Visitors to South Beach seeking a taste of Cuban cuisine flock to Lario’s on the Beach to sip a rum and mint mojito and feel transported back to the glory days of 1950s Cuba. Owned and operated by Latin music moguls Gloria and Emilio Estefan, Larios is part of a dining and hotel empire that includes Bongos Cuban Cafes in South Florida, Vero Beach, Orlando and Puerto Vallarta Mexico. Their first Bongos restaurant started in Downtown Disney in 1997 and led the way to a 16,000 square foot party spot adjoining the Miami HEAT’s AAA arena.
Cuban food in South Florida is largely the stuff of Mom & Pop operations, crafted in humble settings redolent of garlic and espresso steaming from machines that hiss and fizzle in the front window. While Gloria and Emilio Estefan are hardly your average Cuban Mom & Pop, they do strive to offer the flavors of their country to visitors who may be unfamiliar with the hearty fare. Larios on the Beach provides a good deal more sparkle than the average restaurant so price points tend to be higher than Little Havana.
Located on the sidewalks of Ocean Drive, a meal at Larios offers prime people watching and a chance to feel the rhythm of the islands made famous in dozens of Estefan hit songs. A fun place for families or group dinners, the restaurant offers many of its most popular dishes in combination platters so guests can sample and share the papas rellenas, pork tamales, fried pork chunks and ham croquettes. Grill pressed sandwiches are under $10 at lunchtime which gives beach-goers an opportunity to try the pork, ham, pickles and cheese-filled combo that is the traditional Cuban Sandwich most popular in Miami. For a seaside escape to the shores of Cuba, visit Larios on the Beach.
Larios on the Beach
820 Ocean Drive
Miami Beach, FL
Appetizers $5-$15, Entrees $15-$40