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Esquina Latina Restaurant & Lounge, New Brunswick, NJ

Esquina Latina Restaurant & Lounge

4.5
4.5
764 Reviews
$30 and under
Cuban
We will be reopening for patio reservations starting Monday June 15th!

Serafin Sarduy brings fun to New Brunswick with the fusion of Cuban and Latin cuisine. Esquina Latina offers a chiq restaurant and lounge atmosphere known for their tapas and authentic Sangrias.
Don't forget your family and friends as Esquina Latina is perfect for all occasions.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 15 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Cuban, Latin American

  • Hours of operation

    Daily 12:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (732) 543-1630

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Serafin Sarduy

  • Neighborhood

    New Brunswick

  • Cross street

    George St

  • Parking details

    Street and Public Parking Lot

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Dancing, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 764 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.3Food
  • 4.4Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseEnergetic

Loved For

  • New Jersey - Central

    Hot spot

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  1. FranchellaS

    Hawaii

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 25, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a great time and the food was delicious. Diamond D.I.V.A.S Elites
  2. MarvellaC

    Philadelphia

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on May 22, 2023

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    The place was packed with pre show crowd, the staff was efficient and was able to move us in and out quickly. The drinks were amazing ! I can still taste my mojito !!! Dinner was lovely, nice size portions. Really love the fried rice
  3. OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on May 20, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food . Great service. Great drinks! Ambience perfect!
  4. MarylynG

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on May 20, 2023

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Hosted a belated Mother's day dinner here and it was perfect. Plentiful menu, good cocktails and impeccable service.
  5. JimH

    New York Area

    16 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on May 13, 2023

    overall1food1service1ambience3
    Worst service. Sat at the bar. The food was cold. Couldn't get water.
  6. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 12, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a delicious lunch celebrating my Daughter’s graduation from Rutgers. Food was amazing and hot! The drinks were delicious. Service was fast and attentive. We can’t wait to go back again.
  7. JohnW

    Philadelphia

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on May 4, 2023

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Not sure why happy hour drink menu was at the table with a tiny note ("Bar only"). A little misleading, but will be back for sure.
  8. AbbeyA

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 1, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food is delicious and fresh. Fun atmosphere. The Dulce Balcerito is so yummy.
  9. GaryW

    New York Area

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on April 28, 2023

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    This was the second time at Esquina for my wife and I and it’s becoming one of our favorite restaurants in New Brunswick. It’s only a short walk from the NB Performing Arts Center and State Theatre, so it’s a good place for a pre-show meal.
  10. JanetK

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 28, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We went early for dinner at 4. Food and service were excellent
  11. OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 27, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great place good vibe. Food is good and drinks are great.
  12. OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 26, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Naquan was an amazing service, the bartenders also gave us amazing service with amazing drinks. My friend and I celebrated dinner after our nursing pinning ceremony and we will definitely be back! Amazing food with excellent service and great atmosphere.
  13. FarrynM

    New York Area

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on April 16, 2023

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Great food, enjoyed our meal very much. Loved the fried plantains!
  14. JaimeL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 15, 2023

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    This was my second time at Esquina Latina and my experience was awesome the first time around. I had to share this experience with friends who enjoy great restaurants. The waitress was very attentive to us. My friends and I enjoyed it
  15. yas40

    New York Area

    12 reviews

    3.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on April 1, 2023

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    I have been to La Esquila Latina several times now, and unfortunately this last time was disappointing. The food was ok and the drinks were just fine. The prices like everywhere else are higher and the food quality is lacking. I really used to like coming to this place, but I think I won’t be returning again. Very discouraged. Good luck!
  16. OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 1, 2023

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    The food was good nothing to overly brag about. We ordered back frita but it wasn't fried and had no lime flavor so it basically was just ropa Veja which was a different item in the menu. Drinks were good and the waitress was very nice and attentive.
  17. LauraF

    New York Area

    105 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    105 reviews

    Dined on March 31, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent restaurant with outstanding food and service!
  18. MichaelZ

    New York Area

    10 reviews

    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on March 26, 2023

    overall4food3service4ambience5
    Esquina Latina has a very broad selection of alcoholic beverages and "virgin" drinks. The food was good but the menu has been pared down from years ago. I remember more seafood dishes, etc
  19. OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 25, 2023

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Food, service, and atmosphere were very good. Energy level was high with a fun vibe but the noise level is way louder than necessary. As the dinner went on were screaming at each other to be heard during dinner. That’s fine when the dj takes over and the dancing begins, but not during the dinner seating. I would still recommend it!
  20. barry9155

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on March 25, 2023

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Great menu and atmosphere but the portions were a little small
  21. JessAdams

    New York Area

    9 reviews

    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on March 25, 2023

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Food was good quality. Service was courteous, friendly and prompt. Not a relaxing or romantic atmosphere but totally fine for a pre-theater dinner.
  22. FidelG

    Las Vegas

    29 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on March 25, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Pre-show dinner with friends. Ordered Cuban Spring Rolls, chicken empanadas and ham croquettes- all good. Entrees - garlic shrimp with white rice and maduros, very good, 2 orders ropa vieja were enjoyed, vegetarian pizza was very filling. Mango mouse cake dessert with double espresso and coffee. Overall great experience; with wonderful service.
  23. FranS

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 11, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Food was delicious. Enjoyed the shrimp cerviche ap, Dulce Bacerita main course and the berry creme brulee for dessert, all excellent. Really enjoyed the variety of sangrias. The noise level is too loud, hard to carry on a conversation with the person at your table. Did not like the notice on being seated of the time limit for our meal, though they did not really hold us to the time.
  24. fitmama

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on March 3, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Good food and service in a club style atmosphere. It was a bit loud in there when it filled up. Tables are close.
  25. ChrisH

    Phoenix

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 3, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was so good! Drinks were pricey but not unexpected for the location. Ambiance was cool. We were a little cold because we were near an opening to another space next door that people were going in an out. But I would definitely go back and bring friends.
  26. Adri

    New York Area

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 26, 2023

    overall4food4service3ambience5
    We enjoyed our experience at Esquina Latine but we waited too long for the table and the service was not good. One of the entrees came after the rest finished eating.
  27. keishaD

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 25, 2023

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    We selected this place for a birthday celebration & it was overall a great experience. The staff were friendly. The food & drinks were good. Service was quick. The only thing I didn’t like was the location of the table. It was right by the hostess area so people were standing and waiting and talking by us. It wouldn’t be an issue if people were mindful. We’ll definitely go back but would ask for a different table.
  28. EdwardJ

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 25, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was a great small restaurant, the food was great... would definitely go again... it was a great prelude to Gilberto Santa Rosa concert...
  29. CarmenT

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 25, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was amazing, waitress was the nicest very attentive compliment everything we order. My wife was very pleased with the food. We will definitely be returning! Thank you for the great service.
  30. FoodPlease

    Philadelphia

    26 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2023

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    The food was unremarkable. No distinctive flavors! The ceviche (very bland, despite being listed as having jalapeño), pork chops were almost tasteless, except for being smothered in onions, sliders were minuscule and dry, dry, dry. The place was very loud. The bar was out of a listed vodka. The service was alternately over attentive and absent.
  31. JolyonO

    Philadelphia

    9 reviews

    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on February 12, 2023

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    The restaurant was very nice, the music was fantastic! The food was so-so.
  32. OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 12, 2023

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    We had an awesome time. Great atmosphere. Even better drinks. Food was great. Live music
  33. KristenR

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 11, 2023

    overall2food1service2ambience1
    Traveled an hour to eat at this awful restaurant. The food was bland and the staff were wildly unprofessional! The mojito was ok. Would never recommend or return to this place!
  34. OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 31, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our sever was great!
  35. Daddy

    New York Area

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was delicious and appetizing. Big portions.
  36. LonnaGM

    New York Area

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lively and AUTHENTIC. Great service, very attentive staff. Manager perused the dining room. Food was genuine, generous and fresh.

    Esquina Latina Restaurant & LoungeResponded on February 11, 2023Hello Lonna! Thank you so much for your positive feedback! We're glad to have had you as our customer and to know you enjoyed every aspect of what we strive for everyday. The customer experience! Hope to see you soon in the near future!

  37. SteveH13

    New York Area

    27 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2023

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    A very nice surprise
  38. RobF

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious white Sangria. Great salmon dish. The Cuban sandwich was toasted perfectly. Beautiful place, great location to State Theater.

    Esquina Latina Restaurant & LoungeResponded on February 11, 2023Hi Rob! This kind of feedback is wonderful to hear! At Esquina Latina we strive to provide the best overall customer experience and versatility with our menu. Would love to have you back so you can explore the many other flavorful meals and drinks we provide! See you soon!

  39. Geelikeme

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 22, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Awsome spot. Will be back. Great food and surroundings
  40. Brian

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2023

    overall3food3service2ambience4
    Food was good. Had to wait 10 minutes to be seated even though there were more than plenty of tables available and we had a reservation. Service was fair. Servers could have been friendlier. The ambiance was great and so were the appetizers.

FAQs

Esquina Latina Restaurant & Lounge does offer delivery in partnership with Chow Now. Esquina Latina Restaurant & Lounge also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (732) 543-1630.

Esquina Latina Restaurant & Lounge is rated 4.5 stars by 764 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 15 times today
Google Map for Esquina Latina Restaurant & Lounge

25 Liberty St, New Brunswick, NJ 08901

Additional information

  • Cross street

    George St

  • Neighborhood

    New Brunswick

  • Hours of operation

    Daily 12:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Cuban, Latin American

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Street and Public Parking Lot

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Serafin Sarduy

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Dancing, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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