Where To Get Great Cuban Food Around Tampa Bay

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Looking for some killer Cuban food tonight?  Do you love picadillo, plantanos, pork asado, arroz con pollo and Cuban sandwiches.? I have the scoop on the best places on both sides of the bay to chow down on the most authentic Cuban food in Tampa Bay.


La Teresita Restaurant



3246 W Columbus Dr
Tampa, FL 33607

7101 66th St N
Pinellas Park, FL
(727) 546-5785

Maximino and Coralia Capdevila emigrated from Cuba in 1962 and are a true American success story. Through countless hours of hard work their small business, which started as a grocery offering a few sandwiches, has grown into 2 sit-down restaurants that have fed Presidents. You can still however get a delicious meal in their adjoining, informal cafeteria, where you can feed your need for heaping, hearty portions of pork asado, arroz con pollo and more for a very modest price.

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Picadillo Criollo  Photo credit: columbiarestaurant.com

Photo credit: columbiarestaurant.com

Columbia Restaurant

The Original Location
2117 East 7th Avenue
Tampa (Ybor City), FL 33605
(813) 248-4961 | www.columbiarestaurant.com

The first Columbia is Florida’s oldest restaurant. It was opened in Ybor City in 1905 by Casimiro Hernandez and has been owned and operated by his family ever since. There are 8 locations of the Columbia, 5 are in Tampa Bay. One of which is located in the Tampa Airport in Terminal E Airside serving Delta and Air Canada. In fairness, the Columbia is actually a Spanish restaurant (the world’s largest), but the Cuban roots of its founder comes through. That said, the menu winds up being pan-latin, which may leave some Cuban purists grousing, while also opening the door to some other excellent options.

Other Locations:

1241 Gulf Boulevard
Clearwater, FL 33767
(727) 596-8400

801 Old Water Street  #1905
Tampa, FL 33602
(813) 229-5511

800 2nd Avenue N.E.
St. Petersburg, FL 33701
(727) 822-8000

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