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Elena's Cuban Cafe

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2246 E Edgewood Dr, Lakeland, FL 33803-3643
863-665-3333
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  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
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I'm from Miami and whoever is or has been in Miami knows that the latin food there is as close as its own country's origins. I've being looking for a cuban restaurant as good or as close to the ones in Miami and finally I have found one. It is not a fancy or a casual restaurant it's like if... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed January 28, 2015
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Winter Haven, Florida
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Winter Haven, Florida
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13 reviews 13 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015

I'm from Miami and whoever is or has been in Miami knows that the latin food there is as close as its own country's origins. I've being looking for a cuban restaurant as good or as close to the ones in Miami and finally I have found one. It is not a fancy or a casual restaurant it's like if... More 

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Fort Walton Beach, Florida
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55 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2015

Friday evening at 6 pm. The Cuban folks here must eat their main meal at lunch and as I noticed sandwiches and fries at night. I ordered the Friday special of cod cooked in tomatoes and onion. It was refrigerator cold in the middle and stunk. It tasted worse. The beans were room temperature and the rice a little warmer.... More 

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Lakeland, Florida
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22 restaurant reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014

Elena's has amazing food and great prices. It has everything, in my opinion, to be the best restaurant except for one thing: its business hours. You want to grab something for dinner but you only have until 7pm because at this time, the restaurant closes. Not only that, but how in the world a restaurant only opens Monday through Friday... More 

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34 reviews 34 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2014

Four of us came for lunch after reading positive reviews on Yelp. When you walk in, there is a big menu board to order from. We all ordered the Cuban sandwiches, and each ordered a different side to share (plantains, yucca, and black beans). After ordering we got a table, and when our orders were ready, they brought the food... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014

Elena's cafe was managed by a different person when they started on Robin rd. and even a while after they moved to the location on Edgewood Dr. Although the owner is still the same, I've noticed the quality of the food and service has dropped a whole lot! without mentioning the prices are very high. last time I was there... More 

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Lakeland, Florida
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85 restaurant reviews
64 helpful votes 64 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2014 via mobile

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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36 restaurant reviews
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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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143 reviews 143 reviews
115 restaurant reviews
84 helpful votes 84 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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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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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 2246 E Edgewood Dr, Lakeland, FL 33803-3643
  • Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Central Florida  >  Lakeland
  • Phone Number: 863-665-3333

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Cuban

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