Pied a Terre, opened in 2011, is now the soul and life of the historic Cadet Hotel, a fixture on Miami Beach since early 1942.

The name of the hotel represents the Air Force cadets that were stationed here during training shortly after the attack on Pearl Harbor.

Within our restaurant, we aim to provide an inviting place away from home where diners can relax and enjoy while experiencing a new culinary adventure at every meal.


Dr. Vilma Biaggi

Dr. Vilma Biaggi


Dr. Vilma Biaggi was born in Argentina and has been a resident of Miami Beach since 1983. In 1986 Dr. Biaggi bought and restored the historic Cadet Hotel, the home of Pied à Terre.

There were several reasons why Dr. Biaggi opened Pied à Terre 2011. First – she wanted to provide a beautiful dining experience for her Cadet Hotel guests. Second – she is obsessed with fine food and third, she has a personal issue with gaining weight (due to her love of fine food). Yes, Dr. Biaggi is a foodie.

Before opening up her restaurant, Dr. Biaggi made it a point to travel to France and experience contemporary French cuisine first hand. She appreciated the fresh and delicate flavors of the food, the healthy preparations surprised her, she loved the smaller portions and the way that every dish was beautifully presented. She was thrilled to come back home with no extra weight.

These trips gave her a new relationship with food. Portions did not have to be huge – when the portions are smaller you can taste different menu items without the guilt. She also loved the slower pace of table service, which gave her time for conversation and relaxation.

At Pied  à Terre, Contemporary French style of cuisine is coupled with local tropical flavors, locally sourced fruits and vegetables while keeping true to the elegant tradition of French food. Dr. Biaggi even provides fresh eggs from her own naturally-fed hens.

Patrick Gruest

Born in Paris but raised in Lyon, Mr.Gruest spent much of his childhood surrounded by influential chefs in the “Capital of Gastronomy”.

He began his professional career in banking, working for a few multinational banks before becoming involved in international trade between Europe, Africa, and the Middle East.

Arriving at the U.S under contract in 1990, he decided to extend his stay and combine his passion for Art, Architecture, fine cuisine, and fine wines to open his first restaurant.

The restaurant focused on Food, Wines and Art. In fact in concept and size, it was very similar to Pied a Terre. Well-known figures in Hollywood were his guests. The restaurant got the attention of the Los Angeles Times restaurant critic who later became the critic of the New York Times.

He was lucky to meet Dr. Biaggi in 2011. They shared the same passion and vision of what Pied a Terre would become.

From there, the rest is history



Our Restaurant


What they say

This is truly a wonderful, intimate French restaurant with excellent food and service and a very nice ambience. You cannot go wrong with anything lon the menu and the service is friendly and efficient. A nice change from the 1000 nearby Italian restaurants.


Great food, great wine, civilized setting. A real gem right in the center of South Beach. We highly recommend.


Great menu and amazing food! The staff was super helpful and made great recommendations. Not expensive - especially compared to other south beach restaurants (that aren't as good!). I will go back very soon!


If you are fed up of hipster hamburger joins, college cocktail bars and wine bars where only stinky natural wines are served you will feel at home here!


We really enjoyed our dinner there. The wine selection was great to accompany our meal. The service was appropriate that created a comfortable atmosphere.


Opening Times

Tuesday – Sunday 18.30 – 22:30
Monday  Closed

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