Hemingway's Cuba

4.4
1213 Reviews
$30 and under
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.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 1213 people are saying
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4.3
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87% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipdharvey
Richmond
87 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience3

We were seated next to a cozy fireplace-like structure in the restaurant. Looking through the rest of the restaurant, it looked a bit industrial. Our server was kind and accommodating, though there was quite a bit of time between her check-ins with us. We did enjoy the time to conversate. Food was outstanding and authentic!

Hemingway's Cuba
Responded 3 days ago

Thank you very much for your review. We are happy to hear you had a nice dining experience and look forward to welcoming you back soon!

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BrendaW
Western NC
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent server - great with drink guidance!! Beautiful setting & meal!!

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OpenTable Diner
Western NC
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience5

The views and the food were amazing!! The service was okay, had to ask for someone to have our server come to the table one time but otherwise it was a great experience.

Hemingway's Cuba
Responded 3 days ago

Thank you very much for your review and feedback. We hope to see you again soon!

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libbyac
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Large outdoor rooftop dining in downtown Asheville, NC, with Gorgeous Mountain views. What more could you ask for!

Hemingway's Cuba
Responded 3 days ago

Thank you for your great review. We look forward to hosting you again soon!

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OpenTable Diner
Western NC
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great “go-to” spot; Sunday’s are great bc not a lot of tourist for this local.

Hemingway's Cuba
Responded 3 days ago

Thank you very much for your review. We look forward to welcoming you back soon!

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MirandaL
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is my second time at Hemingway's and it did not disappoint. The food and atmosphere was amazing and the views were beautiful!

Hemingway's Cuba
Responded 3 days ago

Thank you very much for your great review. We can't wait to welcome you back soon!

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Beverly
Charleston
13 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Food quality is excellent. Server was busy, didn’t tell us the numerous things not available on the menu until we placed our orders, he did the same at the next table I noticed.

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viphopeful
Philadelphia
28 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Made reservations at least a month in advance for a special birthday brunch. Drive downtown and arrived only to find out then Hemingway's is closed and not only did we not get contacted but we also got a email to confirm our reservation this was so disappointing we will never attempt to eat at Hemingway's again there was no reason that we were not contacted that Hemingway's was closed

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Macie
Western NC
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience2

it was our anniversary and we were looking forward to having a nice dinner out. The service great and our waiter was very good, which without him the experience would have been awful. My meal was not fully cooked in any sense. My chicken was almost entirely raw and it was a bummer because the place had a real chance at being a regular stop.

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VanW
Western NC
3 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The view was nice. Had beef empanadas which were amazing. We were “restaurant hopping” and having appetizers at several places. This was one of our favorites. I had the daiquiri which was a bit sweet for my taste. Husband had the Cuban fusion and it was very good.

Hemingway's Cuba
Responded on April 29, 2021

Thank you very much for your review. We are so glad you joined us for cocktails and appetizers and look forward to hosting you again soon!

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OpenTable Diner
Western NC
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tori was an excellent server. She went out of her way to get Cuban coffee for my husband. The food was excellent and we can not wait to go back.

Hemingway's Cuba
Responded on April 29, 2021

Thank you very much for your review. We are happy to hear you had a great dining experience and can't wait to welcome you back soon!

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LeslieB
Nashville
2 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was absolutely wonderful and the service was outstanding!

Hemingway's Cuba
Responded on April 29, 2021

Thank you very much for your review Leslie. We are so glad you had a wonderful dining experience and look forward to welcoming you back soon!

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BradleyG
Western NC
1 review
Dined on April 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was excellent. Mint julep was made just right and our server was very friendly and prompt.

Hemingway's Cuba
Responded on April 29, 2021

Thank you very much for your review Bradley. We are so glad you enjoyed your meal with us and received great service. We look forward to welcoming you back soon!

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CarolineM
Naples
1 review
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great views whether you’re sitting inside or out. Probably one of the best pork chops I’ve ever tried. The steak sliders were amazing.

Hemingway's Cuba
Responded on April 29, 2021

Thank you very much for your review and feedback Caroline. We are glad you enjoyed dining with us and look forward to hosting you again soon!

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vipBarbC
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our waiter was outstanding. Very personable and very knowledgeable. Gave us some excellent recommendations! Food was wonderful

Hemingway's Cuba
Responded on April 29, 2021

Thank you very much for your review. We are so glad you had a great dining experience and look forward to hosting you again soon!

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JudyB
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall4food2service4ambience3

We are accustomed to Cuban food in Miami so this food experience was subpar at best. I had the chicken and yellow rice. The chicken was way too done and dry. The rice was swimming in sauce. The flavor was just ok. However, the mojito was good. I could not recommend this restaurant at this time.

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ShannonP
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

The food was really good, just somewhat expensive. We sat on the roof too which was lovely with the breeze and the mountain views

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OpenTable Diner
Western NC
2 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had some first timers, I absolutely love this restaurant! As a Cuban, the food reminds me of home. Authentic and delicious. My waitress, Michelle was phenomenal! Adam the Manager is always polite and greets his guests with a personable welcome. The drinks are also very good. Over all, Highly recommended!

Hemingway's Cuba
Responded on April 15, 2021

Thank you very much for your review. We are so glad you had a wonderful dining experience and look forward to welcoming you back soon!

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OpenTable Diner
Nashville
8 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

We went for brunch - the food was mediocre, barely Cuban. The espresso machine was down, so no Cuban coffee. The wait staff was nice enough. Doubt we’ll be back.

Hemingway's Cuba
Responded on April 19, 2021

Hello, thank you for your feedback. At Hemingway’s Cub we take great pride in our property, our service, and our ability to create positive experiences for our guests. We’re very sorry to hear that your experience was less than perfect. We always aim to deliver premier hospitality and would love a second chance to make things right.

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vipDDMJAP
Miami
32 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely experience. Great tostones board. Nice service. Wonderful views from the balcony

Hemingway's Cuba
Responded on April 12, 2021

Thank you very much for your review. We are so glad you enjoyed dining with us and look forward to welcoming you back soon!

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DaleV
Western NC
1 review
Dined on April 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great we both enjoyed the whole experience. We have recommended it to friends and are bringing other family members.

Hemingway's Cuba
Responded on April 12, 2021

Thank you very much for your review and recommendation. We can't wait to welcome you back soon!

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pattyA
Miami
13 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience3

There was only 1 waitress for a restaurant full if people. She was very nice but breakfast took almost 2 hours. The croquettes were completely burned and the Cuban bread is not authentic Cuban bread. The cortdito and café con leche were cold by the time it got to the table. And the empanadas were just ok. Maybe lunch is better but we are not willing to find out😐 Nice views on a beautiful day.

Hemingway's Cuba
Responded on April 19, 2021

Hello, thank you for your feedback. We are so very sorry to hear that your experience was less than perfect. At Hemingway’s Cub we take great pride in our property, our service, and our ability to create positive experiences for our guests. We always aim to deliver premier hospitality and would love a second chance to make things right.

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OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

All good , food was good drinks were good worth the value

Hemingway's Cuba
Responded on April 12, 2021

Thank you for your review. We are happy to hear you had a nice dining experience and hope to see you again soon!

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OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Our waiter was outstanding and very nice!!

Hemingway's Cuba
Responded on April 12, 2021

Thank you so much for your review. We are happy to hear you received wonderful service and look forward to hosting you again soon!

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vipJABC
Detroit
39 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2021
Overall3food5service5ambience2

The food and service were great. The staff was attentive and the food came to the table quick and hot. Four people dined in 45 minutes so they are all about turning tables without being rude.
What should be clear is this is a hotel restaurant, meaning there is the charm of a authentic Cuban restaurant. You truly feel like you are experiencing good food in a hotel. We sat on the roof and I honestly don’t even recall anything feeling like it could be Cuba but may that is Hemingway’s Cuba.

Hemingway's Cuba
Responded on April 19, 2021

Hello, thank you for coming in and leaving us a review. We appreciate the feedback! We hope to have you back again soon to better wow you next time!

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Kris
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Hemingway's Cuba was very accommodating to our request for our reservation. We sat on the rooftop which has a very nice ambience. Our service was awesome and our waitress was able to answer each question we had. The food was delicious, especially the churros. I highly recommend Hemingway's!

Hemingway's Cuba
Responded on April 12, 2021

Thank you very much for your review and recommendation Kris. We are thrilled to hear you enjoyed dining with us and look forward to welcoming you back soon!

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JoannaP
Western NC
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the food, the environment, and the service! Highly recommend!

Hemingway's Cuba
Responded on April 12, 2021

Thank you very much for your review. We are so glad you had a wonderful dining experience and can't wait to welcome you back soon!

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Kimberlyclaire111
Western NC
2 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Was very pleasant. Everything was great!

Hemingway's Cuba
Responded on April 6, 2021

Thank you very much for your review. We are happy to hear you enjoyed dining with us and hope to see you again soon!

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Dondi
Western NC
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

There is no more beautiful place in Asheville to have dinner or drinks than the large patio at Hemingway's. The chicken "wings", though small, are delicious & are served with a creamy sauce. My husband loves the crispy Hickory Gap pork. Sadly, they have discontinued their Caesar salad, which was a must have for me. Please, bring it back. Overall, a great place to eat, with stunning views.

Hemingway's Cuba
Responded on April 12, 2021

Thank you so much for your review Dondi. We are so glad you had an overall great experience and appreciate your feedback. We look forward to hosting you again soon!

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OpenTable Diner
Western NC
6 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful experience at Hemingway’s. The view was great, service was excellent and food delicious. Definitely going back.

Hemingway's Cuba
Responded on April 6, 2021

Thank you very much for your review. We are thrilled to hear you had a wonderful experience and look forward to welcoming you back soon!

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Angel
Miami
5 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Chicken was raw. Had to return twice.

Hemingway's Cuba
Responded on April 8, 2021

Hello Angel, thank you for taking the time to leave us a review. Here at Hemingway’s Cuba, we always aim to deliver excellent food and service and would love a second chance to make things right. We can wholeheartedly assure you that your experience is not a reflective of the standard of service we require.

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CDK93
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a wonderful experience! The food and drinks were amazing. Gorgeous view. Our server was perfect, very friendly and helpful and prompt with service. We’d been wanting to visit for a long time and were so glad we did!

Hemingway's Cuba
Responded on April 6, 2021

Thank you very much for your review. We are so glad you had a wonderful dining experience and look forward to welcoming you back soon!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We went after our elopement ceremony, our server was so sweet and attentive. Food was fast and delicious, and the views were beautiful.

Hemingway's Cuba
Responded on April 6, 2021

Thank you very much for your review and congratulations on your elopement! We are so glad you joined us for this special occasion and had a great experience. We can't wait to welcome you back soon!

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StephanieE
Western NC
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful views and great service. It’s a must in Asheville!

Hemingway's Cuba
Responded on April 6, 2021

Thank you very much for your review. We are so glad you enjoyed the views and received great service. We look forward to hosting you again soon!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious and came out very quickly. The outside rooftop had plenty of space and was perfectly setup for social distancing. It also has amazing views.

Hemingway's Cuba
Responded on April 6, 2021

Thank you very much for your review. We are so glad you enjoyed dining with us and hope to see you again soon!

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BrandeeD
Western NC
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My friends and I came here to celebrate a birthday and loved it! The view was beautiful and the service was great. Definitely recommend!

Hemingway's Cuba
Responded on April 6, 2021

Thank you so much for your review. We are happy to hear you enjoyed dining with us and can't wait to welcome you back soon!

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Mary
Orlando
49 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2021
Overall4food4service2ambience2

Food was great. Service was poor. Seemed like servers were very busy and it was difficult to get someone's attention. After our food was received, no one came to see if we needed someone and I could not find anyone available to help.

Hemingway's Cuba
Responded on April 8, 2021

Hello Mary, thank you for taking the time to leave us a review. We cannot apologize enough for the service you received upon arriving. We are truly sorry that your experience with us was far less perfect than what we strive for. Please accept our sincerest apologies. We hope you will consider giving us a second chance. We promise you would be treated with the upmost hospitality. We hope to have you back again soon.

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VanessaS
1 review