El Siboney

Caribbean | Cuban | Sandwich Shop | Small Town Café
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El Siboney is a cool, clean eatery that serves Cuban lunch and early dinner, mostly to locals. It’s off the beaten path, far from Duval Street commotion, and its prices are very reasonable compared to Key West’s more tourist-oriented eateries. The primary language spoken is Spanish (but English is understood), and the walls are covered with pictures and plaques of Latino Native Americans.

Here is a first-rate place to taste grilled garlic chicken, a half-bird with a crisp skin and meat so tender that it slides off the bone when you try to cut it. Plantains on the side are slightly crusty and caramelized around their edges. And yuca, a side dish served with roast pork, beans, and rice, is a revelation not quite like any other vegetable. Soft and glistening white hunks, reminiscent of a well-baked potato, but more luscious and substantial, are served in a bath of heavily garlicked oil and garlanded with onion slices.

Cuban sandwiches are picture-pretty. Made on a length of fragile-texture press-toasted bread that is cut in half at a rakish angle, this Cubano contains ham, roast pork, salami, and cheese with pickles, lettuce, and tomato, mayo and mustard. It is one of many hero-style sandwiches on El Siboney’s menu; other choices include steak, burgers, pork, and fish.

Conch chowder is hale and hearty, loaded with conch and a great opportunity for dunking shreds of the buttered Cuban bread that comes with every meal. The grandest dish in the house is paella Valenciana for two (call ahead; it takes an hour to prepare), a vast fisherman’s stew served with rice, black beans, and plenty of Cuban bread to mop juices. For dessert, you can have Key lime pie, flan, or rice pudding, accompanied by café con leche.

What to Eat
El Siboney, Roast Pork
Roast Pork
Must-Try
Pulled pork, sprinkled with lime juice
El Siboney, Cuban Mix Sandwich
Cuban Mix Sandwich
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Crisp-pressed Cubano contains lettuce & tomato.
El Siboney, Picadillo
Picadillo
Must-Try
Picadillo is a spicy ground-beef dish livened up with olives.
El Siboney, Ice Tea
Ice Tea
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Ice tea is served the island way: garnished with a wedge of lime.
El Siboney, Grilled Grouper
Grilled Grouper
Must-Try
Firm, fresh, flavorful grilled grouper
El Siboney, Cuban Bread
Cuban Bread
Must-Try
Ethereal buttered bread begins the meal.
Directions and Hours
closed now
Sunday11 am - 9:30 pm
Monday11 am - 9:30 pm
Tuesday11 am - 9:30 pm
Wednesday11 am - 9:30 pm
Thursday11 am - 9:30 pm
Friday11 am - 9:30 pm
Saturday11 am - 9:30 pm
Roadtrips
This restaurant is featured in the following eating tours.
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Price
$
Seasons
Open Year Round
Meals Served
Lunch
Credit Cards Accepted
Yes
Alcohol Served
Yes
Outdoor Seating
No
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