We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

“Great food bad service”
Review of Copacabana

Copacabana
Ranked #4 of 117 Restaurants in Mount Dora
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$5 - US$19
Cuisines: Cuban
More restaurant details
Restaurant details
Good for: Romantic, Child-friendly
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Delivery, Reservations
Description: Authentic Cuban cuisine! Opened since 2009! Delicious and fresh home cooking! Great quality! Voted best mojitos and Cuban sandwich in Central Florida! We take reservations for Special Occasions! We hold large parties!(Indoors & Outdoors seating!) Experienced staff!
Tampa, Florida
Level 5 Contributor
92 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
“Great food bad service”
Reviewed 9 June 2014

We went here for lunch and got seated and served right away. We got our orders quickly and the food was fantastic. We were looking forward to some nice Cuban coffee. Instead we sat and sat. The gentleman who was serving us seemed to be more interested in sitting with other people at their tables. Finally, I had to get up and flag down a waitress. I told her we wanted coffee and the dishes cleared from our table. She looked very annoyed, but said okay. She came by with coffee and we had to ask her again to take the empty plates. Then I had to track someone down again to get our check. That's when the gentleman finally came to the table. The food and the atmosphere of the restaurant are wonderful, but being ignored like that really took away from the whole experience.

  • Visited May 2014
    • Value
    • Atmosphere
    • Service
    • Food
Helpful?
Thank KrazyKoko
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Write a Review

569 reviews from our community

Visitor rating
    321
    166
    45
    22
    15
Rating summary
    Food
    Service
    Value
    Atmosphere
Date | Rating
  • English first
  • French first
  • Italian first
  • Portuguese first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
O'Brien, Florida, United States
Level 5 Contributor
46 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Must try but the owner isn't so nice.”
Reviewed 7 June 2014

The best cuban food I've had in a while and I'm from Miami. As full as the restaurant was our food came out at a timely matter, portions were plentiful our mojitos were delicious BUT the owner gave us the impression he isn't a pleasant person. He kept pulling our waitress aside side and gesturing unpleasantness. He was down right rude, demanding, he was very distracting. Its a good thing the food was as good as it is otherwise his attitude would keep us from going back. We had the palomilla steak (delicious), creole sauce shrimp with veggie dish (delicious), pork chunks with yellow rice (dry but good), mojitos (delicious).

  • Visited June 2014
    • Value
    • Atmosphere
    • Service
    • Food
Helpful?
Thank Karen M
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
The Villages, Florida
Level 4 Contributor
37 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“STOPPED BY FOR LUNCH”
Reviewed 6 June 2014

Wife and I were out for a little drive and decided to stop at Copacabana for a "cuban" lunch. Greeted immediately and seated right away. Wife had a cocktail and I enjoyed a nice fresh Presidente draft beer. Fairly extensive menu for lunch and we had the "Picadillo" and the "Pescado" lunch items. For Cuban food it was neither exceptional nor bad. Just average, which based upon a lot of todays places is probably good. Service was very good as the 2 waiters in the restaurant cover for each other and we were never left hanging. So based on all of that would we go there again..... yes........ and the next time to try the dinners.... looked interesting.

  • Visited May 2014
    • Value
    • Atmosphere
    • Service
    • Food
Helpful?
Thank rugbyjohn8
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Florida
Level 5 Contributor
47 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“Fairly authentic”
Reviewed 1 June 2014

Atmosphere is average; food is good. Service was lacking during our visit. We first had the bartender as our waiter, then the owner... and by the time we were looking for the check, we had to get up and find someone to take our money. That's pretty frustrating. But, the place was very popular and it's obvious that the owner knows many of his patrons.

Visited May 2014
Helpful?
Thank NKB
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Illinois
Level 3 Contributor
16 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Authentic & Delicious Cuban Food”
Reviewed 23 May 2014

We visited Mt. Dora last year with my cousins. While there, we stumbled onto Copacabana, a place they had never been to. At that time, we just wanted a snack and the the restaurant was just about to close to prepare for diner service - but we all got some café con leche and buttered pan cubano. Just what we needed, the coffee was delicious and the bread just right for dunking. And met my Cuban husband's approval! We knew we'd be back, and during the past year my cousins (who live near Mt. Dora) have been back several times.
So on our visit to FL this year - back to Mt. Dora & Copa. A wonderful lunch was had by all, and the Cuban Mojito was perfect. I think between us we had Masitas de Puerco, tamales with ropa vieja, arroz con pollo, and something else. All excellent, some of the best Cuban food we've had at a restaurant.

  • Visited May 2014
    • Value
    • Atmosphere
    • Service
    • Food
Helpful?
1 Thank cdc
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC

Travellers who viewed Copacabana also viewed

Mount Dora, Lake County
Mount Dora, Lake County
 

Been to Copacabana? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing