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Graduation Dinner

I am from NY, and my brother is graduating from the university of miami shortly and I need to book a place to celebrate for dinner with the family afterwards.

Does anyone have any recommendations in Coral Gables or somewhere not terribly far from there?

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  1. How many people, what kind of budget, any particular food / vibe you're interested in? Lots of options in the Gables, a little focus will help get better responses. (papabravas - great name).

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    1. re: Frodnesor

      5 people, we can totally splurge. We're adventurous nyc diners, we just dont want to go somewhere that requires jackets and want to walk out happy.

      Unfortunately my father doesn't really eat sushi.

      1. re: papabravas

        Ortanique in Coral Gables would be a good choice IMHO. The food is great and it's a fun place for a night out especially with a group. Here's a link to their menu: http://snipurl.com/ortanique [southflorida_menupages_com]

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        Ortanique On the Mile
        278 Miracle Mile, Coral Gables, FL 33134

        1. re: RickL

          thanks, thats where we went on our last visit.

        2. re: papabravas

          There are virtually no places I can think of in Miami that require jackets any more. In Gables my top recs would be ->

          Ortanique - upscale "Nuevo Carribean"
          http://www.cindyhutsoncuisine.com

          Pascal's - shoebox-sized French place - higher-class than bistro/brasserie, but not super-stuffy.
          http://www.pascalmiami.com

          A slight step down but still interesting and good ->

          Cacao - Nuevo Latino (more South American compared to Ortanique's more Caribbean Islands slant).
          http://www.cacaorestaurant.com

          La Cofradia - Upscale Nuevo Peruvian (I've been a few times now, some things better than others but some have been quite good).
          http://www.lacofradia.com

          Por Fin - Spanish-ish, with other Mediterranean influences (though I've found the dishes that are truer to the Spanish roots are better).
          http://www.porfinrestaurant.com

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          Ortanique On the Mile
          278 Miracle Mile, Coral Gables, FL 33134

          Cacao 1737
          139 Giralda Ave, Coral Gables, FL 33134

          Pascal's On Ponce
          2611 Ponce de Leon Blvd., Coral Gables, FL 33134

          La Cofradia Restaurant
          160 Andalusia Ave, Coral Gables, FL 33134

          Por Fin
          2500 Ponce De Leon Blvd., Coral Gables, FL 33134

      2. How about Jaguar in Coconut Grove? Their spoon ceviche should be quite interesting and the review here is quite positive. They have a website too so you can check out the menu first.

        Also a friend just told me about this place. Don't know how it is but sounds like fun.
        http://www.christabellesquarter.com/

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        1. re: tarepanda

          As the OP said this is for a celebratory dinner for college graduation... it should be somewhere nice with great food and some atmosphere. While i personally like Jaguar, i would certainly not rec it for this instance. The OP also said they are ready to SPLURGE.
          I'm curious as to if they really want to keep in the Gables?

          1. re: dmo305

            Well the graduation ceremony always runs long and we dont want to have to drive a ways, stress about making our reservation, etc.

          2. re: tarepanda

            Christabelle's is supposed to be one of the worst restaurants in the area, according to all accounts.

            If it were me, I would take the middle ground and make a 15 min drive to Il Gabbiano in downtown Miami. It has amazing food, a spectacular view, great winelist, it is not a quiet or stuffy restaurant and is a much closer than having to go to the beach, deal with traffic, find parking, etc.

          3. I will second both La Cofradia and Pascals. I've heard lots of great things about Ortanique but have not had the same luck. Also might look into Graziano's for a slightly different steakhouse element. Also, the Biltmore hotel has a very nice, very expensive small plates restaurant named Palm D'or. Also the Ritz Carlton in Key Biscayne, (yes a little out of the way) now features the RumBar (http://www.ritzcarlton.com/en/Propert...), a very interesting little place I've heard good things about, with a jazz band playing on the weekends, featuring "52 rums, cachacas and piscos from 18 countries" which might be an interesting alternative that can make the tropical getaway feel complete.

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            Graziano In the Gable
            394 Giralda Avenue, Coral Gables, FL 33131

            Ritz-Carlton
            455 Grand Bay Drive, Key Biscayne, FL 33149