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“What is missed in atmosphere, you get in food!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Hugo's Spanish Restaurant

Hugo's Spanish Restaurant
931 S Howard Ave, Tampa, FL 33606-2418
813-251-2842
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Ranked #1,014 of 2,066 Restaurants in Tampa
Cuisines: Mexican, Spanish
Good for: Large groups, Families with children
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Good for: Large groups, Families with children
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11 reviews 11 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
“What is missed in atmosphere, you get in food!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2012

I was on a quest to find the perfect cuban sandwich like those I grew up eating here in Tampa. I must say, Hugo's by far is one of the best I've eaten! If you want the authentic taste of a Tampa sandwich--stop here!

  • Visited May 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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florida
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56 reviews 56 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
“So far the best picadillo!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2011

This place has been here for years and we just tried it out per rrcommendations. It surpassed our expectations for value and flavor. If I want picadillo, I will come here. I'm impressed also with the size of the Cuban and the amount of meat in the sandwich. The menu is really vast as well. Enjoy.

    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Tampa, Florida
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131 reviews 131 reviews
85 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 22 cities Reviews in 22 cities
85 helpful votes 85 helpful votes
“Good Spanish Food at Good Prices”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2010

Along SOHO (south Howard) restaurants come and go - sometyimes I think they spend more on the furnishings and paint job than care about the food. While Hugo's is located in a neat two-story commercial building, people know why they go to Hugos. It is a Spanish restaurant selling all the classic SPanish and Cuban dishes at West Tampa prices.
You can get big plates of black beans and yellow rice, but if you are new to Tampa, try the Ropa Vieja and Milanese steak. Don't rush the meal and finish with Cuban coffee and a flan. The menu is large and the prices will allow yourself to hit a few of the fancy bars in the district.

    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Webster Groves, Mo.
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Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“Best Cuban Sandwich”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2010

Hugo's location is one thing that it has going for it - Hyde Park! The atmosphere is laid back and casual, actually homey. And the food is delicious, a real treat! Not only was the Cuban sandwich exceptionally tasty, and the garbanzo bean soup warm and filling, but the veggie sandwich, which included grilled onion and bell pepper, was one of the best that I have ever had! This place has got it all, and at very reasonable prices - can't wait to go back!

    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
“A local cheap Cuban diner”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2009

We went there around 8:30pm (they close at 9pm). I was really looking forward to plantains. Unfortunately, they did not have any! The server said they were rotten and had to get thrown out. I was disappointed. My husband had a cuban and enjoyed it very much. I had the yellow rice and deviled crab - both ok - not really memorable.

    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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