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Ruben's Cuban Cafe

#215 of 1,875 Restaurants in Tampa
Certificate of Excellence
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4941 E Busch Blvd Ste 170, Tampa, FL 33617-6402
+1 813-989-2178
Mon - Thu 07:00 - 19:00
Fri - Sat 07:00 - 20:00
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Louisville, Kentucky, United States
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20 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 80 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Great food, nice atmosphere, good prices! Staff os friendly. Could split a sandwich between two people. I had the Philly Steak sandwich on Cuban bread with a side of sweet potato fries. Would go back again! Highly recommend.

Thank foster32203
Palm Coast, Florida
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The food was very good but the poor wait staff made for an irritating lunch. The wait staff would walk by with menus in hand several times but not bothering to give us a menu. We stopped one girl who stated "I'm not waitressing right now". Really, what was she there for? The food is good but not good enough... More 

Thank Morgaine1717
Tampa, Florida
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12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 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 

Thank IloveCLE
Oshkosh, Wisconsin
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68 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
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 

Thank PackerFanatic
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 2 January 2017

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

Thank Jennifer J
Tampa, Florida
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94 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
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 

Thank bbqisme
Cary, North Carolina
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135 reviews
94 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 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.

Thank Juan D
Washington DC
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116 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
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.

Thank mojoWashingtonDC
Naples, Florida
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53 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
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 

Thank jenys03
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153 reviews
125 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 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.

Thank RyeOrtiz

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$5 - US$10
Latin, Cafe, Cuban, Caribbean
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids, Cheap Eats
Open Hours
07:00 - 19:00
07:00 - 19:00
07:00 - 19:00
07:00 - 19:00
07:00 - 20:00
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
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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