Cuba de Ayer

4.7
978 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 978 people are saying
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vipOpenTable Diner
Baltimore
28 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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frequentdiner
Baltimore
11 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful as usual!

OT
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.

JB
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
12 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service !

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

delicious food, great service, beautiful decor! Definitely recommend

JA
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
12 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
48 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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VIctoria
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time. Excellent Service. Food was very good. Bessie was an excellent server. Her recommendations were spot on!!

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TammyD
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Delicious food, fantastic mojitos and great service!

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TanyaE
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

First time here. We sat outside; inside looked brand new and modern—very nice decor and super clean. Great menu and selections. Food was great. Will be back!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great experience and we love the music!!!

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vipSamW
Washington DC
31 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Very pleasant experience - good food & wonderful, vibrant ambiance. Thanks.

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kitty
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience1

Service very slow Once we ordered dinner it took about a half hour.

food needs a classier presentation on plate.

very sloppy presentations.

Since dinner took so long to receive, we ended up being the last people there and were being rushed due to cleaning up.

We had not been in a few years , and nothing has really improved. Picadillo not worth it at all sorry

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RonW
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Overall very good. I was kind of disappointed that the menu I was presented was pretty torn in soiled. The food was top-notch it came hot and had great flavor.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and drinks

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vipLocavore
Washington DC
32 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was very good Cuban home cooking. The fried yuca were perfect. The Roca Vieja was juicy and flavorful. The rum cake dessert was very moist and good. Our server Risha was very attentive and efficient. Very enjoyable.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was Great

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Adge
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was outstanding and the rum cake left us wanting more!
Delicious, authentic Cuban cuisine!!

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vipMichouk
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2021
Overall2food1service4ambience3

Went to the restaurant following a very positive review in the Washington Post and it’s always nice to see a review for a restaurant in this part of Maryland. The meal was disappointing. The tostones and the pernicious were dry, the picadillo was lukewarm and fairly bland.and the black beans with rice did not have much flavor. The avocado and spinach salad with shrimp was good. Perhaps this was an off night? Not planning on returning.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is one of our favorite places! The food and service us always on point! Love dining here!

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
5 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anniversary dinner. This is our spot 😊Always a great pick.

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StanleyW
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

I've been going to Cuba de Ayer for the past 15 yrs or so and it's always gotten better. However, on this visit, the Lechon Asado was just a little bit dry. While some people may not notice, I did because that is one of my favorite dishes. The croquetas jamon, Avocado Salmon, and rum cake were fantastic! Love this restaurant!

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Justus
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

This was our first time at Cuba De Ayer, and will definitely NOT be our last. The service was great and the food even better!

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mamafly2
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience3

To be clear, the food at Cuba de Ayer is delicious. Great flavors! Our experience was tainted by the very slow service from the kitchen. Our waiter was great and kept us apprised, but servers did not seem to know where they were delivering food to. This could be attributed to new staff...as so many restaurants are trying to hire as we go back into restaurants.

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JenW
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

I enjoyed my experience. I would definitely come back.

BM
BetinaM
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience3

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vipRudyG
Baltimore
34 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great choice ! Food is always excellent !

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vippatd
Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was wonderful

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

It was memorable

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Father’s Day

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Tony
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Another great experience here. The food and service were spot on.

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Kenny
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My first time dining here. The food and drinks were amazing. Full of flavor and goodness! The service was excellent. I will definitely return here

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MLA1
Baltimore
5 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I enjoyed my lunch at Cuba de Ayer. Food and service was very good. However, it was a bit pricey and the music was a bit loud. I will go there again though.

RM
vipRichardM
Baltimore
67 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food is always consistently good. Get the shrimp/avocado appetizer. It is a great way to start your meal

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 978 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.