Sabor De Cuba

4.6
397 Reviews
$30 and under
Cuban
Its authenticity unmatched, Sabor de Cuba crashes the emerging Frederick dining scene with aromas and flavors that evoke the island's rich culinary heritage. Owners Irieska Caetano and Angel Gattorno bring enthusiasm and vision to their cozy new digs in the heart of the downtown area. As chef, Gattorno draws on closely held family recipes to enhance a menu of traditional Cuban favorites. Dine in a family-friendly environment where the service is as first class as the meal itself.

Simple food, complex flavors. Is such a thing even possible?
At Sabor de Cuba, we think yes.
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Shann
San Francisco
26 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Tasty food, excellent service. Many dishes quite imaginative, but the veggie entree was too bland.

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DavidD
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Good food and service near the theatre. Empanadas were tasty, pork dishes were very good, and tasty dessert.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The whole evening was great. Our server was very attentive and polite. The food is always top noche. You can’t go wrong when you enjoy any of their meals.

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Smooth
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The food here was amazing! The staff were friendly and the meals came out pretty fast. I will definitely visit this place again!

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chrisandfred
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A consistent go to restaurant for us. Always great!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The waitress knew what she was doing and talking about. Easy to get along with and made great suggestions. I will definitely be back!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Family Valentine’s Dinner was fantastic. Food was delicious, service was fast and pleasant, despite being a super busy night. We had two grumpy kids before we walked in, but everyone walked out with smiles. Thanks so much for a great meal!

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Foodie
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The soups were delicious and the sizzling shrimp appetizer is excellent!

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GaleD
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We always love Sabor de Cuba! If you are looking for authentic Cuban food, this is the place! Our waiter was attentive and friendly, even though he was working as bartender also! The handmade cocktails are the best! Ask for the garlic bread to start - it’s to-die-for! Everything we have ever ordered has been great!

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AnitaL
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience4

While we were very much looking forward to our first visit to celebrate a birthday, we found the lack of flavor to be very disappointing. From our appetizer through our entrees we had to salt and pepper everything. For a Cuban restaurant that smelled so enticing when we entered it was just okay. We even brought home a Cuban sandwich for my husband and without a saying a word he described it as bland. For the money it wasn't worth it and we'll not be rushing back. There are just too many outstanding restaurants in Frederick to repeat a mediocre experience. The service however was fantastic.

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vipMatthewN
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Out server (Amy) was very knowledgeable about the menu and explained dishes to our guests that had presten Cuban cuisine before

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NancyH
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The staff were extremely friendly, even the ones in passing. Waitress was very clear as to what the meals were like (description). Noise level was high around the bar area, but we were seated away from that. Besides one mixed drink being a little weak, we thought all the food was great...and served hot. Yes, we have recommended eating here to others.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was incredible. Best to make reservations (on an assumed busy day like Friday or Saturday). The waiting area is very small, but once we were seated our waitress, Amy, made it all worth it. That was my first time there and I’m definitely going back.

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JeanneD
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Our server made some excellent suggestions for ordering traditional cuisine. Would definitely go back.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great meal!!

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AllanC
Richmond
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

In all of Frederick MD, Sabor de Cuba has been my favorite for many years. I have tasted virtually everything on the menu and have never found anything that wasn't wonderful! The well trained staff members go out of their way to ensure every aspect of the experience is pleasant.

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LKW2019
Baltimore
5 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience3

We had reservations but they gave our table to a party that walked in after us by mistake. Took 20 minutes to get a table.
The food was average and not very hot and came out piece meal so we were not all eating at the same time. Our waitress was good, however.

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KathleenO
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We came to celebrate a birthday and had an excellent meal and a really good time.

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ANEBaltimore
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sabor De Cuba is a great spot for casual dining when one wants good food in a fun atmosphere. Diners need to be prepared for a boisterous level of music and conversation, however. It's nice to have a different type of cuisine available.

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ChristyT
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything about this restaurant is fabulous! The location, easy parking, the service, the food, the place itself. I’ve had Cuban food at lots of restaurants, I live in Florida. This was by far the best place to eat authentic Cuban food. I highly recommend that you try Sabor De Cuba when you are in Fredrick, Maryland. And after dinner, you can shop at the many shops along the street.

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OrlandoA
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

I sat next to the 4 top table by the wall next to the bar. I do have issues when a party is waiting for their table and people standing around my table and others while I’m eating. Would you like that to happen to you? Annoying

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Bdaygrl
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It is my second time. Had a blast, good food and drinks. My husband enjoyed so much, we are thinking of going again in the future.

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vipMDF1
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Never disappoints - delicious food, great service at a reasonable price

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AntR
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall3food4service1ambience2

The food was good, but the service was horrible. Went on a Friday night. There was only one waiter, she was friendly but overworked. Drinks didn't come out until after our entrees. We were told the bar was behind. When we got our food and drinks she would forget our plates and straws, so we had to wait even longer. Food is great but not worth the wait. I didn't feel good about paying such a large bill for such mediocre service.

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JoannH
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall1food1service4ambience3

The service was great, but...our wine and beer were warm. They brought our meal before we finished the appetizer. The pork dish I ordered looked like rocks and was very dry. I sent it back and just ate the rest of my boyfriend’s Cuban sandwich, which was very tasty. We won’t be back.

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vipmaven
Washington DC
79 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Will return as we really enjoyed our meal and friendly service.

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StephanieI
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Hostess greeting not the best but food and table service makes up for lackluster greeting and helpfulness upon entry. Had reservations and had to proof so with my open table email. That being said, the beef empanadas are delicious and waiter was grea.

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vipleewood22
Baltimore
10 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I have always enjoyed our visits. On this occasion, my favorite hold red snapper. Love it.

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vipLunalovegood
New York Area
28 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Sabor de Cuba deserves a 3-1/2 stars but OT doesn’t do 1/2 star. We didn’t order appetizers as we were to have drinks at a nearby place. We had Albondigas, the special of the day and Picadillo and they both were good. The meatballs were a bit salty for my taste but the flavor was good. The service was also good. We will definitely come back to try other things on the menu.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food is always consistently delicious and you get what you expect when you reorder the same thing time after time! Service is great! Cocktails are made to order fresh and delicious - no mix all fresh.

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vipMaria
Richmond
45 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and great service!

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francophileforlife
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

The service was friendly but very slow . The room was apparently under or un air conditioned. The room was super moist. But other than that it was a good experience. Probably won't go back because we found that Cuban food is not a favorite, but we're glad we tried it.

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GregoryB
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

The regular margarita was the best I've ever had. The sweet plantains were excellent and so was the deep-fried chunks of pork. A similar dish I enjoyed in Miami employed lime juice with the pork, but Sabor De Cuba supplied a lime wedge instead. Still very enjoyable and the second time I ordered the same dish so it must be good.

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oldancer
Baltimore
9 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

My husband and I made a 7:00 reservation for dinner after a Frederick Keys game. I offer these details for several reasons: we were dressed VERY informally but didn’t feel underdressed, we didn’t have to drive far from the game, it was good we made a reservation.

The food was excellent: mojitos, empanadas (fried), Bistec de Palomilla, and a special of the day: chicken breast in a crema sauce. Everything was excellent—including the Cuban espresso. Amy, our server, was magnificent! In fact, when I asked her about the sauce for the chicken, she brought out the special ingredient from the kitchen so I could see the label. The final tab was a real bargain, so I hope my husband left her a generous tip.

The only complaint I had was the noise level. We eat at home a lot and are used to quiet; the few times we’ve been out recently, the noise level doesn’t facilitate conversation; this restaurant was no exception.

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vipGwenR
Baltimore
29 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The food was fabulous and very reasonably priced. Service was a little slow but server was friendly and knowledgeable. I definitely will go back there next time we are in Frederick

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vipButtonGirl
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Great staff. Love this place. Vaca Frita! Yucca with garlic sauce! Plantains! Pernil! Chicken a la Plancha! Sizzling Shrimp! And more.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great experience with friendly staff and great food!

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MelissaS
Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Excellent food! My entire group was very happy.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and friendly service. I ordered the pernil and my wife ordered the ropa vieja, both of which were full of flavor, filling but not too heavy. We’re coming back for sure!

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JohnM
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great, the music was so loud though you could barely talk

FAQs

Sabor De Cuba offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (301) 663-1036.

Sabor De Cuba is rated 4.6 stars by 397 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.