Little Havana is the political and social epicenter of Cuban culture in Miami. Full of exciting Latin music, beautiful Cuban art, and hand-rolled cigars, the area also has some of the best restaurants you’ll come across in the whole city. So come by, take a seat, and be prepared to excite your taste buds at one of these seven spots.
Restaurant, Cuban, American, $$$
Interior of Doce Provisions | Courtesy of Doce Provisions
Calle Ocho meets Wynwood at Doce Provisions, a hip and cozy restaurant serving a variety of American and Cuban items. This restaurant serves up chorizo croquettes and lechon asado buns, along with some delicious buttermilk fried chicken. Other Cuban-inspired menu items include pan con bistec sandwiches and guayaba con queso empanadas. As for the American side of the menu, you might want to check out the shrimp po’ boy taco or short rib burger. Come on over and have a craft beer too.
Swing by Old’s Havana Cuban Bar & Cocina for a delicious Cuban shrimp cocktail, ceviche, and boiled yuca with mojo. The empanadas are fresh, and the ropa vieja simmers in a homemade sauce for hours. Old’s Havana will make your mouth water and delight your senses with the taste and smell of authentic Cuban cooking. It’ll feel like you’re hanging out with a Cuban host family at their home while they’re cooking lunch – it won’t get much more authentic than this. Highlights from the menu include the shrimp Creole or churrasco (with an ice-cold Corona, of course).
Little Havana is known as having some real gems when it comes to restaurants, and La Gringa is no exception. This killer taco spot serves up tacos and burritos that make your mouth water, and everything is made in-house and is super fresh. That salsa and guac you’re putting on your food? It’s made from scratch in-house with quality ingredients. Also, be sure to grab an ice-cold Mexican soda to go with your tasty tacos!
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If you find yourself in Little Havana exploring Cuban culture, but you’re craving a big, tasty plate of pad Thai, Lung Yai is your spot. The tiny Thai restaurant is as hip as it is delicious, but it’s so cozy that you might be finding yourself with a wait time if you go during peak hours. The menu boasts red curry chicken, crab fried rice, shrimp dumplings, and chicken pad Thai. All of the dishes served here are bursting with flavors, and the setting makes for a fun, sweet date with your loved one.
El Cristo Restaurant & Catering serves Cuban delicacies all day long and has a menu filled with fresh toasted Cuban sandwiches, churrasco, shredded flank steak, fish fillets, and the house favorite, arroz imperial. This eatery also offers some great Cuban coffee and provides perfect food to enjoy after a good game of dominoes at the park or after looking at some Cuban art in the Calle Ocho galleries. Sit back and have a beer or glass of wine for a truly authentic Cuban meal that won’t let you down.
El Exquisito Restaurant is a casual Cuban joint providing a perfect atmosphere for people looking to relax and enjoy a sandwich and cold drink either by themselves after a long day of visiting Calle Ocho or with a group of friends. Don’t let the size of this place fool you; the food is incredible. Be sure to order either the Exquisito burger if you’re feeling famished or the pan con bistec sandwich with a cold mamey or papaya shake.
Taqueria Viva Mexico offers some of the best tacos you’ll come across in Miami, and there are several different kinds from which to choose. Not only do you get to pick the meat, such as steak, fish, or chicken, but also the toppings. You can choose from all kinds of delicious, fresh salsa and toppings like cilantro, diced onions, and guacamole. If you’re looking for a spot with beer and liquor, you’ll be disappointed as this taqueria only serves water and soda. But nothing goes better with a taco than an ice-cold orange soda.