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Most Famous Cuban Restaurant in Miami

Most Famous Cuban Restaurant in Miami


Miami is well known for its white sand beaches and delicious dining destinations.  Although you will find a Cuban restaurant or cafeteria in almost any corner of Miami, the best place to get a traditional Cuban meal in Miami is Versailles Restaurant.


Versailles Restaurant, Miami


One of South Florida’s most iconic culinary landmarks and considered “The World’s Most Famous Cuban Restaurant“, it has been serving tasty Cuban cuisine to the South Florida community and tourists for the past 43 years.  After it opened its doors in 1971, Versailles quickly became the gathering place and unofficial town square for Miami’s Cuban exiles. Today, it remains the unrelenting gauge of the community’s pulse.

We were traveling to Miami today and I was in the mood for a traditional Cuban meal and said to my husband, “let’s go have lunch at Versailles”.  When we arrived it was right before the lunch crowd and the place was buzzing.   We had a choice of eating in the sit down restaurant or gabbing a quick bite or pastries in their bakery next door.  We opted to have a sit down lunch in the restaurant.    They were still serving breakfast.  I was in the mood for a Cuban Medianoche (Midnight) sandwich. A Cuban Medianoche sandwich consists of roast port, ham, mustard, Swiss Chess, and dill pickles.   My husband went for the traditional egg omelet.  The food is genuine home made Cuban food “perfection” and so satisfying.


Versailles Restaurant, Miami
Cuban Media Noche Sandwich
Egg Omelet


The food was modestly priced and you get a ton of food for the price. Sharing is highly recommended. For example I’ve ordered a Cuban Media Noche sandwich, and John ordered a egg omelet and it came out to $16 for both our meals plus drinks.   I  know folks that commute from locations outside of Miami only for the croquettes from Versailles! Wash that down with a steamy “cafe con leche” (shot of Cuban coffee combined with whole and evaporated milk plus sugar).  I imagine that may be the Cuban equivalent to milk and cookies. If you need a full meal, then try out their chicken with yellow-colored rice, best-known as “arroz con pollo”.

After lunch we walked over to Versailles Bakery.   I love Cuban pastries but have a hard time finding them where we live.  So when I get the chance to buy my favorites pastelitos de guava and the capuchinos, I’m really happy.  Capuchinos are those little yellow cone-shaped sponge cakes you see in just about every Cuban bakery. These delicious dessert cakes supposedly got their name because the shape looks a lot like the headgear (a hood really) worn by the Italian Capuchin Monks.


Versailles Bakery Entrance, Miami
Delicious Desserts at Versailles Bakery
Pastries at Versailles Bakery
Scrumptious Cakes at Versailles
Admiring the Desserts at Versailles in Miami
The ladies behind the counter at Versailles Bakery
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Waiting for our number to be called at Versailles Bakery
Capuchinos Cakes


Whenever there’s major nationwide or even neighborhood news within the Cuban community, journalists go to Versailles to meet with the locals who hang around just outside of the cafeteria window “La Ventanita” chatting about the latest community happenings.





The Cuban exile community continues to think of the Versailles Restaurant in Miami as the best place to go for traditional Cuban food and as the focal point for the community.


About the author

Carmen Edelson is the Founder of Carmen's Luxury Travel. Carmen has been traveling the world for over a decade. Her travels allow her the opportunity to pursue her itch to travel to the best luxury destinations, and experience those first class tastes from around the world.


  1. Elizabrth Taylor
    January 15, 2021 at 10:25 am

    I really loved dining at Chug’s especially the Duck media noche which was really delicious.
    Elizabrth Taylor recently posted…10 Best Vaca Frita In Miami, FLMy Profile

    • Carmen Edelson
      January 19, 2021 at 3:17 pm

      Great place! Thanks for reading, Elizabeth 🙂

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