A highly anticipated player in the ever evolving culinary scene of Miami has opened its doors this past September. Marion is a grand café, market, bakery, and oyster bar inspired by the simple elegance of European culinary life and design. Blending flavors from countries and cultures all around the Mediterranean, Marion strikes an epicurean love affair with Miami’s finest gourmands.
Offering a truly unique experience for all diners, executive chef Jean Paul Lourdes brings an impressive culinary pedigree, having worked at three-star Michelin restaurants in Paris, Tokyo, London, and Hong Kong.
Now, Marion is a neighborhood meeting place, transporting visitors to a land of intoxicating aromas and artisanal delights from the moment they set foot on the mixed mosaic of broken marble and terrazzo floor. By fusing tradition with modernity, in both cuisine and design, Marion’s twist on the time-honored European café culture offers locals a concept never before
experienced whether they choose to dine at the restaurant or grab-and-go.
Coming off the renowned success of Bâoli Miami, owners Mathieu Massa, and Michael Ridard, are ready to merge another foreign culinary experience with the vibrancy of Miami. Delightful dinner dishes include light Watermelon gazpacho and Mediterranean fish flown in from the Spanish coast, cooked over ancient Japanese charcoal. Milk-fed veal served with oregano, spouting broccoli and clementine; grilled quail served with orange glaze; raw seafood platters including lobster, shrimp, clams, mussels and crab legs; and lovely sweets like lemon and olive oil madeleines, Italian meringues and sugar & spice doughnuts.
Designed by the renowned New York interior designer Robert McKinley, designer of leading New York locales including Sant Ambroeus, GoldBar, and The Surf Lodge, Marion boasts a 45-foot line of grills, rotisserie, raw bar, charcuterie, and a baking station with house-made breads and desserts.
Strumming off of the classic and flirty Parisian elements of femininity, Marion’s walls are draped in whites, creams and pale pinks, with imported French lace curtains, vintage cream enamel and brass sconces adding a 1850s touch. The breezy Mediterranean ambiance is completed with quintessential brasserie furniture from Ducker, a manufacturer outfitting restaurants all over Paris since 1885. The design places the right amount of emphasis on Miami’s tropical atmosphere while drawing from stylistically Mediterranean appearances.
Photography by Nicole Franzen