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Guantanamera Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://guantanameranyc.com
  • Phone: (212) 262-5354
  • Hours of Operation: Brunch: Saturday & Sunday 11:30am-4:00pm; Lunch: Monday - Sunday 11:30-4:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Wednesday & Sunday 4:00pm-12:00am, Thursday - Saturday 4:00pm-1:00am
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Cuban, Latin American
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Beer, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Entertainment: Live Cuban music, Rumba, Mambo

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Between 55th and 56th Streets
  • Public Transit: A,C,B,D,1 at 59th St/Columbus Circle, N,R,Q,W at 57th St
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Guantanamera
At last, a traditional Cuban Restaurant with the best mojitos, live music and hand rolled cigars.

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  • Diners' Choice WinnerCuban
Diner Reviews
  • "My second time here and it didn't disappoint! Empanadas for appetizer were so tasty served with chimmichurra sauce...avocado salad with pineapple and mago vinegarette was perfect..pork entree with rice and beans and spices was soooo good! But, the homemade individual warm chocolate cake with melting vanilla ice cream on top was GREAT, THE WAITSTAFF WERE SO EFFICIENT, too! The music was wonderful. It was my birthday, and this is where I chose to go! I will keep this as a special place. I love the decor also!"
    Dined on 8/10/2014
  • "We did not find the food to be impressive. The pitcher of sangria at $45 was almost as expensive as our two entrees."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "Service and food where good, the room is a bit dark and live music although a bit loud was good. It is a bit on the expensive side but the high service charge for groups of 5 and more is annoying and offputting."
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "The food was great, the service even better than that! Highly recommend."
    Dined on 7/29/2014
  • "Food was lacking flavor for a latin restaurant...found it to be very bland. Entrees not worth the upscale price..."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "Very solid and authentic Cuban food (but not amazing), and the sevice was also solid (but not overly warm, just proffeasional). In a small town this would be my favorite, but NYC is not a small town and there are many orher options that put a special flair on the preparation and seasonings that were missiing here."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "Cool place, great vibe, excellent food, but the music was way too loud.. Steak was melt in your mouth delicious, veg with rice totally great, fish good too. Just please tone down the music; quality was good but equipment TOO LOUD. Should be in the background and mellow, not DEAFENING."
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "Love this place! I am Cuban & the food is authentic & good. Music is great, good ambiance. The service is friendly, helpful."
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "Terrific traditional Cuban- Caribbean food, with truly friendly service in a bustling restaurant bordering Times Square that still manages to retain a neighborhood feel. Add traditional live music weekend nights and it is an unbeatable evening!"
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "Good good, good service. Band was a little loud but still set the mood. Decent prices for Midtown. Would go back again."
    Dined on 7/7/2014
  • "misleading, mexican maybe.........spanish maybe.......but real cuban food not so much!"
    Dined on 7/7/2014
  • "Good, hearty Cuban food. The lechon was very juicy and tender, and the maduros were expectedly delicious. Would've gotten dessert if I hadn't been so full!"
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "Fantastic location, great food and drink and accommodating with large parties."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "This place never disappoints. Great food, great table location, friendly service and a fun and lively atmosphere. A great dinner, enjoyed by all. Will definitely return."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "Guantanamera is a very nice small restaurant providing good and tasty food in an enjoyable setting. Appropriate serving and good selection of foods."
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "Found everything to be good. The Mohito drinks were especially good, lots of whit rum."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "I passed by this restaurant for years and thought it looked like fun. When we finally went, it was a great experience. The food was very good. The mojitos were great! The big surprise was the live music starting at 9. The musicians were great and the singer excellent. I left dancing on air."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "First the good part: The food, the music, and the service were excellent. It's a fun place. Now... the problem: They offer something to regulars they call "Member's Club". I signed up & got a discount card. The accompanying letter reads: "Members shall receive fifteen percent (15%) discount at Guantanamera restaurant for any occasion for up to a MAXIMUM group size of ten (10) people dining". Pretty clear, right. But when one presents the card, the waiter sends the manager over, for whom English is clearly not his 1st language, and he tells me that I don't understand English - it's only valid if there are 10 people or MORE. WTF? Eventually he succumbed, but it was ugly. And I don't think they're planning to change it. So.... beware!"
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "Authentic Cuban food and lively musical entertainment."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "I was looking for a well reviewed spot near the theater district and Guantanamera didn't disappoint. The service was great even when we were late for our reservation. Only one thing, the sweet plantains weren't sweet, they weren't ripe. We sent them back but the chef said they couldn't get them sweeter. They didn't charge us and the rest of the food was amazing."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Food was excellent, serving size was just right. A little on the noisy, but we knew that going in, plus the World Cup was going on. Very lively atmosphere! Excellent cocktails, especially the Mojiotos. A great find for mid- town area. Will definitely return."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "Way over priced Cuban food even for NYC. Now... If the food was well Seasoned and appropriately proportioned, this would be a different review. But sadly, the food is bland and missing all of the Cuban flavor I was hoping for!"
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "The live music was definitely a hit. It was awesome seeing people dancing and enjoying the music. The food was good. I had the stuffed chicken breast with sweet plaintains and mozarella cheese. I've had a similar dish at a restaurant in Brooklyn and I thought it was better there."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "Loved the atmosphere,red sangria and mojito was flavorful. Live band was wonderful and went very well with the fried calamari and paella mariner. Great atmosphere, great service and would highly recommend this establishment if you're looking for a great dinning experience"
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "A nice variety of appetizers and mains, with an assortment of adult beverages to wash everything down. The musicians showed up on stage around 9p. All in all, a good evening, which didn't break the bank."
    Dined on 6/3/2014
  • "We'd never noticed this place before but we really enjoyed our meal. In particular the seafood paella is a terrific dish."
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "A truly bad experience...food awful, service dreadful, menu write-ups misleading, noise level - very loud. In fact, the only positive was the very proactive and professional bus-boy...who really tried. I'd go to Taco Bell before I'd go back to Guantanemara."
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "good restaurant, service wasn't that appealing. dinner was good, but not amazing especially for the price. mostly had MSG experience with the food, not a huge fan. i hear they have good happy hour, maybe i'll shoot for that next time."
    Dined on 5/29/2014
  • "Great food, great drinks, and live music. Enough said."
    Dined on 5/29/2014
  • "This was great, authentic Cuban food. It is hard to find a place that specializes in Cuban - Spanish or Mexican sure but real Cuban can be a challenge. Our waiter "Gogo" was very attentive and warm. He offered suggestions and did not steer us wrong. I was also fortunate to try one of their hand-rolled cigars that evening after I left. I wish I was there to hear the live music, next time I will make it a point. As Gogo said, just slide the table to the side and you can dance the night away. Just don't leave without drinking some Cafe Cubano for desert."
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "I brought my parents to Guantanamera when they were visiting NYC. The ambiance, service, and food made for a wonderful experience. The paella was fantastic, as were the gambas al ajillo appetizer. The restaurant has a cigar roller who sits up at the front and rolls complimentary "fat boy" cigars which my Dad really enjoyed. All in all this was a lovely dining experience. "
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "Truly phenomenal food and Great live music, but very loud. We decided to sit downstairs because we were dining with old friends and wanted to be able to hear the conversation, but we will go back next time to eat and to listen - not to talk! "
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "Friendly service with a good environment. The black beans are delicious. There is live music on the weekends in the evening. "
    Dined on 5/8/2014
  • "I went there with my Boyfriend earlier this month (May). We had an early dinner (7.30), so we missed the live band. All I can say is that the service was really good (nice manager, waiters), the atmosphere was fun and the food was great. We had empanadas, Ceviche, Paella, yellow rice with shrimp, and chocolate fondant for dessert (yummy). I'm not a big fan of Mojitos, but my boyfriend said they were delicious. Have fun!"
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "Meals were on the small side for what they charged but nonetheless delicious. It became quite loud soon after we arrived so would make a great spot to eat before heading to a show or out later for the night."
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "This restaurant is great for the excellent service, food and music."
    Dined on 5/2/2014
  • "I love this restaurant the food was serve well and the steak I ate was just right my family love what they order and all the appetizer that we order like the fried yuca, tostones rellenos and fried calamares it was delicioso. The music was excellent is like inviting you to dance."
    Dined on 4/25/2014
  • "Usually go for dinner but did lunch this time. Food was very good as always but service was a bit slow. Water was never refilled and they got my firned's yellow rice request wrong and brought him white. Some of the sides came out a little bit too long after the main course had arrived. Love the place overall, though, and will certainly be back. "
    Dined on 4/23/2014
  • "We were greeted, everyone was kind and helpful. The atmosphere was comfortable. The meal was great. We will absolutely return. Thank you"
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "The food was awesome; very tasty and flavorful. The portions were reasonable, though not monstrous. Costs were reasonable. The staff were very engaging, efficient, and courteous. I would happily return. My wife and I both enjoyed our respective entrees and appetizers. "
    Dined on 4/19/2014