Eating Out – Versailles Restaurant, Miami
Since 1971, Versailles Restaurant has been serving tasty Cuban cuisine and culture to the South Florida community and has become the gathering place and unofficial town square for Miami’s Cuban exiles.
We went to Versailles for lunch on Tuesday, taking a cab from the hotel, which cost approx $20 each way and was a 15-20 minute drive depending on traffic. The cost of the taxi was worth the trip over as it was one of our best meals and it’s not an expensive restaurant, plus we took some time to visit the main Little Havana area. Note that Versailles is 18 blocks away from the center of Little Havana, a dull 20 to 30 minute walk past car dealerships, residential areas, grocery stores and office blocks along a busy street. Ask the restaurant to call you a cab as you’re unlikely find a cab on the way.
The place was packed with locals on their lunch break; we knew straight away that the food must be fantastic and it certainly did not disappoint.
While we browsed the menu, we ordered a couple of mojitos – regular for the husband, non-alcoholic for me. They were fantastic, among the best we had while in Miami.
We were pretty hungry and wanted to try several plates so our table quickly filled up with the food! I ordered a cup of Black Bean Soup (so good), a Tamal wrapped in Corn Husk, Ropa Vieja with Moros Rice and Fried Plantains.
I definitely wanted to try a classic Cuban dish and went with “Ropa Vieja”, shredded beef cooked with garlic, onions, bell peppers, wine and tomato sauce.
Everything was delicious, including the sides of moros rice, which is black beans and rice, and fried plantains.
My husband went with the Roast Pork Cuban Style and Roasted Half Chicken Au Jus with steamed broccoli. He especially enjoyed the pork which was succulent, tasty and very tender.
On the righthand side of this photo, you can sort of see “La Ventanita”, where you can order a traditional Cuban coffee or a takeaway meal.
Next door to the restaurant is the Versailles Bakery & Cafe with sweet and savoury pastries, pies and other goodies.
We enjoyed our lunch at Versailles and it was one of the highlights of our trip – certainly a place I’d go back to again the next time we visit Miami. The restaurant has a lovely atmosphere and great service, while the food was delicious and a fantastic value.
Versailles Restaurant is located at 3555 SW 8th Street, Miami Florida 33135. Visit the Versailles website to view the menu and learn more about this famous Cuban restaurant. To make a reservation, contact the restaurant on 305-444-0240.