Breakfast, lunch, brunch, snacks, dinner or drinks – in Coral Gables, you’ll find everything. From sidewalk cafés under palm-lined boulevards, to historic buildings housing everything from steakhouses to French dining and a taste of Florida in Cuban and American-Caribbean restaurants.
Coral Gables is often described for its architecture and natural beauty, for the beautiful vine covered Spanish style homes and the canopied neighborhoods. But a visit to Coral Gables, whether for golf, the museum, or shopping in Downtown isn’t complete without a stop at one of its restaurants. The ambiance of Coral Gables, chic and comfortable, historic and lovely, is extended to its restaurants. You’ll find a bit of everything in Downtown Coral Gables and the surrounding areas, but generally they’re cozier and warmer than some of the trendier neighborhoods’ upscale dining. Pull up a chair surrounded by regular locals, ask for the waiter’s recommendation and make yourself at home at one of Coral Gables’ many delicious restaurants.
Miracle Mile is the main artery of Downtown Coral Gables. The street is lined with the famed bridal shops, a historic theater and restaurants and bars with everything from light happy hour bites, to unusual fusion. Miracle Mile is a great place to start if you’re interested in doing a bit of bar hopping and culinary sampling of the area.
Cibo Wine Bar’s extensive wine selection makes it a neighborhood favorite. This large brick dining room blends authentic, rustic Italian with nightlife. If there’s a game on, you can look for it on one of the big screens, otherwise, watch as the staff climbs up to retrieve wine from the giant selection. It’s also a great place to people watch, specifically well-groomed professional patrons enjoying the nightly happy hour or lunching. Another Italian favorite is Randazzo’s Little Italy, a restaurant at the entrance to Miracle Mile with red and white checkered table cloths and an old-timey kitchen serving up grandma’s style meatballs and “Southern Italian American immigrant soul food.”
If you’re in the mood for French favorites or feel like experimenting with French fusion head over to the traditional Le Provencal or try the new Mesa Venezuelan-French Cuisine. At Le Provencal you’ll find all your favorite French delicacies, the veal, pate, fish and chicken dishes of Provencal cuisine served with the freshest ingredients around and prepared with classic French culinary technique. Down the street there’s a new kind of French, a fusion that’s perfectly appropriate in multi-cultural Miami; eclectic Venezuelan-French cuisine. This small and new restaurant prides itself on a cozy environment with welcoming service and funky food combinations for brunch, lunch, dinner and dessert.
On a hot summer day there’s nothing better than refreshing sushi from Sushi Maki. Order up a plate of Asian fusion sushi that incorporates the unique flavors of Miami with your favorite rolls and Japanese dishes.
Right next door to the Miracle Theatre is Ortanique on the Mile. It’s a longtime favorite in the neighborhood and the icon of Florida-Caribbean cuisine. This eclectic fusion of American, Caribbean, Latin and Asian cuisine has made an impact on the South Florida culinary scene at large and is certainly a spot worth visiting for the foodie looking to taste where it all started.
A bit further down Miracle Mile, it turns into the busy Coral Way and winds all the way into Downtown Brickell. For a glimpse at Cuban culture, try Hemingway’s Havana favorite – La Bodeguita. Try 25 kinds of mojitos, dance in the outdoor terrace or enjoy a tipico, or typical meal in a lively environment reminiscent of the Havana location it’s modeled after.
Surrounding Downtown Coral Gables
The options don’t end on Miracle Mile. In fact, it’s just a starting place for a whole neighborhood brimming with menus filled with tasty sounding options and chefs whipping up appetizers, main courses, soups, salads and, of course, desserts that are soon to be your favorites.
For a hearty steak dinner featuring fine cuts of your beef and tasty sides like macaroni and cheese and creamed spinach, try Morton’s, Ruth’s Chris Steak House or Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar. They all have great wine lists, top-shelf bars and hand-cut steaks of the highest quality cooked just how you like them. Christy’s Restaurant, another steakhouse in the area, is known for the Caesar salad and fresh Florida seafood just as much as the aged Midwestern beef. For a local steakhouse alternative, consider Rincon Argentino Restaurant, a typical Argentine steakhouse devoted to bringing the flavors of Argentina, known for its fine meats and homemade pastas.
Everybody likes Italian; especially Italian in a historic building with a tree covered courtyard and fountain trickling in the background. Order Osso buco Alla Veneta served on a bed of risotto at La Palma Ristorante and enjoy the romantic but casual terrace. Other Italian options off Miracle Mile include Caffe Abbracci, a classic upscale Italian dining room that feels unchanged over the years and has been serving up the same perfectly prepared Northern Italian dishes for decades. Anacapri On Ponce is another great restaurant and market with simple and elegant Italian food.
Other ethnic favorites like French and Mexican are just a few steps away on Ponce de Leon Boulevard. Pascal’s on Ponce is a very popular choice for Francophile foodies who dream about the lobster bisque and short rib ravioli. Talavera, a Mexican restaurant with a typical “huarache” grill, serves regional favorites from Sonora to Oaxaca and beyond. The Mexican chef at the helm of Talavera has recognizable favorites on this upscale Mexican menu – and you can’t go wrong with the tamarind margarita.
The Biltmore Hotel is a 150-acre tropical landmark in the Gables area. This high-end, historic hotel boasts the finest golf, theater, pool, spa and four decadent dining options. It also houses two bars and a tea lounge for the discerning palate. Eat inside or al fresco, casual or formal at one of the award-winning options: Palme D’ Or, Cascade, Liberty Caffé or Fontana.
If you’re staying in Downtown Gables, Two Sisters Restaurant, the landmark restaurant of the Hyatt Coral Gables, is perfect for an upscale power breakfast or a business luncheon regardless of whether you’re staying at the hotel.
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