El Criollo Cuban RestaurantA little taste of Cuba in the heart of the valley

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El Criollo has established itself as a freshly modern, yet still traditional full-service restaurant in the bustling downtown Van Nuys area. We of El Criollo are driven by the genuine aim to provide e...xcellent, personable service complemented by the finest, most flavorful Cuban cuisine. Comfortably situated and centralized in a row of storefronts in the heart of the Van Nuys Blvd. commercial strip, El Criollo’s interior includes classic exposed brick walls, a high open ceiling, beautifully soft serenading Cuban music and poster-size images of vintage magazine covers and print ads. The restaurant offers deliciously delectable food with an updated, though still very classic look and feel – so much like a bodega in Old Havana. Our spacious dining room seats 60-plus with a bar offering fabulous wine, beer and cocktails. So, be sure to come by soon and join us for L.A.’s best in authentic Cuban cooking and atmosphere, we’ll be happy to have you.
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4 reviews | 114 orders

Wow, seriously good Cuban food!!! Everything from the Fricase de Pollo to the Media Noche was great. On top of fab food they delivered quickly with a smile, love that!


3 reviews | 62 orders

2nd time around my review has to be great...they messed up the 1st time, but made up for it the 2nd....the guy that works the register is real cool & really apologetic for my 1st experience....I got the pollo asaso(I think that's what it was)...it was bomb....!!! I honestly loved it....the chicken had that perfect garlic lemon flavor that was similar to versailles, but the flavor was more intense...the black beans and rice were bomb too....don't forget the plantains....mmmmmmmmmmm plantains(homer voice) I could have used a larger portion of them, the give 3 Little slices like thick bacon....but the flavor was great..!


2 reviews | 142 orders

Best Cuban Restaurant in LA!

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6622 Van Nuys Blvd
Van Nuys CA, 91405
(818) 785-8625