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Miami, Florida is a great city.  It’s a place with so many things to offer, and it is home to a budding South Florida tech community. For those of you who don’t know, the ActivePBX headquarters is in Miami. As part of our efforts to engage with and cater to our local partners/customers, we’ll be creating some South Florida based blogs, starting with this one. Since it’s a big area to cover, we’re breaking it down by neighborhoods. Today, we’re highlighting Coral Gables: A historic part of town that is home to many small businesses as well as a few corporate headquarters.

Coral Gables is home to the University of Miami and is known as a pedestrian friendly part of town with many scenic roads, historic buildings, and some of the best restaurants in town. The area has seen some major growth over the past decade or so, and as a result it now features plenty of new office buildings. It’s central location and great spots to eat are a major reason many of South Florida’s businessmen and women frequent the area for lunch meetings. But with so many options, it can be a bit difficult to narrow down where to take your client from out of town. So we did the research and put together a list of the top 5 spots for business lunch in Coral Gables. The list was comprised based on a variety of factors. These are places where the pricing, ambiance, menu options, etc. are in line with the environment you seek when having a business lunch. The list is in no particular order.

1. Ortanique on the Mile 


Looking to impress a client from out of town? This is one of the best spots to do so. Named after ortanique, the luscious hybrid of an orange and a tangerine, this restaurant vividly combines ingredients in innovative ways. The place has been around for decades, and it has maintained its classiness to this day. Menu options include a signature pumpkin bisque, spicy calamari salad and boldly spiced jerk pork loin. Reservations are required.

2. La Dorada 


La Dorada specializes in seafood with an elegant Spanish twist. This is another good spot to take the boss or big client, as the dining room decor will make you feel like you’re somewhere exotic and even has a live pianist. Menu options include fresh fish baked in rock salt, filleted right in front of your table. It’s a pretty extensive menu, but the good side is their staff is very knowledgeable and can help select just the right dish and the perfect wine to pair with it. Reservations recommended.

3. Le Provencal


This one is a good mix of French flair and casual ambiance. Great place to try out with coworkers or business associates. They’ve got the fixed price lunch, which offers three fabulous courses for one reasonable price. The authentic French soups are a specialty, and fresh seafood is frequently featured as a special. Overall, a great bistro for anyone looking for some French cuisine. Business casual attire.

4. Shula’s 347 Grill


Here’s a great spot to take a new business partner or client that loves steak. Shula’s 347 exclusively serves Premium Black Angus Beef® burgers and the best beef money can buy, The SHULA CUT ® steaks. The ambiance is casual, featuring High-end flat panel screened TVs, dark woods and frames with spotlights, and dark leather booths. It has become somewhat of a hot spot among the South Florida business types.

5. Angelique Euro Cafe

Angelique interior

Angelique offers a casual ambiance and some great variety on the menu. With classic dishes from Spain, France, Italy, and Belgium this is a good choice if you’re not sure what type of fare you’re client or coworker prefers. Moderate pricing and pretty quick service makes this an easy choice for some business lunch.




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