Villa Mayfair Is Closed Until October

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I noticed the Villa Mayfair was shuttered last night, so I gave the restaurant a call. No answer. The website did provide an answer: "Villa Mayfair is currently closed for the summer. We are looking forward to seeing you again in October."

I'm not suggesting that Mayfair won't re-open, but a restaurant that's been in business for just six months usually doesn't shut down for an entire season. Not only does this temporary closure put a stop to any momentum that may have been gained via word of mouth, advertising, and media dinners, but it also means a rehiring and retraining of staff come October.

Maybe the Mayfair folks will take the time off to retool their concept. The current menu offers a bowl of truffle artichoke soup for $17. A burrata and heirloom tomato salad is $15. Raw bar items start at $22, appetizers begin at $12, red meats run $32 to $38, and seafood dishes, excepting a $61 Dover Sole, are $26 to $34.

I haven't dined on chef Frederic Joulin's Mediterranean fare, so I can't comment on whether high prices are warranted. But Coconut Grove's dining scene hasn't exactly been able to support upscale cuisine of late. And by "upscale," I mean anything more sophisticated than Chili's.

So chef Joulin: Just replace those truffle slivers in the artichoke soup with tortilla strips and you'll be heading in the right direction.

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Timo's at the Villa Mayfair - CLOSED

2901 Florida Ave., Miami, FL

Category: Restaurant

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So sorry to hear. I've gone there several times and have much enjoyed the food -- top quality ingredients, refined preparation and presentation (Joulin is reportedly the only chef with a Michelin pedigree in Miami) and the service was warm and attentive. Plus, they offered a ladies night on Wednesday for $35 that was an excellent value with all of the wine or champagne  you could drink. As you said, it's sad when the best choice in the Grove is George's (fortunately one better than Chili's)


i found out that this place was closed when i tried to make a reservation through and they let the reservation go through - and then we arrived to a shuttered resto.  then i commented on what had happened on's facebook page and they deleted my comment and sent me an "oops" email.  not cool.  

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