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La Familia

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1209 SW 16th Ave, Gainesville, FL 32601-8410
+1 352-378-2257
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Reviewed February 16, 2017

Walked in and the waiter had the personality of a crab. The best part of the Cuban sandwich was the bread. Ham and Pork store bought. Frozen store bought papa rellena was fried in the same grease they fried the crab croquettes as they tasted like crab. Of course the place was full of Americans only as they don't know... More 

Thank Miguel C
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Reviewed January 9, 2017

Went here to see what all the fuss was about this sandwich- and it was worth it. Really worth it---it is large enough to be shared, or 2 servings. No atmosphere at all, but when the owners travel between Tampa and here every day, not sure I would have the most chatty personality either!

Thank Karin23320
Goiania, GO
2 reviews
Reviewed September 20, 2016 via mobile

Good. I was hopping for something diferent, but although the place looks like an old 70's place, the food is good. I read a newspaper review about La Familia. It was good, fair price, reduced menu choice.

Thank Gambarini
Gainesville, Florida
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34 reviews
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Reviewed August 3, 2016

So authentic for me as I am a Tampa native! This is the ONLY place besides Tampa where the best Cuban can be found! It's the bread!:). Nothing in the world like it! I also love the Spanish bean soup - just like my mom's! The deviled crab, however, was a dissapointment - could not find the crab meat:(. Still,... More 

Thank CLH6401
Peachtree City, Georgia
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23 reviews
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Reviewed June 22, 2016

Simply a perfectly authentic Tampa-style Cuban sandwich, and as others have noted, the owner drives the bread up fresh from Tampa every single morning. One of our must-visits every time we get back to G-Ville, and I can't tell you how many times I've had people ask me to bring a few back up for them. Also love the beef-stuffed... More 

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Reviewed June 3, 2016

The sign says "this isn't Burger King, you get it my way" and they mean it. They drive to Tampa everyday to get the real Cuban bread for the sandwiches, and that alone makes the difference. You do get to choose cold or pressed. No lettuce, no tomato. A REAL Cuban sandwich made the old way. No atmosphere except a... More 

Thank John H
Gainesville, Florida
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Reviewed August 31, 2015

Been going here for 20 years. Get your cuban pressed. Black beans and rice is good too. No atmosphere but great food.

Thank gator5515
Gainesville, Florida
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Reviewed April 20, 2015 via mobile

Had the pleasure in visiting this small sandwich shop and was delighted with this authentic Cuban sandwich. 5 stars all the way!

Thank Mandrol

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
Spanish, Caribbean, Cuban
Open Hours
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1209 SW 16th Ave, Gainesville, FL 32601-8410
  • Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Gainesville
  • Phone Number: +1 352-378-2257

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?