This is the first restaurant I went to in Ybor City (pronounced EE-bore), I love the history of this restaurant. It is Florida’s oldest restaurant and the largest Spanish restaurant in the world. It was founded in 1905 by Cuban immigrant Casimiro Hernandez, Sr.
There are many beautiful dining rooms in this restaurant which covers a city block and is 52,000 sq. ft. Wherever you are seated you will enjoy looking at all the history and unique architecture of each room. The tile work in this restaurant is fabulous!
One of my favorites to order there is their Cuban Sandwich which is still made today as it was in 1905 according to the waiter we had the last time we were there. We usually order the Half and Half and get half of a Cuban Sandwich and their 1905 Salad which is made right at the table. It is made using Crisp Iceberg lettuce with julienne of baked ham, natural Swiss cheese, tomato, olives, grated Romano cheese and their famous garlic dressing. It is so good! The Sangria is pretty awesome too! You can order it by the glass or the pitcher. There is even an option to take home the pitcher if you would like a souvenir.
There is usually a long line to get in but the wait isn’t usually long. We have usually had pretty good luck finding parking across the street but they do have Valet parking available. Reservations are available.
2117 East 7th Avenue
Tampa, FL 33605