Hemingway's Cuba

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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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KG
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience3

I loved the atmosphere, but it was a little loud. I liked that we could have upscale food but also watch the football game ! We had 2 appetizers and meals. I had the shrimp/mahi with rice and sweet potatoes. It was great. Good portion, not too much. Yuca app for me too. Yummy! It is pricy but good. And if you don’t know what something is on the menu just ask the server. They were very knowledgeable about everything

a
Chicago
19 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Wonderful Cuban food, but super elevated!! So tasty. The tostones, omg, so great!! I had the Carnitas with sweet plantains. Ambiance was great. The location was superb. The xmas trees were delightful. Next time, I want to sit at the bar. Can't wait to go back!

RI
Western NC
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience5

One of the best restaurants in Asheville. Service is always good. The food is flavorful but not spicy. Good selections of Cuban food. Best parking situation in downtown. Park your car and text the valet to have your car waiting for you when you get off the elevator.

Highly recommend this restaurant.

OT
Western NC
5 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall3food5service1ambience4

My family & I choose Hemingway’s Cuba because we have previous been here several times & we felt good about inviting some very close friends of ours out to dinner! I went on & on about how great the service had been & the food!! The food definitely didn’t let us down but our waiter did not do his job very efficiently. I cannot tell you how disappointed I was!! We waited 15 minutes for our glasses to be refilled. He didn’t even come by enough to check on us!! We ordered dessert I ordered lemon cheesecake & they brought out chocolate cheesecake!! I am really disappointed with the service & I know our service lacked because the tip was automatically being taken out of the check!! The waiters should have to work for their tip!!

EC
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food, drinks, and service was great! The muscle dish was divine! No complaints here.

OT
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food, very authentic.

ND
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

We didn't use it, but the outdoor rooftop area was a great set up with several fire pits.

CL
Atlanta
54 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Attentive, responsive server, thanks. And we return again and again for the food, its preparation, presentation and distinctive flavor.
Only problem was the pork — grossly overcooked. Should have sent it back but that would have inconvenienced our guests whose food also had just arrived.

KC
Tampa
22 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall3food4service5ambience1

We had a very sweet and accommodating waitress who was apologetic about the unpleasant ambience. The internet/music was not functioning; a very loud party was front and center with kids running around. The acoustics were poor so the sound echoed. We cancelled dinner and took our drinks and delicious appetizers outside. Unfortunately, the temperature was dropping and the seating around the fire pits was all taken. It could have been very enjoyable, under other circumstances.

OT
Western NC
5 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband & I was celebrating our 21st anniversary & this has become one of our favorite places!!!

OT
Western NC
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall1food1service2ambience4

Very disappointing.

OT
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience, food was excellent and our waiter was very nice. I have no complaints other than a couple people in my party said that it was slightly overpriced. Overall, awesome restaurant.

JS
Western NC
8 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I always like going to Hemingway's. The food is great, the service is excellent and the atmosphere is indescribable. I would suggest anyone who is in Asheville to visit Hemingway's.

B
E. Tennessee
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything from cocktails to the main course was delicious! We will definitely be returning!

CL
Atlanta
54 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food distinctive, attractively presented, service attentive and responsive. Ambiance a bit cold and “institutional” — could be warmer, more inviting and luxurious.

OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Overall a fantastic experience with a pallomilla that rivaled my Abuela’s. We ate at the restaurant late night and inside but the balcony would’ve been a much better experience. Highly recommend the Cuban sour drink!

h
Western NC
30 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything we ordered was absolutely delicious! Would dine again!

OT
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall2food3service1ambience2

Family outing group of seven service was horrible our waitress was not very attentive at all we had to flag him down every time we wanted something which was super disappointing other than the service

M
Jacksonville
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fun experience!!
Food authentic and outstanding and waitress was excellent

PO
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall2food2service4ambience1

There was no music playing and so it felt like a cafeteria as far as ambience. The food was so so, as far as Asheville goes there are sooooo many places I would choose over Hemingways. Staff was very friendly but I won't go back.

SO
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience5

My table was reserved at the opentable but there was no reservation, I asked outside and they wanted to put me inside. I asked to be near the fireplace, the manager told me that the service could not go there (lie) and in the end, passed on my card the bill of another table, 3x larger than mine

JD
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food4service3ambience5

My friend and I were the only table for a bit. We asked the host for sugar and she didn’t bring the sugar till almost the end of the. We watched her walk away and talk to someone, worker or not, at the bar. For being one of two tables at the end of our visit the service wasn’t that great.

RS
Jacksonville
67 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food and service very good. Cheesecake for dessert was ultra small portion for a very high price ($9.00).

AF
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

great food and atmosphere! The rooftop is perfect on a warm night

TP
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience4

This is the first time in about a year and a half that I have dined here (twice before) and with guest from out of state.
It was at least 15 minutes before the server arrived after being show our table.
We ordered our drinks and 2 starters to share.
At around 30 minutes later our meals arrived but the starters had not come yet. We reminded the runner who delivered our meals and of course he knew nothing of where the starters were. Our server stopped by and we reminded her of our order she headed for the kitchen and they arrived after we had started eating!!
I ordered two starters, as did one of my guests (my usual routine in most restaurant in fact did the same the night before at the Omni Grove Park!)
On my previous visits to Hemingway's I had the Ceviche which I had raved to many friends about. It was beautifully served in a dish over ice and besides being delicious was beautiful to look at so I looked forward to a repeat performance. What arrived could only be described as an avocado/tomato salad with some tiny bits of shrimp. There was no other fish, although I thought I did see a tiny piece of something that may have been fish. It did not look or taste a bit like so many Ceviches I've had over the years. It didn't taste bad just not like what was expected.
We also ordered the Grilled Shrimp Lettuce Wraps. These came for us to wrap (which is OK) but with the same mixture they called Ceviche! Again the shrimp were tiny pieces, with no indication of grilling or grill taste. The only difference between this menu item and the Ceviche was that the "shrimp" mixture was served over a scoop of black beans. The biggest difference between the the two dishes was one was served in a square little dish and the other in a round dish!! The third person in the party ordered the Vaca Frita and said it was delicious. So I guess all was lost. But all in all a very disappointing evening which I had promised would be great!

KO
Western NC
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall3food5service4ambience1

Food was great. But if you go on a sunny day, until the sun sets there is literally no comfortable seats, inside or out. We will go back (food very good) but will time it better.

GB
Cincinnati
4 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

The specialty cocktails were wonderful but the bartenders were not very outgoing or attentive. We had to get their attention 2-4 times. The food and server for dinner were excellent.

JM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The food was delicious! We had beef empanadas, fried plantain chips, coconut shrimp, arroz con pollo and seafood paella. Everything was great except for the paella. The mussels had a funky smell and permeated to the rest of the dish. We didn't get sick, but they were not fresh. The service was excellent and the crowd was nice!

OT
Western NC
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time there! From the time we walked in until we left it was outstanding!! Can’t wait to return!!

OT
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Family took our Parents to celebrate their birthdays. Very good food. Service was great as was atmosphere. It was a very nice evening.

OT
Western NC
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall2food3service2ambience2

I wasn’t impressed with the crowd or my server, there were 7-10 early 20s in unicorn backpacks and pajama pants saying the f word every 5 minutes I am in my 30s the language doesn’t bother me it was just rude to continue talking so loudly I tried to take a video of the rooftop but they were so loud I could only take a picture we got sat right next to the door so every time the door opened the breeze was too much, the server was distracted with people coming in off the rooftop and was not very attentive to our table, the food was good but way overpriced for the environment and the portion. Overall I would not recommend this place to anyone

OT
Raleigh
4 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We visited Hemingway's on a previous visit to town and came back this time. Food was excellent, service was top notch and prompt and a very pleasant experience. Very easy to have a conversation too. We'll be back next time we're in town.

LF
Western NC
3 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall4food4service2ambience5

This was our second time and will go again. The service was not nearly as good as our first experience, but they did have a large wedding party outside so we are guessing our waitress was busy or overwhelmed. The food was delicious but not hot...maybe because of the large party. The cocktails were unique and delicious.

OT
Greensboro
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our food was excellent, the hostess and server were professional and attentive. Sunset was amazing!

OT
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Visiting Asheville and found this gem of a Cuban restaurant! You should definitely check it out!

OT
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Very nice restaurant and great food with an even better view off of their rooftop patio. The server seemed to be in a bad mood which is the only reason for the 4 out of 5 rating.

d
Raleigh
5 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience3

Good food, enjoyable atmosphere, service a bit slow

JB
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Good food, not great service. Waited a long time to be greeted and for food!

j
Western NC
17 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a great place for meeting with friends, great views and wonderful food!

T
Grand Rapids
22 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience1

A recommendation with reservations. The food was fair plus. We were there on Saturday night and were seated near the bar. The noise level was horrendous. We could not hear each other without shouting. I think there are some noise reducing things you could do to the ceiling and/or the floor to make it more comfortable.