Las Palmeras

★★★★☆
Hidden in a Midtown neighborhood, this low-priced Cuban restaurant is well worth seeking out.
  • 368 5th Street

    Atlanta, GA 30308

    Cross street: Durant Place NE

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  • 404-872-0846

About Las Palmeras

Hours
Wed-Fri 11:30am-3pm, 5:30pm-9:45pm; Sat 12pm-9:45pm

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This is so sad. My husband and I ate at Las Palmeras about 4 years ago; the food was excellent. Coming from Miami/Fort Lauderdale, we know our Cuban food and Las Palmeras was well worth the trip. We came to Atlanta this past weekend

3
★★★★★

This is so sad. My husband and I ate at Las Palmeras about 4 years ago; the food was excellent. Coming from Miami/Fort Lauderdale, we know our Cuban food and Las Palmeras was well worth the trip. We came to Atlanta this past weekend

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LAS PALMERAS HAS NOW CHANGED OWNERS!!!!!\r
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The food has now gone to mediocre. Why? Try out the "new" Pollo Frito for instance, instead of using a wing and a breast, they now use a leg and thigh (chicken can really be made cheaper?)

3
★★★★★

LAS PALMERAS HAS NOW CHANGED OWNERS!!!!!\r
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The food has now gone to mediocre. Why? Try out the "new" Pollo Frito for instance, instead of using a wing and a breast, they now use a leg and thigh (chicken can really be made cheaper?)

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My husband is Cuban and we grew up in Tampa, Fl. We frequented Cuban restaurants on a regular basis. We found all of the food to be genuine Cuban food and delicious. From the ropa vieja, the pork entre', black beans, can't' remember the name of the other items, as I am not Cuban, but it was all delicious. We look forward to returning to try some more entre's. The owner was very kind and hospitable to us.

2
★★★★★

My husband is Cuban and we grew up in Tampa, Fl. We frequented Cuban restaurants on a regular basis. We found all of the food to be genuine Cuban food and delicious. From the ropa vieja, the pork entre', black beans, can't' remember the name of the other items, as I am not Cuban, but it was all delicious. We look forward to returning to try some more entre's. The owner was very kind and hospitable to us.

Pros: authentic Cuban food and mango pie

Cons: hard time finding location

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Good service, cozy...just the place to be on a rain Saturday afternoon. We ordered cubans and really enjoyed them. Beans yummy, rice, yummy. No complaints. Try it you'll enjoy it.

2
★★★★☆

Good service, cozy...just the place to be on a rain Saturday afternoon. We ordered cubans and really enjoyed them. Beans yummy, rice, yummy. No complaints. Try it you'll enjoy it.

Pros: Inexpensive, Good Food

Cons: None

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My father in law is Cuban and has brought me here many times. I love this place. I am not Cuban so I can't say if it's authentic but my father in law seems to think it is. We always have great service & the food is so good who cares if there's plastic chairs ! Yes , eating out is about the atmosphere but sometimes people think too much into it ! Sit , relax & enjoy the food.

2
★★★★★

My father in law is Cuban and has brought me here many times. I love this place. I am not Cuban so I can't say if it's authentic but my father in law seems to think it is. We always have great service & the food is so good who cares if there's plastic chairs ! Yes , eating out is about the atmosphere but sometimes people think too much into it ! Sit , relax & enjoy the food.

Pros: Chicken , Mango Cream Pie

Cons: Far away !

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Being cuban myself, I found a few problems with this restaurant cuisine, for example anyone that have tasted tostones knows that the plantain must be as green as it can gets. well they did serve semi-ripe tostones (sorry that is a big no no in a cuban kitchen) the owner is a very nice guy but either he figures bc of the lack of cubans in atlanta he can get away cooking crappy cuban food. My wife, which is not cuban (but have developed a cuban taste) told me even that the food did not deserve a second trip.
I encourage Felipe (owners name) to go to miami and get a refresher course on cuban cuisine, it looks to me that he has been here too long.

1
★★☆☆☆

Being cuban myself, I found a few problems with this restaurant cuisine, for example anyone that have tasted tostones knows that the plantain must be as green as it can gets. well they did serve semi-ripe tostones (sorry that is a big no no in a cuban kitchen) the owner is a very nice guy but either he figures bc of the lack of cubans in atlanta he can get away cooking crappy cuban food. My wife, which is not cuban (but have developed a cuban taste) told me even that the food did not deserve a second trip.
I encourage Felipe (owners name) to go to miami and get a refresher course on cuban cuisine, it looks to me that he has been here too long.

Pros: Location

Cons: Food,

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This restaurant is on a cute little Midtown street and feels like it should be a great find (and if you read reviews of it, it sounds like it is). It was perfectly OK, but not out of this world. Decor feels a little tatty.

3
★★★☆☆

This restaurant is on a cute little Midtown street and feels like it should be a great find (and if you read reviews of it, it sounds like it is). It was perfectly OK, but not out of this world. Decor feels a little tatty.

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My partner and I had a wonderful time. We had a late dinner at Kabul and it was great - the restaurant was a little crowded since it was after 7pm. The interior was very nice, the service was good, and the food was excellent

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★★★★☆

My partner and I had a wonderful time. We had a late dinner at Kabul and it was great - the restaurant was a little crowded since it was after 7pm. The interior was very nice, the service was good, and the food was excellent

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I just ate here this past weekend with some friends and really liked it. The staff is great. The entrees were excellent, although the black beans were really bland. Maybe it's a cuban thing. And although I liked the rustic nature of the place, I didn't sense anything Cuban about the outdoor patio. Maybe some cuban-styled tables and chairs would have been nice (comfortable, of course). The plastic tables and chairs were a bit too cheap for me. Also, this Cuban restaurant does not serve Cuban beer. Huh? But otherwise, I recommend the place. I had the pork with onions which was amazing!!

1
★★★☆☆

I just ate here this past weekend with some friends and really liked it. The staff is great. The entrees were excellent, although the black beans were really bland. Maybe it's a cuban thing. And although I liked the rustic nature of the place, I didn't sense anything Cuban about the outdoor patio. Maybe some cuban-styled tables and chairs would have been nice (comfortable, of course). The plastic tables and chairs were a bit too cheap for me. Also, this Cuban restaurant does not serve Cuban beer. Huh? But otherwise, I recommend the place. I had the pork with onions which was amazing!!

Pros: Pork and Onions

Cons: Black Beans

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This my favorite place in Atlanta to satisfy a craving for Cuban. The staff is exceptionally gracious and friendly, and the food quality is great. Dining on the small patio is great when the weather is nice. Be sure to try a side of the yucca frita; it is exceptional. If you go, note that they're closed Sun-Tues.

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★★★★★

This my favorite place in Atlanta to satisfy a craving for Cuban. The staff is exceptionally gracious and friendly, and the food quality is great. Dining on the small patio is great when the weather is nice. Be sure to try a side of the yucca frita; it is exceptional. If you go, note that they're closed Sun-Tues.

Pros: Great food; friendly service

Cons: Limited seating

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We were holed away in a second room and it was kinda stuffy. Also, each waiter thought the other was waiting on us (and thus we didn't get served very quickly). Alas, they were very apologetic and gave us free dessert. Anyhoo, I love the feel/location of the place (and nice I can walk to it from my condo). I thought the food was very good. And it was the perfect venue for a mutual breakup between my boyfriend and me.

2
★★★★☆

We were holed away in a second room and it was kinda stuffy. Also, each waiter thought the other was waiting on us (and thus we didn't get served very quickly). Alas, they were very apologetic and gave us free dessert. Anyhoo, I love the feel/location of the place (and nice I can walk to it from my condo). I thought the food was very good. And it was the perfect venue for a mutual breakup between my boyfriend and me.

Pros: Location and atmosphere

Cons: Stuffy second room

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Went back to this small, intimate little restaurant in Midtown after a few years and if you are Cuban or know Cuban food well, go elsewhere. Things started to look bad when the black beans arrived and they were were tasteless---Black beans are easy to get right and if the aren't you know there are problems in the kitchen. The yucca a classic Cuban staple, was all carbo and no flavor. The meat dishes were just ok. , eatable but nothing special. The entrees were pricey for lunch (12-14$) in comparison to other eateries in the midtown area at lunchtime. The nicest thing was the outside patio, the sweet tea and they do a good job with the arroz con leche for dessert . Service was prompt and efficient.

1
★★☆☆☆

Went back to this small, intimate little restaurant in Midtown after a few years and if you are Cuban or know Cuban food well, go elsewhere. Things started to look bad when the black beans arrived and they were were tasteless---Black beans are easy to get right and if the aren't you know there are problems in the kitchen. The yucca a classic Cuban staple, was all carbo and no flavor. The meat dishes were just ok. , eatable but nothing special. The entrees were pricey for lunch (12-14$) in comparison to other eateries in the midtown area at lunchtime. The nicest thing was the outside patio, the sweet tea and they do a good job with the arroz con leche for dessert . Service was prompt and efficient.

Pros: nice outside seating in quiet neighborhood

Cons: the food lacked flavor and authenticity

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If there's better Cuban in Atlanta, I haven't found it yet. Casual. Servers are super friendly. Good patio...

2
★★★★☆

If there's better Cuban in Atlanta, I haven't found it yet. Casual. Servers are super friendly. Good patio...

Pros: Food

Cons: None

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I don't pretend to be the most astute Cuban food aficionado, but I have some good Cuban eats during my lifetime. Having said that, Las Palmeras is ok....I guess. It's tucked away in the uber exclusive/trendy Piedmont Park neighborhood (btwn 10th and Ponce De Leon) which gives it some point. Unfortunately...the points pretty much end there. I was with a large group of people so to say I was able to focus fully on every aspect of the restaurant would be untrue. However, there were some things that were very distinguishable be it with a 2 or 20 person group. The food was ok. Nothing tasted 'bad' necessarily, but at the same time it wasn't bursting with flavor or freshness either. It's the type of Cuban food you'd expect from a really good mall Cuban place (if there is such a thing), but not a quaint stand-alone eatery. The ambience is ambience-less. I've never liked restaurants that have that 'converted office space feel' and this one did with the drop ceilings, poor lighting, and faded stock Cuban-themed photographs hung crookedly on the walls. All in the entire place had a very run down feel and taste I'm sad to say. For better Cuban food at a much better price, portion size, and freshness I'd say Little Cuba off of Chamblee-Tucker Rd. is your best bet. Las Palmeras didn't make me sick, but it didn't make me sing either.

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★★★☆☆

I don't pretend to be the most astute Cuban food aficionado, but I have some good Cuban eats during my lifetime. Having said that, Las Palmeras is ok....I guess. It's tucked away in the uber exclusive/trendy Piedmont Park neighborhood (btwn 10th and Ponce De Leon) which gives it some point. Unfortunately...the points pretty much end there. I was with a large group of people so to say I was able to focus fully on every aspect of the restaurant would be untrue. However, there were some things that were very distinguishable be it with a 2 or 20 person group. The food was ok. Nothing tasted 'bad' necessarily, but at the same time it wasn't bursting with flavor or freshness either. It's the type of Cuban food you'd expect from a really good mall Cuban place (if there is such a thing), but not a quaint stand-alone eatery. The ambience is ambience-less. I've never liked restaurants that have that 'converted office space feel' and this one did with the drop ceilings, poor lighting, and faded stock Cuban-themed photographs hung crookedly on the walls. All in the entire place had a very run down feel and taste I'm sad to say. For better Cuban food at a much better price, portion size, and freshness I'd say Little Cuba off of Chamblee-Tucker Rd. is your best bet. Las Palmeras didn't make me sick, but it didn't make me sing either.

Pros: Hidden in a neighborhood

Cons: Food quality, Value, Ambience

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I have to admit that after reading the other reviews my husband and I were pretty excited to eat here. My husband grew up in Miami and is Cuban, I grew up in Tampa and have had my fair share of cuban food. Las Palmeras is NOT good cuban food. The bread that came out before the meal was OK, it wasn't cuban bread but that is hard to find anywhere outside of Florida. We both ordered the Ropa Vieja. It was not the best nor the worst. The serving size was small for the expensive price tag. The black beans were not good at all, my husband makes better beans at home from a can! The rice seemed like it was boil in the bag and they also charged us $3.95 for a small plate of it. I had yuca frita which I have to say was pretty tasty and the plantains were good, but those are pretty hard to mess up. I would definately not rate this as a "cheap eat" as we spent over $50 on dinner and I only had one glass of wine and my husband had a glass of water. One other thing I want to note is that they had fajitas on menu. Fajitas are NOT CUBAN. They also had sour cream as a side and that is not a traditional cuban condiment. Overall, I wouldn't recommend this restaurant and we will not be going back. Both Coco Loco and Papi's are better.

1
★★☆☆☆

I have to admit that after reading the other reviews my husband and I were pretty excited to eat here. My husband grew up in Miami and is Cuban, I grew up in Tampa and have had my fair share of cuban food. Las Palmeras is NOT good cuban food. The bread that came out before the meal was OK, it wasn't cuban bread but that is hard to find anywhere outside of Florida. We both ordered the Ropa Vieja. It was not the best nor the worst. The serving size was small for the expensive price tag. The black beans were not good at all, my husband makes better beans at home from a can! The rice seemed like it was boil in the bag and they also charged us $3.95 for a small plate of it. I had yuca frita which I have to say was pretty tasty and the plantains were good, but those are pretty hard to mess up. I would definately not rate this as a "cheap eat" as we spent over $50 on dinner and I only had one glass of wine and my husband had a glass of water. One other thing I want to note is that they had fajitas on menu. Fajitas are NOT CUBAN. They also had sour cream as a side and that is not a traditional cuban condiment. Overall, I wouldn't recommend this restaurant and we will not be going back. Both Coco Loco and Papi's are better.

Pros: none

Cons: good service, patio

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Las Palmeras offers good food in a friendly atmosphere. Go there on a nice night and sit out on the patio. The waitstaff is friendly and not pretentious like so many other downtown restaurants. I am not a cuban expert, so I can't say if this is authentic or not, but the food is excellent nonetheless. The prices seem resonable to me...also their wine and beer selection is not overpriced either. This restaurant is definately a hidden gem (make sure you have good directions because it is hard to find). I took my family there and they all enjoyed their meal despite having no prior experience with cuban food.

2
★★★★★

Las Palmeras offers good food in a friendly atmosphere. Go there on a nice night and sit out on the patio. The waitstaff is friendly and not pretentious like so many other downtown restaurants. I am not a cuban expert, so I can't say if this is authentic or not, but the food is excellent nonetheless. The prices seem resonable to me...also their wine and beer selection is not overpriced either. This restaurant is definately a hidden gem (make sure you have good directions because it is hard to find). I took my family there and they all enjoyed their meal despite having no prior experience with cuban food.

Pros: great food, friendly staff, outdoor seating

Cons: street parking, irregular hours

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Quaint cuban restaurant. Not fine dining by any stretch, but the food never dissapoints. Portions are reasonable, unlike places that cover-up sub-standard food by giving you more than you can eat.

This place has gotten popular, so the prices have increased across the board. I would no longer consider it cheap eats, but still very reasonable. Also, the restaurant is small, so it can get overcrowded at lunch when the weather is nice. That wouldn't be so bad, except that they don't have sufficient service or kitchen staff to handle even this small restaurant at capacity. I'm pretty sure everyone who works there is family and they work there tails off, but they desperately need one more server. If you require lunch in under an hour, you're taking a risk going here.

2
★★★★☆

Quaint cuban restaurant. Not fine dining by any stretch, but the food never dissapoints. Portions are reasonable, unlike places that cover-up sub-standard food by giving you more than you can eat.

This place has gotten popular, so the prices have increased across the board. I would no longer consider it cheap eats, but still very reasonable. Also, the restaurant is small, so it can get overcrowded at lunch when the weather is nice. That wouldn't be so bad, except that they don't have sufficient service or kitchen staff to handle even this small restaurant at capacity. I'm pretty sure everyone who works there is family and they work there tails off, but they desperately need one more server. If you require lunch in under an hour, you're taking a risk going here.

Pros: food, authentic ambiance

Cons: overtaxed waiters

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Being a visitor to ATL, I was totally surprised to see such an authentic Cuban restaurant away from Miami. The food was great, and even time consuming dishes such as Boliche and Ropa Vieja were exquisitely done. A super find!

2
★★★★★

Being a visitor to ATL, I was totally surprised to see such an authentic Cuban restaurant away from Miami. The food was great, and even time consuming dishes such as Boliche and Ropa Vieja were exquisitely done. A super find!

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What a find! Already loved by many, but still a wonderful discovery. If there's better Cuban in Atlanta, I haven't found it yet. Completely casual. Servers are super friendly. On nice days, the patio is hopping. Go, go, go.

2
★★★★★

What a find! Already loved by many, but still a wonderful discovery. If there's better Cuban in Atlanta, I haven't found it yet. Completely casual. Servers are super friendly. On nice days, the patio is hopping. Go, go, go.

Pros: food, generous portions

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Hands down the most authentic & tastiest Cuban food in Atlanta.

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★★★★★

Hands down the most authentic & tastiest Cuban food in Atlanta.

Pros: reasonable prices, great service, inexpensive beer/wine

Cons: nada

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Pleased w/ everything-- food , service, casual atmosphere & prices. Though cuban food has a tendency to be heavy, my meal was extremely light. Best (and least oily) yucca I've ever had. I will be back

2
★★★★☆

Pleased w/ everything-- food , service, casual atmosphere & prices. Though cuban food has a tendency to be heavy, my meal was extremely light. Best (and least oily) yucca I've ever had. I will be back

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This cuban restaurant tucked away in a Midtown neighborhood is awesome. It has home cooked meals at reasonable prices. It is a casual atmosphere w/ a nice outdoor patio too. You must check it out.

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★★★★★

This cuban restaurant tucked away in a Midtown neighborhood is awesome. It has home cooked meals at reasonable prices. It is a casual atmosphere w/ a nice outdoor patio too. You must check it out.

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So JW is gone and Artel has left also... Big Deal... and the BYOB so what... spring for the cost of a beer or better yet have a Jupina along with the very very best Mastiats de Puerco, and Pollo Asaso this side of Little Havana.. This place is a great deal and GOOD EATS... dont let the folks who think Cuban food come from Toco Cabana dissuade you from Las Pameras

2
★★★★★

So JW is gone and Artel has left also... Big Deal... and the BYOB so what... spring for the cost of a beer or better yet have a Jupina along with the very very best Mastiats de Puerco, and Pollo Asaso this side of Little Havana.. This place is a great deal and GOOD EATS... dont let the folks who think Cuban food come from Toco Cabana dissuade you from Las Pameras

Pros: quiet, simple, good eats

Cons: slow

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This is the best Cuban food in Atlanta, by far (with the possible exception of the Kool Korners' sandwich). I have visited the other Cuban restaurants in town, most of which are relatively disappointing. Las Palmeras serves simple, flavorful food. The masitas de puerco is my favorite dish...slow roasted pork that is quick-fried and served with a lemon garlic sauce and onions. The pork is tender from the slow-roasting and slightly crispy from the quick trip to the fryer...there is nothing like it anywhere else and it is pork perfected.

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★★★★★

This is the best Cuban food in Atlanta, by far (with the possible exception of the Kool Korners' sandwich). I have visited the other Cuban restaurants in town, most of which are relatively disappointing. Las Palmeras serves simple, flavorful food. The masitas de puerco is my favorite dish...slow roasted pork that is quick-fried and served with a lemon garlic sauce and onions. The pork is tender from the slow-roasting and slightly crispy from the quick trip to the fryer...there is nothing like it anywhere else and it is pork perfected.

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Las Palmeras is such a great little cuban restaurant. The cuban sandwiches are great, but the veggie plate is killer too. Great atmosphere and staff and the prices aren't bad either. This place is tucked away in a residential neighborhood and is one of the best kept secrets in great Atlanta food. They keep odd hours, so call to be sure they're open.

2
★★★★★

Las Palmeras is such a great little cuban restaurant. The cuban sandwiches are great, but the veggie plate is killer too. Great atmosphere and staff and the prices aren't bad either. This place is tucked away in a residential neighborhood and is one of the best kept secrets in great Atlanta food. They keep odd hours, so call to be sure they're open.

Pros: food, atmosphere, staff

Cons: hours

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Slyly snuggled in one of Midtown's prettier neighborhoods, Las Palmeras is one of those places you almost don't want to tell anyone else about. The intimate indoor and outdoor seating lend a romantic feel, yet the place remains casual. My experiences with the restaurant's well-prepared Cuban cuisine have always been top-notch, and the waiters deliver comfortable service. I think that Las Palmeras now has a liquor license.

2
★★★★☆

Slyly snuggled in one of Midtown's prettier neighborhoods, Las Palmeras is one of those places you almost don't want to tell anyone else about. The intimate indoor and outdoor seating lend a romantic feel, yet the place remains casual. My experiences with the restaurant's well-prepared Cuban cuisine have always been top-notch, and the waiters deliver comfortable service. I think that Las Palmeras now has a liquor license.

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Felipe Alvarez and his wife, Maida, left Cuba in 1972 and eventually opened Las Palmeras in this residential neighborhood. From the first glance at the interior of this authentic Cuban restaurant, your imagination tells you where you…

 

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