Cuba de Ayer

4.6
744 reviews
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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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j
Washington DC
33 reviews
Dined 20 hours ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved the food and our waitress. Music was way too loud. We watched a woman with a baby leave as the noise was too much.

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OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

The good food is the main reason I come to this restaurant. I’ve been here twice previously, so I knew the food was good. Unfortunately, during this specific visit (it happened to also be Easter Sunday), the waiter made a mistake with my order. The waiter was pleasant and friendly, but seemed new or overwhelmed. As for the meal, both mine and my friend’s food was well-prepared and well-seasoned. This is one of my favorite places for the chicken and rice dish I get. Ultimately, we enjoyed our outing, so I will definitely be back!

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BV
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server was very attentive. She made sure we had everything and came back to check on us frequently.

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OT
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have gone to a few Cuban restaurants in Maryland. Cuba de Ayer has the best food, atmosphere, and service. I chose this restaurant for my birthday.

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LF
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Cuba de Ayer was delicious as always. This was my friend’s first time and she loved it! We started with the empanadas, which were a big hit especially with the special hot sauce. Next was the avocado & shrimp in garlic sauce. Heavenly!! Then we decided to try two dishes I had not had before: pollo empanizado and the lechon asado. Both were delicious, but I really liked the lechon asado. Such a flavorful dish!! We split both dishes so we could enjoy a little bit of everything.

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OT
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best restaurants me and my wife have ever been to. We have bee. Going here for years. Everything is great there.

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MB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Love this place. Good with or without kids -- but lately we like it because our toddler EATS!

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LT
Baltimore
19 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great food. Really nice interior. Excellent menu choices, I want to go back and try more things. Roast pork, steak and shrimp was so good. Tres Leches was awesome.

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EB
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love this restaurant for any occasion. The food is very good and the service is great. My fav is the vaca frita with crispy plantains and broiled Yuca!

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PK
Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Love the food, and the service is friendly. We were a little disappointed during our last visit when we three couples at one table (we had requested separate checks) were told we could use only one coupon.

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OF
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I thought the food was absolutely fantastic. Very similar to Miami Cuban cuisine.

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AT
Baltimore
7 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I think for the size of the restaurant they should change the bathrooms to unisex? But overall, excellent !

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AB
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

Service and food are usually very good. This time service was not as fast and my food was not as expected.

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AB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love the place, great food and ambience....owner always looking for ways to make your experience exceptional! Muy bueno!!!! Once a week is my goal!

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D
Washington DC
27 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The crown Jewel of Burtonsville.

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M
Baltimore
49 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Always enjoy the shrimp and avocado appetizer that must be accompanied with bread for mopping up that sauce. My son loved the oxtails. Teddy was a very good and attentive server.

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K
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Dining at Cuba De Ayer was great. I haven't been in over a few years, but the expanded location was definitely nice to see as the restaurant should grow as it serves up delicious latin food. I will say that the chicken noodle soup bowl was HUGE. However, it lacked some of the flavors I typically enjoy. The steak was solid, but the drinks were definitely on point.

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S
Baltimore
67 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

If you get nothing else at Cuba de Ayer, get the shrimp and avocado appetizer! The components meld effortlessly and the sauce is amazing. Make sure to get one order of bread to dip in the sauce. The tuna special was quite tasty. The trout was adequate, a little dry, nothing special. The pork dish called something like Perbil was delicious. The sweet plantains are not the best we've had. I expect them to be melt in your mouth gooey; these were not soft enough. All portion sizes were above average. The cocktails were yummy.

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MA
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food & drinks are always fabulous!! Highly recommend Cuba de Ayer!!

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AD
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love Cuba De Ayer!!! One of my favorites and go to’s! Never fails! Never Disappointed! The Best Cuban in the DC area!

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AG
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing place, exquisite food, excellent prices. Would love to go back at least twice a month!

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C
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Everything during my visit was great! The service, quality, and ambiance were perfect. Will be back and will definitely recommend this restaurant.

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F
Baltimore
6 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time. I will return

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TK
Baltimore
8 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We came as a group for a birthday/going away celebration for a coworker. All the food was good. Two of the people in our group didn’t like their meals but they were easily and quickly replaced. Otherwise everyone was more than satisfied.

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SJ
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cuba de Ayer is probably one of the best restaurants in the DMV area. Food quality is always great, service wonderful, and just the atmosphere is relaxing.

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M
Baltimore
6 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We always have great food when we come here. Servers are very attentive. I was always a Tres Leches kinda gal but their Flan has me questioning everything!! 😂

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RB
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Cuba de Ayer lives up to everything you would expect from a Caribbean/Cuban restaurant. The ambiance is colorful and inviting although a bit loud for conversation. I think the noise level actually reflects the enjoyment of the customers. The food is Excellent, service is great and the place is hopping with happy, fun customers! We will definitely return and recommend this restaurant.

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JD
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dinner was great as usual, no complaints. Minor mistake with my order was corrected quickly and with no drama. Great place for a good meal!

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CT
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

I’ve gone to Cuba de Ayer for many years and this was the first time I was truly disappointed. We had reservations but we’re seated at a two-too near the front window. It was so cold that all three of the diners seated next to window had to eat dinner with their coats on! Service was terrible that night. And the maduros were over cooked. It was truly disappointing.

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SP
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had been numerous times but it was my friend's first time and she loved it. The decor and overall ambience was lovely. Our sever was awesome and the food was delicious!!! I would definitely go back.

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w
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 3ambience 1

This restaurant is disappointing. The appetizers (spinach salad and soup) where way too large, especially compared to the entrées. We were only half finished with our appetizers, when the server brought our entrées—we had to send her back with them. When we finally got our entrées, they were cold. The chicken fricassée, more bone than meat, seemed to be composed of left-overs from the chicken soup, overcooked and old. The dish was supposed to come with olives, but there was only one small olive. The dessert was supposed to include merengue, but there was no sign of it—just sponge cake with some cream on top. The loud music inhibited our conversation.

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MY
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a wonderful experience. We went there to celebrate my daughter's birthday and they were very welcoming. They displayed excellent customer service to our guests and strived to accommodate every request. We will definitely be going back for some delicious Cuban cuisine.

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TF
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I already have recommended Cuba de Ayer to at least 10 people! My experience was most enjoyable. For dinner I savored every bite of the oxtail with black beans and rice, and sweet plantains. Can you say tender and melt in your mouth delicious!!! The meal was flavorful and service was gracious. I'm planning to go back next week for lunch.

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NJ
Baltimore
21 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always amazing!!!!

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CC
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

It was my first time at cuba de ayer, great service, great food!! I'll be back...

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BR
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Can’t say one bad thing about dining here. Everytime service is fast food is always outstanding.

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S
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was amazing! I had the Caribbean Salmon, which was incredible! Had so much flavor, with just a hint of spice (not spicy though). So flavorful! A really great dish! It was a recommendation from our server, and she led us right!

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JD
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

We loved this place! The service was outstanding. Michelle was such a good waitress. The food was really enjoyable- fresh and tasty. their homemade hot sauce was terrific(bought a bottle). Meeting a friend from Baltimore and we were looking for an affordable but good place that was in between dc and Baltimore. This met the bill- amazed how full it was early on a Friday night. We will be back!

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S
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cuba de Ayer has very wonderful and authentic cuban food. We have always had the best time when we go there. For those folks who require Gluten free, the majority of the cuban dishes are for you! I highly recommend it.

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CG
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I've been eating here for years and I have NEVER had a bad experience. Delicious food and GREAT service EVERY SINGLE TIME!

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