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“Old world Spanish seafood” 4 of 5 stars
Review of La Dorada

La Dorada
177 Giralda Ave, Coral Gables, FL 33134
+1 305-446-2002
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Ranked #46 of 267 Restaurants in Coral Gables
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $16 - $45
Cuisines: Seafood, Spanish
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Good for: Doing business, Romantic
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Late Night, Reservations
Description: La Dorada Coral Gbales is the First & Only Spanish Restaurant in USA to Receive "The International Five Star Diamond Award & "The Five Green Star Award" from The American Academy of Hospitality Sciences.
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194 reviews 194 reviews
88 restaurant reviews
84 helpful votes 84 helpful votes
“Old world Spanish seafood”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2013

The restaurant has white tablecloths, live music, and has an old world ambience. We were immediately hit with the aroma of seafood but in a good way. We had a bottle of Rioja wine for about $45. It was okay but not spectacular. They do have fantastic wines but you will have to spend more than what we did. Wait staff was pleasant and helpful. I asked if they would make Gambas ajilo (shrimp with garlic). It was fantastic and the best thing we ate in my opinion although the sea bass was also sublime. The salad we shared was the scallop salad in a warm vinaigrette on a bed of greens. The scallops wee sliced and sautéed and came with tomatoes (not that fresh) and cucumbers. The dressing was bland and not enough brightness to give it a wow factor. For our entree, we had the sea bass flown in from Spain. I don't know why they have to fly in seafood from Spain three times a week, it is Miami for goodness sakes and seems pretentious. For $35 a person to share the fish cooked in salt, it was good but not GREAT. Perhaps a more local fish would have been better and better value as well. I am skeptical about seafood flown in from Spain three times a week but it was good. For dessert we shared the apples in puff pastry with vanilla bean ice cream. It was good but not particularly memorable. I liked the restaurant and the food. If I go again, I will have to try the paella. All in all, about a 4.5 rating. It is expensive but overly when compared to the prices at the beach for half the quality and taste. Good date place or special occasion.

Visited January 2013
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  • English first
  • Portuguese first
  • Spanish first
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English first
Barnsley, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
“AMAZING RESTAURNT”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2013

I went here last year with my girlfriend it was such a nice place great food and service i'm going back again this year. 5 star

  • Visited February 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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St. Petersburg, Florida
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138 reviews 138 reviews
96 restaurant reviews
78 helpful votes 78 helpful votes
“Such a pleasure~”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2012

We never miss a delicious seafood meal here at this consistenlty wonderful place. Brought a business client whomwas os impressed he wants to bring his Mother another time. Have what ever is the fresh fish of the day and expect lovely service.

  • Visited November 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Milano
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17 reviews 17 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
“Excellent restaurant”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2012 via mobile

The food and service are top class
Value for money, although not cheap, is probably one of the best not only in Coral Gable but in Miami overall
Fish is always fresh and the chef there all the time to accomodate any need
Wine list is perfectly balance, with some expensive wines but also some good value for money, esp. The whites from Spain
We have been there already three times and never been disappointed
Last, the place is quite for a conversation arpund the table which, at least in Miami, is something quite unusual

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Miami, Florida
Top Contributor
62 reviews 62 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
“Overrated and over priced”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2012

Three of us visited La Dorada last weekend for dinner, and although the service was terrific the food was overrated and definitely over priced. We had their fish special, two appetizers, a bottle of inexpensive wine and one dessert and the bill was $300. The cod fish was not boneless, which I thought for a restaurant of this category it should have been. Overall, ambience and service were great but the food was just ok.

  • Visited October 2012
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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