Guantanamera
Guantanamera

Guantanamera

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://guantanameranyc.com/
  • Phone: 2122625354
  • 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: Latin American, Cuban
  • 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
Guantanamera reviews from OpenTable diners
78 reviews since July 3, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.1
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelEnergetic
85% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (40)good for groups (31)fit for foodies (20)hot spot (19)special occasion (18)vibrant bar scene (16)late-night find (13)romantic (9)great for lunch (8)kid-friendly (4)notable wine list (2)great for brunch (1)scenic view (1)Show More
  • Chaming
    AC864
    Dined on 10/27/2014
    Looking for a nice meeting place for friends and found it. Service was first rate and food was delicious.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • SydneyVIP
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    Great food and wonderful Cuban music. Server was polite and friendly.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food, drinks and service is awesome
    laschicasdeci
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    Loved their basic Mojito. The Spanish wine we selected was excellent. Both, drink and wine were pleasantly smooth. Great for lunch and dinner. Would go there and invite others again.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, notable wine list, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 10/21/2014
    We went for lunch and the prix fixe proved to be an excellent deal though the portions were too large for me to finish. The service was very friendly, yet professional
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    Food was good, but it was EXTREMELY noisy. They have music and singing that produced a noise level that was above and beyond being able to have a conversation. We all became frustrated and ate and left.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good Cuban
    HH4evr
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    Good food - convenient location for pre-theatre dinner - what's not to like?
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Energetic ambiance
    FoodieNYC
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    Wonderful service and great food. The ambiance is always lively and energetic and our group of seven people did not leave disappointed. This is a great spot if you enjoy good food, live music, impromptu dancing from the diners and fun.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Nice eveninng
    FrankVIP
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    On my birthday we visited Guantanamera, excellent food and service.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Positive Review from a Miami Girl
    DCFoodieVIP
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    This was our first time dining at this restaurant. We used to live in Miami, so we cautious. However, the food exceeded expectations and was quite good. We went on a Friday night and there was a band playing. If you are looking for a quiet dinner, then probably not the best choice, but if you are looking for live music, it may be a good option.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Music
    marydb
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    We were pleasantly surprised to find there was live music on the Thursday night we were there. The music was amazing! Thank you! It made our evening.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great night out
    OutofTowner
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Best food we had while in New York. Not to be missed, but make a reservation as it is a busy place on Saturday night!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Happy place to wine and dine.......
    DISAPPOINTED
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    The restaurant is a great place to have a delicious Cuban food. The bar was hopping and the music was very entertaining.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Flat out amazing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    I come here ALL THE TIME. This review captures all of those experiences when my mom visited. Two words: Guava Crepes! OMFG!!! Combine that with the VERY hospitable service, firework candles for birthdays, amazing live music, and phenomenal food, and it's no wonder why I hear it's Eric Clapton's favorite spot in the city. Just go!!! PS...the ceviche also rocks!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • after theater
    lpnmd
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    Excellent food, many entrees, coming from south Florida (with many excellent Cuban restaurants) had low expectations but guantanamera was among best of the best. Despite late hour (23:15) vibrant scene with unexpected 3 man band playing authentic Cuban tunes inducing those closest to get up and dance. Service was good. Cigar roller absent but they had stock, received Panatella gratis, was of superb quality. Worth the 1100 mile drive.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    Food was mediocre , My churrasco steak was dry and bland. Coconut mojito was excellent though
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Good food, nice vibe
    NanaVIP
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    I love the food here and the vibe. You feel like for a moment you're transported out of the hustle and bustle of the city to a nice island. The music is always great and the staff is very cordial. The paintings on the wall are also very nice as well.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Cuban Restaurant
    JaydeeVIP
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    We ordered the special of the day and were most pleased with the variety of items included. It was a trip through Cuba without leaving NYC. Don't bother looking at the menu further, just order the daily special. I don't think they will steer you wrong. It will be one of my "go-to" places when I am next in Manhattan. That is is right down the street from Columbus Circle makes it even better. Great food and great service in a convenient location.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • FredKVIP
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    Our first time. The oxtail and pork chops were superb. We had an early dinner and were on our way out before the late evening crowd (and noise?) arrived. By the way, the Mojitos were, in fact, very good...almost as good as ours.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Absolutely Yummy & Scrumptious!
    dreamblu
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    Absolutely Scrumptious Cuban Dishes!!! Mojitos! Mojitos! Mojitos Are A Must! The Pan-Seared Chicken In Coconut Sauce With Cuban Rice & Beans, Fried Plantains, & Yucca Fritas With Cilantro Salsa Are Soooo Addictive & Yummy! The Live Cuban Band Was Superb! Great Meals, Drinks, & Music @Guantanamera!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Still great music!
    Lovewaterfrontshacks
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    I have been going to Guantanamera for many years. I went last week and I was disappointed with the food. It's not what it used to be. I think they changed the menu too. Thanks God for the music. They still have the same band which is dynamite!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • NYC must
    Tricie70816VIP
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    The first time we ate here was 3 years ago on our last night in NY. Well I liked it so much I kept the name in my phone and when we went to NYC last week, we had to go back! We had dinner, sat and listened to music so long, we ended up ordering an appetizer and a dessert and more drinks! We went back two nights later for dessert and drinks! Love this place and when I go back next year, I'll be right there for my pineapple Mojito!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Food!
    Marina
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Very tasty! A portion size is large. It can be shared
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2004
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    Lovely. Fun and nice restaurant. The food is very good and the ambiance is great.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Find It Like IT!
    MainEaterVIP
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    This was a very good restaurant near Columbus Circle. Short Wait for hot dishes and very good drinks. High noise level so don't plan to settle an argument it may seem as if you are yelling. But the food was excellent
    Special Features:
    late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Meal and Service
    ByrdVIP
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    We had a great time and meal. The only reason for the 4 stars is the menu on Open Table and online were outdated. It was sticker shock when we arrived.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Just Delicious!
    Linda
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Outstanding Food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Everything we had here was great. The empanadas and chicken soup were great starters. The churrasco con chimichurri was excellent and a large serving. The desserts were also outstanding.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, late-night find, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Changed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    We did not find the food to be impressive. The pitcher of sangria at $45 was almost as expensive as our two entrees.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Know what to expect
    MovedonfromSpam
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    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.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food, amazing service!
    HappyVIP
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    The food was great, the service even better than that! Highly recommend.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Decor is nice and friendly staff
    Unimpressed
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Food was lacking flavor for a latin restaurant...found it to be very bland. Entrees not worth the upscale price...
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good but not amazing
    TomM
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    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.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food; music too LOUD.
    Anne
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great!
    JosyVIP
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    Love this place! I am Cuban & the food is authentic & good. Music is great, good ambiance. The service is friendly, helpful.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A party after 8:00 Friday-Sunday!
    Steve
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice night!
    FAC123VIP
    Dined on 7/7/2014
    Good good, good service. Band was a little loud but still set the mood. Decent prices for Midtown. Would go back again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • cuban food really?
    ArteVIP
    Dined on 7/7/2014
    misleading, mexican maybe.........spanish maybe.......but real cuban food not so much!
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Nice
    spiderguyVIP
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food
    DaveVIP
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    Fantastic location, great food and drink and accommodating with large parties.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Will be back
    FoodieNYC
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 38 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 3, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.2
    • Food4
    • Ambiance4
    • Service4.3
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
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