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About Cuba de Ayer

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.

15446 Old Columbia Pike
Burtonsville, MD 20866
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Cuban, Latin / Spanish, Caribbean

Hours of Operation:


Lunch:

Tuesday - Friday: 11:30am - 3:00pm


Dinner:

Tuesday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm

Friday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm

Saturday: 11:30am - 10:00pm

Sunday: 11:30am - 9:00pm


Closed Mondays

Cross Street:
Route 198 & Route 29

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(301) 476-9622

Website:
http://www.cubadeayerrestaurant.net/

Catering:
We do Catering and delivery for large groups of 20 to 500 or more
please call and ask for Guillermo Bustamante

Executive Chef:
Mayra Lopez

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
Birthdays, Rehearsal Dinners, Graduations, Retirement, Going away, Book Clubs, Business luncheons, all special events.

Cuba de Ayer Ratings and Reviews

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4.5

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.4

ambience

4.3

value

4.4

Noise

Moderate

99% would recommend it to a friend

Casual (32)
Authentic (28)
Neighborhood Gem (22)
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Good for a Date (22)
Fun (18)
Good for Birthdays (17)
Great for Lunch (16)
Special Occasion (16)
Worth the Drive (16)
Kid-friendly (14)
Fit for Foodies (14)
Comfort Food (13)
Good for Groups (11)
Sunday Lunch (11)
Good for Anniversaries (10)
Bar Seating (9)
Cozy (9)
Happy Hour (9)
Business Meals (8)
Creative Cuisine (7)
Handcrafted Cocktails (7)
Romantic (7)
Afternoon Coffee (6)
Quiet Conversation (6)
Hot Spot (5)
Great for Outdoor Dining (4)
Spicy (4)
Good Vegetarian Options (4)
Local Ingredients (4)
Great for Brunch (3)
Disabled Access (3)
Gluten Free Options (3)
Late-night Find (3)
Live Music (3)
Pre/post Theatre (3)
Quick Bite (3)
Paleo Friendly (2)
Seasonal (2)
Tapas (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Vibrant Bar Scene (2)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Healthy (1)
People Watching (1)
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·Dined 5 days ago

A REAL GEM!!! Great selection of authentic Cuban cuisine. Reasonable wine list and several specialty cocktails. Definitely on my list of “local restaurants which I will frequently return “.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Pre/post Theatre, Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Kid-friendly
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vip
 (Baltimore)·Dined 6 days ago

Great food, service and ambiance. This restaurant is located in Burtonsville, MD in a shopping center. It has a lively bar section and decorated around its authentic Cuban roots and cuisine brand. An excellent location if you only want the best local Cuban cuisine and not a chain brand taste. The plate portions are just right. Try their steak with Moros and Christianos and Tostones plaintains. Delicious!

Tags: Local Ingredients, Happy Hour
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Great food and great service. It is me and my wife’s favorite restaurant.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Excellent food enjoyed by all!

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Food was very good. Beans were excellent. Not sure why you have to pay extra should you wish red beans instead of black though. My Pork was a little dry so I asked for more mojo. They provided it, but added 75 cents to the bill. I don’t really care for that. Staff were pleasant and checked with us frequently. It was great to have Cuban food in an area nearby. An unexpected treat. Would go there again.

Tags: Happy Hour, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Comfort Food
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·Dined on October 28, 2017

Our waiter was busy and didn't pay attention to details. He took a while to take our order and bring us our check. My wife ordered food with no onions, and no black beans. The food came out smothered in onions. We sent it back and while it had no onions the second time, they added black beans. The mojitos were great as always. We've been here before and usually have good service, next time I'll make sure we don't have him as a server. The chairs are not comfortable. The decor, the lighting and the ambiance is very romantic but is ruined by these ugly uncomfortable diner chairs. Even though our service wasn't great, we weren't compensated by the order messup or given an apology, we still tipped the waiter 20%.

Tags: Special Occasion, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Afternoon Coffee, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 25, 2017

Cuba de Ayer is consistently good. The white sangria is tasty, and Cuban specialties such as ropa vieja are done well.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Fun
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·Dined on October 21, 2017

It was a great experience! I got to try a Little bit of everything since it was 8 of us. The food could be better!

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Always tasty and gluten-free is clearly marked. If they have the salteado special- beef, chicken and shrimp- with onions and peppers, it can't be beat!! My husband never strays from the pork pernil--luscious! and of course sweet plantains are practically dessert. Wine and beer are reasonably priced, service is quick and friendly--only wish they would turn the music down a tad--otherwise, all you could ask for
!

Tags: Gluten Free Options, Authentic, Fun
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on October 21, 2017

We came to celebrate a few birthdays for my family. We had a reservation and the entire party didn't arrive together. We had a couple people not show last minute due to sudden illness. When we arrived, the hostess wouldn't seat us until the entire party arrived. Other parties of 2-5ppl showed up, without reservations, behind us as we waited for the remaining members of our party to arrive and the hostess began to seat them. My question is: What is the point of having a reserved table (which I had for over a week) if we couldn't get seated right away? They made us wait while watching them seat other non-reserved parties. One woman came in looking to get seated, having called 40 mins earlier for a table at the same time of our reservation, her party hadn't showed, and the hostess began to seat her! I made a bit of a stink about it and the woman backed down and decided to wait out of courtesy to their normal rule, even though the hostess was still willing to seat her. What is this policy?!!! Why upset people when they first arrived, especially when there were reservations to begin with. Is that the whole point of a reservation? To allow you to get seated ahead of walk-ins?

The other members of our party showed up and we were then seated. We had a nice spot tucked away and otherwise, our service and food was excellent! If it weren't for the rule about seating, I would've given 5 stars for a rating. Thank goodness our waitress and the food made up for the host stand's "welcoming" experience.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Love this place! One of favorites. Authentic Cuban. Go go go!

Tags: Kid-friendly, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Casual, Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 13, 2017

I took a friend out for her Birthday. This was my first time eating at Cuba de Ayer. The food and service was Great.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Spicy, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Happy Hour, Authentic
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·Dined on October 12, 2017

Food was good,,the waitress was terrible , you guys took 18%tip to pay for horrible service, we didnt even got water wen we sit..the drinks took for about 25min, before we got them,,the bill didnt even seem right for what we order,,i was there twice before,,but i would never go back,,tips should be giving to who does great service,,,,

Tags: Great for Lunch, Afternoon Coffee, Comfort Food
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on October 6, 2017

Great empanadas. I always enjoy their traditional Cuban cuisine: simple and home-like cooked meals, generous portions, nice atmosphere.

Tags: Authentic, Comfort Food, Good for Birthdays, Cozy
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·Dined on September 30, 2017

The food was delicious, the service friendly and helpful.

Tags: Afternoon Coffee, Happy Hour, Good Vegetarian Options, Special Occasion, Casual, Good for Birthdays, Great for Lunch, Gluten Free Options, Authentic, Bar Seating, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Outdoor Dining, Comfort Food
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·Dined on September 30, 2017

We were there to celebrate my son's birthday and we enjoyed ourselves immensely!!!!

Tags: Great for Lunch, Comfort Food, Creative Cuisine, Good Vegetarian Options, Hot Spot, Late-night Find, Sunday Lunch, Tasting Menu, Afternoon Tea, Good for Groups, Romantic, Seasonal, Great for Brunch, Cozy, Healthy, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Authentic, Afternoon Coffee, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Quiet Conversation, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Quick Bite, Fun, Paleo Friendly, Casual
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 (Dallas)·Dined on September 27, 2017

Great food, great price, great service... We will be back again and again.

Two words...chicken empanadas

Tags: Casual, Good for Groups, Tasting Menu, Fun, Live Music, Good for a Date
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 24, 2017

Great food

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 24, 2017

Nice place, next table had kids play in passage way. Very load

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on September 21, 2017

Well.... I’ve had better at Cuba de Ayer and was a little disappointed in the food quality. The Pargo was not fresh as I have had in the past and for the first time in many years, left disappointed. I hope this isn’t a trend down, since this place is one of my go too places. That said, eveything else was fine, so I’ll give it a wait and see.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 17, 2017

Always delicious!! Never a bad experience. Staff is super food is really good resturaunt is always neat and clean!! Definitely one of my favorites

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Outdoor Dining, Casual, Kid-friendly, Quiet Conversation, Business Meals, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 13, 2017

My friend and I have eaten there several times and the food is always good and well priced.

Tags: Casual, Authentic, Great for Lunch, Worth the Drive
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 12, 2017

Excellent and authentic cuban food. Everything tasty and plentiful.

Tags: Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Casual, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 10, 2017

Staff is amazing and the food is always delicious!!

Tags: Seasonal, Cozy, Good for Groups, Afternoon Coffee, Fun, Authentic, Great for Brunch, Happy Hour, Comfort Food, People Watching, Casual, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Quick Bite, Disabled Access, Creative Cuisine, Great for Outdoor Dining, Local Ingredients, Great for Lunch, Romantic, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Kid-friendly, Bar Seating, Pre/post Theatre, Neighborhood Gem, Sunday Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Business Meals
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on September 9, 2017

When they have their Cuban salteado special, I get shrimp, chicken and steak wth their tasty peppers and onions. Lots of food. Took half home. Unusual in a special mix to get 6 big plump shrimp. Yum! Only problem was steak and chicken were a little overdone. I have had this dish before and it was a little juicier. Overall still really good. My husband loves the pork peril. And dont paas up the sweet plantains. So good, theyre like dessert.

Tags: Casual
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 2, 2017

The food was plentiful and very, very good. The service was good as well, even though the restaurant was very busy. Overall, I would not hesitate to recommend this restaurant because it's also a very good value for the money!

Tags: Good for Groups, Casual, Authentic
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on September 2, 2017

Everything I ordered, from the drinks, appetizers, and main dish were amazing. Steve, my server was attentive and friendly, really knows how to treat a customer. I enjoyed every minute.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 2, 2017

Went for lunch on Sat @1PM .we were informed that on Saturday dinner prices are chargex. Would never had gone there for lunch.Will not be going back
Picked it because near Friend.

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vip
 (Baltimore)·Dined on September 2, 2017

Excellent Food!!! Enjoyed very much, will be back.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 27, 2017

Love this place. Been many times. Recommendations would be for the bartender to know how to mix standard cocktails ( she didn't know how to make a gimlet or a martini). 2nd to not bring out entres at the same time as you serve appetizers. We sent the entres back. Then when served tasted like they sat somewhere. 3rd took way too long to receive the check. We had to ask for it three times . Will go back. Just things that happened on the night. Was not crowded either.

Tags: Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Fun, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New England)·Dined on August 25, 2017

Fabulous authentic Cuban food. Excellent value as well.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 20, 2017

The food is fabulous. My favorite meal starts with empanadas with a main course of vaca frita. The wine list is short, but the Root 1 Carmenere is lovely. And the service is great - very friendly. Can't wait to go back!!

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vip
 (Baltimore)·Dined on August 20, 2017

I've never had a bad meal here! I love the complex flavors. Always delicious.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 13, 2017

Don't know what's going on but the service use to be GREAT.. The gentleman who was the manager or asst. manager was awesome but he's no longer there. It seems as tho the quality has declined since he left. Our meal was mediocre. Had a slight issue and the manager who I can't remember her name.. I think she was the kitchen manager..anyway she spent more time making up excuses then trying to hear and resolve the issue. She was too defensive which caused this review...

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 13, 2017

The food was much too salty. Two of us had grilled shrimp in lemon sauce, and it was swimming in sauce. Black beans and rice were average. The best thing on the plate were the maduros. Tres Leche was good.

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vip
 (Baltimore)·Dined on August 13, 2017

Excellent as usual!!

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on August 13, 2017

The best empanadas I have ever had. There country fried pork was off the chain. The bread was incredible. Heck, everything was so good I was considering eating the plate.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 12, 2017

Truly authentic Cuban cuisine that tastes like your Abuela is in the kitchen! From the fruity, flavorful Sangria to moist, juicy pork with traditional moros (black beans and rice mixed) and ending with a creamy flan, just one of many tasty meals at this colorful lively restaurant!

Tags: Fun, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 11, 2017

Just a fun, lively, comfortable place to have a good, filling meal. Has a nice friendly vibe. Good service. Good food. Not fancy but nice ambiance.

Tags: Casual
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 6, 2017

I loved the family friendly atmosphere of this restaurant. From the moment we walked in until we left, we were treated warmly. The food seemed authentically Cuban and offered plenty of options for those who don't eat red meat or pork. Everything we ordered was outstanding. The empanadas and plantains were exceptional. While I wasn't a fan of the red sangria, they offer an extensive beverage list for a neighborhood restaurant.

Tags: Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Kid-friendly
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