Cana Oakland
Cana Oakland

Cana Oakland

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.canaoakland.com/
  • Phone: 5108321515
  • Hours of Operation:

    Breakfast: M-F 8:00am-11:00am
    Breakfast: Sa-Su 8:00am-10:30am
    Lunch: M-F 11:00am-5:00pm
    Lunch: Sa-Su 3:00pm-5:00pm
    Dinner: T-Sa 5:00pm-10:00pm
    Dinner: Su 5:00pm-8:00pm
    Brunch: Sa-Su 10:30am-3:00pm
  • Payment Options: Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Californian, Cuban
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Like us to cater an event? Call us in advance and we will set up the perfect Cuban menu for you and your guests. We are equipped for delivery and provide all your catering needs.
  • Entertainment: We offer a wide variety of Live music. Club/Live-Music/DJ components available. Saturday and Sunday we offer live music during Brunch. Music starts at 12:00pm

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Lakeshore Ave
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Cana Oakland
Caña Cuban Parlor and Cafe is a high-casual, Cuban neighborhood and destination restaurant with Club, Live-Music, DJ components, supper club options. Our concept is to serve well articulated Cuban classics with an eye for locally grown and sourced products. Our overall concept involves the use of real “Caña,” that is crushing our own sugar cane to produce syrups, glazes and tinctures with a special emphasis on creating a novel cocktailing environment in the great Cuban tradition of rum-based bar-tending. Our concept involves a cultural component that integrates Cuban food, art, dance, music and ethnographic appeal that allows for penetration into Afro-centric, Latin and “Cubaphiles” who consume and/or have interest in anything Cuban… ”Cuban Chic” or “La Furandula”…refers to the place to be.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Brunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerHot Spot
Cana Oakland reviews from OpenTable diners
46 reviews since May 19, 2014
Overall Rating3.9
  • Food4.2
    Service3.5
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelEnergetic
84% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (23)great for brunch (19)neighborhood gem (19)hot spot (19)great for outdoor dining (14)vibrant bar scene (14)romantic (11)great for lunch (10)good for groups (8)special occasion (6)late-night find (3)scenic view (2)notable wine list (1)kid-friendly (1)Show More
  • yummy
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    The drinks and service were great.... Everyone was kind... Kept checking on us...let us know about the music and entertainment for next time because we were unable to attend. I will be back
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great palace for Salsa and Brunch
    IamKingTut
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Visited Caña over the weekend and it was a great experience. The food was great, I ordered the Cuban Fried Chicken. It was a huge plate and the chicken was nicely fried. I also ordered a side of Platanos Maduros (sweet plantain) to top it off. Will go again. On weekends they have a live band and a great crowd of Salsa dancers. It's a partay !!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Going down Hill
    RegularDiner
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    I have been to Cana several times over the last couple years. Early on, this place was well managed, vibrant and the food and atmosphere exciting. Food is consistently good but the last few times, including the latest, the service has been terrible. I visited with a friend over the Labor Day weekend and you would think they would have planned wait and bar staff accordingly. We ordered a couple mojitos with our food order. It took too long for the food to come out. And our drinks came after our food. We also came, and timed our reservation accordingly, because their website advertised that they had live music between 2-4 on Saturday. We were advised that they stopped their Sat. live music but had not updated their website.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Cana Oakland
    Foodie
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    Meet colleagues for happy hour Great drinks Great appetizers I will return
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Had higher expectations
    Somm
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    I had the chicken and waffles, I thought it was ok, kind of dry.......Drinks were okay, because it's so trendy now and such a scene I felt a bit rushed. If the food was great, I may go back but I thought it was just mediocre......
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Best Brunch I have had.
    MrsCsech
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    My sister invited me to have brunch at Cana with her. I am so glad she did. I am a foodie to the max. Everything we ordered was so good. The food was super fresh and bursting with flavor. The bottomless Mamosas were yummy too. The service was perfect. We will definitely go back and I will take more friends to experience Cana.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Could use some noise dampening
    Jenn
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Went here on a Saturday night. The place seemed to be more 'owner and friends' hangout than restaurant. Music was WAY too loud for a 'restaurant'. The food was actually quite good, but i am not sure i would be back on a 'bar night'.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food & drinks, big portions
    RockridgeFoodie
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    First time at Cana - a friend and I split the Crab Fritters, Beet Salad, and Paella. The food was terrific and the portions were generous -- the fritters were five egg roll-sized fritters on a bed of baby greens that could have been a (moderate sized) meal in itself, and we had leftovers of paella to take home. They serve a variety of mojitos. I had the basic one, which was well balanced and large. The inside restaurant is very noisy -- it was better for conversation to be in the small outdoor dining area along the sidewalk, where we were. The noise is the only downside. I look forward to trying other items on the menu and would definitely go back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great experience
    Foodie
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Great service, mojito's, appetizers and main entrees!! Will go back and recommend to friends and family!! They seated us 1 hour early and accomadated out request!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I love Cana
    foodie4me
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    It has a fun, vibrant and colorful atmosphere. If you love salsa music and delicious latin/caribbean food then Caña is the place for you.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • FUN!
    Lucy
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    We loved Happy Hour drinks and food! The noise level was super intense but energetic... some people were dancing. The outdoor seating is PERFECT when it's 80F in the evening! We didn't hear the band for too long as we were going to the movies... but LOVED the music!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Did not have a great experience
    Lovesfood
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    I took my boyfriend here for his birthday dinner and was very disappointed. The service was horrible, we had to get up or wave down the manager (he may have been the host but he was nice). After being seated about 10 minutes, our server comes up and ask if we are ready to order! She didn't even tell us what the specials were, but she did tell the tables around us. Server only checked on us twice The food was not great. My boyfriend had the beef filet and had to send it back to the kitchen because it was undercooked than was he asked for. It was also WAY too spicy, couldn't even taste the meat. I had the vegetable dish which was way too sweet. Took 15 minutes to get our drinks (wasn't busy night). Another 10 just for water. Dissappointing
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Cuban Mix
    Domo
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    We combined a visit to your restaurant with viewing the movie "The Chef" at the Grand. It was like a quick trip to Cuba just minutes from home. Both of our dishes were excellent and the service was friendly and professional. There was a lively event going on across the street that made it kind of exciting and the day was a little hot, all of which made it feel like being in the islands.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great potential
    OutoftownerVIP
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    This restaurant has great potential but needs some work with the staff. No hostess when we arrived and when a waitress stepped in she had trouble finding our reservation. Then we were provided 3 different menus which only 1 was valid. I do believe the words 'I'm new and don't know the menu that well yet' should be uttered from any servers lips. The food was ok, but sat in the window too long as we waited for no apparent reason.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Crowded & hot!
    Disappointment
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    The room was extremely hot need additional ventilation. Requested seating near band not honored. 2 bathrooms unisex not clean.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Great Food - But Music too Loud
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    We LOVED all the food at Cana Oakland - delicious, beautifully served, and engagingly presented. BUT, we were there @ 7pm on a Friday and the music volume was overpowering. Impossible to have a conversation between 4 people. We'll go back on a weeknight when we were told the volume is lower.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Food was good, service was meh...
    LakeguyVIP
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    Food is very tasty so that's a plus. They sat us next to a speaker that was blasting Cuban music. I know it was next to the dance floor but I had to shout to be able to talk to my companion. The drinks took forever so it come right before the food arrived. I like to enjoy a drink before I get my dinner. The server seemed indifferent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • flowers
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    Service was very slow they did not honor their yelp coupon. Management was very hands off more like dead weight to the server who had more tables than he could handle. Meal arrived before we got water. Bad experience, food was good and wine was good when it did come
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Chef Raul is the man
    Will
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    As a carribean native who recently moved to the Bay Area. I have been craving authentic Cuban or Dominican food. Raul head chef embraced all the carribean flavors from the mojo to the flang.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Cana 5/28
    Jnene
    Dined on 5/28/2014
    Cana has a great location and amazing food! The service, however, was extremely slow... for myself and my friend. We arrived just after 6p and waited for several minutes to order drinks. A family came in about 10 min after my party and their drink/food order was taken before ours. Our drinks took 20 minutes and we had to flag the waiter/waitress down to get water and to finally order. We decided to put in a drink order before we were finished with our first because we feared another 20 min delay. If Cana resolves its waiting service, it would be a 5 star all the way.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Disappointed!
    Dine4funVIP
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    Restaurant was 30% full, we were seated for 15 min, no one came by to take drink orders we were completely ignored. When we adked a bartender if we could order drinks, he replied that he was new.. A few more minutes and finally our server appeared and i was irritated by then and commented to her how long we had been sitting... Of course she apologizes etc we get out drinks, our apps, entrees... Entrees were really nothing to write home about other than great presentation. I ordered the ropa vieja, which was cold at the center!! Microwave wasn't working? My boyfriends entree, rice was too sweet.. Should have been our dessert.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 25 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 19, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.1
    • Food4.2
    • Ambiance4
    • Service3.8
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The following 50 reviews are from the Cana Oakland reviews archive.
  • Fun Times!
    Tefree
    Dined on 5/18/2014
    Ok, this was a good time but it didn't start that way! Sunday brunch reservation was for 2:45 but wasn't seated until 3:05. Good food, music, people watching, drinks and lots of dancing! If you don't like crowds you would want to come early before the music really gets started.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Salsa and Food - Yes!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Loved it! Would highly recommend it...and if you like salsa music...this is the place. Reynoso was wonderful last Sunday--beautiful singer and the band was hot and the dancers on the floor: hot! Good food and culture and entertainment.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Brunch with a beat
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/4/2014
    American and Cuban cuisine with flair. Had the chicken and waffles brunch and was pleased with the Cuban spices. Also enjoyed the bottomless mimosas. After dining we stayed for the Cuban Salsa band to dance off the calories. No longer need to go to SF for a Great dining experience.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very good attention
    Skaven
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    This is a very good option. They have good menu that include international food. The bar is amazing and the attention is excelent. There are a lot of options for to drink someting .. Waiters and bartenders very kind
    Special Features:
    Vibrant Bar Scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • happy hour
    albavee
    Dined on 4/18/2014
    Great place for happy hour and the appetizers were so delicious!!
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great spot for brunch
    LMTW
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    We sat outside on the patio and were able to people watch. The food was amazing and the drinks were strong and refreshing! I would definitely go back!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • yummy food and awesome music
    l808
    Dined on 3/30/2014
    The food was really good (definitely recommend the fufu hash) but the portions are small. My date had the chicken and waffles which were okay but the chicken was a little.dry. we indulged in bottomless mimosas...you need to drink 3 to get your money's worth, which we definitely did...and more. The waitress, the hostess and bartenders were also very accommodating. We came to salsa and though the dance floor's small and gets very crowded (I almost ended up in the drumset at one point), it's so much fun because everyone is there to just have a good time. We went on a Sunday at 11:30 and stayed til 4. Definitely make a reservation because they were turning people away by then. The berry mojitos are also delicious!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We made reservations at this
    Luv2dine
    Dined on 3/28/2014
    We made reservations at this restaurant. They sat us pretty quickly however one of the owner guys was very rude when I was asking where the reservation desk was. With a the crowd we couldn't see what was what. We sat at one of the high tables on the wall inside. Horrible! Random people would walk up and rest there arms on the back of our chair while you were eating dinner. We ordered drinks first they came in a reasonable amount of time. After 25 minutes of waiting on appetizers we asked the waiter where our food was. She came back and said they lost the ticket!! Entree same thing! I give this place a zero! Horrible service
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • My meal was great!! It was
    Erib
    Dined on 3/23/2014
    My meal was great!! It was the machaca something or the other. When the music started and the game was on(therefore, the crowd around the bar would outburst occasionally) it was very heard to hear my friends. It didn't bother me for some reason--perhaps because I knew it'd be like that. This was apart of the experience but I don't know if it's for everyone or every occasion.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great ambiance and food. Do
    Scooby
    Dined on 3/23/2014
    Great ambiance and food. Do not show with a party larger than 6.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pretty Good Brunch (BUT LOUD)
    nancydrewinsf
    Dined on 3/23/2014
    Bottomless mimosas are $18/each and we had some delicious empanadas to start. My boyfriend had a pulled pork and egg dish and cleaned his plate. My waffles, which were probably in the window waiting for his dish, arrived cold and the whipped cream was flat when it arrived. It would have been great, hot. My boyfriend got a complementary shot of rum for his birthday. It is worth noting there is a two hour max for tables and the servers, while efficient, are definitely moving things along to make sure you've got the check at an hour and 45 minutes. You have the option to take your mimosas to the front and be pelted by salsa dancers dancing to an insanely loud band. I was glad we left before the dancing and band were at full swing.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Review
    Laurapatty
    Dined on 3/14/2014
    Food was cold, service was very slow. Drinks were good.
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • TOO RUSHED
    foodie12
    Dined on 3/9/2014
    The food was delicious, the ambiance was fun, but the service was terrible. I couldn't enjoy my brunch due to the CONSTANT reminders that we only had the table for a certain amount of time. Since the moment we got there the waitresses were rude. I understand it gets busy and we cannot stay at the table all day drinking bottomless mimosas but there is no need to make your customers feel rushed and unwanted.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Oakland's Charm
    Divadebbie
    Dined on 2/16/2014
    Cana's is a charming, vibrant hot spot for Sunday Brunch, Salsa Dancing Experts & and the beautiful people vibe! Reservations are encouraged because it's always a long line of late comers. Once the band kicks off, the bottomless mimosas are everywhere! The platters of Chicken & waffles, Cuban Espanadas and simmering Plantains, just tease your appetite as you wait for your table. I would say you can't go wrong at Cana. Be Prepared to have a great time!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Presentation perfect!
    Alessandra
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    Food fantastic; too noisy, however, and a bit cramped.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Authentically different
    LamorindanVIP
    Dined on 2/13/2014
    I love Cuban food but find that many so-called Cuban restaurants are more "influenced" than authentic. There's little on the menu that couldn't be found in restaurants of a different background. Cana seems truly authentic in its menu and creative in its presentation. I'd go back in a heartbeat.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fun Cuban Saturday Brunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 2/1/2014
    After I shopped at the Farmers' Market located along Lakeshore Dr., I met up with friends at Cana for a birthday celebration. On Saturdays between 1 pm - 4 pm, Cana has live music and offers a brunch menu. I was very glad that we had reservations because the hostess allowed us the choice of sitting inside or the outdoor dining area. And we were seated in front of the walk-in parties. If you're sensitive to noise, I would recommend sitting inside the restaurant because live music can be loud. If not, sit outside in the sun (like we did) and enjoy the music and Lakeshore vibe. The majority of my party ordered the chicken and sweet potatoe waffle. But, I ordered the steak and eggs. YUMMY!!! I look forward to my next Cana visit.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Glad we finally stopped by!
    kk14
    Dined on 2/1/2014
    I originally wanted to try Cana for my birthday, however, when we arrived there was a $10 cover, as they had dancing that night. I just wanted dinner and didn't want to pay a cover to eat it, so we went elsewhere. This weekend we went for Saturday brunch. I'm so glad we finally got in (no cover this time). The food was DELICIOUS. I had a dish with scrambled eggs, shredded pork, black beans and some delicious salsas on my side. My love had "the best waffles he has ever had," bacon, and potatoes. We also both ordered coffee and while our table was a little small to accommodate all of the plates, everything was so, so good. A very enjoyable meal for a reasonable price. We'll definitely be back for dinner and maybe even dancing sometime soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, romantic, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nuevo Cubano!
    bizguyVIP
    Dined on 2/1/2014
    I am not a big fan of traditional "Cuban" cuisine, but Cana elevates and extends the classics. I really like eating there for brunch (though I wished they opened earlier) and they have a really great drink menu and bar. Ask them to muddle some fresh jalapeno or serrano in your Mojito if you are into things with a kick.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.