" Fabulous Food. A must go! Don't miss the Mariquitas, Mojito and flan along with dinner"
- Lisa B from Rockport, Maine -




Our Story

Providing great food has always been a tradition for the Padrino family… It all began with a small food market and winery in 1930’s Cuba. This storefront was the meeting place for locals to visit, and catch up on the latest news. With the rise of Castro Cuba, Diosdado Padrino sent his wife, Candida Rosa and two children to the United States in 1968. He followed, but not until 1972. The US Bicentennial year was also a milestone for the Padrino family, as they opened their first restaurant in Hialeah, FL. The same recipes that Rosa cooked in Cuba were now being enjoyed by many immigrant Cubans in Miami. Seeing the opportunity to bring the tastes of Cuba to everyone, they moved to a larger restaurant in Broward County. Padrino’s Hallandale opened its’ doors in 1981.


In 1982, the tradition was passed on to their son, Mario. With the desire to share these authentic Cuban recipes to even more people, Mario, and his wife Nayade, opened restaurants in Plantation in 1992, Boca Raton in 1996 and Orlando in 2008. Mario’s mother continued until her passing in 2002. Within the last few years the third generation of Padrino’s have come on board in Laura, Mario and Eduardo. Together they have opened the newest location in Fort Lauderdale and will open another in Dania Beach in 2018.


Although the family has grown throughout the years, the recipes and quality remain the same.  The third generation looks forward to continuing the tradition for many years to come!


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