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El Cubanito Restaurant

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311 E. 7th Street, Salem, VA
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

I'm still trying to figure out how this place has received 3 and more. The tablecloth was dirty. I ordered bistec palomino, my sister Puerco asado and both came out cold. We had to send the beans back to get reheated in the microwave--we could hear the microwave. The beans had the best flavor of anything on my dish and... More 

Thank Myrna B
Byram, New Jersey
1 review
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2016 via mobile

Well, it is the best Cuban food in the area. Because, it's the only Cuban restaurant in the area. It's not bad. The place is clean and well kept. Food isn't bad. Compared to my grandmother's cooking, it's way below par. I had a good meal of the traditional black beans with rice y masita de puerco. But, I think... More 

Thank Oscar d
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2016 via mobile

If you are looking for traditional Cuban food - this is the place in the Salem area. Great Cuban sandwiches and Ropa Vieja.

Thank Sean W
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2016 via mobile

My family and I went there last night for dinner and it was really good. We were able to sit outside and enjoy our meal. The pork appetizer and mojo sauce was amazing. The Cuban sandwich was the best I've had in a long time. Definitely authentic food! A must try!

Thank Jena W
Roanoke, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2016

I have been here several times and love this place. I have a friend who came from Cuba and she says it's authentic. I recommend the garlic shrimp and the Ropa viejo, which my friend says everybody makes in Cuba.

Thank Cindy R
Daleville, Virginia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2016 via mobile

This was my first visit and I was not disappointed. I had a roasted pork plate lunch and thoroughly enjoyed it. A large portion of moist, well seasoned pork including a small salad, large portion of delicious rice and beans and some fried plantains for $6.99! I will definitely visit again.

Thank Tom B
Blue Ridge Mountains, Virginia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 238 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2016

My husband and I have eaten at El Cubanito in Salem many times and each time has always been good. The owner is very sweet and she makes authentic Cuban food that is tasty and economical. We usually get the Pork Asada because the Mojo sauce that comes with it is out of this world (ask for extra). The black... More 

Thank sunflower35
Roanoke, Virginia - USA
2 reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2015

I am a regular at Cubanito and like the food very much, but have to say today waited over 30 min for my food sitting down and ordered to go very simple dish. Waitress apologetic but cook got mad when he was fussed at - after almost one hour still not done so got refund and left - this has... More 

Thank Intl-CPA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2015 via mobile

We stopped at El Cubanito for lunch. Wonderful Cuban food! We had Rojas and a Pork based dish accompanied by a very tasty rice, black bean seasoned dish. The leche cream cake was great! A true gem in Salem.

Thank Rosie R
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015 via mobile

We overnighted in Salem/Roanoke on our way to TN, and needed something yummy and kid-friendly. We always try to stay away from ye olde chains, and luckily found this place here on TA. Cute little place, super nice staff and great (authentic!) Cuban food. Kids loved their mango milkshakes and adults enjoyed a well-done margarita. For a Friday night it... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
Caribbean, Latin, Cuban, Spanish
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Waitstaff, Seating
Good for
Families with children, Dining on a budget
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 311 E. 7th Street, Salem, VA
  • Location: United States  >  Virginia (VA)  >  Salem

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