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La Isla Restaurant - Uptown, Hoboken, NJ

La Isla Restaurant - Uptown

4.5
4.5
543 Reviews
$31 to $50
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!

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Booked 26 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Cuban, Latin American, Latin / Spanish

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sat, Sun 10:00 am–3:00 pm Dinner Tue–Thu 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri 11:00 am–10:00 pm Sat 4:00 pm–10:00 pm Sun 4:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (201) 659-6090

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Catering

    Please go to our website for our offsite catering menu.

  • Private party facilities

    See website for private party info.

  • Private party contact

    Andy Montoya, General Manager: (201) 795-1310

  • Neighborhood

    Hoboken

  • Cross street

    12th st

  • Parking details

    Three parking garages are available within a block of the restaurant. Please use the parking garage on Maxwell Lane next to the restaurant $5 for up to three hours with validation ticket provided by us.

  • Public transit

    *Waterway ferry station within two blocks<br />*One block from public buses on Washington Street<br />*One mile from the Hoboken train station

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Popular dishes

Menu

Prix Fixe Mother's Day Brunch

$50 per person. Served from 10am to 3:00pm. $6 Mimosa, Belini & Bloody Mary all day!

    Appetizers

    choose one

    • Guacamole con Frutas

      avocado, lime, tomato, pomegranate, pineapple, mango, plantain chips

      • Quesadilla con Hongos

        mushroom, manchego cheese, truffle oil

        • Croquetas de Ropa Vieja

          paprika aioli

          • Yuca Brava

            fried yuca, spanish chorizo, spicy aioli, manchego cheese

            Main Course

            choose one

            • La Isla Brunch Bowl

              vaca frita, rice, avocado, queso fresco, pico de gallo, fried eggs

              • Churrasco a Caballo

                grilled skirt steak, onion, fried eggs, rice black beans

                • Omar's French Toast

                  strawberry-guava cream cheese, cinnamon batter, corn flakes-almond coating

                  • Huevos Rancheros

                    two poached eggs, spicy tomato sauce, corn tortilla basket, black beans, side of rice

                    • Crab Cakes Benedict

                      hollandaise sauce, home fries

                      Dessert

                      choose one

                      • Flan de Maracuya

                        passion fruit flan

                        • Amaretto Chocolate Cheese Cake

                          • Chocolate Mousse

                            with cream of coffee

                            • Tres Leches

                              three milk soaked sponge cake

                              Prix Fixe Mother's Day Dinner

                              $60 per person. Served from 4 to 9pm. $6 Mimosa, Belini & Bloody Mary all day!

                                Appetizer

                                choose one

                                • Guacamole con Frutas

                                  avocado, lime, tomato, pomegranate, pineapple, mango, plantain chips

                                  • Coctel Vuelve a la Isla

                                    octopus, shrimp, lime, tomato, jalapeno, orange, yuzu, soda crackers

                                    • Croquetas de Ropa Vieja

                                      paprika aioli

                                      • Taquitos de Atun

                                        sushi grade tuna, soy, lime, cabbage, sesame, jalapeno

                                        Main Course

                                        choose one

                                        • Seafood Paella

                                          saffron rice, shrimp, calamari, mussels, chorizo, piquillo peppers

                                          • Solomillo de Vaca

                                            oven roasted fillet mignon, malbec-porto wine reduction, dried plums, malaga puree

                                            • Vieiras al Sartén

                                              pan roasted diver sea scallops, corn, spelt berries, saffron-orange sauce

                                              • Mar y Tierra

                                                grilled skirt steak, shrimp, tostones, arroz moro

                                                • Pescado Frito

                                                  fried whole branzino, tostones, mango salsa, avocado

                                                  Dessert

                                                  choose one

                                                  • Flan de Maracuya

                                                    passion fruit flan

                                                    • Amaretto Chocolate Cheese Cake

                                                      • Chocolate Mousse

                                                        with cream of coffee

                                                        • Tres Leches

                                                          three milk soaked sponge cake

                                                          Last updated: May 4, 2022

                                                          What 543 people are saying

                                                          Overall ratings and reviews

                                                          Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

                                                          4.5
                                                          4.5 based on recent ratings
                                                          • 4.6Food
                                                          • 4.3Service
                                                          • 4.4Ambience
                                                          • 4.4Value

                                                          NoiseModerate

                                                          Loved For

                                                          • New York / Tri-State Area

                                                            Cuban

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                                                          1. AM

                                                            AntMc

                                                            1 review

                                                            5.0

                                                            1 review

                                                            Dined 1 day ago

                                                            overall5food4service5ambience4

                                                            We visited La Isla on our first night in NJ - what a great start. Service was friendly and attentive, cocktails are good, some nice reds on the menu, and the food was delicious. We particularly enjoyed some of the appetizers (wings & vuelve a la isla), but the entrees were delicious too. The ambience was pretty energetic but very much added to the atmosphere.

                                                          2. AM

                                                            AmyM

                                                            New York Area

                                                            3 reviews

                                                            4.0

                                                            3 reviews

                                                            Dined 7 days ago

                                                            overall4food4service4ambience4

                                                            Great food & experience- we love La Isla!

                                                          3. LC

                                                            LindaC

                                                            1 review

                                                            3.0

                                                            1 review

                                                            Dined 7 days ago

                                                            overall3food4service3ambience3

                                                            The people at the table next to us were obnoxious! I also didn’t like that they brought our salad and entrees at same time. Also, the dishes are too big for their small tables.

                                                          4. OT

                                                            OpenTable Diner

                                                            New York Area

                                                            1 review

                                                            4.0

                                                            1 review

                                                            Dined on May 8, 2022

                                                            overall4food4service5ambience4

                                                            Went for Mother’s Day dinner and had an amazing experience, great location!

                                                          5. VA

                                                            VincentA

                                                            Philadelphia

                                                            1 review

                                                            5.0

                                                            1 review

                                                            Dined on May 8, 2022

                                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                            Truly was a special experience for Mother's Day. HIGHLY recommended. Great food and great service.

                                                          6. DG

                                                            DonnaG

                                                            Washington DC

                                                            4 reviews

                                                            5.0

                                                            4 reviews

                                                            Dined on May 8, 2022

                                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                            Fantastic place with amazing food & great service! This is the place to do always!

                                                          7. M

                                                            Mozhan

                                                            New York Area

                                                            4 reviews

                                                            4.0

                                                            4 reviews

                                                            Dined on May 8, 2022

                                                            overall4food4service4ambience4

                                                            Appetizers and the main dishes were great. Unfortunately can't say the same for the desserts. Servers are friendly and polite. Overall a very nice experience.

                                                          8. MB

                                                            MatthewB

                                                            1 review

                                                            5.0

                                                            1 review

                                                            Dined on May 8, 2022

                                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                            Wonderful perfect Mother’s Day experience all around!

                                                          9. C

                                                            Corky

                                                            New York Area

                                                            4 reviews

                                                            vip
                                                            5.0

                                                            4 reviews

                                                            Dined on May 6, 2022

                                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                            Good value, good service and great value. Always a good time here.

                                                          10. OT

                                                            OpenTable Diner

                                                            Cincinnati

                                                            1 review

                                                            5.0

                                                            1 review

                                                            Dined on April 30, 2022

                                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                            Food was delicious! Looking forward to dining again!

                                                          11. OT

                                                            OpenTable Diner

                                                            New York Area

                                                            1 review

                                                            1.0

                                                            1 review

                                                            Dined on April 30, 2022

                                                            overall1food1service1ambience4

                                                            The service was severely lacking. Our waiter took our order and never came back to check in on us. The food’s temperature was lukewarm and lacking flavor (short rib and grilled chicken). Only thing that was enjoyable were the mojitos, but overall this dinner not enjoyable.

                                                          12. LG

                                                            LGG7

                                                            New York Area

                                                            25 reviews

                                                            vip
                                                            5.0

                                                            25 reviews

                                                            Dined on April 20, 2022

                                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                            Great food! Good service! Love the details that this restaurant focuses on…like the fresh flowers they always put out. We live an hour away but worth the trip.

                                                          13. OT

                                                            OpenTable Diner

                                                            New York Area

                                                            4 reviews

                                                            1.0

                                                            4 reviews

                                                            Dined on April 17, 2022

                                                            overall1food1service1ambience1

                                                            Unfortunately we did not dine at La Isla. After being seated we waited 15-20 minutes and no one came to our table. We left. Originally, we had a 2:30pm reservation but the restaurant called and asked if we could come earlier which we said “yes” - we were told to come at 1:30 because the kitchen was closing at 2pm and re-opening at 4pm for dinner. It really is unfair to rate them on food because we did not have any. Based on service alone I would rate them 1 star - I would have been ok had the waiter at least come to the table and introduce himself and let us know he would be back shortly but he never came.

                                                          14. OT

                                                            OpenTable Diner

                                                            New York Area

                                                            7 reviews

                                                            vip
                                                            5.0

                                                            7 reviews

                                                            Dined on April 17, 2022

                                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                            We enjoyed our family Easter brunch at La Isla this past Sunday and absolutely love the ambiance and of course the food! La Isla is by far the best restaurant in Hoboken! A true must do!😍😋😋

                                                          15. DK

                                                            DanK

                                                            Los Angeles

                                                            20 reviews

                                                            4.0

                                                            20 reviews

                                                            Dined on April 12, 2022

                                                            overall4food5service4ambience4

                                                            Return visit, food was excellent as always, large portions but the music noise level was too loud.

                                                          16. OT

                                                            OpenTable Diner

                                                            New York Area

                                                            1 review

                                                            5.0

                                                            1 review

                                                            Dined on April 8, 2022

                                                            overall5food5service4ambience5

                                                            Ambience and music were great. Had an app and the salmon dish as recommended by the waitress - was amazing! Margaritas were great, as well.

                                                          17. OT

                                                            OpenTable Diner

                                                            Washington DC

                                                            1 review

                                                            5.0

                                                            1 review

                                                            Dined on April 7, 2022

                                                            overall5food5service4ambience4

                                                            Great authentic Cuban food.

                                                          18. DM

                                                            DMeister

                                                            New York Area

                                                            1 review

                                                            vip
                                                            5.0

                                                            1 review

                                                            Dined on April 6, 2022

                                                            overall5food4service2ambience5

                                                            My dinner never came

                                                          19. AM

                                                            AsiaM

                                                            New York Area

                                                            6 reviews

                                                            4.0

                                                            6 reviews

                                                            Dined on April 3, 2022

                                                            overall4food4service4ambience5

                                                            Great location, convenient to parking garage in a city notoriously known for lack of parking. I'll assume that they were understaffed the day we visited because our server was also the only bartender for the full restaurant, which meant our orders were slow to be placed and even slower to come out of the kitchen. We were there for an hour before we even ate. Otherwise our server/bartender was apologetic and made great mimosas and Bellini's while we waited. Food was fresh and delicious. Will be back to give them another try at service.

                                                          20. CS

                                                            ClaudiaSessa

                                                            1 review

                                                            2.0

                                                            1 review

                                                            Dined on April 1, 2022

                                                            overall2food2service2ambience4

                                                            My white sangria had a weird soap taste in it . My Moro was hard . Maybe it was raspado but that’s not what I wanted . We had reservations were seated immediately but waited 25 min before the server came over . This is the first time I’ve ever been disappointed there .

                                                          21. JS

                                                            JoeS

                                                            Philadelphia

                                                            28 reviews

                                                            vip
                                                            5.0

                                                            28 reviews

                                                            Dined on March 26, 2022

                                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                            Went out for our Anniversary. Great meal, great service!

                                                          22. JS

                                                            JaymesShel

                                                            New York Area

                                                            3 reviews

                                                            5.0

                                                            3 reviews

                                                            Dined on March 26, 2022

                                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                            Food was authentically delicious

                                                          23. S

                                                            Sisters

                                                            New York Area

                                                            7 reviews

                                                            vip
                                                            3.0

                                                            7 reviews

                                                            Dined on March 25, 2022

                                                            overall3food3service5ambience4

                                                            One sandwich was very dry. The other was fine.

                                                          24. OT

                                                            OpenTable Diner

                                                            New York Area

                                                            1 review

                                                            2.0

                                                            1 review

                                                            Dined on March 20, 2022

                                                            overall2food1service5ambience3

                                                            The food was cold and I had the worst tostones in my life. The people however are still friendly.

                                                          25. M

                                                            Matahiisophiedepokelrani

                                                            New York Area

                                                            5 reviews

                                                            4.0

                                                            5 reviews

                                                            Dined on March 18, 2022

                                                            overall4food5service5ambience5

                                                            Was really great just a bit too noisy it was hard to talk to each other But loved food amd service, we ll be back

                                                          26. MS

                                                            MissSonja

                                                            New York Area

                                                            2 reviews

                                                            5.0

                                                            2 reviews

                                                            Dined on March 12, 2022

                                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                            Love the „Havana meets Miami” feel - really feels like a Mini vacation whenever we go there. Food is excellent, service too and the cocktails are delicious! Highly recommend.

                                                          27. OT

                                                            OpenTable Diner

                                                            New York Area

                                                            1 review

                                                            5.0

                                                            1 review

                                                            Dined on March 11, 2022

                                                            overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                            Great Dinner

                                                          28. B

                                                            Bys1126

                                                            New York Area

                                                            3 reviews

                                                            5.0

                                                            3 reviews

                                                            Dined on March 10, 2022

                                                            overall5food4service5ambience5

                                                            Food: ample servings, delicious - except for my dessert. Service was excellent. Music was a little too loud for conversation. Would still recommend.

                                                          29. OT

                                                            OpenTable Diner

                                                            New York Area

                                                            1 review

                                                            5.0

                                                            1 review

                                                            Dined on March 8, 2022

                                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                            My wife took me there for my birthday. The churrasco was amazing! The ambiance was very romantic. The service was awesome. I cannot decide between this place and Son Cubano as my favorite Cuban joint!

                                                          30. m

                                                            meilinsr

                                                            New York Area

                                                            2 reviews

                                                            5.0

                                                            2 reviews

                                                            Dined on March 5, 2022

                                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                            First time and we're from PA, we had a great time and great food! This will be one of our favorite restaurant in this area.

                                                          31. OT

                                                            OpenTable Diner

                                                            New York Area

                                                            2 reviews

                                                            5.0

                                                            2 reviews

                                                            Dined on March 5, 2022

                                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                            The service and food was great!!

                                                          32. T

                                                            Tarzan

                                                            1 review

                                                            4.0

                                                            1 review

                                                            Dined on February 20, 2022

                                                            overall4food5service3ambience3

                                                            Not bad. Good food. When the place is pack is hard to get a table for more then 4 people.

                                                          33. RA

                                                            RosaA

                                                            1 review

                                                            5.0

                                                            1 review

                                                            Dined on February 19, 2022

                                                            overall5food4service5ambience4

                                                            Marcos the waiter is great! He deserves a raise!

                                                          34. OT

                                                            OpenTable Diner

                                                            New York Area

                                                            3 reviews

                                                            1.0

                                                            3 reviews

                                                            Dined on February 15, 2022

                                                            overall1food3service1ambience1

                                                            Horrible service. Food came cold, they reheated it 🤦🏻‍♀️ Overcrowded place they clearly don’t care about social distancing anymore. Not going back there.

                                                          35. OT

                                                            OpenTable Diner

                                                            1 review

                                                            5.0

                                                            1 review

                                                            Dined on February 14, 2022

                                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                            Amazing ! Food was great and the environment was very friendly

                                                          36. m

                                                            michelleb

                                                            New York Area

                                                            23 reviews

                                                            4.0

                                                            23 reviews

                                                            Dined on February 13, 2022

                                                            overall4food4service4ambience4

                                                            Excellent service and welcoming from staff. Food was very good.

                                                          37. s

                                                            sloo

                                                            New York Area

                                                            10 reviews

                                                            5.0

                                                            10 reviews

                                                            Dined on February 13, 2022

                                                            overall5food5service5ambience3

                                                            The food here is amazing, and the service is excellent. Just be aware that the music is loud and the tables are very close together, so it's not the easiest place to have a conversation.

                                                          38. R

                                                            Ricky

                                                            1 review

                                                            3.0

                                                            1 review

                                                            Dined on February 12, 2022

                                                            overall3food2service4ambience4

                                                            Food was ok, white rice was reheated and took away from the overall plate. appetizers so so, shrimp tasted off. Mojito,the mint leaves not muddled, too heavy on the lime.

                                                          39. OT

                                                            OpenTable Diner

                                                            1 review

                                                            5.0

                                                            1 review

                                                            Dined on February 2, 2022

                                                            overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                            It was a great place to celebrate my son’s birthday. Food is wonderful, customer service was great.. tables were a bit small and tight but overall a great experience

                                                          40. OT

                                                            OpenTable Diner

                                                            New York Area

                                                            1 review

                                                            vip
                                                            5.0

                                                            1 review

                                                            Dined on January 26, 2022

                                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                            Great food and great atmosphere! Highly recommend their spicy margarita too.

                                                          Safety precautions

                                                          • Cleaning & sanitizing

                                                            • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
                                                            • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
                                                            • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
                                                            • 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

                                                          FAQs

                                                          You can order delivery directly from La Isla Restaurant - Uptown using the Order Online button. La Isla Restaurant - Uptown also offers delivery in partnership with Chow Now and Uber Eats. La Isla Restaurant - Uptown also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (201) 659-6090.

                                                          La Isla Restaurant - Uptown is rated 4.5 stars by 543 OpenTable diners.

                                                          Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

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                                                          Booked 26 times today
                                                          Google Map for La Isla Restaurant - Uptown

                                                          25 12th Street Hoboken, NJ 07030

                                                          Additional information

                                                          • Cross street

                                                            12th st

                                                          • Neighborhood

                                                            Hoboken

                                                          • Hours of operation

                                                            Brunch Sat, Sun 10:00 am–3:00 pm Dinner Tue–Thu 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri 11:00 am–10:00 pm Sat 4:00 pm–10:00 pm Sun 4:00 pm–9:00 pm

                                                          • Cuisines

                                                            Cuban, Latin American, Latin / Spanish

                                                          • Dining style

                                                            Casual Dining

                                                          • Dress code

                                                            Casual Dress

                                                          • Parking details

                                                            Three parking garages are available within a block of the restaurant. Please use the parking garage on Maxwell Lane next to the restaurant $5 for up to three hours with validation ticket provided by us.

                                                          • Public transit

                                                            *Waterway ferry station within two blocks*One block from public buses on Washington Street*One mile from the Hoboken train station

                                                          • Payment options

                                                            AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

                                                          • Additional

                                                            Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

                                                          • Phone number

                                                            (201) 659-6090

                                                          • Catering

                                                            Please go to our website for our offsite catering menu.

                                                          • Private party facilities

                                                            See website for private party info.

                                                          • Private party contact

                                                            Andy Montoya, General Manager: (201) 795-1310

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