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Cuban Restaurant and Café$$$$
The Loop, Chicago
163 Tips and reviews
  • sandwiches
  • coffee
  • café
  • chivito
  • good for a quick meal
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  • Samantha R.
    Samantha RangelOctober 10, 2015
    Cortadito is one of my favorite espresso drinks in all Chicagoland. It takes the sugar and milk ur too afraid to add and serves it straight up. I go nuts for anything with their guava jam.
  • Ganula B.
    The Best Cuban sandwich in the city with great price. If you hungry but too early for your dinner, go to this place and get the best Cuban sandwich you will ever have and comeback again.
  • Raed M.
    Raed MansourMarch 31
    Fast Cuban food in the South Loop. Pollo Arugula and the Cubano are great starters but go deep into the menu for some real Caribbean flavors. Crowded with students, so seating us limited.
  • Casey V.
    Casey VickersAugust 25, 2011
    The Pallomia without onions is my go to, I got mushrooms once it was amazing. Also don't pass on the Churo it's fantastic! Owner works the counter as well, he's great, like all the staff. Visit often
  • Time Out Chicago
    Time Out ChicagoMay 28, 2012
    This Cubano is delicious, and the key to its success is the citrus-garlic-marinated, cumin-rubbed lechon asado and the perfect toasting (whoever is operating the plancha needs a raise). -BC Read more
  • Time Out Chicago
    Time Out ChicagoJune 4, 2012
    This Cubano is delicious, and the key to its success is the citrus-garlic-marinated, cumin-rubbed lechon asado and the perfect toasting (whoever is operating the plancha needs a raise).
  • Linda B.
    Linda BlancoNovember 21, 2010
    Best Cubano! If you're daring, try the ropa vieja with sweet plantains & black beans. If it's the daily special, get the grilled tilapia - while it lasts! Black beans & rice Cuban style! Riccissimo!
  • Heather S.
    Heather SmithAugust 15, 2014
    The chivito was def the standout winner of the meal... The flavors just meshed together perfectly. The potato salad was also very good but the churro was stale & Cuban was burnt. I will be back!
  • Time Out Chicago
    Time Out ChicagoDecember 6, 2011
    Try the caldo gallego from our 100 Best list: With white beans, potato, spinach, ham and chorizo, it’s every bit as smoky, porky and satisfying as the restaurant’s Cubano.
  • Erik R.
    Erik RowleyNovember 1, 2015
    The Cubano is one of my favorite sandwiches in the city, be sure to order black beans and white rice on the side.
  • Mariana S.
    Mariana SanabriaJune 11, 2010
    any of their sandwiches will do but one of my favorites is the guava-q sandwhich. order this with a side of black bean and corn salad and on your way out order a cafe con leche.
  • Amy J.
    Amy JMay 18, 2011
    Cafe con leche is amazing! Only $2 for a large too! Bring cash though because they have a $5 minimum charge. It's a great spot for authentic, tasty, strong, inexpensive coffee.
  • Chrys J.
    Chrys JohnstonSeptember 29, 2013
    Try the Cafe Con Leche. Cuban espresso combined with a teaspoon of sugar and steamed milk. A perfect combination of ingredients for a light, not to sweet cup of coffee.
  • Time Out Chicago
    Time Out ChicagoNovember 2, 2011
    There’s no confusion over the star of the show here: The Cubano’s crusty bread is toasted just right, its roast pork juicy, its pickles thick, and its mustard and gooey cheese plentiful. Read more
  • Phillip P.
    Phillip PlatzMay 6, 2010
    The Chivito is definitely THE sandwich to try. With steak, ham, bacon, fried egg, shoestring potatoes... there's something for everyone but our vegitarian friends. Try it, you won't be upset!
  • Erika D.
    Erika DavisJanuary 7
    Everything is good here, but my favorite is cafe con leche & black bean soup. If you're near Millennium Park, it's a great place to grab a bite. 
  • Jessica S.
    Jessica StappMarch 1, 2015
    The most delicious cortadito (espresso with milk) and lots of vegetarian options. I picked the Jardin. The service is very fast and the food is delicious!!
  • Catherine H.
    Catherine HuffmanAugust 22, 2015
    The cafe con lech iced was perfect on a hot day. Also got the ropa vieja, which was insanely delicious on a hot day. I'd recommend it to anyone!
  • noemi r.
    noemi romanJune 7, 2014
    If you want a quick bite, come before noon or after 1pm. The Cubano sandwich is a must try. And if you like coffee, get the cafe con Leche.
  • Zuby H.
    Zuby HJanuary 15, 2013
    The tilapia criolla is one of my favorites paired with the rice and beans side. Sandwiches are freshly made and affordably priced for downtown. Can't go wrong.
  • Jack R.
    Jack ReidMarch 7
    Cuban sandwiches were yummy and good value! Also get the black beans and white rice on the side if you want to turn lunch into dinner.
  • Time Out Chicago
    Time Out ChicagoOctober 19, 2011
    There’s no confusion over the star of the show here: The Cubano’s crusty bread is toasted just right, its roast pork juicy, its pickles thick, and its mustard and gooey cheese plentiful.
  • Charmaine *.
    The pollo chimichurri is the best!!! The chimichurri sauce is what makes this delicious chicken platter amazing; served with black beans & rice with plantain!! ♡♡
  • Kevin M.
    Kevin MacApril 29
    Authentic Cubano sandwiches in the heart of downtown Chicago. A hidden gem! Don't forget to add a side of plantains.
    Upvoted Jun 29
  • Alexia M.
    Alexia MainFebruary 2, 2015
    The caldo gallego is absolutely a must! The service was great and the atmosphere really makes you feel like you're at a tiny Cuban cafe!
  • Time Out Chicago Kids
    Time Out Chicago KidsJanuary 10, 2012
    The Timba sandwich combines Swiss cheese with sweet guava spread on crispy sub bread—new tastes that should be mild (but tasty) enough for even super-picky types. Read more
  • Leah J.
    Leah JubinalOctober 4, 2012
    Tilapia sandwich with habanero salsa is a winning combo! And if you need a pick me up, their cafe con leche is really good too!
  • Carolyn P.
    Carolyn PavelkisMarch 24, 2015
    Great breakfast. Amazing Cuban sandwiches for lunch. The white bean soup is also delicious. And they make a great soy latte.
  • Roosevelt Collection
    Roosevelt CollectionDecember 20, 2011
    Sign up for their text message alerts to get specials and promotions! Oh and don't forget to try their fabulous sandwich selection!
  • Dan J.
    Dan JAugust 14, 2012
    Chivito--fantastico! This place is as good as anything found at Bayless' Xoco...for less than half the price. I will definitely be back!
  • Nadia E.
    Nadia ElisaMarch 1, 2015
    Ah, I haven't had a Cubano sandwich this good in years. A caldito gallego is the perfect side and finish it all off with a café con leche :)
  • Cheapism
    CheapismApril 13, 2011
    Get authentic Cuban sandwiches seven days a week. Their website offers coupons for a free house coffee with purchase of a sandwich, among other deals. Sandwiches are priced from $3 - $6. Read more
  • Alex W.
    Alex WitekJuly 22, 2012
    Definitely try the Cubano. It's the classic Cuban sandwich, done just right. If you're in town at te Hilton or the Congress Plaza, gove this hip place a try.
  • Amanda C.
    Amanda CooperJanuary 5, 2012
    Their cafe con leche is my morning crack. The pollo chipotle sandwich and ropa vieja platter are also favorites of mine!
  • Cat G.
    Cat GaoMay 10, 2014
    This place is wonderful and super inexpensive. Get the Cubano or Lechon sandwiches and a café con leche!
  • Caryn J.
    Caryn JendroJune 14, 2013
    The tilapia criolla sandwich is incredible. Fresh and flavorful. Also try the steak chimichurri sandwich. Delicious!
  • Gabrielle R.
    Gabrielle RosasApril 30, 2013 delicious and one of the best lunch deals in the area.
  • Devon H.
    Devon HallidayNovember 16, 2014
    Sandwiches and coffee are equally amazing! Try the Caramel Latte you will not be disappointed
  • Sarah B.
    Sarah Best-WilsonSeptember 20, 2011
    A bit of a hike from where I work, but you can't beat the cheap Cuban sandwiches, or the delicious cafe con leche or mango pie. Mmm...
  • Sean R.
    Sean ReedJuly 11, 2015
    Cuban coffee, iced on a hot day. So authentic here. Be prepared for a line, and it moves fast.
  • Thomas A.
    Thomas ApplegateJanuary 26, 2010
    For meat I love the jerk chicken and pollo chipotle and veggie I get the jardin - and plantain chips. Great staff!
  • jeff t.
    jeff tobinNovember 22, 2010
    Cubano is my go to and for only $4.99, how can you go wrong? The choripan is a great, hearty option too.
  • William W.
    William WilsonApril 19, 2013
    Loved the Roja and Jerk sandwich. The flavor was so terrific. Can't wait to get the Cubano next!
  • Kari
    KariApril 13
    Ropa vieja sandwich and everything on the menu is as cheap as subway or jimmy john's but 10 times better
  • Lisa W.
    Lisa WMay 13, 2012
    Sandwiches are always solid but don't sleep on the caldo gallego. Some damn good soup. Also, pineapple soda.
  • Kara H.
    Kara HSeptember 8, 2014
    Great food! Almost everything on the menu is worth trying. Worth the trek and wait.
  • Darren G.
    Darren GennettenJuly 6, 2013
    The Jerk is probably my favorite sandwich. Today I tried the Café Con Leche, and it was swell.
  • Mike H.
    Mike HensleyMarch 10, 2015
    The Chimichurri sandwich is great! And the cafecito is a must have drink!
  • Kimberly M.
    Kimberly MendozaJune 27, 2010
    Chimichurri Steak was DELISH! Ropa Vieja is also good. They serve Guarana and other import sodas. Tres Leches is decent.
  • Angie O.
    Angie OsmanskiMarch 19, 2011
    Amazing place, great food, great prices!! You really can't go wrong with anything on the menu!
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