Cuba de Ayer
Cuba de Ayer

Cuba de Ayer

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.cubadeayerrestaurant.net/
  • Phone: (301) 476-9622
  • Hours of Operation:


    Lunch:

    Tuesday - Friday: 11:30am - 3:00pm


    Dinner:

    Tuesday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm

    Friday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm

    Saturday: 11:30am - 10:00pm

    Sunday: 11:30am - 9:00pm


    Closed Mondays
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,JCB,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Caribbean, Cuban, Latin / Spanish
  • Executive Chef: Mayra Lopez
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: We do Catering and delivery for large groups of 20 to 500 or more
    please call and ask for Guillermo Bustamante
  • Special Events: Birthdays, Rehearsal Dinners, Graduations, Retirement, Going away, Book Clubs, Business luncheons, all special events.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Route 198 & Route 29
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Cuba de Ayer
Come enjoy the tropical tastes of Cuba! Authentic home style Cuban cuisine where our customers feel as though they are eating home cooked meals that would be found in Grandma's kitchen. Cuba de Ayer is an ideal escape for a delicious cup of Cuban coffee, a Cuban grilled sandwich, followed up by something sweet like a slice of tres leches cake. mmm.... Bring your friends, family or come alone-strangers are simply friends we've yet to meet.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
Cuba de Ayer reviews from OpenTable diners
103 reviews since July 25, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.5
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (70)good for groups (43)fit for foodies (43)great for lunch (33)special occasion (26)romantic (21)kid-friendly (18)hot spot (17)late-night find (10)vibrant bar scene (9)great for brunch (8)notable wine list (4)great for outdoor dining (2)scenic view (1)Show More
  • Kenny
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    Great neighborhood venue. Good cuban food. Very nice renovation. A great place to visit for a large or small group. Service has always been excellent.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing
    Yum101
    Dined on 11/2/2014
    Love this place their food is always well cooked well seasoned. Simply amazing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    Great atmosphere, delicious food, very friendly servers. This is a restaurant that never disappoints. Great specials ... don't miss out on the pumpkin cream martini!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fabulous
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    This was my first visit to Cuba de Ayer since they remodeled and it didn't disappoint. The overcrowded foyer area was gone and so was the bunched up tables. The decor is absolutely fabulous and it is very spacious. The layout and lighting still provides an intimate and romantic setting though. As always, the food was absolutely phenomenal. The portions were great. I always have to take a to go bag home. The prices are more than reasonable. I have to drive 45 minutes to go here and it is worth EVERY minute. It is the best Cuban food I have ever had. Hands down.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Loved the upgrades!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    I have not been in over a year but I was really in the mood for some good Cuban food and since we were going to be in the area we went! To my pleasant surprise they expanded significantly and the place looked great. The food was as delicious as I remembered and I will have to visit more often! A true gem!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Yummy in my tummy!
    ncvarea
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    We've never had a bad meal here. The specials this time (atypical preparations of back ribs and salmon) were excellent! I also highly recommend the garlic shrimp. Sweet plantains are the best! Great to have such terrific food in local area.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • WOW!!
    MrWhepa
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    When i go to restaurants I expect to be wow and Cuba de Ayer made it happend. We had a guest from Spain and he was amazed with the food made him feel like he was at his grand ma's. Carlos our server was was very attentive and engaging with us and the kids. I just need to say Thank you Cuba de Ayer for a memorable experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • !Alabao!
    Danny
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Cuba del ayer is a gem. We've dined there with friends and family many times and will do it again as soon as we can. Their home style recipes are fabulous! You can taste all the elements of spices. The food, service, and bar have all the right proportions. They get it right every time. Cesar and Linda are excellent at making us feel welcomed. They also are very knowlegeable about the menu, ingredients, dishes and gluten free choices. You need to be praised! Alabao!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Busy Place - Average Food.
    CasualDiner
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    I'm glad that we made a reservation as we had a group of 8 and the restaurant was packed on Thursday night. That being said, our server was great - extremely attentive. refilling drinks and clearing excess items off the table throughout our visit. I found the restaurant to be very loud, it was often difficult to hear conversations at our own table. What was disappointing was the food. Everything that came fried was overcooked: the yucca, a shrimp dish & the ham croquette appetizer. The Cuban sandwiches couldn't be altered (different cheese, remove the pickle) as we were told that they come pre-assembled. Everything tasted fine but there was nothing that made me think that I'd need to return again.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Food Great Service
    CORKyVino
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    Best Cuban food in the DC/Baltimore region. Worth the drive from DC/Bethesda.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fantastic from start to finish!!
    MDavidson
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    My friend and I are certified foodies and this restaurant is a MUST for people who enjoy great food. Authentic Cuban cuisine for a reasonable price good for the whole family. This was an experience worth telling. Everything was fantastic from the mojitos to the flan. The service was excellent with the server making perfect suggestions for the entrees. My mouth is watering just thinking about it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food
    SmokeEm69
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Took the Honey to dinner here. Reservations is a must on the weekends. Loved the empanadas with a Presidente beer. Cuban food is hearty and rich in flavor. I also recommend the shrimp appetizer. The service was great, and save room for the tres leches dessert. Finished off with a cafecito. Loved this place and highly recommend
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always fabulous
    Kerrbear
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Every member of the staff seems to care genuinely that you are really happy with your experience. This is one of my favorite restaurants ever.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • good dinner but
    Aloysious
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    The food was very good. The service after the initial greeting by our waitress the service went down. We ordered a bottle of wine with three glasses and we received three glasses of wine. Then stated that we ordered a bottle of wine After about ten minute the wine arrived but it was very warm (like it came out of the oven) Sent it back and ordered beer which was cold like it should be.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Date
    BUISSP99
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    My husband went here for a Sunday date and it was wonderful. The drinks were unique and tasty. The food was delightful and flavorful. The service was on point. We sat in the bar area and had Mary wait on us. She was attentive, precise and friendly. If you want Cubana, Cuba de Ayer is the place to go.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    The last time we went to Cuba de Ayer, it was a small place. We were surprised to see the changes. Great food. Nice ambiance. Will be back
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, late-night find, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Okay, But...
    radial
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    I'm not sure what I was expecting, but the reviews on Yelp were pretty enthusiastic so I guess I expected a little more. To me the food was pretty tasty but unexceptional. I'm not an expert on Cuban food, but there's a Cuban place in Frederick, MD with really exceptional food, so I feel reasonably well qualified to appreciate when it's being done well. Service was okay, but I had to remind the waiter to follow up on some things he promised to do "right away." Don't get me wrong, it wasn't an unpleasant experience. Just not a restaurant I'll go out of my way to visit again.
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  • great food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    try the empanadas they are great. The ropa viaja was also very good. The portions are huge.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great place
    2865
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    My family loves coming here. We come about once a month. Keep up the good work.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Both dishes my husband and I ordered were delicious. We have been to Cuba d"Ayer a number of times and have brought friends with us to introduce them to delicious Cuban food!!! Even reluctant diners became fans.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • perfecto!
    CubanAtHeart
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    If you good food, come here. If you want good cuban food, look no further. Have been here twice and its only gotten better. Delicious food, great portions, and not too bad on pricing. Great selection of beers and cocktails. You just fall in love with a place like this.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food at a Reasonable Price
    speakerman
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    My wife and I dine here often. I've had most of the dishes on the menu. I've never had a meal that wasn't fantastic and tasty. The mojitos are the best I've had.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • worth the trip
    rablat
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    We have lived around 20-30 minutes from the restaurant, but the food is totally worth the drive. This is some of the best homestyle Cuban food you will find around the Baltimore/Washington DC area. My favorite dish is the ropa vieja, whereas my wife enjoys the arroz con pollo, but there are other delicious items on the menu. The Cuban coffee, iced coffee, and guava cheesecake are also great after-dinner treats. Reservations are recommended for popular dining times, but OpenTable makes it easy to get one.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Food and service!
    Tech661
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    If you're looking for great cuban cuisine this is the place for it! I've been going here for years and the quality is always on point. The service was amazing and staff knowledgeable on the menu. I will continue to be a patron for as long as their doors are open!
    Special Features:
    hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent
    RayReviews
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    The food and service was EXCELLENT! The waitress was extremely professional and attentive. The drinks were great as well
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • it was ok
    titoVIP
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    biggest disappointment, no cuban coffee, we had just come back from a week in Florida, little Havana and such, and my better half was looking forward to it. Food was ok, I think they are catering to the american crowd. That's all I will said about it. Otherwise, was ok.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Doesn't live up to the hype.
    Dining4Life
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    6 on Sat night for 40th bday celebration dinner. Was told the table wait was 25 min despite OpenTable reservation. Nowhere to wait, bar was full & "wait seating" was full so crowded in the doorway. Full restaurant & service was slow at best. Inadvisable to even remind them we were "celebrating" a special occasion per the msg on reservation. Server brought the app a friend ordered as an entree out 20 min before the rest of the entrees. He was forced to stare at his food waiting for our entrees to arrive. Not attentive on refills & didn't come by to check order came out as requested. Food was just OK, very salty and ropa vieja lacked flavor. Cubano's in Silver Spring is better food/drinks & service for the price.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    Food is great here. Got the chicken salciado with the beans and rice. So yum!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    The food is always amazing. The avocado salmon was delicious and perfectly cooked. The flavors were light and fragrant. When given a choice, I always pick the mixed black beans and rice over the white rice with black beans on top; and sweet plantains over the fried ones. The portions are generous. The expansion last year is wonderful with a bar area and more space.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent restaurant
    Vic14
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    Do NOT let the location fool you, this restaurant is excellent! The food is top notch and the ambiance is inviting. Staff is friendly and courteous without being smothering. Service was a little slow at times but good overall. Definitelly recommend!!
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    fit for foodies, great for lunch, kid-friendly
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Glad They Are in Our Neighborhood
    SuzieMaxxedOut
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    I love this place! They are consistently good with food and service. I enjoyed Cuba de Ayer before they expanded their space but now--Wow! The bar is fun, the Happy Hours a great value, and the whole restaurant is more romantic and more polished.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent!
    luvtoeat1
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Survice was excellent and the food extremely tasteful!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Super, if small, Mojitos
    AlohaLouieVIP
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    This place bustles on a Friday night. Reservations a must. The food was excellent. The garlic shrimp and avocado appetizer was to die for. We went for the mojitos which, though small, didn't disappoint.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always terrific!
    Barb
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    We went for the umpteenth time, this time with our 7 year old granddaughter. Her burger looked like it was freshly made and my grilled chicken was butterflied, grilled perfectly and moist. My husband always gets arroz con pollo and he loved it as usual. Reliably good with consistently good service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Best Cuban
    NoChainFoods
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    The servers are the absolute best; friendly, knowledgeable & sincere. I have a food allergy & am a flexitarian. My server made recommendations based on this & what I was in the mood for. He told me what could be modified & would still be just as good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wow!
    TKDC
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    Had a Groupon so we thought we'd try it. Wow! What a great meal. The empanadas may be the best I’ve ever had. The pork was amazing. This one is a definite "must do" restaurant. We'll be back soon.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Quality of Service
    FoodHeaven27
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    My wife and I were amazed that the waiters were teenagers. They knew the menu, attended us fast and worked like a team. Every waiter that passed by our table would make sure we did not have an empty plate; otherwise, it was picked up. No one would expect this high level of service from teens nowadays. Great job to Cuba de Ayer.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Traditional Cuban Food
    quehaydecomer
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    I've been coming to Cuba de Ayer for around 6 years because the food is consistently good. Tastes like home-cooking (okay, that's if you're Latin American). The yucca frita with garlic/olive oil is my favorite appetizer. Our family favorites are the lechon asado, pernil, piccadillo and boliche. This is simple, good food, not innovative but predictably good comfort food. Dessert is great too...very creamy flan and tres leches cake are not to be missed. On a weekend night it's very busy and a bit noisy but not a major bother. Wait staff has always been personable and attentive over the years. Just a nice place to eat.
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    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Food Always
    ZaidowhitVIP
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    I always enjoying eating at Cuba de Ayer because they always have food made with fresh ingredients and the service is impeccable. A must try are the drinks... especially the mojitos. Save room for dessert because they have a great selection, the tres leches is a MUST TRY.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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  • popular neighborhood spot
    MamaK
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    The three of us ate here due to reviews from my son's friends. The best part of the meal was the service which was friendly, prompt, and fun. I chose a dish recommended by our server and it was good but not a stand out. The tostones were dry and the sauce was bland. I sampled my son's maduras. Very good! First time I had eaten plantains. The restaurant is a little pricey for a down-scale, family-friendly restaurant, but considering that I had enough food for a dinner and two lunches, I guess I got my money's worth. Busy place, lots of kids, looks like a neighborhood favorite.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic