Bistro with its pre-fixe menu to celebrate the national holiday. For $29.90, guests can enjoy a three-course meal and can sample typical French cuisine, as well as other dishes. Escargots and French onion soup are on the menu for appetizers as well as a house salad. Dine on decadent French entrĂ©es such as duck a l’orange or beef bourguignon, and don’t forget to dig in to the decadent desserts, which include a profiterole au chocolat or crème brĂ»lĂ©e. While dining, guests can also enjoy a live performance by French singer Thierry Khalfa. 

5030 Champion Blvd., Ste. D3, Boca Raton; 561.997.0027; chezmariefrenchbistro.com

Palm Beach 

Photo courtesy of Pistache

Party like you’re in Paris at Pistache this weekend. From July 14 to July 16, Pistache celebrates all that is French to the fullest. To celebrate, guests can dine on traditional French items like escargots de bourgogne to start, and steak frites or bouillabaisse for a savory and satisfying entrĂ©e. For dessert make sure to dig into the signature Pistache crème brĂ»lĂ©e with candied pistachios. These special event menu items will be offered to guests on Friday and Saturday while Champagne and brunch specials will be available Sunday. Live entertainment will also be featured, including strolling performers and the Annie Royer Quartet. 

101 N. Clematis St., West Palm Beach; 561.833.5090; pistachewpb.com