El Puro Cuban Restaurant
Lower South End
I loved this place! Its amazing! The energy and the service is lovely here! The food is flavorful and delicious! I recommend this place for dinner and lunch, you wont be disappointed! We loved the fried rice and the bolas were top notch! We didnt get to hear the live music but we will try next time! This family owned business is a must!
We went on a Friday night (last night) and it was packed, for good reason! We had reservations, so we were seated immediately. There was live entertainment, and the service was fantastic. Our waitress Sara, was very attentive and after we were done eating, we werent rushed out of there. I enjoyed the food, and my lady friend who is Cuban, stamped her approval as well. I will definitely be back again. Thank you El Puro for a wonderful evening!
El Puro Cuban was an absolute delight! Outside of only having Cuban food in Miami; this was probably the closest I gotten to the island itself. The food was seasoned well and bursting with flavor. Pricing was reasonable for these kind of "finer" dining establishments. Market price of seafood does indeed mean market price. So if you're trying any of those options please considering paying $35 or more on the entree. The tuna tartar was the staple of our whole meal outside of the red snapper! There is one or two vegetarian options but considering this is a Hispanic restaurant; you can't be upset. However, those two options (according to my guest) was delicious. Staff was great, knowledgeable and quick with service. I'm surprised by the location of this establishment but the way the restaurant was design and put together inside and out; makes you feel like you're in another country and not off S Blvd in Charlotte. Overall, I would definitely visit this restaurant and recommend you do too if you're itching to try some Cuban food.
Have gone by El Puro many times and was excited to dine here. So, the upside of live music is it's makes for a great environment. The severe downside is, if you are within 30 feet of the band you will literally have to scream so the person 12 inches away can hear you. I dine in south end a lot and am used to loud places, this was at another level. My voice is horse from yelling. The appetizers and cocktails were the best part of the meal. My food was okay at best. Chicken was good, bean/rice combo was dry and my plantains were solidly undercooked. They forgot half the sides for the rest of our table, and the waiter took so long to come back that we j finished before even getting them. The food is pretty good, but nowhere near the price tag.
I'm originally from Washington D.C. I grew up there during the 90s when culture was rich and abundantly prevalent in many parts of the district. Diversity and an appreciation of culture resonates with me to this day! To be able to experience that same feeling at El Puro was amazingly fulfilling. This place touches on every aspect of cultural diversity: authentic food, decor, music, and hospitality. This place will most definitely become a regular "experience" for us to frequent. To the owners, DON'T CHANGE A THING - por favor!