best cuban restaurants in little havana

Cuban cuisine is a blending of creole and spanish influence, leading to one of the best types of food in this side of the globe. The people in this neighborhood are proud to provide food that is not only soul-satisfying, but food that also offer familial feelings and festive vibes. Here are our recommendations for best cuban restaurants in Little Havana.

La Camaronera Seafood Joint & Fish Market

A family-owned Cuban fish fry offering fresh fish and seafood. Using fish caught by the restaurant leads to a local taste of Miami’s seafood with a blending of Cuban seasonings and techniques to serve the Pan con Minuta, a sandwich composed of tail-on butterflied fried snapper with chopped white onions on a cuban roll. For a more formal sit-down meal, get the whole fried fish or the succulent seafood rice.
1952 W Flagler St Miami, FL 33135
garciabrothersseafood.com

El Cristo

An unassuming Cuban restaurant serving authentic versions of the type of food the neighborhood has become known for. The service is friendly (even if you don’t know english), and the atmosphere is plain but comfortable. Portions are more than generous, meaning that a order is enough for two servings, but this does not one of those instances where they value quantity over quality. Here, the quality of the food is up to par with the size of the portions, and I mean this as a good thing. We are partial to the ropa vieja, a dish of shredded beef in a tomato sauce.
1543 SW 8th St Miami, FL 33135
elcristorestaurant.com

El Rey de Las Fritas

Hamburgers are to Americans as Fritas are to Cubans. This sandwich is composed of a paprika-seasoned beef patty sometimes blended with chorizo topped with  diced white onions, julienned potatoes, and ketchup on a cuban roll. The name of this restaurant translates to “The King of Fritas,” and they are not lying. They consistently make the best frita in the city and offer stellar service in an atmosphere that is the definition of what Little Havana is.
1821 SW 8th St Miami, FL 33135
elreydelasfritas.com

El Exquisito

A restaurant open since 1974 offering some of the better Cuban cuisine in the area. The location and friendly service just exudes a feeling of family and shows what dining in a Cuban home would feel like. The thing to get here is the Media Noche, a version of the cuban sandwich composed of Roast Pork, Ham, Swiss Cheese, pickles, and mustard on a pressed sweet egg roll. Although you can easily find this sandwich anywhere, El Exquisito pays particular attention to the proportion of ingredients to provide the desired blending of flavors that one should experience with this sandwich. For a larger meal, we recommend the Milanesa de Pollo (breaded chicken breast topped with cheese and ham) with moros (mix of rice and black beans).
1510 SW 8th Street, Miami, Florida 33135
exquisitorestaurant.com

Catharsis Restaurant and Lounge

We appreciate rustic cuisine and hole-in-the-wall restaurants in Little Havana, but no list of restaurants in the area is complete without mentioning Catharsis, the only upscale selection to make our compilation of recommendations. This quaint place is offering updated takes on Cuban cuisine while providing live music in a seductive and intimate setting. Try the Four Hour Roasted Leg of Pork with Guava Mojito Sauce and Chopped Maduros served over Goat Cheese Risotto, a nod to the staple of Cuban cuisine known as Lechon Asado.
1644 Southwest 8th Street Miami, FL 33135

Dessert at Azucar Ice Cream Company

Experience Cuban culture embodied as creamy and luscious ice cream at Azucar, a shop selling homemade ice creams inspired by Cuban desserts and local ingredients. Those in the know always get the Abuela Maria flavor, the homemade vanilla ice cream mixed with  guava, cream cheese and galletas Maria. This flavor has quickly become a Cuban-American classic.
1503 SW 8th St Miami, FL 33135
azucaricecream.com