Enable JavaScript to run this app.
Skip to Main Content
OpenTable logo
  1. Home
  2. United States
  3. Washington, D.C. Area
  4. Maryland - DC Suburbs
  5. Silver Spring

Cuba de Ayer

4.7
4.7
1175 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.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 39 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

Popular dishes

What 1,175 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.6Value

NoiseModerate

Sort by

Filters

  1. JM

    JasonM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The only place in MD to get authentic, delicious Cuban experience.
  2. SK

    SusanK

    Baltimore

    26 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on January 26, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our server Astrid was wonderful! All of the food was great. We had the sopa de res, which was hearty and delicious. The ropa vieja was very authentic and special. The atmosphere was warm and friendly. I highly recommend this neighborhood gem.
  3. J

    Jeff

    Washington DC

    20 reviews

    4.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on January 22, 2023

    overall4food5service4ambience3
    Great, genuine Cuban cuisine! One of the best in the DC/Balto area.
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Baltimore

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 21, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and service
  5. CO

    CORKyVino

    Washington DC

    86 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    86 reviews

    Dined on January 20, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Cuba de ayer is a great location for just a dinner out as well as an authentic Cuban cuisine destination. Mojitios are refreshing. So many appetizer choices to start the meal and then good luck choosing your entree because there are many items that call out to you from seafood, to arroz con pollo to classic pernil and steak entrees. Save room for dessert or take it home for later!
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Baltimore

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 14, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is one of my favorite places. The food and service is always good.
  7. EB

    EdwardB

    Baltimore

    8 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on January 13, 2023

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    Pretty disappointing. Had two recommendations neither of which were particularly good nor did they get served warm. Staff was friendly but not worth a return trip for me.
  8. T

    Tomcat

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 7, 2023

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    The food and atmosphere very good. Also enjoyed a really nice selection of music made you want to dance after eating dinner. The empanadas were excellent,
  9. MP

    MzParker

    Washington DC

    21 reviews

    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on January 6, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and service, per usual. Most authentic Cuban food that I’ve experience since living in Havana. Dang it …we forgot to snap pics this time.
  10. f

    frequentdiner

    Baltimore

    25 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on January 6, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My favorite gathering place with great food and friendly people!
  11. SR

    SandyR

    Washington DC

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on January 4, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The food and the service were excellent. My meal was very large, and I took some of it home.
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Baltimore

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Tasty food, well prepared as always. Bar drinks are also good.
  13. CT

    CynthiaT

    Baltimore

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Excellent plantain chips and avocado salsa
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing experience every time!!
  15. LR

    LynnR

    Washington DC

    17 reviews

    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on December 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was great, our server Luis, was personable and attentive!
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Yo le recomiendo este restaurante, todos fueron muy amables y la comida muy buena. I recommend this restaurant, everyone was very friendly and the food was very good
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 24, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    We had Christmas Eve dinner here. Noche Buena. I’m Cuban born and. n tell you that the food tasted like it was made by my grandmother. It was exquisitely seasoned and perfectly cooked. Service was amazing.
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    39 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    39 reviews

    Dined on December 24, 2022

    overall3food5service3ambience3
    The pernill was really good, Asado viejo wasn’t too shabby either, chocolate cake was surprisingly good and the tres leche cake was way too sweet.
  19. JT

    JoanT

    Washington DC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 23, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    My first time. Also my first Cuban food experience. Perfect night. Food was great. Good service. Place decorated really festive for Christmas. Really relaxed atmosphere. Save room for dessert. The tres leeches cake was fabulous!
  20. LK

    LombusoK

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 17, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Good service, good atmosphere, and great time! Will come back
  21. RK

    ReenieK

    Baltimore

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    It’s always wonderful at CDA. I absolutely love their pernil and order it every time I’m there. Good service. Our only complaint, and it’s minor, is that our entrees came out so quickly, we weren’t quite ready for them. BUT…we were there with good friends chatting away faster than eating. Our waitress was very grateful and we sat there long after we were done eating. Overall, it’s a relaxed easy place to get food. I’ll be back many more times.
  22. f

    frequentdiner

    Baltimore

    25 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on December 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Really a local gem, best food and best service.
  23. MJ

    MariaJ

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 4, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Good to have Cuban restaurant near me. Cook can ease on salt. Maybe some like it salty but some may not. Service was excellent. Ambience is good.
  24. Z

    Zorba

    Washington DC

    125 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    125 reviews

    Dined on December 3, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Rice Seafood dish was very good. Service was super knowledgable and very friendly.
  25. RF

    RusF

    Houston

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on November 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We've tried nearly every Cuban restaurant within an hour's drive and like this one the best. The menu is genuine and perfect, including classics like vaca frita, ropa vieja, and palomilla chicken and steak that can be found at many others. But they also offer bolice, beef empanizado, and other traditional dishes that can be harder to find. The boliche is fantastic and as good as any that I've had!
  26. TM

    TheresaM

    Baltimore

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I’ve always enjoyed the food and ambience here! 3 out of 6 of our guests have never been and had a good time. I will definitely keep going back.
  27. BB

    BarbaraB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best Cuban restaurant around we frequent Cuba de Aller
  28. TA

    TravelerA

    Washington DC

    16 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Excellent Cuban food. Roast pork and seafood dishes are great. I would pass on the Ropa Vieja. Outstanding service.
  29. f

    frequentdiner

    Baltimore

    25 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on November 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The best restaurant with the best food and the best service.
  30. DW

    DorinaW

    Washington DC

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on November 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love this place! Great food and customer service.
  31. MP

    MariaP

    Orlando

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food, amazing service. Cuba de Ayer is a family favorite.
  32. CG

    ChrystalGM

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great dinner experience -we'll definitely be back!
  33. D

    Daphne

    Washington DC

    13 reviews

    4.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on November 2, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Our waitress was very nice but the ‘manager’ was not pleasant when we asked for r fills on our ic d tea our waitress was very busy and it looked like the manager could have helped us but she didn’t.
  34. DW

    DorinaW

    Washington DC

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on October 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and service.
  35. KP

    KatyP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food and service every time we go! Best mojito and empanadas around!
  36. f

    frequentdiner

    Baltimore

    25 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on October 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent place to meet and dine as locals. Good food and great service !
  37. CP

    CynthiaP

    Washington DC

    20 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on October 15, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    We've lived nearby for more than 30 years, but this was our first time eating at this neighborhood gem. My husband and I really enjoyed our meals. I had the Ropa Vieja, and my husband had Rabo Encendido. We shared a slice of Cuban Rum Cake for dessert. Everything was delicious, presented nicely, and came out incredibly fast (faster than the dessert!). We ate inside, and there is a large covered outdoor area. Parking is tricky, but there is plenty of parking in front of nearby shops.
  38. MB

    MelissaB

    Baltimore

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 15, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Excellent, fresh, and tasty.
  39. M

    Miche

    Washington DC

    62 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    62 reviews

    Dined on October 14, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience4
    Had not been to Cuba de Ayer since the beginning of the pandemic; smaller portions and entrees not as tasty--even the house hot sauce is more vinegar than hot; only thing that is unchanged is the flan--spectacular
  40. k

    k9krew

    Baltimore

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on October 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was delicious, as always. Our go-to place when we have out of town guests.

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 1175 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 39 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

  • Privacy Policy
  • Terms of Use
  • Cookies and Interest-Based Ads
  • Do Not Sell or Share My Personal Information
Copyright © 2023 OpenTable, Inc. 1 Montgomery St Ste 700, San Francisco CA 94104 - All rights reserved.
OpenTable is part of Booking Holdings, the world leader in online travel and related services.
Booking LogoPriceline LogoKAYAK LogoAgoda LogoRentalcars LogoOpenTable Logo