Cubacan

3.8
557 Reviews
$30 and under
Latin / Spanish
Cubacan Restaurant & Bar offers lunch, dinner, and drinks overlooking the Asbury Park, New Jersey Boardwalk and the Atlantic Ocean. If the ocean view provides the inspiration, guests can try the sea bass dish branzino a la planxa. Those more inclined to turf rather than surf may enjoy Cubacan's pernil asado, a traditional Cuban pork roast, or the ropa vieja, which is a braised beef dish.

Cubacan Restaurant & Bar also serves a variety of mojito cocktails and has an extensive wine list for those who want kick back, relax and watch the waves roll in.

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
  • 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
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 557 people are saying
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3.8based on recent ratings
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food
3.7
service
4.1
ambience
3.5
value
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85% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience2

Our server Elijah was AMAZING!!!! He made our party so much better!!

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TableBoy
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was excellent:
Food
Atmosphere
Service
The Food!

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melv
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went on a Friday and sat in lounge area. Cocktail was perfect, small bites of food were beautifully presented & music & mood was killer!

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richw
Philadelphia
24 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great meal. Great appetizers. Great sangria. We really enjoyed the evening

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CVree
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great location, perfect views and the food is a delicious are always !

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a fave of my family.

MS
vipMarianaS
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Limited options and doesn’t taste like Cuban food

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

We got to the restaurant and were promptly seated! It did take a few minutes for our server to get to us but we didn’t mind. The food was delicious. It was my girlfriends birthday so I made a special request to write on the plate in chocolate, but when I ordered tres leches that didn’t happen. We also requested a song but the staff was busy and the wonderful hostess was able to sing to us BEAUTIFULLY!

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MichaelS
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Very authentic Cuban menu. Staff is very friendly. Cuban music sets the mood. Stylish decor and conveniently located on the Asbury Park Boardwalk. Great for people watching.

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LisaD
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service. Good price point for what was included.
Will be back! Try the white wine mussels

MF
MeladisF
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Very good place!!
In front of the beach!!
Good attention!!
Good food!!

DB
DebbyB
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience5

Service was excellent. Food was not good.

CJ
CinthiaJ
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience4

Slower service, so don’t go if you’re in a hurry. Food is overpriced for what it is - flavorless and small portioned. Music and ambiance was great though.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2021
Overall2food3service4ambience4

They were out of bread and also plantains. Last 3 visits. Poor management

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2021
Overall2food3service2ambience1

When we arrived for our reservation- the host sat us at a table that was not yet cleaned. She said they would be over to clean the table in a second... 8 minutes pass and we still sat with a dirty table and no menus. While we are waiting for our table to be cleaned, a large party of 8+ people are being kicked out of the restaurant. They were intoxicated and cursing /screaming slurs.

We asked the waitstaff for assistance and they cleaned the table and provided menus. When our server came to take our order, we made it easy and ordered our drinks, app and entrees at once because we saw the restaurant was busy.
After 5 minutes of placing our order, we receive our waters and our waiter comes back and says that the appetizer we ordered is out for the night. We chose another appetizer.

Appetizer comes out and 10 minutes pass and we still did not receive the drinks we had ordered. The waiter then came back and said they no longer have the wine and we had to pick a new one. We picked a new wine.

Food came out and it was good. Overall this was an extremely mediocre dining experience. Very unsatisfied and will not be coming back.

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Radz1111
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Good food. Service was excellent. Could use outdoor heaters.

NC
NadiaC
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Excellent Mojito and average taste for the food.
Good Cuban vibe and music but I would expect a more tasty food.
Overall good experience.

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Went with a group of friends and it was great.

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Maggie
1 review
Dined on May 17, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Service was very bad. Waiter was nice enough, but had not tried one of the entrees we asked about. Asked us for a drink order when we were barely seated. When we were finished he did not clear the plates. Food had been sub par at best. He dropped the check and then we sat with uncleared plates and with our credit card out for a very long time. The dining room was empty. Hostess walked by- no clearing of plates or taking our check. Finally another server picked up our credit card to run and cleared the plates. As we were leaving, our original server came up to us and asked us if we were all set. Our check was very expensive and the service was disinterested at best and the food was not great. The one saving grace was the other waiter. We tipped well just in case they pool their tips. Both my husband and I have worked in the food industry, so perhaps we have high standards, but this was not great considering how expensive our meal was.

Cubacan
Responded on May 18, 2021

Hi Maggie, thank you for dining with us and sharing your review. We are so sorry to hear about your experience here with us. We will look into this and work on improvement with service. We sincerely hope you decide to give us another chance. Please feel free to contact us if you would like to discuss further. Thank you. -Cubacan Management

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Unknown
1 review
Dined on May 17, 2021
Overall1food3service1ambience4

The food was pretty good. The service was atrocious. Our server left in the middle of his shift, which happens, I understand. Not a single person came over to continue the service for our table or the other tables he was taking care of. We sat there for over an hour with no one checking on us. We finally got up and went inside to pay, angrily, and then left. Not good!

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience5

Service is always terrible, food was cold for a 12-noon brunch.

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall2food1service5ambience5

The waiter was fabulous as were the drinks, but the food was just mediocre. Shrimp had a very fishy smell, which means it was not fresh and the paella had no seasoning or taste to it. However I would try it again, I’m going to assume they are short handed and training new people because of Covid, and they were very busy which businesses are not ready for.

OT
OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience5

Food was slow to come out. Empanadas were flavorless, rice and beans were mushy and tasteless. Yucca was cold.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Horrible, will never go back!

JT
vipJanTrish
New York Area
102 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2021
Overall2food3service2ambience4

Pollo y tortilla soup flavorful! Perfect start - sadly not completed before the shrimp arrived, flavorless, beautiful presentation just absolutely flavorless. An appetizer serving of mussels met every expectation and then some! A side of potatoes made for one half of the table to have a delicious experience and the other half f the table not so much...

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vipVickiC
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience4

We had a reservation fir 5 on Mother’s Day . We arrived on time and we’re seated right away . Service was slow but we didn’t mind the food was great and it was a holiday. The problem was when the check came the server said oh by the way we have no internet so we can only accept cash . After speaking to the manager we learned that it was down most of the day. It was now 7 pm. She suggested an ATM in the deli across the street. What choice did we have. But the Little ATM across the street was out of cash . So we had to go get the car to drive elsewhere to get cash.
We should have been told when we walked in. We could have run to the Bank then . Very bad. Not sure if I will go back 😕

JL
JL725
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Not authentic cuban food..Food lacked flavor... service was slow. Our waitress was good.. Music kept stopping. VERY expensive

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vipkathyK
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The service is always very good - servers are attentive and helpful. The food is also delicious - I have had multiple meals (salmon, chicken, brisket, short ribs) and always very tasty! The red sangria is very good - not too sweet.

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RobertM
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience4

Small portions, cultural music too loud, good not excellent food.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall3food1service4ambience5

The food is not authentic Cuban food - did not taste good. The sangria was delicious. I would not recommend the food if you want authentic Cuban cuisine. I would definitely recommend going solely for drinks. The ambience is beautiful. The service was good if you like the waitress and busboys constantly checking on you - every 15 minutes. I wish the food was better.

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Deenice
Atlantic City
4 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Wine tasted old. We didn’t even finish our salad and our food was out. The busers kept trying to clear our table before we were done with everything.

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GinaC
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Lots of service workers looking to clear plates and help out- Food can be small portions but entrees are big enough to share

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall2food1service4ambience3

The food was awful! The staff were very friendly! The value was fair. I would never go back! It was not the same as the Cubican from Main Street.

OT
OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was very good. Good service music was a little loud

JM
JenniferM
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great afternoon outside watching the kites topped by fantastic food & service!

OT
OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great. Servers were all polite, food was delicious.

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience1

Hostess was young and horrible, overwhelmed. Ambiance was a level higher than cafeteria ... my friend had a steak that was very good. I had a salad ... and honestly the worste salad I’ve ever had.

Cubacan
Responded on May 5, 2021

Hi, thank you for dining with us and sharing your experience. We are so sorry to hear you were displeased and we hope you decide to give us another chance. Please feel free to contact us if you would like to discuss further. Thank you. -Cubacan Management

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VictoriaS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service. Amazing food. 10/10. Will be going back and recommending.

Cubacan
Responded on May 5, 2021

Hi Victoria, thank you for dining with us and sharing your wonderful review! We appreciate your feedback and we look forward to your next visit with us! Thanks again! -Cubacan Management

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall4food3service3ambience4

Pretty expensive for what it is. Overall my steak was great, but the paella wasn’t too great.

OT
OpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

It was good, the food was amazing

Cubacan
Responded on May 5, 2021

Hi, thank you for dining with us and sharing your review! We appreciate all feedback and we look forward to your next visit with us! -Cubacan Management

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FAQs

Cubacan offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (732) 774-3007.

Cubacan is rated 3.8 stars by 557 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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