It’s not shocking at all that there are so many Cuban restaurants in Miami that you can find one at any turn. But which one is the best? Ask a group of Miamians their opinion and it will turn into a heated discussion. While no one can fully agree on the best, these are the 6 top picks among the locals there where you can get a truly authentic taste of Cuban cuisine.
- Havana 1957 Cuban Cuisine
Feel as though you’ve been time-warped back to Havana in the 1950s when you come here. It’s a classy place, yet it’s comfortable enough where you feel welcomed, like you could really make yourself at home. The traditional Cuban breakfasts here are heaven, as are the entrees which reflect the vibrant liveliness of Cuban cuisine. Everything is made in-house, including indulgent desserts.
- El Palacio De Los Jugos
This place won’t win any awards for being fancy, but it’s been an iconic Cuban restaurant since 1977. It has stood the test of time and with one taste, it’s easy to see why. There’s no need to dress up here. Just come as you are and relax by sipping on fresh coconut water served inside coconuts for a true taste of refreshment.
- Puerto Sagua
Down on hip and trendy South Beach, you’ll find this fantastic place for a perfect Cuban comfort food pit stop. Late night after dancing in the clubs, this is the place to go to really hit the spot. Their Cuban sandwiches can’t be beat and if you don’t mind feeling garlicky, get the shrimp in garlic sauce with a side of plantains to refuel.
It’s one of the most legendary Cuban restaurants in all of Miami. Don’t let the slightly fancy interior intimidate you. The prices here are incredibly affordable. And once you taste the food, it feels like a steal. Traditional ropa vieja (savory shredded beef) is done so right here. And you simply cannot leave without a pastellito filled with guava or a Cubano, the coffee of champions.
- Exquisito Restaurant
Once upon a time, this restaurant was so small it could barely squeeze 16 people into it. Now it’s expanded and this award-winning casual eatery serves up breakfast, lunch and dinner. If you’re on a budget, this is the place to be. You can get a gigantic breakfast that will stuff you full for less than $4. And in Miami, that is one of the most amazing deals you’ll ever see.
- Havana Harry’s
For the health-conscious people out there, here’s Cuban food that gives you healthier options. Because Cuban food is delicious but it can add a little extra to the hips. It’s a friendly place with tropical cocktails and a very chill vibe, which makes the wait for a table less boring. Once seated though, you’ll be so into the food you’ll forget you even waited at all.