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El Cubanito Restaurant

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

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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
Great Cuban food!

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. ❤️❤️

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 2, 2015
Reginaadn
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Dayton, Ohio
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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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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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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12 reviews 12 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
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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54 reviews 54 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
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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30 reviews 30 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
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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31 reviews 31 reviews
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
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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37 reviews 37 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
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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Christiansburg, Virginia
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14 reviews 14 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2014

This was our 2nd time at El Cubanito. The first time we found it by accident and glad we did. We were in Salem recently and made a special trip to the restaurant. The food as always is very good, reasonable and plentiful. The restaurant and restrooms are clean. My only complaint was that the tablecloths had grease stains. They... More 

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Top Contributor
140 reviews 140 reviews
82 restaurant reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2013

Although a little off 81, I would go out of my way to eat here. (Getting off of exit 140 makes the stop pretty straightforward, though. The food is as good as anything I ever had eating in Little Havana in Miami. The "Cubanito" style sandwiches are great. The Ropa Vieja was authentic in taste. I love the white rice... More 

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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: Cuban

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