Cuba de Ayer

4.6
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856 reviews
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$30 and under
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Cuban
Come enjoy the tropical tastes of Cuba! Authentic home style Cuban cuisine where our customers feel as though they are eating home cooked meals that would be found in Grandma's kitchen. Cuba de Ayer is an ideal escape for a delicious cup of Cuban coffee, a Cuban grilled sandwich, followed up by something sweet like a slice of tres leches cake. mmm.... Bring your friends, family or come alone-strangers are simply friends we've yet to meet.
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.6
Food
4.5
Service
4.5
Ambience
4.5
Value
Noise · Moderate
98% of people would recommend it to a friend
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julezpolly
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always delicious! The hostess and sever were very warm and welcoming. We love celebrating birthdays here because of the sparklers they use, and the desserts are amazing!

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Anonymous
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

The location was great and the food was excellent. We definitely will be back!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Had lunch there for the first time today with family. Loved the whole experience: strip mall location, Cuban decor, including bongo drums, professional waitstaff, enthusiastic diners, and authentic, delicious food at a great value!

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vipLuvBro
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience3

The food was excellent! The noise level, however, was a bit much.

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vipJamesR
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall4Food3Service4Ambience3

Entre food was a little over cooked and dry. Service was good, no wait with Open Table reservation.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food, excellent service

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Keith
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Our family enjoyed a wonderful birthday dinner this week! The food was excellent, and the staff was friendly. I highly recommend this restaurant to you!

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vipChristineL
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

A wonderful find in Burtonsville. We will definitely be back.

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PaulP
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Delicious food!

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vipDorinaW
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Let husband and I have been going to Cuba de Ayer for 20+ years and it only gets better. Meals, service and atmosphere is fantastic!!

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RafaelP
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great experience, I wish that add a bit more spirits to their mixed cocktails.

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IvorE
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food I have been going here for years and the food has always been consistently great.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience3

Valentines date

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vipWeLoveCubadeAyer
Washington DC
51 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We went to Cuba de Ayer for our Valentine's Day dinner with our two small children. We had excellent service from the wait staff and the food was delicious. This was our second visit to the restaurant and I have already recommended to several friends. We'll be back again in 2020. Until then!

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TerryW
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Driven part this restaurant for years and always that someday I would stop in for dinner. So I finally did and I’m extremely glad that I took my wife on Valentines Day. Great food and atmosphere and there will be return trips.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Valentine’s
Great food and service.

JP
vipJPayen
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience3

Great food and excellent service. A bit crowded and noisy, but it was Saturday night, so that is expected.

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MLNP
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

The food is always excellent. Some of the space is tight so the noise from other diners is at a moderate level but not too loud. Had a reservation and they took us exactly on time.

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Jodym
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall4Food5Service3Ambience4

Food is wonderful always, but the service was way off tonight! We waited for 20 minutes to get water and only got service because my husband flagged down an obviously busy waiter who was trying to cover more than his share of tables. Once he came , our service was great and the food was delicious.
The beef empanadas are slightly sweet as you crunch into the crust and don’t disappoint when you bite in. The shrimp with garlic (can’t remember the name of it, but has a slight, but not overpowering lemon and garlic flavor) is seasoned with the perfect amount of everything.
The red sangria had lots of flavor and fruit, although it is expensive for a carafe.

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JackD
Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

We love this restaurant, never disappoints. We arrived 1 hour early for our reservation but they were able to seat us right away. It's a 90 minute drive from Alexandria to get there but always worth it.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

AkwAys great !

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CintyaZ
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Good is excellent. Price is in point. Ambiance is intimate and fun!

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Cuba de Ayer is the place to go when you want ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Cuban food in the DMV.

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Delighted
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Every bite absolutley delicious! Completely authentic and satisfying. Wish that I could hear the background music a little better. It was almost too soft.

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vipDM50
Miami
22 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Every time we visit our children in Maryland we make it a point to eat here. Great food, awesome seasoning and very reasonable. The waitresses are very nice know the menu inside out. Would recommended highly and very close to BWI. This place is a gem!

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GandK
Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Very pleasant atomosphere, good service, a plate of food to enjoy.

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vipBrighteyes1311
Washington DC
29 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

This was my first time dining at Cuba de Ayer. I was pleasantly surprised at how delicious the food was I this unassuming strip mall restaurant. My cocktail was also delicious. I will definitely be returning.

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AnthonyR
New England
4 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

As always, great food, great ambiance. Love this place and recommend this place over any other Latino restaurant in the area.

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Foody
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

As always a reliable 10!!! Best latin food in the area. I make my family go for all the big celebrations. New Years, Birthday, Anniversary, Mothers Day!!!! 10/10 Recommend

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Waiter was awesome. Yummy food and drinks! Overall experience was excellent!

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brexib
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent customer customer food

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vipRed996
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Always a great meal.

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Ginopr
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food is constantly prepared to satisfaction. Very consistent and prepared as expected.

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IslandSpicy
Baltimore
20 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience2

Could’ve been better! The Avocado/shrimp appetizer looked so good but didn’t wow me! Very bland. Hubby had to send his steak back. It was well done and tough. My oxtails were delicious and the mixed beans and rice had a nice kick to it. The drinks were terrible, didn’t taste like any liquor was in there. I took the ice out and my watery drink was half the glass.

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vipEatingmywaythruBethesda
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2019
Overall3Food5Service3Ambience4

First real hiccup in years with service, but still enjoyed the venue. Boiled yucca, Vaca Frita and Caribbean Salmon are excellent.

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vipFoodiePhyl
Baltimore
22 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Late lunch/early dinner - so many great choices. Food was delicious and all the staff was very friendly and helpful. We will definitely return!

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vipTheresa
Baltimore
25 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We have been going to Cuba de Ayer for many years and it keeps getting better and better. Great food tonight and Rebecca made it even better with her phenomenal service. The red sangria is some of the best around.

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OpenTable Diner
Western NC
2 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent food and service

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Loved the mojitos and the guava martinis. We can't decide whether we like the crispy or sweet plantains the most. The staff were very friendly and welcoming. Overall a wonderful meal!

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Jeff
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Great food at a great price. Best Cuban sandwich around!

FAQs

Cuba de Ayer offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (301) 476-9622.

Cuba de Ayer is rated 4.6 stars by 856 OpenTable diners.

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