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Guantanamera

4.7
4.7
1816 Reviews
$30 and under
Cuban
Guantanamera is an instant escape from Midtown Manhattan to chic Old Havana.

Guantanamera is a friendly, fun, vibrant Cuban restaurant featuring traditional Cuban fare, magnificent mojitos, complimentary hand-rolled cigars, & Live Cuban music. As indelibly Cuban as the classic love song that bestowed its name, Guantanamera, captures the essence of Old Havana with its exotic décor featuring exposed brick, candle-lit tables, rattan-covered ceiling fans, and hand-painted folkloric murals.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 26 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Cuban, Latin American

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Daily 4:00 pm–12:00 am Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–1:00 am

  • Phone number

    (212) 262-5354

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Private party contact

    Mario: (212) 262-5354

  • Neighborhood

    Midtown West

  • Cross street

    Between 55th and 56th Streets

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Public transit

    A,C,B,D,1 at 59th St/Columbus Circle, N,R,Q,W at 57th St

  • Entertainment

    Live Cuban music, Rumba, Mambo

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 1,816 people are saying

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

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.5Value

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  • New York / Tri-State Area

    Cuban

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  1. SB

    StillBill

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Theater with friends
  2. M

    Margaret

    San Francisco

    37 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    37 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Fun atmosphere, food and drinks for a group.
  3. JC

    JonathanC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Small but inviting. Good music, good specials. Fantastic food.
  4. HC

    HeatherC

    New York Area

    49 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    49 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love this restaurant and the staff. Food is best Cuban in NYC
  5. F

    Feather

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    THe staff were very attentive to our requests. Very nice ambience. Food was great. Music very nice.
  6. CB

    CalvinB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food and the live performance was great throughout the meal!
  7. J

    Juan

    New York Area

    39 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    39 reviews

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    A great stop every time we visto the city. Good food festive environment and outstanding service.
  8. B

    Bshells

    Los Angeles

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Everything we had was delicious. The mojitos, empanadas, skirt steak, shrimp and spinach.
  9. C

    Cathy

    Los Angeles

    21 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on November 21, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    They accommodated a large group of us with relatively short notice. Service was excellent as was the live music. Food very good too. A fun night out.
  10. LH

    LiongoHammer

    New York Area

    40 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    40 reviews

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great time had here. The atmosphere very noisy and energetic. Not a place for quiet conversations. We started with the Tostones Rellenos and Calamares Fritos. These starters were fabulous. My companion had Lechon Asado as her entrée. I chose the Salmon Bayamo. We both enjoyed our entrees and plan to return to this wonderful restaurant.
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    With the loud and boisterous crowd, it is not the place for intimate conversation. However, the place is great! The manager was friendly and checked to see if everything was okay several times. Her smile alone can light up a room! The atmosphere was friendly and uplifting . And, the food! The Latin/Spanish cuisine was outstanding. This is not Mexican food, y’all. My husband had paella, and I had suckling pig. Delicious!
  12. KP

    KevinP

    Philadelphia

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on November 15, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Took my wife here for our anniversary on a Thursday night at 630pm. The music was upbeat and pretty loud during dinner prepping us for the live music which started at 830pm. If you are looking for a true supper club, with good Cuban food and space between the tables to dance after your meal, this is your place. They even have a downstairs party room which can be rented out for a small gathering at reasonable prices. Waitstaff was always ready to serve, often refilling our sangria glasses from the pitcher we ordered.
  13. LR

    LarryR

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food is outstanding, served quickly. Staff answers questions about choices. Drinks were great. In 11 trips to NYC, its 11 for 11. Its a must have.
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The atmosphere was amazing, the food was fantastic and the drinks were made to make you feel good! My partner and I rate it a 10/10.
  15. A

    Annnn

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 1, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Very friendly and the food was good. We had Ropa Vieja and Mojitos, both very good. The restaurant is very lively and my only complaint was that it is a little too noisy. They have a small stage for a band, though we did not hear one when we were there. I am sure it would be enjoyable music but if you are looking for a place to have a dinner conversation, ask if there will be entertainment.
  16. VG

    VelkyG

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Food is good; reasonable prices; good location; good friendly service
  17. SW

    ScottW

    New England

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on October 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    What a great find. Amazing Cuban food and the best mojitos. Went for lunch on a Friday and it was very quiet.
  18. f

    frequentdiner

    New York Area

    486 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    486 reviews

    Dined on October 26, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Huge, delicious portion of paella marinara. Rapid service. Expect to shout, as noise level verges on the unbearable. Next time we'll come later to hear live music.
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 24, 2022

    overall1food1service3ambience3
    La comida estaba horrible malisima y cara yo soy cubana y creanme que es el peor restaurante de Manhattan
  20. CJ

    ChrisJ

    San Diego

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on October 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful people, great food!
  21. JH

    JoeH

    San Antonio

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on October 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, great music and lots of smiles
  22. JD

    JeffD

    Houston

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on October 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Energetic, lively, fun. The food is amazing with live entertainment and dancing.
  23. o

    operafansri

    New York Area

    118 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    118 reviews

    Dined on October 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Haven’t been since I retired 10 years ago. Still fabulous food, service, ambiance,! Can’t wait to go again. Great to go with friends. We went for lunch, but heard dinner is great also with music and dancing. Really fun place with excellent good!!!
  24. AM

    AnnaMariaM

    Milwaukee

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 16, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience4
    My party of 3 requested the outdoor seating because it was less crowded. However it s located flush to the bike lane and the servers had to dodge overspending bikers and delivery professionals at their own discretion. Perhaps this is why our orders took so long to arrive. A couple of the orders were incorrect. This is a repeat visit to Guantanamera; the servers seem to be actors-in-training and all have entertainment skills. Our host on our visit did a really bizarre trick with the wine. A taste was poured into the glass, and then, the glass was laid on its side while the wine leaked out onto the paper table cloth. The table cloth was immediately removed by another server. Hilarious.
  25. DO

    DanaO

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 15, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    Excellent food and atmosphere. Service was a little slow; they never came to refill our water.
  26. NA

    NoelA

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 15, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Great food, drinks, and music. Live band was very good.
  27. m

    miriama

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 14, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    food is very good and nicely presented. Very reasonable prices.
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on October 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, fun decor, especially the Halloween decorations, attentive staff, and live Latin American music makes for a fun evening out. We loved everything about Guantanamera.
  29. JL

    JLDJR

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 8, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience4
    We found the food to be very good but lacking traditional Cuban seasoning and lacking ANY salt! With the understanding that less salt may be better for many, some salt is required for authentic Cuban cuisine!!
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is one of the most authentic Cuban food restaurants we’ve ever been to in NYC. It was like a home cooked meal. We’re both Cuban, so we know how good Cuban food is supposed to taste. The service was outstanding and a great atmosphere. We liked it so much that we came back later that night for appetizers and to enjoy the live music. I left my credit card at the restaurant and Cassie the manager took it upon herself to mail it to me, because we live about 2 hours from the city. Overall, I give this restaurant a 20 out 10!!! Jose Cabello
  31. DR

    DemetriosR

    Montreal

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on October 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great cozy place, food was good and the Mojitos were very good. Was there on a night with live music which made the experience even more fun, and people and some staff would spontaneously start to dance. Great ambiance.
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Unspecified

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 2, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience5
    Visiting NYC and found it online - definitely NOT disappointed by food or atmosphere. Small but lively spot for good Cuban food if you’re close to Times Square.
  33. A

    Amelia

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 1, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    We enjoyed our time at Guantanamera. The staff were all very friendly. We weren't too impressed by the croquettas but did enjoy the grilled calamari for an appetizer. For a main, I had the ropa vieja and it was absolutely delicious. Everyone else also loved their meals as well. The only real negative of the experience was that everyone felt the staff were skimpy with the water. Other than that, we would definitely recommend and would happily return in the future.
  34. IO

    IsolinaO

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Completely the best dining experience! Excellent.
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very friendly, attentive wait staff. Great drinks. Delicious food and interesting menu. Lively, festive atmosphere. Definitely going back. This was my first time and I’m so glad to find this gem!
  36. SA

    SANTO

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As Always.... Amazing. Worth the trip from Long Island.
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Just great food and great experience
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The good was incredible. Service was good. And the band was super talented
  39. MK

    MarjK

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and great atmosphere. Staff was very attentive.
  40. JW

    JonathanW

    Baltimore

    22 reviews

    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on September 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The food was fantastic and the service was amazing. We ate outside so we had to contend with street noise, but it was a beautiful day. We also took advantage of Mojito Tuesday ($6 mojitos). We'll be back next time we're in NYC.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Diner temperature check required
    • Staff temperature check required
    • Contact tracing information collected

FAQs

Guantanamera offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (212) 262-5354.

Guantanamera is rated 4.7 stars by 1816 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 26 times today
Google Map for Guantanamera

939 8th Avenue, New York, NY 10019

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Between 55th and 56th Streets

  • Neighborhood

    Midtown West

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Daily 4:00 pm–12:00 am Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–1:00 am

  • Cuisines

    Cuban, Latin American

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Public transit

    A,C,B,D,1 at 59th St/Columbus Circle, N,R,Q,W at 57th St

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Entertainment

    Live Cuban music, Rumba, Mambo

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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