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Best Cuban Food In South Florida

October 17, 2011 9:00 AM

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Cuban culture is an everyday part of life in South Florida and Miami is home to some of the best Cuban food in the United States. You can find authentic restaurants in just about every city in Miami-Dade County. Here are South Florida locals top picks for Cuban Cuisine.
versailles Best Cuban Food In South Florida

Source: Versailles Restaurant

Versailles Restaurant

3555 SW 8th St, Miami, FL
(305) 441-2500

Versailles Restaurant is a landmark in South Florida located on historic Calle Ocho or 8th Street in Miami. Locals hail the restaurant for having the best Cuban cuisine outside of Havana. Their walk-up coffee window stays busy throughout the day, serving up cafecitos, and cafe con leches as well as food. Most entrees are affordably priced less than $12, and they have sandwiches and appetizers for around $6. Whenever significant news about Cuba is released, Versailles is where locals gather to protest and offer their opinions to the press.

sergios Best Cuban Food In South Florida

Source: Sergio's Restaurant

Sergio’s Restaurant

3252 Coral Way,
Coral Gables, FL 33145
(305) 529-0047
Bird Road Location  (305) 552-9626
Kendall Location (305) 278-2024

Sergio’s Restaurant has been serving authentic Cuban cuisine in South Florida since 1975. They have an extensive menu of traditional and new Cuban dishes and pride themselves on using only fresh ingredients. All three South Florida locations are almost always busy, but you can avoid the crowd by ordering online or calling in your order.

sergios2 Best Cuban Food In South Florida

Source: Casa Larios

Casa Lario’s

5859 Southwest 73rd Street
South Miami,  33143
(305) 662-5656

Located in the heart of South Miami, at Casa Larios you can listen to live music while enjoying traditional Cuban cuisine. The setting is slightly more upscale than you will find at most Cuban restaurants in South Florida on the inside, but outside you’ll find a customary cafeteria window serving up coffee to congregating crowds. Make sure you bring a hearty appetite because the portions are large.

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Source: Bongo's Cuban Cuisine

Bongo’s Cuban Cafe

601 Biscayne Boulevard
Miami, FL 33132-1801
(786) 777-2100
Bongo’s is owned by Gloria and Emilio Estefan.  You’ll currently find two of the Cuban-themed restaurants in South Florida, one on Miami Beach and another in Downtown Miami, part of the American Airlines Arena. A third South Florida Bongo’s is slated to open up at the Hardrock in Hollywood at the beginning of 2011. The upscale menu is composed of a series of authentic Cuban dishes.

sergios4 Best Cuban Food In South Florida

Source: Rio Cristal Restaurant

Rio Cristal

9872 Southwest 40th Street
Miami, FL 33165-3912
(305) 223-2357

Rio Cristal has been serving tasty Cuban cuisine for over 40 years on SW 40th St in Miami. The house specialty is Bistec Rio Cristal, a local favorite. You’ll also find a complete list of homemade Cuban dishes on the menu. One of the signatures of Rio Cristal is a large helping of fries or papas fritas with your entrée.

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  • Cisnero

    Las Culebrinas 47 ave W flagler st.

  • ijvazquez

    Try La Casona 9606 Sunset Drive
    Miami, FL 33173-3250
    (305) 270-1017

    A gastronomical surprise and our preferred neighborhood Cuban eatery!

    • arturo

      how are the prices?

  • arturo

    Versailles, Bongo’s and Casa Lario’s are for overpriced and for tourists. Try Cafe Habanos on 97th ave and coral way.

  • Joe

    What about La Carreta on Bird? That is the center of the Cuban universe.

  • YP

    What about La Casita on 36 Ave and Eight Street? This place has great food.

  • Silva

    ISLAS CANARIAS RESTAURANT! Best croquetas in the world and the food is consistently AMAZING!

    Coral Way & 137 ave
    Bird Rd & 137 ave
    2nd & 27th ave

  • denise oliva

    How about Las Vegas Reataurant off Collins Ave,food is tasty,affordable,and authenticlly Cuban now who can beat that….try their home made chicken soup!!

  • Ray

    You haven’t had good Cuban food till you eat at Molina’s Ranch in Hialeah, om the corner of Le June Road and 41 Street

  • Barbara

    lLa Carreta @40th st and 87ave great food and service.

  • Beth

    does anywhere in Broward qualify? I want to take a visitor

    • eddie

      there is a las vegas in Broward

  • Jasmine

    Mojito’s in Dolphin Mall

  • Carmen

    La Casita on 8th Street and Galiano is way better than Versailles, Sergio’s, and La Carreta. Las Culebrinas used to be good but not anymore. If the Las Molinas in Hialeah is owned by the same people that owned the one on Coral Way then it should be good.

  • Lourdes Girau

    There is no better cuban food that the one cooked at home. All the places above sting. They call themself cuban restaurant and have more thatn 70% employess from Nicaragua, Mexico Etc.

    The names still there… the quality is gone.

  • JJ

    where’s Las Vegas?

  • christiano

    and La Casita?



    1334 S.W. 8th STREET
    MIAMI, FLA. 33135


  • Dee

    Try Rubens Cuban Restaurant in Pinecrest. Mom an Pop cook the food. Serving the best of everything. The owners daughter, Denise runs the place and she is great. The service is good and quick.

  • wes

    Dee is right, Rubens Cuban is awesome they are open from 6am to 8pm too, just know that they only take cash. It is just east of US1 on SW 124th street across from the park, you get a lot of good food for the price.

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