Cuban Restaurants in San Diego

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In the kitchen of Bella Cuba Restaurant, flames slowly sauté and season traditional Cuban dishes. Chefs season root vegetables with mojo—a sauce made from hot olive oil, lemon juice, raw onions, garlic, and cumin—before sautéing accompanying meats in citrus marinades. The smells of the sizzling pork steaks, meat pies, and yellow tail snapper sizzling in a coconut sauce infuse the whole restaurant with the smells of Cuba, helped along by the smoke of handcrafted cigars plucked from the dining room’s humidor. After a dessert of super-moist tres leches cake, guests can sip on Cuba libres and classic Cuban mojitos that, much like a splash in a neighbor’s bird bath, give relief on a balmy day.

3930 S Bristol St
Santa Ana,
CA
US

The sweet-sour aroma of mint and lime emanates from freshly baked mojito cookies each morning at Azucar. The added dash of chocolate chips makes the cookies a hybrid of American comfort food and Caribbean fare, a fusion that Cuban-born chef Vivian Hernandez-Jackson creates seamlessly.

4820 Newport Avenue
San Diego,
CA
US