When Versailles Restaurant opened in 1971, I was ten years old. As an American who was born and raised in Miami, I had never experienced Cuban cuisine. I will never forget the day my father came home from work and said we were going out to dinner at a Cuban restaurant that had just opened. Thus began my history with Versailles Restaurant.
Throughout the years there have been an infinite number of lunches, dinners, and midnight snacks with family and friends. However, there are certain things that remain engrained in my mind. When I was young I loved to sit at the counter and watch the sandwich maker prepare numerous Cuban sandwiches and Medianoches and stack them up behind the glass case. It was hard to imagine that they would all be consumed by the end of the night, but they were. Another thing that I loved about sitting at the counter was gazing at the chocolate layer cake displayed on a cake stand within inches of where I sat. While I enjoyed the flan and arroz con leche, I could never pass up a slice of that decadent chocolate cake. So vivid are my memories of sitting at the counter, that I even remember what I was wearing the last time I ate at the counter before they remodeled the restaurant.
While I was studying at the University of Miami, I would often take some of my friends from the university to eat at Versailles. As many of them were from other states, they had never experienced anything like it before. They loved it!
Versailles has been successful for 50 years due to the dedication and love that has been put into the business by three generations of a wonderful family.
Throughout the decades, my family and I have continued to enjoy Versailles Restaurant. Whenever visitors come to Miami, we always take them to eat at Versailles. Along with the palm trees and the beaches, Versailles is quintessential Miami.