Tampa >Food & Dining > Las Palmas Cafe
19651 Bruce B Downs Blvd Ste C2, Tampa, FL | Directions 3364728.152588 -82.352335
Mon - Thu, Sat, 11am - 8pm; Fri, 11am - 8:30pm; Sun, closed
Neighborhoods: County Line Coalition
Good Recommendation – I have recently moved to New Tampa but I am originally from Spain. I have not found a single restaurant since my move to the US 10 years ago that makes me feel at home as this tiny little jewel. Not everything on the menu is Spanish but what I have tried so far is just wonderful.
Nice to find a restaurant with so many rich flavors and cultural blending. My husband and I will be there often!
Best Cuban Food in Tampa – I live in the Tampa area and have been going to Las Palmas Cafe in New Tampa for many years. They have the best cubans, they are freshly pressed and as authentic as you can get. The Sangria is hands down the best I have ever had. The food has always been great and still is. It has not changed at all. If anyone has anything bad to say and happens to mention another restaurant then I would assume they are just trying to promote there own restaurant. So if you have not tried Las Palmas Cafe you should. I highly recommend the Taste of Ybor meal or the LP Salad, the dressings are also homemade. YUM!!!!!
Yummy and Affordable – To the negative reviewers: I don't understand where you are getting the information that this is authentic Cuban food. Nowhere do they claim to be authentic Cuban. Please be clear about something before posting such a negative review.
I am Colombian, have lived in Tampa most of my life and have eaten at many Latin restaurants in Tampa and Miami. Las Palmas perfectly satisfies my cravings for many Latin dishes that are prepared in various Latin countries , their portions are generous AND they are reasonably priced.
One of my favorite things is the fish for sure. I also love the ropa vieja, the lechon asado and the beans...well, lots of things! The BEST things of all are the flan and the sangria.
Best Cuban Food – I grew up on cuban food & have been eating @ Las Palmas for several years now.Very authentic.Just ask my abuela.
Still The Best – I live in New Tampa and work in West Tampa and usually have to wait till the weekend to eat at Las Palmas Cafe and that's just too long. During the work week my friends take me to the little cuban cafe's in West Tampa and I guess I'm just spoiled. The others are just too bland. So nice to have spanish food cooked with that much flavor. I guess it's not fair to say they cook just Cuban food there's so much more to it.
Cuban Restaurant – I am born in raised in Tampa, FL. I know & love Cuban food. We recently moved to the New Tampa area. I was craving some good ol' Cuban food. I searched & found this restaurant.
I came & ate..... this place is by far the worst Cuban food in ALL of Tampa. That's all I have to say.
May have been good before, but not anymore – We thought we had found the perfect little Cuban cafe in New Tampa, but we were wrong. Along with the last review, I don't believe any of the cooks were Cuban. That is not to say that you must be Cuban to be able to cook good Cuban food, but the food definitely lacked any feeling of authenticity. It tasted as though the sandwiches came pre-made from a factory and sold in Publix.
If you want good Cuban food, try La Cubanita Cafe literally two blocks down the street next to Publix. The food there tastes MUCH better.
Horrible! – I don't see how this place can be compared to anything in Ybor City.
I couldn't even get a cordidito. the server was pleasant enough but being Hispanic I became suspicious that this Cuban food was not being prepared by anyone that even had an accent. I had to laugh when I asked how many Cuban cooks they had and they said none.
the food was bland and it just did not seem at all authentic.
makes me wonder what these people who gave this place five stars would do
if they ever ate authentic Cuban.
my advice is stay away and drive into Tampa for the real deal.
Old Tampa cuisine in New Tampa! – My husband and parents and I had dinner at Las Palmas on May 13th and what a pleasant surprise. We all had the cuban pork with black beans and rice and plantains with Flan for dessert. We also had a pitcher of Sangria. It was all delicious! Being born and raised in Tampa we know cuban cuisine and this place is the epitome of Spanish flavor. We plan on many more visits to this New Tampa gem.
Affordable Dining – I read about this place in the USA Today, stating that it was "Affordable America." Well Mr. Shriver was correct it's not only affordable it's the best food I've ever eaten. It's the original Tampa Ybor style food that you can't find in Ybor any more. I wish there were more locations around the bay. Try it, it's worth the drive to New Tampa!
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