The Five Best Lunch Spots in Coral Gables

With everything from crisp salads to toasty melts, Whisk Gourmet shines at lunchtime.
With everything from crisp salads to toasty melts, Whisk Gourmet shines at lunchtime.

Lunch in Miami can mean many things. In South Beach, tourists flock to outdoor tables on Ocean Drive, and in Brickell, businessmen host power lunches in white-tablecloth dining rooms. For the rest of us, there's Coral Gables, where already beloved restaurants show a different side of themselves during afternoon hours. Whether it’s for midday deals and seasonal specials or for that dish that’s too good to wait for dinner service, these Coral Gables spots have lunch covered. 

Green Gables Café also serves vegan lunch specials that even meat-eaters will love.
Green Gables Café also serves vegan lunch specials that even meat-eaters will love.
Photo by Hannah Sentenac

5. Green Gables Café
Cafés like this one are always a solid go-to when it comes to lunch. At Green Gables, locally grown produce and ample use of organic ingredients make for wholesome, healthful dishes. Green Gables is open till 4:30 p.m. and offers all the essentials — salads, sandwiches, burgers, rice bowls, and other items — but choose based on the daily specials that combine multiple items for around $15 to $20. The menu showcases bright herbs, creamy cheeses, and protein options that range from roast beef to mahi-mahi, so you can experience a feel-good meal without going vegan. Of course, you can’t leave an organic eatery without throwing back an immunity-boosting ginger shot ($2.50) on the way out.

Sit at Su-Shin Izakaya's counter for lunch, and let the chalkboard menu be your guide.
Sit at Su-Shin Izakaya's counter for lunch, and let the chalkboard menu be your guide.
Courtesy of Su-Shin Izakaya

4. Su-Shin Izakaya
Japanese restaurants are well known for their great lunch specials, and this is especially true at Su-Shin Izakaya, one of the best sushi spots in the area. There's no pick-me-up like a light sushi lunch or a steaming, spicy noodle soup from this uniquely authentic eatery in the heart of downtown Coral Gables. Chefs encourage guests to experiment with flavors and unusual ingredients, but remarkably excellent versions of traditional dishes such as ramen ($13.95) and chicken teriyaki ($8.95) are also available. Above all, Su-Shin values freshness, so let the ever-changing chalkboard menu be your guide. Lunch is available from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday.



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