La Isla Restaurant - Uptown

4.7
468 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 468 people are saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
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4.5
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4.6
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92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Gingermarie
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Nice atmosphere. Cozy. Friendly and personable staff. Excellent food with nice presentation. The salmon was outstanding as was the ropa vieja. Will definitely return.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Food and service were amazing! The cocktails were so delicious. The environment it self was a little loud but what can you expect when everyone is enjoying their food and company? Will go again,

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BigAl
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall1food3service1ambience2

Server was a bit rude and odd to us. We were not allowed to switch seats when we asked and the seats were very cramped together. One of our servers was nice but overall the ambience in the building was odd with all the workers standing around as you’re eating.

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OpenTable Diner
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall5food5service2ambience5

The seemed to have forgotten my Entrée

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Delicious food, perfect maduros. sangria tasted more like a spiked punch than wine. Excited to come back and try more dishes!

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Cathrynf
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Disappointed. Not enough help.

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vipJguglielmo
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Positive: Great drinks and enjoyed my shirt steak.
Negative: There was a very large bug crawling on the inside window right next to us while ordering and the waitress didn’t acknowledge it or try to help us. My boyfriend found a bug in his water and had to ask twice for a new one. I found a bug in my water later on and told the waitress while paying and she said “they’re just around” which was alarming.

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vipBrittneyG
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food. Great drinks. Staff was incredibly nice & welcoming! 10/10 recommend!

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vipdiana156
New York Area
61 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Good food, sometimes too salty!

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DeeF
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Amazing food & atmosphere, just wish the waiter was a bit more attentive but I also understand it was busy. Overall, great restaurant!

JM
JoeM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food with great service!

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CharlesC
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on July 1, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Food excellent. Service good.
The wine I desired was not available, but a delicious substitution was offered.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Waiter hardly stopped by our table and the restaurant was not at full capacity. We would have ordered two more rounds of drinks but since we were not checked on, we didn’t. Additionally when the waiter did come over they didn’t clear any plates or refill waters without being asked.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall3food5service3ambience3

The food was delicious. But it was SO hot in the restaurant. Uncomfortably hot, and the service wasn’t as good as usual. We had to ask for water 6 times before we got any, and we needed water because of the temperature in the restaurant.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

La Isla never fails. Uptown and downtown are two gems in Hoboken. The food, the drinks, the service all outstanding.
Try it. You’ll love it.

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Amit
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

love this place. A repeat customer. The food is always great.

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TafiaR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was the best Cuban food I had in a long time. Plus $5 brunch drinks that were amazing and not weak or watered down. How can you beat that?

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OpenTable Diner
Atlantic City
5 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall4food3service3ambience4

I was expecting better a part of me wanted to turn around and go somewhere else but we were already there . If I were alone I would have . The tables are tiny and it was the three of us . I wouldn’t go back

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So lovely!

OT
OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing! This place never disappoints! Already planning on going back!

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Amit
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and great ambience

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience5

It was good. They didn’t have the bottle of wine I wanted but I had a martini instead. Would go back.

OT
OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a great experience for us

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AmandaC
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall2food3service4ambience1

It was 95 degrees and the restaurant had not air conditioning or fans. It was so uncomfortable and very hott. Made the whole experience horrible.

DC
DavidC
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience2

All of our food was served cold.
Our server was extremely slow and not attentive at all. When we asked for our bill (for the 3rd time) he said he needed a minute, but continued to go to other tables and take their orders. We eventually just had to go to the front to pay our Bill.

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VictoriaN
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went for brunch with our kids and we had a wonderful meal. Can't wait to return soon. Environment is trendy yet family friendly. Peach bellini ♡

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AnnieM
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

La Isla has consistently very good food. Service was good - the waiter did the best he could, as they are obviously understaffed. Drinks are very good as well.

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StephanieG
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

went to La Isla for an early dinner, and had such a great time! we sat at the bar and our bartender Brian was super nice. The food was amazing too- we got the salmon and oxtail stew and it did not disappoint!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

great waiter and excellent food

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vipQnbeejh
Philadelphia
60 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was great and food was excellent as always! Red Sangria is the bomb!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love the brunch at La Isla

OT
OpenTable Diner
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food all the time

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vipTV1NYC
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

I was not aware that the restaurant had a prix fixe menu for Mother’s Day which was not a problem. My meal along with mom and dad were delicious! Will go back on a regular day and chow on their regular menu.

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GinaA
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always marvelous!!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Happy Mother’s Day Breakfast but they wanted you to order a 3 course meal. I asked if I can order a few appetizers instead but, they forced the issue that the Mother day 3 course meal had to be ordered for both parties at 10am. We paid for our drinks and left. Makes no sense to eat a 3 course dinner at 10am and I asked the waitress twice about ordering appetizers and sandwiches instead and was denied. Only after I requested for the check, she wanted to accept our order. By that time, I was upset. I just wanted breakfast

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Katie
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Food and drinks were excellent. The atmosphere is fun and music was great. The dessert was not as good, but we will definitely be coming back more often for the food!

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vipKaitlynS
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really fun and great food/drinks! Highly recommend

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Staff was great! Food was a bit dry but the guacamole was amazing!!! Definitely order!

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DianeK
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Staying in the neighborhood and have already been there twice. The food is authentic Cuban and the prices are very reasonable considering the uptown area. Had empanadas, black beans and rice, ropa viieja, then Saturday brunch. Cocktails excellent. The servers were so friendly and attentive. Wry cute outside seating.

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La Isla Restaurant - Uptown is rated 4.7 stars by 468 OpenTable diners.

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