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Cubana Cafe

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(22 Reviews)

272 Smith St Ste 1, Brooklyn, NY 11231

(718) 858-3980

Today: 10:00 am - 11:00 pm
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Phone: (929) 337-6476

Payment method
cash, no credit cards
Price Range
South Brooklyn, Carroll Gardens

Cubana Café

Cuban Restaurants, Caribbean Restaurants, Latin American Restaurants, Restaurants, Spanish Restaurants, Take Out Restaurants
Other Information

Parking: Street

Wi-Fi: No

Bike Parking: Yes

Attire: Casual

Wheelchair Accessible: No

Cuisines: Cuban, Spanish, Take Out, Caribbean, Latin American, European, Continental

Alcohol: Full Bar

Takes Reservations: No

Outdoor Seating: No

Price Range : Average


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Provided by Citysearch - 
Reliable, friendly, and great for Stan.

A comfortable and reliable meeting place with a nice and moderately-priced menu.

Good food to enjoy as you watch bustling Smith Streeters, locals, hipsters and just-plain-Joes engage in their daily rounds.

Especially good for anyone named Stan.



Provided by Citysearch - 
Excellent! Veg Friendly!!

While there are no vegetarian main courses there are many delicious side plates that will fill, and make your tummy happy for cheap.
The sauteed, sweet or fried, savory plantains with mango salsa, red or black beans (not cooked with meat), and cocount rice, yucca with garlic, and jicama salad are ALL really AMAZING, topped with a mojito! A bouquet of flavors that dance together! Definately worth it a try! Friendly and fast service. Tables are tight, but cozy.



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Provided by Citysearch - 
Great food/drinks, Horrible service

I have to say I keep going back to this place. The elote is great, prices are reasonable and the mojitos are delicious. However, the service is really bad! They are rarely friendly, don't ever check back to see how the food is, don't refill waters, and then you end up waiting forever for your check. We go back for the food but every time are disappointed by the service.



Provided by Citysearch - 
Horrible Service - Bad Staff

Stood at the bar for at least 20 minutes as other tables were seated - reservations need not apply they won't honor them. Added 2 entrees to our bill with scribbled handwriting hoping we wouldn't notice. No water refills - rude and condescending staff that would rather watch the projection TV than help patrons.



Provided by Citysearch - 
Bland food but GREAT drinks

It was disappointing that the flavor of the food didn't match the quality of the drinks. I must say the bartender made the best Mojitos and best Pina Colada I've ever had. The ingredients were of obvious quality and freshness. Maybe it was just the gift of that bartender because when the food came, I found myself using quite a bit of salt to make up for the bland taste of the food. Cafe Habana in Brooklyn when its open has way better food.



Provided by Citysearch - 
review your bill closely!!

so the food was less than mediocre (cold eggs, bland. . .) and the service is pathetic (really) -but the real problem here is that they state on the menu they will charge 20% gratuity for parties of six or more. Fine. However, we were a party of four and they charged more than 20% and it was not clear they were charging us a gratuity. We would have tipped an additonal 20% had we not questioned the charge. . .(When we questioned it the waitrees said ok leave whatever you want. I said that is not the point (honesty?) and we went through that a few times-either she is playing dumb or really doesn't get it.

Also, they don't accept credit crads. Fine. But then at least put the name of the establishment on the bill- some folks need to submit receipts. . .
Needless to say I will not be going back. I hope they clean up their act for everyone else.



Provided by Citysearch - 
Worst indegestion of my life

Went there for the third time last weekend. The first two times were disappointing: uninspired dishes, rather bland. I've had yet to find a dish truly worth its (albeit very inexpensive) price. There's not a single person working the service area who's actually from Cuban - the cooks are purported to be, but somehow I doubt it. And if you've ever had a good caipirinha or pina colada in your life, you'll soon realize that there's not any good ones to be found here. But what's put the place on my ""never again"" list was last weekend's quesadilla - a couple shreds of chicken with cheese and slimy, gummy onions, a side garbanzo bean salad that tasted like the smell of a just-opened can of garbanzos. That would have been tolerable - but not the terrible indigestion afterwards. Maybe it was a mistake to mix the dish with a pina colada in the first place, I don't know. All I know is, I would never recommend the place, and you won't find me there again.



Provided by Citysearch - 
Really Good

The food here is delicious and it comes quick. I was served the best cuban sandwich that I've had in a really looooong time!



Provided by Citysearch - 
excellent pulled pork and mojitos

This place is quite small, but decently comfortable. The food I cannot attest to much; I always get one of the pulled pork dishes, but there's very little reason to get anything else. Wash it all down with mojitos or a nice imported beer.



Provided by Citysearch - 
Service has improved

I boycotted this place for a while since every time I went, regardless of whether the restaurant was packed or nearly empty, the service was terrible. My water glass went unfilled for almost the whole meal, food took forever to arrive, and sometimes we received chips and salsa while other times we inexplicably did not. Recently though, I gave it another shot, and fortunately they seem to have stepped up their game and gotten back on the ball. The food here is great - always fresh, hot and you can't find a better value on Smith Street than the medianoche Cuban sandwich with a side of maduros (rounding out to about $7). The stuffed poblanos with seafood are great, as are most of the chicken dishes, the ropa vieja and the shrimp and avocado salad. I'm glad to report they've ironed out the service kinks (knock on wood) and I look forward to returning sometime soon.



Provided by Citysearch - 
Great food! A bit noisy but it's Cuban, what do you expect!!!

I am a local restaurant owner. I have always had great food at Cafe Cubana and I highly recommend it! The chicken soup is superb and the Cuban sandwich is the best in town!
Keep up the good work!



Provided by Citysearch - 
Rude Treatment

I ordered in and the portions were tiny for the price. I called to nicely complain and they were rude. I was told that the owner would be back at 8:30 pm and when I called, a ""man"" told me the owner would return after New Years. Seriously dissapointed. I will stick with Cafe Habana. Not a smart way to treat a customer and a neighbor.



Provided by Citysearch - 
Delicious Cocktails

This cozy cuban restaurant has a great cocktail menu to satisify anyone's craving for well-balanced (they have just the right amount of alcohol), AFFORDABLE, DRINKS!

As far as food goes I had the stuffed poblano chile which was genorously stuffed with shrimp and calamari; definitely worth the 10 bucks!

The menu has something for everyone, from sandwiches & quesadillas to ""platos grandes"" like the half roasted chicken with rice and beans for 8 dollars!

I highly recommend visiting this colorful & warm cuban spot (oh they also play great music)!



Provided by Citysearch - 
To be Avoided

A lovely room with delightful cocktails, poorly complemented by lackluster, lazy service, tough prosciutto and mediocre cheese, steaks entirely composed of gristle and undercooked, soggy oil french fries. Truly disappointing.



Provided by Citysearch - 
Yuck. Save your money.

I don't know where the other reviewers ate, but I doubt it was at Cubana Cafe. I took a date there awhile back. I don't remember what we ate, I just remember it was a terrible experience. I was actually ashamed. Go elsewhere.



Provided by Citysearch - 
a good thing in a small package

solidly delicious meal- i haven't been disappointed by anything in the dozen or more times i have eaten there over the last 6 months- I love the red snapper, the pulled pork, the great corn on the cob... and finish it all off with a cake...i love the tres leches!!!



Provided by Citysearch - 
Great delivery -- a great alternative to the usual

When you're bored with all the Asian food in the area and want a refreshing change, head for Cubana Cafe. They might not bring the mojitos, but the rest of the menu is tasty and inexpensive. Don't forget to order a side of sweet plantains (with spicy mango salsa), and enjoy the empanadas (with chic pea salad on the side). Mmmmm!



Provided by Citysearch - 
Mojo Habana!

I really should not be writting this as I live in the hood and would rather keep the secret to myself, but I just ca't help it! Small? True. But this place has thrived. An alternative to dinner would be lunch or even breakfast. Dave and I had the place practically to ourselves yesterday around brunch time and enjoyed a feast. I had the Cuban version of Eggs Benidict (#41 on the menu!) made with spicey slices of choizo on soft Cuban bread covered with two perfectly poached eggs and a sauce that needs to be tasted to be believed. Served with rice, the breakfast satisfied. All the while they were cutting limes and tearing mint for the mojitos so the place was filled with summer smells, and the coco cappucino is truly a delight! For a taste of the forbidden Island, this place rocks.



Provided by Citysearch - 
cozy, comfy--great for a lazy day

solid meal--filling & tasty. bright & cheery atmosphere removes you from what can be a din-y & dingy city. we always have a fine time at this spot.