Gustazo Cuban Kitchen & Bar - Cambridge

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Cuban
The word Gustazo means great pleasure and “darse or dar un Gustazo” means to treat oneself or someone else to something special. Gustazo aims to bring authentic Cuban flavors to the vibrant Boston restaurant scene. Its festive and original decor embodies the spirit of Havana, with elements of Spanish colonial architecture, reminiscent of the 1950s with colorful Cuban modern art. In the kitchen, modern interpretations of classic Cuban dishes are crafted daily with the best available ingredients.
When visiting this lively neighborhood restaurant, savoring our authentic Cuban fare and listening to our carefully selected compilation of Cuban music, we aim that you our guest, will have a Gustazo!
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OT
New England
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 1food 5service 1ambience 5

Honestly, I love this place, I have been a few times and have had a great time each time. However, last night I took my girlfriend for a date night and really just had awful service all around - outside of the reservation being on time and as requested, we waited 15mins before I got up and asked the hostess if anyone was waiting our table (nobody had come by with water or to ask us about drinks). About 5-10mins later our waiter showed up and apologized (no biggie, it happens...moved on). Unfortunately, we were in the restaurant from 7:30pm till almost 10pm, not because we took a long time to eat, but because our waiter just never came by for anything - we had to flag him down or I had to ask another employee for help. When he first came by for drinks (almost 8pm), we ordered drinks and food immediately - only to find out 20mins later than they were out of the wine that we ordered (again, not his fault, bummer but no problem). We didn’t get our first of 5 tapas until almost 8:30pm, at which point we were very hungry and just wanted all of the dishes at once. We finished the first two rather quickly but had to wait almost 45mins for the remaining 3 dishes to come out. Tapas create a lot of clutter with plates and such, our waiter never came back to take away empty plates or ask if we wanted more drinks - also, our appetizer plantain chips didn’t come out until our last round of tapas came at almost 9:15pm (honestly forgot we even ordered them since it had been so long). We finally ordered dessert, which is when we got our first bottle of water refill. At this point we just got the check since we had been there over 2hrs and just wanted to go home.

At no point was our waiter rude or dismissive, he honestly just either forgot we were his table or had too many other large tables that he prioritized over us. The food was great as always but honestly the service kind of just squandered the experience, which is a bummer for a date night.

Bummed out.

OT
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Top notch food, great cocktails, and great service. Each small plate was better than the next.

LR
New England
4 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have followed Gustazo since it first opened in Belmont. Excellent food and service

RE
New England
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing spot in Porter Square! I was very impressed with the service, craft cocktails, and delicious tapas! Definitely recommend the cauliflower, and Jibarito as part of dinner! Can’t wait to go back.

OT
New England
31 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

We were excited to try the Cambridge venue since we have been to the Waltham location and enjoyed it very much. However our food was SOOOO salty. Often inedibly so. Also, portion sizes for the tapas are small for the price, and awash in sauces but without bread being offered to soak up the sauce. (Cuban food without bread? In what world is that?)

M
New England
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great drinks, staff are polite, effective, and considerate about any errors or delays.

L
New England
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

We loved the food and service, but the cocktails didn’t match the level of expectation set by the delicious food. We had to return an extremely spicy Bloody Mary (and we were a group of spicy flavors lovers) and I didn’t finish a cold brew coffee drink of which I can’t even remember the name. Except for the drinks everything else was delicious.

LC
New England
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Keep doing what you are doing. I love your menu and bar. Thank you for having GF food!

B
New England
56 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was a new culinary experience for me as I had never had Cuban food before. It was innovative with interesting combinations of flavors and textures. Staff were helpful in choosing items from the menu, drinks and wines were complementary to the food. The room had a layed back comfortable vibe, the staff were cordial and efficient. There is a lounge downstairs as well with another bar and some tables too. This is a place that will keep you coming back.

s
New England
3 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

great food, server Sandeep was excellent. Will go back again

D
New England
10 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

The food is interesting and delicious and the small plates are generous. My one complaint is that the room is loud. Seems that with all the elaborate decor and the long build-out some sound baffles could have been strategically placed to deaden the clatter.

H
New England
27 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 2

This was my second visit to Gustazos. The food was as always great. The drinks like the first time, were decent but not memorable. If I go back I will try wine instead of their signature cocktails.
Unfortunately and unlike the first time that I was in, my party was seated downstairs. The reservation process required a little too much effort for what should be an easy 1-2-3 . This time and knowing how the lower level is, I asked for the upstairs. About 6 hours after leaving a message, I got a call from the staff letting me know that I was all set for my party of four to be seated upstairs. Upon arrival we were seated downstairs even though there were empty tables upstairs. Extremely loud, stuffy and remote that at times we thought the staff forgot about us.
We ordered tapas, as we did the first times. First, the consistency on the portions was not there. Believe me I know what tapas are: I went to college in Spain a country that I visit every year. And please don’t take me wrong , the food was excellent (although I don’t understand why a miniature Cuban sandwich on fried plain rains is called Jibaritos-which is a Puerto Rican term for peasants, Guajiritos would be the Cuban word). Secondly, the arrivals of the tapas was so scattered that we thought we were done when the last one came in about 15 minutes after we were done and we were getting ready to get the check.
The feeling was not great although we all agreed that we will certainly go back because of the quality of the food. The first time we were motivated for desserts -which were also great. Not this time.
I appreciate the cuisine that is close to my background and heritage and I hope to get a better experience next time. Overall Good.

LB
New York Area
36 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 4

Kitchen was backed up. Waiting for second course was nearly 4O minutes. Manager was called apologizing and offered a free round of drinks. I disaster night for everyone

AT
New England
2 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything we ordered was delicious, and there were so many interesting things on the menu, we want to go back and try them all. I loved the Cuban Cigar cocktail, complex and not too sweet. Service was friendly and competent, exactly as it should be. It’s our new favorite restaurant!

KS
New England
10 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Highly creative takes on Cuban and Spanish food. Excellent cocktails, beautiful restaurant. Very good service. Loved it and will be back.

i
New England
8 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Food is delicious. Waiter gave us great menu suggestions. All around awesome!

S
New England
33 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Food is excellent and each dish is creative and delicious. The service was slow to start but then was quite wonderful. Portions are perfect for sharing and my fiancé and I had 4 smaller plates which was more than enough.
If you have any trouble with noise I recommend you sit downstairs. Upstairs is so noisy it is impossible to enjoy the experience.

OA
New England
13 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Great food and service.

LW
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

The food is delicious. It’s a little pricey and when it gets busy (Friday night) the service can be slow. The portions are good for tapas size but the ingredients used and the flavors make up for it...kinda. I’d definitely go back but only as a special occasions spot.

G
New England
9 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great small plates!

a
New England
19 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Although I enjoyed the food very much I was put off by the hostess needing to tell us that the next reservation was at 8pm. We were seated a bit late and left well before 8pm but even more ridiculous was the fact that there were very many open tables so no need to lie about the people that were never coming.

L
New England
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was fantastic. The server was well informed. Definitely will return

j
New England
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 1

My wife and I eat out about twice a week. This restaurant was the noisiest we have ever encountered. We could not hear the people sitting accross the table from us. The noise was assaultive and unbearable. The food was tastly but expensive for what we received as the tapas portions were small. I would not go back if the food was free!!!

OT
New England
4 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent vegetarian options! Staff, cocktails and food are all amazing!

v
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a very happening place. Food and drinks are great, service is very attentive, atmosphere is extremely lovely and cool. GET a RESERVATION. Expensive but worth it for special occasions.

CM
New England
5 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been to Gustazos inCambridge and Waltham several times. It's my new favorite restaurant. The food is always amazing and the staff is warm friendly helpful and prompt. The flavor so are incredible and the value for money is outstanding. Go, but make sure you have a reservation so you won't be disappointed

r
New England
15 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Loved the maduros and ceviche! Also great: tamales and pork belly. My mojito was the best I’ve ever had and I enjoyed the tres leche cake for dessert. A fun and delicious place to enjoy tapas and cocktails.

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Fantastic service, really fun and happy to host you. Food was very good for the most part. The soup/seafood was good but not amazing.

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved our server Johnny. He was soo sweet and attentive. Food was delicious as well!!

JW
New England
17 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is delicious. We shared a variety of tapas and each one was flavorful and distinctive with interesting presentations. The waiter was very friendly and helpful. Overall, we had an enjoyable and fun evening.

UR
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, professional and welcoming service - will definitely go back.

CM
New England
6 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food here is amazing! We had two different tapas and wonderful mussels. Everything was delicious! Cocktails are great as well. The servers are friendly. Value for money is outstanding!

S
New England
18 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is rapidly becoming my favorite local restaurant! The food is just wonderful -- delicious, creative, beautifully presented. The service is warm and efficient. The room is lovely.

m
Savannah
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Atmosphere was great except for the warnings we were given several times about the next party arriving at a certain time and how we’d need to leave so they could clear the table in time, etc. Once would have done it. Several times displayed their anxiety in an unprofessional way. We were glad that we were there on the early side as it got very loud towards the end of our dinner. Everything else was lovely.

R
Denver
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best restaurant I’ve been to in years. Amazing food, drinks and service. Excellent all around, can’t wait to go back.
Recommended drink - westerly wind
Recommended food - chicharrones

PE
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed another outstanding meal at Gustazo's in Cambridge the other night. We are becoming regulars and have introduced several of our friends to this jewel of a restaurant. It has it all: pleasant, friendly atmosphere, excellent servers, superb food and tasty drinks. Plus - a biggie for me: they are excellent at providing gluten free meals and are very careful about avoiding cross-contamination. This is important for those of us with Celiac disease. So, bravo, Gustazo's!

B
New England
9 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food, the drinks, the service and ambiance were all great!! The noise level at some point got slightly loud and my friend couldn’t hear me talk. Otherwise I will surely be going back here again. Everything was SO flavor packed and we both were stuffed!

NR
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 5

I have been here for dinner 4 times. The previous 3 experiences we ate upstairs and it was great! This time we got seated downstairs and there a very foul scent in the air of basement mixed with bathroom, not very pleasant. Service was okay. I don't think it was our servers fault but our drinks took 13 minutes to get to our table. Our two apps came out before our drinks. The roba vieja which is my favorite dish tasted different. It was more smokey rather than tasting like a smooth tomato and garlic base. Everything else was great.

k
New England
4 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 1food 4service 1ambience 1

Haughty hostess made us wait for a table even though they were plenty of open tables. Major attitude problem.

ST
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Such a delicious meal, and our server Johnny made it extra special.

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