By: Jennifer Agress
Taste a variety of local eats in Coral Gables.
From classic American-Italian and French fare, to casual, neighborhood “pubs,” the dining scene in Coral Gables promises a little something for everyone. There are plenty of delicious restaurants that will satisfy almost any craving in Coral Gables. From long-standing restaurants that have been in this historic district for decades, to brand new hotspots led by some of the world’s most talented chefs, the Coral Gables restaurant scene is a hub of tasty eateries, hearty cuisine, family-friendly vibes and date night spots.
Known for its hearty, eccentric dishes, Eating House boasts everything from Cap’n Crunch pancakes and fried free-range chicken with candied bacon and spicy buttermilk, to tater-tots with Coca-Cola ketchup, carbonara eggs benedict and more. For a real treat, head to Eating House for weekend brunch and pair your order with a Tang or Yuzu mimosa. 804 Ponce De Leon Boulevard, Coral Gables, FL 33134.
There’s nothing like authentic French food and Brasserie Central is where Miami locals can go to get it. Helmed by the same names behind Pascal's on Ponce, Brasserie Central serves up dishes made with high-quality imported and local goods like: housemade sausages, pate and charcuterie, artisanal cheeses, a full raw bar, salads, sandwiches, main plates, classic stove-to-table stews, and decadent French desserts. Plus, it offers a three-course weekend brunch, with unlimited mimosas, for just $39. And it’s worth every penny. 320 San Lorenzo Avenue #1205, Coral Gables, FL 33146.
Named for the word that means “to create a stir,” Bulla Gastrobar does just that. The restaurant whips up a creative twist on Spanish tapas like Miami has never had before. If you’re there after work, treat yourself to a “Bullfighter” cocktail. It’s a mix of Bulleit bourbon, Aperol, Dow’s port, lemon juice and cranberry. If you’re staying for dinner, feast on classic tapas such as Tortilla Española or cumin marinated grilled pork, mojo verde and Greek yogurt. Or stick to the restaurant’s signature dishes. Huevos “Bulla,” eggs with homemade potato chips, potato foam and Serrano ham is a particular favorite. 2500 Ponce De Leon Boulevard, Coral Gables, FL 33134.
La Palma Ristorante
Located in an iconic Coral Gables building, one that was first built in 1924, La Palma Ristorante is a picture of romance. Explore the elegant dining room with white linen-draped tables, a wrought-iron, arched entryway and a fairytale-like courtyard with candles and light-strung trees. Serving up classic Italian fare, La Palma Ristorante boasts dishes like ossobuco alla veneta with braised center-cut veal shank on a bed of risotto, with cherry tomatoes and asparagus. Or try the mezze luna tortellini, which is a moon-shaped pasta filled with pumpkin purée and drenched in a butter-sage sauce. A daily buffet is also available for lunch, which features a fresh assortment of salads, soups, pastas, cheeses, and fruits, in addition to its daily special menus. 116 Alhambra Circle, Miami, FL 33134.
Located in the same spot for more than 35 years, Christy’s Restaurant is one of the oldest, most popular steakhouses in Coral Gables and Greater Miami. Their motto is “Famous for Prime Steaks and Fresh Seafood,” and they only serve prime, Midwestern, corn-fed and dry-aged beef. Steaks are rich, flavorful and tender. Start your meal with one of its famous Caesar salads, and then move on to a large entrée (like New York strip, prime rib, porterhouse, filet mignon, thick double lamb chops and more), all of which comes with a classic baked potato and vegetables. Order aside, plan to get there early because Christy’s is always packed. 3101 Ponce De Leon Boulevard, Miami, FL 33134.
One of Coral Gables’ classic restaurants, Caffe Abbracci is a fine Italian eatery that has been attracting high-profile locals and celebrities for decades. Known as much for its cuisine as it is for its people watching, Caffe Abbracci promises an exclusive wine list, pastas like Spaghetti Carbonara with Pancetta and Parmesan cheese, and Orecchiette with broccoli rabe; Branzino "Belvedere" entrées with grained mustard, white wine, lemon zest and Parmesan risotto; and delectable desserts, like creamy berries cheesecake and guava caramel flan. 318 Aragon Avenue, Miami, FL 33134.
The Local Craft Food & Drink
Thought of as a casual Coral Gables neighborhood joint, The Local Craft Food & Drink boasts 18 craft beers on tap, over 20 seasonal beers, a monthly brunch series paired with brews, and of course, an impressive menu of hearty, creative pub-like fare. While there, be sure to order the Hen & Dumplings appetizer. It’s made with pulled hen, buttermilk dumplings, Vidalia onions, Bourbon and Parmesan jus. 150 Giralda Avenue, Coral Gables, FL 33134.
Uvaggio Restaurant & Wine Bar
Helmed by owner Craig DeWald, Uvaggio is an intimate wine bar that has fast become a Coral Gables staple. Choose a glass of white wine from the “Large and In Charge” section of the menu (or for something sweeter, perhaps a glass from the “Missing My Sweety Pie” menu), and pair it with something delicious from the kitchen, like roasted bacon appetizers with Chipotle BBQ and bourbon glaze, sous-vide pork cheeks with tobacco-smoked relish, or the Cinnamon Bun Bread Pudding with maple crème Anglaise. Just ask Craig and he’ll tell you what pairings to order. 70 Miracle Mile, Coral Gables, FL 33134.
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