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Miami’s 12 Essential Cuban Restaurants

Satisfy all those croqueta cravings

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More a sizzling skillet than a melting pot — Miami's rich Cuban influences have defined this city for more than 50 years, and nothing speaks to the culture of a community more than its culinary offerings. The star of that is, of course, Cuban cuisine, and while there are plenty of places offering it around town here are the best bets — listed in geographical order from north to south.

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1. Finka Table & Tap

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14690 SW 26th St
Miami, FL
(305) 227-8818
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West Kendall gem, Finka Table and Tap is Islas Canarias’ millennial offspring — on steroids. That’s because chef Eileen Andrade is the actual offspring of the owners of Islas Canarias, and her reimagined spins take traditional Cuban cuisine up a notch. While the famous Islas Canarias croquetas are served at Finka, go out on a limb and try the vaca-frita stuffed tostones, the arroz con pollo fritters, the croqueta pizza, along with one of the many craft cocktails at the bar.

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2. Islas Canarias

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13695 SW 26th St
Miami, FL
(305) 559-6666
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Islas Canarias croquetas are quite possibly the most authentic this side of Spain. Filled with ham and béchamel sauce, these large, piping-hot bundles of deep-fried goodness are legendary in the Magic City. Pro-tip: order more than needed as there are just never enough to go around. The restaurant also serves a variety of other authentic Cuban dishes, including the noteworthy carne con papas.

Islas Canarias
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3. Sergio's

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1640 NW 87th Ave
Doral, FL
(877) 647-3230
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Creative appetizers and tapas, plus a “Skinny Menu” and a rustic-meets-modern decor sets Sergio's apart from other Cuban restaurants. For more than 40 years, the Cuban mini-chain has been serving a large assortment Cuban specialties like the vaca frita empanada with the special cilantro sauce, croquetas and tostones rellenos, along with the new-er health-conscious Skinny Menu items like cauliflower rice and fire-grilled vegetables.

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4. El Palacio De Los Jugos

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5721 W Flagler St
Miami, FL
(305) 262-0070
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More of an outdoor barbecue pit and juice counter than restaurant, El Palacio de los Jugos serves among the best "chicharones" aka fried pork rinds, mariquitas, cold sugar cane juice and a wide selection of fruit juices. The location on Flagler and SW 57th Avenue serves heaping portions of roasted pork and Cuban pork sandwiches.

El Palacio De Los Jugos
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5. Luis Galindo’s Latin American Cafeteria & Restaurant 

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898 SW 57th Ave
West Miami, FL 33144

This longstanding Cuban diner is known for serving inexpensive, generous portions of Cuban favorites. The place is constantly bustling with regulars who know a good value and an authentic meal. The bistec empanizado is so large it doesn’t fit on the plate, while the grilled chicken and the cortadito are some of the best in the city.

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6. La Rosa Restaurant

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4041 NW 7th St
Miami, FL
(305) 541-1715
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A local favorite for years, La Rosa serves a variety of standout dishes include the vaca frita de carne, sopa de pollo, and bistec empanizado, along with the much talked about paella — all cooked by the owner himself.

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7. Havana Harry's

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4612 S Le Jeune Rd
Coral Gables, FL
(305) 661-2622
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This bright, airy, expansive restaurant, laiden with colorful Cuban tiles serves large portions of authentic Cuban dishes such as vaca frita, tostones, and maduros, that all are easily paired with one of its mojitos.

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8. La Carreta

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3632 SW 8th St
Miami, FL
(305) 444-7501
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A Miami mainstay for more than four decades, La Carreta is well-known for "abuela-style" Cuban cooking throughout its nine locations (and counting). Just about anywhere throughout South Florida, a La Carreta can be found to satisfy those cafecito and croqueta cravings.

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9. Versailles Restaurant

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3555 SW 8th St
Miami, FL
(305) 244-0240
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For nearly 50 years Versailles, has been synonymous with Cuban buzz and has served as ground zero for Cuban political banter, protests, parades and celebrations. At its center: Cuban food. Favorite dishes include the vaca frita, churrasco, camarones enchilados and plantain soup. And this Miami institution is so legendary that even has its own cookbook, co-authored by local celebrity chef, Food Network Star’s Ana Quincoces.

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10. El Exquisito

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1510 SW 8th St
Miami, FL
(305) 643-0227
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Take a trip to Little Havana to check out the restaurant aptly named "the exquisite one." El Exquisito has been serving fairly-priced, high-quality Cuban fare since 1974. A favorite of locals, politicians and star athletes alike, El Exquisito has been lauded by numerous print and online publications for its food; receiving high praise for its tamales and pork chunk dishes.

El Exquisito
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11. Estefan Kitchen

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140 NE 39th St #133
Miami, FL
(786) 843-3880
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This restaurant and lounge owned by Gloria and Emilio Estefan serves Cuban cuisine in a lively and entertaining atmosphere. Located in the heart of the Miami Design District’s Palm Court, it features striking décor, art-covered walls and waiters who will perform live music on a whim for the lucky diners. But don’t be surprised to see Emilio banging on the Bongos or Gloria enjoying an elegant, authentic Cuban meal with family and friends.

Estefan Kitchen

12. Three Palms Cuban Cafe

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11500 Biscayne Blvd
Miami, FL

Head to Three Palms for homemade pastelitos, a popular flaky, Cuban pastry, and Cuban coffee via a walk-up window. This Cuban Café on Biscayne Boulevard also offers a seated dining inside the restaurant where guests can enjoy an authentic Cuban breakfast or dishes like its arroz con pollo, which is one of its specialties.

Three Palms Cuban Cafe

1. Finka Table & Tap

14690 SW 26th St, Miami, FL
Finka Miami

West Kendall gem, Finka Table and Tap is Islas Canarias’ millennial offspring — on steroids. That’s because chef Eileen Andrade is the actual offspring of the owners of Islas Canarias, and her reimagined spins take traditional Cuban cuisine up a notch. While the famous Islas Canarias croquetas are served at Finka, go out on a limb and try the vaca-frita stuffed tostones, the arroz con pollo fritters, the croqueta pizza, along with one of the many craft cocktails at the bar.

14690 SW 26th St
Miami, FL

2. Islas Canarias

13695 SW 26th St, Miami, FL
Islas Canarias
Miami New Times

Islas Canarias croquetas are quite possibly the most authentic this side of Spain. Filled with ham and béchamel sauce, these large, piping-hot bundles of deep-fried goodness are legendary in the Magic City. Pro-tip: order more than needed as there are just never enough to go around. The restaurant also serves a variety of other authentic Cuban dishes, including the noteworthy carne con papas.

13695 SW 26th St
Miami, FL

3. Sergio's

1640 NW 87th Ave, Doral, FL
Sergio’s Doral
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Creative appetizers and tapas, plus a “Skinny Menu” and a rustic-meets-modern decor sets Sergio's apart from other Cuban restaurants. For more than 40 years, the Cuban mini-chain has been serving a large assortment Cuban specialties like the vaca frita empanada with the special cilantro sauce, croquetas and tostones rellenos, along with the new-er health-conscious Skinny Menu items like cauliflower rice and fire-grilled vegetables.

1640 NW 87th Ave
Doral, FL

4. El Palacio De Los Jugos

5721 W Flagler St, Miami, FL
El Palacio De Los Jugos
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More of an outdoor barbecue pit and juice counter than restaurant, El Palacio de los Jugos serves among the best "chicharones" aka fried pork rinds, mariquitas, cold sugar cane juice and a wide selection of fruit juices. The location on Flagler and SW 57th Avenue serves heaping portions of roasted pork and Cuban pork sandwiches.

5721 W Flagler St
Miami, FL

5. Luis Galindo’s Latin American Cafeteria & Restaurant 

898 SW 57th Ave, West Miami, FL 33144
Luis Galindo’s Latin American Cafeteria & Restaurant 
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This longstanding Cuban diner is known for serving inexpensive, generous portions of Cuban favorites. The place is constantly bustling with regulars who know a good value and an authentic meal. The bistec empanizado is so large it doesn’t fit on the plate, while the grilled chicken and the cortadito are some of the best in the city.

898 SW 57th Ave
West Miami, FL 33144

6. La Rosa Restaurant

4041 NW 7th St, Miami, FL
La Rosa Restaurant
Trip Advisor

A local favorite for years, La Rosa serves a variety of standout dishes include the vaca frita de carne, sopa de pollo, and bistec empanizado, along with the much talked about paella — all cooked by the owner himself.

4041 NW 7th St
Miami, FL

7. Havana Harry's

4612 S Le Jeune Rd, Coral Gables, FL
Havana Harry’s
TripAdvisor

This bright, airy, expansive restaurant, laiden with colorful Cuban tiles serves large portions of authentic Cuban dishes such as vaca frita, tostones, and maduros, that all are easily paired with one of its mojitos.

4612 S Le Jeune Rd
Coral Gables, FL

8. La Carreta

3632 SW 8th St, Miami, FL
La Carreta
Miami Vice Locations

A Miami mainstay for more than four decades, La Carreta is well-known for "abuela-style" Cuban cooking throughout its nine locations (and counting). Just about anywhere throughout South Florida, a La Carreta can be found to satisfy those cafecito and croqueta cravings.

3632 SW 8th St
Miami, FL

9. Versailles Restaurant

3555 SW 8th St, Miami, FL
Versailles Restaurant

For nearly 50 years Versailles, has been synonymous with Cuban buzz and has served as ground zero for Cuban political banter, protests, parades and celebrations. At its center: Cuban food. Favorite dishes include the vaca frita, churrasco, camarones enchilados and plantain soup. And this Miami institution is so legendary that even has its own cookbook, co-authored by local celebrity chef, Food Network Star’s Ana Quincoces.

3555 SW 8th St
Miami, FL

10. El Exquisito

1510 SW 8th St, Miami, FL
El Exquisito
Miami New Times

Take a trip to Little Havana to check out the restaurant aptly named "the exquisite one." El Exquisito has been serving fairly-priced, high-quality Cuban fare since 1974. A favorite of locals, politicians and star athletes alike, El Exquisito has been lauded by numerous print and online publications for its food; receiving high praise for its tamales and pork chunk dishes.

1510 SW 8th St
Miami, FL

11. Estefan Kitchen

140 NE 39th St #133, Miami, FL
Estefan Kitchen

This restaurant and lounge owned by Gloria and Emilio Estefan serves Cuban cuisine in a lively and entertaining atmosphere. Located in the heart of the Miami Design District’s Palm Court, it features striking décor, art-covered walls and waiters who will perform live music on a whim for the lucky diners. But don’t be surprised to see Emilio banging on the Bongos or Gloria enjoying an elegant, authentic Cuban meal with family and friends.

140 NE 39th St #133
Miami, FL

12. Three Palms Cuban Cafe

11500 Biscayne Blvd, Miami, FL
Three Palms Cuban Cafe

Head to Three Palms for homemade pastelitos, a popular flaky, Cuban pastry, and Cuban coffee via a walk-up window. This Cuban Café on Biscayne Boulevard also offers a seated dining inside the restaurant where guests can enjoy an authentic Cuban breakfast or dishes like its arroz con pollo, which is one of its specialties.

11500 Biscayne Blvd
Miami, FL

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