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Local cuisine, Caribbean, Latin, Spanish, Cuban, Vegetarian Friendly
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
CUISINES
Caribbean, Latin, Spanish, Cuban
FEATURES
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Table Service
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Reviewed July 14, 2022 via mobile

The food tasted great. Good value for the price. The service excellent and staff friendly. We felt right at home on our first visit. We will comeback.

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed March 15, 2022 via mobile

The food here is simply amazing! The portions are fresh and huge. The staff was so nice. I will definitely be going back! I can’t say enough good things about their food

Date of visit: March 2022
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Reviewed December 22, 2021

We were very impressed with everything we ordered tonight…meatloaf, chicken paella, red beans, mashed potatoes, plantains…..and let’s not forget the homemade sangria ! The staff was very pleasant and helpful. We will be back!

Date of visit: December 2021
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Reviewed June 8, 2021 via mobile

Another good place to eat. Try the pork and grouper. Yummy 😋… Gotta have the rice and plantains as your sides. We usually eat here 2x during our week stay.. And ya can’t go wrong with the rooster 🐓 outside, lol….

Date of visit: June 2021
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Reviewed May 22, 2021 via mobile

Husband & I ate here for dinner. He had roasted chicken which was not warm at all. I had the stuffed grouper which was dried out from the heat lamp & the stuffing was a tasty but gooey mess which I could not make myself...eat. We both had black beans & yellow rice as our sides and they were excellent. The hot from the oven buttered Cuban bread was wonderful. The restaurant was pretty busy and everyone seemed to be happy with their meals. Perhaps we chose the wrong things. Disappointed.More

Date of visit: May 2021
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Reviewed February 16, 2021

I grew up in Tampa but have not been back in the area for years and was looking for good Cuban food. Read the reviews and ate here. Got a Cuban sandwich the first time and a pork sandwich the second. Beans and rice as...a side. Food was terrific as was the service. Will go back whenever I get within 100 miles!More

Date of visit: January 2021
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Reviewed February 4, 2021 via mobile

We were in the area for just over a week and ate here twice. It had been years since I had last been to this area and had had a ‘mojo’ roasted chicken, and this was as good as any I remember. That’s not the...only thing we had on the menu, but since everyone else’s taste is different, pick your favorite and you’re not likely to be disappointed.More

Date of visit: February 2021
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Reviewed January 5, 2021 via mobile

Great Cuban restaurant. Staff very friendly, food very good and coffee was excellent. We came here multiple times in a week.

Date of visit: December 2020
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Reviewed December 30, 2020

Ordered Cubans. Mushy. Soft. Stringy. Cold. I called in went in to pick up yesterday. Wrapper all greasy. Pork was cold stringy. Fatty. Overall terrible

Date of visit: December 2020
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Reviewed December 29, 2020 via mobile

Live chicken greeted me at door! Walking in it is small with lots of dusty hot sauce bottles on display. The food smelled good but not well displayed. They were busy but with only a cook, server and cashier. The mojo pork was moist and...delish! I took my meals to go as no masks seen inside.More

Date of visit: December 2020
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Reviewed October 6, 2020

I asked for recommendations for the best Cuban sandwich in the area and received many suggestions including Pipo's. I went through the drive through for a Cuban and flan. Food was good, prices seemed a little high (small flan portion) and good window service. Not...impressed with lack of mask wearing by some employees and won't return due to that until the pandemic is under control.More

Date of visit: September 2020
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Reviewed October 5, 2020

Ordered a Cuban to go. Good sandwich and friendly staff. A little concerned watching a couple of the kitchen staff not wearing disposable gloves preparing others' food.

Date of visit: October 2020
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Reviewed August 8, 2020 via mobile

My husband I frequent here every time we visit St. Pete and have never been disappointed. This visit I had breakfast-a cup of authentic Cuban coffee and Cuban bread pressed with American cheese which was very satisfying. We also had dinner there and my husband...had ribs and meatballs. The sauce was amazing with the right amount of seasoning that really be nearly impossible to replicate. The crab stuffed grouper is one of my all time favorites and simply melts in your mouth. But, it’s also the people that keeps us coming back and there outstanding service to make sure there patrons are pleased with the food. They make you feel welcome! If you haven’t had a chance to visit Pipo’s, I highly recommend it. You won’t be disappointed!More

Date of visit: August 2020
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Reviewed July 29, 2020 via mobile

Best Cuban food Extra large portions Great friendly staff. Go hungry !! Get the ham croquetas Take a few home for quick beach lunches

Date of visit: July 2020
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Reviewed July 26, 2020

This was one of my favorite restaurants we visited. We all loved the food, even the kids! Great friendly service.

Date of visit: July 2020
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Frequently Asked Questions about Pipo's Original Cuban Cafe

Yes, Pipo's Original Cuban Cafe offers takeout services.

Pipo's Original Cuban Cafe is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travelers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4.5
  • Atmosphere: 4