Top Five Coral Gables Restaurants: Abbracci, Pascal's and More

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Caffe Abbracci
Route 9 ran down the highway with our Best Restaurant in Coral Gables award in Best of Miami 2011. But Coral Gables has a whole lot of excellent dining establishments. Well, maybe not a whole lot, but certainly more than these five favorites of ours. So with apologies to Ortanique on the Mile, Christy's, Francesco Restaurant, Romeo's Cafe...

5. Caffe Abbracci
Venetian Nino Pernetti has been one of Miami's finest and most charming restaurant hosts since opening this fine dining Italian venue in 1988. The ambiance is Old World elegant, with burl wood ceiling blooms, green marble accents, and a stainglass ceiling in the bar/lounge area...

Cuisine, too, is from long-time Italian recipes and traditions: Antipasti (shrimp and pancetta on polenta); risotti and pastas (linguini frutti di mare); seafoods (pan-roasted branzino with prosecco and saffron-butter sauce); veal chops and scaloppine, lamb chops and steaks. Stellar and personal service is what sets this apart from other fine high-end Italian restaurants, and that stems from Pernetti's expertise.​

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La Cofradia
4. La Cofradia
It's the prettiest Peruvian dining room in town, a sleek modern space with soaring ceilings. Service soars too, the slickly trained staff attending to all needs with a personable professionalism. And the cuisine takes the great classics from Peru and redesigns them into stunning, delectable fare. Cebiches and tiraditos are delicate and sharply flavored. Filet mignon is used in the anticucho (in aji panca sauce), which isn't quite cow heart but maybe better for most American palates. There are chaufas, yucca croquettes, organic piquillo peppers, and a signature pork slow-braised with pisco and grapes. Also: Best beef or shrimp saltados around. Big menu, big flavors.We awarded it the Best Restaurant in Coral Gables in 2008.

Location Info

Palme d'Or

1200 Anastasia Ave., Coral Gables, FL

Category: Restaurant

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16 comments
Karen
Karen

Lee, I have been reading your articles for many years and you're usually right on point, but I have to disagree with your top 5 selections - choosing Ruth Chris - a chain restaurant over Christy's??  I think the "with apologies" list should be your top 5 including also Pascal's.

Miamiarh
Miamiarh

Ruth's Chris #3! that's a joke! Ortanique should be there!

Gablesite
Gablesite

Don't forget Charlotte on Miracle Mile...

mcc
mcc

ruth chris in the gables is terrible! awful! went in september with my husband and mother-in-law. my steak was literally burned on one side and nearly raw on the other. they couldn't have cared less.

EatMe
EatMe

ha, yeah, you know theres a problem when a chain steak house is on the list.  either sad for the area or for the reporting.   and yes, definitely Ortanique.

Confused
Confused

How can you put a chain steakhouse like Ruth's Chris on this list and leave out Ortanique?

Lee
Lee

Hey Karen, you've given me a good idea: Either a review or expensive Plato Royale blog post pitting Chris vs. Christy's: Who Serves A Better Steak? Both have been around in the same neighborhood for a long time. One privately owned, one a chain. Something to look forward to in 2012!

brickellite
brickellite

Yes! Talavera has the best guacamole in town.

Lee
Lee

Talavera is one of those restaurants I was referring to when I wrote "with apologies to..."Plus I also placed it on a Top 5 list (best Mexican) recently. 

Lee
Lee

Hmmm...I did forget Charlotte on Miracle Mile -- although I did place it on a Top 5 list not long ago. 

Lee
Lee

I haven't been to Ruth's in a few years (though places like this usually don't change much), but last time I was there I had a great steak. And the other couple of times I've dined at Ruth's in my life I also recall great steaks. Maybe I was lucky, maybe you were unlucky. And I agree with comments about chain restaurants not being worthy of lists like these, there are exceptions to every rule -- and for reasons stated right above I thought it deserved inclusion. 

Karen
Karen

I like the idea keep us posted!!!!!!

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