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Esquina Latina Restaurant & Lounge, New Brunswick, NJ

Esquina Latina Restaurant & Lounge

4.4
4.4
688 Reviews
$30 and under
Cuban
We will be reopening for patio reservations starting Monday June 15th!

Serafin Sarduy brings fun to New Brunswick with the fusion of Cuban and Latin cuisine. Esquina Latina offers a chiq restaurant and lounge atmosphere known for their tapas and authentic Sangrias.
Don't forget your family and friends as Esquina Latina is perfect for all occasions.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Cuban, Latin American

  • Hours of operation

    Daily 12:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (732) 543-1630

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Serafin Sarduy

  • Neighborhood

    New Brunswick

  • Cross street

    George St

  • Parking details

    Street and Public Parking Lot

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Dancing, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 688 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.4
4.4 based on recent ratings
  • 4.3Food
  • 4.3Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4.1Value

NoiseModerate

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  • New Jersey - Central

    Late Night Find

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  1. FP

    FeliciaP

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service and atmosphere. The food was delicious. The drinks were great. I will definitely dine there again. The empanadas were delicious. The salmon was perfect and the oxtails were so good. I would definitely recommend this restaurant.
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience3
    Todo muy excelente especialmente el mini disco que hacen todo los viernes lo único malo es el ruido de la música de antes del party & la pista de baile deberían de quitar mas mesa para que halla mas espacio para poder bailar & no tropezar con las otras Personas.
  3. NC

    NancyC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    We had a great time and food was so good. Nice Atmosphere.
  4. R

    Rebecca

    New York Area

    8 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on June 22, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience2
    Service was leisurely. I ordered the sliced steak sandwick and requested the meat be cooked RARE. The waited said that could be done. The meat was charred and barely edible. The roll of the sandwich was nothing special, and I didn't bother to eat it. My husband's dinner, the grilled vegetairan, was somewhat better, the best part being the black beans and white rice. The room was very loud and conversation was difficult. Doubt we will return.
  5. ML

    MLMB

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall4food2service4ambience5
    Maybe less tables out on the dance floor after 11, allowing more space for so many people
  6. TW

    TerryW

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 7, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    The Pollo de allows entree was fantastic! The tast brought me back home to the Caribbean with seasoned, flavorful food. The entertainment was top notch with the legendary tap dancer, Omar Edwards, dazzling the audience with his dynamic, awe-inspiring footwork!
  7. SG

    SusanG

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience4
    We were seated right away but it took a few minutes to be greeted by our waitress. The waitress always seemed to be in a rush although the dining room was not packed. Not taking the time to be friendly and then rushing off without giving us a minute to finish with our inquiries. The food was edible at best. For starters we ordered the Guacamole and Ham Croquets. The Guac was good but the serving size was literally 3oz. The Guac comes with an assortment of chips which basically swallowed up the very small 3oz container in the center of the plate. You don't expect to pay $10 for two spoonful's of Guacamole. The Croquets were tasty but not homemade by any means. We ordered the Picadillo and Churrasco for our main dishes. The Picadillo was quite bland and disappointing. The serving sizes were on the main dish were plenty. the Churrasco was delicious no complaints on that dish and again serving sizes were plenty. We ordered the Trees Leche and two Cappuccino's. the desert was tasty but the Cappuccino's were watered down. We would not recommend this restaurant. In this day and age with the cost to eat out you expect to get what you pay for and in this place you don't.
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    11 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on May 19, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    We ate early at 5:45pm on a weeknight before a show at NBPAC, so the place was fairly empty. The food was delicious and the staff friendly. A few minor issues however, like one of the appetizers didn’t come until at least 10 min after the other 3, and the server was never around because she was always helping a large group somewhere else, so we had to always ask others for help. The great food made up for all of that and we would recommend the restaurant. It is more of a lounge atmosphere on weekends with entertainment.
  9. L

    Liketodineout

    New York Area

    20 reviews

    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on May 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This restaurant serves delicious Latin food. They have a wide variety of choices. The service is excellent and the space is large and comfortable. Their vegetable soup is superb and don’t miss the Argentinian skirt steak!
  10. KS

    KeyshaS

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall1food1service2ambience3
    I feel as though the food is expensive for the poor quality and portioning. Drinks were amazing but We felt not welcomed at all. I love all kinds of food so to feel as if I wasn’t suppose to be there was very offensive and I will not be coming back.
  11. FM

    FaMiller

    New York Area

    16 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    Food and service was ok.
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    154 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    154 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience4
    We love Cuban food and were to excited to see this Cuban restaurant one block from New Brunswick PAC. However, would not return again as the food was disappointing. Had the vaca frita, which is my favorite Cuban dish and the reason I made the reservation here. Though this shredded flank steak dish tends to be dry, this version was under seasoned and dry to the point of almost being shoe leather. My dining compatriot had the ropa vieja and this dish suffered from a poor choice of red wine in the sauce. The appetizers were better than the main courses and as it has an active bar, we think the chef is catering to those who come for drinks and small plates.
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Ambience and food was great, always a blast!
  14. SW

    SandraW

    New York Area

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 11, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    We had booked an outdoor table, but when we arrived, the manager told us that the patio was being redone that day and we couldn’t eat outside. However, when we told him we wanted to eat outside because we were being cautious about Covid, he let us eat in an empty large dining room, which was perfect. The food, ambience and service were top-notch as usual.
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Awesome Mothers Day
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Food was excellent
  17. PS

    PaulS

    New York Area

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was absolutely delicious and the service was excellent and very courteous.
  18. JA

    JAGG

    New York Area

    25 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Awesome and authentic latin food. Great variety. Delicious Sangria!!!!
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 6, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Nice atmosphere, wonderfully priced, delicious food, and great drinks!
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food! We just got a bunch of appetizers and shared them. One was better than the other!
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New Orleans

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 29, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    Drinks were good, food wasn’t as tasty as I’m used to from a Latin restaurant
  22. H

    Henrietta

    Atlantic City

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on April 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    This was a girls night and birthday celebration and my third time at the restaurant. We had a great time and the service was wonderful. The lounge opened up later on in the evening; great crowd filled up and the DJ everyone dancing.
  23. E

    Elka67

    New York Area

    34 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    34 reviews

    Dined on April 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful Latin Inspired Food - Good Value for Absolutely Delicious!!! Best Sangria I’ve Ever Had. Great friendly service, fun atmosphere, gets busy on the weekends so make reservations in advance. I highly recommend this gem that’s conveniently located within walking distance of the New Brunswick Theaters.
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 21, 2022

    overall1food3service1ambience3
    The wine pour was unbelievably low for my wife and I. When brought to the attention of Emerson the manager he thought nothing was wrong with the pour (he btw poured it). The photo will show the pour which looks like what we would have left in the glass after dinner. Emerson finally agreed that it was a very low pour for my wife and I and added some wine to my glass but not my wife’s glass. My wife asked for her glass as well and she received a glass but later we saw they added that glass as an extra wine on the bill. I looked forward to dinner with my wife and a show at the State Theater so I didn’t want to try to locate another Resteraunt. But I should have left. I know though that there will not be a next time. I work hard for my money and I want to get what I pay for. BTW I pointed out to Emerson that I saw other glasses with decent pours and he want me to show him Are you kidding!!!
  25. MZ

    MichaelZ

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I enjoyed the food - it was served hot and it was tasty. I had a mojito and my wife had the sangria wine flight - our drinks were great and had the requisite amount of alcohol, etc.
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on April 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was as authentic as I have had in a long time. I enjoyed the Skirt steak with black beans and rice. The steak was cooked perfectly (medium) and the beans were authentic Cuban black bean spices. I am considering taking a 3 hour drive to bring the family . Was on the area on business and found this jewel with late night availability. Compliments to the chef for a job well done. Also the bartender was very welcoming and his service was fantastic .
  27. KS

    KristenS

    New York Area

    29 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on April 7, 2022

    overall2food4service2ambience3
    I keep wanting to replicate the positive experience I had when this restaurant first opened, and I’ve realized that will never happen. Food is ok, but not worth the price. Portions of guacamole are tiny and you’re given way too many plantains, potato chips, etc., for the portion. Come on Esquina Latina! Normal size portions! Service was absolutely abysmal. Took forever, hardly any manners, someone got brought a drink that didn’t ask for one, had to chase down the waitress. Music gradually increased to a point where we could not hear each other across the table. I don’t think I can bring myself to return or bring guests here.
  28. MK

    MikeK

    Philadelphia

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Every detail was spot on from our seating right through our meal. The timing of service was perfect and the food was outstanding. Overall it was a terrific dining experience.
  29. AK

    AlanK

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    wow the food is good, everytime amazing
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 3, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    The beef empanadas were delicious!! I also ordered the sangria sampler which I loved.
  31. CB

    CarolynB

    Washington DC

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on April 2, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience4
    We enjoyed our dinner but overall just felt it was expensive for what they offered. The menu online was not the same menu that they had at the restaurant. The real menu did not have as many options.
  32. C

    Candice

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on March 26, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    Booked this for my sisters birthday. The service was great. Our waiter went above and beyond giving the best service. The only issue we had was that I specifically noted when I booked the reservations for the booth. Plus I called the restaurant to confirm that we can get the booth and was told ok. Yet when we arrived there. We where being offered the window high top tables. Just not something we asked for so a little disappointed there. The manager did try to offer us a better table in the back which was nice. As for the food. Three of us got the salmon dish and boy did it have a fishy taste. I was so hungry so I ended up just eating it. We also got pitcher of sangria. It was watered down and didn’t even taste the wine at all. Plus the place was so busy. We had to pour it ourselves. We come here at least once or twice a year for celebration the past years and I feel the quality of service and food has gone down. Not sure if it’s management or what, but definitely doesn’t feel the same how it used to be. We love Esquina Latina so I’m sure we would be back. Just wish you guys can up your game a little to make the experience more pleasant.
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    vip
    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 19, 2022

    overall2food3service1ambience4
    Female Receptionist was very rude. We had been running a little late due to a car issue and was very rude and even willing to cancel our reservation if we didn’t hurry up only to find an almost empty restaurant 😵‍💫. Once we arrive and are seated we are given a ticket with a start and end time, this felt like a very rushed dinner. Will not be coming back, as this was my first time back post Covid. This establishment was better before Covid, they lost its touch with the food and hospitality.
  34. m

    machado

    New York Area

    8 reviews

    3.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on March 18, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience3
    Came here with friends for girls night out, the music was so loud that we didn’t stay too long. We like loud, but this was next level loud. Drinks and food were okay, not excellent. Service was very slow although the waiters were very nice. All in all, I’d say it was fine but not great.
  35. M

    Michele

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 18, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience3
    The food was good but better when they first opened. They limit you on time (2 hours) which normally is fine but when you don’t have enough wait staff to keep things moving you need the extra time. Our waitress was nice but we had to ask for everything (utensils, plates, to order because she walked away after asking if we wanted to order and me saying yes, to take an item off the bill that we didn’t order or receive, for her because no one came around for the first 15 minutes we were seated). We had a nice time there’s still just lack luster with the wait staff. It’s a nice night out but we’ve been to several other restaurants in town and received much better service and food. When they first opened their service was absolutely horrible. We had to go up to other waiters at different tables and ask them to find ours, order, give us our check - we waited 30 minutes for someone just to bring water.
  36. RD

    RosieDae

    Atlantic City

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food and service were amazing! Everything was delicious! Will be going back!
  37. J

    Jeff

    New York Area

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on March 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    First time here. It was nice and clean. Upbeat. Friendly staff. Food was really good as were the margaritas and martinis we had.
  38. SJ

    StephanieJ

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    What a great place for a date night with my hubby for his 40th birthday!!..Food was great as well as thw service!
  39. LN

    LouN

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 11, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience5
    Service was so so but food and drinks more than made up for it.
  40. JL

    JacquelynL

    Philadelphia

    11 reviews

    3.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on March 2, 2022

    overall3food5service3ambience4
    Drinks (mojitos on the menu) were not well made. Bar did not have many of the ingredients to make the drinks in the menu. On our third try, spirit on the rocks was our best choice Besides that food was great. Service was attentive and apologetic about the lack of bar ingredients. Manager help your servers do a great job by having what the menu says is available!

FAQs

Esquina Latina Restaurant & Lounge does offer delivery in partnership with Chow Now. Esquina Latina Restaurant & Lounge also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (732) 543-1630.

Esquina Latina Restaurant & Lounge is rated 4.4 stars by 688 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


Google Map for Esquina Latina Restaurant & Lounge

25 Liberty St, New Brunswick, NJ 08901

Additional information

  • Cross street

    George St

  • Neighborhood

    New Brunswick

  • Hours of operation

    Daily 12:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Cuban, Latin American

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Street and Public Parking Lot

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Serafin Sarduy

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Dancing, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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