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Cuba de Ayer

4.7
4.7
1119 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.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 12 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Latin / Spanish, Cuban, Caribbean

  • Hours of operation

    Tue–Thu, Sun 11:30 am–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 11:30 am–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (301) 476-9622

  • Payment options

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

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive chef

    Mayra Lopez

  • Catering

    We do Catering and delivery for large groups of 20 to 500 or more <br />please call and ask for Guillermo Bustamante

  • Private party facilities

    Our Semi Private rooms can provide from 30 to 50 guests.

  • Private party contact

    Guillermo Bustamante: (301) 476-9622

  • Neighborhood

    Silver Spring

  • Cross street

    Route 198 & Route 29

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 1,119 people are saying

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Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.6Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Maryland - DC Suburbs

    Best Value

  • Maryland - DC Suburbs

    Kid Friendly

  • Maryland - DC Suburbs

    Fit for Foodies

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  1. NM

    NancyM

    Washington DC

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our server was awesome and the food is always great!
  2. d

    davidt

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    Nice place in a very convenient location with ample outdoor seating.
  3. FS

    FabioS

    Washington DC

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a great dinner celebrating my brother's birthday yesterday. He had never had Cuban food before and enjoyed it very much. Plus, the mojitos are always great there.
  4. D

    Devel11

    Washington DC

    21 reviews

    3.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on August 7, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    Not the best ever Cuban food spoken of in reviews, good but not superlatively good. Initial order taker left us alone in the corner for others. Table server more than made up, but still initial people need to be more observant.
  5. CD

    CraigD

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Love the food, it was excellent! The service was great, our waitress was super nice and knowledgeable and provided great recommendations.
  6. ML

    MaryL

    Baltimore

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is a fabulous restaurant-food is wonderful and service is attentive and very, very good!
  7. D

    Desichick

    Philadelphia

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on August 5, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    We made reservations on our way over and they sat us down quickly - no wait and we were 15 minutes early. We enjoyed everything we tried. I was disappointed with the portion size for the ceviche - $17.99 and it was maybe 1/2 cup portion for 4. We were fine because we also ordered empanadas as an appetizer - which were delicious! We all enjoyed our entrees. The best black beans I’ve ever had. Drinks were okay - nothing to call home about. Bathrooms were nice and clean.
  8. DW

    DorinaW

    Washington DC

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on August 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and service. We've been going to Cuba de Ayer for over 20 years now and have never had a bad experience!
  9. KH

    KatrinaH

    Washington DC

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I had the best experience there. The empanadas were amazing. We both had steak dishes. You could clearly tell that they cooked it with love. We both cleaned our plates. The staff was super friendly and timely. Loved it!!
  10. J

    Jaime

    Baltimore

    15 reviews

    4.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    The food was genuine, real, very good. I enjoyed a great tasting lechon asado acompanied by moros y cristianos black rice and beans, and sweet plantains ("maduros"). Being a Friday at 6 PM, the restaurant was busy and well attended, with a few tables open. All was clean and neat.
  11. FT

    FThomas

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience3
    Pleasant surroundings; tasty food.
  12. e

    eclectivore

    Baltimore

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    This place has been a source of delicious, authentic Cuban food for a long time, and keeps up its reputation. Best Cuban sandwiches outside of Miami and great mojitos. Have been eating there for more than a decade and keep going back.
  13. DS

    DonaldS

    Birmingham

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Awesome please for authentic Cuban food. Found this place by mistake several years ago when my son was in grade school down the road. Was back in the area just had to stop. How did this place get to Burtonsville. You would think it would be in downtown DC it is so classy.
  14. AS

    AnthonyS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food, excellent service! Highly recommend
  15. j

    jensw

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 20, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience3
    One family member ordered from appetizer menu for his dinner but it was brought out early before the other entrees. That’s forgivable but a more observant staff would have followed up. Flies at our table after entrees were served!! They were so bothersome that we had to request to be reseated. Food used to be excellent but it has declined over the last few years. Chicken was dry. Rice tasted like old was mixed with new. Overall, food lacked flavor with no additional seasonings available to overcome the blandness. Quality did not match prices.
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a wonderful meal. The atmosphere was lovely, staff were very friendly and the service was excellent. The food was delicious- my favorite was my dish the ropa vieja- the beef has amazing flavor. Also our appetizers were fabulous- loved the shrimp and avocado and the empanadas. Our drinks were perfect- margaritas, mojitoS and the rum punch**. Thank you for a fabulous dining experience, we will definitely be back!
  17. AS

    AndrewsSal

    Des Moines

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall3food2service5ambience3
    Food was a bit cold. In particular the Pernil. Amount of beans is so small.
  18. J

    Justanaveragepatron

    Baltimore

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on July 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and service as always
  19. D

    Dinnerlover

    Washington DC

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on June 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food is always amazing. Nice waitress and delicious drinks
  20. DW

    DorinaW

    Washington DC

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on June 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service and great authentic Cuban food!!
  21. I

    Ivettec

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Marcella was the best server, she was soo sweet. Food and drinks were amazing. Sat outside with beautiful weather. Did not take long for appetizers and food
  22. RD

    RobinD

    Birmingham

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was great!
  23. GG

    GeGi

    Baltimore

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had an outstanding lunch here. The food was wonderful. I recommend ordering a side vegetable with your meal or it is very heavy on meat.
  24. SR

    SandraR

    Baltimore

    9 reviews

    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Food is always delicious! Chuletas yummm! Also try the Sangria!
  25. T

    Techsan68

    Washington DC

    178 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    178 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Cuba de Ayer offers an excellent fare for lovers of Cuban cuisine who otherwise would have to take a trip to Miami. My favorite is the Red Snapper, which is delicately fried and served with black beans and white rice and mature plantains. The restaurant also has a full bar serving all the traditional Cuban cocktails plus other Latin American treats. Service is friendly and the music is not too loud.
  26. n

    nicoled

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service3ambience4
    Awesome food... consistent
  27. V

    Vbcole

    Baltimore

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I love this place, eat here often. Ambiance is beautiful, interior decor is cozy and inviting, we sat on outdoor patio. Love the piped in Cuban music - felt like I was in Miami at one of the Cuban restaurants on Ocean drive (they need to bring back the palm trees they used to have on the outdoor patio). Food is always fresh and exceptional, drinks are potent, staff is friendly. Would absolutely recommend and will be returning.
  28. JC

    JayCee

    Philadelphia

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious food, yummy desserts, great drinks, good service. What more can you ask for? :)
  29. T

    Tara

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service! Great food and drinks were as described and very good! This was our first time visiting but it will not be the last.
  30. AB

    AlexandraB

    New Orleans

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We love coming here for the food and the ambience
  31. ED

    ElizabethD

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Awesome service
  32. L

    Louie

    Washington DC

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on June 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great and always consistent
  33. MP

    MariaP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The food here is always so good. Been coming to Cuba de Ayer for years, and it's only getting better. In the past the service has been slow, but yesterday it was packed and the food came to the table very fast. Thanks, and keep up whatever you are doing to make your restaurant the success it is.
  34. BW

    BWIcats

    Baltimore

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Service was superb. Most of the meats were over cooked. The tostones were not crispy and light. They were super crispy and hard. Cafe con leche was fabulous. Rice and black beans were delicious, although the beans while very tasty were a bit salty.
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 3, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Graduation
  36. d

    debbieiv

    Baltimore

    31 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on June 3, 2022

    overall4food2service5ambience3
    Our server was great. But she had too many tables. The empanadas were amazing. The steak dish I had was dry and not hot.
  37. DW

    DorinaW

    Washington DC

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Cuba de Ayer is far the best Cuban restaurant in the area. Authentic food!! And great service and drinks.
  38. f

    frequentdiner

    Baltimore

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on May 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always good food, excellent service and comfortable atmosphere!
  39. KM

    KittyMarie

    Washington DC

    24 reviews

    3.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience3
    Dined in a group of four. Entrees were delicious. The wine and beer were fine; one of us had a mojito, which was not good. There strangest thing was that one salad arrived immediately, then for entrees, then the second salad. Overall, a little rocky...
  40. CC

    ChristopherC

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food and service is always exceptional! FYI the tres leches is a must have!

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • 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

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 1119 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 12 times today
Google Map for Cuba de Ayer

15446 Old Columbia Pike, Burtonsville, MD 20866

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Route 198 & Route 29

  • Neighborhood

    Silver Spring

  • Hours of operation

    Tue–Thu, Sun 11:30 am–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 11:30 am–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Latin / Spanish, Cuban, Caribbean

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Payment options

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

  • Executive chef

    Mayra Lopez

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (301) 476-9622

  • Catering

    We do Catering and delivery for large groups of 20 to 500 or more <br />please call and ask for Guillermo Bustamante

  • Private party facilities

    Our Semi Private rooms can provide from 30 to 50 guests.

  • Private party contact

    Guillermo Bustamante: (301) 476-9622

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