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El Cubanito Restaurant

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311 E. 7th Street, Salem, VA
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Dining options: Lunch, Dinner

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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Unexpected gem!

We overnighted in Salem/Roanoke on our way to TN, and needed something yummy and kid-friendly. We always try to stay away from ye olde chains, and luckily found this place here on TA. Cute little place, super nice staff and great (authentic!) Cuban food. Kids loved their mango milkshakes and adults... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 1, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015

We overnighted in Salem/Roanoke on our way to TN, and needed something yummy and kid-friendly. We always try to stay away from ye olde chains, and luckily found this place here on TA. Cute little place, super nice staff and great (authentic!) Cuban food. Kids loved their mango milkshakes and adults enjoyed a well-done margarita. For a Friday night it... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015

The food is authentic and delicious! The restaurant has a nice Caribbean atmosphere, and pleasant staff. Price was reasonable, and there's plenty of parking. I can't say anything bad about El Cubanito. If you're in Salem and looking for some good Cuban food, I think you'll be pleasantly surprised by this off the beaten path gem.

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Dayton, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2015

The food was very good, very traditionally Cuban. ❤️❤️❤️ I know I am Cuban. The service was friendly and typically Cuban. Masitas de puerco and croquettas de hamon wonderful!! Like my grandmothers. ❤️❤️

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Williamsburg, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015

My colleagues and I were in Salem on business and set out looking for someplace interesting for dinner. Keep in mind that Salem is no culinary wonderland. We found El Cubanito tucked into a residential/commercial area and all five of us loved our choices. I had the giant Cuban sandwich, tasty and well presented. My dinner companions had a range... More 

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Roanoke, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

had lunch here with a friend. She is from Miami and stated this is authentic cuban. The atmosphere was much nicer inside than you would think, very comfortable. Food was good. Loved the sauce they bring out. Kept asking for more. I would definitely go back but we overheard the waitress saying they are selling the restaurant. Will see what... More 

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Wirtz, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2015

I was having some work done on my car in Salem and decided to try a place where we had never been before. The work was done in plenty of time to make the luncheon menu at El Cabanito. We were immediately taken to a colorfully decorated seating area and shown our table. We ordered our drinks, I have a... More 

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Ann Arbor, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015

Every once in a while I have to travel to Salem to the VA hospital and go a day before my appointment and so have to find some food the night before. On mondays when my favorite is closed this is the place to go and tonight will be my third visit. Again, it is Cuban food, but some of... More 

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Bethesda, MD
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2015

Keeping in mind this is Salem and not the Tampa Cuban food I am used to, I was still disappointed. The restaurant appeared dirty, and the tablecloth needed to be washed even though we were the first customers that day. They didn't have any yucca, which I was craving and I was not impressed by the Cuban sandwiches-they weren't pressed... More 

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Delaware
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014

We travel through Salem on I-81 from Delaware to TN four or five times a year. Looking for a place to eat, I, of course, checked TripAdvisor. The reviews for this place are very good. I admit that we pulled up tonight at 8:00 p.m. They close at 9:00. They're essentially in the middle of a neighborhood which kind of... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

We stop by every time we're in the area. Really good! The owner is from Cuba. We had the pork with Mojo sauce and the fried steak. Really reasonable prices.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 311 E. 7th Street, Salem, VA
  • Location: United States  >  Virginia (VA)  >  Salem

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Caribbean, Cuban

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