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Review of Gilbert's Bakery

Gilbert's Bakery
Ranked #69 of 83 Bakeries in Miami
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Good for: Special occasions
Description: Our family's baking tradition began in 1928 in Camaguey, Cuba as a husband and wife operation. They baked family recipes and peddled them around the town's train station. As the family grew, so did their success. Under the leadership of their oldest son, they traveled to the United States and Europe bringing products and techniques from abroad. In 1962 their enterprise, now distributing across the entire island, was confiscated by the Castro regime. Seeing that they were stripped, not only of their business, but also of their most basic freedom, they fled Cuba for the United States of America. Starting from the ground up, again proved well worth it for the family. The oldest son, now a Cuban-American entrepreneur, was busy rebuilding his bakery in the United States. Meanwhile, his son-in-law, Gilberto Arriaza was learning traditional American, Jewish, German, Austrian and Italian product lines from some of the best old-fashioned bakers in Miami. Years later, Gilberto and family worked together to make their Cuban bakery flourish in Little Havana and the Miami Latin community. After his father-in-law's death, Gilberto went on his own, uniting his knowledge of the Latin community with his vast experience of European pastries. In 1976, Gilbert's Bakery was inaugurated as one fifth the size of today's Douglas location. Capitalizing on the ethnic and operational experience gained in his previous work and driving forward with an extremely creative and open zest for food, Gilbert's soon became known for quality, presentation and creativity. This remains the cornerstone of Gilbert's Bakery today. The next generation is now involved and positively contributing to the history we will be writing tomorrow.
Weston, Florida
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“Keep Going Back”
Reviewed November 24, 2013

My friends from Hialeah originally introduced me to Gilberts and I am hooked. I am addicted to the ham pastelitos which balance the sweet and savory very well. The fruit pastelitos are a real treat and I always pack up a box to take back to Tampa.

The pastries are traditional with lots a layers tot he dough and large sugar crystals, but not overly sweet. At mere $.50 each, they are a bargain. If you need a large assortment of pastries, plan to get there early in the morning. By 10 am, there is not much left. There are all sorts of other treats and bakery offerings, but the pastelitos are the real deal and make the effort worthwhile.

If you are a tourist and have never had a pastelito, go to Gilberts and see what the fuss is all about.

  • Visited October 2013
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Gilbertsbakery, Owner at Gilbert's Bakery, responded to this review, July 6, 2014
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English first
Atlanta, Georgia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 233 helpful votes
“Quick and good”
Reviewed June 9, 2013

Lunch was a Serrano ham sandwich with cheese with was perfectly heated and served on wonderful rosemary bread. The cannoli was tasty and definitely not on my diet. The speed of service was great and next time in Miami I'm coming back.

Visited June 2013
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Gilbertsbakery, Owner at Gilbert's Bakery, responded to this review, July 6, 2014
Thank you. w
We hope to see you back really soon
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Duluth, Georgia
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“Pricey and not worth it”
Reviewed November 8, 2012

This used to be a great bakery, but it has changed. The pastelitos were not good at all. They were very doughy. The service was slow and not very pleasant. They did have quite an array of finger sandwiches that were tasty, but so very over priced at $1.50 a bite. It is located on the outskirts of Coral Gables and one would think it was a little better, but it truly isn't. They do present their fare nicely, but don't be fooled. Go to Tammy's on Miller and 89th instead.

  • Visited November 2012
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Miami, Florida
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“Extremely rude workers, food not fresh.”
Reviewed May 16, 2012

Rudest people I have ever seen, food not fresh. Not worth the trip to take a number and weight for a rude person to rush you with your order.

Visited May 2012
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Miami
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“Used to be the best. Now only the most expensive”
Reviewed January 8, 2012

If you want a great Cuban bakery with great prices skill Gilbert's. Used to be the best but the prices went up, the pastries got smaller, the the service got worse. Used to be that it was packed (a sign of good quality and price), but greed has adversely affected its quality and popularity, To find a great Cuban Bakery, look for one that is crowded with locals. If it is empty, walk away.

Visited December 2011
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