Hemingway's Cuba

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522 reviews
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Cuban
Hemingway’s Cuba represents more than a restaurant. It’s a culmination of a lifetime goal to share an authentic Cuban restaurant experience with the people of Asheville. Havana native and Founder of Hemingway’s Cuba, Tony Fraga, grew up enjoying exquisite meals with his father at La Floridita in Havana. The restaurant was not only known to be a favorite of Ernest Hemingway, it earned the honor of serving “The Best Daiquiri in the World,” according to Hemingway himself.
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Western NC
1 review
Dined 20 hours ago
Overall 3food 1service 4ambience 4

This was a Cuban style McDonalds when it comes to food. Recommend drinks only. Drinks were amazing along with the atmosphere of the roof top overlook!

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Western NC
5 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We celebrated our sons graduation from high school. The restaurant is beautiful, and our service was great. I found the food to be good, just not as unique and flavorful as I expected.

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Western NC
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always impeccable!

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GP
Charlotte
19 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Great location and beautiful outdoor seating area. Had the yucca fries, ceviche, chicken empanada, paella, and vaca frita. Everything was good, the paella wasn’t great (probably my least favorite).

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P
Western NC
4 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was amazing

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J
Charlotte
2 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service and a great view of the city and mountains beyond!

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GL
Western NC
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our 2nd time there. Fantastic food, great views of the mountains. Had friends from Canada visiting who will visit again.

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G
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was super good! Not to mention, the views were incredible. Definitely going back soon.

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M
Western NC
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a wonderful place to overlook Asheville and look at the beautiful mountain views.
Our waitress was very helpful with helping us decide on cocktails and explaining menu items.
We had the tostones board as an appetizer and it was enough for 4 of us to share and was so good. My husband and I had the seafood paella for two And it was delicious, with enough to take a little home.
After dinner, we had cocktails outside and watched sunset. Perfect evening.

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MP
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

Palomilla had a good taste but beans and congri were very smokey (not authentic)

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good food, great service

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SP
Western NC
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went there for my birthday with some friends. Making and changing my reservation was smooth with them. Our waitress was amazing. She really made my birthday special. Even asked me if I wanted to pop the bottle for my birthday! The food was incredible and the ambiance was amazing. I’d recommend this spot for just about ANY occasion.

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PW
Western NC
7 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 4

Great rooftop dining, with great mountain views. Unfortunately, our server was not very attentive. The food was a mixed bag. We had one paella for 2 (which takes 30 minutes to prepare) that was really good. Unfortunately, the other 2 meals were cold and dry, and had obviously been sitting for a while.

I think others, with a different server, had a different experience than we did.

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v
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice place to relax after a busy day. Love the terrace.

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S
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

The food was fine but it is probably some of the worst service I've ever had . I wouldn't recommend it.

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t
Western NC
16 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service. Couldn’t ask for a better setting outside overlooking city and mountains.

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m
Raleigh
8 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

My husband and I were in Asheville to celebrate his birthday, and I had made a reservation at Hemingway's Cuba specifically so that we could watch the sunset while having dinner. I had read an article about Asheville's best rooftop bars and HC was mentioned. We were disappointed that we were not seated out on the terrace (probably my fault for not asking, I didn't know!) and that although we were given a table by a window, there was another building blocking our view of the sunset. We decided to "get over" that initial hiccup and ended up having a lovely meal. We ordered drinks and got the wrong ones at first- there are two drinks on the menu with similar names (cuban sour and cuban fusion). We tried the drinks but did not like them, so our server was kind enough to replace them at no charge and provide us with what we had originally wanted. We started with the croquetas de jamón and the tostones board while we waited for our mariscos paella to cook. When all was said and done, we couldn't finish the paella- it was lovely and super tasty but HUGE! Everything was delicious and we really did end up having a good time. If we were to go back, I would absolutely request to sit out on the balcony!

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B
Western NC
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Attended brunch....great selection... refilled items quickly as they were depleted. Staff very responsive.

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L
Tampa
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

The food was well prepared and presented until they took appetizer plates away and asked us to keep our dirty silverware on the bare table... yuk!! Just as we were finishing our main dish, a big party sat next to us and our waiter disappeared. We were not offered dessert and had to ask the manager for our check.
We are locals and I don’t think we will be back.

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JO
Western NC
1 review
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Not a romantic place. A lot of movement around you and noise from the bar. But it all depends on your mood.

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Charlotte
4 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 1

Well this was not the experience I was looking for in wonderful Asheville NC
Waited 10 minutes for water and cocktail order
Very long wait for our drinks Finally a very nice but extremely inattentive waiter took our drink order.
After the long wait, our order was placed

Error on my entree, yet delicious chicken even with the mix up. Our waiter was definitely scheduled to more tables than he could handle

My hubby had a bland meal, nothing special in the ham
croquettes, wasn’t flavorful as in other restaurants.
Very nice and friendly staff, yet service and meal were disappointing

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JA
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Birthday
I wish that they would have had Spanish music even recorded Spanish artist and stead of things like Ed Sheeran or other pop music overall nicest rooftop area out of the 5 we visited in Asheville

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KM
1 review
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

I came with my family to celebrate my birthday. I got the "Crispy Pork" dinner...the meat was very tough... everything else was nice. Our waitress was wonderful and very attractive. All in all we had a very nice time.

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BG
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 3

Our server did a wonderful job. However, it took entirely too long to receive our food considering the number of the people present on a Thursday evening.

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JB
Western NC
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have eaten at Hemingway's Cuba a number of times, and it is always superb.

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DH
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful view, food, and drinks. Paella was ready much more quickly than anticipated, but we had plenty of time to walk around and enjoy the city and mountain views while we waited.

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 2ambience 2

The food was not authentic, and not awesome. If you are accustomed to and or prefer bland American food, this will be a great option for you.

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Charleston
22 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 3

Based on the reviews I thought this would be a great place to celebrate my daughters graduation party. It is nicely appointed but the food and service were very disappointing. My husband and I shared the paella seafood for two. Two others in our party also shared the same dish. Our order came out 20 minutes earlier than the second order. The dish was presented in a small version of the typical paella pan and served on plates that would be equivalent to bread plates. The amount of seafood was minimal. Service on our cocktails was spotty as well.

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Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

Disappointing experience. Food was mediocre, service unimpressive. The rooftop bar seemed nice but the drinks were poorly made and not balanced therefore entirely too acidic. The tostones were so dry and hard, it was rough to swallow them and had to attempt to gulp them down with warm water they served from pitchers they left sitting in direct sunlight. The empanadas are very doughy with a bland picadillo filing. The Ropa Viejia was served luke warm and was really just shredded beef w roasted red peppers and a few slivers of green olives— very disappointing and not authentic.. The white rice was terrible. The restaurant filled up probably due to location but if you are looking for actually good tasting, authentic Cuban food — search elsewhere. The only positive aspect was the friendly valet at the hotel. Regrettable choice for a special trip.

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Charleston
1 review
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 2

Wait staff was very flustered and missed multiple requests throughout the meal. Food came out different than requested and the kitchen had evidently run out of basic Cuban food staples (like Cuban bread for Cuban sandwiches??). Wouldn’t recommend unless it’s for drinks on the balcony on a sunny day.

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LC
1 review
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I like the mixture of songs you guys played! The vibe was amazing!! Thank you for my parents having an amazing time for their first time going!

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LM
Western NC
1 review
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a lovely time! Gorgeous setting with Mountain View’s! Food and service were great.

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DK
Western NC
1 review
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great atmosphere - view - good food and drink - cheers

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JE
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

We were served our main course when our salads were half-eaten. My wife's food was only lukewarm. The server was attentive, but undermined by the kitchen. I expected the service kinks to be worked out after 18 months.

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MI
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food! Skirt steak and all types of plantains were delicious and perfectly cooked!

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DS
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect place to relax and enjoy good food with great service. Thanks for the great experience. We will be back

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KM
Memphis
3 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 3

The waitstaff were rude and the manager kept asking about whether we had a reservation. Also Sundays is a buffet. So their brunch menu does not apply

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JO
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 3

This is nothing like Cuban food. To much Cumin and they definitely did not know how to make Picadillo or Arroz con Pollo. Very expensive for what was served. The mojitos were OK, but, those are hard to screw those up. This place is focused on serving the college crowd not providing authentic Cuban cuisine. Hemingway would be sad.

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OT
Western NC
7 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food and drinks.. the rooftop bar was awesome. Highly recommend

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Charlotte
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was excellent and authentic as it gets outside of Miami. Service was initially slow but once a server was assigned to the table it went smoothly and pleasant. Food arrived in a timely fashion. Great restaurant!!

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