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The 5 Best Cuban Restaurants Near St. Petersburg

Updated: May 2, 2022

If you’ve been dreaming of a juicy Frita Cubana and a cold rum these are the top Cuban restaurants in St. Petersburg! We did the grind and analyzed the top review sites and food publications to find the best Cuban spots in St. Petersburg. Head to any of the Cuban spots on this list for fantastic Daiquiris and tasty medianoche sandwiches.

Find the perfect Cuban restaurant

Smiley's Deli

Latin, $, St. PetersburgLatin, $St. Petersburg, Central Oak Park
Google: 4.8
Yelp: 5.0

Red Mesa Restaurant

Mexican, $$, St. PetersburgMexican, $$St. Petersburg
Google: 4.5
Yelp: 4.0
  • Creative Loafing, 2020

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    Creative Loafing, 2020
  • Tampa Bay Times, 2020

    Tampa Bay’s 25 most iconic restaurants

    Tampa Bay Times, 2020

Pipo's The Original Cuban Cafe

Cuban, $, St. PetersburgCuban, $St. Petersburg
Google: 4.5
Yelp: 4.0

Pepo's Cuban Cafe

Cuban, $, St. PetersburgCuban, $St. Petersburg
Google: 4.5
Yelp: 4.0

If you travel further

Golden Dinosaurs

Cuban, $$, GulfportCuban, $$Gulfport
Google: 4.8
Yelp: 4.5
  • Creative Loafing, 2019

    22 Cuban sandwiches in Tampa Bay you should’ve tried by now

    Creative Loafing, 2019
  • Tampa Bay Times, 2019

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    Tampa Bay Times, 2019

How was this list created?

Picking the right Cuban restaurant can be tough, especially when you’re exploring new restaurants. The restaurants in this list rose to the top after we analyzed the Yelp and Google ratings for 7417 restaurants in St. Petersburg, 823905 restaurant reviews, and exactly 260 lists and articles from experts at Tampa Bay Times and Creative Loafing and more. All with some boam magic. The spots that made the cut have been featured in Tampa Bay Times - Best vegan and vegetarian restaurants in Tampa Bay, Tampa Bay Times - Tampa Bay’s 25 most iconic restaurants and Creative Loafing - 27 Latin-owned restaurants in Tampa Bay you should’ve tried by now. We automatically update restaurants’ availability and services, so you can find a great meal no matter what. Restaurants can’t pay to show up on this list, so enjoy the best food with no agenda. Don’t sleep on the restaurants in this list.

FAQ

Red Mesa Restaurant and Pepo's Cuban Cafe are the highest-rated Cuban restaurants offering delivery options in St. Petersburg.

There are 5 Cuban restaurants in St. Petersburg.

Smiley's Deli, Red Mesa Restaurant, and Pipo's The Original Cuban Cafe are the highest-rated Cuban restaurants for a quick lunch in St. Petersburg.

Smiley's Deli, Red Mesa Restaurant, and Pipo's The Original Cuban Cafe are the highest-rated Cuban restaurants that serve breakfast in St. Petersburg.

Smiley's Deli, Red Mesa Restaurant, and Pepo's Cuban Cafe are the highest-rated Cuban restaurants for take-out in St. Petersburg.

Drink pairing tips

  • Pair Chardonnay with cuban sandwich

    Not sure what white wine to drink with your cuban sandwich? Try Chardonnay. The oaked flavors will pair nicely with the food and complete the meal.

  • The perfect match for your plantain

    When ordering plantain, experts suggest pairing it with a glass of Sauvignon Blanc, a popular white wine.

Did you know?

  • History lesson

    The Cuban sandwich was only thought up in 1800s! We wonder what people ever did without some good Cuban sandwich in their lives...

  • A traditional drink of Cuba

    Often considered one of the most go-to drinks in Cuba, cuba libra is a top choice across the country, often made with rum lime.

  • A classic dish

    If you’re ever in Cuba there is no way you can leave without having tried the ropa vieja. The ropa vieja features a mix of ingredients, like shredded beef, tomato sauce, onions, peppers. Make sure you try it!

Parking information

Parking in St. Petersburg can be a challenge. To make the hunt for parking easier, we’ve partnered with a cutting-edge digital parking reservation system, Spothero, that enables you to book a spot in advance before you visit your chosen Cuban spot.

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