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11 Excellent Cuban Restaurants Recommended By Miamians, For Miamians

By Mª del Rosario Castro Díaz

11 Excellent Cuban Restaurants Recommended By Miamians, For Miamians

Get your best pair of stretchy pants on and get ready to eat some of the best food in the 305!

Sure, Miami is full of incredible restaurants to try out, heck we even have some of the best ones in the country. But boy do we know how to make the best Cuban food in the Sunshine State! There are so many excellent choices we even had to ask our followers to pick some of their favorite ones because we just couldn’t choose!

From Islas Canarias’ croquetas to Café La Trova’s cocktails, these Cuban restaurants some of the best food in the Magic City, we’re talking 100% abuela-approved! 

1. Caja Caliente, Design District

Home to the original Cuban Taco, Caja Caliente was created by Chef Mika León and offers all kinds of Cuban classics from flan de leche to croquetas and vaca frita with a twist. León’s original and totally incredible creations will have you enjoying ropa vieja stuffed avocados, discos voladores ( buttery Cuban sandwhiches shaped like UFOs) stuffed full of croquetas and original Cuban tacos filled with scrumptious fillings like vaca frita, lechón and even grilled octopus. Yum!

Find it at 95 NE 40th St, Miami, FL 33137.

2. Café La Trova, Little Havana

Speareheaded by award-winning chef Michelle Bernstein, Café La Trova offers some of the best Cuban fare in town along with some incredible, world-class cocktails. Head over to La Trova to enjoy some of the best live Latin music in town and enjoy Bernstein own take on Cuban classics such as skirt steak ropa vieja, Lechon con Chicharrones and tapas like gambas al ajillo, ceviche, and, of course, croquetas!

Find it at  971 SW 8th St, Miami, FL 33130.

3. El Nuevo Siglo Supermarket, Little Havana

Known for its incredible Cuban and Argentine products and a favorite of both locals and tourists. the Nuevo Siglo supermarket on Calle Ocho is the perfect spot for when you’re feeling extra hungry. Offering all kinds of scrumptious alternatives, Nuevo Siglo also offers weekly specials such as ternilla, picadillo, rabo encendid,  ropa vieja, all served with a side of rice, fried plantains, yuca, beans and sometimes even soup! And you know if you’re still hungry don’t forget to drop by the bakery to grab some pastelitos or complement your Cuban meal with some Argentine pastries!

Find it at 1305 SW 8th St, Miami, FL 33135.

4. Havana Harry’s, Coral Gables

Want to enjoy a nice and elegant sitdown meal? Then head on over to Havana Harry’s. This premier Cuban-American fusion restaurant has been around since the 90s and features awesome food inspired by Cuban, Spanish, and Latin American cuisine served up with a delicious twist. Offering large portions at a super reasonable price and a cozy-comfy setting, Havana Harry’s is perfect for celebrations and family gatherings. Be advised though, it’s always busy so make sure to book your spot ahead of time!

Find it at 4612 N Le Jeune Rd, Coral Gables, FL 33146.

5. Islas Canarias, West Miami

Established back in 1977,  Islas Canarias offers the best croquetas in town. This restaurant is such a staple of Cuban culture in the city it even has its own holiday! Yes, you read that right, July 19 is the official day of Islas Canarias Restaurant in Miami. Plus its cafecito is also said to be some of the best in town, Anthony Bourdain certainly thought so and featuring it in his Miami episode of Parts Unknown.

Find it at 13695 SW 26th St, Miami, FL 33175.

6. La Casita, Coral Gables

Another Coral Gables Cuban classic, La Casita is the perfect spot if you’re a seafood fan and you’re looking for more scrumptious seafood options to enjoy a la Cubana. Plus, its comfy, small house setting is great for enjoying a relaxed casual meal and its fairly large portions ensure you’ll be leaving happy and full!

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Find it at 3805 SW 8th St, Coral Gables, FL 33134.

7. Las Olas Café, South Beach

Scrumptious Cuban sandwiches and Café Bustelo? Sign us up! Las Olas in South Beach is great for when you want a quick pick me up in the shape of a freshly-made hot Cuban sandwhich and a frothy, delicious cup of café!

Find it at 644 6th St, Miami Beach, FL 33139.

8. Sanguich de Miami, Little Havana

Continuing with the theme of scrumptious Cuban sandwiches… Sanguich de Miami offers some of the best and most authentic Cuban sandwiches in Miami. Made with tasty Cuban bread which has been carefully buttered and toasted up on the grill, Sanguich offers six traditional Cuban recipes for you to choose from including the classic Cubano sandwich served with ham, lechón, cheese and pickles, the Croqueta Preparada sandwich, Pan con Bistec, Pan con Lechón, the Media Noche served on sweet bread and the Sanguich de Miami, the shop’s signature recipe featuring Turkey, hand-cut smoked bacon, swiss cheese, lettuce, tomato, and mayo. If you’re looking for a traditional Cuban snack, Sanguich’s sandwiches (try saying that 10 times fast) will really make you “taste la tradición.”

Find it at 2057 SW 8th St, Miami, FL 33135.

9. Sergio’s, Multiple locations

With more than 20 million croquetas served under their belt, Sergio’s is another great staple of Cuban cuisine in the Magic City. This woman-founded, family-style chain of restaurants offers its own unique take on traditional Cuban cuisine combining its authentic family recipes with typical Cuban and American dishes. From Cuban sandwiches to ropa vieja and rabo encendido, Sergio’s restaurants and cafés offer a wide variety of breakfast, lunch, and dinner options so you know you’re always bound to find something for everyone!

Find it at multiple locations including Kendall, Doral, Coral Way, Hialeah Gardens and Brickell.

10. Tu Pan, Hialeah

Another great spot to enjoy some authentic Cuban sandwiches… Our follower’s suggestion? Try their pan con bistec it will leave you speechless!

Find it at 2931 W 12th Ave, Hialeah, FL 33012.

11. Versailles, Little Havana

Our round-up of Cuban restaurants would certainly not be complete with one of our followers’ absolute favorite — Versailles. Offering the quintessential Miami Cuban dining experience, Versailles is famous for its sandwiches Cubanos, its cafecito and pretty much everything else on its menu. For an authentic Cuban experience, you simply cannot go without stopping by its ventanita and ordering up a delicious cup of café with a pastelito or a couple of croquetas!

Find it at 3555 SW 8th St, Miami, FL 33135.

See also: 10 Best Spots For A Cafecito In Miami

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