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  1. Versailles
    Photograph: Courtesy CC/Flickr/Wally Gobetz
  2. Versailles Cuban sandwich
    Photograph: Courtesy CC/Flickr/vxla

Time Out says

4 out of 5 stars

It bills itself as the “world’s most famous Cuban restaurant,” though the Little Havana spot is just as famous for its Cubanos as it is for crowds of tourists

Almost as famous locally as its palatial namesake is in France, Versailles is a kitschy Cuban diner with wall-to-wall mirrors, a constant buzz and an unabridged menu featuring every dish ever cataloged as Cuban. The Little Havana institution is also the unofficial meeting place for the city’s Cuban community during times of political unrest. Versailles has perfected the toasty ratio of bread, meat and cheese. And the most iconic sandwich on the menu is easily the Cuban. In fact, the Cubano might be the most popular thing on the entire menu. The original (there’s a special version that’s slightly larger) meets all the basic requirements: toasted, filled with the right ingredients and cut perfectly in half.  

Time Out tip: There’s never not a line at the cafecito window near the restaurant’s main entrance. For a quick Cuban coffee and pastelito, head next door to the bakery. It serves a wider selection of baked goods and has a small seating area for a proper colada break.

Written by
Ryan Pfeffer


3555 Calle Ocho (SW 8th St)
Cross street:
at SW 35th Ave
Bus 8, 37, 42
Opening hours:
Mon–Thu 8am–1am; Fri–Sat 8am–2.30am; Sun 9am–1am
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