Guantanamera

4.5
1699 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.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • 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
  • Staff temperature check required
  • Diner temperature check required
  • Contact tracing information collected
What 1699 people are saying
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4.6
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LILA
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food2service4ambience1

I've been at this restaurant before and communicated my food allergies. They said that my allergen is cooked separately from the food I requested. This happened on 3-4 visits to the restaurant. I was there yesterday and had a different waiter. He told me that everything is cooked in the same oil and that I should not order 'x' item because it is fried in the same oil as the fish. That being said I am extremely disappointed and disgusted that they would lie and risk the health of someone in order to make an extra $8-11 for the restaurant. If you have food allergies of any sort I would stay far away from here. They have no shame.

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DebraB
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place! We went for lunch and everything was perfect. The Cuban sandwich and Pernil sandwich was delicious!

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OpenTable Diner
Raleigh
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service! Food was delicious.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2022
Overall5food5service4ambience5

45,50 and 55 ir th day

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and music!

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vipMutantAsian
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Lots of happy people at 1030 on a Saturday night. Great place to meet after a Broadway show.

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vipJennyP
Charleston
5 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exemplary service and cuisine. We’ll be back.

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John
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Place
love the food, great service, music spectacular

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MarleneC
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great food. Loved the band. Great mojitos. We come to NYC for Christmas holidays and always dine at Guantanamera

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Foodietootie
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2021
Overall2food1service5ambience3

We are familiar with Cuban food and visited Cuba more than once. We decided to frequent this restaurant for a pre-theatre meal and it was a disappointing dining experience. We sent back our fish entree because it was a flavorless and tough piece of fish. The waiter recommended the house specialty entree which wasn't much better. The pitcher of red Sangria was sweet with bits of fruit but did not contain much wine.

We tipped the waiter appropriately because, in our view, the server should not be penalized for ill prepared cuisine.

However, we are not coming back. Nunca.

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PeterR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Lovely service and good food. The music level was high.

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vipTaraK
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is one of my favorite go-to restaurants in Hell’s Kitchen. Food is delicious and service is fantastic and friendly. Highly recommend!

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HildegardeP
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service was Excellent!
We had the last oxtail, house salad and sweet plaintains.

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Angelica
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We had a beautiful evening with food music and great service

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OpenTable Diner
Dallas
1 review
Dined on December 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and absolutely delicious food! Staff are friendly and on point. Will definitely be back.

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VelkyG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service ; will definitely recommend.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Muy rica la comida y el servicio al cliente excelente. Nos sirivieron rapido y estuvieron siempre muy atentos

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thanksgiving day

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience3

We were seated outside and it wasn’t very pleasant there was little cockroaches all over the place. But food was really good just be careful you don’t eat something else…

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JudithS
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Staff was warm and friendly. Fast service. Great Mojitos. Plenty of food and reasonably priced. They made sure we got to the theater on time.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
4 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience4

We had a decent experience. Service was good, place felt fun. We weren't there late enough for the live band, but really would have enjoyed it. Good was marginal, but the empanadas were great. Drinks were great, too. They had no control over this, but there were very annoying food bloggers out something that had cameras on them the whole time, very strange and distracting.

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susell
New York Area
57 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2021
Overall2food3service3ambience2

We picked this restaurant for its location. They asked for Vax proof but none of the wait staff were wearing masks. One dish was disappointing because it was short on shrimp and mostly rice and vegetables. It also was very noisy.

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vipDisappointing
New York Area
196 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience1

I used to go here once a month pre-pandemic--loved the food and the staff and the ambiance. We always sat downstairs, where the noise level was really fine. But now you can only sit upstairs where the noise level is truly unbearable or outside where you can hear the 8th Avenue traffic. The staff is still lovely but some of the food has gone downhill, for sure--from a tasteless palma real salad (which I used to love) to watery, sickly sweet margaritas. Oh well, welcome to post-pandemic dining in Midtown West.

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vipfoodies
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Had a great dinner here on Friday night. It's bit too loud for date, but overall was great. Will come back for their happy hour special.

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Chris
47 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

good place for a late dinner after a show. Food Menu had interesting selection of Cuban Dishes. The Oxtail stew tasted wonderful; would however have preferred it ore cooked such that the meat would fall off the bones.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall4food2service3ambience4

Waiters and music were great !

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vipAudreyG
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Dined on a Thursday night, not expecting live music. Band came on at 8:30pm, they were great! A very fun, festive atmosphere. We will be back!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall1food4service1ambience2

Absolutely horrible experience. A friend I haven’t seen in a very long time came to NYC to go to a theater show, and I am utterly embarrassed and humiliated that I picked this restaurant. The reviews all seemed good, and I made the reservation for 6pm, which should have left us plenty of time to make the 8pm show four blocks away. When we arrived, there was a line of people waiting for reservations. It was 6:15 before a hostess showed up to even try to help anyone. All they would say is that they assumed people seated earlier would stay two hours, and they were staying longer so what could they do? KICK THEM OUT! Or let me do it if you don’t have the cahones! Then a party of six pushed past everyone who also had reservations saying “they had negotiated their seating already.” W.T.A.F?!?!?!? After making a point that the four parties of two with reservations at 6pm (when it was now 6:20) would be happy to share, my friend and I were led to the table - for six. Not even bothering to break up the tables just seating the two of us there. We told them we were honest, please also seat all the other parties of two they had delayed but they just ignored us. Then the hostess came back several times asking for my name because she couldn’t find my reservation. I showed her the reservation confirmation, but she kept insisting that she couldn’t find it. Then she asked: are you just two? No flies on her, she was a quick one. On saying yes, then she said oh, I thought you said you were a party of six! And then she suddenly found my reservation. Right there by my name. Which I had told her multiple times. Go figure! Then she said, oh they had another table for two they could seat us at, and took us back up to the front to a bar table right in the path of entrance traffic behind the hostess station. That only had one chair. We had to ask to get water. We had to ask to get menus. We had to ask if anyone was waiting on that table before anyone took our order.

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vipLorraineB
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great time. The food was delicious, the servers very friendly and the music was great albeit a bit too loud for a 6 pm dinner. My friends loved it and I would definitely recommend it!

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OpenTable Diner
New Mexico
6 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were there to celebrate a birthday & the staff the musicians everybody made it incredibly special. If you want to get a little taste of nyc live salsa music & not be in a club this is the place to go. It’s family friendly and so much fun!! Musicians are amazing and staff make your visit extra special . We were al dancing! Food mad drink are also delicious!

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DrKins
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love this place! We stumbled upon it several years ago and it has never disappointed us. Authentic Cuban cuisine, carefully prepared. The Cuban sandwich is exceptional. But, try the Shrimp in white wine and garlic. Music on weekends. The staff is very friendly, polite, and attentive. Only downside is the noise level is a little high. Always a winner!

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OpenTable Diner
Austin
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mojitos from the gods. Diverse menu with something for everyone. Rice is just right.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience2

I expected more, considering the stellar reviews. The place is small. The service was mediocre. The paella dish I had was bland. The two stars are for the mojito and the wine.

I will not return.

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CCAP
Seattle
7 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience2

Food was fantastic. Tables are very close together. The music was so loud the waiter couldn’t hear us order. Would go again.

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vipConnoisseurtoo
San Diego
13 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience3

So very disappointed. Food was so bland everyone barely touched their food. How do you cook beans with no taste? Even the sangria did not taste good.

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Midtown
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience1

Food was quite simple with small portion, maybe not good enough for the value. Very loud music. Should be better for drinks.

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KerryH
New England
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our favorite meal we had in NYC. The food was phenomenal. Service and staff were great. Highly recommend the banana guava bread pudding!!! Their mojito's were a favorite as well. Go you won't regret it.

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vipPablo
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Always great Latin music to go with the delicious Cuban cuisine.

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vipDCLDad
Baltimore
7 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience3

The food was average at best. It was a super busy theatre night and they were short staffed. I ordered vegetable paella, and it was soupy and not very good.

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vipHeatherC
New York Area
43 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is THE best Cuban food in the city!! Love the friendly staff. Always a pleasure to eat here

FAQs

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

Guantanamera is rated 4.5 stars by 1699 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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