Christy’s, the Classic Gables Steakhouse by Ray Raposo

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Christy's Restaurant on the corner of Ponce and Malaga in Coral Gables

Christy’s has been a staple of Coral Gables fine dining for decades. Still in the same corner location on Ponce de Leon near the circle. Four couples of good friends had dinner at Christy’s on a recent Saturday night to try the Miami Spice Menu of $39.00pp. We first waited for all of us to arrive at the cozy bar area and enjoyed some drinks.

Friends sitting at the restaurant’s bar area

Our reservations where for 7:30 and we sat down at a large round table near the front windows in the middle section of the place. The restaurant still offers that old NY classic steakhouse feel with the decor which include white linens, red walls, lots of dark wood, old world paintings and tin-tiled ceilings.

From left: Writer Ray, and other tasters, Peg, Violet, Carlos, Jack, Gisela, Maria and Charles

While some already had drinks from the bar, others ordered wine, both by the glass and a bottle. We had to ask for some bread for the table as it was not offered as we sat for quite a while. Other than that delay, before we ordered, the overall service was excellent. On this night the restaurant was quite full. First let me say that the food was excellent, although we weren’t served for an hour after we had sat down.

 

I was the only one to start with the black bean soup which was tasty, all others had the restaurant’s famous Caesar Salad. For my main course I had the delicious Miso Maple Salmon with mashed potato instead of the rice offered. Others had the Half Rack of Lamb or the 8OZ, Filled Mignon. For Desserts they offered the Key Lime Pie or Nut Brownie with Vanilla Ice Cream. All were cooked well, no complaints… everyone enjoyed their meal.

On their regular Menu, classic Appetizers include Jumbo Lump Crab cake, Oyster Rockefeller, Escargot, Shrimp Cocktail, Crispy Calamari and more. If you go for the steaks, they offer quite a few choices including New York strip, filet mignon, prime rib, porterhouse, plus veal and three thick double lamb chops. They also offer a variety of seafood including snapper, sea bass, salmon, Mahi-Mahi, and shrimp to name a few. Some of the Sides they offer include Grilled Asparagus, Sauteed Broccoli, Sautéed Mushrooms, Truffle Mac and Cheese, Yukon Mashed Potatoes, Potatoes Au Gratin or a Baked Potato.

Although on this visit we didn’t order it, they’re one of the few places still serving a baked Alaska dessert. A table close by ordered one and we watched the flaming show.

Their normal Menu prices for beef runs from the high $30s, to $40s, fish dishes are a bit less costly.

Ray and Peg
Gisela and Jack
Violet and Carlos
Maria and Charles

On our bill the restaurant added the automatic Gratuity charge of just under 20%; so our total for 2 people with no drinks was just under $100. All in all, we had a great relaxing time and really enjoyed each other, the ambiance and specially the good food.

Part of the center room at Christy’s

Christy’s is located at 3101 Ponce de Leon Boulevard, Coral Gables, FL 33134.

For reservations call: 305-446-1400 or OpenTable.com

You can check out their website at www.christysrestaurant.com

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