La Isla Restaurant - Uptown

4.8
401 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 401 people are saying
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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.

WB
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
6 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.

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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
1 review
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

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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.

OT
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.

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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.

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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.

OT
OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was great, the service was so nice. What a great spot!

JM
JoeM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place all around from the food to the service. Facility was spotless as well too

OT
OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was absolutely amazing. As we walked in we were greeted by a friendly gentleman who walked us to our table, which was in such a great spot and great ambience in the whole restaurant. Service was amazing and friendly, they really welcomed us. The food was delicious and because of the overall experience we will definitely be coming back, like all the time! 5 stars in our book.

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Came here with a party of 5, honestly felt like they profiled me
and my friends. We waited for 20 mins for a table when it wasn’t busy. Sat down, got water and no one took our orders. 30 more minutes passes, everyone around us got served. We politely asked for the waiter a few times and were brushed off. After the last time they just all stared at us and passed by. I’ve never done this before but we all got up and left. Shame- I had high hopes, I love Cuban food. We were also STARVING and ready to order everything off the menu. We went to city bistro, had a bomb brunch, great service. Spent $120 a head (we literally ordered everything). I live a block away, any great place would get repeat business.

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vipamy3
New York Area
28 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a great neighborhood find! Food and drinks were great, service was friendly, and the restaurant is conducive to quiet conversation. Can't wait to go back!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great atmosphere

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yummy
Atlantic City
10 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Food was good service was great. The snapper and steak were excellent. The paella was soupy and unexpected. Otherwise overall was good.

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Eatz
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience5

Service could be better.

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Valentine’s Day

IV
IsabelV
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience5

As my wife has been there before her experience was great but I wouldn’t recommend this in a Valentine’s or big holidays . They were extremely busy the waiter ( Carlos ) completely forgot our main course and took and hour for it to arrive ,his service was horrible .As the managers were giving us different excuses why they forgot yet they couldn’t give us an accurate answer. Overall it can be great just not on special days .

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vipMichaelM
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3food4service5ambience3

Went for Valentine’s Day. Booked with opentable app. The restaurant accidentally cancelled my reservation the night before. Then called me to tell me they made a mistake and told me i had to give my credit card over the phone to hold the reservation. Didn’t get my usual opentable dining points because the restaurant had technically cancelled it in the system and then reissued it on the restaurant side.

Waited for close to 30min past our reservation time to be seated. The pre fixe menu was our only option and at $65, extremely overpriced for a 3 course. The restaurant ran out of the desert. And because of Valentine’s Day extra tables were added so we packed in like sardines and held to time limit for dining. Food was fine, nothing special.

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vipLecianyc
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Food was good, but it was a tasting menu for Valentine’s Day and when it came to dessert they were out of two of the three options. Very crowded restaurant, tables were on top of each other. Service was good and food was good.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
9 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fun time with drinks and amazing food. My wife and I come here at least twice a month for the fun Cuban food. Never disappoints.

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singinggal
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall4food4service2ambience3

The food was good, the service was not. We met family for brunch and the food was good, not incredible, but solid. We were just kind of amazed at how long we wandered around the restaurant looking for a hostess or someone who could seat us, since all 7 staff members who saw us on the floor and behind the bar just ignored us.

PF
vipPeterF
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Some of the new menu items are a great enhancement to an already great selection of authentic Cuban American cuisine.

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vipSundogguy
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience3

Great place! I love the local N.J. beers on tap. Carlos at the bar knows them all and is very helpful in choosing one. I also think they have a great wine selection and the prices on both wine and food are fair. The food is great and authentic. My only complaint and it’s more of a suggestion, is regarding the garlic chicken in a cream sauce. I used to get this all the time - it was so good I couldn’t order anything else. Then they changed the recipe and I don’t like it anymore. Please bring back the old recipe. Otherwise it’s hard to get anything less than above average here.

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La Isla Restaurant - Uptown is rated 4.8 stars by 401 OpenTable diners.

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