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Old San Juan Cuban Cuisine

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247 Surfside Dr., Lexington, KY 40503
859-2782682
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11:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Hours:
Tue - Wed 11:00 am - 8:00 pm
Thu - Sat 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner
Description: Homemade Authentic Cuban Food

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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
I cannot claim great sophistication regarding authentic Cuban cuisine

But I know how to identify food I really like. And I think I know when it is well prepared.I really like this well-prepared food. The owners are super-friendly and helpful. Each and every dish we have ordered over half-a-dozen trips has been right at the top of what I think it could have been if... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 21, 2015
tenmiletom
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Lexington, Kentucky
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Lexington, Kentucky
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

But I know how to identify food I really like. And I think I know when it is well prepared.I really like this well-prepared food. The owners are super-friendly and helpful. Each and every dish we have ordered over half-a-dozen trips has been right at the top of what I think it could have been if it were perfect. The... More 

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Lexington, Kentucky
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2015

We were shocked to find this type of restaurant in Lexington. The food is very good, authentic. The people are nice and friendly. It seems to be owned/run by a young couple with their 9 month old baby. I ordered the revoltillo (scrambled eggs, onion, cheese) which comes on homemade bread. It's delicious and huge! My husband gets the ropa... More 

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New Orleans, Louisiana
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4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

Really enjoyed the white rice, black beans, "platanos maduros" and the "ropa vieja" at ths restaurant. My wife and I are Cuban born and we were in search of good Cuban food during our visit to Lexington. We found it. The owners and cook are a young Cuban couple who recently emigrated from Cuba. You can expect well made and... More 

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Las Cruces, New Mexico
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015

I'm a native Floridian and grew up on Cuban food. This place took me home. Had the sweet plantains, black beans and rice, hit the spot. Others had the Cubano - good but not the best sandwich of its type I've eaten. Will try it again the next time in Lexington.

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015

This place is low key, friendly, authentic Cuban food. It looks like nothing special on the outside, and when you go in it doesn't look like a whole lot more - a half stocked grocery store and very casual seating. Not much to look at in the décor department, but man can they make some delicious food. If you want... More 

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Lexington, Kentucky
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2015

I've had Cuban sandwiches from a few different diners in Miami, this one beats them all. The restaurant is small, quiet and casual and has a friendly family feel to it.

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bluegrass state
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2015

my friend and I went based on trip advisor reviews. We both ordered the ropa vieja. It was beef in a red sauce, with steamed white rice and fried plantains. It was luke warm. Not impressed. The bread they brought to the table was delicious. I am Wheat free so I did not try it. This was based on my... More 

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Lexington, KY
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2015

Excellent authentic Cuban cuisine. Reminds of a place I went to in Miami. Great sandwiches for lunch and other items just as tasty for dinner. Staff was extremely friendly and helpful as we are still novices to Cuban food.

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Lexington, Kentucky
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 198 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2014

We have been to Old San Juan several times and love the food. The place has been in the same location for some time and is an institution. The Cuban sandwiches, as expected, are wonderful, and the service is very friendly. It is a very casual place, co-located with a grocery, but you go there for the food, not the... More 

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Lexington, Kentucky
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014

For years we assumed Lexington didn't have any decent Cuban food. Boy am I glad I was wrong. Old San Juan is exactly what one wants in a Cuban restaurant. Comfortable seats, friendly staff, hearty portions, and great prices. Some of the best cafe con leche I've ever had. My new favorite place.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 247 Surfside Dr., Lexington, KY 40503
  • Location: United States  >  Kentucky (KY)  >  Lexington
  • Phone Number: 859-2782682

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 5 to 12
  • Cuisine: Caribbean, Cuban

Description

Homemade Authentic Cuban Food
Open Hours
Tuesday
11:00 am - 8:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 8:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm

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