Hemingway's Cuba

4.4
1159 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 1159 people are saying
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MariaS
Charlotte
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our experience was outstanding. From the food to drinks to the service! Definately one of our favorites in Asheville. Look for Zack when you go!

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vipJanice
Washington DC
36 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for Brunch /lunch. Sat outside lovely day! Food was delicious!

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Ashley
Western NC
8 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food4service2ambience5

I really enjoyed my breakfast cuban sandwich, but the service was very below standard. We had to wait forever just to place our orders, and there were a number of empty tables in the place. The wait staff was friendly enough, but the service was extremely slow!

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Shane
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent Cuban inspired brunch. Rooftop outdoor dining nice ambiance

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BrookeW
Greensboro
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall2food4service2ambience2

I was kinda dissappointed in the service we had on Saturday. It was not that busy but they refuse to move us to another tables that remained dirty for 20 mins. We did not leave the resturant until 9:15. The waitress was trying her best to work as fast as she could but it was hard for her to keep up with everything. I was really excited about this resturant and I was so disappointed.

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OpenTable Diner
Nashville
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved it! What a nice surprise

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Fred
Charleston
20 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our experience was wonderful from the delightful hostess to the fantastic server. All five of our party thought that the food, the drinks, the service, and the ambiance was exceptional. While busy, the acoustics allowed for relaxed conversation. That made for such a pleasant dining experience. Our favorite Asheville restaurant!

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OpenTable Diner
Nashville
1 review
Dined on February 25, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

My first time eating Cuban, and I would definitely eat it again! My friends and I were not a fan of the drinks, but we would ABSOLUTELY recommend the food! Our reservation was too late in the evening to enjoy the rooftop due to covid restrictions, but I would definitely come again for that alone!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing! My husband is from Miami and this is real Cuban food!

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OpenTable Diner
Nashville
3 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience4

Enjoyed several of the small plate offerings. The mussels were incredible. Service was good but sometimes slow.

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ChrisH
Western NC
2 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience4

We have been to this restaurant for dinner and it was fantastic but brunch left a lot to be desired. The service was bad from the start. After being sat by the hostess we waited for 15 minutes before our server showed to ask about drinks. This would be a trend for the rest of the meal. When our food came it was run by another server who almost dumped it on us and never stayed long enough for us to ask for salt and pepper and hot sauce. My wife's food was almost cold by the time our server checked on us so we could obtain the items we needed. The menu had plenty of choices if we were looking for hotel breakfast/lunch food but we were looking for brunch at a Cuban/Spanish Restaurant. Putting salsa on a breakfast wrap? You can get that at Taco Bell.

They were not over sat as we are still in the pandemic and restaurants are at half capacity at best and there was plenty of staff so I'm just going to chalk the service issue up to a bad day was being had and move on from there. As good as the food was before I will try dinner again just not brunch.

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KateC
Western NC
6 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

My husband and I have been to Hemingway's several times; this time was for brunch. The service is consistently pleasant and efficient. The restaurant observes proper pandemic protocols. The brunch menu didn't seem very different from the regular breakfast menu, but the food was hot and attractively presented. The coffee was dark and delicious and the refills were prompt. The decor is clean and modern. Also, my husband and I are both over 70 so we appreciate the valet parking, the elevators, and the comfortable seating.

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall4food5service2ambience3

Amazing food and great rooftop setup, but the service was pretty lousy ... something we had been warned about by friends who have eaten here many times. Surly hostess who was upset that we didn't want to be seated at a crummy table underneath a giant TV next to the elevators when there were plenty of available seats elsewhere in the restaurant. And a waitress who disappeared frequently despite what appeared to be a fairly manageable crowd. Nonetheless, the food is absolutely delicious!

Hemingway's Cuba
Responded a day ago

Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review. We’re so happy you enjoyed your food at Hemingway’s Cuba. We apologize for the miscommunication about the vacant tables around the dining room. Please understand that we take reservations and those tables were possibly being held for guests who made reservations. We apologize that the service you experienced was not the standard we require. Please accept this apology, if you chose to give us a second chance you will be treated with hospitality.

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Kmatz22
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience1

For all the hype it was given it was not worth the experience. The food has been very Americanized and is over priced. The ambiance is very much like a sports bar (not a quiet or romantic/cozy spot) but the service was good. Overall, we were very disappointed.

Hemingway's Cuba
Responded a day ago

Hello, thank you for taking the time to leave us a review. At Hemingway’s Cub we take great pride in our property, our service, and our ability to create positive experiences for our guests. We strive to bring the same authenticity as you would find in Miami, FL. The main difference is that we put a modern twist on things here in Asheville, North Carolina. We’re very pleased to know that you enjoyed your service during your time with us and hope to have you back again soon. Thanks again!

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OpenTable Diner
Western NC
2 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great dinner for business group.

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OpenTable Diner
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is excellent, the service was very good and friendly. Great place to eat and have drinks after

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TrayeL
Nashville
2 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Hemingway's is dependable. I have tried several of the entrees but nothing compares to the pork chop. That is where it's at.

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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food, drinks and service was outstanding! Highly recommend this place for a wonderful Cuban experience, the El Cubano was delicious!

Hemingway's Cuba
Responded on February 17, 2021

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

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Skeet
Richmond
4 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Valentine Day Bruch was delicious. The restaurant is open and clean with lovely views of Asheville and the Grove Arcade. Staff were knowledgable and attentive. We recommend the Bloody Mary.

Hemingway's Cuba
Responded on February 17, 2021

Thank you very much for your review. We are so glad you enjoyed Valentine's Day Brunch with us and had a wonderful experience. We look forward to welcoming you back soon!

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vipTerraN
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Inside of a hotel, hostess was not friendly, and food was mediocre. First visit so maybe they were just having an off day

Hemingway's Cuba
Responded on February 25, 2021

Hello, Thank you for taking the time to provide us with your experience at Hemingway’s Cuba. We take great pride in our food, drinks, and ability to create a positive experience. We apologize for the service you received upon arriving. We would love to make this right. Please accept this apology and believe that if you chose to give us a second chance you will be treated with the upmost hospitality.

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vipTiffanada
Greensboro
14 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We didn't realize this restaurant was in a hotel. We ate at 12:45/lunch. If you're expecting more Cuban options, try dinner.

Hemingway's Cuba
Responded on February 25, 2021

Hello, Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review. We hope that you decide to join us again for dinner sometime in the future. Thanks again for stopping in!

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KirkS
E. Tennessee
2 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall4food5service2ambience4

The service was slow, but the Cuban sandwiches made it well worth the wait!

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Erin
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service was wonderful!!!! The octopus appetizer is absolutely a must try!

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MrandMrsJ
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and drinks are always full of flavor and pleasing to the eyes. My husband and I always have a wonderful experience when we dine at Hemingway's Cuba. The staff are always friendly and professional and the atmosphere is clean and modern. We love it!

Hemingway's Cuba
Responded on February 17, 2021

Thank you for your great review! We are thrilled to hear you both enjoy dining with us and have had a wonderful experience each time. We can't wait to welcome you back soon!

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mc32
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Delicious Brunch! Everyone enjoyed their meal, our waiter was attentive and made sure we were pleased and had everything we needed. Great outdoor terrace and views as well. Can see this being a fun place in the warmer weather.

Hemingway's Cuba
Responded on February 17, 2021

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

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viplindseyb
Indiana
2 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

one of our favorite locations as always -best service,ambiance,cocktails, and etc

Hemingway's Cuba
Responded on February 17, 2021

Thank you very much for your review. We are thrilled to hear you always have a wonderful experience here at Hemingway's Cuba and look forward to welcoming you back soon!

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OpenTable Diner
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Very accommodating

Hemingway's Cuba
Responded on February 17, 2021

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

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LindsayM
Charleston
4 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Waitress was Russian, can’t remember her name, but she was adorable and amazing as far as her recommendations go. Everything she suggested was absolutely delicious and we will be back next time! Thank you for such a great experience!!

Hemingway's Cuba
Responded on February 17, 2021

Thank you very much for your review Lindsay. We are so glad you had a wonderful dining experience and will be sure to pass along your kind feedback to our staff. We look forward to welcoming you back soon!

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Amyb
Atlanta
11 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Food and drinks were extremely good and we will definitely be returning. I would have given a 5 star rating but the lighting was extremely bright and brought a more sterile feel to the experience. We would love to have been able to enjoy the patio area but it was too cold. Really looking forward to coming back.

Hemingway's Cuba
Responded on February 17, 2021

Amy, thank you for taking the time to share your experience with us. At Hemingway’s Cub we take great pride in our property, our service, and our ability to create positive experiences for our guests. We look forward to having you back again soon. Thanks again!

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Tammi
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious Cuban food, friendly & knowledgeable staff.

Hemingway's Cuba
Responded on February 17, 2021

Thank you for your review Tammi. We are happy to hear you enjoyed your meal and received great service. We look forward to hosting you again soon!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was great. She was very nice and attentive. Brought drink refills without having to ask.
The food was amazing. Reminds me of my grandmas Cuban cooking.
The croquettas are amazing.
Can’t go wrong with the food.

Hemingway's Cuba
Responded on February 2, 2021

Thank you very much for your review. We are so glad you enjoyed your dining experience here at Hemingway's Cuba and look forward to hosting you again soon!

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AndrewV
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food! I really enjoyed the El Cubano. The cocktail was good, slightly strong.

Hemingway's Cuba
Responded on February 2, 2021

Thank you for your review. We are happy to hear you enjoyed your meal and look forward to welcoming you back soon!

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OpenTable Diner
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious. Profesional and friendly Staff

Hemingway's Cuba
Responded on February 2, 2021

Thank you for your review. We are happy to hear you enjoyed your meal and received great service. We look forward to welcoming you back soon!

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Richard
Western NC
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was some of very best Cuban food that I have ever eaten. Spent many years living in Miami and this food is right there with the best of Miami's Cuban cuisine. The service was great. We will definitely be back. Thanks again for a great evening.

Hemingway's Cuba
Responded on February 2, 2021

Thank you very much for your review. We are thrilled to hear you truly enjoyed the food here at Hemingway's Cuba and can't wait to welcome you back soon!

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OpenTable Diner
Orlando
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Gorgeous view and dining room. Menu looked delicious. My food was great, especially the guava pastry. I’ll come back here for sure when I’m back in town.

Hemingway's Cuba
Responded on February 2, 2021

Thank you very much for your review. We are happy to hear you enjoyed dining with us and look forward to welcoming you back during your next visit to Asheville!

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OpenTable Diner
Charleston
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Breakfast was delish!!!! 🎉🎉🎉

Hemingway's Cuba
Responded on February 2, 2021

Thank you for your review. We are so glad you enjoyed breakfast with us and look forward to hosting you again soon!

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Sheedy
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience4

Food was amazing!!!! Can’t wait to return! The octopus was melt in your mouth!!

Hemingway's Cuba
Responded on February 2, 2021

Thank you for your great review. We are so glad you enjoyed your meal and can't wait to welcome you back soon!

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OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place.

Hemingway's Cuba
Responded on February 2, 2021

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

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ChristieW
Charleston
1 review
Dined on January 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing! Far surpassed our expectations! Our waiter Samuel was great. We will be back next time we're in Asheville.

Hemingway's Cuba
Responded on February 2, 2021

Thank you for your great review. We are so glad we exceeded your expectations and you had a wonderful dining experience. We can't wait to welcome you back during your next visit to Asheville!

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vipPaul
Charleston
18 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Great experience and awesome view! Enjoyed the food and selection. Would probably go back here

Hemingway's Cuba
Responded on February 2, 2021

Thank you for your review. We are so glad you had a great dining experience with us. We hope to see you again soon!

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Hemingway's Cuba is rated 4.4 stars by 1159 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.