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Jose's Real Cuban Food

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Sandwiches, Cuban
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8799 Cortez Road West, Bradenton, FL 34210
(941)795-4898
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Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Delivery, Takeout

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  • 251
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  • 43
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  • 28
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  • 15
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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
Hola Jose

This is a great Cuban restaurant, I'm not talking about the DECOR nor the ambient, but the FOOD, it's GREAT. We went there like four times during the two weeks we stayed in Florida and will come back agin. Nice and funny staff, the place doesn't look like much but don't judge the establishment by... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 19, 2015
Omy70
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Dining on a budget
  • Local cuisine
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Toms River
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32 reviews 32 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

At the risk of sounding snobbish-- as much as I like a dive from time to time, this is not the type of place to take a date. I think the food is terrific-- but unless your adventuresome--order take out!

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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12 reviews 12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

This is a great Cuban restaurant, I'm not talking about the DECOR nor the ambient, but the FOOD, it's GREAT. We went there like four times during the two weeks we stayed in Florida and will come back agin. Nice and funny staff, the place doesn't look like much but don't judge the establishment by the decor.

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Bradenton, Florida
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10 reviews 10 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015 via mobile

Really good food here. Pork is wonderful and the Cuban Sandwich is the authentic type. Also the croquettas are very well done. Overall a good pick

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Tampa, Florida
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19 reviews 19 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2015

Overall, we had some good cubans from here. It's not typically a place that I would go into from the outside but it was recommended by friends. The staff was friendly. I don't have any complaints but like most things I've tried in this area, it's just ok. Not the greatest thing I've ever eaten but I could eat it... More 

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Braceville, Illinois, United States
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2015

The food is great and the people are wonderful. Don't let the outside keep you from checking this one out.

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Homosassa, Florida
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16 reviews 16 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2015

It's very small and doesnt look like much, but its good. I have neever really like cuban food, but I love Jose's. And Jose hmself is quite the character. Employees are nice, food is reasonable. I really like the black bean soup and Ropa Vieja.

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washington DC
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22 reviews 22 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2015

We were 4 for lunch. Arrived at 1 and the small roadside eatery was full. No frills from this place, if you want ambiance go elsewhere. But the food shines and is worth the visit. The roast pork is just excellent, two Cubans a pork sandwich and a shrimp, meal that included plantains which were great, spinach rice and tomatoes.... More 

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Tampa, Florida, United States
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49 reviews 49 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015

My Wife and I unfortunately just ate there.I decided to stop to try the food ,I tried to convince my Wife that the place looks run down and smells like overcooked food ,she did not listen and we sat down ,We were given roasted pork to try and had no flavor but still we decided to give it a try... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015

Once again...a classic TripleD establishment...you pull up thinking "This is it? Are we gonna go in?" And once you do you are amazed...the food and staff were just plain fantastic! Jose was there himself and we mentioned we'd seen him on DDD, he was very appreciative and said that Guy was terrific! I had A Taste of Cuba because I... More 

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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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12 reviews 12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015

My husband was determined to try this place after watching it on television in England. On our recent trip he was let down as it has been closed by the health inspectors. My husband remains disappointed, I on the other hand am not as I had read some mighty bad reviews before we came! Saved from tummy bugs, which ruin... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 8799 Cortez Road West, Bradenton, FL 34210
  • Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Bradenton
  • Phone Number: (941)795-4898

Price and Cuisine

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

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children, Dining on a budget, Local cuisine

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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?