Cuba de Ayer

4.6
761 reviews
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$30 and under
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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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SG
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a great family friendly restaurant. I would suggest that you make reservations.

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MB
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A very nice evening out in a friendly environment with a different variety of foods on the menu. The food is fresh and tasty.

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PA
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

NEVER DISAPPOINTS - one of our favorite restaurants!!!

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HT
Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

I took my wife and mom to dinner. We were seated promptly and our server was good.

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DM
Miami
12 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Mother's Day

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B
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was delivered hot despite the busyness of Mother's Day. Attentive service. The Lechon Asada was to die for.

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Mother’s Day

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f
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Cuba de Ayer is my family's go to spot if we want comfort food. We've been going ever since the restaurant was half the size it is now. Service is hit or miss sometimes, you can be left to wait for a while with no drink refills and they seem a little overwhelmed. The food is always delicious, especially the Gambas al ajillo (shrimp in lemon garlic sauce). It's also a great family friendly spot.

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NL
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love this place!!! Been coming for over a year and food is delicious and authentic. The employees are really nice too. I even chose this restaurant for my Mother’s Day dinner.

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OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was very good, waiter was patient with us (we took a while to decide), and he also was helpful in explaining the menu. We have been there twice before, and will go back again.

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F
Washington DC
71 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Love this place. Good food, typically. I tend to get the same few dishes. This time, I changed to the pan con bistec sandwich. It was INCREDIBLY dry. I even added some of their sauce that is on the table (mojo I thnk), and it didn't help. Maybe more grilled onions would've helped. Won't be ordering again. I should've gotten their Cubano instead. The empanadas were very good.

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P
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was delicious, very well condimented. The food was a bit pricey. We loved the environment, it's not as crowdy as it used to be, the renovation and extension of the restaurant was well worth it.

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D
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Highly recommended. Had a great meal here recently. My wife and I shared the ham croquettes (crunchy on the outside, deliciously creamy on the inside), ropa vieja and the lechons asado. Ropa vieja was the start of the show. The shredded beef was flavorful and had a pleasant chewy quality. We got it with moros y cristianos (seasoned rice and beans) which were every bit as good as the beef. The pork was good, but the flavor did not match the beef. That said, it was moist and tender, and is going to taste great today in a flour tortilla for lunch!

I recommend reservations if going on a weekend evening.

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M
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Food and mojitos are excellent!
Food is authentic, healthy portions & reasonably priced.

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CP
1 review
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best Cuban Food Ever!!!! I had the recipe for the empanadas!!!

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NL
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I’ve been coming to this restaurant for approximately a year now and have introduced it to several friends already. I love the food and mojitos!!!

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KG
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic Cuban food (my Cuban friend's favorite place) and a friendly atmosphere. Highly recommend.
Don't miss their special homemade sauce on the table. I don't like 'hot sauce' but this is something far more interesting and delicious. Recommend the pernil.

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j
Washington DC
35 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2019
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 on April 21, 2019
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 on April 19, 2019
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 on April 19, 2019
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
10 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
6 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
69 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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