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Elena's Cuban Cafe

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2246 E Edgewood Dr, Lakeland, FL 33803-3643
+1 863-665-3333
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Lakeland, Florida
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226 reviews
160 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a popular place (rather small) for good Cuban food. It's a family operation and everything is unsophisticated, but tasty. We love to go here for a good, solid lunch. They haves specials each day, too. Clean and efficient, you order at the window and a waiter or waitress brings it to your table. Roast pork, ripe fried plantains,... More 

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San Juan, Puerto Rico
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40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 May 2016 via mobile

Empanadas were good, cheese are more like a fried arepa but were tasty. Rices white, congrí, and yellow (with chicken) were all flavorful, but "Arroz con Pollo" was a little heavy on cumin. Pork chops were very tasty, liked better the smoked pork chops, but the fried pork ("carne frita") felt way too greasy and was definitely too salty. By... More 

Thank magvel004
Benson, Arizona
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65 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 April 2016

This was our first visit to a Cuban Cafe. We didn't really know what to expect but we thought it would be better than it was. The food was okay but nothing to write home about.

Thank Montana M
Lakeland, Florida
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56 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 October 2015 via mobile

I enjoy eating here because it is one of the few spots I can get Cuban food in Lakeland. Anytime the owner takes my order, he can come off as rude. But when a man comes in, he is talkative and friendly. I especially notice this when I go with my husband. Unfortunately, friends have also noticed this. Oh well,... More 

Thank mcqueenbee
Lakeland, Florida
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68 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 April 2015

I got takeout from Elena's last night for my son and I. We got the Ropa Vieja, a Cuban sandwich, and some potato balls (potato stuffed with ground beef and then fried). Everything was great! It's great to know that I can get good Cuban food right in Lakeland! I will be back to this place.

Thank 10Miler
Winter Haven, Florida
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61 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 January 2015

I'm from Miami and whoever is or has been in Miami knows that the latin food there is as close as its own country's origins. I've being looking for a cuban restaurant as good or as close to the ones in Miami and finally I have found one. It is not a fancy or a casual restaurant it's like if... More 

Thank GMAC2305
Fort Walton Beach, Florida
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106 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 January 2015 via mobile

Friday evening at 6 pm. The Cuban folks here must eat their main meal at lunch and as I noticed sandwiches and fries at night. I ordered the Friday special of cod cooked in tomatoes and onion. It was refrigerator cold in the middle and stunk. It tasted worse. The beans were room temperature and the rice a little warmer.... More 

Thank Love2eat32547
Lakeland, Florida
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89 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 December 2014

Elena's has amazing food and great prices. It has everything, in my opinion, to be the best restaurant except for one thing: its business hours. You want to grab something for dinner but you only have until 7pm because at this time, the restaurant closes. Not only that, but how in the world a restaurant only opens Monday through Friday... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2014

Four of us came for lunch after reading positive reviews on Yelp. When you walk in, there is a big menu board to order from. We all ordered the Cuban sandwiches, and each ordered a different side to share (plantains, yucca, and black beans). After ordering we got a table, and when our orders were ready, they brought the food... More 

Thank KMarshall7
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 September 2014

Elena's cafe was managed by a different person when they started on Robin rd. and even a while after they moved to the location on Edgewood Dr. Although the owner is still the same, I've noticed the quality of the food and service has dropped a whole lot! without mentioning the prices are very high. last time I was there... More 

Thank Kenia L

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Latin, Cuban, Caribbean
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2246 E Edgewood Dr, Lakeland, FL 33803-3643
  • Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Central Florida  >  Lakeland
  • Phone Number: +1 863-665-3333

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