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Elena's Cuban Cafe

2246 E Edgewood Dr, Lakeland, FL 33803-3643
863-665-3333
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Ranked #72 of 371 restaurants in Lakeland
Cuisines: Cuban
Most recent review
- Aug 1, 2014
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English first
Lakeland, Florida
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113 reviews 113 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

This is a small restaurant where you go up to a window to order. The menu is up on a board. They give you a number to put on your table and they deliver food to you. Servings are ample in size and everything appears to be homemade. Yellow rice and chicken with side of black beans is quite popular... More

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Lakeland, FL
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67 reviews 67 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2014

Had the fish filet and it was a huge amount with grilled onions but no sauce of any kind. A cup of black beans, a large bowl of rice and fried plantains , too much for lunch portion.

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34 reviews 34 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2013

Really crowded so it must be popular. Lots of local Cuban people eating there, which likely means it's pretty authentic. The Cuban sandwich was average. One of our group thought the pork was delicious, the other thought the pork was greasy. The mahi mahi was outstanding.

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Lakeland, Florida
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109 reviews 109 reviews
87 restaurant reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2013

Elena's Cuban Café 2246 E Edgewood Drive Lakeland, FL 33803 We met a family member here for lunch today (12/6/13). We all three ordered the ‘chicken and yellow rice’ which came with black beans as a side and a small drink. Cost about $7.75 with a drink. I’ll give the yellow rice and black beans a ‘good’; however none of... More

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Fort Worth, Texas
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54 reviews 54 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2013

Cuban sandwich disappointing. Panini with deli-ham, cheese, pickles & mustard that could have been from any sandwich shop. Service a bit surly.

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Plant City, Florida
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17 reviews 17 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2013

The only authentic Cuban food in Lakeland. The only thing they are missing is breakfast. Food is so wonderfully tasty. The shirt steak is the kind that even after you're done and full, you want more. Black beans are tasty and you have to make room for the flan. It's right up there with mine, and I was thought from... More

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Lakeland, Florida
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107 reviews 107 reviews
95 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2013

I have been here a few times and there is so much food I can eat on it for days. You could split their meals with a few people.

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Fairfax, Virginia
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43 reviews 43 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2013

If you go to Lakeland at lunch time, expect to eat some fast food or (worse) be invited to lunch at one of the country clubs (where pretentious locals eat things I wouldn't feed my dog). It's a dining desert for sure. Elena's is the exception. Its freshly prepared, authentic Cuban food is fantastic. Best bets--anything on the specials menu,... More

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Lakeland, Florida
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22 reviews 22 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2013

I work nearby and have eaten here many times. I almost always get the chicken and rice with plantains. It's is yummy and filling. The service is also always good.

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Lakeland, Florida
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60 reviews 60 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2013

Elena's best attribute is that the food is consistently average. You will never be surprised with a bad order. The ropa vieja is delish. The Cuban sandwich is average, and doesn't come near the level of excellence of the Cuban Delights Cafe. The prices are very reasonable. Black beans and rice are good, but, again, the best is at Delights.... More

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