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Elena's Cuban Cafe

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2246 E Edgewood Dr, Lakeland, FL 33803-3643
863-665-3333
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San Juan, Puerto Rico
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2016 via mobile

Empanadas were good, cheese are more like a fried arepa but were tasty. Rices white, congrí, and yellow (with chicken) were all flavorful, but "Arroz con Pollo" was a little heavy on cumin. Pork chops were very tasty, liked better the smoked pork chops, but the fried pork ("carne frita") felt way too greasy and was definitely too salty. By... More 

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Benson, Arizona
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39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2016

This was our first visit to a Cuban Cafe. We didn't really know what to expect but we thought it would be better than it was. The food was okay but nothing to write home about.

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Thank Montana M
Lakeland, Florida
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2015 via mobile

I enjoy eating here because it is one of the few spots I can get Cuban food in Lakeland. Anytime the owner takes my order, he can come off as rude. But when a man comes in, he is talkative and friendly. I especially notice this when I go with my husband. Unfortunately, friends have also noticed this. Oh well,... More 

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Lakeland, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015

I got takeout from Elena's last night for my son and I. We got the Ropa Vieja, a Cuban sandwich, and some potato balls (potato stuffed with ground beef and then fried). Everything was great! It's great to know that I can get good Cuban food right in Lakeland! I will be back to this place.

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Winter Haven, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015

I'm from Miami and whoever is or has been in Miami knows that the latin food there is as close as its own country's origins. I've being looking for a cuban restaurant as good or as close to the ones in Miami and finally I have found one. It is not a fancy or a casual restaurant it's like if... More 

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Fort Walton Beach, Florida
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2015 via mobile

Friday evening at 6 pm. The Cuban folks here must eat their main meal at lunch and as I noticed sandwiches and fries at night. I ordered the Friday special of cod cooked in tomatoes and onion. It was refrigerator cold in the middle and stunk. It tasted worse. The beans were room temperature and the rice a little warmer.... More 

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Lakeland, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014

Elena's has amazing food and great prices. It has everything, in my opinion, to be the best restaurant except for one thing: its business hours. You want to grab something for dinner but you only have until 7pm because at this time, the restaurant closes. Not only that, but how in the world a restaurant only opens Monday through Friday... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2014

Four of us came for lunch after reading positive reviews on Yelp. When you walk in, there is a big menu board to order from. We all ordered the Cuban sandwiches, and each ordered a different side to share (plantains, yucca, and black beans). After ordering we got a table, and when our orders were ready, they brought the food... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014

Elena's cafe was managed by a different person when they started on Robin rd. and even a while after they moved to the location on Edgewood Dr. Although the owner is still the same, I've noticed the quality of the food and service has dropped a whole lot! without mentioning the prices are very high. last time I was there... More 

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Thank Kenia L
Lakeland, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

This is a small restaurant where you go up to a window to order. The menu is up on a board. They give you a number to put on your table and they deliver food to you. Servings are ample in size and everything appears to be homemade. Yellow rice and chicken with side of black beans is quite popular... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Cuisine
Caribbean, Latin, Cuban
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating
Good for
Dining on a budget
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2246 E Edgewood Dr, Lakeland, FL 33803-3643
  • Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Central Florida  >  Lakeland
  • Phone Number: 863-665-3333

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