El Siboney

Caribbean | Cuban | Sandwich Shop | Small Town Café
One of the best

El Siboney is a cool, clean eatery that serves Cuban lunch and early dinner, mostly to locals. 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 toasted bread that is cut in half at a rakish angle, this classic Cubano contains ham, roast pork, salami and cheese with pickles, lettuce and tomato. It is just 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
The pulled pork was tender and sprinkled with lime juice.
El Siboney, Cuban mix sandwich
Cuban mix sandwich
The Cuban mix: a warm Caribbean dagwood of ham, salami, pork, and cheese, garnished with lettuce and tomato, all in a brittle-crisp length of Cuban bread
El Siboney, Picadillo
Similar to chili, picadillo is a spicy ground-beef dish that usually contains olives. It is served like so many Cuban specialties, with yellow rice and caramelized plantains. Black beans come in a separate bowl.
El Siboney, Ice Tea
Ice Tea
Ice tea is served the island way: garnished with a wedge of lime.
Directions and Hours
closed now
Sunday11am - 9:30pm
Monday11am - 9:30pm
Tuesday11am - 9:30pm
Wednesday11am - 9:30pm
Thursday11am - 9:30pm
Friday11am - 9:30pm
Saturday11am - 9:30pm
This restaurant is featured in the following eating tours.
6 stops | 109 MILES | 2 hr 42 min

The Drive to Key West

Surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean and Gulf of Mexico stretching out as far as the eye can see, this drive winds through vistas of natural beauty, areas rich in history and legend, views of spectacular sunrises, sunsets, sparkling stars, and moonlight. It's a highway where travelers from all over the…

Open Year Round
Meals Served
Credit Cards Accepted
Alcohol Served
Outdoor Seating

Other Nearby Restaurants

  • Alonzo’s

    Key West, Florida

    Hugging the water, Alonzo’s is a Key West favorite known for happy hour: an opportunity to eat Gulf shrimp, mussels al diablo, & raw or baked oysters.

  • Hogfish Bar & Grill

    Stock Island, Florida

    The local vibe of Hogfish Grill is strong, including diver-caught hogfish, fried grouper cheeks, peel-and-eat shrimp, & Key lime pie.

  • Old Town Bakery

    Key West, Florida

    On a corner in Key West, Old Town Bakery is the local go-to for breads, cakes, croissants, crunchy palmiers, and even a cup of brie-tomato soup.

  • Keys Fisheries

    Marathon, Florida

    Keys Fisheries is a market & seafood restaurant specializing in Florida stone crabs in season. Dining is at picnic tables; the sunset view is priceless.

  • Half Shell Raw Bar

    Key West, Florida

    A rowdy restaurant bar on Key West’s old waterfront, the Half Shell is great place to taste conch chowder, steamed crabs and oyster po boys.

  • Pepe’s Cafe & Steak House

    Key West, Florida

    Pepe’s boasts it is “the eldest eating house in the Florida Keys.” Its 3-meal-a-day menu ranges from fresh bread every morning to steak & oysters at dinner.