Cuban Restaurants in Miami

After the Cuban Revolution, Miami became home to approximately 500,000 Cuban citizens. These citizens opened businesses and formed communities which led to more Cubans coming to the United States for economic reasons. These people enjoy authentic Cuban recipes that have been handed down for generations. Visitors to Miami are pleasantly surprised when they taste real Cuban food for the first time. Of course, there are many Cuban restaurants, so we have selected a few of our favorites for your consideration.

Havana 1950

Havana 1950 serves fantastic Cuban food with the flare of the 1950’s era. The fully bilingual menus make it easy to order your favorites. They serve breakfast, lunch, and dinner and have a good selection of wine, (fresh squeezed) juices, and mixed drinks. You will have no problem imagining how Havana was during this time period.  Before you leave, try the dessert. It is incredible.

Larios On The Beach

This is an upper-scale, very trendy restaurant. You will find people of all ages dine here. However, if you venture to Larios on a weekend, you may be taken aback by the crowds. This ultra-modern restaurant is a favorite for every age group, as evident by the elbow-to-elbow crowd. If you go earlier in the week, you will enjoy a less crowded dining room. Prices are a little more than other traditional Cuban restaurants, but the place is a bit nicer than most.

Islas Canarias

The owners of Islas Canarias and now their children have been dishing up some of the best Cuban and Spanish food in the city since 1977. You will receive generous portions and only the most  authentic dishes with the finest ingredients are allowed. They also feature sinfully good desserts, fresh, green salads, and have a wide selection of wine and other drinks.

Havana Harry’s

For the longest time, locals tried to keep this gem to themselves. A good mix of Cuban foods with American twists is what is on the menu. This is a casual and comfortable place where you can get Cuban dishes like black beans and fried pork. They have plenty of sandwiches and less fattening options. Expect a lunch and dinner crowd, but this place is worth the wait.

Exquisito Restaurant

This place is small. It seats about 70 people. But, it has been voted The Best Cuban Restaurant in Miami for a reason. Go with pork chunks, tamales, or come early for an incredible breakfast. If it is authentic and it is good, they serve it.

There are so many Cuban and Cuban-American restaurants in Miami that you probably could never try them all. If you ask anyone who lives in Miami, they will have their own favorite. It is well worth taking a little time to research the best places to eat.

Once you have eaten Cuban food in Miami, you will never be satisfied with less, unless of course, you went to Cuba. If you don’t know what a dish is, the menu usually explains. But, it is worth bridging the language barrier to enjoy this food. This is the flavor of Miami!

By: Jed Kurzban

Medical malpractice attorney Jed Kurzban graduated from the University of Alabama in 1992 and earned his Juris Doctor from the University of Miami School of Law in 1995. He is a member of the Dade County Bar Association, the Florida Bar Association, the American Association for Justice, the Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers, and the American Bar Association. Mr. Kurzban is happily married and the father of two.