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Malanga Cafe

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Caribbean, Cuban
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12313 S Dixie Hwy, Miami, FL 33156
(305) 259-1550
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8:00 am - 11:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 8:00 am - 9:00 pm
Mon - Thu 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Fri 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Sat 8:00 am - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Reservations
Description: Malanga Cafe is a place to eat, to talk and to drink. Malanga takes pride...
Malanga Cafe is a place to eat, to talk and to drink. Malanga takes pride in providing its customers with the best Cuban food in Miami. Recognized for its World's Best Pan con Lechon, Handmade croquetas, and its freshly ground tamales. The Miami Herald calls it the best comfort food. We believe its the only gourmet Cuban restaurant in South Florida.
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Tolerable..

My husband and I ate at this cafe on 0i/16/15. We were greeted and instructed to sit where we pleased. Their soda machine wasn't working. We ordered the fried plantains chips which were slightly overcooked. Almost immediately after getting our appetizer our entrees were brought out. I had the... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed August 16, 2015
Mendy G
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Miami, Florida
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  • Local cuisine
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English first
Miami, Florida
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78 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

My husband and I ate at this cafe on 0i/16/15. We were greeted and instructed to sit where we pleased. Their soda machine wasn't working. We ordered the fried plantains chips which were slightly overcooked. Almost immediately after getting our appetizer our entrees were brought out. I had the shredded beef sandwhich which was decent. My husband ordered the ground... More 

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Miami
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 402 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2015

We had not been here for about a year but came back due to a Groupon - last chance to show some improvement and they sadly failed although the managers apology for the service was appreciated. I tried to call earlier today to make a reservation but the person answering the phone spoke no English and put me on hold... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

The food was delicious. Both the tostones and maduros were very good. Black beans were delicious as was the tops vieja. The palomilla steak was good but no where near enough onions. Would definitely go back. We also had very good service.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2015

Pleasant surprise to walk into a restaurant that feels like home. Service was wonderful, food better than mom. Must try mariquitas...but our meal was wonderful

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2015

The food here is great, but the service is really slow! The chicken I had was very flavorful and juicy and the fried plantains were delicious. I recommend eating here if you are looking for a good spot to eat great Cuban food but are not in a rush to go somewhere since the staff does take awhile to serve... More 

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Miami, Florida
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25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

Malanga, on US1 South and 124, is a little jewel in this part of town. The main attraction, of course, is "crema de malanga", a typical Cuban dish much beloved by our ancestors as a sure cure for stomach discomfort. But in truth, the place is much more than that. You can have a delicious palomilla steak, a pork dish,... More 

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Ayden, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2015

Excellent roast port and pork sandwich! Very good sweet plantains. Hamburgers can be skipped...Very friendly attentive staff. I am hoping to go back next time in Miami.

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Marathon, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015 via mobile

Found this gem through a Groupon, and couldn't be happier! Excellent Masas de Puerco (pork chunks) and Ice Cold Beer! Good sized portions. Friendly staff. Bring someone that speaks Spanish to translate the meanings of the phrases on the wall.

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Miami, Florida
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21 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015

Been here several times since it opened... Always good quality , good atmosphere but two last times even tough quality is as usual good and for us is (as they say) best pan con lechon in town, I should say , service is becoming worse and worse... Last one,,,, slow, all staff watching screens on tv and no giving attention... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

We stop here when we are in the Falls area. It is a nice place for dessert and coffee. Their cortadito is good. I've never had the bad service that was mentioned in other reviews and I enjoy that it is a little more subdued than many of the Cuban cafes we visit. Sometimes you need a quiet place. My... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 12313 S Dixie Hwy, Miami, FL 33156
  • Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Miami
  • Phone Number: (305) 259-1550

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 10 - 15
  • Cuisine: Caribbean, Cuban

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Local cuisine

Description

Malanga Cafe is a place to eat, to talk and to drink. Malanga takes pride in providing its customers with the best Cuban food in Miami. Recognized for its World's Best Pan con Lechon, Handmade croquetas, and its freshly ground tamales. The Miami Herald calls it the best comfort food. We believe its the only gourmet Cuban restaurant in South Florida.
Open Hours
Sunday
8:00 am - 9:00 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Saturday
8:00 am - 11:00 pm

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?