Ten Best Restaurants in Coral Gables

Categories: Best of Miami

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Michael McElroy
Xixón: For tapas and also una buena borrachera.
If Coral Gables were a pop star, it would be Justin Timberlake post-FutureSex/LoveSounds. You still dig the '90s man: Brillo-curled hair, frosted tips, and the damn sexiest denim outfit in history. But you also love his new, sleek sound.

This city has evolved too. It once catered to law firm types and diners who couldn't pick Kim Kardashian from a lineup. Now, Coral Gables heralds a cool era of dining. There are cocktails, funky foods, and young chefs.

What follows are the top ten restaurants in the area, a mix of the old and new.

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Codik
Just a little snack.
10. Gusto Fino
There are sandwiches, and then there's Gusto Fino's Pork Five-O ($8.95) -- a ridiculously rich sammie stuffed with sliced pork tenderloin, mushrooms, mozzarella, and pancetta. Sure, lighter items also appear on the menu: soup, capresa, carpaccio, and antipasto. But don't let the greenery stop you from ordering this lunch spot's famous meatball sub, a heaping mass of beef, pomodoro, and pecorino cheese. It'll make your sandwich-lovin', beef-crazed heart go pitter-patter.

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Su-Shin Izakaya
Yes.
9. Su-Shin Izakaya
Warning: Su-Shin Izakaya will not refund your money if your meal was different from what you expected. In other words, take your platáno-maduro-sushi-loving culo somewhere else. (Seriously, this disclaimer appears on the front page of its website.) At this Aragon Avenue spot, follow the lead of its regulars. Try the specials or whatever looks good on the chalkboard menu: stir-fried garlic beef ($8.95), grilled squid, or fish collar. Eat up. Don't even think of asking for your money back.

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Location Info

Gusto Fino Italian Deli Market

2103 S. LeJeune Road, Coral Gables, FL

Category: Restaurant

Su-Shin Izakaya

159 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables, FL

Category: Restaurant

Ortanique on the Mile

278 Miracle Mile, Coral Gables, FL

Category: Restaurant

Bulla Gastrobar

2500 Ponce De Leon Blvd., Coral Gables, FL

Category: Restaurant

Palme d'Or

1200 Anastasia Ave., Coral Gables, FL

Category: Restaurant

Frenchie's Diner

2618 Galiano St., Miami, FL

Category: Restaurant

Xixon Spanish Cuisine

2101 Coral Way, Coral Gables, FL

Category: Restaurant

Swine Southern Table & Bar

2415 Ponce De Leon Blvd., Coral Gables, FL

Category: Restaurant

Eating House

804 Ponce De Leon Boulevard, Coral Gables, FL

Category: Restaurant

Pascal's on Ponce

2611 Ponce de Leon Blvd., Coral Gables, FL

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49 comments
baroeduardo
baroeduardo

"take your platáno-maduro-sushi-loving culo" Emily codik eres una racista culo roto, in other words you are a racist sob... 

jaftorres
jaftorres

Eating House does not pay to be on any list!!!! They are on this list on their own merits!!!!

jaftorres
jaftorres

Eating House does not pay to be on any list!!!! They are on this list on their own merits!!!!

José Manuel
José Manuel

At least half of all these restaurants have been around forever, what's changed to "herald a cool era of dining"?? Yet another pathetic attempt at advertisement clocked as as editorial, or worse yet a horrible article. Go find the writer who wrote about Cannabis and jump off a cliff holding hands please.

Natasha Rico
Natasha Rico

Just like most publications, only talk about those who pay to advertise with them.

Marcelo Chopa
Marcelo Chopa

Thank you Juan del Cerro... But new times only consider best restaurants the ones that pay for the advertising ...they should change the name of the article!!!

questioning
questioning

Why do you keep leaving The Local off this list?  The Local has excellent food.  This is the second time I've seen a top 10 of the Gables and you've left it off.

Juan del Cerro
Juan del Cerro

Disagree with my friend Carlos , but Fransesco sure as hell does. I'm surprised this list didn't just include Panera and Coldstone.

Juan del Cerro
Juan del Cerro

While Xixon is great, it's not in the Gables....and this list is incomplete without Caffe ?Vialetto

Paul Calderon
Paul Calderon

Ruel James Alexander Cool we need to hit up at least one of these and pretend to be snobby. lol

Dimitry Manasov
Dimitry Manasov

I guess this is low budget restaurant list. Since there are tonn of great places in CG world known and zagat, forbes rated to the roof way beyond this list, yet I do agree, all those restaurants mentioned are pretty consistent with one or the other plate. Or it's a small moms and pops besides Swine, it's a small corp they might make it, if they concentrate more on simplifying their menu.

Louis Wing
Louis Wing

I love how overpaying for a miniature serving of something good somehow qualifies a restaurant for serving the "BEST" of something. Would Momma's Mac-N-Cheese have been the best if she only gave you a little spoonful of it? Hell no! The BEST places to eat are the hole-in-a-wall type joint where abuela is in the kitchen making the food like she has for 30 years. These are restaurants that compete for the everyday Joe's dollar, and they have to work hard to keep people coming back, not the posh steakhouse that serves a dainty little sprite of steak with some colorful garnishes. You want to eat at places like Taquerias el Mexicano in Little Havana (8th street), and La Sandwicherie on the beach to give two examples.

Jeannie Necessary
Jeannie Necessary

Seriously?? You missed The Local | Craft Food & Drink Some of the best food in town.

cbuscemi
cbuscemi

caballero...parece mentira que La Carreta no esta en la lista

Mari Gallet
Mari Gallet

Hey, MNT! Doing a top 10 list of Coral Gables restaurants is difficult enough, but please consider adding one more to the list since Xixon restaurant is NOT in Coral Gables, but in Miami. Maybe a people's choice? '-)

Cheburashka
Cheburashka

Congratulations on the article Emily. I can not understand the reason for the disrespectful comments below. One can respectfully disagree without being rude. Anyways, just wanted to thank you for your suggestions. I am looking forward to trying a couple of restaurants from your list.


jpeter2
jpeter2

Well thats about all the restaurants in Coral Gables, good review.

jamie.flynn
jamie.flynn

what about anacapri?  their fiocchi is off the charts!

mdslice1
mdslice1

Xixon is not in the Gables, but I will say the wine and tapas are great there. Two gems that were overlooked. Maroosh has the best Lebanese food in Florida. The owner is very welcoming and the atmosphere is always lively. Chu's Taiwanese Kitchen is another great eatery. They serve unique, traditional dishes that you would only find in Chinatowns in NYC, San Francisco, or Vancouver. They serve superb dimsum, including their addictive soup dumplings.

Bulla
Bulla

Thanks Nicole King. We love to hear that!

Nicole King
Nicole King

Congratulations!! From what I've tasted, Bulla is No. 1 of the Top Ten.

lialvarez
lialvarez

If you are going to write an article about restaurants in Coral Gables, they should actually be in the Gables. Do your homework. Xixon is NOT in the Gables. Also, what about Caffe Vialetto, Route 9 and Talavera. Totally overlooked and way better than Xixon.

jwufriend
jwufriend

how does the inside of kunkel's ass taste? do you pay taxes on the money he pays you to write these articles about 50 eggs? because nobody that actually knows anything about food would name swine #3 spot in the gables... it's pathetic, really. 

Roxy Ocon
Roxy Ocon

Good job on not putting Houston's, Hillstones or whatever the heck they call themselves these days. Also, no Ruth Chris or Christie's!! Thanks for that!

Jacob Marek
Jacob Marek

The Local | Craft Food & Drink never disappoints.

MiamiDiner
MiamiDiner

Pascals. Nice call. Xixon is not in coral gables nor very good. Talavera big miss. Route 9 too. Swine is most overrated place in gables and probably Miami. Funny to see Alberto Cabrera commenting. Bread and butter is awful

MiamiDiner
MiamiDiner

Pascals. Nice call. Xixon is not in coral gables nor very good. Talavera big miss. Route 9 too. Swine is most overrated place in gables and probably Miami. Eating house is a fad

Alexander Fernandez
Alexander Fernandez

Xixón's food sucks. Though a chain, Hillstone's blows away most of these. Eating House good, but meh. But must agree with Pascal's. One of the best restaurants for foodies in all of Miami, hands down.

David A. Barrios
David A. Barrios

Jorge and I are not sure if you're just trying to bait us or if you really want to hang out.

chefalbertocabrera
chefalbertocabrera

Solid List! It's good to see the Gables coming up with such great restaurants. Congrats to my neighbors. ;)

jaftorres
jaftorres

Eating House does not pay to be on any list!!!!!!

jaftorres
jaftorres

Eating House does not pay to be on any list!!!! They are there on their own merits!!!!

jaftorres
jaftorres

Eating House does not pay to be on any list!!!! They are there on their own merits!!!!

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