I was taken here by some locals and I was the out of town guest. The food is really interesting, this is not a gourmet restaurant that you would find in a large city like NY or SF, its a local tradition with good quality Cuban food that is fairly true to the roots of Cuban/Caribbean cooking with some creative additions. Be prepared for huge portions and an extremely reasonable bill at the end. Around the table we had giant veal chop, sea bass and of course I had to try the Ropa vieja. All were excellent. Both the sea bass and the veal chop were topped with fresh lump crab meat of the highest quality. The ropa vieja was a little more tomatoey than I liked but a good choice. There was a falmenco dance show in the adjacent room which was loud and not very authentic but it didn't start until 8:00pm and that room was filled with locals who came specifically for the show. I encourage you to look at the 6-7 different dining rooms before you select one. The bar dining area was quite nice and felt very historically accurate in this historic part of Tampa.