Where to Dine in Coral Gables

By Jennifer Agress | Jul 31, 2017

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.

Ortanique on the Mile

This little jewel, helmed by award-winning Chef Cindy Hutson, has been a locals' favorite for nearly 20 years. Here's why: excellent food (a fusion of American, Jamaican, Latin and Asian cuisine), caring service, and a top-notch wine collection. The decor at Ortanique on the Mile is upscale Caribbean, and everything from fresh fish to jerk chicken pasta to filet mignon is done to perfection. For dessert, try the bread pudding along with a fragrant cup of Blue Mountain coffee. 278 Miracle Mile, Coral Gables, FL 33134.

Threefold Cafe

Tucked along Giralda Avenue, Coral Gables' bustling restaurant alley, is Threefold Cafe. This cheerfully hip, Aussie-owned eatery offers an all-day breakfast menu of hearty, inspired fare for true breakfast lovers. Bonus: Miami's own Panther Coffee and Zak the Baker bread are served here. Popular menu items include Smashed Avo, Eggs Benedict and Hash Tag (stellar corned beef hash). Add berry waffles, pancakes, imported teas, omelettes and a tasty kids menu and you're in for a delicious start to the day. 141 Giralda Avenue, Coral Gables, FL 33134.

Brasserie Central

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.

Bulla Gastrobar

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.

Swine Southern Table & Bar

Swine is a southern food lover's mecca. This rustic-chic, two-story restaurant on Ponce de Leon Avenue features a popular Sunday brunch, craft beers and cocktails (yes, several with bourbon), and an energetic vibe. It's comes as no surprise that bacon is a star ingredient here. Swine's standouts include pulled pork, Black angus burnt tips, shrimp and grits, fried green tomatoes, mac n cheese and deviled eggs. For dessert, just say "yes" to the Swine Sticky Bun. 2415 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.

Christy’s Restaurant

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.

Caffe Abbracci

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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