Esquina Latina Restaurant & Lounge

4.2
614 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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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2021
Overall1food3service1ambience1

They had a DJ set up for 6pm on a Wednesday. Couldn’t speak to the person I was with, waitress didn’t seem to understand English well.

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LolaL
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The only drawback is parking/otherwise well worth the customer service and excellent food.

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MagenE
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience5

Went here for my mother's Birthday on a Friday night. I have been here before on a weekend night however this time around was a different experience. The Service was really terrible - might have just been the waitress we had. She brought us the wrong drinks, and constinently forgot about us and would forget things we requested (Napkins, water, to-go containers, and even our check!). Every request we had it would take her 15min to come back to our table only to realize she forgot what we asked. I brought in a cake for my mom and told her it was for my mom and our waitress presented the cake to our daughter -- not the biggest deal but just showed the lack of attention from our waitress. Then it took her 20min to come back as she forgot to take the cake to get cut. We ended up just cutting and eating the cake ourslelves with no plates...but they sure still charged us a $8 cake cutting fee. At the end of the night i was soo frustrated and just wanted to leave but it was taking FOREVER just to get our check (after asking for it 3 times). When she finaly brought the bill, we waited for her to pickup the check to run my card, but she never came. I finally just walked up to another waitress and asked her to run my card so we could finally leave.

The food is usually really good here but it might have been an extermely busy night as my order was not fully cooked (plantains were raw).

Overall not the greatest experience... probably wont be going back.

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Jules
New York Area
58 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious. We liked the outdoor seating and the sangria. We had paella, Argentina steak, and salmon. All were great. What we didn’t try but might be interested in trying is sangria flight.

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NickC
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall3food2service2ambience4

Will not return. Drinks were not very good and food was over salted. You're also on top of other tables.

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MaryleneM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Our main waiter was very nice. I could tell he was waiting a lot of tables and place seemed understaffed , which is the case everywhere . However, I didn’t appreciate the bus boy rushing us. My husband was literally picking up his spoon to eat his tres leches and the bus boy asked if he was done. He did it to myself and another couple we were with , while we were still eating and there was visibly food on our plates and we were holding silverware. Side note there weren’t any people waiting to be seated , so I didn’t comprehend the rush to get rid of us

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Javier726
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2021
Overall1food5service1ambience5

Poor experience. Poor service. Food almost not edible (dry chicken, hard tasteless yucca).

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CrystalL
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

food was amazing and fresh . Restaurant can get crowded mostly on weekends but overall food was at a decent price and drinks were good too. Servers were nice and consistent with making sure we had what we wanted.

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SylviaB
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the ambiance, excellent service the food was awesome. Will definitely be returning again

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vipGigi
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I absolutely loved the food and atmosphere!! Every dish we had was better than the next. Super fun vibe and friendly staff

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food! Great drinks! Great time!

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WilfredoM
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Me gustó mucho el lugar. El ambiente, la comida y el servicio fueron muy buenos. Lo recomiendo.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing. Service was quick and friendly. Sat outside and the fan was nice but a little much. Music was nice but got a bit loud for conversation.

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Jeri
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We HIGHLY recommend Esquina to everyone. We LOVE our waitress Maria. She makes the whole experience that much more enjoyable. Delicious food. Delicious drinks. 10/10

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vipGambbp
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always have a great time here! Food and drinks always exceed expectations.

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ev2013
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and great food!

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LaurenL
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The restaurant has a beautiful bar and the food was excellent!

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Great
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I come here often and it’s never a disappointment. The staff is great, the food is great, the overall atmosphere is great. I recommend Friday night late dinner and then stick around for the dancing. Different mix of people so you never know who you’ll meet. Always a fun experience.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The experience was nice, the food was excellent. A bit over priced for what it was but the atmosphere was great with the wall paintings down to the ornaments used for decoration. Would repeat again.

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Foodie
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2021
Overall3food5service1ambience4

It took atleast 30 monitors before same one came to take our drink order and that was after getting someone’s attention. Ordered our drinks, 10min later still hadn’t gotten them and was then asked for our ID. Besides all of that food was great!

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NicholasG
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall2food4service4ambience3

I didn’t like finding out only when I arrived that there was an hour and a half time limit on our stay. That should have been advertised on the website.

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OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere and food was amazing.

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DonnaM
Atlantic City
3 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food that was served very quickly. I recommend the red snapper! The guacamole was spicy but delicious. They have a 1.5 hour limit per table- I’m not sure handing a card with the time was necessary ( and a little tacky). Everything was cooked to perfection and the service was very good!

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Kris
Philadelphia
22 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and service.

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JuliethP
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Was my first time trying a restaurant with latin music, and I really enjoyed it and also people are easy going; every personal stuff in the restaurant is reliable.

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JNotez84
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a amazing place what a good pick !!!
I will be back with a bigger party #Facts

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JenniferT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great service! And the sangria so gooood. Recommend beef empanadas and Guac dip with plantains.

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AliciaH
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

I enjoyed my evening at Esquina Latina. On entering the restaurant the ambiance was great. My boyfriend and I were seated promptly. The waiter was lovely and very attentive. All the food we ordered was delicious. For drinks, I ordered a Honeydew margarita, maybe I'm just a lightweight but it was massively strong, my boyfriend ordered the Naranja Sangria which tasted beautiful. I will definitely recommend and I would return.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

It was good!

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JenniferJ
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

The decor is very nice and service by Paige was wonderful. I just wish the food was equally impressive. The Churrasco my son (medium rare) and husband (medium well) ordered had no seasoning and was chewy. Drinks were really good ( mango margarita and Island something). I had the red snapper entree which was deceit. Nothing was overwhelming and we expected more flavor. We most likely won’t go back.

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Cuba
Atlantic City
2 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very happy I found this place. Being Cuban I hold these restaurants to a high standard. We usually like to go to North Jersey where there are a lot of choices. But right now I don’t like North Jersey so I wanted to find something near Central Jersey. And I found my new spot I will be coming here from now on no need to go anywhere else. The food was amazing service was amazing place was amazing I don’t have anything to complain about.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mom’s birthday was great! Recommend this place for sure

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PatriciaS
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience5

Quality of the food definitely not the same as pre-pandemic, just barely average. Everything else, including service was great.

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NoahW
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I was able to bring my 2 puppies and sit outside where I was able to enjoy some of the best food I have had out in a long time. The service was fast and it was not expensive at all.

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vipPennyZ
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall2food4service1ambience3

I’ve been here before prior to the pandemic for a dinner and dancing and it was good back then. Food was good this time around but the service was a bit lacking. We bought appetizers, drinks and and dessert but for some reason it took 35 minutes to get our desserts, even after we paid the check. I mean it shouldn’t take 35 minutes to cut a few pieces of dessert. And our waiter clearly started ignoring us and avoiding eye contact once we paid the check. The odds of us coming back are slim to none.

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FrancisF
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It’s was my first time and definitely will not be my last time going back.

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Myra
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Mother’s Day

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

The food was very tasty and everyone enjoyed their meals. The only negative was the bill. We should have been told ahead time of the 20% automatic tip adder for just a party of 5. I almost tipped 40% without any knowledge as the receipt is ver deceiving.

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Mirhander
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall3food5service5ambience3

The food was delicious, as always. My waitress was very attentive. We arrived at 5:40 on a Saturday and it was packed. The tables were very close and it was crowded. It does not seem like they were following the Covid rules. They only allow for 1.5 hour and therefore the food came quickly. However it took too a long time to get the check.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall3food4service5ambience5

Sangria flight was fantastic. Friendly staff and excellent service

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You can order delivery directly from Esquina Latina Restaurant & Lounge using the Order Online button. 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 4.2 stars by 614 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.

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