Hemingway's Cuba

4.3
1372 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.

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 1372 people are saying
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87% of people would recommend it to a friend
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LynB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 21 hours ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

FABULOUS food, wonderful service, gorgeous ambience! What a wonderful restaurant!

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FoodieSuzy
Western NC
16 reviews
Dined 21 hours ago
Overall3food2service4ambience5

Rooftop patio seating was gorgeous, service was great, cocktails were good, but the food quality was mediocre.

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Renee
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall2food2service2ambience5

For the amount of money we paid for our meals (rice and chicken at $24. And Ropa at $21) spending over $60....we left hungry so I'd say the value is terrible. Also, it was clear the team was short staffed. Food was Luke warm but we didn't send back and we waited awhile while eating for our empty glasses of water to be filled. All and all I really hoped for a better experience and disappointment for the amount what was given. Doesn't seem acceptable.

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vipJpred
Nashville
36 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was delicious and the roof top is beautiful. We had a the Empanadas and Cuban sandwich. Those were some of the best things I’ve ever had. I highly recommend this place.

Hemingway's Cuba
Responded a day ago

Thank you for the wonderful review and for taking the time to share your feedback with Hemingway's Cuba. Our priority is customer service, and we are ecstatic that we met that mark!

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OpenTable Diner
Western NC
10 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Friends from out of town. Our server was good, but we could see he was running his legs off trying to serve too many at once. We come there often, and I continue to be disappointed that you have changed some things on your menu. Overall, we still love the experience.

Hemingway's Cuba
Responded a day ago

Thank you very much for your 5-star rating. We are so glad you enjoyed your visit to Hemingway's Cuba and we hope to host you again soon!

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OpenTable Diner
Tampa
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food2service3ambience5

Service was slow, and

Hemingway's Cuba
Responded a day ago

Thank you for taking the time to rate us at the Hemingway's Cuba. We look forward to serving you again soon.

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TerryD
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Service was excellent. Food was ok. Ordered the fried pork and one piece was ok although tough (needed steak knife to cut) but other 2 were fatty. Cuban version would have been tender.

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SCSCS
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food3service1ambience5

Had a reservation but still had to wait 30 mins for a table and another 30 mins for food. Should have been upfront as to the delay instead of continue to tell us it would be just a minute.

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AlbertF
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I come from a Cuban family and know what great Cuban food. I've ordered Ropa Vieja at many Cuban restaurants in the past only to be disappointed as they never compare to my mother's. So much so that I contemplated ordering something else, but decided to give Hemingway's a chance and let me tell you the chef did not disappoint. The Rope Vieja was fantastic! The beef was tender, the sauce had a tinge of tomato and was perfect. Highly recommend. I also tried my daughter's Arroz con Pollo and it too was exquisite. Who would have thought? Excellent Cuban food in Asheville!

Hemingway's Cuba
Responded a day ago

AlbertF - Thank you for the wonderful review and for taking the time to share your feedback with Hemingway's Cuba. Our priority is customer service, and we are ecstatic that we met that mark! Kind folks like you make our job a pleasure.

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OpenTable Diner
Western NC
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The experience was great, this was the first time my wife and I have ever been here and it was for an overdue date night. Matthew was our server and was great, the food was amazing and the drinks were killer. 10/10 we will be back.

Hemingway's Cuba
Responded a day ago

Thank you so much for taking the time to share your experience at Hemingway's Cuba. We take pride in knowing our customers are happy with their experience. We look forward to serving you again!

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vipBermuda88
Western NC
24 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Enjoyed our visit with our daughter and son in law! Great food…. Service a little slow but we were in no rush! Daiquiri and chicken wings were amazing!

Hemingway's Cuba
Responded a day ago

Thank you for the wonderful review and for taking the time to share your feedback with Hemingway's Cuba. Kind folks like you make our job a pleasure. We hope to see you again soon!

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OpenTable Diner
Western NC
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service3ambience5

We waited a while after our reservation time to get seated but they were nice about explaining. Didn’t get the table we wanted to celebrate our anniversary. Table was fine. Rooftop was a good experience. Food was good but not hot. Service was okay but our waiter was very busy with table. The drinks were very good. Churros a must.

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MollyM
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server Matt made the experience 10x better. The food was amazing, view was even better. We went there for my mom's birthday and a desert of our choice was gifted to us. Great restaurant- highly recommend.

Hemingway's Cuba
Responded a day ago

MollyM., we are thrilled to hear you had a positive experience at Hemingway's Cuba Restaurant & Bar! Thank you for sharing your kind words with us. It means the world to us and to our entire team! We look forward to serving you again soon!

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Lavinia
Western NC
24 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The view from the terrace is spectacular. Our waiter was attentive and friendly. The food is typically Cuban food - nothing haute cuisine, but perfect with a cocktail and a sunset.

Hemingway's Cuba
Responded a day ago

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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ChristaP
Chicago
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food5service1ambience4

The food was amazing, but the service was less than desirable.

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vipRonS
Jacksonville
74 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Ambiance of an airport restaurant. Limited menu, but good food. Service friendly.

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DebbieS
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2021
Overall4food4service2ambience4

I have been a customer in your restaurant since it opened and as usual everything was good. The service was slow but I chalked it too maybe not having enough workers. But yes good experience.

Hemingway's Cuba
Responded a day ago

Thank you so much for your kind words, DebbieS. We really appreciate you taking the time out to share your experience with us — We look forward to serving you again in the future.

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OpenTable Diner
Western NC
11 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2021
Overall4food2service5ambience5

Our son is visiting from Portland.

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ASW1
Charlotte
12 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience4

We’ve eaten here a few times but this time was disappointing. Appetizers were not hot and wrong (chix instead of beef)
Returned my main course because it wasn’t hot. Wife had shrimp that were too spicy.
Others had main dishes that were also warm not hot. Obvious kitchen problems!

Disappointing.

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kendallG
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall2food3service3ambience1

WE PLACED A RESERVATION FOR A ROOF TOP RESTURANT WE WE GOT THERE THEY DID NOT HAVE A TABLE OUTSIDE, THEY SAID WE DID NOT STATE WE WANTED OUTSIDE SEATING, IT SUPPOSED TO BE A ROOF TOP RESTURANT WE DIDNT EVEN KNOW THEY HAD INSIDE SEATING. BUT THE FOOD WAS NOT THAT GOOD AND THE SERVICE WAS PAR SO WE WONT REBOOK THIS RESTURANT

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vipJuliaA
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Amazing food, and our server was wonderful. We'll definitely be back!

Hemingway's Cuba
Responded a day ago

JuliaA, we are so grateful for your 5-star review. On behalf us all of us at Hemingway's Cuba Restaurant & Bar, I would like to thank you for sharing this great review. We are thrilled that you enjoyed your experience. We look forward to serving you again on your next visit to Asheville.

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Local
Atlanta
11 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great place to take visiting friends. Good food and service with a special view of the mountains.

Hemingway's Cuba
Responded a day ago

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

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great view. Great cocktails and delicious food.

Hemingway's Cuba
Responded a day ago

Thank you very much for your review!

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Chas
Western NC
2 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Great food and great service, not the atmosphere you would expect from a Cuban restaurant. Only other negative is a broken espresso machine in a Cuban restaurant should be illegal. Good overall, maybe not worth price.

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miaa
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience4

The food was not good. We had the ceviche and the tomatoes were not fresh ie the outer skin was wilted and the avocado was extremely mushy. The chicken dish had a chicken breast that was very thin and crunchy rice…..for $27 the breast should have been larger. The outdoor patio was nice but did not negate the poor meal.

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KelseyR
Western NC
11 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

We always enjoy Hemingway's but this time was a little chaotic. It started pouring and we had requested to be outside. We have sat through a storm outside before and it was fine. This time the roof outside seemed to be pointless. It's time to replace the awning. Moss tents are a great option for outdoor shade and water protection. We were moved inside and moved to four different spots once inside. Our server Aravlo? Was super kind and helpful but the whole experience was crazy due to the freak rainstorm. It's time for a new cover outside

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AVLfoodlover
Atlantic City
4 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Be sure to make dinner reservations as sometimes you can’t get in without one. They have an attached parking garage with valet parking which solves the difficult to find street parking in Asheville. Hemingway’s is on the 4th floor of the hotel. We enjoyed cocktails outdoors on the patio overlooking the city with a great view of the mountains. Went inside for dinner. Delicious pork chunks with garlic, onion and lime. Plus Congri = black beans and rice. Sweet fried plantains are perfect. We like their authentic Cuban sandwiches so much we got 2 to go. Service was great and the food is too.

Hemingway's Cuba
Responded a day ago

AVLfoodlover., we are thrilled to hear you had a positive experience at Hemingway's Cuba Restaurant & Bar! Thank you for sharing your kind words with us. It means the world to us and to our entire team! We look forward to serving you again soon!

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vipRandallH
Tampa
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We ate delicious food outdoors on the rooftop. The view and service were wonderful.

Hemingway's Cuba
Responded a day ago

Thank you for the great review! We’re so happy you loved your experience and can’t wait to have you back.

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vipBLee
Atlanta
66 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great waiter!
Food distinguished but menu limited — what happened to your Short Rib, as it was the best selection until you eliminated it??!!!

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katltodd
Raleigh
8 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was outstanding! Everything we ordered was delicious. And make sure you try the churros!

Hemingway's Cuba
Responded a day ago

Thank you so much katltodd for this review. We really appreciate your business and helping to share the word about Hemingway's Cuba Restaurant & Bar.

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LeighB
Las Vegas
22 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Not very impressed by this place. We ended up there after a few others were full, but the menu looked promising because we live tapas. Unfortunately, the food was only okay, and the waitress who served us could only be described as disinterested. Not friendly, couldn’t answer questions about the menu but didn’t offer to ask, and just seemed to want us to go at the end. There are just too many other really good restaurants in Asheville…

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MaryT
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

We visited on a Monday evening with reservations. The noise level was extremely high so be warned. The view from the porch is exceptional and all of the staff are exceptionally nice and hard working.

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JessM
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious and the service was fantastic! I would definitely recommend and go to again when in Asheville!

Hemingway's Cuba
Responded a day ago

JessM, thank you for the wonderful review and for taking the time to share your feedback with Hemingway's Cuba. Our priority is customer service, and we are ecstatic that we met that mark!

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Harry
Cornwall
8 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Staff, service and food were all excellent!

Hemingway's Cuba
Responded a day ago

Thank you for your review. We appreciate your patronage! We look forward to seeing you again soon!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience2

Food was mediocre at best. Noise level was extremely high. I will not be back.

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ConnieS
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and staff! Great atmosphere on the rooftop!

Hemingway's Cuba
Responded a day ago

We’re so happy you loved your experience and can’t wait to have you back. Thank you for the great review!

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OpenTable Diner
Louisville
3 reviews