Cuba de Ayer

4.6
1002 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 1002 people are saying
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MJoD
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food3service1ambience2

Poor service, overly salty food, and dining room needs to be updated. I’ve been here before but this was the first time I sat inside.

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SusanW
Tampa
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our party of 3 had different entrees: pork, steak, seafood. We shared and loved everything.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Very good time!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Date night and she suggested this place for her birthday. It was great! Awesome food, great service and ambiance I will definitely be back.

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MaritzaF
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time and can't wait to go back. Delicious food, great service, perfect ambiance.

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Theresa
Baltimore
30 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exceptional! Camarones en Aguacate and the Trucha are a must-try.

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vipPedro
Baltimore
17 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As a Cuban immigrant, I find that the food is very authentic. The best compliment I can give is that the food it’s like I’m eating at my mothers house!
I would strongly recommend a reservation. Some people were waiting about an hour for a table.

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Aplus
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was good as always but our server was exceptionally attentive and helpful.

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JohnnieB
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Only minor drawbacks: No non-alcoholic beers, no substitutes for the plantains, and only white rice (vs. Wild, brown, etc.). Overall, everyone raved about the food.

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vipsultry
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Service was great

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oath101
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cuba de Ayer is a hole in the wall. A secret hideaway for authentic Cuban cuisine. The service was outstanding and the food superb. My friends had never eaten Cuban food before and they are most likely going to come back.

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LoidyC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Always great ambiance and the food on its point. Being from the Caribbean this is the food that I missed the most. Cuba de Ayer provides me a mind escapade not only with the food but also with an authentic Cuban setting. Super clean and excellent service. The personnel was always so kind and smiling.

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jeff2eat
Baltimore
11 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved it!! Great flavor and style

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EricC
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Not expensive, great food and courteous service. Parking is not the best but you'll forget all about that once you dine there .

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frequentdiner
Baltimore
14 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My favorite place to eat and gather together! Good service and food as always.

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KEVINT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely GREAT food. I have never had a bad meal. The atmosphere is wonderful and staff is impeccable

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AshleighD
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience4

The food was pretty good, but mojito and margarita were both bad. Our server was nice but less than attentive. Everything was very, very overpriced. I won’t go back.

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Brendalisser
Caribbean
12 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing! Service was great! Will visit again for sure!

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frequentdiner
Baltimore
15 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My favorite place with good food and service!

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BrendaR
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best Cuban meal we’ve had since South Florida!👍🥰

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Met with a former colleague to catch up and brainstorm business ideas. Perfect atmosphere. Great lighting. Love love love the mojitos.

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EricL
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing. Service excellent as usual.

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TKKandfam
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding food, ambiance, and service! A must visit. YUMMY

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Macy
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great spot for authentic dining in a small town. I have been going for years and will continue to go.

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GeneM
Baltimore
38 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

A friend gave us a gift card to Cuba De Ayer so we thought we would give it a try, we are indebted to that friend now for introducing us to this amazing restaurant. The service was great and the food absolutely amazing!! Few times you can walk out of a place and say that was perfect, this for us was that place. Definitely recommend.

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vipivy1
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious and service was great. I ordered the oxtail which was tender and flavorful We really enjoyed our meal and will surely go back soon

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vipOpenTable Diner
Baltimore
29 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great meal! Empanadas are a great way to start your meal.

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frequentdiner
Baltimore
15 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My best pick ! Everything is served perfectly. Never let me down.

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AraA
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Absolutely

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MaxineG
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful as usual!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Everything was delicious. The sangria, camarones de ajilla and chocolate cake. I love the decor and ambiance.

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JasonE
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall3food4service1ambience4

Let me preface everything I’m about to type with the fact that I’m a Tampa native living up north, and I’m a Cuban food snob. I keep trying different places hoping to find the spot that does it just like home and more often than not, I end up disappointed.

We started off with a carafe of White Sangria. For our apps we ordered bread and butter and ham croquettes. Strange that bread and butter was an app and not something that was brought to the table, but a sign of the times I guess.

When the bread did come to the table it was a pleasant surprise because it appeared to be actual Cuban Bread. I’d love to find out where they order their bread from. Both Apps and Sangria were great.

Mains were, Bistec Empanizado for me and Boliche for the wife. Both were good. My steak was in the fryer about two minutes too long. Wife’s Boliche was a little tough. We also had a side of Yuca Frita which was excellent!

Cafe con leches, Flan and chocolate cake for dessert. Flan was good, cake was, well chocolate cake. Their appeared to be a minimal amount of cafe in the Cafe Con Leche. Served in a regular coffee cup, it was like a cup of warm milk. Not worth it from a cost or caffeine perspective

The real shortcoming was the service. It was SLOW. Every course took forever. We had no idea we’d be in for a 2 hour dining experience. Don’t know if this is a waitstaff issue or a kitchen issue, but it was not good. At one point, someone brought food to our table that wasn’t ours. One small thing, we mentioned on the reservation that this was our anniversary. There was no acknowledgement of that from the staff. Our waiter was polite, but distant. Manager walked by our table several times, but never asked if we were enjoying the meal.

Bottom line, is the food was pretty good Cuban food, but the service left a lot to be desired. Next time we get food from there, it will probably be delivery.

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JohnB
Baltimore
14 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We have eaten at Cuba de Ayer numerous times. The service and the food continue to be first rate. It's no wonder that they contiunue to expand, and reservations are a must on the weekend.

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frequentdiner
Baltimore
15 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service !

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IleneA
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

delicious food, great service, beautiful decor! Definitely recommend

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JeremyA
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience3

We love this place and have never had such a bad experience here. Service was slow. Drink order was wrong. Food order was wrong. An appetizer was ordered but never received. 2 entrees were served 15 minutes before the second 2 entrees. Seems to be a shortage of staff and change of management.

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FoodieDee
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

I am a returning customer. Sat outside due to COVID and server was a bit inattentive at times. We dined for almost 2 hours and were never offered water refills or asked if we wanted more cocktails.

Shrimp and avocado in lemon and garlic sauce appetizer is a true winner and flavorful standard I am use to at Cuba de Ayer.

Snapper was bit lackluster to be served simply fried fillet style without any accompaniment, especially at the listed price. I ended up making it better by pairing with onions and peppers from my dining companions dish.

Guava and rum cake desserts were a great end to the night. This is one of my fave local go to's and I won't let one bland entrée deter coming again.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect- consistently delicious food and drinks, and outdoor seating!

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bassesloaded
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great experience at Cuba!

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vipcoolcoops
Washington DC
50 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the outdoor tent with fans. Food and service consistantly excellent.

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 4.6 stars by 1002 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.