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The best spots to grab a bite in Coral Gables, Miami

July 30, 2021 Amber Love Bond
Har Gow Dumplings | Photo courtesy of Zitzsum

Roughly in the center of all of Miami’s neighborhoods, you’ll find Coral Gables, a well-manicured, largely residential area with just a few main streets that are home to businesses, retail shops, and of course some great restaurants. Dining here you’ll find business meetings happening over lunch and dinner, plenty of happy hour spots, and lots of family-friendly locations. Stroll down the pedestrian-only Giralda Avenue and you’ll discover dozens of spots for a delicious meal, or head to Miracle Mile, the neighborhood’s main street, for nearly a mile’s worth of shops to check out.

While it’s definitely tough to narrow down, here are six of the best spots to dine at in Coral Gables.

Hillstone 

Though it’s a chain restaurant, Hillstone in Coral Gables always has a waitlist and a line out the door. Its sheer consistency and solid menu make it a cult classic for a reason. And it’s a great spot for a business lunch, happy hour, or date night with a steakhouse menu complete with all the usual suspects, plus sushi. Surf and turf is the way to go here. Start with the sushi and hot spinach and artichoke dip, before moving on to a USDA grade steak and sides. Whether you’re a wine drinker or into cocktails, you’ll be satisfied by the drink list here as well.

Tres Leches | Photo by Amber Love Bond

Luca Osteria

The newest venture by Giorgio Rapicavoli, known for the beloved Eating House and as Miami’s first Chopped winner, Luca Osteria is sweetly named after his son and serves Italian food inspired by his roots. Dishes are classic Italian with a hint of Miami that’s melded together in a seamless fashion. Expect familiar dishes like cacio e pepe and pasta Pomodoro along with instant favorites like the patate fritte made with potato, black truffle, egg yolk, and Parmigiano fonduta that’s mixed together to create creamy bites of heaven. 

Photo courtesy of Luca Osteria

Mamey

The tropical vibes at Mamey, helmed by the award-winning chef Niven Patel, are inspired by his own travels throughout Asia, Polynesia, and the Caribbean. This restaurant showcases the exciting flavors and spices commonly found in the islands with ingredients sourced directly from chef Patel’s own two-acre farm, Rancho Patel. Make sure to check out its rooftop extension, Mamey on 3rd — a vibrant hidden gem on the third floor featuring live music, bites, and cocktails. 

Photo by Felipe Cuevas

Zitzsum

Nestled inside an office building’s first-floor lobby, the space that holds Zitzsum is cozy with nostalgic charm – moody tones, dim lighting, and Asian-inspired décor coexist to create a harmonious old-meets-new setting. The menu changes often, with dim sum and izakaya-inspired offerings, featuring hand-rolled dumplings and small plates. Think wonton in brodo with pork dumplings, charred leek, chives, and onion broth; chicken potstickers with salsa macha, herbs, and spicy Szechwan; and har gow with pink shrimp, lemongrass and makrut lime, and tomatillo. Wash it all down with sake, soju based cocktails, and natural wines.

Chicken Potstickers | Photo courtesy of Zitzsum

Graziano’s in the Gables

A family-owned Argentinian steak restaurant concept and local South Florida staple, Graziano’s has several locations, but the Coral Gables spot reigns supreme. With both a restaurant and grab-and-go market, the menu includes a variety of family-style starters like chorizos a la parilla and a selection of signature empanadas (in over a dozen flavorful varieties), hand-cut steaks, such as bife gaucho and angus sirloin steak, grilled over imported Quebracho wood, as well as salads, sandwiches, and pastas. 

Photo courtesy of Grazianos

Talavera Cocina Mexicana

Known for cultivating a blend of old and new world Mexico with every dish, the menu here is reminiscent of those you’d find in street markets and classic restaurants of Mexico City. There are small plates, seasonal dishes, and large-scale entrees, like carne asada a la talavera, a thin beef tenderloin strip served with guacamole, roasted poblano peppers and onions, refried black beans, and enchilada with mole. The menu also features an array of margaritas in fun more unique flavors like blackberry, passionfruit, strawberry, and more.

Photo courtesy of Talavera Cocina Mexicana

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