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El Ambia Cubano

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950 E Melbourne Ave, Melbourne, FL 32901-5593
+1 321-327-8389
11:00 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Closed now
All hours
Mon - Thu 11:00 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Fri 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Sat 12:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Melbourne, Florida
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177 reviews
147 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Just south of downtown by the river sits this awesome, family style Cuban restaurant. Authentic food, great prices (especially all the apps) and excellent staff. We had lunch, which consisted of the Friday beef special, wife had the mojo chicken plates, plus two pork empanadas. Server was awesome and we chose to sit inside, by the front window. Next time... More 

Thank XianFL
Miami, Florida
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40 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

The family restaurant doesn't have a bad dish. I remember going there since they first opened. Love the romantic feel of the owner playing the guitar and sing as his wife is behind the bar making crepe desserts. There recipes take me back to Miami where I was born and raised. I can't say they are better than Versailles but... More 

Thank Mary E
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15 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My new fav! Luckily I live close by. Great food , ambience and super nice and efficient staff that is attentive and helpful with selections. The flavorings are delicious.

Thank Dana F
Staten Island, New York
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Stopped in for lunch. The menu is substantial for a small restaurant. The food was tasty and the prices reasonable. First things first; we ordered Mojitos!!! Cool and refreshing. We shared the Papa rellena and the empanadas as appetizers. Then dove into our individual meals of: masas de puerco frita, cuban style roast pork and ropa vieja. The meals came... More 

Thank Grisel D
Melbourne, Florida
2 reviews
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We had driven by this place many times and had heard the food was really good. So we stopped there one night when it didn't appear too busy. I think they were short staffed (at least I hope they were) since we waited over 5 minutes just to get someone's attention to be seated. The hostess said they were very... More 

Thank sandi m
El Ambia C, Owner at El Ambia Cubano, responded to this review

Hi, sorry for the bad experience you had , but no question you were in some other place and not at El Ambia Cubano. 1- We do not operate with hostess 2-We do not serve bread unless you order it, we charge for the bread, and it tosted , and never old, if the bread is not fresh, we do... More 

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58 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We've had Cuban food before, so had to stop in for dinner. Nice charming lil place, easy access. Food was good, wife had their pork and I had their fish. Definitely a place to return again.

Thank jazzyhands2
Sebastian, Florida
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My husband and I went to this restaurant twice and the food and service we got was great both times. The servers were very friendly and very attentive. The manager Vicki was also very nice and came to talk to us. We can't wait to go back. Miriam and Sergio Torres

Thank miriamsergio520
Toledo, Ohio
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We knew we were in for a treat when we pulled up at lunch time and it was packed. Our mojito was perfect for starters as was our sucullent pork and fresh fish. The owner could not have been kinder and more hospitable. Finish your meal off with the Cuban coffee. I will definitely go back the next time I... More 

Thank jillHn12
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341 reviews
264 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 469 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I've had some excellent Cuban food from Miami to NY. And El Ambiance Cubano is as good as it gets. The Paela is the bomb. It's as tasty as it gets. But, they have other fresh choices, including a fresh fish nearly everyday. Try the tamale for an app. And, the Cuban sandwich is among the better I've tried. The... More 

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8 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

If you love Spanish food, this is the place to eat at in Melbourne. Honestly this place should be rated #1. The food has flavor and they give a huge portion of food for a great price. It's right next to a lake and its peaceful. I prefer to eat outside and listen to the music they have playing. The... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$2 - $20
Caribbean, Latin, Cuban
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Accepts Discover, Reservations, Free Wifi
Good for
Special occasions, Dining on a budget, Local cuisine, Kids, Families with children
Open Hours
11:00 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
12:00 am - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 950 E Melbourne Ave, Melbourne, FL 32901-5593
  • Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Brevard County  >  Melbourne
  • Phone Number: +1 321-327-8389
Family restaurant, with a history, excellent Cuban food and ambiance.

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