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“Great food, staff is hit and miss.”

El Siboney Restaurant
Ranked #30 of 448 Restaurants in Key West
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $1 - $20
Cuisines: Cuban
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Restaurant details
Good for: Local cuisine, Families with children
Dining options: Lunch, Late Night, Dinner, Breakfast, Delivery, Takeout
Arlington, VA, USA
Level 6 Contributor
183 reviews
123 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 83 helpful votes
“Great food, staff is hit and miss.”
Reviewed March 17, 2013

One of the very best values you can find for authentic Cuban food. Siboney steak and Puerco asado (roast pork) were very delicious, and portions are generous. Beer selection is a bit limited but respectable. They do a mediocre job of staffing properly for rush time, so I recommend that you review the menu ahead of time, decide what you want to order, and be ready to place your order immediately when you get bread and water. If you're not ready the first time they offer to take your order, you're probably going to be in for quite a wait.

  • Visited February 2013
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Parsippany, New Jersey, United States
Level 4 Contributor
28 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Generous portions, too much noise”
Reviewed March 17, 2013

El Siboney is a great place to come if you want to eat a LOT and take home leftovers. (I recommend pulled pork, grilled mahi mahi, and mango cheesecake.) However, it's not a great place to make conversation. Because of its popularity, it can take a long time to get a table here, and once you get inside, it's just a madhouse. I could barely hear the person next to me, and our waiter had a tough time even taking our order over the roar of everyone else in the room.

Visited March 2013
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Atlanta, GA
Level 4 Contributor
35 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
“Someone Talked!”
Reviewed March 17, 2013

Excellent and reasonably priced Cuban food. This place is away from all of the tourists traps on Duval Street. The owner of our favorite Cuban Cafe in Key Largo (Denny's Latin Cafe) recommended El Siboney to us years ago. On my recent visit, we had to wait 50 minutes for a table. It was worth the wait. Good food, huge portions and still cheaper than most.

  • Visited March 2013
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Coshocton, Ohio
Level 2 Contributor
8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“unfriendly staff food average”
Reviewed March 15, 2013

We ordered take out paella was hot and had a nice flavor. The female wait staff unsmiling and not friendly. The key lime pie "sliver" was ok. Would I go back - no. We decidedto have a drink at the bar then order our take out for the evening (planning to come back for the take our) and we sat at the bar and did not get waited on, even though the young pregnant wait staff ate a few bites and just looked at us.

  • Visited March 2013
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Mount Zion, Illinois
Level 4 Contributor
38 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“Great local food off the beaten path!”
Reviewed March 15, 2013

This is a neighborhood gem off the beaten path that you have to visit. It's a small establishment, but serves great local, Cuban cuisine. It's a lot of food for the price you pay, which is probably one of the most affordable restaurants in Key West. The restaurant is adorned with red plastic tablecloths with Cuban vacation posters on the wall. Think about your local Mexican restaurant that you visit frequently in your own community and then just amend that to Cuban cuisine and you've got El Siboney.

I had the pulled pork plate that also came with rice, black beans, and fried plantains. I was stuffed!! The place is packed on a regular basis, but the tables turn pretty quickly. If there is a wait, you get assigned a number and most folks wait outside until their number is called.

  • Visited March 2013
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