Off-Campus Dining

Location
Coral Gables, FL
Undergrads
9,979
Tuition
$41,220
Admission Difficulty
Hard
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4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Great variety - if you can get there, if you don't have access to a car, you'll probably be stuck going to the same few places

3 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: UM students love organic food and vegan options because they are very health-conscious, although they'll drink their weight in alcohol on the weekend. I'm a Miami native so I'm all about the Latin Americas and Taco Ricos - I don't really look for vegan options or organic restaurants. I have no opinion about this.

4 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: You're in a big city. Across from campus there are plenty of places to eat if you get sick of campus food. There aren't that many discounts for students or anything like that, and Miami is pretty expensive in general.

College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: I usually eat at home.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: There are several places right across the street but if you don't mind a walk then there are some more options

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 41st
    Best Off-Campus Dining Variety
  • 1167th
    Best Off-Campus Dining Cost

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Sana Khan
Hometown
Lauderhill, FL
Major
Biochemistry/Mathematics
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There aren't many cities that can match Miami as far as restaurants go. There is basically an endless amount of new places to try, and thankfully the quality of the restaurants matches up with the quantity of them. If you usually eat around Sunset Place, or on US-1, you can always head to Coconut Grove, South Beach, or downtown Coral Gables for a totally different selection of restaurants. All of these areas have numerous great restaurants, ranging from casual, cheap pizza and bar food, to expensive seafood or Italian. Students with cars like eating in the Grove, which also has shops, a movie theater, and lots of bars, providing for plenty of after-dinner entertainment. Even students without transportation will be impressed by the off-campus dining. There are dozens of restaurants right across the street at Sunset Place and in the surrounding area, not to mention what else becomes available if you're willing to risk a Metrorail ride.

Most students come to school without knowing a lot about Miami restaurants, and then they fall in love with a couple and frequent them for the next four years. The great thing about off-campus dining is that there is delivery available from so many places that almost every type of food can be covered. Besides pizza, there are also Mexican, Chinese, and Cuban restaurants that deliver. For quick 24-hour dining, it's about a five-minute to drive to Taco Bell or McDonald's. For larger meals at all hours, look for Denny's across the street, La Carreta and its various neighbors on Calle Ocho, or Jerry's Deli in South Beach, where there's never a shortage of things to do at any hour of the day.

Facts & Statistics

Student Favorites
  • Casola's
  • The Cheesecake Factory
  • Denny's
  • Miami's Best Pizza
  • Taco Factory
  • Texas
  • TGI Friday's
24-Hour Dining
  • Denny's
  • Jerry's Famous Deli
  • La Carreta
  • McDonalds
  • Taco Bell
Best Breakfast
  • Denny's
  • Jerry's Famous Deli
Best Healthy
Pinecrest Wild Oats Marktplace
Best Pizza
  • Casola's
  • Miami's
  • Riviera Pizza
Best Wings
  • Hooters
  • Kendall Ale House
Best Place to Take Your Parents
  • Cheesecake Factory
  • Havana Harry's
  • Los Ranchos
Other Places to Check Out
  • Lotus Garden
  • Outback Steakhouse
Did You Know?
  • Some of the best bars around Miami also double as trendy restaurants during the day and early evening.
  • For a massive selection of late-night dining, take a 20-minute drive over the bridge to South Beach, where nothing closes early.
  • Every spring, celebrity chefs flock to Miami for the South Beach Wine & Food Festival. Past guests have included Food Network favorites Emeril Lagasse and Bobby Flay.

Grocery StoresWhat's This?

Publix
1401 Monza Ave., Coral Gables
(305) 667-1681
Whole Foods
6701 Red Road, Coral Gables
(305) 421-9421
www.wholefoods.com
Winn-Dixie
5850 SW 73rd St., South Miami
(305) 666-5241

Restaurant ListingsWhat's This?

Bangkok Bangkok II
Food: Thai
157 Giralda Ave., Coral Gables
(305) 444-2397
www.bangkokbangkok.net
Price: $8-$15
Cool Features: The d├ęcor at Bangkok Bangkok is fabulous! The low tables and pillows to sit on give the place a very authentic feel. There is another area for those who want to sit in a regular restaurant setting.
Casola's
Food: Italian
2437 SW 17th Ave., Miami
(305) 858-0090
Price: $5-$10
Cool Features: Massive slices of pizza available for delivery
The Cheesecake Factory
Food: American
7497 Dadeland Mall, South Miami/Kendall
(305) 665-6400
www.thecheesecakefactory.com
Price: $10-$20
Cool Features: Order dessert from a long list of flavored cheesecakes
Chicken Kitchen
Food: Spanish, Cuban, fast food
7315 Red Road, South Miami
(305) 669-0099
www.chickenkitchen.com
Price: $5-$10
Cool Features: Serves traditional chicken-style dishes
Denny's
Food: American
1150 S. Dixie Hwy.
(305) 666-6250
www.dennys.com
Price: $8-$15
Cool Features: The only 24-hour dining within walking distance of campus.
Havana Harry's
Food: Cuban/Spanish
4612 S. LeJeune Rd.
(305) 661-2622
Price: $10-$20
Hooters
Food: Sandwiches, hamburgers, seafood, wings
3015 Grand Ave., Suite 330
(305) 442-6004
www.hooters.com
Price: $8-$15
House of India
Food: Indian
22 Merrick Way, Coral Gables
(305) 444-2348
Price: $10-$30
Cool Features: Wonderful food and great service!
Jerry's Famous Deli
Food: Sandwiches/deli
1450 Collins Ave., Miami Beach
(305) 532-8030
www.jerrysfamousdeli.com
Price: $8-$15
Johnny Rockets
Food: American
5701 Sunset Dr., Sunset Place
(305) 663-1004
www.johnnyrockets.com
Price: $5-$10
Cool Features: Throwback to the `50s craze of burgers, fries, and shakes.
Kendall Ale House
Food: Seafood bar and grill
11625 N. Kendall Dr.
(305) 595-7448
Price: $10-$20
Cool Features: 1 mile from Amerisuites hotel
La Carreta
Food: Cuban
3632 SW Eighth St., Calle Ocho
(305) 444-7501
www.lacarreta.com
Price: $5-$10
Cool Features: It's like taking a trip to Cuba!
Los Ranchos
Food: Steakhouse
3015 Grand Ave., Coconut Grove
(305) 461-8222
www.beststeakinmiami.com
Price: $15-$30
Cool Features: Known for its Churrasco, which is a tenderloin steak that is topped with Chimichurri. There are ethnic musical performances on the weekends.
Miami's Best Pizza
Food: Italian
1514 S. Dixie Hwy., Coral Gables
(305) 666-5931
www.miamisbestpizza.com
Price: $5-$10
Cool Features: Offers delivery
Riviera Pizza
Food: Italian
1558 S. Dixie Hwy.
(305) 666-3730
Price: $3-$8
Cool Features: Special pizza deal for UM students; also delivers
Sunset Tavern
Food: American
7232 SW 59th Ave., South Miami
(305) 665-9996
www.delilane.com/sunset.php
Price: $5-$10
Swensen's Ice Cream Parlor & Restaurant
Food: American/ice cream
1586 S. Dixie Hwy.
(305) 661-7658
swensensrestaurant.com
Price: $5-$10
Cool Features: Famous for old-fashioned ice cream sundaes
Texas Taco Factory
Food: Mexican
475 S. Dixie Hwy., Coral Gables
(305) 662-2212
Price: $5-$10
Cool Features: Delivery, drive-thru, and dining room.
TGI Friday's
Food: American
1200 S. Dixie Hwy., Coral Gables
(305) 668-7808
www.tgifridays.com
Price: $8-$15
Cool Features: Watch live sports games in the bar area
Versailles Restaurant
Food: Cuban
3555 SW Eighth St., Calle Ocho
(305) 445-7614
Price: $5-$10
Cool Features: Cuban specialties in a casual family style atmosphere
Wild Oats Natural Marketplace
Food: Organic cheeses, fair trade coffee, wine, full-service meat and fresh seafood
11701 S. Dixie Hwy., Pinecrest
(305) 971-0090
Price: $5-$10
Cool Features: Natural and organic products

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus restaurants on the following topics    Based on 108 responses

Very poor
Excellent
  • Cost
  • Convenience
  • Healthy/organic options
  • Late-night options
  • Quality
  • Student discounts
  • Variety/number of options
  • Vegetarian/vegan options

How would you rate the diversity of off-campus dining options?    Based on 115 responses

  • 3% An endless repetition of the same few places.
  • 6% Mostly just chain restaurants and fast food.
  • 28% Enough variety to keep things interesting.
  • 63% A nice variety of local spots and ethnic cuisine.
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