Esquina Latina Restaurant & Lounge

4.5
558 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.
What 558 people are saying
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4.5based on recent ratings
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4.6
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4.5
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89% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

server was very nice and attentive.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was fabulous. Service was friendly and helpful. Great atmosphere. Will definitely be back.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

We had a great time at this restaurant. Food and drinks were awesome. The only thing we didn't liked was the greeting person she could care less if we're there or not. Very cold greeting.

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KevinG
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service and beautiful place. I’ll definitely be back again. Thank you!

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DZap
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Appetizers and sangria were great! We ordered the cuajaríais, guacamole, tostones rellenos, empanadas and fried yuca. Also 2 sangria samplers.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food and service. Will definitely be back again.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious , place was super nice and lit up , music was perfect.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience4

Good food, and drinks, but service took forever.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything is just so delicious...This was our second time here. We had the cheese croquettes and beef empanadas. Dipping sauce is so good. I got the Roja Vieja so flavorful and tender. Plantains are perfectly sweet. They don't skimp on the wine pour either for $8. Churros are everything you'd want. Great little spot

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NellyP
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Parking is scarce but the food, service and music is good! I will return

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Amarachi
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Adhered to COVID restrictions. Limited time to eat makes reservation easy!

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Nicole
1 review
Dined on January 22, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Cool atmosphere and good drink selection. Decent sized portions. Service was a little slow but we didn’t mind since they didn’t hold us to the 90 minute max time.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2021
Overall2food1service2ambience4

Cold food, warm drinks, very overpriced for the quality. Apps were the best part of the meal

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AngNJ
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Great food and environment!! Def recomendable!!!!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went with friends for dinner on Saturday night- the drinks were amazing- service was fast and efficient - and the dinner portions were perfect! Everyone practiced social distancing - and everything was clean.

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vipMaryAnn
Orlando
33 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We were excited to get out on New Year’s Eve. The atmosphere was very festive. The wait staff was great and the food was delicious. I was just a little disappointed with the paella marinera, it was a little mushy and it said there was lobster in it. There was a half a a tiny lobster tail, I think they could have spared the other half for $32. The drinks were good and the desert was excellent!

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MarisaC
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our meal was outstanding ! I highly recommend you come to enjoy the good and atmosphere

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Fabulous50girl
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience2

I’ve been to this restaurant a couple of times with friends for appetizers and drinks. Always good and in pre-COVID-19 times , always packed. This time was me and another person. The restaurant was not crowded at all but service was slower for some reason. In the end, the food was delicious but the ambience was different given the social distancing and lack of music and ambiance.

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Jess
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great vibes !

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EricaC
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Music was at a perfect level. You can hear each other. Staff was awesome. The manager Christian was fabulous.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fun and sat outside but was still warm heaters are very good

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Christal
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was my 2nd time here, the food is always good and the workers are just amazing.
Besides the parking downtown, I would highly recommend this restaurant to residents and visitors of New Brunswick.

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Pilar
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Our food was delicious. Always a great meal at Esquina Latina! Must have the empanadas and tostones. I love all of the appetizers as well as the main entrees.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was great! The service was top notch! The drinks very good!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

The meal and service were very good. Highly recommend the sangrias as they have all different types. We did an assortment of 7 different appetizers and desserts. Churros were very good for dessert as well.

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RajeevJ
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience3

Too many people inside and too small outside patio. Food was ok. Service was good.

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InaA
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ended up eating at the bar, had a great time with my friend...

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Keesha
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great spot of you are looking to dine with friends or a date and enjoy a vibrant, colorful ambiance and Latin music.

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AliceA
Atlantic City
2 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2020
Overall2food2service5ambience5

Do not order strip steak they serve it with a huge fat piece down the middle after they butterflied it & it was 31$ not much meat. Mofongo was mushy & not from the sauce. Moro had no flavor. I’m of Puerto Rican descent & I know Puerto Rican /cuban cuisine Empanadas were decent & drinks as well. Place is lively & nicely decorated.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

The place was very upbeat and had a relaxing vibe. Food was delicious, drinks were outstanding, and our server was very friendly. My only complaint is that even though I had made a reservation, we had no choice but to sit outside not even on the main patio, just in the parking lot where it was cold and dark. Some outdoor heaters would have been nice! Next time I go, I’ll bring a heavier jacket!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my favorite places in New Brunswick. The service is always good and the food is delicious.

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shipra
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

We were seated on the back patio .. service was patchy .. drinks were ok . Only the food presentation was good.. but the two fish entrees were ok. The veg paella is a no go.
May not go back..

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FernandoS
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, great people. I really enjoy having a dinner here.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very pleasant environment and delicious food

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FatimaB
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, good food. Definitely will go there again.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2020
Overall3food5service2ambience4

You can’t have one server for the entire restaurant

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vipOpenTable Diner
Atlantic City
19 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Angelica our server was awesome!

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Katy
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience3

Service was slow and ambiance is average at this point, being we chose to sit outside for the last of the quarantine situation. The food is always consistent but we were sad to find out they were still operating on a restricted menu. the tres leches is crazy over priced and not even all that impressive.
The manager came to speak with us and has intentions of returning to a normal menu next week although not everything from pre-COVID is guaranteed to make the menu 🙁.
We enjoyed our happy hour experience as it was outside but I am curious to see how it will be once it gets cold out and outdoor dining is no longer an option. I am optimistic that we will return to “normal” soon although I am not optimistic we will be dancing any time soon.

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vipHappy
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Restaurant rating for ambiance effected by the fact that our dinner was during the dining outside mandate on a very traffic noisy street.

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CatherineD
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I was craving empanadas and they did not disappoint! We have plans to go back and try all the rest of them because they were so good. Also tried two margaritas, both amazing and a great blend of flavors.

Service was awesome, not sure if our server was the only front of house staff member on or if there was one other, but regardless he was quick, attentive, and pleasant.

Even though we were set up in the parking lot and it drizzled a bit in the beginning the ambiance was nice. Music was upbeat but not too loud and it still felt cozy.

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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 4.5 stars by 558 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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