Cubana Social
Cubana Social

Cubana Social

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.cubanasocial.com/
  • Phone: 7187823334
  • Hours of Operation:
    Monday - Thursday: 12:00pm - 12:00am
    Friday 12:00pm - 12:00am
    Saturday: 10:00 am - 3:00am

    Sunday: 10:00 am - 11:00 pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Latin American, Cuban, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Simon Lange
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Counter Seating, Dancing, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Available for catering on site and off. Contact for details & menu.
  • Entertainment: Live Jazz, Roots, Afro-Cuban, World Music Thursdays, Fridays, & Saturdays.

    Carefully selected tracks & mixes to pair with your Cubana Social eats & cocktails.
  • Special Events: Available for private parties, weddings, showers, film & photo shoots, catering, crew holding, & rehearsal dinners.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Wythe & Kent Avenue
  • Public Transit: L Train to Bedford Avenue
    & East River Ferry to North 5th Pier.
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Free Street Parking Available as well as Enclosed Pay to Park Garages on N. 3rd & Berry and North 5th & Kent.
A word from Cubana Social
Empanadas, Rum Bar, & Organic Restaurant in Williamsburg Brooklyn serving Cuban/Caribbean inspired eats, espresso, & classic cocktails with a Brooklyn rooted focus on homemade, local, seasonal, & organic. Converted from an industrial factory, the space draws inspiration from the bustling cafes, nightclubs, & art deco cabarets of Havana’s 1930s-1950s hey-day & serves as a hub for community, culture, & music from around the world.
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Cubana Social reviews from OpenTable diners
14 reviews since June 23, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food4.1
    Service3.4
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelEnergetic
83% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (8)hot spot (7)fit for foodies (6)romantic (4)good for groups (4)special occasion (3)late-night find (3)great for lunch (3)vibrant bar scene (2)great for brunch (2)kid-friendly (1)Show More
  • Fantastic Saturday Night!
    ChristineMarieVIP
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    We were a party of 6 on a Saturday night. I was able to book a reservation for an hour later through the OpenTable app. We came a bit early and told them that we would wait next door to grab a drink. The host was so kind to come find us in the bar next door to let us know that our table was ready. They gave us a front row seat to the incredible live band that was playing. The food was incredible. I ordered the roast chicken with maduros instead of rice. My boyfriend ordered the cuban sandwich and it was the best I've ever had in NYC. I was sad to hear they ran out of Ropa Vieja. Our waitress was very nice but I believe she was the only waitress working so service wasn't as great as we would have liked. Overall, amazing experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Little Havana
    Jorge
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Great food, good looking staff with a cool atmosphere, classic movies & live music! Started w/ a black bean hummus & followed that up with the ropa vieja that was seasoned just right, very nice job. I will definitely be back, thank you Cuban Social!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Fun Place
    LisaVIP
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    The music was lively and the atmosphere conjures up 1940's social clubs in Havana for sure. The food was spot and very flavorful. The waitress didn't write the order down and inevitably forgot something (little pet peeve of mine)! Servers write it down! She was lovely otherwise. Reasonabley priced and nice night out.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Too noisy
    TequilagalVIP
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    The food was not as good as the last time we were there. Not bad though. The music was so loud we couldn't hear the other couple we were with. It was very distracting. So it made for a not so enjoyable evening. We were disappointed.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Transported to Havana
    SmilingCandle
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    Love the variety of food, got seated right away with Open Table reservation. Live music was wonderful but could still have a conversation and not shout at each other. Got the Yuca Fries, Crispy Avocado, Kale for sharing. Empanadas, Black Bean burgers and sides were all fantastic. Both alcoholic and non-alcoholic options were refreshing this hot summer's evening. GF, Veg and Vegan options.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 9 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 23, 2014
    • Overall Rating3.9
    • Food4.1
    • Ambiance4.1
    • Service3.4
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The following 20 reviews are from the Cubana Social reviews archive.
  • Slow service, mediocre food
    RayCharlez
    Dined on 6/1/2014
    After making a reservation on open table (albeit very last minute) my friends and I were excited to try cubana social for Sunday brunch. The hostess was flustered -- "open table let you book so last minute?i thought we shut it down... We're really backed up". We were served our cocktails after 15-20 minutes... Mine came 15 minutes after my friends' drinks. The food was mediocre -- plantains flavorless, cold and dry, bacon so-so, decent eggs. We waited about 30minutes for it too. AND after all that, the bill took ages annnd the charge was incorrect. Needless to say: not a positive experience.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice Mother's Day brunch
    RoseAnne
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    We had a very nice Mother's Day brunch at the Cubana Social. Food was good and our waitress so sweet and professional. Thank you Lisa for making our time at the Cubana Social so special.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always great
    britgirlVIP
    Dined on 3/26/2014
    Cubana is one of my favourite restaurants in Williamsburg. Wednesday is burger night; greatest veggie bean burger ive had. Great place to take people to introduce them to Cuban food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food, casual
    EnjoyDining
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    If you're looking for good food but in a casual setting this is it. The menu is limited. I went with a large group, everyone in my party enjoyed their food, from cuban sandwiches to the lechon. I wasn't impressed with their drink menu, not much of a variety. The website noted there is a live band on Saturdays, unfortunately there isn't one anymore. We were looking forward to listening to live music. Overall we had a nice time.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Find
    Lizzie23
    Dined on 3/14/2014
    Went for a quick after work drinks with a friend, ended up staying for dinner. Empanadas were awesome! Mojitos were delicious and SCRUMPTIOUS Yuca Fritas! Will return with friends again!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Above and Beyond
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    It was a spur of the moment date night for my girlfriend and I. Unfortunately ideas were limited, so we chose to come to Cubana Social as we've been here before. But something went wrong with a supply delivery and there was no food to prepare. However the Bar and music were in full effect, and people looked happy. At the moment, I wasn't happy as I was real hungry, and the crankiness was setting in. The hostess provided my girlfriend with drink tickets for a future visit, which really shows how far the establishment will go to make things right. That made me feel better. Not the drinks, but the effort. We did not stay because both of us were hungry, but are definitely looking forward to a future visit.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great find in fun neighborhood
    DCLisa
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    Took my 20- something kids there during visit from DC. Mohitos were perfect though small. Kale and avocado unusual. Delish. Empanadas light and yummy. Chicken great. Shredded pork a little too vinegary. Fun lively place- noisy but happy. We all loved it. Will go back.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I felt like I was in Cuba
    output9211
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Food was tasty and flavorful. Good relaxed environment. Smooth music (weekends) jazz . good drinks whiskey sour with egg white amazing. Good date spot
    Special Features:
    romantic, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice Place!
    LoriVIP
    Dined on 1/8/2014
    Looked for a place close to Williamsburg Music Hall and found this on UrbanSpoon. The place is right next door so it was super convenient. So glad I did! Such a nice place! From the moment we walked in we were treated so nicely with smiles all around. We were sat on the stage which was kind of cool. The person who sat us joked around after we ate that we were expected to perform something. Love a sense of humor! A couple of solid vegetarian choices (I had the veggie burger) and friend had Cuban sandwich and raved about it while scarfing it down. Good food, good service, decent price...what's not to love.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Dinner and Great Ambiance
    smlopezVIP
    Dined on 12/13/2013
    Had a small dinner there with some friends - to see each other before the holidays. We each (3) were very pleased w the food (taste, quality, freshness etc) and the cocktails were great too. Live music starts at 9pm. Its at a very classy, social level of music - complimentary for cocktails, conversation, dessert etc....
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Cubana Social is a great spot
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 11/26/2013
    Cubana Social is a great spot in Williamsburg, the food is really good and well priced. I had the cubana and split the empanada appetizer and enjoyed both. The service was good and I was suprised at how empty the restaurant was but may have been due to the rainy/ cold weeknight that I went. Definitely recommend it and want to go back for brunch!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • nice and friendly
    annyVIP
    Dined on 11/23/2013
    the rum toast was excellenet...we also order the empanadas....the duck confit....OMG it's so good. Me and my 2 children went there for brunch sat and the wait staff was very attentive and friendly. The decor was very cute with a projection tv playing Charlie Brown cartoon...so classic The Bloody Maria with the pickled green beans...YUMMY!! I def go back...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A bit underwhelming
    reviewerX
    Dined on 11/8/2013
    Good service and ambiance, but the food and drink were mediocre. Don't waste your money on their mojitos or wine.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • good food..slow service
    frankie
    Dined on 11/2/2013
    They took us right in with our open table reservation, but... it took 10 minutes to get water.. another 10 fr our drinks and 50 min for our apps (I stopped counting for our actual entrees).. we wasn't sure if it was our waitress (who always seemed to be MIA) or if the kitchen was backed up.. its a good thing we wasn't starving.. the food was good.. definately a good place for some drinks & apps w friends.. the "live band" started setting up when we arrived & hadn't even started when we left 2 hrs later (they looked very confused most of the time).. overall, food was good, drinks were okay, service was slow...would I go again? Yes, but only if I'm not starving & have alotta time to kill...
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I love this place
    britgirlVIP
    Dined on 11/2/2013
    I came across Cubana Social when out in Williamsberg a few weeks. I finally went there and I thoroughly enjoyed myself and did not want to leave. The music and whole atmosphere was very good. I ordered what the server recommended and was greatly pleased, fish tacos. The service was excellent. I love the style of place and will be visiting again soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • GREAT EXPERIENCE
    BajanChef
    Dined on 11/1/2013
    Had an exceptional time, I drove over an hour to get there and it was well worth the drive. Service was excellent, the food was exceptional. My wife and I enjoyed every minute of it. Not to forget the live music which was superb. I would take the drive from New Jersey any time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good.
    CubanoVIP
    Dined on 10/26/2013
    The food was pretty good. Cubano was tasty. Drinks were ok.
    Special Features:
    late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Absolutely LOVE this place
    spicy13VIP
    Dined on 10/17/2013
    Discovered it once randomly while walking in Williamsburg and vowed to return and it was just as great the 2nd time as it was the 1st! The food is so fresh and delicious. The drinks are all so different but delicious. It is a must try!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome
    chrisT
    Dined on 9/18/2013
    I took my wife out for her birthday and the place was very intimate but at the same time it had a busy noise level. The food was so good, I had the cubano sandhwich with fries on the side and it was amazingly good. My wife had the ropa vieja and it had such good flavor and the portions were great. We also had the 3 for 10 empanadas and they were so fresh and homemade tatsing, we enjoyed every bit of it. The only thing we didnt enjoy was that all the food came out at once. We thought the empanadas would be an appetizer. Also the drinks were a bit small and pricey.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Like no other
    KPeezy
    Dined on 8/30/2013
    I had a wonderful dinner with a friend on a Friday night. We had the special which was sustainably caught monkfish in tostone tacos. It was a perfect balance of savory and sweet mouthwatering goodness. The chef is incredibly creative and the plates are beautiful. We also had the reliably nourishing and delicious Kale and avocado salad which I would recommend to anyone and everyone. It is like nothing you've tried in any other neighborhood restaurants' attempts at a Kale salad. The Kale is blanched and tossed with olive oil, lime, fresh avocado and ceviche red onions. And its a generous helping that's guaranteed to satisfy. Our cocktails were outstanding and their are so many house original creations. Don't miss out on this place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for brunch, notable wine list, kid-friendly, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.