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Cuba de Ayer

4.8
4.8
1101 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 1 time 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 1,101 people are saying

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

NoiseModerate

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  1. D

    Dinnerlover

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

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

    DorinaW

    Washington DC

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service and great authentic Cuban food!!
  3. 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
  4. RD

    RobinD

    Birmingham

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was great!
  5. 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.
  6. SR

    SandraR

    Baltimore

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Food is always delicious! Chuletas yummm! Also try the Sangria!
  7. 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.
  8. V

    Valerie

    Baltimore

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    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.
  9. 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? :)
  10. 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.
  11. AB

    AlexandraB

    New Orleans

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on June 10, 2022

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

    ElizabethD

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Awesome service
  13. L

    Louie

    Washington DC

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on June 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great and always consistent
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 3, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Graduation
  17. d

    debbieiv

    Baltimore

    28 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    28 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.
  18. DW

    DorinaW

    Washington DC

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 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.
  19. f

    frequentdiner

    Baltimore

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on May 26, 2022

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

    KittyMarie

    Washington DC

    23 reviews

    3.0

    23 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...
  21. 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!
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent experience. Delicious food and charming, courteous service.
  23. L

    Louie

    Washington DC

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on May 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and drinks, great atmosphere
  24. MC

    MarlaC

    Baltimore

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Arroz con mariscos was delicious-yellow rice with shrimp, scallops, and salmon. Also loved the mojito martini and leave room for the tres leches cake! Highly recommend!
  25. TT

    TeresaT

    Raleigh

    10 reviews

    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on May 13, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    We took my mil for her 93rd birthday. She’s Cuban and loved the food. We all enjoyed it. Very authentic. Service was good. Restaurant is loud and lively. Lechon, black beans, madouros were all very good. My husband enjoyed the steak saltadano. Recommend.
  26. SC

    StivellC

    Washington DC

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Good authentic food. Well decorated with unique art work everywhere
  27. N

    Nigs

    Baltimore

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Authentic Cuban fare. Friendly and attentive staff. Excellent value.
  28. JM

    JessicaM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The BEST Cuban Restaurant. Perfect ambient, delicious food, great service, and lovely music!!!!
  29. JA

    JasmineA

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great place to eat, enjoyed the food, awesome time
  30. CP

    CarolynP

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fabulous food and ambiance. THe food was delicious! We will come back!!!
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Baltimore

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience3
    My son birthday
  32. GR

    GioRodri

    Washington DC

    21 reviews

    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on May 4, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Cuba de Ayer did it again. We made a reservation to celebrate Mom’s Birthday on May 4th, and CDA made a great first impression on three members of our party who were there for the first time. The restaurant is always spotless clean, and though busy, the tables are spaced out just enough to give you privacy so it never feels crowded. The food and drinks never disappoint, including the outstanding oxtail dish, tres leches, and guava shells with cheese. Kudos also for their Skinny Annie? cocktail - what an unexpected and delicious surprise. The young server could have delivered more warm service, however, he was effective, so effective to the point that he brought the appetizers and main courses at the same time.
  33. M

    Michael

    Baltimore

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    What a great find! Everyone in our group of 9 thoroughly enjoyed their meal. I had the Caribean Salmon with rice and sweet plantains. The fish was perfectly cooked, and the mango topping tasted bright and fresh. Beyond the food, our server was friendly and accommodating, and the restaurant's high-tech order management system made separate checks a breeze. You can easily pay by scanning the QR code on your receipt. Our experience was 5 stars in every way.
  34. b

    brubch

    Baltimore

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 1, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience3
    Food was very good. Used the outdoor seating in the temperature controlled tent. Server didn’t attend us until a half hour later and we had to ask twice. Once they had the server out, everything was fine.
  35. L

    Lala

    Baltimore

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience4
    Great food great service
  36. f

    frequentdiner

    Baltimore

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on April 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best choice of Cuban food and cozy environment with good services.
  37. R

    Roland

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 24, 2022

    overall5food4service3ambience5
    We've been here several times, but hadn't visited in more than a year. The new look since they remodeled is an upgrade. Our server wouldn't win a race for food delivery and one of the entrees seemed to have been under the heat lamp too long, but all in all it was a pleasant experience and we will return soon.
  38. TZ

    TeresaZ

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was excellent and the service with Karen was amazing! Will definitely go.back there to eat dinner again and would highly recommend it to my friends and family.
  39. FJ

    FabianJ

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was very good as was the service. It is worth a second and third and fourth, and … you get the message … visit!
  40. JR

    JacquelineR

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was my birthday celebration with my girlfriends. Our server Karen provided excellent service and listened to every request with care. The food was excellent.

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 4.8 stars by 1101 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 1 time 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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