Coral Gables Restaurant Week: 7 Reservations to Make Now

By Carissa Chesanek  |  June 4, 2014

Starting next week, local restaurants will offer exclusive three-course lunch and dinner menus during Coral Gables Restaurant Week (June 9-29), and you need a plan on where to eat and drink. Here are seven must-try hot spots you'll want to check out during the three week discount dining event.

SUSHISAMBA Coral Gables (pictured) offers three-course a three-course lunch menu ($28) featuring items like shrimp quinoa chaufa made with sautéed rock shrimp, plus $38 dinners with options like robata-grilled rib-eye served with wild Japanese mushrooms (180 Aragon Ave.; 305-448-4900). 

Head to the area's favorite low-key foodie hangout, The Local Craft Food & Drink, for its $30 dinner menu of amped-up New American pub grub including chili wings, fish 'n' chips and nutella chocolate brownie for dessert (150 Giralda Ave.; 305-648-5687).

Bulla Gastrobar will be offering several meaty menu options ($19 for lunch; $33 for dinner) inside its upscale Spanish tapas space, with options like shredded suckling pig made with chopped tomatoes for lunch and Duroc pork chop paired with braised kale for dinner (2500 Ponce De Leon Blvd.; 305-441-0107).

Chef Cindy Hutson plans to offer daily rotating menus inside her Caribbean hot spot, Ortanique On the Mile, with $25 lunches - think jerked chicken penne pasta with sun-dried tomatoes - and $39 dinners with options like West Indian cornish game hen topped with piquante brown stew sauce (278 Miracle Mile; 305-446-7710).

The rustic Southern American loft Swine Southern Table & Bar will be serving its signature burger - a blend of short-rib, brisket and smoked pork blend - as part of its three-course lunch  ($28), while dinner ($35) brings options like smoked brisket steak and vanilla bean cheesecake (2415 Ponce De Leon Blvd.; 786-360-6433).

Top Chef contestant Bret Pelaggi's three-course dinner ($33) inside his cozy Uvaggio Wine Bar will include dishes like yellow gazpacho made with toasted corn as well as octopus served with papas bravas (70 Miracle Mile; 305-448-2400). 

The chic south-of-the-border Talavera Cocina Mexicana restaurant will offer lunch ($19) and dinner ($29) menus featuring tasty Mexican plates like traditional chile relleno and mole poblano (2299 Ponce De Leon Blvd.; 305-444-2955).