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Posted by Victor on 12/27/2006
My girlfriend and I ate a late lunch/early dinner at Cubana Café. The restaurant was fairly empty, but the tropical Latin rhythms playing on the stereo imbued the below street level space with a lively feel. The pastel colors on the walls were soothing. The staff was prompt, and the service was friendly. The portions were an acceptable size. Unfortunately, in describing the food, my girlfriend and I used the same adjective that previous reviewers used: bland. My GF had to hit her arroz con vegetales with a lot of salsa (which I always thought was Mexican rather than Cuban, although that’s another issue) in order to perk up the dish. My palomilla chicken also lacked much flavor. Given a friendly environment and decent service, the place has potential. Sadly that potential is going unfulfilled as a result of a restaurant’s numero uno offering – the food. By the way, bring your greenbacks; it’s cash only.
Posted by local on 10/08/2006
Word to the wise... they charge you for every cup of coffee. I couldn't believe my drink bill (all coffee) turned out to be more than my juevos rancheros. i guess that was fitting though considering I was still hungry! the molete is a great sandwich and nothing beats the corn (when it isn't overcooked) or the chicken soup. the rest of the menu is underwhelming.
Posted by renee on 08/28/2006
The best thing was the dip with the bread in the begninning. The food was bland, the retaurant was cramped. The sangria was fine- not all that. My boyfriend dragged me here because he wanted some pork quesidillas, and he wasdisappointed too.
Posted by Lexi on 08/17/2006
Cubana Cafe used to be one of my go-to favorites. I don't know what happened, the prices went way up and now the food is bland. The Cuban steak used to be great and actually how Cubans make it with onions, now for some reason they are using rosemary... Sadly, I will not be going back.
Posted by theresax on 05/05/2006
Went there for dinner last night w/ my boyfriend and a friend after work and got there around 7 so we were able to score seats in this tiny cramped space. prices were reasonable but the portions were really small. I had the ropa vieja which was pretty bland, my boyfriend had the chicken breast w/ mango salsa which was ok but nothing special, and my friend had the chicken quesadillas which were tiny and plain. Don’t think I would come back but at least their drinks were good.
Posted by Sarah on 04/30/2006
This restaurant is really tiny and cute and the ambience is great. The only problem is that the main courses are more like appetizers. The chicken and avocado quesadilla I ordered had almost no cheese and it had a few scraps of meat. I would recommend coming here for drinks, but definitely not for food. You get what you pay for!
Posted by soho wanderer on 04/11/2006
We had a big after-work dinner here on a Wednesday night for a friend's bon voyage party. The place was small but we were accomodated well. There was about 15 of us, quite a lot but the staff was friendly and helpful. We all ordered a platter and we found the food okay. Not great so if you're looking for that extra punch this is not the place for u. I had the pulled pork and tasted my friend's lechon, i found both dishes satisfying. The servings were big enough for us (women) but the men could eat more. Food was not expensive & after a day at work, it hit the spot. The place was intimate, perfect for gatherings. We were all full at the end of the night and we had drank a lot of sangrias by the pitcher. Tried the mojito and it was good as well. The place is recommended for after-work dinner & more so if you want a place to drink with friends. The staff is attentive & its light on the wallet. Recommended if you don't have a big appetite.