French brasserie Le Zoo by Stephen Starr to open in Bal Harbour Shops

French onion soup photo from Le Diplomate by Jason Varney.
French onion soup photo from Le Diplomate by Jason Varney.

Fresh off this summer’s opening of his Continental restaurant in Miami Beach, Philadelphia-based restaurateur Stephen Starr is pivoting toward his next South Florida project:

Le Zoo, a 200-seat French brasserie, is shooting for a November opening at the Bal Harbour Shops, 9700 Collins Ave. 

It will be Starr’s second restaurant at the luxury mall; his Makoto Japanese restaurant has operated there since 2011. Le Zoo will go into the former La Goulue space. 

Starr is no stranger to French cuisine. His Parc restaurant in Philadelphia’s Rittenhouse Square has been cooking onion soup, steak frites, trout amandine and more to rave reviews since 2008, and he seems to have re-created that magic in Washington, D.C., with Le Diplomate, which opened last year.   

Like with those restaurants, Starr worked with designer Shawn Hausman on the interior of Le Zoo. 

“It’s not the biggest space,” Starr said. “But we want to do something that will get people’s attention from a culinary standpoint as well as the design.”

From a culinary standpoint, look for daily specials; seafood plateaus with fresh lobster, crab, oysters and shrimp; a charcuterie and cheese program; and classic and modern cocktails, wine and Champagne.

Le Zoo will be open for lunch, dinner and weekend brunch.