Cubanelle Restaurant

4.4
82 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Latin / Spanish
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  • Special Occasion
  • Casual
  • Good for Groups

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About

Cubanelle, a magical blend of Latin Soul and Cuban Spirit. Transport to a relaxing tropical destination with a spicy sexy flair. Experience the wizardry of innovative latin cooking by Celebrity Chef Alex Garcia, as he guides you through the culinary jungles and vistas of his unique imagination and innovative style. The Romantic Milieu of Cubanelle effortlessly introduces and transports you to the mystical cultures of Cuba and Latin America Delight to Cubanelle’s exotic gourmet dishes and explore from a diverse and eclectic menu from Chef Alex’s extraordinary signature Tapas, Appetizers and “For the Table” dishes to share and celebrate. The spirit of “the more the merrier” Certainly embodies the Cubanelle social and dining experience. Absorb the beautiful ambiance from our two tremendous Bar Areas. Lively Music, Dozens of Exotic Drinks, a plethora of Sangria.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Latin / Spanish
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Hours of operation
Sunday: 12:00pm - 10:00pm Monday: Closed Tuesday - Thursday: 12:00pm - 10:00pm Friday - Saturday: 12:00pm - 12:00am
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Phone number
(973) 284-1300
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Alex Garcia
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Private party facilities
Cubanelle has a complete private dining room which can seat up to 50 guests. Patrons also have the option of renting out the entire restaurant
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Private party contact
Jeff Melnikoff: (855) 404-9625
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Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Wine
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4.4based on all time ratings
4.5
food
4.3
service
4.3
ambience
4.3
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined on February 10, 2018

Great food, impeccable service, and ambiance was soothing. We were seated right away and the staff remained attentive to our needs/requests throughout the evening.

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5.0Dined on January 27, 2018

Great atmosphere and excellent food
Well all enjoyed our time

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4.0Dined on January 26, 2018

Good food, very good service, a little loud though, not for quiet dinner

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2.0Dined on January 21, 2018

This place is way too loud; and the food is okay; nothing to rave about.

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KV
4.0Dined on January 20, 2018

This is my 3rd time here to dine and the food & service is always very good The management team is always on their game as well walking around asking how everything is with your meal. I highly recommend their guacamole with banana chips !

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5.0Dined on January 20, 2018

From the moment we walked in the door the service was excellent, all staff very attentive. The food was excellent and Red Sangria great!!

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5.0Dined on January 18, 2018

Brought my wife here from Staten Island for her Birthday and enjoyed our time there. Great Service and Great food.

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2.0Dined on January 13, 2018

This is about the 5th time i have been here, i live around the corner. Was very disappointed. Its seems that they were severely under-staffed. Service was extremely slow and food took forever. The food was very good, though. Also, it was very noisy, too. I hope it was just a bad night for them.

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3.0Dined on January 7, 2018

We have been coming here quite often since they opened. However, the last several times I’ve been here, I’ve left angry. Besides the fact that they should explore more options with their menu, I have found that the service the last few times has been terrible. We’ve had servers who have placed to go orders for us when we are sitting to dine at the table, we’ve had servers not know if substitutions could be made on items, servers that have left us to go help other patrons while mid-sentence or leave and not come back with so much as water after 45 minutes. This place use to be good, their bread was good too but they’ve stopped giving it. But anyway the place use to be good, but I have a heard time reconciling my poor recent experiences here with those formerly good memories. Not even the fact that I like Fred helps this place out. After this last time, I’m not sure I’m interested in coming back.

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3.0Dined on January 6, 2018

Once a month me and my best friend try a new restaurant this month was Cubanelle. The hostess was amazing he was super funny and friendly. I am the mojito queen and the mango mojito was a 3 on a scale of 1-10. The shrimp in garlic sauce were amazing as well as my best friends pomegranate margarita and the pernil was yummy. Although I loved my entree my bestie wasn’t to impressed with her palomia steak. That’s her go to meat on our dates. Overall the food was ok and I’d go back and maybe try something else. Last but not
Least our waiter who was very nice at times we felt like he forgot about us. A few minor improvements could make this a go to local Cuban hot spot!!!

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5.0Dined on December 31, 2017

Food was amazing. Black bean soup simple but perfectly spiced. Service was fast. Highly recommended!

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5.0Dined on December 22, 2017

It was an amazing experience. I’ve been here many times and have taking many friends and it never disappoints. It was my mom’s birthday and they made her night when they sang happy birthday. We all had a great night. Server was excellent and the manager is always a gentleman.

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5.0Dined on December 22, 2017

Great food nice atmosphere.

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4.0Dined on December 21, 2017

Nice casual restaurant with awesome cocktails. The staff was very polite and happy.

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5.0Dined on December 15, 2017

Great food!

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5.0Dined on December 14, 2017

Had a group of 5 people and everyone was happy overall with the food. 3 if ya had the stuffed crispy red snapper. Very tasty but not a whole lot of fish there. Also WATCH OUT FOR BONES!! Is was a little unwieldy to eat and was a tasty dish but a little pricey considering what you can actually get out of it. Desert was delicious. Small bowl of very tasty mousse.
The pitcher of white tropical sangria was great and went too fast!!
Will recommend and return but will look into other menu items.

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2.0Dined on December 8, 2017

We were very disappointed in this restaurant. The poor service we received ruined our visit. We were seated at a very tiny table which was OK with us because we were only 2 people. We ordered 2 drinks, each, 2 appetizers, and 2 dinners. While we were half way through our appetizers, our dinners arrived. There was no way all that food could fit on our table. We sent the dinners back, but by the time they arrived back to our table, the dinners were no longer hot. This is our second experience with bad service at this restaurant.

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5.0Dined on December 8, 2017

LOVE this place!!! Will never wait in line for Cuban Pete's again now that I know Cubanelle is just a bit of a drive farther. Wonderful decor, friendly service, delicious cocktails and food, and great value for the money! I don't often give 5 stars, but this place deserves it. We will go again!

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5.0Dined on November 30, 2017

Great service and food. Owner is very personable. Neighborhood gem

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5.0Dined on November 25, 2017

Perfection in every aspect !! a hidden gem in Nutley NJ.. The food was fresh , and served promptly. Service was superb.

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5.0Dined on November 24, 2017

Great Food with outstanding service!

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1.0Dined on November 22, 2017

Our server was pleasant however, the quality of food this establishment offers is an embarrassment. I like to blog about food but the only thing I could say about this place is please DO NOT lie to your customers.

My husband ordered a Palomilla steak (sirloin) and the kitchen served the cheapest meat you can buy! I brought it up to our server and manager & all they did was give me a $20 gift card...No thank you! Please do not waste your time or money eating here. Horrible food and quality.

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5.0Dined on November 19, 2017

Great time had by all! Everything from the food to the sangria to the coffee was excellent. I would recommend Cubanelle to anyone.

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5.0Dined on November 18, 2017

Date was great. Tried new stuff and also went with our regulars items. Food sangria and staff are always great.

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5.0Dined on November 18, 2017

We usually get appetizers and share, which have all been great. Nice staff. Good sangria. Free parking lot across the street. Better than Cuban Pete's and often less crowded. Happy to have a place like this in Nutley. Definitely recommended.

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5.0Dined on November 17, 2017

I was surprised that I haven’t heard of this place before giving how great the food was. I highly recommend it! Everything we ordered was delicious! The staff was all very nice as well. We loved this restaurant.

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5.0Dined on November 5, 2017

Great food, great staff, & great Sangria. I would recommend Cubanelle for any occasion.

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KV
4.0Dined on November 4, 2017

I highly recommend this restaurant , tuna tartar was amazing the flavor and guacamole and chips delicious . This was our 1st visit will be back again soon!

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OT
5.0Dined on October 28, 2017

Amazing food and amazing service! Will definitely come back

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5.0Dined on October 14, 2017

This was my first time to the restaurant and it will not be my last. From the cheese bread rolls to the Mariscada entree everything was delicious. The staff was warm and personable. Bravo

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5.0Dined on October 7, 2017

WE love this restaurant. Great Latin food and great service.

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5.0Dined on October 5, 2017

First time there .. loved the atmosphere great vibe .. was celebrating my daughters bday .. the service was excellent! The manager on that night rolled up his sleeved and pitched right in team work. Food excellent.. it was a nice time with my family...definitely go again .

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4.0Dined on September 30, 2017

Our waitress was very good but the busboy appeared to be very inexperienced. Not only did he drop food on us as he cleared the table by reaching over instead of walking around the table to clear., he seemed oblivious, did not apologize and continued the haphazard clearing method for all courses

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5.0Dined on September 23, 2017

Good and service was amazing. You can tell the manager was on point, he pretty much checked in with everyone to make sure all was well which is a sign of a good manager.

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5.0Dined on September 23, 2017

We were a party of 8. All of our dishes were amazing. Great service! Excellent food! We definitely will be back here again!

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4.0Dined on September 15, 2017

Really good food. We had a bunch of small plates and then shared the pernil (which was fall-off-the-bone delicious). Friendly and attentive staff. And the owner bought us a round of drinks which was very much appreciated! We will definitely be back soon.

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4.0Dined on September 15, 2017

Consistently good service and interesting selection of food choices.

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5.0Dined on September 12, 2017

Went to celebrate with family. Everyone loved the food. Six wonderful entrees and three delicious appetizers. Huge portions big enough to share with the table! $5 Mojitos! Ended with a comp dessert for my anniversary!

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5.0Dined on September 3, 2017

Very nice. Enjoyed the atmosphere. Greeted and seated with smiles. Server took good care of us

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4.0Dined on August 30, 2017

Great we have been here before but this was for my daughter's birthday and the server was nice, food was fantastic and the drinks and dessert were great!

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