La Isla Restaurant - Uptown

4.8
414 Reviews
$30 and under
Cuban
Havana meets Miami in Hoboken!
After nearly 20 years of local cult status and high critical acclaim at a tiny location in downtown Hoboken, La Isla has expanded into a brand new 100 seat space near the city’s uptown waterfront at the Maxwell Project.
With acclaimed Chef Owner Omar Giner at the helm in a state-of-the-art facility, the new restaurant aims to capture the character and charm of the original with the same sense of authenticity and high value in a setting that would be at home in South Beach.
The new restaurant also features a full bar with over fifty wines by the glass, a large selection of fine rums, original tropical drinks and a dynamic offering of craft beers and spirits.
Come and experience the warm heart of the Cuban people, the fast beat of our music and the surprising character of our cuisine!

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
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
What 414 people are saying
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magg
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good service, good food a little bit noisy for my taste

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Waldo
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved it! Food was amazing

JM
vipJosephM
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience4

The waiter didn’t seem to know what he was doing. I think he was the bartender filling in for the restaurant.

TG
TrevorG
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

DEFINITELY some place that I would go back to!! Food was ABSOLUTELY amazing.

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Woodster
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went to La Isla for brunch on a Sunday morning. We were greeted and seated quickly. The food was delicious and the coffee was bold and flavorful. This is a solid bet.

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Uber1
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went there for Sunday brunch with my brother in-law and everything was delicious and the service was great. Got there on time and was greeted and seated right away.

Started with the Havana Banana, very tasty drink. Had a beef and cubanada empanada to start (a must try). The main was the churrasco al caballo medium and it had the perfect sear and flavor (if you like steak you will love their churrasco period)

The waitress was attentive and the rest of the staff was very nice, they had good energy.

Will definitely go back and I highly recommend this establishment to everyone.

JF

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WJL7
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Good food, friendly service, nice atmosphere. Looking forward to the next visit.

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
35 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great meal and always enjoyed

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BlaireA
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous dining and wonderful atmosphere!! Food is delicious and I would highly recommend!!

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Ashany
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, appropriate attentiveness by the staff. Great food, drinks and atmosphere whether it’s for a friends’ get together, family dinner or date night La Isla uptown never disappoints.

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waitress was great! The food was good and drinks are a great deal

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very well organized, made you sign in for contract tracing, hand sanitizer available, spaced out tables, friendly staff and good food

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Kelly
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great foot, drinks, service and atmosphere! We enjoyed our brunch very much.

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vipLeese
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very accommodating staff. Provided great advice on parking in the area & waiter was also creative when suggesting cocktails.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food I was amazing. It is a bit chilly inside (for those who always debate whether to bring a sweater somewhere), but overall it was great. All the food was delicious!

LA
LismarieA
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved coming here. The drinks were great, the food was delicious and the staff was friendly. They even sung happy birthday. I’ll be back again.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience3

Overall disappointed across the board. Service was weird and it’s a total rip off. Way too overpriced for what you get. I wasn’t even really impressed by the food. La Isla is way too over hyped. They had a list of 12 beers on the menu but only two available. Portions are tiny, fine but the food didn’t blow me out of the water. Will definitely not return again. Only good part was my pineapple habanero mojo to.

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WayneB
London
1 review
Dined on February 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic service, lovely food and an excellent ambience. Would highly recommend.

OT
OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

A Special Celebration to be remembered. They provide the table that was requested, not waiting period, great service and the food delicious , small portions tough. New safety protocols were observed. Definitely will visit again.

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sloo
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went for the Valentine's Day prix fixe. The food was great, and so was the service.

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience4

The service was fantastic, prompt, lovable waiters and busboy crew was so good. I accidentally spilled a drink, and it was cleaned up and replaced so quick.
The food had a decent taste, but my specific requests weren’t met. Very limited fixed menu for v-day. I would go back to try during regular hours.

JH
JabarH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was great. The setting was very calm and contained. Staff was all friendly

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Valentine’s Day brunch

OT
OpenTable Diner
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2021
Overall3food5service3ambience4

This is a longstanding local favorite of ours however this recent visit was a bit disappointing. Our drinks were terrible and needed to be corrected by the server sweetening them as they were very bitter. Our server was not wearing his mask properly and the manager kept taking off his mask buff to speak to patrons. This was alarming and upsetting to see.

The food was very good as it typically is and the value was on par. Just very frustrating to see staff not following CDC regulations.

LG
LydiaG
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great ambience, food and service. Enjoyed a glass of red wine. Unfortunately the mojito cocktail tasted more like a margarita.

OT
OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and great atmosphere. Brunch pricing also one of the best in the area.

CA
CAS062911
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The owner sat us and was extremely nice. The food was tasteful and delicious and very inexpensive for the area. We will definitely be back.

SM
SusanM
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first time at the uptown location and really liked it. The food was excellent and the staff very helpful and friendly. Cant wait to go back again!

OT
OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, amazing drinks, and excellent service!

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Yesica
1 review
Dined on January 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was the best overall and service was outstanding. Definitely will come back again

JR
JuliaR
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, amazing vibes and a great location. Went there for brunch. 2 drinks, 2 entrees and a side was less than $50. Right near the water and they give you a $5 parking voucher. Couldn’t recommend enough.

DG
DwayneG
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

It was a great experience. I came for my birthday and the team was very attentive and allowed my party to sit together. Really good food and very fun atmosphere

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent lunch-El Cubano is delish!!!

OT
OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great customer service

DA
DeanaA
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent as always! Service and food! Well spaced out.

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Clarissa
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was my first time attending this restaurant and I was very impressed with the service and food. Took my sister here to celebrate her birthday and we had a great time. I highly recommend this place.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

I wanted to take my daughter and her friends out to dinner to celebrate her 22nd birthday. She wanted Latin cuisine. My go to place in my area is Son of Cubano but they didn’t have any reservations available for a party of 4 at 7:00pm that Friday night so I decided to try La Isla Restaurant in Hoboken. We were not disappointed. Good food, drinks, service & ambience.

GL
GinaL
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious!..service was great...perfect spot for brunch will def be trying it out for dinner. And not expensive at all.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Steak was excellent.
Will come back for sure.

AS
AshleySharae
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Took my boyfriend there for his 42 birthday! It was a really romantic place and the food was awesome. The Cuban sandwich was great! The steak was greats. A nice quiet place for a date night and away from the Hoboken crowds.

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La Isla Restaurant - Uptown is rated 4.8 stars by 414 OpenTable diners.

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