Coral Gables’ restaurant scene has had a resurgence of sorts over the past few years. While chain steakhouses and old-school eateries used to dominate the neighborhood, a slew of new restaurants have popped up offering different types of flavors, techniques, and exciting cuisines that the neighborhood has never seen before. Here are 15 restaurants to check out in Coral Gables right now.Read More
15 Superb Coral Gables Restaurants
Where to dine in the City Beautiful.
Lion & The Rambler
What originally started out as a tasting-menu-only restaurant has quickly transformed into a relaxed, California-inspired outpost with an a la carte menu and Miami influences. Taking over the former Eating House space is Coral Gables, the creative cuisine by chef and owner Michael Bolen showcases familiar dishes with hard-to-find products like steak tartare with green blueberry capers; grilled maitake mushrooms with escargot butter; and koji-aged New York Strip with green peas.
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Make every day Taco Tuesday with Caja Caliente. Not only does it serve up its eclectic Cuban tacos filled with everything from chicken to gator, it also offers croquetas, bowls, quesadillas, and empanadas. And for those looking to get their brunch fix, every weekend it serves up its menu with offerings like Cuban coffee-soaked French toast, guava pancakes, and more.
MKT Kitchen/QP Tapas
This Coral Gables cafe and market offers everything from decadent pastries, classic breakfast options, a variety of sandwiches, entrees, family meals, and even stone crabs (when in season). Plus, guests can pick up a bottle of wine and dry goods from its onsite marketplace. Every Friday and Saturday night, the space transforms into a buzzy pop-up dubbed QP Tapas serving creative Izakaya-style Spanish tapas.
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While many flock to Bachour for its artistic dessert creations, the food menu is quite popular, too. Highlights include a croissant French toast, chicken curry tartine with frisee, and steak and frites featuring a 45-day aged New York strip loin.
The only Aussie restaurant in town, Threefold Cafe is the spot in the Gables for a casual breakfast, serving Panther Coffee and Zak the Baker bread. Plus, it has an all-day breakfast menu of fun (hearty) plates like “Big Bad Aussie,” “Hash Tag This,” and “Toasted Like A Tourist.”
After becoming a runaway favorite during the COVID-19 shutdown through social media, “Asian-ish” restaurant Zitz Sum opened a permanent outpost in Coral Gables. Diners can feast on dishes like cucumber salad, charred cabbage, grilled pork chops, and wagyu — but don’t worry, the dumplings also make the menu. To wash the bites back, guests can sip on a large selection of natural wines, sake, and beer.
Talavera Cocina Mexicana
This traditional Mexican restaurant has been a cornerstone of Giralda for nearly a decade, making a name for itself with hearty Mexican fare, a variety of boozy tequila cocktails, and a welcoming atmosphere that’s perfect for a romantic date night or a casual dinner with friends.
This chic Mediterranean restaurant serves up elevated versions of classics like manti filled with spiced lamb, pides topped with shrimp or mushrooms, wagyu strip, and braised goat. For those who really want to explore what the restaurant has to offer, opt for the tasting menu, which frequently rotates, offering seven courses paired with wine that take guests on a taste of the region.
Rooftop dining and Coral Gables doesn’t typically go hand-in-hand, but Cebada Rooftop is looking to change that with its rooftop dining options. Sip on cheekily named cocktails while dining on a wide selection of raw bar dishes, including $2 oysters at happy hour and shareable dishes like lobster rolls, bone marrow, crispy corn ribs, and sausage rolls housed in medianoche buns topped with caviar.
While the now-shuttered Eating House, which closed after a decade-long run in 2021, put chef Giorgio Rapicavoli on the culinary map — Luca Osteria is what solidified his place in Miami’s food scene for years to come. While the restaurant offers considerably more refined dishes from Rapicavoli, highlighting his Italian roots, guests can still find the irreverence and humor that made Eating House such a hit sprinkled throughout the menu. It features Italian classics updated with modern techniques and flavors on pedestrian-friendly Giralda Avenue. Think items like pappardelle with beef short rib bolognese, wagyu beef carpaccio, and bluefin tuna Caprese, alongside spruced-up versions of Italian-influenced cocktails.
Graziano's in the Gables
This carnivore’s destination features a huge variety of cuts of grilled meat to choose from with a wide array of sides, as well as paninis, burgers, chicken, fish, pastas, and Argentine street food. Compliment the meal with a bottle of wine from the impression selection available without a corkage fee.
This longstanding Italian restaurant is a staple in the Coral Gables neighborhood. Serving up crowd-favorite dishes like beef carpaccio, lobster ravioli, veal chops, and branzino daily to a faithful clientele.
The wine pros at Key Biscayne’s Vinya Market have debuted their latest restaurant: Vinya Table in Coral Gables. Inspired by the greenery found throughout Coral Gables, the 152-seat restaurant has an American menu and an extensive by-the-glass wine program. Guests can dine on dishes like Pernod mussels, Manchego and truffle risotto, 42-ounce Tomahawk, and guava flan, while sipping on a wide array of wines from rare and collectible wines.
A casual Spanish spot that has been a longtime pillar in the Coral Gables neighborhood boasts high-top tables, tasty sangria, and hearty tapas like suckling pig hash, veal and pork burgers, and oxtail flatbread.
Coral Gables’ resident steakhouse has been in business since 1978. The restaurant got a revamp and new ownership in recent years, but guests can still enjoy a classic Christy’s experience they’ve known for decades. Kick the meal off with one of the best Caesar salads in Miami, before ordering a well-executed steak, and then end with the table side flambeed Baked Alaska. A martini or a vintage red from its expansive list complete the experience.