Guantanamera - Forest Hills

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Cuban
Guantanamera is an instant escape to chic Old Havana. Guantanamera is a friendly, fun, vibrant Cuban restaurant featuring traditional Cuban fare, magnificent mojitos, complimentary hand-rolled cigars, & Live Cuban music. As indelibly Cuban as the classic love song that bestowed its name, Guantanamera, captures the essence of Old Havana with its exotic décor featuring exposed brick, candle-lit tables, rattan-covered ceiling fans, and hand-painted folkloric murals. Diners are invited to feast on homemade Cuban specialties using the freshest ingredients, complimented with superb service in a warm and inviting atmosphere. In addition to the unique dining experience, we offer an exquisite bar and lounge area with a distinctive assortment of fine wines, rums, liquors, specialty cocktails, and exceptional appetizers.

Specials

MOJITO MONDAYS

Enjoy $6 Mojitos on Monday all day, any where!

Terms and Conditions:

Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: January 3, 2020

Ends: January 3, 2021

Availability: Mon 11:00AM-11:00PM

What 164 People Are Saying
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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrated my birthday today. Everyone was super attentive and helpful for a party of 11.

OT
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great ! Authentic service was wonderful you fell like home good experience love it!!

O
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience3

This was my third time dining here. Went for Valentine’s Day so there was a prixe fix menu. Would have much preferred their regular menu, which I find to be much better quality and more flavorful. Drinks were yummy and strong. Ambiance was fun as there was live music. Staff is always attentive and friendly. Will probably go back again.

B
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delightful dinning experience, amazing food and great live band!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was Valentine Day, they had pre course menu. It was delicious!!

OT
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service were amazing the dessert not so much but can't be perfect at everything

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and the music we an excellent ending to our anniversary.

M
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Went to eat there on Christmas Day and my Aunt never received her food . When her food did come out it was 100% wrong. We ordered drinks and that took long to come.

PS
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Food very good. Service a little slow. But will come back again

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the music
Great service

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience5

It was our first time there, and we LOVED it!!!! We will definitely be coming back!!

j
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience3

Food was very disappointing.

w
Edinburgh
12 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

How happy are we to have this restaurant in our neighborhood? VERY. If you haven't been, please go. Forest Hills isn't overly blessed with wonderful restaurant options, but Guantanamera is just terrific. Ropa vieja is absolutely delicious. It's easy to become a regular here.

AG
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food3service5ambience5

I have been to the Manhattan location and the paella is so much better. The paella at this location has carrots, bell peppers, peas and corn. It tasted like it was from a can. I would go again but order something else. They miss the mark on the flavors with the paella. Hopefully the other food does not taste like can food.

S
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Happy hour is too limited and need to expand. Good service and band was great.

TM
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent as always. Shrimp in Creole sauce was outstanding. Love this place.

NT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience2

I ordered the Paella Marinara for the main course but it was cooked what looked and tasted like frozen vegetable medley!? Never had Paella with a medley of veges just Peas.

F
New York Area
54 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

There for lunch. Restaurant not busy. My pork dish was a little tough, but service was good.

MG
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome! Accommodation for party of 20 after civil matrimony. Food was great and in abundance. Service and staff professional and courteous. Everyone left happy and full, including the newlyweds. Thank you for a memorial moment.

MA
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The food was very good and the waitstaff friendly and accommodating. The music was a little too loud for me, but I was very happy when the band singer sang "Guantanamera" before they left. This was the first time I have come to this restaurant with my family. I would definitely come back again and have recommended this restaurant to several people.

OT
Atlantic City
7 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had our mother’s 77th birthday dinner and the experience was fantastic. We were a large party of 9 and the service was amazing and the food was great! Highly recommend it!!

b
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

good service, accomodating to requests ok for weekdays

OT
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Epic! We had a great time.

TM
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent as always. One of our regular places.

S
New York Area
75 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Cuban food reasonably priced.Nice decor, ambiance and friendly staff.

KM
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2019
Overall2food1service3ambience2

Appetizers were ok, But the main food lacks everything. The food didn't have any flavor what so ever. We had fish, steak, seafood and chicken and nothing tasted good. Took my daughter for her graduation dinner and was very disappointed. There signature drink tasted like orange juice and not like a cocktail. The food is overpriced worst $200 I've spent on dinner. Will not recommend this place nor will i be back.

CA
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience2

Extremely loud could not hear waiter or hold a conversation with members at our table....music was not of good quality in fact added to the high noise level... have gone several other times and music and noise level was much more comfortable...

HR
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Great food and ambiance. Staff was friendly and pleasant. The live music was great

S
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous Cuban restaurant! Had the raspberry mojito, camarones con ajillo, pollo coco and pollo con queso y vegetables. Everything was excellent! Eager to go back for weekend brunch & the live band😃

J
New York Area
62 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Service and food are wondeful. The variety is fantastic and the cocktails are abundant. They have live music on the weekends and it is a perfect place to have parites; there were two large birthday celebrations that evening. My only complaint is the music is too loud. Once they start to play all conversation has to stop bc no one can hear themselves. The restaurant is quaint and the music need not be played blasting.

P
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall3food5service4ambience5

I was very happy with service but didn’t like that we were charged $3 per person just to cut a cake. I think that is very excessive and insulting.

R
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

AWESOME! Food Drinks and service are outstanding. Cuban food at its finest. Looking forward to our next visit.

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everyone is always kind, down to earth. And the food is amazing! Also nice and clean place.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Really was looking forward to a tasteful Cuban experience but the seafood was lacking seasoning. Although, the service was pretty good.

JL
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Service was good. The food was good. The music was good just a little loud for the cozy space. Could not hear conversation at table

JJ
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great quality food and drinks. Reasonable prices and very attentive staff

TM
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent as always.
Love this place it has become a regular stop for us

OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience5

This restaurant had great decor and music. The live music started as we were almost done with our meal, but we got to enjoy it for a bit. My friend had steak and onions and I had the pollo Guantanamera, which was very tasty. The sangria was the best I have ever had. The hostess came over with the dessert menu. When we told her we weren’t ordering dessert she told us we could drink at the bar. We felt like we were literally getting kicked out of our table. Before that there were different servers clearing our table in a mad rush. We were puzzled as there was no wait and there were empty tables. This put a damper on our evening. My friend ordered food to go which included a flan and it wasn’t in the bag when she got home. I’m not sure if I will be going back. If I do, I hope service has improved.

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service. Staff very attentive. Food was delicious. Location is great. Definitely will recommend to friends and family.

CP
1 review
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The food was delicious, the ambiance lively and energetic, the prices of the entrees - a bit steep, but worth it because the portions were an adequate size. The staff was very attentive, and that's considering that there was a large party of like 15 at another table, so they were busy with them. I would love to dine there again. The live music made it even more entertaining!