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Jose's Real Cuban Food

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

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  • 260
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  • 106
    Very good
  • 45
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  • 31
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  • 19
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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
Great Food ... Rest in Pease, Jose & Family

Absolutely wonderful Cuban sandwiches. Always friendly, great service. Jose and his staff/family will be greatly missed.

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 15, 2015
Anne C
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Ocala
Good for:
  • Local cuisine
  • Families with children
  • Dining on a budget
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Bradenton, Florida
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27 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

I just happen to eat there after the chaos of the "Diners,Drive-Ins and Dives" episode had died down. It was all the talk of the wait staff and servers. I had the cuban, that is what I was in the mood for. Glad I did. It was almost as good as the ones in Ybor that I have had. I... More 

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Leesburg
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7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2015 via mobile

Read reviews from all who have eaten there. We were disappointed but if the health department was why it closed glad we did not make it prior to their demise.

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Bradenton, Florida
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18 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2015

May Jose RIP and be comforted in knowing that the new restaurant's (Cafe Havana) Cuban can't hold a candle to his. I opened my Cuban to add mustard only to see that it was not made with shredded pork but instead had paper thin slices of pork placed next to each other, not even overlapping. The menu said it came... More 

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Ocala
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10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2015

Absolutely wonderful Cuban sandwiches. Always friendly, great service. Jose and his staff/family will be greatly missed.

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Sarasota, Florida
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37 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2015

My favorite place for Pork! Their #1 pork dish is my FAVORITE! The portions are large, I have never been able to leave without a doggie bag. The pork dish is well flavored, moist and tender. The black beans are always perfectly done and the plantains are delicious. We went after seeing it on Diners, Drive-Inns and Dives and am... More 

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Bradenton, Florida
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015

The food was always good - Cuban food some of the best in the area. I heard the owner passed - I hope someone else can carry the torch

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Clarkston, Michigan
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 133 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

July 4th 2015. This restaurant is closed. I understand that Jose died right after selling it. God rest his soul. The place looks a little run down. I did not see anything going on with it.

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Phoenix, Arizona
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015

I always like DDD restaurant and I was in the area on a soccer course. My buddy had done lots of driving so I said I'll get lunch after looking up this place. Food was average. Price ok but general ambience a let down and most of the customers were shall we say from the peasant end of the market.... More 

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Sarasota, Florida
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11 reviews
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

Was a good place for Cuban food. Unfortunately the owner/operator died soon after selling to another area restauranteur.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015

I was saddened today when I heard the news that Jose had passed away. My family and I have been dining at Jose's for many years. Jose was friendly and always had a story to tell you. My favorite dish at Jose's was the pork, rice and beans, and yucca. I have never had Cuban food as good as Jose's.... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

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

Price and Cuisine

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

Restaurant Characteristics

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

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