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Ruben's Cuban Cafe

#195 of 1,874 Restaurants in Tampa
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4941 E Busch Blvd Ste 170, Tampa, FL 33617-6402
+1 813-989-2178
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07:00 - 20:00
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Mon - Thu 07:00 - 19:00
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Tampa, Florida
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12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 February 2017 via mobile

The place is situated in a strip center on Busch Blvd. A few blocks east of Busch Gardens. It's larger than it looks from the outside. I was pleased from the time I walked in. Very clean dining area, food came in a timely manner, and the food was out of this world. If you are staying near Busch Gardens,... More 

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Thank IloveCLE
Oshkosh, Wisconsin
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68 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 January 2017

We wanted to find a place to eat after a visit to Busch Gardens, and discovered after searching online that this gem was nearby--a few blocks east of the theme park. We sampled the Cuban sandwich, burrito, plantains, and the Reuben sandwich. All were excellent. Service was very friendly. Though we didn't try them, there were several soups and plated... More 

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Thank PackerFanatic
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 January 2017

Doesn't look like much on the outside but it is big inside. Great Cuban food. Great service. I would recommend!

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Thank Jennifer J
Tampa, Florida
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94 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 December 2016

It's been a year since I've grabbed a bite at Rubens. In that period of time they doubled the size of the dining area. The wait staff remains the same, and each of them are very personable young ladies. The Cuban sandwich is one of the best in Tampa, I put it up there with Brocato's Sandwich shop. The Spanish... More 

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Thank bbqisme
Cary, North Carolina
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122 reviews
85 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 December 2016 via mobile

Looked to have Cuban food in Tampa area and was not disappointed. This place was great. The food was fresh, hot, and very tasty. The prices were good and the service was as well. The only negative was that the Yuca was not entirely soft but instead hard. Good Yuca should be soft and the reason the rating wasn't excellent.

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Thank Juan D
Washington DC
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117 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 October 2016 via mobile

Ruben serves especially generous Cubans that are delicious. Don't even think about ordering the large size unless you have a huge appetite. Very casual, kind of a fun vibe.

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Thank mojoWashingtonDC
Naples, Florida
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53 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2016 via mobile

My pork sandwich was good, bread was fresh which is good. I was not satisfied with the order of tostones, they state count of 6 on menu and only bring 4, waitress explanation was "they are bigger now". My friend's yellow rice was bland and the beans either were canned beans or cooked poorly. I gave it a 3 because... More 

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Thank jenys03
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145 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 September 2016 via mobile

Delicious , affordable and authentic CUBAN food , soups and sandwiches. Very fresh, you wait a little bid but is worth the wait because they are making it on the spot. Very nice and helpful waitress, I think her name is Melissa, the spanish with black hair. The bathrooms are clean, too.

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Thank RyeOrtiz
Lakeland, Florida
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7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 August 2016

Had lunch with a coworker. Tried the Ruban Cuban and loved it. Traditional cuban made with shredded pork. Price is under $10 and includes a drink.

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Thank Sarah J
Salisbury, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 August 2016 via mobile

After visiting Busch Gardens with family, my Cuban brother in-law suggested this place for the best Cuban sandwich. I went for the super size Famous Cuban and my wife went for the Cuban wrap both all the way. We were not disappointed it was by far the best Cuban I've had, it was well priced and tasted soooo good. It... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$5 - US$10
Cuisine
Latin, Cafe, Cuban, Caribbean
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Cheap Eats, Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
Monday
07:00 - 19:00
Tuesday
07:00 - 19:00
Wednesday
07:00 - 19:00
Thursday
07:00 - 19:00
Friday
07:00 - 20:00
Saturday
07:00 - 20:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 4941 E Busch Blvd Ste 170, Tampa, FL 33617-6402
  • Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Tampa
  • Phone Number: +1 813-989-2178
Description
We are located in the Terrace Commons strip mall next to Rent-A-Center and 7-Eleven, on the South side of Busch Blvd., 1 Mile East of Busch Gardens. Ruben's Cubans started 27 years ago as a small sandwich shop in Temple Terrace serving mainly Cuban sandwiches. Today we are a sit down cafe with a full menu of Cuban-style food. We're open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Dine in or carry out.

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