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joseh

06/13/12

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Editorial review from Citysearch

I had a party for my sister's sweet 16 on June 2, 2012 and everything about La Teresita was great!!!! My wife and I sat down and met with Nicole the hall coordinator and from start to finish she was there to help us. The food was amazing, the staff was great and the way the hall was set up was absolutely beautiful! I rated 5 stars because for the price you really could not get it any better. I strongly recommend La Teresita Banquet Hall for any one having any kind of party or event.

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loveylove

07/17/11

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Unprofessional and Disappointing Catering

To everyone who has ever organized an event understands the importance of making that event memorable and special. Especially if that event is your daughter

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AJBFSU

12/20/10

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Good Food with Bad Service

This is the second time we have been to this restaurant and have had poor service both times. The staff is rude and slow and did not try to fix our order when it was wrong. They basically said ""deal with it"" until one of our party began speaking to them in Spanish. Suddenly they were more responsive to our needs. I would recommend that you do take out if you want to eat here.

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FloridaRobert

05/14/08

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24 hour CUBAN FOOD! wow!

24 hours a day and not bad. Actually it is pretty good, though at 3am the customers are sort of scary, but then I didn't look in the mirror. I went back for lunch, again again at least one a week. Going to keep coming every time I'm in this area. OH.. and it is close to the airport and football stadium... Go there.. but keep in mind it is a COUNTER DINNER, not a restaurant.

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Pluto1

03/21/08

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Americanized

Being from a Cuban family and eating authentic Cuban food all my life I can actually say that this restaurant has changed its true flavor which I don't say is wrong becuase they may be after a larger spectrum of people. Food at La Teresita to a Cuban is like Olive Garden is eating authentic Italian food to an Italian or Don Papblos is to a Mexican.

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Memphisgirl11

02/25/08

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Great Cuban delight!!

Our son and girlfriend (Cuban) treated us to a wonderful meal with good service! They were patient with our questions and nice. They even treated me to a free dessert to take home! We will make this a regular stop to our visits! Thank you to a wonderful experience in Cuban hospitality and great food!

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Chittlin

01/26/08

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All Around Great Food & Price

You will find none better in food and price. There is no atmosphere here, just local diner type surroundings. Clean and comfortable. No tables, just a series of counter seats. The food is really good. I enjoyed the ""collard green soup"" which I tried at the suggestion of my cousin who used to live in the area. It was great! I highly suggest this place for the food. Try the coffee too! Good at both breakfast and dinner.
If you are a regular ole American, you will feel you have stepped off into Cuba. They are friendly though. They struggled to understand my Tennessee Southern dialect!

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egoh510

10/29/07

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Good Food - Cheap!

My fiance and I are soooo glad that we looked up citysearch for cheap eats in Tampa cuz we found La Teresita! La Teresita is more like a diner than a restaurant, but not only is the food cheap but it is soooooooo good! The ropa vieja is so tasty + you get 2 sides ( i picked the moro rice and fried plantains) -- all for $7 bucks! Can't beat that. They also serve you this HOT toasted bread on top of everything else! We brought three other friends back to la teresita --and they were all impressed with the food and price :)

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user0328

07/23/07

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cubans subs nasty really diferrent

nasty realy nasty i dont come back sorry nasty realy nasty i dont come back sorry nasty realy nasty i dont come back sorry nasty realy nasty i dont come back sorry

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livingntaste

05/12/07

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Great food and Great Price!!

We love this place for lunch or dinner! Great food! My favorites are 'Rope Veja' and their OX-tail!! 'Rope Veja' is only available on Fridays and OX-Tail is only available on Wed or Thursdays...Its better if you go with someone who speaks English since most of their staff don't really speak lots English, excellent food with outstanding inexpensive prices. Not the most clean Restaurants, but great food...

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mb14

04/06/07

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Best Spanish food!

The food is great but the service is really bad. If you go to this place keep in mind that you are paying only for the food not for the service.

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robertofdc

09/16/06

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Awesome Food !!

Very good food, sorrounded by a friendly atmosphere. The service is very quick so you dont have to wait to long for the delicious dishes. On the top of everything, the food is very affordable. Great place in the heart of Tampa !!!!

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faeriemary

07/22/06

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i've died and gone to cuban heaven

La Teresita's is bar-none some of the best cuban food in tampa. i can't believe the huge portions of food they give and how little money each dish costs ($5-$10 each). the building is so great -- it's very old and has alot of personality to it. the service is great also -- usually very prompt and always friendly. the arroz amarillo y platanos fritos (yellow rice and fried plantains) are especiallly delicious. any of the meat dishes are quite savory as well -- very generous portions of the meat are always served. try the sangria!!! ooooooo so good! i think it's the best locally-made sangria. two thumbs up!

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bmallicote

01/13/06

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Best cuban food in town.

I am by no means cuban, but I know good food. This place has some of the best cuban food that I have found in Tampa. All of the cooked dishes come with enough food to serve 2 people, but it is so good you will want to eat ALL of it. The prices are unbelievable!!! Almost every dish is under $10, with the average dish coming in around $6. I do wish they served the Ropa Vieja was served every night since that is my favorate dish.

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angelfishes6969

12/11/05

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u get what u pay for

i have been here a few times with others and not by choice..I think this food has alot to be desired and is nothing less than a Latin name, the steaks are nothing but fat and gristle, and the ""authentic dishes "" are far from authentic.. What a disappointment...

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anamaville

07/08/05

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The worst Cuban food

This place is gross.... The worst cuban food I've ever tried....This place is falling a parts... how people can eat there? To try real and delicious cuban food you gotta go to miami,,, there is not place in Tampa to eat REAL CUBAN food

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jlr_1974

03/17/05

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Best Cuban in Tampa

Forget the overpriced, slick Cuban places in Ybor and head west to Tampa's real Latino neighborhood. Here, you'll get the best -- and probably the cheapest -- Cuban in town. The sandwiches and dishes like ropa vieja (shredded beef) are excellent, but this place really shines when it comes to the standards. The black beans and rice is incredible (order the yellow rice) and the cafe con leche is tasty (get the large). Expect to spend around $5-$10 for a full meal, half of which you'll have to take home. Definitely one of my favorite spots in Tampa!

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mswitzer

08/31/03

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Classic Cuban/Spanish favorite

Excellent food, very nice menu with daily specials, comfortable family/neighborhood feel/ambience, reliable service, adequate parking, implausibly low prices for ample quantity (take-home box almost always needed), consistent overall quality----clearly all the factors needed for a top rating- despite a sprinkling of ratings by those who seem to hate the place or its management for some obscure reasons. probably unrelated to food or service.

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angielam

07/24/03

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Can't go wrong!!

I was a little hesitant when we arrived at the restaurant, since the place looked a bit rundown. But after taking a closer look, we realized the original building (terrra cotta color) was closed down. They are now opened directly next to that building and it's called La Teresita Cafateria. We loved the food. Neither of us knew what to expect since the only other time we had Cuban food was at La Columbia. Great prices and awesome food!!!

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RobUno78

02/23/03

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Good in every aspect!

From the beginning I was impressed by the looks of the place. It was classy-looking; reminscent of a Miami restaurant.
After settling in I discovered a somewhat non-lengthy menu, but it sure did have most of the Cuban essentials.
I ordered some croquetas as an appetizer, and they were nothing short of excellent - great price too.
For the main dish I had a fish stuffed with shrimp which was fresh and tender. The rice and black beans that I ordered to accompany were also fresh. I was definitely satisfied.
I had no room for dessert; but then again, being stuffed by the end of a meal is a must at a Cuban restaurant.
At the end I was awestruck by an a very low price for such a complete meal.
Conclusion: You don't need to go all the way to Miami for a good, inexpensive Cuban meal.

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DETAILS
General Info
Best Casual Dining in the Tampa Bay Area, near Raymond James & Tampa International Airport. Cuban Cuisine - Cafe open till midnight, 24hrs. Thurs- Sat. Restaurant Live Music Nightly !!! Most Meals under $9, Great Daily Specials Banquet & Catering for any event 813-447-5807 Meeting rooms available for any occasion. Thousands served every week !!! Carryout 813-879-4909 Bulk meals & delivery 813-879-9704Best Casual Dining in the Tampa Bay Area, near Raymond James & Tampa International Airport. Cuban Cuisine - Cafe open till midnight, 24hrs. Thurs- Sat. Restaurant Live Music Nightly !!! Most Meals under $9, Great Daily Specials Banquet & Catering for any event 813-447-5807 Meeting rooms available for any occasion. Thousands served every week !!! Carryout 813-879-4909 Bulk meals & delivery 813-879-9704
Extra Phones

Phone: 813-443-2640

Phone: 813-871-2321

Phone: 813-879-4909

Fax: 813-871-2321

Hours
Regular Hours
Mon - Wed:
Thu - Sat:
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Categories
Cuban Restaurants, Caribbean Restaurants, Caterers, Family Style Restaurants, Latin American Restaurants, Restaurants, Spanish Restaurants
Payment Options
Neighborhoods
Northeast MacFarlane, Northwest Tampa
AKA

Capdevila's at La Teresita

Other Information

Parking: Lot, Free

Wi-Fi: Free

Bike Parking: Yes

Attire: Casual

Wheelchair Accessible: Yes

Cuisines: Cuban, Spanish, Caterers, Family Style, Caribbean, Latin American, European, Continental

Alcohol: Full Bar

Takes Reservations: Yes

Outdoor Seating: Yes

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