17 Superb Coral Gables Restaurants

Coral Gables’ restaurant scene has had a resurgence of sorts over the past few years. While chain steakhouses and old-school restaurants used to dominate the neighborhood, many new restaurants offered different flavors, techniques, and exciting cuisines that the neighborhood had never seen before. Here are 17 restaurants to check out in Coral Gables right now—several having received recent Michelin awards.

 

 

Lion & The Rambler

What originally started 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 aged wagyu steak with béarnaise, ricotta gnudi, and the ginger miso ‘cookie’ made with foie gras, thomcord grape, buckwheat, anise hyssop.

While many flock to Bachour for its artistic dessert creations, the food menu is quite popular, too. Highlights include challah French toast, crab tostones, and steak frites with a sunny side-up egg. 

Acclaimed chef Shingo Akikuni, known for achieving a Michelin star at Wynwood’s Hiden, has launched his first restaurant, Shingo, in Coral Gables’ historic La Palma building. The 14-seat omakase restaurant serves an 18-course menu featuring traditional Japanese nigiri, seasonal sashimi, and Yakimono dishes, complemented by premium sake. The omakase is priced at $180 per person, excluding tax and gratuity, with optional wine and sake pairing for $95.

 

Bouchon Bistro

Thomas Keller, the only American chef with simultaneous three-star Michelin ratings, has brought his talent to the City Beautiful. Located inside the La Palma building, diners can relish in French cuisine such as fruits de mer (seafood), salads, mains such as steak frites, sautéed Dover sole, and croque madame, plus sturgeon caviar service, to name a few.

 

Threefold Cafe

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,” “I’d Rather Be In Europe,” and “Legend Of The Lamb.”

Zitz Sum

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 and earned two Michelin Bib Gourmand awards. While the menu changes daily, the fan favorite dumplings also make the menu. To wash the bites back, guests can sip on a large selection of natural wines, sake, and beer.

Tur Kitchen

This chic Mediterranean restaurant serves elevated classics like manti filled with spiced lamb, pides topped with a choice of shrimp, mushrooms, braised lamb, or eggplant, striploin, and lamb chops. For those who want to explore what the restaurant has to offer, opt for the tasting menu, which frequently rotates, offering eight or thirteen courses paired with wine that take guests on a taste of the region.

Cebada Rooftop

Rooftop dining and Coral Gables don’t typically go hand-in-hand, but Cebada Rooftop wants to change that with its rooftop dining options. Sip on cheekily named cocktails while dining on a wide selection of raw bar dishes, including Tuesday $1 oysters at happy hours and shareable plates like croquetas, lobster rolls, patas bravas, crispy corn ribs, and duck breast brisket.

Eating House Miami

Longtime Coral Gables restaurant Eating House is back with new digs, blocks from its original location. A considerably more grown-up version of the longtime restaurant with a larger, sleek interior complete with a full bar and private dining room, it also serves new takes on many of its favorite dishes like the cavatelli ‘carbonara’ with egg yolk, bacon, black truffle, and ‘carbon’ breadcrumbs and an updated take on the beloved dirt cup.

 

Luca Osteria

Chef Giorgio Rapicavoli, initially gaining recognition at neighboring Eating House, further cemented his status in Miami’s culinary scene with Luca Osteria. Located on the pedestrian-friendly Giralda Avenue, the restaurant showcases his Italian heritage through a menu that blends traditional Italian dishes with contemporary techniques and flavors. Highlights include pappardelle with beef short rib bolognese, grilled heirloom carrots, lamb shank, and innovative takes on Italian-influenced cocktails.

 

Graziano’s in the Gables

This carnivore’s destination features a vast variety of grilled meat cuts, with a wide array of sides, paninis, burgers, chicken, fish, plates of pasta, and Argentine street food. Compliment the meal with a bottle of wine from the impression selection available without a corkage fee.

Motek Coral Gables

This newcomer to Miracle Mile has been generating a lot of buzz for its kosher style and Mediterranean food, with influences from Lebanon, Morocco, Turkey, and Yemen, to name a few. Enjoy the flatbread pitas, cold and hot mezze, kebabs, schnitzels, all-day brunch, and more. A full bar is available for a cocktail or two, and desserts to round out the meal.

Vinya Table

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 restaurant has an American menu and an extensive by-the-glass wine program. Guests can dine on dishes like venison carpaccio, braised lamb baklava, pappardelle vongole, and crème brûlée cheesecake while sipping on a wide array of wines from rare and collectible wines.

 

Bulla Gastrobar

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 ham croquetas with fig jam, grilled octopus, bocatas (sandwiches), and churros (fried dough) with dipping sauces.

 

Frenchies Diner

Off the beaten path in Coral Gables, those searching for French cuisine in a relaxed atmosphere will be happy to have stumbled upon Frenchie’s. Browse the wall-length chalkboard menu with dishes scribbled in colors or select from smaller boards that feature the specials. Enjoy classics such as the croque monsieur, steak and frites, risottos, and vanilla pot du crème for dessert.

 

Erba Miami

Chef Niven Patel captured Miami diners’ hearts with Ghee Indian Kitchen and has gone on to open hits like Mamey and Orno. His latest, Erba, is his take on Italian fare, which boasts dishes like creamy mozzarella arancini and thinly-sliced Wagyu carpaccio alongside an Iberico porchetta chop served with braised lentils and Ora king salmon. Patel infuses his distinctive touch into pasta selections, which include ravioli spiced with nutmeg and filled with white truffle ricotta, agnolotti packed with Wagyu beef cheeks, and mafaldine paired with Bahamian conch, showcasing his skill for blending traditional Italian techniques with unexpected flavors.

Fiola Miami

Fiola caters to those looking for upscale Italian cuisine, offering a variety of dining options. Its popular Sunday Brunch features dishes like lemon ricotta pancakes and fettuccini carbonara, with an option for bottomless servings. On weekdays, the restaurant offers a prix fixe lunch menu for $42, which includes an appetizer, main course, and dessert. Happy hour lasts until 7 p.m., followed by dinner service from 5:30 p.m. until closing. With an extensive wine list, finding the perfect pairing is easy, and guests are encouraged to save space for dessert.

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