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July 01, 2024

What are the Best Places to Try Authentic Cuban Food in Miami?

Since Cubans began migrating to Miami, Cuban cuisine has become an essential part of the city’s food scene. Across the city, you’ll find plenty of restaurants, food stalls, and cafes serving up classic Cubanos, empanadas, and churros. (Don’t forget to wash it all down with a mojito for the full culinary experience!)

At Miami Culinary Tours, our local expert guides know all about the best places to try authentic Cuban food in Miami. In fact, we even go there as part of our Miami Food and Culture Tours!

Feeling hungry? Keep reading for our guide to the best eateries in Miami to savor Cuban cuisine, or feel free to contact us about our tours. 

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Try Cuban Food in Little Havana     

There’s no better place to try Cuban food in Miami than Little Havana. This neighborhood sprung up in the 1960s, and locals here have retained their Cuban traditions and culture, especially through food. 

The best way to experience the cuisine in Little Havana is on our Little Havana Food and Cultural Tour. We visit all of the best eateries and experience the rich heritage of the neighborhood, stopping along the way to learn about its history, art, and traditions. 

Here are some of the locations we’ll visit:

El Pub Restuarant

Right in the heart of Little Havana, El Pub Restaurant has been serving up traditional Cuban food for nearly two decades. The diner-style restaurant has a homey and eclectic vibe, with daily specials drawing in the crowds. Their empanadas offer a flavorful explosion, and you’ll find yourself coming back for more!

Location: 1548 SW 8th St, Miami

Opening hours: Sunday to Thursday, 7:30 am to 11 pm; Friday and Saturday, 7:30 am to 1 am

A woman participating in a Miami Food Tour, holding a half-eaten empanada.

Ball & Chain

Ball & Chain has an iconic place in the history of Little Havana. First opened in 1935 as a saloon, today it’s one of the most popular venues in Miami. There’s live music nearly every night and a delectable selection of cocktails to choose from. Dine on tapas and soak up the historic atmosphere!

Location: 1513 SW 8th St, Miami

Opening hours: Sunday to Thursday, 11 am to 1 am;  Friday and Saturday, 11 am to 3 am

Los Pinarenos Fruteria

This open-air fruit market in Little Havana sells some of the freshest produce around that will evoke the taste of Cuba. Los Pinarenos Fruteria mixes up smoothies and juices that will tickle your taste buds and provide some of the best refreshments on a hot summer’s day. Visiting here is a must in mango season!

Location: 1334 SW 8th St, Miami

Opening hours: Monday to Friday, 8 am to 5 pm; Saturday, 8 am to 4 pm; Sunday, 8 am to 3 pm

La Ventanita

La Ventanita is a curious little coffee window located in Versailles, known as the “World’s Most Famous Cuban Restaurant.” Run by a Cuban family since 1971, Versailles has one of the biggest Cuban menus in town. But it’s La Ventanita that always draws a crowd, serving up Cuban coffee like cortadito and colades.

Location: 3555 SW 8th St, Miami

Opening hours: Monday to Sunday, 8 am to 10 pm

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Visit Authentic Cuban Restaurants in Miami

Little Havana is not the only place to try authentic Cuban food. Miami is replete with Cuban restaurants, ensuring you can enjoy traditional bites wherever you go.

Here are some of our other local favorites:

Puerto Sagua

Located in Miami’s South Beach, Puerto Sagua is a local favorite for its fresh seafood and oxtail stew. Plantains, paella, and more are all on the extensive menu, making Puerto Sagua an excellent choice for Cuban cuisine. Running since 1962, they certainly know what they’re doing!

Location: 700 Collins Ave, Miami Beach

Opening hours: Every day, 7 am to 11 pm

Enriqueta’s Sandwich Shop

If you’re looking for a Cubano, go no further than Enriqueta’s Sandwich Shop in Wynwood. Choose from a selection of sandwiches with fillings like pork, chicken, or steak, and enjoy it in the diner-style setting or on the go. 

Location: 186 NE 29th St, Miami

Opening hours: Monday to Friday, 7 am to 3 pm; Saturday, 7 am to 2 pm

A culinary enthusiast indulging in a sandwich filled with ham and spinach during a private experience in Little Havana.

Jama Benn Jama

In Hialeah Gardens, Jama Benn Jama serves up not only Cuban BBQ that will leave you salivating but an incredibly vibrant atmosphere. With its bright and eccentric decor, outdoor seating, and live music, a night here will have you full of food and fun!

Location: 10000 NW 138th St, Miami

Opening hours: Monday to Wednesday, 8 am to 8 pm; Thursday to Friday, 8 am to 10 pm; Saturday to Sunday, 9 am to 10 pm

Taste Miami’s Cuisine on a Food Tour

While Miami’s Cuban cuisine offers some of the greatest culinary delights in the city, the fun doesn’t stop there. Join us for a Wynwood Food and Street Art Tour or a South Beach, Miami, Food and Art Deco Tour and experience the incredible diversity of Miami’s food and cultural offerings. Have any questions about our tours? Then don’t hesitate to get in touch!

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