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Rio Cristal

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9872 SW 40TH St, Miami, FL 33165-3912
+1 305-223-2357
12:00 - 22:00
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Miami, Florida
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153 reviews
92 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This is not a cute looking place, nor a place to go to impress anyone, this is just simple, and good tasting food at a very low price! My wife allows me to take her there only once every 3 months or so because it is so old, and so is the decor! The average age of the folks there... More 

Thank Alfred R
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90 reviews
76 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I had a need for some Cuban food on this trip. Rio Cristal hit the spot. The Cuban sandwich was very flavorful with lots of roasted port. The bistec rio cristal steak was incredible. With the pile of fries, I highly recommend it.

Thank Briansullenger
Miami, Florida
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 February 2017 via mobile

Been open for over 40 years and the quality of the food is amazing, love the service, and very clean! A must go to:))))

Thank michellemartinezz
Miami, Florida
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47 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 September 2016

This place has been opened for over 40 years, they must be doing something right. This is what I would call the "Qunitissentional Cuban Bistro", Very little has changed in those 40 years, the tables,the plates, fixtures, they are all the same; They haven't changed, but they have managed to maintain the quality of food throughout. Barr none, I would... More 

Thank Leicaman1
Miami Beach, Florida
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 July 2016

I've been coming to this restaurant for years because my husband loves their steak and fries piled on top. My last visit left me questioning the hygiene. You see, the guy who cleans the tables carries a hairbrush in his pocket which he uses to hang the towel, the same towel used to wipe down the tables. The tables were... More 

1 Thank Scmartin04
Miami, Florida
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153 reviews
92 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 June 2016

Their food is delicious and cooked with many home flavored sauces. Just realize that this local restaurant has been open and owned for over 40 years. So, the ambiance though family style is just a local restaurant.

Thank Alfred R
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780 reviews
539 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 383 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 May 2016

Rio Cristal is one of those Cuban restaurants that I've been going to since I was a little kid. It is my mother's favorite, but as I get older, it's not my favorite Cuban that I've had. No doubt this is a very local place. When my partner and I walked in, we are basically the only non-Cubans in the... More 

Thank jg325
Charleston, South Carolina
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67 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 March 2016 via mobile

Woah! We ordered the steak special for lunch and it appeared to be enough for a family of four! Flavorful skirt steak under a mound of onions under a triple mound of French fries. Our server was charming and apologized for her English (we had no issues communicating) and the food was delivered so quickly we luckily had no chance... More 

Thank Eklovestotravel
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16 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 March 2016 via mobile

It is like you are going back in time. Waiters are like old cranky people. Always order the same plate.steak and mountain of thin crunchy greasy fries. The thin Steak is nicely season and have finely cut onions. The give 2 breads ask for more they charge you. But boy is it good. Try at least once

Thank Gypsy Z
Brooklyn, New York
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66 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 February 2016

All the classics, well made, well priced. Always full, always brisk service. Yes Spanish speakers do best here, but you will still be taken care of if you do not speak English, trust me, as my husband does not speak Spanish and he always gets his food! One of my favorite dishes here is the fried red snapper!

Thank Illy1108

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Latin, Spanish, Cuban, Caribbean
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Cheap Eats, Child-friendly
Open Hours
12:00 - 22:00
12:00 - 22:00
12:00 - 22:00
12:00 - 22:00
12:00 - 22:00
12:00 - 22:00
12:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 9872 SW 40TH St, Miami, FL 33165-3912
  • Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Miami
  • Phone Number: +1 305-223-2357

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?