From Croquetas to Congri, These Are Miami's 10 Best Cuban Restaurants

Cuban restaurants in Miami are a dime a dozen. You can't walk two feet without finding a window from which to order a cortadito or a cafeteria filled with folks eating media noche sandwiches. The Cuban culinary influence is tucked away in grocery stores, at high-end restaurants, and everywhere in between.

One of the most well-known and authentic places to eat Cuban fare in Miami, El Palacio de Los Jugos, is more or less a fruit market that also serves buffet-style Cuban staples. Then there are the establishments that offer different interpretations of the cuisine, such as Havana Harry's - a reader favorite.

If you're looking to concentrate your efforts, start with the local hangout Puerto Sagua on the vibrant South Beach area -a restaurant that's been featured in numerous film and advertisement shoots, it's that emblematic - and then head to Calle Ocho. There you'll find Versailles's traditional nearly 24/7 eats, ranging from codfish croquetas (croquettes) for breakfast to shrimp in Creole sauce (tomato sauce with peas, not New Orleans style) for dinner, as well as handfuls of other Cuban-influenced cuisines.



Located in South Beach, Havana 1957 offers traditional Cuban cuisine combined with the finesse of 1950s Havana. This uber-classy, throwback restaurant serves breakfast, lunch, dinner, and dessert, along with a fine selection of wine, beer, and...  Read More



This is Cuban done South Beach-style – that means with glitz, bright color, and ultra-chic decor. Young Cuban-Americans and trendy folks of all colors, creeds, and ages make this restaurant a mob scene on weekends. If you want to commune with...  Read More



No-frills Puerto Sagua is a long-standing institution in South Beach, where restaurants come and go with frequency. This one has continued to please the fickle masses with traditional Cuban comfort food and decor that is fuss-free, with the...  Read More

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The decor may be French, but the name is pronounced Ver-say-ez, Spanish style. And Versailles's cooking is Cuban all the way. Patrons swoon over deliciously authentic food and the dining room's opulence, complete with candelabras, gilt-framed...  Read More

Enriqueta's Sandwich Shop


Enriqueta's Sandwich Shop is a small Cuban cafetaria-style eatery feeding hearty breakfasts and lunch specials to the hungry working class citizens of Midtown and Wynwood. You'll find the usual morning staples like tostadas (buttered Cuban...  Read More



Situated all over Miami (with locations in Kendall, Little Havana,Hialeah, Doral, Miami International Airport, plus several others in Broward), this Cuban restaurant's versatile cuisine and convivial atmosphere keep patrons coming back for more....  Read More



A Coral Gables favorite since 1995, Havana Harry's is a locals' joint, thanks to the innovative take on typical Cuban fare: tostones guayberos is fried plantains covered with pulled pork and barbecue sauce, for instance, while chicken...  Read More

Islas Canarias Restaurant


Since 1977, Raul and Amelia Garcia, along with their two children, Nancy and Santiago, have been dishing up home-style Cuban goodness for their customers. Today, Spanish and Cuban favorites from the island, including oxtail in wine sauce and...  Read More



Since opening in 1977, El Palacio De Los Jugos has embodied Latin American Miami in its most authentic form. It's not fancy, doesn't have a dress code, and everyone is welcome--so long as they enjoy delicious food and won't ask for a copy of...  Read More

Exquisito Restaurant


El Exquisito began as a small cafeteria with a capacity for 16 patrons. Nowadays, the 30+ year Little Havana staple can seat and feed well over 70 guests at a time. Voted "Best Cuban Food In Miami", "Best Pork Chunks In Miami", and "Best Tamales...  Read More


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