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El Ambia Cubano

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Caribbean, Cuban
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950 E. Melbourne Ave, Melbourne, FL 32901
+1 321-327-8389
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10:00 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Hours:
Mon - Sat 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Free Off-Street Parking, Free Wifi, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Street Parking, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
Good for: Families with children
Description: Family restaurant, with a history, excellent Cuban food and ambiance.

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  • 158
    Excellent
  • 72
    Very good
  • 15
    Average
  • 8
    Poor
  • 3
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Pleasant ambience, friendly people and excellent, simple food

Just passing through, looking for a decent place to dine in Melbourne. Ratings were good for this place, and it didn't disappoint. It's small, though it has a sizable outdoor space (was a bit cool the night we came, so not much in use.) It appears to be a local favorite, too (many families with... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
william c
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Westminster, Vermont
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Westminster, Vermont
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7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Just passing through, looking for a decent place to dine in Melbourne. Ratings were good for this place, and it didn't disappoint. It's small, though it has a sizable outdoor space (was a bit cool the night we came, so not much in use.) It appears to be a local favorite, too (many families with children brighten things up). We... More 

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Columbia, Missouri
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309 reviews
165 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 215 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

6 of us came in for dinner and everyone raved about the food. We sat outside and enjoyed the evening. Tostones were great. My fried pork was excellent and authentic. Service was flawless and prices more than fair. A very strong recommendation.

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Thank onepoet
Melbourne
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57 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I always find the food here excellent, the staff wonderful, and if any problems crop up, the owners are usually quick to make amends. However, problems rarely arise and the Cuban food is excellent. The menu is limited, but that is to the restaurants benefit when they can focus on making excellent meals over and over again, rather than an... More 

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Sayville, New York
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70 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I ate here for lunch on a Tuesday. Sat outside on the covered patio. Nice simple menu very reasonably priced. I had the fish of the day; Red Snapper. Prepared sautéed with onions cilantro and mango. Was Excellent. Sides of yellow rice and salad. Inside is very small and could use a freshening up. Sit outside and enjoy the waters... More 

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Thank Markeatsgoodfood
somewhere deep in Ohio
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94 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Lunched here with another couple and a well-behaved infant. Service was friendly and attentive (Kayla). Daily lunch specials. Generous portions. Yuca frites was an outstanding appetizer. Fish plate with red snapper was excellent. The deep-tasting expresso was terrific. Small but comfortable place with island atmosphere.

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1 Thank JaneRussel
Guelph
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12 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2016

My wife and I had dinner on the new patio, Service was excellent. We had Empenadas (appie) Pork and Hemingway's Rice ( Paella) Both were very good. My wife had a Mojito to drink, very authentic and tasty. I had Sangria, also very good. Ask for Susi ( Susana) She made our night. Very professional and personable.

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Thank waltbattochio
Falmouth, Maine
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19 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2015 via mobile

Super friendly staff, and great Cuban food. Reasonably priced sangrias and mojitos are excellent! Live music some nights sets just the mood. Excellent.

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Thank Mark M
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2015

We have been here 4 times during our 3 week stay in Melbourne Beach. We are from Dallas and enjoy great food, ambiance and attentive service. This place has it all going for it at an amazingly low price. Alfredo and Vicki and the rest of their staff are some wonderful people to meet. The outdoor seating has a nice... More 

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Thank Mark F
Saddle River, New Jersey
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2015

Characteristic informal Cuban fare restaurant. Excellent pork and chicken dishes plus everything else. Great sandwiches Friendly, accommodating and efficient service. Great location. Inside / outside eating. Excellent quality and value Will definitely be back.

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Thank lusso64
Chicago, Illinois
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22 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2015

Excellent empanadas--we had pork (manas), beef, and chicken. The pork was really good but so was the beef. Roast pork was fantastic, and maybe the best Cuban sandwich I've ever had. Really top shelf stuff. Had some fried yuca on the side, which was excellent, too. Sangria was a good complement. Want to go back for the paella.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 950 E. Melbourne Ave, Melbourne, FL 32901
  • Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Brevard County  >  Melbourne
  • Phone Number: +1 321-327-8389

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 2 - 20
  • Cuisine: Caribbean, Cuban

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children

Description

Family restaurant, with a history, excellent Cuban food and ambiance.
Open Hours
Monday
10:00 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
10:00 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
10:00 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Thursday
10:00 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Friday
10:00 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Saturday
10:00 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm

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