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#101 of 2,831 Restaurants in Miami
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Caribbean, Latin, Spanish, Cuban
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Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
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Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night
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Little Havana
1.6 miles from Vizcaya Museum and Gardens
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Stopped here on the way to MIA. We had Sandwiches and home made Lemonade. Wonderful tasty food with friendly service. For desert we had Coffee - Cortadito. Loved it and kept us fully awake queuing at the Airport.

Date of visit: June 2022
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Great Cuban sandwich. Good service, Jason was friendly and attentive. Clean, nice tableware. They have outdoor and indoor seating too.

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed March 5, 2022

Great service and good cuban food. Have tried several of their dishes, and all of them taste freshly made. The atmosphere is local, relaxed.

Date of visit: November 2021
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Reviewed January 21, 2022

Enjoyed a wonderful dinner. Started with a large glass of sangria. Delicious skirt steak with a wonderful chimichurri sauce. Very nice salad and wonderful fried yucca. Also had delicious ox tails with yellow rice and beans. We were served tasty garlic bread. Dessert was tres...leches cake which was excellent. Patrick was an excellent server who was very helpful with everything we ordered.More

Date of visit: January 2022
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Reviewed January 17, 2022

We happened on El Cristo while walking along Calle Ocho. Our Cuban sandwiches and maduros were perfectly made. Service was great. I didn't love my Sangria, but did love my Cuban coffee. I would certainly recommend El Cristo.

Date of visit: January 2022
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Reviewed December 20, 2021

Have visited a few times over the years as El Cristo was my favorite stop for a Cuban sandwich. This time, not sure what happened. 2 in my party had to excuse themselves to ...... (how to put it politely?) lose their cookies within an...hour of eating here....actually while still there. Service was extremely slow although most tables empty. Not a good experience and will no longer recommend.More

Date of visit: December 2021
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Reviewed September 27, 2021

We ended up in this restaurant when visiting Little Havana, following the recommendation of a local person after buying him a Guayabera. Food was good as they offer a dish for two person with typical Cuba food. What was not good was the Mojito I...asked to be well prepared but they didn't (very very diluted).More

Date of visit: September 2021
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Reviewed July 18, 2021 via mobile

We wanted to try some cuban food at Little Havana. We were pleasantly surprised by the vegetarian options available here. The restaurant was packed but service was quick amd efficient. Thefood was delicious. We had a vegetarian pasata and vegetarian fried rice and fried plantains....Awesome food and atmosphere.More

Date of visit: July 2021
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Reviewed June 17, 2021 via mobile

Stopped by to get colada and empanadas to go, and we were not disappointed. Had a lovely conversation with the owner while waiting, and we will certainly be back for our next trip.

Date of visit: June 2021
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Reviewed May 25, 2021

This place is not only terrible when it comes to food, the service is pretty bad. The waitress tried to sell us bottled water even though we asked for tap water, she did not bring us any water at all, even though the table near...us got tap water as soon as they sat down. She was rude after that (I guess she was hoping her bill to be bigger by selling us 5 dollars water). Our food took forever to get to the table because it sat at the kitchen window for a while, so obviously the food was cold. Then, we asked for the check, and the waitress added an 18% tip (for a party of 4). I leave 18% customary tip always, I even leave 20% for great service. I was close to leave no tip. She is lucky she got 15%. We travel a lot, we go out to eat a lot, we don't need to be fooled into ordering additional items just because. We will never go back to this place.More

Date of visit: May 2021
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Reviewed April 28, 2021 via mobile

Our group decided to eat here on a Friday night. It was not packed but our entire meal took about 2 hours. The food was really good but everything else took painstakingly long. From the time we ordered til we got our food was probably...about 1/2 hour. Then when we were finished, it took about another half hour to get the check. As others mentioned, 18% gratuity was already added and we were also charged $5 for each bottle of water we had. It really wasn’t that big of a deal. But if they picked up the service speed, this place could be great. Out of all of the mojitos we tried (and we tried a lot), this place made the best hands down. I would come back just for a mojito. (To go!)More

Date of visit: April 2021
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Reviewed April 14, 2021

My husband and I ate here the other day while walking around little Havana. I started with a glass of Sangria and my husband had a mojito. We split the croquettes (ham and cheese) to start. They were good, but not the best that I...have ever had. For my lunch, I had the Cuban Sandwich. It was delicious. My husband had the pulled port with rice and beans. He enjoyed his as well.More

Date of visit: April 2021
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Reviewed April 5, 2021

TLDR - Sleazy tactics used to trick tourists into ordering food they don't want. Avoid this place and find somewhere else to experience the food in Little Havana. Before you read anything else, know that I am a restaurant industry worker and have been for...over 20 years. I know how hard it is to run restaurants, work in restaurants, and to take care of customers inside of any restaurant. I am extremely patient because of this experience. I am likely more forgiving than the average consumer. Took a family vacation to the Keys and then made our way back up to Miami. The first thing we had to do in Miami was go to Little Havana. We wanted nothing more than an authentic Cuban sandwich. When we got to Little Havana, we stumbled on El Cristo. We went up to read the menu and were greeted by what seemed like a super friendly staff. I quickly looked at reviews online and it seemed like a good fit for us. I wish I had dug a little deeper into the Google reviews - it would have saved us a LOT of grief and money. Everything started out normal. We ordered a couple of beers and said we needed time to look at the menu. The waiter (who is mentioned in these reviews A LOT....Juan Carlos) asked if we would like still or sparkling water. Like a normal person, we wanted regular tap water. Juan Carlos failed to mention that our still water was a $5 glass bottle of water. It's not the price at all; it's the principal of the matter. Let people know in advance if you are charging for this. You are misleading tourists on purpose. If that were the only issue, this would have been a fine dinner. Juan Carlos came back with the beers and the $5 bottle of water. He asked if we wanted an appetizer. My wife ordered an appetizer but halfway through her sentence, he cut her off and began to talk about the daily specials. Weird but fine. He rattled off a better "special" appetizer that's not on the menu. At that point, he completely disregarded what we wanted and HE decided what we wanted for an appetizer. We did not know it at the time, but that's what was happening. Anyway, he then went on about a steak dinner special and how we have to try the steak (ribeye steak....of which we had ZERO intention of ordering). A few minutes pass and I start thinking more and more about the interaction with the appetizer. I decided to get up and check with Juan Carlos about what we ordered. We wanted the appetizer on the menu. I confirmed with him that we wanted the appetizer we ordered and not the special he suggested. This threw him into a bit of a fit. He goes into the kitchen to tell the cook. I understand quite a bit of spanish, and what he said was not pleasant. That's when everything changed. After about 10 minutes, the food we ordered came out. Juan Carlos, because we did not order what he suggested, threw our plates on the table. He threw the appetizer plate down and did not say a word. We were obviously waiting to order the main course but he started walking away. I grabbed his attention and said we are ready to order. He said, "ok" and look extremely annoyed. We ordered Cuban sandwiches. We literally went here to get Cuban sandwiches. Juan Carlos did not like the fact that we did not order $50 ribeye steaks and hastily grabbed our menus and huffed away with out a word. We waited about 15 minutes for the food. That's 100% fine - but the waiter did not check on us one time during that period. Beyond that, we were one of TWO tables in the entire place. The sandwiches came out. He slammed them on the table and gave us what I would call a sewing thimble's worth of ketchup for 2 orders of fries. We only ordered 1 order of fries, but I was not trying to be petty at this point. Before he stormed off, we asked for 2 extra plates. He went into the lobby and began screaming obscenities in spanish to the staff there. He was very clearly talking about us. That's honestly besides the point. We waited for about 3-4 minutes for the plates before we just made due with what we had. We were almost 100% done with our food and Juan Carlos came back with the plates and slammed them down once again. That was the last time we saw Juan Carlos. We waited a few minutes to see if he would come back to bring the check. Nothing happened. He disappeared. I walked around inside looking for him. Gone. I went up to the bar to ask for the check. Everyone was puzzled. After about 10 minutes, someone else brought the check. The check had extra beer on it we had not ordered ANd 18% gratuity added already. We are a family of 4 and the menu does not state that gratuity will be added to checks. Look at the other 1/2 star reviews here. It seems common with El Cristo. I got the beer taken off but was not going to argue about the 18%. We finally left. We shopped around Little Havana and walked past El Cristo one more time before heading to our car. We saw Juan Carlos (magically) again dealing with new customers. If El Cristo is reading this - you need to take a hard look at how you are handling your business. You are TRYING to take advantage of people. Do better. Be better. Your food is decent - make the experience match the food.More

Date of visit: April 2021
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Reviewed April 4, 2021

Awful experience. When my family didn’t order all the upselling Juan Carlos tried to impose on us, his demeanor totally changed. Our plates of food were thrown on the table, we got a tiny half cup of ketchup for our two orders of fries and...when we asked for extra plates when our food came, we waited 10 minutes for him to bring them to us. We ended up just eating without extra plates. He never came to check on us, and we had to get up and ask for our check twice from the bartender. A different waitress (that I wish we could have had for the whole meal) brought us our check where we found out they added 18% gratuity! Nowhere on their menu does it state that gratuity will be added. Also we discovered that the tap water we ordered was an extra $5 because it comes out of a bottle! We did not order a bottle of water and he did not warn us that it’s an extra charge. And it’s good thing we scanned over the check before we paid because of course there was an extra beer snuck onto the bill. This place is a tourist trap and I regret stumbling upon this restaurant. It put a terrible taste in my mouth about Little Havana. Luckily the food was decent, but I would never come back and I recommend everyone avoid this place like the plague!More

Date of visit: March 2021
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Reviewed December 19, 2020

We had asked around while window shopping, and this was the place that kept getting mentioned. We were seated promptly, but it did take a while to get waited on, and there was a bit of confusion about our order with some of the waitstaff....But the food was really good. Top notch empanadas, yucca fries, and tostones. My daughter's Cuban sandwich was huge and delicious. My wife's masitas cerdo was tender, flavorful, and plentiful. My ropa viejo was delightful -- I just wish there had been a bit more of it. The rice was great, but the black beans were a bit of a let down.More

Date of visit: December 2020
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El Cristo is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travelers:
  • Food: 4
  • Service: 4
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4