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Hemingway's Cuba, Asheville, NC

Hemingway's Cuba

4.1
4.1
2073 Reviews
$30 and under
Cuban
Recognized as the best Cuban food in the state of North Carolina by Big 7 Travel, come savor our savory Cuban dinner menu in Asheville, North Carolina. We pair traditional Cuban cuisine with Asheville flair to deliver an experience that keeps you coming back for more. Paired with the stunning panoramic views of the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains, Hemingway's Cuba is a favorite Asheville restaurant and rooftop bar for visitors and locals alike.

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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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 56 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Cuban

  • Hours of operation

    Breakfast Mon–Thu 7:00 am–11:00 am Brunch Fri–Sun 7:00 am–2:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu 4:30 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:30 pm–11:00 pm Sun 4:30 pm–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (828) 417-6866

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Duane Fernandes

  • Neighborhood

    Asheville

  • Cross street

    Grove Arcade

  • Parking details

    Valet parking available, $5 for guest of Restaurant

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Liquor, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Late Night, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 2,073 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.1
4.1 based on recent ratings
  • 4Food
  • 4.1Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 3.9Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Asheville / Western North Carolina

    Good for Groups

  • Asheville / Western North Carolina

    Outdoor Dining

  • Asheville / Western North Carolina

    Scenic View

  • Asheville / Western North Carolina

    Vibrant Bar Scene

  • Asheville / Western North Carolina

    Most Booked

  • Asheville

    Good for Groups

  • Asheville

    Outdoor Dining

  • Asheville

    Scenic View

  • Asheville

    Vibrant Bar Scene

  • Asheville

    Most Booked

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  1. D

    Dissaponted

    Western NC

    9 reviews

    2.0

    9 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall2food2service5ambience5
    The outdoor patio and soft seating was very nice as was the view. The food was very sub standard. We ordered three dishes and none of them were what I would consider good. Come here for a beverage and the view and eat somewhere else. We were so disappointed as we were told this was a great place to eat. I felt really bad as I invited a friend from out of town, and this was her only dining experience in AVL. Our wait staff member was very good but it did not make up for the poor food quality and the cost of a bad meal..
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charlotte

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food, service and view were excellent. The only issue I had was it took a long time to get our meal. Other than this everything else was excellent.
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Atmosphere was great. Service was prompt. And a band that played Cuban music!
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    View is amazing! The festive rum-based cocktails are perfect for sipping while watching the sunset over the mountain. All food choices were well received. Amount of food was on the substantial side, which made dessert not feasible. Good reason to return! Small plate selections were delicious, just be careful to leave space for meal proper. My favorites- fried plantains, ham croquettes. Had planned to have Churros for desert, but too full. Can be more strategic in my ordering next time. Soon!!
  5. J

    Jmamma

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Whether you are visiting Asheville or a local, you need make time for a meal at Hemingway Cuba! I've had dinner and brunch here and both were amazing! The view is gorgeous, the service is professional and courteous and the food is fantastic! Plus parking is convenient in the garage across the street so it's all 5's for me!!
  6. VH

    VickyH

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall3food3service2ambience5
    Lovely ambiance and great views, but subpar service and entrees not as good as they sounded.
  7. C

    Cubansandwichseeker

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    It was exactly what we were looking for in a Cuban restaurant. Mojitos were the real deal! We shared plantain chip, Picadillo empanadas and the Cuban sandwich. The pastry of the empanada was flaky and the filling delicious. The sandwich was as close to the best Cubaln sandwich I had years ago in Florida. Our server, Jonathan, was friendly. The rooftop dining was beautiful. I recommend making reservations.
  8. BM

    BradM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was fantastic, view was awesome. Service was great! We will be back
  9. JS

    JeanS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Awesome views, food, and drinks! Would definitely go back
  10. JB

    JoyceB

    Western NC

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall3food3service5ambience5
    Our experience was fine, with a couple of exceptions. The mashed, fried plantains were so tough I could hardly cut through them. And our dessert, the rum soaked pound cake with blackberry sauce and whipped cream was extremely dry. All else was fine. Two things were exceptional—the atmosphere and view, and the service. Our server, whose name I believe was Christopher, was excellent. We would probably come back again, but maybe just for drinks on the rooftop.
  11. p

    philiph

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Even with a a reservation, it was difficult getting seated, but the bar was enjoyable while waiting and once seated it was excellent.
  12. MZ

    MindiZ

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Great view, comfortable ourdoor seating. Great for a group but make a reservation
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was great overall! Great atmosphere!
  14. R

    Realfoodambiance

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 11, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    Loved the ambience, great Mountain View’s, casual, comfortable & festive on the rooftop, server was very nice and attentive. Food was good (not great), it was not over-priced and portions were generous.
  15. DD

    DaneenD

    Philadelphia

    6 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on August 10, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience4
    Food service was slow but atmosphere was nice.
  16. PH

    PamH

    Chicago

    6 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on August 9, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience2
    Great plantain chips but rest of food was mediocre at best. Very noisy.
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 7, 2022

    overall5food2service5ambience5
    Empanadas were dry. Salad came out after many entrees.

    Hemingway's CubaResponded on August 11, 2022Thank you for rating our restaurant. We appreciate your feedback. Sarah L, Guest Relations

  18. CC

    CarolynC

    Greensboro

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 7, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience5
    Beatiful view while dining. My favorite items were the beans, rice, and marudos. We enjoyed our evening.

    Hemingway's CubaResponded on August 8, 2022Dear Carolyn, Thank you so much for this review. We really appreciate you being a customer. We’re here for you anytime. Sarah L, Guest Relations

  19. d

    davidl

    New England

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was perfect and the rooftop setting was the crowning touch!

    Hemingway's CubaResponded on August 8, 2022Hi David, Thanks so much for giving us your take on how we are doing. We're glad that customers like you are having a great experience at Hemingway's Cuba. Sarah L, Guest Relations

  20. p

    peters

    Western NC

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall1food1service2ambience3
    Poor quality Cuban food. Not authentic. The churasco steak ha terrible chimichuri sauce, Guests got wrong entrees. The server did not know who received what dinner. Your tables so wide that guests had to reach over to the waiter to receive Dos Equis beer flat. Salt shakers don't work. No bread. None of the people in our party of 6 enjoyed the meal which is too bad because we are locals!
  21. OR

    OrvilleR

    Western NC

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 5, 2022

    overall2food1service3ambience4
    Ambience is everything here the food is mediocre at best the bill reflected that as well didn’t spend as much as i thought and the drinks were worth it as well !

    Hemingway's CubaResponded on August 10, 2022Hello Orville, Thank you for taking the time to leave us this feedback. I'm happy to hear that you at least enjoyed your drinks. I apologize that you did not enjoy your meals and will pass your feedback along to our chef. Feedback like this always helps us grow and improve our restaurant. Best Regards, Hemingway's Management

  22. RC

    RosemarieC

    Western NC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 5, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience5
    The Cubana sandwich was not up to its usual par. The bread ratio to sandwich "filing" was too much bread and not enough filling. Burgers were a hit with those at table who ordered them. Tapas salad needed a larger bowl - it was tough to manage getting the dressing to cover the ingredients. Cocktails & dessert were enjoyed!

    Hemingway's CubaResponded on August 10, 2022Hello RosemarieC, Thank you for taking the time to leave us this feedback. I will pass along your feedback to our chef team. I apologize that you did not find the Cuban to our usual standards. I'm happy to hear that the rest of your party was able to enjoy their burgers and cocktails. We hope to you again in the future. Best Regards, Hemingway's Management.

  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 5, 2022

    overall3food4service1ambience5
    Everything was spot on except the service
  24. JZ

    JasonZ

    Western NC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 4, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    This is my favorite rooftop bar in Asheville. Every time I go I feel like I teleported to the tropics.

    Hemingway's CubaResponded on August 8, 2022Dear Jason, Thank you for your kind words. We are so happy to hear that we are your favorite rooftop bar in Asheville. Please visit again soon! Sarah L, Guest Relations

  25. c

    christene

    New York Area

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on August 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I was seated outside with a gorgeous view of downtown. The service and food were outstanding. The cocktails were very tasty.

    Hemingway's CubaResponded on August 8, 2022Hi Christene, Seeing that you had a 5-star experience is the best thing we could hope for! Your review means a lot to us. Thank you for choosing Hemingway's Cuba. Sarah L, Guest Relations

  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Western NC

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 3, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience4
    Our server was grouchy and didn’t check on us or refill our water.
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 2, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    A great spot for drinks and an appetizer or after dinner drinks. Our dinner entrees were underwhelming so I would skip that. The service was attentive and friendly (but strapped for sure). We enjoyed the live music on the rooftop. Very pleasant place to hang out.
  28. B

    Bermuda88

    Western NC

    34 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    34 reviews

    Dined on August 1, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Great food and cocktails! Such a beautiful view of Asheville and the sunset!

    Hemingway's CubaResponded on August 8, 2022Dear Bermuda88, Thank you very much for such a great review, we work hard to offer the best food in the best possible ambience. We are happy to see that it reflected on your last visit. Sarah L, Guest Relations

  29. DJ

    DianeJ

    Western NC

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great place for after work with your friends, family visitors or as a couple. We’re local and this is one of our favorites. Menu to please all and great views. Stafff is working off their tails to please.

    Hemingway's CubaResponded on August 8, 2022Dear Diane, Thank you for sharing your recommendation. We really appreciate you being a customer and helping to share the word about us. We’re here for you anytime. Sarah L, Guest Relations

  30. CR

    CindyR

    New Mexico

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience5
    Would recommend the rooftop for a delicious daiquiri. Menu is limited and found the food So-so

    Hemingway's CubaResponded on August 8, 2022Dear Cindy, We are grateful that you took the time out to leave us a review. Your feedback helps us to improve service for everyone. Sarah L, Guest Relations

  31. C

    Charlot

    Charlotte

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Beautiful skyline of Asheville and wonder service

    Hemingway's CubaResponded on August 8, 2022Hi Charlot, Thank you for taking the time to leave us a rating. We are pleased you enjoyed the view of Asheville and your service! Sarah L, Guest Relations

  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    overall2food4service1ambience4
    The food is quite good…but be ready to wait for it. We are suckers for a well-paced meal and this was NOT paced in any meaningful way: 30 minutes to get the bottle of wine; 54 minutes to get the first small plate. And then within 5 minutes, the other small plate and the main course. Clearly, not enough help on the front AND back of the house. We really understand that problem; but some communication about it would have been very welcome. Honestly? Some part of the meal should have been comped. Communication is key, but not here.
  33. b

    bandit

    New York Area

    7 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on July 27, 2022

    overall1food1service2ambience2
    No one in our group enjoyed their meal. Definitely would never go back and can’t recommend
  34. C

    Colombia

    Miami

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 27, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    Delicioso la comida y el Ambiente especial. Sugiero que la atención no sea tan veloz, sentimos como si nuestro espacio debía ser ocupado por alguien más.
  35. E

    Edwin

    Atlanta

    16 reviews

    3.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on July 26, 2022

    overall3food2service3ambience2
    On Tuesday evening 7/26 our group of 6 visited Hemingway's. I speak for all 6 members of our party who experienced and felt the same. It was our first experience at Hemingway's for 4 of our party. Hostess, Sophie and our server, Jenn remained friendly, kind and helpful throughout our ordeal. We could tell that as the evening progressed the issues we encountered were wearing on Sophie and Jenn. We don't know what interactions they may have had with the floor manager; we were never visited or approached by the manager throughout our stay. Our take-away impression was that Sophie and Jenn lacked the support they deserved from management. When the 6 of us arrived it started to rain. We requested that several tables be placed together by the window so we could sit together. People were moving back indoors so we were ultimately seated at the second booth in from the hostess station. Jenn took our wine orders only to find out that the bottle of red we ordered which appeared on the menu was no longer offered. She brought a sample glass of an alternate which we ended up ordering. Jenn took our appetizer and entrée orders and eventually returned with a bottle of red wine. Tuesday entertainment arrived and set up in the area near the elevator. As soon as they started to play, it was uncomfortably loud and distracting; we were unable to hear our guests next and across from us. I asked Sophie if they could turn down the volume. Apparently they wouldn't or couldn't. So we asked to be moved. Since it was still raining we moved to the booth closest to the bar. Unfortunately, the isle between the booths and tables created a sound tunnel effect. While sitting at this new booth, a server approached our table with entrees. Since no appetizers had ever arrived, we advised him of that and he returned to the kitchen. The music volume actually felt louder. At that point, I advised Sophie that our party was going to pay for beverages and leave. Fortunately, the rain had stopped and we
  36. JS

    JessicaS

    Western NC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 26, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Very nice place, great environment and food. The service was slow but overall it was a great place. The wings were amazing.

    Hemingway's CubaResponded on July 28, 2022Hi Jessica, Thank you for sharing this review. We are so happy you enjoyed the environment and our food. We appreciate your patience and we are grateful for your honest feedback as it helps us make necessary improvements. Thank you again! Sarah L, Guest Relations

  37. R

    Rainy

    Tampa

    17 reviews

    4.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on July 25, 2022

    overall4food3service3ambience5
    Food service was quite slow. Food was good. I ordered plain tostones and got a huge plate of greasy ones w/mojo all over it. Burp. We’ll be back because it’s the best view in town.

    Hemingway's CubaResponded on July 28, 2022Dear Rainy, Thank you for sharing your experience. We are so happy to hear that you enjoyed the ambience at our restaurant. On the other hand, we would like to apologize that our food and service were not up to par with your expectations. We hope to make it up to you during your next visit. Sarah L, Guest Relations

  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Western NC

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience5
    Went for brunch. Waiter was not attentive. Long wait for our food. Never got sugar for my coffee even though I asked for it. Had to run the waiter down for forks because the host never gave us any and the waiter wasn’t much help. Outside does have a great view though and restaurant was nice. Just need better service.

    Hemingway's CubaResponded on July 28, 2022Thank you so much for giving us a rating. I apologize we did not meet your dining expectation. I hope you give us a chance in the future to improve your experience with us. Sarah L, Guest Relations

  39. S

    Stone3321

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience2
    Our waitress was great, but too busy to be attentive. The food was fine, but not outstanding. Other servers/wait staff seemed overly stressed.

    Hemingway's CubaResponded on July 27, 2022Hello, Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review. I apologize we did not meet your dining expectation. I hope you give us a chance in the future to improve your experience with us. Best Regards, Hemingway's Management.

  40. FT

    FranciscoT

    Charlotte

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food the pork congri maduros and the ceviche

    Hemingway's CubaResponded on July 26, 2022Hi Francisco, Seeing that you had a 5-Star experience is the best thing we could hope for! Your review means a lot to us. Thank you for choosing Hemingway's Cuba. Sarah L, Guest Relations

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • 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

FAQs

Hemingway's Cuba is rated 4.1 stars by 2073 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 56 times today
Google Map for Hemingway's Cuba

15 Page Ave, Asheville, NC 28801

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Grove Arcade

  • Neighborhood

    Asheville

  • Hours of operation

    Breakfast Mon–Thu 7:00 am–11:00 am Brunch Fri–Sun 7:00 am–2:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu 4:30 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:30 pm–11:00 pm Sun 4:30 pm–9:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Cuban

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Valet parking available, $5 for guest of Restaurant

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Duane Fernandes

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Liquor, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Late Night, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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