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PRICE RANGE
US$ 5 - US$ 10
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
CUISINES
Latin, Cafe, Spanish, Cuban
FEATURES
Delivery, Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Table Service
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a great place. The staff members (our server was Gabi) are kind and accommodating. The food came out very fast! We were surprised. We had just cleaned up in the restroom, and our order was ready! The portions are generous, and the food...itself is great. We found it a bit pricey (not so much by item, but when one orders a platter, drinks, desserts). That just means we can't afford to make it a regular thing, but perhaps once or twice a month. The only other concern - and this is beyond the control of the management - is that parking can be an issue. This is in a strip mall. There is a large lot behind the restaurant, but be advised that depending on the time you go, you might need to walk a little ways to get inside. I suppose that's the sign of a popular place, though.More

Date of visit: June 2021
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I use to come to this restaurant for years but quality has gone down, doesn't mater how many times we tell the managers about this issue they don't care. Coffee use to be good, but not anymore. They don't train the new employees properly, the...same thing with the food. If they don't care about the customer why we should care about the place.More

Date of visit: May 2021
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Reviewed 15 February 2021

We were in Gainesville for an overnight visit and had lunch here. The restaurant itself is sparkling clean, the service was impeccable and the food delicious. We ordered Lechon Asado and Picadillo with black beans and French fries. Every bite was a little bit of...heaven: succulent, juicy, tender. If only we lived closer!More

Date of visit: February 2021
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Marketing, Marketing at Mi Apa Latin Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 19 February 2021

Thanks, Kathy! We're so glad you left this review and we can't wait to see you again!

Reviewed 13 November 2020

Every time I have Mi Apa, whether it's for breakfast, lunch, or dinner, they are consistently good. The food is always prepared with care and bursting with flavor. I always get a croquette, because those things are ridiculously good, and then I try and vary...what else I am getting. My goal is to try everything eventually. The staff are wonderful and there's a reason they're a staple of Gainesville.More

Date of visit: November 2020
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WeCare3733, Marketing at Mi Apa Latin Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 17 November 2020

Hopefully you won't run into a meal you don't like here!

Reviewed 7 November 2020

Cuban sandwich was very good and I think the bread had a lot to do with my opinion. We ordered a number of different items like the chicken with rice (very good), bistec palomilla (good) and ropa vieja (very good but pretty salty) and there...was a lot of food and prices were reasonable. Overall, this place is worthy of a visit for a quick meal. Service was above average and they seem to be providing a safe dining experience for those worried about COVID.More

Date of visit: October 2020
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WeCare3733, Marketing at Mi Apa Latin Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 17 November 2020

Thanks, FlroidaNeil! We're glad to provide a safe and delicious dining experience for everybody!

Reviewed 14 September 2020

Enjoyed our dinner, service was great and the food was delicious. Our waiyer was good person polite and respectful. The staff was in masks and the place looked spotless.

Date of visit: September 2020
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WeCare3733, Marketing at Mi Apa Latin Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 15 September 2020

Things we take very seriously: Our customer service, the cleanliness and safety of our team members and customers. Delicious food. We are certainly glad you noticed all three! Come and see us again soon!

Reviewed 5 September 2020

So happy to find a Cuban cafe with great cafecito near our hotel with great service and location with parking.

Date of visit: September 2020
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WeCare3733, Marketing at Mi Apa Latin Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 8 September 2020

So glad you found us!

Reviewed 22 August 2020

Absolutely delicious. Gluten Free options, flavor filled choices, quick delivery. Glad we have this establishment in Gainesville!

Date of visit: August 2020
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WeCare3733, Marketing at Mi Apa Latin Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 24 August 2020

We love Gainesville (and Alachua, too!) and we can't wait to see you again!

Reviewed 15 August 2020 via mobile

Amazing Cuban food. I always stop here to eat when in Gainesville. The offerings are authentic and perfectly prepared. Service is very good. I generally get the roast pork bowl with black beans, plantains and rice. It is fantastic.

Date of visit: August 2020
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WeCare3733, Marketing at Mi Apa Latin Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 18 August 2020

Thank you! Come back through Gainesville again soon!

Reviewed 19 May 2020 via mobile

I had the Cuban sandwich it was good but asked for lettuce and tomato with it..which they brought me...bread really good. Cuban coffee shot was not hot enough. Service was good but felt a little rushed. Got a guava juice and was very good. Guava...and cheese pastry was good! Very casual with outdoor seating. Good prices!More

Date of visit: May 2020
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WeCare3733, Marketing at Mi Apa Latin Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 21 May 2020

Thank you so much! We try to provide the best customer experience with every guest, but we do apologize if part of your experience wasn't exactly what you'd hoped. Thank you for the compliments (the pastries are amazing). We hope to see you again soon!

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Yes, Mi Apa Latin Cafe offers takeaway services.

Yes, Mi Apa Latin Cafe offers delivery services.

Mi Apa Latin Cafe is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4
  • Service: 4
  • Value: 4.5
  • Atmosphere: 3.5