3555 SW 8th St, Miami, FL
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.
3252 Coral Way,
Coral Gables, FL 33145
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.
5859 Southwest 73rd Street
South Miami, 33143
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.
Bongo’s Cuban Cafe
601 Biscayne Boulevard
Miami, FL 33132-1801
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.
9872 Southwest 40th Street
Miami, FL 33165-3912
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.