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Mi Apa Latin Cafe

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114 SW 34th Street, Gainesville, FL
352-376-7020
Today
7:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Thu 7:00 am - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 7:00 am - 12:00 am
Good for:
Families with children
Large groups
Outdoor seating

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Visitor rating
  • 32
    Excellent
  • 59
    Very good
  • 15
    Average
  • 2
    Poor
  • 6
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Great Latin food without having to go to South Florida

If you are looking for fancy, this place is not it. But if you want a plate of rice and beans and tasty carne, pollo or cerdo and a wonderful cup of Cuban coffee, make your way over to Mi Apa. There are a million places to eat In Gainesville and I always end up here because everything just tastes... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 30, 2015
josie5689
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Large groups
  • Outdoor seating
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Delivery
  • Late Night
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114 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Top Contributor
62 reviews 62 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015 NEW

If you are looking for fancy, this place is not it. But if you want a plate of rice and beans and tasty carne, pollo or cerdo and a wonderful cup of Cuban coffee, make your way over to Mi Apa. There are a million places to eat In Gainesville and I always end up here because everything just tastes... More 

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Columbus, Georgia
Senior Contributor
32 reviews 32 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

This Latino restaurant in Gainesville, FL has a great selection of favorite foods from Cuba, Puerto Rico, and other countries. The pastries, both sweet and savory are absolutely wonderful, with flaky crusts. Wonderful empanadas, generously filled. Delicious tropical fruit juices, traditional "comfort food" entrees and great desserts. Bright, cheery ambiance, excellent service and reasonable prices make this one not to... More 

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Gainesville, Florida
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10 reviews 10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015

I've not been to Cuba and I've been just once to Miami, so I cannot vouch for authenticity, but we come back again and again since our kids love this place and it is always high on their requests when we have a family dinner. Sometimes even weekly. The food is flavorful and plentiful, the atmosphere casual, the prices very... More 

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Gainesville, Florida
Top Contributor
164 reviews 164 reviews
98 restaurant reviews
92 helpful votes 92 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015

Mi Apa is a middle-of-the-road Cuban sandwich place, handy to the West side of the UF campus. The service is very friendly but a bit uneven. The sandwiches were too greasy for me, but maybe that is what they like in Havana. Bit servings.

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Gainesville, Florida
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2015

If you are looking for latinamerican food this is the place, is not a fancy restaurant be ready for plastic cutlery and paper plates but is a real good taste of latino food, service is very good; nice and fast and prices are very reasonable my wife and I highly recommend this place

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Ocala, Florida
Top Contributor
93 reviews 93 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014

Let me be clear: the food is always great, that is a hit every single time. I've been eating here for at least nine years. Every visit is a gamble (for the service). Years ago it was completely fantastic, but now, I can't say the same. Sometimes you get a great server who will bring you drinks, keep them full,... More 

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OAKLAND
Top Contributor
81 reviews 81 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2014

Our son has had the pleasure of eating many times. He ordered for us: roast pork sandwiches with sweet plantains & Cuban Sandwiches with banana chips. The fresh pork sandwich was amazing! Loved the fresh mojo sauce! The Cuban sandwiches tasted great. Only the banana chips needed some improvements.

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Senior Contributor
28 reviews 28 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014

Latin food with out proper seasoning. Food is bland and overpriced. Coming from Miami I am spoiled with good Hispanic food. I know Hispanic food. This is very bad hispanic food. Avoid this restaurant.

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Gainesville, Florida
Top Contributor
96 reviews 96 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

Agree with the other reviews, low key, fun place. The food is excellent and the staff helpful. The pork is great and our group tried a number of sides, all good. Try and experiment with something totally new that you have not tried before, this is the place to step out of your comfort zone.

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Senior Contributor
26 reviews 26 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2014

This is a very casual restaurant that serves very good food. You won't go wrong with anything you order but... save room for the $1.50 flan for desert - a real bargain.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 114 SW 34th Street, Gainesville, FL
  • Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Gainesville
  • Phone Number: 352-376-7020

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 5 - 10
  • Cuisine: Latin

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children, Large groups, Outdoor seating
Open Hours
Sunday
7:00 am - 10:00 pm
Monday
7:00 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
7:00 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
7:00 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday
7:00 am - 10:00 pm
Friday
7:00 am - 12:00 am
Saturday
7:00 am - 12:00 am

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?