Cubacan

3.7
629 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 629 people are saying
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vipJess
New York Area
50 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience2

It was ok. It wasn’t bad but also not great… service was ok. We were the first there for lunch and not really checked in on which it fine. Our server was sweet and responsive it just seemed that with an empty place and SO MANY employees on, I didn’t expect to have to wonder where our server was. Food was not bad but definitely a needing a little kick of flavor. There seemed to be A LOT of fruit flies or gnats around us which was a little off putting but just swatted them away during our meal. Not the worst but not really up there either.

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Lisa
New England
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We always have amazing meals when visiting Cubacan. Mussels, skirt steak, salmon and grapefruit margarita were all on point!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent as well as the drinks service was great and friendly

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LarryA
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience2

Seventh time going to Cubacan. Must be a new chef. Will not go back.

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vipM6424y
Atlantic City
18 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience2

Unacceptable to bring out half the meals and then the other half 45 minutes later. After 3 of us complained to the manager he offered to take the late meals off the bill. When the bill came he only took off half of the late meals. Most of us who received our meals late didn’t eat the food.

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patriciad
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice experience on a beautiful day. Food was excellent.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience1

Horrible …. We were seated and then ignored for 25 minutes . Finally my date went and asked if we were gonna be served and someone came to the table . We ordered our drinks apps and entrees because we didn’t know if they were coming back . 15 minutes later we got our drinks …. 20 minutes later got our apps ice cold …. We decided to pay for our drinks and leave … As we’re paying , a waitress jumps in front of us and starts telling the bartender about an “annoying” family she’s serving. I was in disbelief at how she was acting. Completely unprofessional….. the worst service of any restaurant in Asbury park. With the exception of the poor management in Stella marina ….. on the way out of cubacan we needed to use the restroom … it was the dirtiest smelliest bathroom of any restaurant I’ve been to… Horrendous experience … HORRENDOUS !!!

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DjeauxT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience5

We had a great time and the food was amazing. We will return for sure. The service was strained but but they recovered strongly in a professional manner. It was a tough day so no worries from me.

The food is well done and authentic, the people watching is great, you can't beat the location and it is a great place for a nice, chill dinner.

I recommend strongly.

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Erben
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2021
Overall4food5service2ambience3

Great food, poor service. The staff couldn't be less invested in their jobs. But of 4 of us we all liked our meals and drinks immensely.

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ElvinS
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2021
Overall2food1service1ambience3

The salmon was raw. The waitress barely came to the table to check up on us. Not a good experience at all.

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OpenTable Diner
Atlantic City
2 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Food was delicious, drinks not so much. Server was helpful and attentive.

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NicoleT
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lisa was a joy! She was attentive to our every needs. She made suggestions that were on the money. The food was amazing! We loved everything we ate. Highly recommended.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Food was good but a little small on the portions

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2021
Overall1food1service4ambience3

The food was gross. Soggy rice and bland beans. Nothing had seasoning. The meat was literally gray. Not exaggerating the worst food I have ever paid for. We only ate it because we were starving and felt bad for the service workers. Would never ever come back even in my worst nightmares. If you know what good Latin food tastes like, this will be an enormous disappointment.

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OpenTable Diner
Nashville
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and excellent service. The mussels were flavorful and the skirt steak was cooked perfectly with delicious flavors.

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Ocsmed
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We made a reservation through open table. When we got there the maître d’ could not locate the reservation. She was still struggling with the fact that she could not find the reservation in spite of us showing evidence of having made the reservation.

She seemed a little flustered and finally one of the more seasoned waitresses told her to make an accommodation. It was a little mind-boggling given that the restaurant was half empty and it was clear that the crowds were not stampeding into the space.

That said, the waitress serving us was extraordinarily competent and very accommodating. Food was very good but required a little more seasoning. When we come back we hope that the restaurant logistics will be worked out and the food a little better seasoned.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great meal. Best calamari I have had in a while. Great meal right on the boardwalk.

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JaneA
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience4

The bartender and drink assortment was great. Too. Ad the taps weren’t Working for their 80+ beer choices. They were only able to serve bottled beer. The margaritas made up for it though. While the food quality was good, it was very small portions. There was literally one short rib on the plate, along with a good assortment of vegetables. The paella was 2/3 rice, and two clams, three shrimps, three scallops..
These entrees were both $30. Each

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KrisC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience5

Horrible service, mediocre food, nice views and ocean breeze.

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JessieR
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience3

Really wanted to enjoy this place...we weren't acknowledged after being seated for over 10min. Had to ask of we had a server. Food lacked flavor & my dad's was served cold. It was extremely loud & felt chaotic. Don't waste your time.

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vipFreudianslip70
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Side dish came before meal. Food had more fat than pork. More peppers than pork. Flavor therefore subpar. Loud. Disappointed.

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RobertS
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cubacan has a great blend of indoor and outdoor dining. We opted for outdoor due to current COVID rates in the area, and had a lovely boardwalk view. Food and drinks were outstanding, even the dessert (which isn't always the case at restaurants with good apps and entrees!). Service was also quite good.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience5

Ambiance was lovely. Waiting an hour and half for entree, while others were served. When asked about our meal, our server checked and said our order was lost. It was not a overly crowded evening. Our dinner finally arrived and my dinner was inedible. Stringy, dry and unseasoned brisket (ropa viega). Couldn’t eat more than a bite. Other guests in my party had the octopus salad which was tasty and the bread basket and empanadas as apps were also good.

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vipAngieD
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall3food2service2ambience2

A bit disappointed in both the food and the service. We got seated right away but no one approached us to take our order until I asked and then the food was mediocre at best. Been here several times prior to Covid and it was apparent that they did not maintain their quality

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MollyM
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience4

Our server was really sweet, so I feel awful leaving a negative review… but our entrees came out before our appetizers, and service was just generally slow despite the restaurant being almost empty. No one in our party enjoyed their food, and we’re not picky at all. The seasoning was off and nothing tasted particularly fresh. It was just nowhere near worth the high prices. They charged us an extra $5 to put two tiny slices of cheese on my daughter’s kids meal burger sliders… I love Cuban food but this didn’t hit the mark and we definitely won’t be back.

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ArleneT
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Paella and lechon was excellent. We ordered entrees to share family style and portions was perfect! Sangria awesome too! We ended with flan! Leaving here multiple times and will definitely be back again

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DanielleL
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Terrible service, terrible cocktails awful blasting music selection.

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cSquared
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience1

I really wanted to like this restaurant, but it just didn't cut it. Clearly their business is booming because they had to stop taking walk-ins, and perhaps that's why such little care is put into every aspect of the dining experience there -- why work hard if you're still killing it, maybe? It just seems like a lucky location with perfectly edible food. Would not go back, not even for the ocean view (which was equally the main draw for us as the Cuban cuisine that evening). Completely unimpressed and underwhelmed, even let down, very let down.

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Mike
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Need an additional bartender. Drinks took forever to get.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience3

The service was slow, and the server got my entree wrong twice, in addition to one other misunderstanding about a side dish order. The ambiance was nice, but the inside dining booth seats were peeling. And, it just wasn’t a good experience overall. There was 2 in my party, and we both feel the same. I left hungry after finishing my shrimp & rice dish. It’s a small portion for the price, and my daughter felt that her meal was not edible, so she left hungry as well and we had to go buy more food elsewhere after our lunch there.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2021
Overall5food5service1ambience5

Birthday, the service was slow and inadequate.

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RosaG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience5

Great time, love the outdoor space and I was able to bring my well behaved dog who sat in his bag the entire time. Food was ok.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall3food2service2ambience2

Disappointed with food and service, will not recommend this restaurant

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vipTomH
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Excellent Cuban Sandwich and patatas bravas. Very good Jalapeno Marg.

Definitely worth a visit!

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Bella
New York Area
46 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Food is good and consistent. Service is excellent. Prices a little high for quantity. I would return.

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nancys
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience3

Have been dining here for many years. This time was terrible.
Food was cold.
outside dining area was messy with garbage under tables.
waiter was lovely but he had no back up to help him.
Crossing off my list.

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Yeep
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great outdoor experience. Food was on point with the paella and pork chops

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JenniferW
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a good time on Thursday evening with my friend! We were running a little late and were still accommodated. The food was amazing, music was perfect, and the vibe was really great. Would come again for sure!!

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vipDbbsjwn
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really surprisingly good after all these years. Highly suggest it here. Staff always very nice and the food is solid.

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Satisfied
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2021
Overall4food3service3ambience4

Cubacan is in a great setting in Asbury Park on the boardwalk. Outdoor tables overlook the Atlantic Ocean. Food is decent. Service as well. Mixed drink menu has some unique items.

FAQs

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

Cubacan is rated 3.7 stars by 629 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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