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Coral Gables Restaurant Week 2013

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Over 30 restaurants are participating in this year’s event

This year's event will be three weeks long.

With the Heat in the NBA finals and Restaurant Week right around the corner, Miami definitely has a busy week ahead.

According to the press release, over 40 different restaurants including seven newcomers will be participating in Coral Gable’s 6th Annual Restaurant Week, with a detailed schedule of events to supplement. Despite the title, the special deals will last three weeks from June 10th-30th.

Well-known restaurants such as Sushi Maki and Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse are on the roster, featuring specialty, three course, pre-fixe menus for both lunch and dinner at their Coral Gables’ locations. New menu items will be on display as well as favorites from last year’s event.

Events will be taking place in the pedestrian area of downtown Coral Gables and Miracle Mile. Patrons can expect events such as the signature Kick-Off Event at the Westin Colonnade Hotel, along with cooking classes, food and wine pairings, and an entire night dedicated to enchiladas.


  • Hours: Tue-Thu: 11:30am-10pm, Fri-Sat: 6:00am-11pm, Sun 12pm-10pm
  • Price: $
  • Features: Wheelchair accessible, Delivery, Kid Friendly, Takeout
  • Serving: Lunch, Dinner
  • Alcohol: Beer/Wine
  • Extra Services: Private Group Dining
  • Parking: Valet
  • Reservations: Reservations Accepted, Online Reservations Available

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The Top Restaurants in Coral Gables

Coral Gables is a movable feast, a veritable mecca of fine dining. It has the highest density of quality restaurants for any city in South Florida – close to 100 good dining establishments. The restaurants do cluster near the main street of Miracle Mile, but are also spread throughout the Gables. This is not the sort of town where one wanders about in large shopping malls, but nonetheless there are some hidden gems to be found there and even in out-of-the way strip malls.

Dining hours in the Gables stretch from the early evening – when it is common to see people at restaurants close to where they work – until late at night, when it’s not unusual go to a restaurant at 10 p.m. and the place packed, even with children.

Many of the restaurants in Coral Gables are world-class. But the culinary scene is also changing. Where once the top-flight, traditional dining spots catered to lawyers, bankers, businessmen and diplomats, there is a new crop of edgier places, with young chefs and new tastes, catering to a younger clientele.

What follows is our list of the tried and true, and the innovative and new. We dine at all locations anonymously, and we list only the places where we love to eat.

Prices are per person for appetizer and entrée, no tax, tip or drinks. Prices are approximate

AMERICAN
Bachour

World-renowned pastry chef Antonio Bachour opened his new bakery and restaurant back in Feb. 2019. The menu, on top of rows of fresh and decadent pastries, features eggs benedict, croissant French toast, guava and cheese pancakes, sandwiches and salads. 2020 Salzedo St. 305.203.0552. $ – $ Contemporary American

California Pizza Kitchen

A local favorite, the home of “California-style” pizza, this national chain that started in Beverly Hills is both casual and polished, with a truly inventive array of non-traditional pizzas. Things like cauliflower crust, spicy chipotle chicken, carne asada. And then there are the patrons who come only for the butter cake, which they consider one of the best things on earth. 300 Miracle Mile 305.774.9940. $ Pizza/American

Clutch Burger

Not your average burger. Most of the burgers hover around $20 because they’re made with quality Wagyu beef. They also specialize in fine wines and craft beers brewed here in Miami. 146 Giralda Ave. 305.400.8242. $ Burgers

Copper 29

Mostly known for its happy hour, the Miracle Mile also has a wide range of food options. We especially love the BBQ Chicken Flatbread and Pork Sliders. They also serve bottomless brunch all weekend that includes mimosas, wine, mojitos, Bloody Mary’s and champagne. 206 Miracle Mile 786.580.4689. $ American

Doc B’s

Offering a no-veto vote menu, meaning there’s something for everyone, Doc B’s Restaurant + Bar serves craveable American fare with dishes that are made from scratch daily, incorporating the highest quality ingredients. Offering brunch, lunch, dinner and happy hour, signature dishes include the Wok Out Bowls™, The Wedge Burger, and “Hot” Chicken. 301 Miracle Mile 786.864.1220. $ American

Eating House

Groovy place with inventive ever-changing menu, with dishes like nutmeg risotto, pumpkin tiradito, and fried Brussels sprouts. Dynamite free-range fried chicken. Simple artsy décor but superb food, excellent presentation, great value. 804 Ponce de Leon Blvd. 305.448.6524. $ Innovative American

Hillstone

Situated at the corner of Ponce de Leon and Miracle Mile, Hillstone has been a longtime staple in the Gables. Known for their steaks, like the Hawaiian, which is made with a pineapple-soy-ginger marinade. Though an American restaurant, they also have a great sushi bar and offer a dozen of fresh rolls. 201 Miracle Mile 305.529.0141 $$ American

House Kitchen & Bar

On the corner of Ponce and Aragon, right next to the Colonnades, House is open for lunch, dinner, happy hour and brunch. They even have a happy hour solely for oysters, weekdays from 3 – 4 p.m. We recommend sitting outside on their gorgeous and covered patio. 180 Aragon Ave. 786.482.5599 $ – $$ American

Seasons 52

The restaurant for healthy eaters who enjoy quality as well. The menu, changing four times a year with each season, is always full of inventive treatments for fresh veggies, soups and salads. Their fish and meat dishes are great values, and the flatbread menu is really a nice touch. It’s a chain, but we forgive them. 321 Miracle Mile 305.442.8552. $ Healthy American

Shula’s 347 Grill

If it’s beef you are after but want to avoid the formality of a high-end steak house, Shula’s is perfect for you. Good service and pleasant décor – including lots of photos of the coach – make this a go-to place for professionals in the area. Great use of cheeses – boursin in their mac & cheese, and gorgonzola in their cream spinach. Best Specialty Burger says Coral Gables magazine. 6915 Red Rd. 305.665.9661. $$ Steak and seafood

Tap 42

Winner of Best Overall Burger by Coral Gables magazine, Tap 42 is big, noisy and fun, with a huge island bar and lots of booths. Reliably good ribs, steaks and burgers, plus shines in the sides (roasted Brussels sprouts with maple mustard, truffle mac & cheese with parmesan crust). Nice random Asian dishes (grilled salmon Zen bowl, Asian cole slaw). 301 Giralda Ave. 786.391.1566. $-$$ American Pub

The Local Craft Food & Drink

One of the best places in Coral Gables to enjoy locally sourced food, hence the name. Chef Juan Bedoya wants to create a pub feeling with comfort food. We’re obsessed with the fried chicken, which served on a short stack of cheddar cheese pancakes with bourbon maple syrup. The flavor is enhanced by watermelon jelly on the side for a sweet, spicy bite. 150 Giralda Ave. 305.648.5687 $ American

Yard House

A cavernous space with huge screens for sports fans, oversized paintings, classic rock in the background and large booths, all making for a comfortable space in which to pick and choose from an immense and reliable menu of American classics with Asian dishes interspersed. Literally something for everyone. 320 San Lorenzo Ave. 305.447.9273. $ American and more

ASIAN
Ichimi

This off-Mile eatery has developed a cult following, with diners content to wait and stand and stare, just for the opportunity to eat Ichimi’s Japanese noodles and rice bowls. And the wait is worth it. Delicious, rich and faraway flavors in dishes you can’t find just anywhere, in a raw, cool space.
2330 Salzedo St. 305.960.7016. $-$ Japanese

Izakaya

Located across the street from the Colonnade building, this tiny, bustling Japanese restaurant serves a great bento box – along with an impressive array of daily specials that are posted on the wall in chalk. Super popular lunch spot, for good reason. 159 Aragon Ave. 305.445.2584. $ Japanese

Kao Sushi & Grill

A fresh and interesting take on Sushi as it is blended with the flavors of Peru. Steamed gyoza dumplings with chorizo? Tuna tataki with traditional Peruvian sauce? Cooked white rice over chipotle seasoned furikake? Yes, to all three. They also do some interesting things with steak, since the creators
of the Sushi Club come from Buenos Aires. Outdoor seating on the Mile.
127 Miracle Mile 786.864.1212. $ Peruvian Japanese

Malakor Thai Issan

This new eatery on Miracle Mile prides itself on delivering true, tasty Thai street food. That means pork skewers with sticky rice, grilled fatty pork neck sliced and tossed with lime juice, or the Gang Aom, a Thai curry with fish sauce, dill and herb paste. Great new flavors, already a local hit.
90 Miracle Mile 786.558.4862. $ Thai

Matsuri

Just over the city line at Bird and Red roads, Matsuri is tucked humbly away in non-descript Red Bird Shopping Center. Yet it serves the world-class sushi, the finest anywhere in South Florida, and has an enormous menu of traditional Japanese food as well. You will need reservations to snag a seat from its devoted clientele. 5759 Bird Rd. 305.663.1615. $-$$ Japanese

Red Koi Lounge

If you like Thai food, then you will love Red Koi, which takes the Asian specialty up a notch. Their Bangkok Shrimp is worth the visit alone, and their cashew curry chicken will make you come back. Hopefully they will be expanding their few outdoor tables soon. 317 Miracle Mile 305.446.2690. $ Thai

Sawa

Delicious take on Japanese flavors served in parallel with Lebanese Mediterranean, Sawa offers seating inside or outside at Merrick Park. A vast selection of sushi rolls and tapas that range from chicken yatkitori to octopus ceviche, along with super fresh Middle Eastern comfort food. Some nice “samplers” let you check out the menu’s range, plus great naan flatbreads. World’s best lamb chops. Also has a doggy menu. 360 San Lorenzo Ave. (Shops of Merrick Park). 305.447.6555. $$ Japanese and Mediterranean

FRENCH
Brasserie Central

Secretly owned by Pascal of Ponce fame, the restaurant is half inside half in the courtyard of the Shops. A typical French bistro with wonderful onion soup, fresh bread and a superb paté. Everything on the menu is fresh, French, and all you would expect from Pascal. Lots of little French touches, though not cheap. Shops at Merrick Park. 786.536.9388. $-$$ French

Frenchie’s Diner

It looks like an all-American diner (which it once was) but this is pure French cooking in a small but comfy setting. Frenchie himself is usually there. Some items on the menu can get pricey (filet mignon, $34) but the onion soup ($9) and escargots ($11) are great values, and the croque monsieur ($14) for lunch is a meal unto itself. 2618 Galiano St. 305.442.4554. $-$$ French

Palm d’Or

Palm d’Or is a dining icon in Coral Gables. At once traditional and innovative, the French cuisine created by Chef Gregory Pugin is a work of art, literally. Each serving in his $115 six-course meals – or his $155 chef ’s tasting menu – is impeccable in taste. 1200 Anastasia Ave. (at the Biltmore Hotel) 305.913.3200. $$ French

Pascal’s On Ponce

Elegant, quaint and delicious, Pacal’s is the home and culinary canvas of owner-chef Pascal Oudin, who brings authentic French cuisine to the heart of the city. Oudin excels in seafood, soufflés and desserts.Try the leeks & hearts of palm salad. 2611 Ponce de Leon Blvd. 305.444.2024. $$ French

ITALIAN
Caffe Abbracci

A Gables icon, Nino Pernetti’s Italian restaurant is both a power lunch favorite for the business elite and a cozy evening gathering place for families and couples. Closely shepherded by the welcoming Pernetti, Abbracci is quiet, elegant and flavorful. The food is so consistently good that Pernetti had to publish his own cookbook. 318 Aragon Ave. 305.441.0700. $$ Italian

Cibo Wine Bar

Cibo has two locations in South Florida, one on South Beach and the other here, on Miracle Mile. Rustic Italian food in a warm interior with exposed brick, wood finishes, butcher block tables and a wall of wine selections. Extensive traditional Italian menu, with lots of pizza options cooked in a brick oven. 45 Miracle Mile. 305.442.4925. $-$$ Italian

Fiola

Brought to you by Washington, D.C. Chef Fabio Trabocchi, this new entry into the Gables dining scene is a game changer. From the place settings to
the art work to the innovative cuisine, Fiola offers an exquisite dining experience. Among their must-try dishes are the porcini mushroom soup, the sea scallops ceviche and the signature lobster ravioli. Elegant presentations only add to this encounter with gustatory greatness. 1500 San Ignacio Ave. 305.912.2639. $$ Italian

Fontana

The setting is as elegant as the service and food: the Biltmore’s famed fountain courtyard. You can sit under the stars, in a covered archway, or inside to enjoy Italian classics. Fresh ingredients, from the salads to the pasta that is made daily. Great octopus, pastas cooked perfectly. One of the most romantic restaurants in the Gables. 1200 Anastasia Ave. (Biltmore Hotel). 305.913.3200. $$ Italian

Forno’s

Owner Artan Kapxhiu opened this charming spot back in 2017. Forno’s serves pasta, but people come for the pizza, cooked in a wood-burning oven. From a simple margherita to a stacked pistachio, ham, cherry tomato and shaved grana Padano cheese pizza, there are no bad choices here. 1403 Sunset Dr. 305.661.3964 $ Italian

Fratellino

Small, family run, with a fanatically loyal fan base, brilliant Italian comfort food. The long narrow set up with tile floors, wooden chairs and tablecloths makes it feel like New York’s Little Italy. Their calamari, in any variation, is superb, and the fettuccine with prosciutto, mushrooms and green peas is to die for. 264 Miracle Mile. 786.452.0068. $$ Italian

La Palma

Exquisite setting in a historic building with lovely courtyard dining. For years, La Palma was known for its incredible lunch buffet. At $13.95 it’s still a bargain, but now served only on Tuesdays. For other weekdays, they have an executive lunch for $17.95. And good to know they always have pasta fagioli, the Tuscan white bean soup. 116 Alhambra Circle 305.445.8777. $-$$ Italian

P.Pole Pizza

A fresh take on pizza, each pie is made on the spot at this Miracle Mile pizzeria. At the start of the assembly line-like production, you choose the dough and sauce you want. Then choose as many toppings as you want before sending it into the miniature oven that cooks it right in front of your eyes. Great quality of dough, sauce and toppings. 279 Miracle Mile 786.618.5287 $ Pizza

Salumeria 104

A rustic, trattoria-style restaurant serving traditional, house made Italian classics. Since a salumeria is the Italian equivalent to a delicatessen, we definitely recommend some sort of meat dish, whether it’s prosciutto for an “antipasti” or porchetta for a “secondi.” Unbeatable lunch special of a sandwich and a soup or salad for $10. 117 Miracle Mile 305.640.5547 $ Italian

Terre del Sapore

The idea behind this latest entry into the battle for best pizza in the Gables is to use slow-rising yeast and unprocessed flour from Italy. The result is a flavorful crust, which is turned up at the edges to allow more tomato sauce and cheese to be captured and delivered to you. They call is Neopolitan style. We just call it delicious. 246 Giralda Ave. 786.870.5955. $ Italian

Zucca

A worthy heir to the hallowed grounds of the old St. Michel restaurant, this one-year-old is a new star in the galaxy of Italian eateries in the Gables. Distinctly northern Italian, with the home-taught recipes that Chef Simone Mua learned in his native Milan. Modern Italian design, sophisticated, with haute comfort food and great service. 162 Alcazar Ave. 786.580.3731. $$-$$ Northern Italian

LATIN & SOUTH AMERICAN
Aromas del Peru

The shrine for ceviche, with a wide range of choices – 18 ceviches at last count – for great prices. Haute Peruvian appetizers and good fish dishes, right up to the whole fried snapper. And don’t miss the Pisco sour soup. Comfortable leather seats, too. 1930 Ponce de León Blvd. 305.476.5886. $ Peruvian

Caffe Vialetto

Two brothers, managing to keep sibling rivalry at bay, have concocted a menu of upscale Latin food that is consistently changing and interesting. Yuca, mofongo (garlic flavored mashed plantains), and other Caribbean and Latin flavors make for an out of the ordinary experience. Reservations required, always full. 4019 LeJuene Rd. 305.446.5659. $$ Cuban/Latin

Caja Caliente

Opening its second location in Coral Gables in May 2019, Caja Caliente serves “the original Cuban tacos.” Their flour tortillas come stuffed with any kind of meat from lechon to mahi mahi, and are topped with pico de gallo, aioli, beans and cilantro. Also serve poke and quinoa bowls. 808 Ponce de Leon Blvd. 786.431.1947 $ Mexican

Graziano’s

This large, bustling Gables mainstay is true Argentine. A deep selection
of Argentine wines (which line every wall) to go with churrasco meats slowly roasted over a quebracho wood fire, old school style. They have seafood and pasta, empanadas and salads, but come here for the meat, the selection of which will stun even hardcore carnivores. 394 Giralda Ave. 305.774.3599. $$ Argentine

Havana Harry’s

It’s big, it’s easy, it’s comfortable, and it’s where the shredded onion/garlic chicken dinner (pollo vaca frita) with rice, beans and plantains is still just $12.95. The same with the fried pork chunks (massas de Puerco). Large menu with all your Cuban favorite dishes along with – surprising for a Cuban place – some nice dinner salads. 4612 S. LeJeune Rd. 305.661.2622. $ Cuban

Mikuna Peruvian

“It’s time to feel the real Peru” boasts the Mikuna website, and they do indeed move beyond ceviche to the other dishes that make Peruvian food one of the best cuisines in Latin America. These include lobster with Peruvian yellow pepper sauce, seafood rice with squid ink, and skewered swordfish. Other unique tastes include shrimp bisque with rice and egg.
325 Alcazar Ave. 786.420.2910. $$ Peruvian

Seek + Find

Executive Chef Miguel Gomez Fernandez brings his Peruvian flare to this 2018 to the Gables. For lunch on Wednesdays, burgers and a beer come at $13. We recommend the Tropical Burger, which is not made with beef, but pork and lamb and topped with grilled pineapple. For dessert, the Fire Dome is a must. 2530 Ponce de Leon Blvd. 305.902.6220 $ Peruvian

Talavera Cocina Mexicana

High ceilings and ceramics make this a pleasant place to dine, but it’s the authentic fare that shines. The place for Mexicans homesick for cooking that’s not Tex-Mex. The chicken mole poblano is a winner at $20, and their huarache grill – masa flatbreads that are really haute tacos – are great at $17. 2299 Ponce de Leon Blvd. 305.444.2955. $ Mexican

Seafood
La Dorada

Regarded by many to be the finest restaurant devoted to seafood in the Gables, La Dorada is traditional Spanish cooking with a deep-sea focus (and a pleasant, ocean-deco décor). The house specialty is a baked whole fish crusted in sea salt, but don’t miss the traditional Mediterranean seafood stews or the shellfish prepared Galician style. 177 Giralda Ave. 305.446.2002. $$ Spanish Seafood

MesaMar

A relative newcomer, though the family has been in the restaurant business for many years. Some of the best seafood in the Gables. Try the golden-fried hogsnapper accompanied by lobster bisque with whole chunks of Florida lobster. Also serves delicious ceviches. 264 Giralda Ave. 305.640.8448. $$ Seafood

SPANISH
Bellmónt

Modern décor meets traditional Spanish dishes. Their house specialty is the roast suckling pig. If you want the whole pig ($230 for 4) you need to order 4 hours in advance. If it’s just you ($49) you’ll need to wait just 50 minutes. As for the rest: authentic Spanish cuisine, with great seafood dishes, fantastic paella. 339 Miracle Mile. 786.502.4684. $$ Spanish

Bulla Gastrobar

As valued for its cocktails as for its tapas, Bulla is also something Coral Gables needs – an informal, smart neighborhood hangout with a young, boisterous vibe. Great “small plates” and refreshing sangria. Yes, it is a national chain, but it still feels local. 2500 Ponce de Leon Blvd. 305.441.0107. $ Spanish

La Taberna Giralda

Routinely rated among the top tapas places in South Florida, La Taberna brings the added twist of a chef from Galicia, who puts his own regional spin on the dishes. It’s a small place with a neighborhood vibe, orange walls, string lights and live flamenco on the weekends ($5 cover), so reservations are a must. 254 Giralda Avenue. 786.362.5677. $ Spanish

Mara Basque Cuisine

If you have ever wanted to taste authentic Basque cuisine from northern Spain, this is your chance. Less than a year old, this entry into the international cuisine scene on Giralda brings the best of Basque cooking: Cod prepared with Vizcaina sauce (made from red onions and choricero pepper), Iberian ham with eggs and potatoes, meatballs with tomato sauce and guindilla peppers, and beef oxtail stew. Many dishes served as tapas to be shared. 112 Giralda Ave. (Plaza) 305.504.9274. $$-$$ Spanish

STEAK
Christy’s

Touted as Coral Gables oldest steakhouse, Christy’s was long the power lunch go-to – until it stopped serving lunch except on Fridays. Still, its aged steaks are consistently excellent, as are the seafood entrees. And their classic Caesar salad is still the best in town. 3101 Ponce de Leon Blvd. 305.446.1400. $$ Steakhouse

Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse

Fantastic aged steaks, a seafood tower that won’t quit, and a wine cellar that appears to have no end of its depth. A place for special celebrations. Recently redecorated, but the open kitchen with its copper “sash” across the top still gives the main dining room a glow. Good menu at the bar. 2525 Ponce de Leon Blvd. 305.569.7995. $$-$$ Steak & Seafood

Morton’s Coral Gables

Morton’s in the Gables is not just another Morton’s. Its setting in the Colonnades gives it a unique elegance, with outdoor seating under the arches. Dependable quality, prime-aged beef, and excellent salads. Good place to take that important client. Great happy hour with filet mignon sandwiches or short rib tacos for $8. 2333 Ponce de Leon Blvd. 305.442.1662. $$ Steakhouse

Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse

There is a reason that the tables at Ruth’s are typically full, even on week nights. This is where the best steaks are sent and where cholesterol is sent to the devil for the sake of extraordinary taste. Lots of wood paneling, wonderful service, and huge wine selection complete the package. 2320 Salzedo St. 205.461.8360. $$ Steakhouse

PUBS, CAFES & Misc.
Crema Gourmet Espresso Bar

Though it’s named an espresso bar (and definitely try the coffee), Crema also has great food options for both breakfast and lunch. Start your day with a croissant breakfast sandwich or take a midday break with a soup, salad or sandwich. Satisfy your sweet tooth with their Nutella cheesecake. 169 Miracle Mile 786.360.4026 $ Café

Fritz and Franz Bierhaus

Be transported from Coral Gables to Oktoberfest. Enjoy German comfort food like Weisswurst and Heringsschmaus. Naturally, you have to order a beer, but here you can have it served in a giant class boot. Proost.
60 Merrick Way 305.774.1883 $ German

John Martin’s Irish Pub

Where else in the Gables can you find a relaxed Irish pub with excellent comfort food like shepherd’s pie, bangers & mash, and fish & chips? Answer: nowhere. Which is why this long-established eatery and bar is so beloved by its clientele. Lots of American staples as well, from hot pastrami on rye to their signature Pub Burger. Jazz every Wednesday night.
253 Miracle Mile. 305.445.3777. $ Pub Food

Ortanique on the Mile

A long-time favorite on Miracle Mile, Ortanique is named for a tropical citrus fruit (their sister restaurant is in Grand Cayman) and its Caribbean fine dining reflects chef Cindy Hutson’s commitment to “cuisine of the sun.” A warm and welcoming place. 278 Miracle Mile 305.446.7710 $ Caribbean

Pincho Factory

One of the few places where you can get delicious food at a low price in the Gables, this home-grown chain (based here) combines Brazilian shish kabob (served in rice bowls or as wraps) with uniquely flavored hamburgers. A guilty pleasure for the well to do. 30 Giralda Ave. 305.446.5666 $ Latin Street Food

Someone’s Son

Brought to you by the same people as Threefold Café, Someone’s Son is shifting the focus away from breakfast and toward quality dinner entrées. The Gnudi is a must as a starter. For an entrée, we recommend The Softy for carnivores and The Branzino for seafood lovers. 800 Douglas Rd. Ste. 145 786.334.6374 $ – $ American/Australian Fusion

The Seven Dials

Calling itself an “eclectic American gastropub,” Seven Dials is a fusion of American recipes with British culinary standards, with nice twists like a chicken breast cooked with curry sauce. There is also a tasty Welsh Rarebit snack and a beer-battered Indian-inspired cauliflower with mint aioli and tamarind. Relaxed, pub-like interior. 2030 S. Douglas Rd. 786.542.1603. $ British American

ThreeFold Café

You have to love a place that is dedicated to breakfast all day long. But who needs dinner when you can get shrimp tacos for breakfast, along with salmon scrambled eggs, chicken parma, and that Millenial favorite, smashed avocado toast? The brain child of Australian Nick Sharp, ThreeFold is also popular for Sunday brunch – partly because of nice outdoor seating on Giralda Plaza. 141 Giralda Ave. 305.704.8007. $ American


4. Milk Shakes - Bocas House

Bocas House & Bocas Grill's Milk Shakes have made quite the stir in the Magic City. At any given time customers are skipping their entrees and ordering the milkshakes without hesitation. Bocas' uses whole milk and ice cream for the shakes that are topped with a large portion of cake, brownies, cookies or churros and doused with Nutella, dulce de leche, and/or sprinkles plus whipped cream depending on the flavor you have selected.

Photo by Stacy Moya (Bocas Grill) and Nicolas Norela of @succulentbite (Bocas House)


Coral Gables Kicks Off Restaurant Week

CORAL GABLES (CBS4) &ndash South Florida food lovers will get the opportunity to get a taste of some palette pleasing dishes and it won&rsquot put a dent in their wallets either.

Coral Gables Restaurant Week is a mouth-watering restaurant promotion that showcases some of the best cuisines in Miami. The discounted dining program started June 10th and lasts for three weeks.

Chef Jasper Schneider is the Executive Chef at the all new Sushi Samba in Coral Gables. He juggles exotic dishes from around the world for the lunch crowd at the trendy spot.

“We opened two weeks ago. It’s a cross between Peruvian, Brazilian and Japanese cuisine,&rdquo said Schneider. &ldquoSo we have a Samba kitchen and we have sushi bar.&rdquo

Sushi Samba is one of 38 restaurants participating in Coral Gables Restaurant Week.

&ldquoThis is a kind of &lsquoyou win, we win&rsquo situation. These are the best of the best offerings,&rdquo said the organizer of Coral Gables Restaurant Week, Mari Gallet. &ldquoTwenty percent off three-course price fixed menus.”

Foodies can eat their way through the Gables with carefully crafted three course menus for lunch and dinner, starting at $15 and can run up to $38 per person.

&ldquoAlways Restaurant Week and I’m from New York. It is nice to get a three course meal at a good price,” said Schneider.

Schneider prepared a Mushroom Tobanyaki appetizer, which had wild sautéed Japanese mushrooms in mushroom stock and coconut milk, topped with an organic poached egg.

The main course was the Chef’s Special which was an assortment of sushi and a “Musashi Roll,” made with a fresh salmon roll and topped with a mango salsa.

For dessert, Peach Tiradito with a coconut-lime sorbet, served with white peaches and peppers.


Witness the Restaurant Week in the City Beautiful – Coral Gables, Florida

Looking for a place where you can enjoy different types of dishes? Food is life. There are some food expos, an international food buffet, food tasting and many other food gatherings you can participate in it. In Florida in a specific place named Coral Gables and it’s presently celebrating Culinary Month. They will cater to different restaurants and they will present their best specialty. Aside from food, they present different varieties of wine and liquors perfect to unwind and forget a bit the stress of work. Restaurant week is celebrated annually, this event is good for three consecutive weeks and you can enjoy the variety of food in a discounted amount.

The event is composed of 30 participating restaurants like Divino Ceviche and Christy’s Newcomers with the Sushi Club and Mara Basque Cuisine. They offer sumptuous meals such as grilled lamb chops with the signature marinade and octopus glazed with soy. The food is available in both lunch and dinner costing $13 to $60 per pax.

The event happened last June 4 to June 24. They offered prix-fixe deals for two to three main courses meals for $15. During the event, you can dine at Swine Souther Table and Bar or spend your time at Bulla Gastrobar. Aside from eating different specialty dishes, you can enjoy night drinks and coffee at Cafe Grumpy and spend your dinner at Books & Books while reading interesting books.

This event is promoted by Business Improvement District (BID) of Coral Gables. Making the Coral Gables an ideal place to shop, dine, play, live and do business. Coral Gables offers partnership to the new trendy restaurants, bars and cafe. It is open for food tasting and presentation.

The Location: Coral Gables

It is known as the “City Beautiful”. Coral Gables is located at the southwest of downtown Miami and it is a part of Florida, United States. It is indeed a beautiful city for it is known as a walkable and livable location. It has 140 dining restaurants as of now and its remarkable landmarks are the Venetian Pool, Miami Biltmore Hotel and other best fine dining restaurants.

Aside from the Historical places, you can also dine and shop at the famous Merrick Park where you can shop for authentic high-end bags such as Burberry, Jimmy Choo and Tiffany & Co. In accordance to it, you can also enter the gym and enjoy indoor cycling sport.

Aside from shopping, you can also enjoy bar hopping at Miracle Mile where you can enjoy great comfort foods, drink cocktails and casual ambiance. It is surely the best bar in town adding the best pizza, pasta and the wine from Cibo. You can also check Biltmore, it is a luxurious hotel and it offers good food.

If you go to check Coral Gables, you must not miss attending the Restaurant Week. It is a waist enlarger event wherein you will experience good and fine best dishes in town at the low price. Aside from the event, you can also explore the whole city where you’ll witness plenty of tourist spots and the good place to stay. If you want to check when will be the next event, you can check online for further information. It is indeed that “Culinary Month” in Coral Gables is must be added on every traveler’s bucket list.


Coral Gables Restaurant Week

Which is music to everyone’s ears since you’ll need all the time you can get to taste your way through its long and impressive roster of participating restaurants.

Perfect for those who don’t like to share at dinner, from June 5th through June 25th you’ll get to visit some of the Gables’ best restaurants and enjoy a deliciously curated, three course, prix fixe menu all to yourself.

While a classic like Fratelinno Ristorante won’t disappoint, there are some new personal favorites to note like Zucca and House. Be sure to visit the Coral Gables Restaurant Week website for a full list of participating restaurants and follow @shopcoralgables on Instagram for more info!

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Together we made it to 2021! So come join us if you feel comfortable dining out or enjoy great food at home! Please call us at 786-268-8350 to make a reservation, place an order for take out or you can CLICK HERE TO ORDER online. Our hours of operation are 11am-9pm Monday through Thursday, 11am-10pm Fridays and Saturdays and on Sundays from 11am-8pm. We are here to offer your favorite comfort food, something new from our daily specials, kids meals and even NEW family style options.

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Biltmore Hotel

Part of George Merrick&rsquos splendid vision for Coral Gables, the Biltmore Hotel is a decadent architectural gem in a Mediterranean Revival style. This gorgeous building is part of a lavish resort and is home to one of the world's largest swimming pools. Local golfers love nothing more than playing a round on the incredible course designed by the legendary Donald Ross. This is an exceptional course that&rsquos seen its fair share of talented pros.

When locals feel the need to indulge themselves, the spa here is second to none. Massage, infused steam rooms, and a Himalayan salt room are all on offer in this luxurious facility. The Biltmore is home to several bars and award-winning restaurants, including Fontana and the atmospheric Cellar Club Bar. The Biltmore has a fascinating 20th-century history, and the Dade Heritage Trust offers free tours of the property every Sunday.

Carnaval on the Mile

Early March brings the most eagerly anticipated Coral Gables event of the year. Carnaval on the Mile is a weekend-long celebration of art in all forms and brings thousands of visitors to Coral Gables every year. Best of all, Carnaval on the Mile is totally free. Miracle Mile is completely transformed during the weekend, as Fine Arts Village descends on the center of the city. An eclectic collection of local artists assembles here, displaying jewelry, paintings, sculpture, photography, and much more.

The celebrations include dozens of live music performances on several stages, with musical styles from around the world represented. This is a family-friendly affair, with games, crafts, and interactive demonstrations on offer. Local restaurants get in on the action too, lining up along Miracle Mile to show off their best dishes.

Miracle Theatre

Located on Miracle Mile, in the heart of Coral Gables, Miracle Theatre is home to the Actors&rsquo Playhouse, an award-winning professional theatre company. For over 30 years, Actors&rsquo Playhouse has been the largest self-producer of dramatic musical theater for kids and adults in South Florida.

Stepping into the Miracle Theatre is like stepping back in time. The building dates back to 1948 and feels steeped in history and atmosphere. Whether in the intimate 300-seat Balcony Theatre or the grand 600-seat Mainstage Auditorium, watching a musical here is a truly unique and engaging experience that keeps Coral Gables locals coming back for more. Actors&rsquo Playhouse puts on a full season of productions each year and engages in community outreach and education. Local children and adults take part in a wide range of acting and singing classes, and there are popular summer camps for kids of all ages.


Niven Patel’s tropical newcomer inside the Thesis Hotel offers the chef’s modern take on Caribbean cuisine with influences from Asia and Polynesia. Grab a drink on the rooftop terrace — created by the experts at Bar Lab — before heading downstairs to its outdoor patio to dine.

This Coral Gables favorite known for its eclectic take on modern American fare. On the weekdays it features with menu favorites like crispy brussel sprouts, braised pork calentado, and chicken and waffles, alongside make-at-home pasta kits that offer everything to prepare one of its decadent pastas at home for four people. On the weekends, diners can feast on the all day brunch menu its famous Captain Crunch pancakes, tater tots, and Tang mimosas.


Watch the video: Coral Gables Now August 2013