Cuba de Ayer

4.7
907 Reviews
$30 and under
Latin / Spanish
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.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 907 people are saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.8
food
4.6
service
4.5
ambience
4.6
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98% of people would recommend it to a friend
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TamiaL
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love this place! This week alone, I’ve had a girls night out, work related lunch and a date night. The service and food are always consistently great!

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AshleyA
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The ambiance is very romantic and cozy!

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OpenTable Diner
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

AmaZing. We go almost every month haha I tried almost all the menu (meats). Delicious. They have a lifetime customer! Alex our server was great!

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BillR
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience5

First day back for in restaurant seating and being Valentine's Day can forgive a slow kitchen. Food as always good and consistent. Had a nice surprise in that group of 12 picked up our meal tab.

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Japarican18
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was great, the customer service was great, and the ambiance was great. It was outdoor seating, but it is closed in tent and the heaters keep you very warm. The tables are also spaced out so you feel warm and safe.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 29, 2021
Overall3food5service5ambience1

It was way to cold. I suggest more heaters.
We could Drink and eat more if the cold was held better. Food was amazing

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JBijou
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

The food is delicious! They give great portions and the service is incredible.

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AshleyC
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We used to come here weekly before we moved out of state. When we knew we’d be in town we immediately made a reservation because we missed it so much. Keep doing what you’re doing!!

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ManuelP
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Food usually very good but this time one of the orders to go was not.
Service always great.
Drinks are very good.
My daughter will call to let the manager know about it. I at least expect the order to be replaced.
I will recommend cuba de ayer. We still going to eat there.

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Stace
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food. Very nice staff. Strict sanitation and Covid precautions that made me feel safe. Tent was warm! Can’t wait to go back soon.

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vipHowardT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was excellent. They went out of their way to give us an outside table that was not in the mostly-enclosed tent.

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vipRudyG
Baltimore
24 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Food is always excellent. Felt safe and all protocols followed.

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vipSparkling1
Washington DC
34 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was absolutely amazing. I lived in Miami for a couple years, and I love Cuban food. The ropa vieja was delicious, as were the empanadas. Everything we had was good. The service was prompt and the food came out quickly. Due to Covid, we were sitting in the outdoor tented area. There were several heaters and the tables were spaced apart. Nice and toasty! As for the ambience, when we stepped into the actual restaurant to announce our arrival, they had some nice music playing indoors. It would’ve been nice to have some of that music playing outside in the tent area as well, which could help distract you from the fact that you’re sitting in a parking lot. But I definitely plan to return.

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ValerieH
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

10/10 Recommend...my go to place for latin food!!!

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vipkingfish1md
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

we love this place great server this time we will be back

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OpenTable Diner
4 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I absolutely love this place!!!! Amazing food and customer service!

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ValerieH
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Never dissapoints!!! the lechon asado and those sweet plantains!!
10/10 Recommend.

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vipkingfish1md
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Are waiter was attentive, knowledgeable, professional and very suggestive he make me eat dessert LOL. best service ever!

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CarmenM
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Everything was great 👍🏼 Food, atmosphere and attention

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k9krew
Baltimore
11 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always delicious & excellent service.

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WillS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Food was so good, we went back the next day! A hidden gem!

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful service and great good

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DaianaT
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2020
Overall3food5service3ambience5

I’m not sure if it’s was due to only one waiter for the night, however I’ve had better experience in the past. We were not asked if we wanted more water or another drink. My wife decided to ask for two mojito and we only served one and the first two had no rum. We could have send it back and just cut our night early. However we were celebrating our anniversary and we stated let’s not get bother today out of all days. Management please assist to serve or call enough to cover different sitting areas. Just a suggestion.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was an amazing experience over all.

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GalaAt33
Baltimore
18 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Everything was great as always but waited about 45 minutes for our dinner prefer.

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vipFoodie19
Washington DC
88 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Good is always very good and service is great. Never received a dish I didn't like. Mojitos are delicious. We dined outside, and the servers turned on two heaters to make it more comfortable.

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vipkingfish1md
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love this place. Food is great and Margarita's are super

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food has yet to ever disappoint, and I appreciated the "expanded" patio area (tent seating) to add more outdoor dining space.

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PhilipK
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was my second visit in a three week time period. It had been a while since I had been prior. The food, drinks and whole experience was fantastic! I think they do a really nice job on keeping the environment clean and attempting to keep all their guests safe.

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LindaB
Richmond
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is always good here and they did a great job with the outside dining!

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AidaR
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service! Really Cuban flavor. We were six people and all of us are satisfied with service and food. Absolutely, recommended. The best Cuban restaurant in the DMV.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
193 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience2

First time dining here. Food was outstanding. Considering dining out during covid-19 I was great. We sat outside under cover with patio heaters. They take all precautions. I will enjoy coming back soon.

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vipCORKyVino
Washington DC
68 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A great COVID restaurant choice with indoor and warm outdoor seating. The servers take a precautions and advise guests to mask up when not eating or drinking. Great variety on menu for all to find something they like. Prices still make this a great value dining out experience.

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Cruz
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

All staff was friendly and very attentive. Music was at moderate level in which allow for a conversation without having to speak loudly or yell. Sanitize: I always clean my table with antibacterial wipes and this is the ONLY place that the wipe did not change color. Restaurant look elegance and as if it was newly renovated.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My first time visiting, my husband has been there before. I was craving real Cuban food and was pleasantly surprised with the restaurant, the food and the service. I wasn’t sure what to expect and with COVID19 issues. It was well worth it.

Thank you.

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Peggy
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

When dining outdoors you have to expect some noise no matter where you are. However, Cuba de Ayer has succeeded in making outdoor dining on a busy highway enjoyable.

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vipWilson
Washington DC
41 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

I made a reservation just in case so we got a table right away. There were only a few other groups dining at noon. The service was excellent and attentive. My meal was Lechon Asado with rice and red beans plus crispy plantains and very good. Took half home to have for dinner. Desert was Flan was was outstanding...The menu is very extensive and should cater to every possible taste for Cuban food.

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EAGB
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Everything was great, but we had a reservation for outside. We were placed in the sun. Umbrellas were broken.

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emmcee
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Vaca frita and churassco!! The best

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vipClaireR
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Perfect outdoor dining with great food and drinks.

FAQs

Cuba de Ayer does offer delivery in partnership with Postmates and Uber Eats. Cuba de Ayer also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (301) 476-9622.

Cuba de Ayer is rated 4.7 stars by 907 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.