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El Ambia Cubano

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950 E Melbourne Ave, Melbourne, FL 32901-5593
+1 321-327-8389
11:00 - 14:30
17:00 - 21:00
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Mon - Thu 11:00 - 14:30
17:00 - 21:00
Fri 11:00 - 22:00
Sat 00:00 - 22:00
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Marseille, France
2 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

My girlfriend and I tried El Ambia Cubano after hearing our friends gush about the food. The food was lovely, but what people should understand that in all of Melbourne, this is one of the most real, romantic and memorable experiences that people in love will love. The only thing better and sweeter than the overall ambiance is the service... More 

Thank vivalavida101
El Ambia C, Owner at El Ambia Cubano, responded to this review

Thank you for visiting El Ambia, we appreciate also your review, please if you have the time lets us know what is in your opinion what we need todo in order to get 5 stars . We r workibg to finish our outfoirs chairs, that are not very confortable, , the only reason we did nor replace it is because... More 

Orlando, Florida
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9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Have been here twice with my husband, who is Cuban. When we need a Cuban food fix, we generally take a weekend trip to Miami and go to La Carreta. El Ambia just does not compare. The food is passable, but not great, and my husband was surprised that the tostones were a dollar per piece! Portions are average size,... More 

Thank Amy B
El Ambia C, Owner at El Ambia Cubano, responded to this review

Well , i like to start saying thank you Wife of a Cuban for your second visit. I am also very surprise that your husband did not notice that the tostones at la carreta are $2.95 but ours are $2.00. Also cost of life in our area is more than miami. I also like to say that the Tostones we... More 

Melbourne, Florida
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37 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The only reason we went to this restaurant is because of Al's responses on the few bad reviews, they are hysterical, if you have not had the pleasure of reading them look for a bad review, although there are not many and prepare to laugh. The pleasant surprise was the food, it is the best Cuban food I have eaten.... More 

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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

What an amazing dinner with authentic Cuban food. Try the Hemingway Rice dish! Will definitely recommend to others. Delicious!

Thank Brenda C
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34 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Authentic cuban food Eat outside Inside is like a pizza parlor Ropa vieja was good and so was picadillo But for a real Cuban experience I had Pargo Fritas a whole fish deep fried tremendous

Thank James G
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59 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We love the food and the restaurant. The chef comes out and plays you a tune on his free time while you eat the Best Cuban food around

Thank PAUL F
Pennington, New Jersey
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396 reviews
348 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The restaurant is located in Downtown Melbourne on the edge of town. The restaurant is located on the lower half of a 3 business building and there is limited parking. There is a patio and a small restaurant space inside. We cam just before peak hour and had to wait on a metal table on the hill to the side... More 

Thank KidLove
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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42 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2016 via mobile

Authentic Cuban food right here in Melbourne! Prices are good! Live band certain nights of the week. Located on the river.

Thank traveling_likecray
Melbourne, Florida
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177 reviews
147 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2016

Just south of downtown by the river sits this awesome, family style Cuban restaurant. Authentic food, great prices (especially all the apps) and excellent staff. We had lunch, which consisted of the Friday beef special, wife had the mojo chicken plates, plus two pork empanadas. Server was awesome and we chose to sit inside, by the front window. Next time... More 

Thank XianFL
Miami, Florida
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40 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 October 2016 via mobile

The family restaurant doesn't have a bad dish. I remember going there since they first opened. Love the romantic feel of the owner playing the guitar and sing as his wife is behind the bar making crepe desserts. There recipes take me back to Miami where I was born and raised. I can't say they are better than Versailles but... More 

Thank Mary E

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$2 - US$20
Caribbean, Latin, Cuban, Spanish
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Accepts Discover, Reservations, Free Wifi
Good for
Cheap Eats, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
11:00 - 14:30
17:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 14:30
17:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 14:30
17:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 14:30
17:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 22:00
00:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 950 E Melbourne Ave, Melbourne, FL 32901-5593
  • Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Brevard County  >  Melbourne
  • Phone Number: +1 321-327-8389
Family restaurant, with a history, excellent Cuban food and ambiance.

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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?