There's no shortage of competitive and worthy restaurants in and around just the heart of Coral Gables' Miracle Mile, but what sets these establishments apart from their contemporaries in the cozy community are the invariables. These five restaurants rise to the top of their respective categories.
This consistently remarkable jewel within the hallowed Biltmore Hotel boasts the exceptional French nouvelle cuisine of chef Philippe Ruiz and an impressive wine list that enhances his perfectly portioned dishes. The antiquated ambiance could use a face-lift, but it still boasts an ideal locale for special occasions. Palme d'Or's website; 1200 Anastasia Avenue; 305-445-1926
Miami seems reluctant to shake an overabundance of stuffy steak houses. Nonetheless, Christy's has been an institution in the neighborhood for 32 years, whose guests sleep well at night knowing the restaurant will provide the quality steak and topnotch service that has made it a premiere steak house. Christy's website; 3101 Ponce de Leon Blvd.; 305-446-1400
Randazzo's Little Italy
Southern Italian cuisine is about comfort food and leaving the restaurant with a full belly. It's difficult not to fall in love with the over-the-top red walls, mobster décor, and tributes to countless Italian-Americans. This unpretentious Italian restaurant is all about big, home-cooked meals and enjoying the company you're with. Randazzo's Little Italy's website; 385 Miracle Mile; 305-448-7002
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Peruvian cuisine, including universally acclaimed ceviche, is brought to upscale life in a cozy setting that is as appropriate for a business lunch as a romantic dinner. The freshness of the seafood is unparalleled. 325 Alcazar Ave.; 305-446-1600
This staple of fine Northern Italian dining for more than 20 years has remained a fashionable spot for locals and celebrities alike. The menu reinvents itself, unlike the tacky dining room, but the place always delivers an exceptional meal. Caffe Abbracci's website; 318 Aragon Ave.; 305-441-0700