Hemingway's Cuba

4.4
1175 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 1175 people are saying
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OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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

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OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Our waiter was outstanding and very nice!!

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vipJABC
Detroit
38 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
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.

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Kris
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
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!

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JoannaP
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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Kimberlyclaire111
Western NC
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Was very pleasant. Everything was great!

Hemingway's Cuba
Responded 4 days ago

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
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
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.

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OpenTable Diner
Western NC
4 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
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 4 days ago

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
3 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Chicken was raw. Had to return twice.

Hemingway's Cuba
Responded 2 days ago

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
4 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
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 4 days ago

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
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

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

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StephanieE
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

Hemingway's Cuba
Responded 4 days ago

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
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 4 days ago

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
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!

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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 2 days ago

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
Dined on March 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing! The views are worth it all.
Yuca fries are a must!

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JoelleA
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

I was quite disappointed. I made a reservation that was accepted through Open Table. I was quite looking forward to the experience and as we arrived at the time of reservation, the restaurant was closed without previous warning from anyone. So perhaps the food is great, but I can't tell. At least, the restaurant needs to let people know of unexpected closure...

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ivav
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

I made reservations here on open table, which I really didn't want to do because I like talking to people in person or by phone. And of course the system was messed up and I wasn't able to have my birthday dinner there. Hemingways left a message for me right before I was heading out for the dinner. They said they were closed. I don't know if it was a last minute Covid thing or the system doesn't list the fact that they are closed on Tuesdays (if that's true, open table should have refused my reservation request). I like Hemingway's but this open table process was annoying.

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crgefoodie1
Western NC
10 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience5

Our server was AMAZING, but they were hugely understaffed, so very slow...

Hemingway's Cuba
Responded on March 29, 2021

Hello, thank you for taking the time to leave us a review. We are so pleased to hear that your server gave you excellent service during your time at Hemingway’s Cuba. We hope to have you back again soon!

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Marty
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Our service was slow but the wait staff were very friendly. Great view and atmosphere.

Hemingway's Cuba
Responded on March 16, 2021

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

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AnnaT
Atlanta
5 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

It was our Anniversary which server didn’t check with us about although we even brought a special champagne bottle with us to celebrate. Everything else was good overall except she didn’t offer us to open the bottle or serve it a single time... ceviche didn’t have any taste like at all! Octopus was super good and pineapple salad plus vaca frita.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall3food2service2ambience4

Not sure if staff was low went at brunch time. Took 45 mins for food to arrive to table. Not impressed at all.

Hemingway's Cuba
Responded on March 29, 2021

Hello, thank you for offering your feedback about your experience at Hemingway’s Cuba. This is not the standard of service we require and provide on a regular basis. We would like the opportunity to repair your perception of our restaurant. We hope to have you back again soon if you are willing to give us another chance to better wow you.

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OpenTable Diner
Charlotte
3 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great server, good food

Hemingway's Cuba
Responded on March 16, 2021

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

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OpenTable Diner
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

The meat was cold no fresh and no have any Cuban experience,

Hemingway's Cuba
Responded on March 29, 2021

Hello, thank you for taking the time to leave us a review. At Hemingway’s Cuba 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. Thanks again for stopping in!

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OpenTable Diner
Western NC
1 review
Dined on March 11, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience4

Anniversary

Hemingway's Cuba
Responded on March 16, 2021

Thank you for joining us for this special occasion. We appreciate your great review and look forward to hosting you again soon!

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DavidC
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

A drink out on the rooftop action along with beautiful views, then relax and enjoy a delicious dinner. I recommend sharing multiple small plates for a wide variety of wonderful food.

Hemingway's Cuba
Responded on March 10, 2021

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

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EmilyS
Denver
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

The most amazing food!! Highly recommend! Must try the empanadas and shrimp garlic small plate.

Hemingway's Cuba
Responded on March 9, 2021

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

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JordanR
Western NC
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Fantastic service, great food and drinks. Waitress helped us choose starters and all were big hits (plantains, pulls, empandas). We were sitted in the back and didn't have a great view of the mountains from our seats, but the ambience was still nice.

Hemingway's Cuba
Responded on March 9, 2021

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

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SarahH
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a great experience! The food was AMAZING!!!!!

Hemingway's Cuba
Responded on March 9, 2021

Thank you for your review Sarah. We are happy to hear you had a great experience and look forward to hosting you again soon!

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KendallA
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing service, really enjoyed the food and the staff were all very polite. Great food and drink recommendations and amazing service from our waiter! It was my 21st birthday so all of the ladies I went with were really excited and we all had a great time! Great experience for us all and will definitely be back!

Hemingway's Cuba
Responded on March 9, 2021

Thank you very much for your review Kendall. We are so glad you and your guests had a wonderful experience during your special birthday occasion. We can't wait to welcome you back again soon!

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MariaS
Charlotte
2 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2021
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!

Hemingway's Cuba
Responded on March 9, 2021

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

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vipJanice
Washington DC
37 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

Hemingway's Cuba
Responded on March 9, 2021

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

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Ashley
Western NC
8 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2021
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!

Hemingway's Cuba
Responded on March 9, 2021

Hi Ashley, Thank you for taking the time for share your experience with us. Please understand that we do take reservations and that involves an arrangement made in advance to have a table available even if that involves having to not turn customers away but to ask them to wait for the next best availability. We regret that this was your first impression of Hemingway’s and hope that you will return to give us another chance to meet your upmost expectations.

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Shane
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent Cuban inspired brunch. Rooftop outdoor dining nice ambiance

Hemingway's Cuba
Responded on March 9, 2021

Thank you very much for your review Shane. We look forward to hosting you again soon!

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BrookeW
Greensboro
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2021
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.

Hemingway's Cuba
Responded on March 9, 2021

Brooke, Thank you for providing us with feedback about your experience. Please accept our sincerest apologies regarding your reservation time of seating. This is not the standard of service we require and provide on a regular basis. Please accept our sincerest apologies regarding your service. Our goal is never 50/50 we strive for 100% guest satisfaction. We hope that you give us another chance to prove that to you.

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OpenTable Diner
Nashville
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved it! What a nice surprise

Hemingway's Cuba
Responded on March 10, 2021

Thank you very much for your review!

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Fred
Charleston
22 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2021
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!

Hemingway's Cuba
Responded on March 10, 2021

Thank you very much for your wonderful review Fred!

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OpenTable Diner
Nashville
1 review