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By: Shayne Benowitz

A day or night in Coral Gables can feel like a trip around the world. Known as the City Beautiful for its wide avenues, Mediterranean Revival architecture and beautifully landscaped parks with majestic fountains, it’s also home to an international array of restaurants. For cuisine spanning the globe, from Mexican to French and Italian to Spanish, here are some of the best dining options in Coral Gables.

Talavera Cocina Mexicana

Inspired by Mexico City’s markets and fine restaurants, Talavera Cocina Mexicana serves fresh, Mexican fare on the scenic Giralda Plaza pedestrian promenade. The restaurant is named for handmade Mexican pottery that dates to the 16th century. You'll find that authenticity is at the heart of the restaurant’s ethos – and its menu. From mole poblano to carne asada, corn masa and chile relleno, there’s a wide variety of flavors to indulge in here. Take a seat at a sidewalk table, and pair your meal with a Margarita on the rocks.

Caffee Abbracci
Satisfy your sweet tooth at Caffee Abbracci

Caffe Abbracci

Opened on Aragon Avenue in 1989 by Italian native Nino Pernetti, Caffe Abbracci is a Coral Gables institution. In fact, dining here feels a bit like a journey back in time. Take a seat in the intimate dining room, or choose a table outside - either spot is a good place to enjoy the restaurant's classic, old-school hospitality. In fact, many of the staff members at Caffe Abbracci have worked at the restaurant since it opened - and their loyalty equates to a consistently excellent dining experience for visitors. On the menu, traditional Italian comfort food with familiar dishes such as beef carpaccio, fettuccine Bolognese and branzino primavera in a white wine sauce topped with seasonal vegetables.

Bulla Gastrobar
Dine tapas-style at Bulla Gastrobar

Bulla Gastrobar

Feel like sharing some delicious small plates with friends? Bulla Gastrobar Coral Gables is a perfect spot. This modern, Spanish tapas-style restaurant with an expansive dining room offers a large central bar and open kitchen for a lively, convivial atmosphere. The menu features cured meats, cheeses, tapas, seasonal specialties and large plates. Go for traditional tapas like chicken croquetas, steamed octopus, patatas bravas, Spanish omelet, codfish fritters and meatballs. 

Brasserie Central

For an authentic brasserie experience, grab a table indoors or outdoors at Brasserie Central at the Shops at Merrick Park. Here, everything is made from scratch using classic French techniques. Enjoy coffee and some sweet treats such as croissants and pain au chocolat. Or, if your hungry for a full French meal, select a wine from the well-curated list to pair with dishes such as oysters, foie gras terrine, escargots de Bourgogne, l'oignon soupe gratinee and steak frites.

The Café at Books & Books

You’re in for a charming affair at the cafe at this legendary independent bookstore. With wrought iron chairs and tables situated in a Spanish-style central courtyard, The Café at Books & Books is the perfect destination for dinner after a hearing an author's book reading, or lunch when you’ve finished browsing the shelves. Chef Allen Susser has designed the menu to highlight local, seasonal ingredients in fresh sandwiches, salads and entrees with plenty of vegan options to choose from.

Threefold Cafe
Enjoy breakfast favorites at Threefold Cafe

Threefold Cafe

For a cozy spot to enjoy breakfast, lunch or a cup of coffee, Threefold Cafe is the perfect choice. The owners work with local purveyors such as Zak the Baker and Panther Coffee to create a local, artisanal dining experience. Whether it’s avocado toast with a poached egg or soft scrambled eggs with goat cheese and fresh herbs, this is the way to get the day off to a fabulous start. The cafe also features sweet items, such as a delicious French toast and walnut and banana bread served with espresso butter. For lunch, the menu offers a variety of sandwiches and salads.

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