Best Spots for Appetizers and Tapas in Downtown Coral Gables
Sometimes, the mood is right for a table full of food. Ok, it’s always the right time for a table full of food – let us clarify. Sometimes you don’t want to commit to a large plate per person. Instead, a table full of shareable dishes that meet the hunger level and tastes of your party is the right choice for your night out.
Enjoy these restaurants in Downtown Coral Gables where small plates, tapas, and appetizers reign supreme and the main course is served over many dishes.
Peruvian food is perfect for ordering to share. The Triologia of Causas, Mini Taco Taco con Lomito, Pulpo en Salsa Anticuchera are a few dishes that are already split up into bite sizer portions, making it easy to split a taste of authentic Peruvian food.
Indulge in the flavors of Argentia at El Porteño, where the menu is perfect conducive to ordering up a selection of different appetizers, tapas-style. A cheese board, empanadas, crab cakes, croquetes and more are all on the menu.
Doc B’s offers a nice selection of caravelle bites to order for the table or dig into yourself. Try the Ahi Tuna Sashimi for a light bite and don’t skip the chicken wings, perfect for sharing. For something a little heartier, pick something from the pizza menu like the Italian Sausage or the Avocado with cotija, pickled jalapeño, and lime.
When you’re in the mood for tapas, nothing quite hits the spot like – well, tapas. Enjoy upscale, perfectly executed tapas, the classic cuisine of Spain, at La Dorada on Giralda Avenue, Coral Gables’ famous dining destination. Enjoy classics like Fabes con Almejas, Garbanzos Frits con Chorizo, Cuña de Tortilla Española, Gambas al Ajillo, Boquerones en Vinagres and so many more. Don’t forget to pair it with sangria or Spanish wine.
While we’re on the subject of tapas, let’s dive into another amazing option just down the street on Giralda: La Taberna Giralda. At La Taberna Giralda, a family-run restaurant with an authentic Spanish flair, you can fill the table until not one more dish can fit and you’ll still have to return to taste all the delicious tapas options. Don’t skip a surtido to start, a platter of Spanish ham and cheese and other salty, delicious bites. The Chips de Berenjena, thinly sliced eggplant chips drizzled with honey, are a standout.
Now let’s take a trip to the Basque Country without leaving Giralda. Mara Basque Cuisine serves elegant tapas in their glamorous setting. Try the Cazuelita de Arroz Negro, a dish of Calasparre rice with squid ink, Iberico lard, peas and shrimp. To continue with the seafood theme, try the salmon tartar, scallop carpaccio, fried calamari and more.
Bellmont is the last stop on our tapas tour of Coral Gables, but certainly not least. Here, you’ll find all the classic favorites of Spanish cuisine. Pile the table high with dishes that the whole family will enjoy like tortilla de patatas, pimientos de piquillo, garbanzos fritos, patatas bravas and more. For a large dish, you’ll need to split with a hungry table, order a paella to enjoy after tapas.