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“Off the beaten path treasure...” 5 of 5 stars
Review of El Cubanito Restaurant

El Cubanito Restaurant
311 E. 7th Street, Salem, VA
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Ranked #4 of 83 restaurants in Salem
Cuisines: Cuban
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117 reviews 117 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 42 cities Reviews in 42 cities
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
“Off the beaten path treasure...”
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 and black beans with it. What keeps me going back are the tostones. (Fried plantains) Under the appetizers, you can get them filled with meat. You can also get them like a big chip kind of style. So tasty! Large portions for the price.

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Date | Rating
  • English first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
Roanoke, Virginia
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122 reviews 122 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 47 cities Reviews in 47 cities
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
“Good Spot for a Casual, Fun Meal”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2013

Generous portions, attentive service, filling sandwiches. Colorful decor creates a fun, relaxed atmosphere. Plantain-based snacks/sides especially yummy.

Visited June 2013
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Blue Ridge Mountains, Virginia
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177 reviews 177 reviews
126 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 47 cities Reviews in 47 cities
183 helpful votes 183 helpful votes
“Great Cuban Cuisine!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2013

I have eaten here for times and have never been disappointed! The service is great, the food is delicious, and the wine list is well priced. Eating on their patio in the summer time makes you feel like you're spending a day in Miami! Definitely check it out!

  • Visited September 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Virginia
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22 restaurant reviews
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“Best Cuban in the Roanoke Area”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2012

By far the best Cuban food in the Roanoke area, all other Cuban restaurants in Roanoke pale in comparison. The food is beyond delicious and reasonably priced. If you want to try something new and different, this is definitely worth the trip.

  • Visited October 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Virginia
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162 helpful votes 162 helpful votes
“Jewell off the beaten path”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2012

If you are traveling north.south on I-81 and come to Exit 140-Roanoke College, this restaurant is just off the beaten path maybe a mile, next to the area's middle school, Andrew Lewis Middle School. Cute outside eating area and great food - always consider the daily specials, they are the best.

  • Visited July 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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