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La Ideal Sandwich Shop

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2924 W Tampa Bay Blvd, Tampa, FL 33607-1233
+1 813-870-0150
06:00 - 16:00
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Sat 07:00 - 15:00
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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 27 March 2017 via mobile

Has best fresh squeezed orange juice not a large menu for breakfast. The Traditional breakfast is great for us non Spanish people. The coffee con lecha mist be good they pack the place for it!

Thank Chet H
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8 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 29 October 2016 via mobile

Best cubans, cafe con leche, burger, breakfast tamale, etc......come get it! I've been coming here for 20 years and it's still the same great owner and food.

Thank Tony L
Tallahassee, Florida
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37 reviews
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Reviewed 21 April 2016 via mobile

Nice clean restaurant. Service exceptional. Cuban sandwiches very good. Excellent value for the price. Worth a try if you are looking for local authentic food.

Thank Perry C
Maria C, Guest Relations Manager at La Ideal Sandwich Shop, responded to this review

Thanks for the review. Hope to see you soon at La Ideal Sandwich shop More 

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1 review
Reviewed 13 February 2016 via mobile

If you live in Tampa and have not been here, you haven't been LIVING in Tampa! This is the best cuban sandwich in Tampa. Everything here is great and very affordable.

Thank Tony L
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 111 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 June 2014

Don't let the building put you off. It's been an icon in this neighborhood for years and in the past 40 years we've seen many tenants and frequented the restaurant through many owners. Now, we (senior couple) often stop for the breakfast special at La Ideal, up to two to three times a week. The restaurant is very clean, including... More 

1 Thank Travel2Enjoy
Jacksonville, Florida
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61 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 December 2013

This used to be my go to Cuban/pork sandwich place. While it's been a few years I didn't expect it to change as much as it had. The Cuban I ordered came with pork and chopped ham(?), no salami (tampa's Cubans have salami) and the bread wasn't that great either. The pork was dry, unseasoned and bland. Very disappointing. I... More 

Thank tlw529
2 reviews
Reviewed 17 May 2013

I've grown up around this place and eating many Cuban sandwiches,as every Tampanian should, La Ideal has one of the best! Meat in the Cuban is hot, good bread, and nice size for the price. Buy a large and split it with a friend! Also $5 minimum for card purchases.

Thank niko1607
Dunedin, Florida
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267 reviews
178 restaurant reviews
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Reviewed 30 January 2013 via mobile

I have been coming to this restaurant for over 20 years and it is still amazing! The Cuban sandwich is authentic and delicious (bread cooked to perfection) and so inexpensive! Six people had an excellent meal for under $25! Love this place! The atmosphere isn't the best but it is quaint! This place is worth the drive from any place... More 

1 Thank gatorcindy
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Reviewed 11 November 2012 via mobile

I called them same day for a platter of "ham croquetas" ham croquets.. Not only were they able to do it, they were delicious. The prices are also reasonable. Would visit again when back in area. It's a very no-nonsense, but food is good

Thank socarras4
1 review
Reviewed 10 May 2012 via mobile

In response to the last review...that looks like a bad neighborhood to you? I grew up in that place. Our parents entrusted our lives with those people. You just totally judged a book by it's cover. Not very nice... Fresh bread, house made roast pork, best coffee in the world, I'm out

Thank Kanastex

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Restaurant Details

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Latin, Caribbean, Spanish, Cuban
Breakfast, Lunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Seating, Reservations
Open Hours
06:00 - 16:00
06:00 - 16:00
06:00 - 16:00
06:00 - 16:00
06:00 - 16:00
07:00 - 15:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2924 W Tampa Bay Blvd, Tampa, FL 33607-1233
  • Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Tampa
  • Phone Number: +1 813-870-0150
Cuban Sandwiches, Coffee Shop, Spanish Food

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?