Miami >Food & Dining > Villa Havana Restaurant
3398 SW 22nd St, Miami, FL | Directions 3314525.749875 -80.249483
Neighborhoods: Coral Way, South
Real Cuban Food – Every time I have friends from out of town visit Miami who have never tried Cuban food, this is the place I take them too. The ambiance is lacking, this is not a place that impresses with the decor. But it is clean, and the staff is very polite and formal. What separates this place from the rest is the food. It's the best Cuban food in Miami, and as such most likely the world. It's way better than more expensive trendy places like Havana Harry's (with their dry pork chunks), David's (which actually has arroz y picadillo on their menu), Las Culebrinas (so-so food), La Carreta (too greasy), and the god awful Casa Larios (no comment). The only places that compare in food to Villa Habana are Versailles, and Islas Canarias. The Masitas de Puerco are succulent and juicy, the Vaca Frita superb, and the Milanesa amazing.
Consistently good for 20 years – I've been going to Villa Habana for around 20 years and it has been ***** all the time. The waiters get things right. and communicate well with the kitchen. If you ask for Masas de Cerdo "un poco suave" they come "un poco suave". (Does the fact that the bread usually comes lightly toasted explain why one reviewer thought it stale?) Once when I ordered Caldo Gallego, it came with no meat. I pointed that out to the waiter who took it back to the kitchen and returned it to me loaded with meat. They truly care about giving good service. The Camarones al ajillo are better than I have had anywhere else. Their fish dishes are consistently better than the competition's, and all the traditional meals are very high quality. And that's why I go back at least once a week year after year.
Parking is easy and the attendant is extremely helpful in helping you negotiate backing out of a space.
BEST Black Beans & Mariquitas in Miami – Villa Habana is the BEST CUBAN FOOD I have tasted in Miami (and I have been to all the big names and a few of the small). The flavor of their BLACK BEANS with a hint of (?) green pepper and thyme is amazing and not to be matched anywhere. Their MARIQUITAS are light and never greasy. Sliced paper thin and fried to gold crunchiness they go perfectly with accompanying dipping sauce of that is a delicious blend of garlic and lemon (flavorful and never harsh or sharp). The service is always polite (whether or not you speak Spanish) and the waiters are old fashioned and professional about the food. Take Out is great, they give you big portions, never skimp, and they never leave out the extras including the bread. This is where I take anyone who has never had Cuban food. It never disappoints.
Family-oriented Cuban restaurant where the food matters more than the decor. – In Short
The room may look a bit like a cafeteria with its paper place mats and vinyl-padded chairs, but it's impeccably clean and bright. Waiters are formal, both in their vest and bow tie dress and in their manner. This place has lots of regulars, including entire families who stop in after church on Sundays, so you may have a wait during peak times. Basic Cuban cuisine prepared with care and a few extra touches. The ropa vieja in particular is the best in town. Shredded meat is simmered in a red wine and tomato sauce, then served with your choice of two sides, ranging from yuca with mojo to plantains or moros. Other notable entrees include the boliche (pot roast) and garlic shrimp. Lechon asado (roast pork) is available only on Sundays, starting at 1pm. Hurry, because it's usually gone by dinnertime.
Don't order out – The food might be cheap but, you get what you pay for. The bread you get to munch on before the meal is stale more often than not, and FORGET about asking for more. We went there (3 guys) & they gave us 4 measly little pieces. (Even though we told them to bring us more than that)
One day I decided to order a Cuban sandwich w/ fries, THAT was a mistake. They forgot the fries, though they charged me for them, and the bread looked & tasted like it was a week old.
And last but not least, I was speaking w/ the woman who answered the phone in Spanish and she was STILL having a problem w/ the order. Imagin if it was in English???
Best cuban food, good prices – In a city full of inexpensive cuban food resturants, few places compare. The quality of the food is always top notch, $5 lunch deals are hard to beat (available until 6PM!), service is always courteous.
Once you try this place, it's hard to go anywhere else.
Hope you're hungry – Very good Cuban home cooking. Its not fancy but its not a dump. If you are VERY hungry for cuban food...go here! They definitely fill you up. Good place to go before a movie.
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