Cuba de Ayer

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$30 and under
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Cuban
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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K
Baltimore
19 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

The service was great. It will take some time for the food to be delivered since it's all home made. The food was good for the price. The tres leches is delicious. My dish contained shrimp and they were large in size and ample in amount. My only complaint is directed towards the mojito. It was good, but not great, especially coming from a Cuban restaurant. There was too much lime therefore it wasn't a good balance between the lime and simple syrup. Otherwise, I would dine at Cuba de Ayer again.

k
Baltimore
18 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

nice place offering good food. wish there was more than one vegetarian hot entree option other than the vegetarian platter. Unfortunately, the vegetarian option is listed under the "seafood" section of the menu, which is quite misleading and misinformed. I would appreciate vegan options as well, like soups, other rice/bean dishes, hearty salads, etc.
the food is also quite salty.
i do like the hot sauce they make in house, and the tostones are great!

OT
Washington DC
49 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

We used to really enjoy Cuba de Ayer. There were 4 of us dining. The beans and rice mixture is dry. The vegetarian black beans were mostly liquid and very salty. The chicken stew dish (fricase de pollo) included only a very small portion of dark meat chicken but the s as ice was tasty. The bistec salteado was tough and very salty. The chicken in the arroz con pollo was dry and the rice, while plentiful, had a taste that wasn't consistent with traditional arroz con pollo. The pork lechon asada was probably the best of the 4 dishes. The best of the dinner was the sweet plantains. The server was responsive when we ordered but then seemed to disappear for the duration. Had to ask others for the check and other items.

AS
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good food, great service and a very good price. I will go back again.

JD
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I am a happy regular at Cuba de Ayer. On this occasion I took two friends for their first visit and they were equally satisfied.

D
Washington DC
29 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect, as always! It's no wonder people drive into Burtonsville just for this excellent restaurant!

RE
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Overall we enjoyed our visit and already plan on returning. Food was yummy and fresh, and the flan was AWESOME. That said, here are some details on our visit and why I gave a 4 star rating instead of a 5. We went on a Saturday night and were glad we made a reservation because it was crowded. Wait staff was friendly, our food order was correct, we didn't have to wait very long for it, but we did have to try repeatedly to get our servers attention to ask a second time for water and for a second round of drinks. They gave us extra wine since we had to wait, which was nice, but our plates had already been cleared at that point, so the timing was the problem.

L
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Outstanding experience overall. Although the food is delicious, it's got lots of sodium so I didn't feel great the next day. I'd suffer again though. :)

MM
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I absolutely love Cuba de ayer. The ambiance is wonderful and the food is amazing.

BM
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I have been coming to Cuba de Ayer since you opened. The food is consistently outstanding and the service is great. We always have a great time when we eat at Cuba de Ayer.

P
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food...as always! Will be back soon. Our server was very attentive .

DW
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love the atmosphere and staff!! Food is the best ever too!

PR
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

While it's not the easiest to find it's worth it. The food is fab and the staff is super nice. I normally don't care for mojitos I love theirs!!!

AH
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was delicious! I would definitely recommend! 10/10

D
Washington DC
29 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The finest dining experience in Burtonsville, it's no wonder people come from miles around to eat here. The food is top notch, always fresh and exciting. The service is amazing as the manager, Hal, is always present to greet customers with a smile. The staff cares about every aspect of the meal from seating you promptly - to delivering a top notch dining experience. When I am celebrating a special event or want to impress someone, I bring them here.

Try the mojitos - you will be really glad you did.

K
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

The expensive for regular steak and rice portions really small

CC
Baltimore
7 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Farewell dinner. Friends and I love this place so it was a perfect choice. The only reason it is a four is because they changed the hot sauce! It changed the experience because we were looking forward to it.

The music was great and the service even better.

MS
Western NC
2 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Delicious and high quality food! Would definitely recommend.

MM
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

My wife and I enjoyed a very pleasant dinner with a nephew in town on business. The food options, portions, presentation, and quality were very good. Service was friendly and helpful but a bit slow, considering the dining room was not especially busy. I would recommend it and will gladly return!

TK
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was excellent. It was our first time going and we will definitely be coming back

NM
Tampa
3 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We arrived 30 mins earlier than our reservation time and we were still seated immediately.

RS
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

One of our favorite spots for Cuban however a very disappointing night.

LT
Baltimore
23 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food, service and drinks. Authentic Cuban food

RD
Birmingham
2 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had family in from out of town and thought they would like the change in cuisine from our usual whenever they visit. Well they absolutely loved it and enjoyed their dessert also!

Additionally, we had a party of 8, but couldn’t make an online reservation for a party more than 7. I booked it under 7 but forgot to tell the hostess the correct number upon arrival. The manager (forgot to get his name) found us a spot in the already busy restaurant that accommodated our party of 8 and continuously checked on us to make sure we were comfortable.

The staff and chefs never disappoint. This restaurant has become our go to for all occasions thus far!

K
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

The food and service are exceptional! My only complaint is that the host did not seat my wife and I in an area away from the young families with screaming children. We were usually sat in a family friendly zone when my kids were little.

OT
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

Food quality has decreased. Fish were flavorless, and green plantains almost burnt.

S
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Outstanding food. Like the kind my mother in law would make and she was from Panama. Highly recommend.

OT
Baltimore
5 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We come for our anniversary and always have a great time.

SK
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cuba De Ayer’s food is so authentic, delicious with generous portions.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best Cuban I’ve had since I was in Miami

KB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, staff and ambiance! Try the Sangria! This was my first time there but I will definitely return

OT
Washington DC
45 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I've already recommended Cuba de Ayer to several friends! This hidden gem was an excellent choice for lunch with my close friend. I loved the oxtails. I'm trying to plan when I can get them again. The food is delicious. The decor is beautiful. The customer service was great. Thank you for a wonderful DC experience in Montgomery County, MD!

GR
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, service and ambiance. We enjoy ourselves and eat well every time we go.

OT
Baltimore
5 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great authentic Cuban food and great service.

LC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place was stunning I have been looking for Spanish food out here in MD that was close to my Puerto Rican roots and a friend recommended this place. I was very pleased food was so good the drinks were amazing as well

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great dining experience! Food is amazing with tremendous portions. 4th time there.

LA
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I were celebrating our anniversary on the 20th of June. I'm my short 46 years on earth I have never had a chance to truly experience an authentic Cuban cuisine. Until that day. They promised good service, great atmosphere and great food. Promise made, promise kept.

MD
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service... Food.... the drinks made by Teddy.... Amazing!!!!

SH
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Over the years of going to this restaurant they maintain consistent!

RD
Birmingham
3 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Son’s birthday