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About 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.

15446 Old Columbia Pike
Burtonsville, MD 20866
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Cuban, Latin / Spanish, Caribbean

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

Cross Street:
Route 198 & Route 29

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(301) 476-9622

Website:
http://www.cubadeayerrestaurant.net/

Catering:
We do Catering and delivery for large groups of 20 to 500 or more
please call and ask for Guillermo Bustamante

Executive Chef:
Mayra Lopez

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
Birthdays, Rehearsal Dinners, Graduations, Retirement, Going away, Book Clubs, Business luncheons, all special events.

Cuba de Ayer Ratings and Reviews

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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.6

ambience

4.5

value

4.5

Noise

Moderate

100% would recommend it to a friend

Authentic (30)
Casual (29)
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Good for Birthdays (23)
Worth the Drive (23)
Neighborhood Gem (23)
Special Occasion (22)
Kid-friendly (21)
Good for Groups (20)
Great for Lunch (20)
Romantic (19)
Good for Anniversaries (18)
Fun (18)
Cozy (15)
Comfort Food (14)
Fit for Foodies (14)
Bar Seating (11)
Creative Cuisine (11)
Happy Hour (8)
Quiet Conversation (8)
Sunday Lunch (8)
Afternoon Coffee (6)
Business Meals (6)
Hot Spot (6)
Spicy (6)
Quick Bite (5)
Live Music (4)
Local Ingredients (4)
Pre/post Theatre (4)
Tasting Menu (4)
Handcrafted Cocktails (4)
Healthy (3)
Great for Brunch (2)
Late-night Find (2)
Great for Outdoor Dining (2)
Tapas (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Disabled Access (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Live Sports (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
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 (Washington DC)·Dined 4 days ago

Haven't been in years and had to ask myself why! Love this place. Went for lunch and everything was great and reasonable.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Fun, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Great for Lunch, Quick Bite, Cozy
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 (Baltimore)·Dined 6 days ago

My husband and I eat here often and really like the food. However, on Valentine's Day and other times when I have made a reservation at least a week in advanced I have asked to be seated in a booth. I was really disappointed that we didn't get a booth. This has happened to us 3 times. If this could be fixed my experience as your customer would be totally satisfied.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 6 days ago

Came here on Valentine's day and it was packed. Our reservation was pushed but only by about 10-15 minutes, so no biggie. Food was nothing extraordinary, but the portion sizes are hefty. Overall, a good place for a weeknight dinner, would not come here to impress a date.

Tags: Casual, Great for Lunch
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 (Washington DC)·Dined 6 days ago

I've been going to Cuba de Ayer for years, prior to their expansion, and they continue to surpass my expectations! The ambiance of the restaurant is great, from the decor to the music and just the buzz surrounding the restaurant! The wait staff were polite and attentive. I've been working my way through the menu over the years and would recommend the Lechon Asado (Cuban roasted Pork Marinated in “mojo criollo” (citrus marinade) dressed with onions) is excellent! Since this was Valentine's Day, we couldn't have spent it at a better restaurant!

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Fun, Afternoon Coffee, Spicy, Romantic, Casual, Special Occasion
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 (Baltimore)·Dined 6 days ago

Our second time here, and it was even more delicious than the first time. We ordered two specials -- pork ribs and steak -- and they were both exceptional. The rum cake is also fantastic. We will absolutely be back!

Tags: Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion
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 (Baltimore)·Dined 6 days ago

This was our first time here and are looking forward to going back. Food was delicious and service was supurb.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Delicious, as always! Been here more than a dozen times and have never been dissapointed.

Tags: Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Authentic
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 9, 2018

Always a joy and culinary treat to dine at Cuba de Ayer!! The food, ambiance and service are always top notch. We brought two friends for their first time and they loved it. Both said they would bring other back.
For a pleasant and tasteful evening this is a wonderful place.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Loved the food -- but our table was adjacent to an unused door to the outside (so there was a cold draft coming in) and directly under a speaker (so the music was loud, making conversation difficult).

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Fun
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 1, 2018

Had a wonderful experience at Cuba de Ayer restaurant in Burtonsville, MD. We were seated in a very good and relatively quite location of the dining area. Our waitress Elsie was very nice and answered all of our questions regarding the menu, and explained the various entrees and preparation of certain dishes. She was very friendly and helpful, plus she made our first visit a truly nice experience.
Elsie did not rush us to order our food. She perfectly understood that we were two friends that had not seen each other in a long timr, just trying to catch up.
We started off with a variety of empanadas for the appetizer, followed by a side salad for the first course. We both ordered steak dishes for our entrees. I had the Bistec Palomilla, and my friend had the Ropa Vieja. Both dishes were very flavorful and delicious.
If you are looking for a friendly, laid back atmosphere with hearty delicious food, that is a true gem. Then this restaurant is a great find. We really enjoyed ourselves and plan to return soon.

Tags: Comfort Food, Kid-friendly, Good Vegetarian Options, Cozy, Good for a Date, Healthy, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Business Meals, Spicy, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Casual, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Good but not great, prices reasonable, excellent service. Would go back.

Tags: Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Cuba de Ayers never disappoints. My friend and I enjoyed a great dinner complete with Cuban coffee and tres leche. Our server was a very nice girl. (I wish I could remember her name!) We both decided to try something new and ordered bistec palomilla, which was recommended by our server. It was DELICIOUS!! The meat was tender and flavorful. It went well with the sweet plantains. Our sever was very attentive and checked on us pretty regularly. She was very sweet and pleasant. We’ve been there other times and the service wasn’t as good. But it’s hard to stay away from great food. It will be very difficult for me to pick a dish to enjoy the next time I go back!!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Excellent food. Good service.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 26, 2018

I enjoyed the red snapper, but not the "crunchy" plantains. The service is friendly and efficient.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Its always a great experience coming here. The waitress we had could of been a bit nicer and attentive, but other than that everything was good.

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 (Indiana)·Dined on January 20, 2018

I felt the music was a little loud, but overall, I was very happy with the food and the experience.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Casual
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on January 19, 2018

Fantastic service, good mojitos, good food, delicious dessert and coffee at a very reasonable price.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Tasting Menu
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 (Louisville)·Dined on January 19, 2018

Food was so delicious! This was my first time here, and I would go back weekly. My husband has been two other times, and the food has never disappointed.

Tags: Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 10, 2018

The food, as usual, was delicious. Enjoyed the live music. Wish it was closer to me, but always worth the long drive.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Casual, Fun, Creative Cuisine, Live Music, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 9, 2018

Sooo delicious and the service was great. Also great decor.

Tags: Fun, Quiet Conversation, Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Casual, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 6, 2018

We were having a family dinner the drive for us is an hour but we love the Mojitos and drinks as well as the food. Price and portions are Excellent. Our adult kids look forward to family gatherings here. The friends we have taken to Cuba de Sayre all agree the drive is worth it!!

Tags: Bar Seating, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Casual, Romantic, Happy Hour, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Comfort Food, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Baltimore)·Dined on January 5, 2018

Nothing special but good

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 4, 2018

Snapper is the best. Trout is also tasty.

Appetizers interesting

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Food was good and service was efficient and friendly. Enjoyed the sangria.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New England)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Always a delight to eat at this place. Awesome food and environment.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 27, 2017

The music on Wednesday evenings is outstanding and beautiful. Still not sure why they make you wait until your entire group (even though 4 of 6 were present on time) arrives before seating. Note to groups: be on time, its really annoying to have to wait in the extremely small vestibule until you arrive.
I ordered the Arroz Con Pollo, which usually is awesomely delicious. However, this particular day it came out very dry as if it was the bottom of the pot.

Tags: Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Comfort Food
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Never ever disappointed with Cuba de Ayer. Food was delicious. Staff was terrific. Well-run restaurant.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 19, 2017

Great neighborhood gem! We were a group of 4 and every dish that came out of the kitchen was flavorful and delicious. The only thing I missed was a cocktail menu... maybe it's only offered at the bar, but I didn't see any cocktails on their drink list. Otherwise, this place is amazing and I can't believe it's tucked away in a nondescript shopping center in Burtonsville!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Bar Seating, Good for Groups, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Celebrated my birthday on the 16th of December at Cuba De Ayer. Amazing food and service. Drinks are really good! Really great for an occasion.

Tags: Business Meals, Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Sunday Lunch, Romantic, Authentic, Late-night Find, Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, Hot Spot, Happy Hour
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on December 15, 2017

The staff were cooperative and courteous. Several people in my party were delayed due to the weather and 2 no shows. The host graciously allowed us to be seated and our delayed parties arrived shortly thereafter. We ordered dinner without incident. The food was delicious.

Tags: Fun, Romantic, Cozy, Pre/post Theatre, Casual, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 10, 2017

Wonderful food. Slow kitchen. Great wait staff.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Cuba De Ayer is a go to when my family gets together for dinner. I have never had a dish that I didn't like from the menu. The empanadas are fabulous!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Comfort Food, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Great for Brunch, Kid-friendly, Good for Groups, Cozy, Casual, Handcrafted Cocktails, Authentic
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on December 2, 2017

The food is delicious and authentic! Everything that we ordered was enjoyed by all. The guava mojito is a favorite!!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Good drinks, specially mojitos. The food is very great too!

Tags: Casual, Great for Lunch, Authentic, Bar Seating, Good for Birthdays, Kid-friendly
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 24, 2017

I have visited numerous times and have not been disappointed. The food is excellent as is the service. I would recommend making a reservation...

Tags: Tasting Menu, Good for Anniversaries, Kid-friendly, Great for Lunch, Fun, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Good Vegetarian Options, Authentic, Good for Groups, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Baltimore)·Dined on November 22, 2017

Cuba de Ayer is a great Cuban cuisine restaurant located in Burtonsville, MD. The entrees are fresh and authentic as they come. The Steak with rice and black beans are fantastic as was the Salmon entree. The fried plantains were delicious dipped in their garlic oil. All around they deserve 5 stars for their authentic cuban meals. Awesome.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Great food, good service, although a little loud! My wife and I enjoy going there for date night!

Tags: Cozy, Business Meals, Good for a Date, Romantic, Fun, Good for Anniversaries, Comfort Food, Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Bar Seating, Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Authentic, Special Occasion
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on November 18, 2017

The experience was top notch, as usual.

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on November 17, 2017

THEy gave us rhe food at the same time as the appetizers

Tags: Good for a Date, Romantic
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 17, 2017

A very good date night for my wife and I. We almost went again on Sunday night - we just couldn’t get there before closing. 😉

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Authentic
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