Guantanamera

4.5
1683 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 1683 people are saying
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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
37 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

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vipBOMTV
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience2

We went in because I saw its rating over 4 stars. It's a Sunday afternoon just after 2PM. We got seated inside the restaurant. I ordered fish and my son ordered sandwich. The waitress did mention the fish is good but it would take some time. It took over 50 minutes. We got our lunch after 3PM. The fish was okay but other ingredients tasted like from a frozen veggie bag. The rice is tasteless and low quality. My son did like his sandwich. Our tiny water glasses were never refilled and stayed dry half way through the meal.
I didn't find a good experience in this restaurant.

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LesG
New England
5 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Food was delicious, but the music was too loud for such a small space. You're better off eating outside, if you can.

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vipLovegoodeats
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

The food was absolutely delicious and our server was very attentive. I would definitely dine at Guantanamera again!

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BrianC
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant is serving up delicious Cuban cuisine and equally perfect mojitos. This is the place to hit for Cuban food in the city.

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vipHeatherC
New York Area
38 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place! Best Cuban food in the city!! Staff is all so nice and friendly.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and a great service as always. They went above and beyond. Definitely recommend it!

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vipSummi
New York Area
79 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Have been to the Queens location several times and love the food, service, ambience and location so decided to try the Manhattan location for a friend's get together...did not disappoint... would highly recommend this place.!!!!

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ColinP
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience3

The food was very good and the ambiance was very good as well, it just seems that in these times the tables were very close to one another to the point that the conversation at the next table we were hearing more than our own conversation and the couple next to us would just laugh so loud and obnoxious that it was kind of disturbing. Other than those few things, everything else was good and my wife and I really had a great time.

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ChenghuiM
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

i take my friends there,it was pretty good.they had good music and food

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KarenB
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Loved Guatenamera!!! The food, service, ambiance and the latin band were outstanding. We actually have eaten there 3 times in two weeks.

Don't hesitate as you won't be disappointed.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Guantanamera is my favorite latin spot in NYC. Decided to celebrate my birthday here with a party of 10. Everything went smoothly and the food/ drinks were delicious. I will definitely be back!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and live music

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MediaSavvy
New York Area
28 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was great to see Guantanamera packed again, the band playing and people dancing in the aisles. And the food and classic mojitos were as excellent as ever.

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vipBrandonW
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Great food, nice environment

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IsabelT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Love , love this place. I decided to have my birthday dinner there because the food is always good and they make the best mojitos. Great service.

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vipJinzBoha
Louisville
12 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

We arrived early but were seated. First tried to seat us where one of us would be back to where servers were standing. Seated further in restaurant. Received water. Table beside us and behind us were waited on and tables across the room. After sometime the hostess came and ask if we had been waited on. We said no After 30 minutes we left.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2021
Overall2food1service3ambience3

Food was average, the garlic shrimp didn’t agree w my stomach I went to the bathroom 4 times because my stomach was churning. Person I dined w ate the same thing but felt fine so it was just me that felt off, not sure why. Didn’t eat anything bad before the meal. Server was aloof and inattentive. Great portions but pork was dry and paella was bland and I was scared to finish it since I didn’t want to get sick again. Forgot items on our order. Drink was disgusting had to send back. Only good thing is that the manager took 50% off our bill and profusely apologized. Won’t be going back. Don’t understand how this place has good ratings, feels like largely tourist clientele, maybe that’s why or we came on a HORRIBLY off night. So disappointed!

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JuliaH
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was really great and atmosphere we liked a lot!

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vipRangeBrover
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great restaurant that we found on our visit to NYC. They had wonderful food and live music. Service struggled due to covid but we had a great time. Highly recommend. FYI - It gets loud, so if you’re looking for something quiet, go elsewhere.

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vipBettyc4
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience5

I grew up on Cuban food. The quality of the food was great although I found the black beans were more liquid than beans. The mojito pitcher (2) for the five of us was plenty! The churrasco was tender, the bistec empanizado could definitely feed two hungry diners. We ordered two and the equivalent of one was basically sent back because we were traveling and didn’t want a doggy bag. The beef empanadas were a hit. We liked them more than the chicken empanadas, although they were also tasty.

Definitely make reservations. We got to see the band perform towards the end of the meal. They were great as well.

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JannetteG
Orlando
5 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excelent experience

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2021
Overall1food5service1ambience4

Food and drinks were late even though it was a slow night. Terrible experience. Continuously brought the wrong orders to our table (drinks from other tables). Server took at least 20 minutes to bring the bill after requested. Charged items I never ordered then she took forever to figure out how to remove the items. I’m a frequent customer and have been at this place at least 10-15 times in the past year. Not sure that I’ll return after this past experience. I’ll at least be requesting a different server.

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vipJoeF
Phoenix
9 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent ambiance, live music, and food. It was a truly enjoyable evening

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Alexa
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience4

Food was delicious, waiter was ok. Live music is after 8.

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MonicaR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2021
Overall4food4service2ambience3

Food was great, however the wait for the food was long.

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vipWilliamD
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is one of my favorite places to eat in NYC. We celebrated my wife’s 60th birthday and had an amazing time. The food and mojitos were exceptional.

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vipRonaldM
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food although between street noise and band was a little noisy

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DanielO
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very friendly, great food, great music and ambiance

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freds
Las Vegas
5 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great service and fun music

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RheaC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience3

Charming place, charming staff, very mediocre food

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vipSaverin
New York Area
230 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience2

Rather dark, dingy room but preferable to noisy, ugly 8th Av. My cubano sandwich was tasty and generous though the pork was chopped. Friend's ropo vieja was fine.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife’s birthday dinner was amazing. Live band sang happy birthday to her, food was great.

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FrankB
Central Coast
3 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It’s was amazing!!!!

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ChrisC
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Lively setting, live band, festive staff and great food

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vipanonymous
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Terrific restaurant with excellent food and swell music.

FAQs

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

Guantanamera is rated 4.5 stars by 1683 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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