When, literally, entire tour buses can stroll in, have a gut-busting Cuban lunch, and be back on the bus in time to make their 2 pm boat tour at Bayside, you know this place is doing something right. But even beyond having a private dining room in back set up perfectly for huge groups, this iconic bucket list restaurant seems to always be hosting some family of 28 who get their food quickly and seamlessly. It’s the rare place that's perfect for both visitors and locals, and a quintessentially Miami group dining experience.
How to book: Call 305-444-0240.
It may not be the best Cuban food in Miami, or even the most popular, but nowhere is Cuban food in Miami quite like Versailles. It’s part restaurant, part gathering place for senior members of the Cuban diaspora, who while away their days sipping cafecitos and talking politics at the bakery. It was ground zero for the Elian Gonzales protests of 2000, and it’s hard to imagine taking a visitor anywhere else who wants a taste of the Miami Cuban experience. The interior is the perfect mix of white-coated waiters and placemats made of paper, both elegant and funky in a way only an old-school Cuban restaurant can be.
How to book: Stop in for first-come, first-served seating.
If you want a quintessential Miami experience that doesn’t involve renting a Ferrari or posting up on someone else’s yacht, hitting up this Little Havana landmark and chomping on pressed Cuban bread—filled with all the Cuban sandwich regulars—while sitting outside with a Cafecito and listening to all the regulars talk about the latest chisme is your ticket to ride.
How to book: Stop by for first-come, first served seating or order take-out via Toast.