Eating Cuban Food at Versailles in Miami

Versailles is known as la casa del exilio (home of the exiled) and it is significant beyond its food. Plenty of political hopefuls makes it an important stop. It is the place to be seen for artists who drop by or start their night here.

For locals, it is THE place for Cuban food. Located at 3501 SW 8th Street since 1971.

Versailles is in the heart of little Havana, right on Calle Ocho, where the biggest annual street festival of the city takes place. Here, it is easy to feel the Cuban embrace when you are there.

Chicharron tops lechon which is accompanied by yuca with mojo, a garlic based sauce and moros (rice and black beans).

Eating Cuban Food in Miami

Versailles is THE place to enjoy great Cuban food and sit in for passionate political conversations about Cuba and the United States. The state of Fidel’s health was always a big topic of conversation here. As you eat a pastelito with a cortadito at the ventanita or sit inside for a plate of delicious Vaca Frita (fried shredded beef) your senses will take in the loud Caribbean Spanish that is always filled with words of warmth like mama or mi amor (my love) that will address you as your order is taken.

 Masas de puerco, chunks of pork.

Versailles is for Everyone

The food is delicious and I can just hear a Cuban abuela encouraging us to eat it all. Versailles is a family oriented place despite the political connotations.


Of course, you will also find in the menu the infamous mojito in all its varieties, all served with a stick of sugar cane for you to bite on.

Watermelon Mojito Photo ocredit: Versailles Cafe

Watermelon Mojito Photo credit: Versailles Cafe

There is no rush at Versailles. You can just hang around the ventanita or sit for a while longer at the restaurant to take in the beautiful art deco pieces. You will feel the sense of days passed that seem to be at a standstill while the topic of the day is heatedly discussed. Before you know it, you will be welcomed with open arms to this cornerstone of the community.

So be it coffee time,  politics, a lazy afternoon stroll, artistic interests, art deco hunting, cultural learning or gastronomic curiosity, if you are in the Magic City, you definitively should stop at Versailles Cafe, the epicenter of the Cuban exile experience in Miami.

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