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$30 and under
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Cubanitas is an authentic Cuban eatery in the heart of Milwaukee. The casual restaurant serves lunch and dinner and has a full-service off-site catering menu, as well. Guests can enjoy valet parking and then relax in the simple dining room that allows all of the focus to be put on the Latin American and Cuban food. At Cubanitas, the house special mojito is a must.

Try empanadas filled with meat or vegetarian options, a classic Cuban sandwich or an entr�e of tilapia, roasted pork and more at Cubanitas. The daily specials include Cuban post roast, a seafood of the day and a weekend brunch menu.

Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuban, Latin American, International
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:00am - 4:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 4:00pm - 1:00am
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Phone number
(414) 225-1760
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Marc Bianchini
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We offer full service catering menu for off premise parties as well.
Email us at for catering menu.

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Cross street
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Parking details
Valet and Street Parking
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Special events & promotions
Contact Marta at or call 414.291.3773 anytime for on-premise or off-premise party planning.

Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine
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vipEli4Carole (Milwaukee)
5.0  Dined on June 25, 2015

Everything was most excellant at Cubanita's. The food is quite authentic, good, and reasonably priced. Not to mention the service is always super-friendly. A place, that by all manner, is exceptional.

The only way to improve or let's say enhance is to have more authentic old Cuban music playing. Maybe even, add on to the space somehow, someway and add a dancing area.

OverpricedArabEsque (Milwaukee)
3.0  Dined on May 16, 2015

We are big fans of Cubinitas - and our server was incredibly sweet. The hostess was very very rude - so I would encourage you to review her conduct and how she works with customers - she is the complete opposite of the rest of the staff.

vipWaterfrontguy (Milwaukee)
3.0  Dined on March 25, 2015

Excellent food though a bit noisy. Hard to hear over the bartender wacking limes! Pork was outstanding.

Shonte (Milwaukee)
3.0  Dined on March 5, 2015

Went recently for the first time for lunch and I had the Cuban. It was really good! The Mojitos were good as well. I'm normally not. Guacamole fan but there house-made guacamole was really good. I definitely would go back. Btw, our service was impeccable!!! I recommend this place!

Israelx30 (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on February 13, 2015

Cubanita's is a must when visiting downtown Milwaukee. The atmosphere, service, food and drinks are second to none. I am always treated like family when I arrive. I especially enjoyed the Shrimp special and the Tres Leches cake. The music helps sooth the soul and makes you fell like you are in the Caribbean.

OpenTable Diner (Milwaukee)
3.0  Dined on January 31, 2015

Nice venue, but the best food here is bar food (plantain chips & guacamole). If you are expecting an authentic Cuban restaurant, you will be disappoined. It may be okay for lunch, but not for dinner. At an early seating time, with only 3 tables of diners, the kitchen could not manage to produce a hot plate of food in a timely fashion. Our meals arrived lukewarm, tasting like the food had been (under) reheated in a microwave.

vipAmazing (Milwaukee)
5.0  Dined on January 8, 2015

One of the best places in Milwaukee to tantalize your tastebuds in amazing flavors wrapped in simple homestyle elegance. The waitstaff makes you feel relaxed and welcome providing just enough attention with out being overwhelming. It's a must do when in Milwaukee.

OpenTable Diner (Milwaukee)
5.0  Dined on December 5, 2014

Great service, great food (amazing guac!) and an awesome location. The drinks were also great- best mojto I've ever had. Fun place for dinner with friends before a night out!

HappyDiner (Milwaukee)
4.0  Dined on November 17, 2014

We visited Cubanitas to celebrate my daughter's birthday. It was VERY quiet on a Monday night, as we were the only people in the restaurant. But the food was very good and helped my daughter re-live her recent trip to Cuba. Our waitress was from Cuba and very friendly. We had a lovely evening.

OpenTable Diner (Milwaukee)
4.0  Dined on November 7, 2014

They serve the best pork!!! Loved the plantains and guacamole. Best Mojito's too! Coconut cream pie was fabulous.

vipJohnny (Milwaukee)
5.0  Dined on September 22, 2014

Great service, and great Monday night special. It was the perfect ambiance for a birthday celebration! Look forward to going back!

barbc (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on July 2, 2014

My husband and I chose Cubanitas due to its proximity to our Marriott hotel. We were pleasantly surprised by the atmosphere, staff and especially the food, which was fresh and delicious. The mojito was wonderful, and we particularly enjoyed the spinach and cheese empanada, pork tamale and grilled chicken with lime, garlic and pineapple. Everything was delicious.

BrewCityChica (Milwaukee)
4.0  Dined on June 26, 2014

I've had food from Cubanitas before but never was able to sit down at the restaurant before. Finally were able to reserve a table for our anniversary. It didn't disappoint! When you go, you must order their guacamole & plantain chips - they are perfection. For dinner, y husband ordered the Cuban sandwich & I ordered the Tilapia dinner. Both were really good! Can't wait to go back to order more.

OpenTable Diner (Milwaukee)
4.0  Dined on February 14, 2014

Had valentines dinner here. Staff were all very friendly. Food was delicious. I had eaten here shortly after they originally opened and enjoyed it then too. I was surprised it wasn't completely packed but it was quite cold outside. After dinner we stopped a few doors down at indulge for some wine and truffles. That was great too.

PandG (Milwaukee)
5.0  Dined on February 13, 2014

Went for a dinner on a Thursday night. First time at Cubanitas so made reservations for 6 pm, but really didn't need them. Service was immediate and friendly...we both had an original mojito which were great. Had the guac and plantain chips which were excellent. Wife was reluctant because she thought plantains would be sweet, but they were just like potato chips in the shape of long banana slices. A Cuban friend recommended we try the Cuban sandwich. We did and it was awesome, very authentic thanks to the bread used. We also ordered the Thursday special which was pork and potatoes in a red sauce. This was also very good, tender and tasty. Had espresso and flan. Flan was fantastic. Service was super quick.

OpenTable Diner (Milwaukee)
4.0  Dined on February 5, 2014

We went to Cubanitas on Wednesday, 2/5, at 5:15 pm and it was very quiet with
only 1 other couple. The waiter we had was very helpful and efficient.
The food was good and we enjoyed everything. We will come back again.

Nanski622 (Milwaukee)
5.0  Dined on December 2, 2013

Loved our food! Our waitress was the best explaining our questions about food selections! Can't wait to go back!!

Bill (Milwaukee)
4.0  Dined on October 3, 2013

Casual dining and great Caribbean dishes. Friendly service and quaint ambience. Great pre theater or ballet dinner as it's walk able to the Pabst and Marcus Center.

FdExplorer (Milwaukee)
4.0  Dined on May 29, 2013

Service was great.! There is a place to eat outside. We chose to sit inside, but the front of the restaurant opens up as the fresh air flows through. Best of both worlds. The food was very good. I shared the cuban guacamole with plantain chips. The guacamole was extraordinary. The chips perfect. We also shared the green plantains , They were perfectly done. Accompanying garlic based dipping sauce, did not appeal to me . personal taste issue rather than criticism. The sandwich was very good, the bread, unique and crisp and not bready. There about 5:00 and it was quiet I think that later it gets more lively. That's when I was unable to get a table. Looked fun.

OpenTable Diner (Milwaukee)
2.0  Dined on March 25, 2013

I had a reservation for 6 and, when we arrived, the table was not set up. It's like they were not expecting us. The service was very slow. My food was served luke warm. It looked like it had been sitting for a while before being brought to the table. This restaurant was recommended to me so it was a very disappointing experience.