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Gustazo Cuban Restaurant & Cafe - Waltham, Waltham, MA

Gustazo Cuban Restaurant & Cafe - Waltham

4.5
4.5
1367 Reviews
$31 to $50
Cuban
GUSTAZO is one of the very few authentic Cuban restaurants in the Boston area. Located at 240 Moody street, it offers traditional Cuban cuisine in a modern and inventive way. The ambiance is reminiscent of Spanish colonial architecture, with hand painted tiles, wall to wall pictures of old Havana and Spanish filigree motives.
Signature dishes include Slow Roasted Pork, Enchilado de Mariscos, Empanadas, Camarones al Ajillo and the luxurious Cuban flan.

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2 people

7:30 p.m.


Booked 9 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Cuban, Spanish, Tapas / Small Plates
  • Hours of Operation
    Dinner Wed, Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (855) 487-8296
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress Code
    Casual Dress
  • Owned/operated by
    Latinx or Hispanic, Women
  • Executive Chef
    Patricia Estorino
  • Catering
    We do cater. Please visit our website at gustazo-cubancafe.com/waltham or email us at gustazowaltham@gmail.com for menu updates.
  • Private party facilities
    Our main dining room can accommodate groups for any occasion of up to 200 people. Our private dining area on the back can accomodate up to 210 people. Both spaces are suitable for family and corporate events alike along with the delicious food and thoughtful service that guests have come to expect from Gustazo Restaurant Group.
  • Private party contact
    Ted Pepe: (855) 487-8296
  • Neighbourhood
    Waltham
  • Cross Street
    Moody Street
  • Parking Details
    Public parking lot behind building. Free after 6PM otherwise $1/hr. There is also street parking in front of the building.
  • Public Transit
    We are at the beginning of Moody street, where numerous bus lines and the Fitchburg Commuter Rail Line converge. We have a large public parking lot on the back of the building. $0.50/hr, free after 6pm and all day Sundays.
  • Additional
    Banquet, Beer, Cocktails, Dancing, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Vegan, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 1,367 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Boston

    Good for special occasions

1,367 Reviews
  1. LiqiP

    San Francisco

    29 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    My guests are super happy with the food taste and presentation! The service is amazing ! Noise level is the only complaint. I have to shout to talk . Wish the wall could install noise absorbing materials so that we can hear each other on a small table

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  2. DianneL

    Greater Boston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Once the restaurant filled up it was a bit loud - nothing to absorb the sound.

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  3. mrslambs

    Greater Boston

    47 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    47 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    We hate your new menu and you were our favorite restaurant on moody st. Your guacamole was the best…GONE FROM THE MENU. Why???? You dramatically changed your pork belly dish. The new one sucks. Your prices went up and your quality down. Very disappointed

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  4. Lisa

    Greater Boston

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 6, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 2
    Menu is creative & very good with fresh ingredients & complex flavors. Vegetarian tapas were outstanding. I enjoyed my mahi mahi immensely and my son & partner enjoyed their pork assada which gave them each enough to take home for leftover! Mojitos (I had the ginger one) were especially yummy. The only reason my rating isn't higher is ambiance-- we were seated in the back room & though it is lovely, it was very cold in there & VERY loud. At one point, my noise meter on my Apple Watch went off to warn me that the noise was at 90 decibels, which at 30 minutes of exposure, could cause hearing damage. Not sure what the solution is as I know it was a crowded spot (you definitely need reservations- and rather far in advance at that), as the ceiling is very high which makes the noise carry. But it was very hard to have a conversation without yelling & that made the whole experience less positive.

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  5. LisaC

    Greater Boston

    60 reviews

    5.0

    60 reviews

    Dined on April 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    We loved the scallop ceviche, the empanadas, the ribs, the yucca fries are to die for. The shrimp was a tad overcooked. Nice wine list. Our server was very nice and made good recommendations, but he was VERY busy.

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  6. OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent Tapas experience and drinks. Cuban Margarita was one of the best we’ve had. Tapas that we would highly recommend: bacon wrapped plantains, Jibarito (pork, ham, Gruyère on tostones), empanadas, and tacos. Tapas serve two people and so fun to share. Waiter was excellent and didn’t rush us.

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  7. Robert

    San Francisco

    17 reviews

    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on March 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The food is extraordinary! I’ve had Cuban food before but this was other-worldly. Anyone should like this.

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  8. AnnaS

    Greater Boston

    10 reviews

    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on February 23, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Delicious tapas and drinks! We will keep returning!

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  9. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    30 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Went out with a friend to celebrate my birthday - the food was terrific! We went for the tapas - and each was more delicious than the next. The service was excellent. I even got a free birthday flan - what could be better.

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  10. CB22

    Greater Boston

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on January 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food, great service. Fun atmosphere. We met friends for dinner and had a great time.

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  11. TimB

    Greater Boston

    24 reviews

    4.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on December 30, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Gustazo was wonderful. The food and service were great. It was cold when the doors opened and it is not a quiet place. But the food and service make up for that.

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  12. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 29, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My server was amazing & the food was to die for. Visiting from CT. I’m definitely coming back here the next time I’m in Boston!

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  13. BiSch

    Greater Boston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 22, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful food and friendly, attentive service. I highly recommend the octopus and the ribs.

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  14. SueD

    Greater Boston

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on December 20, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Had a great evening out with friends. Vegetarian options were delicious and service was excellent

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  15. TraceyA

    Greater Boston

    54 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    54 reviews

    Dined on December 16, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always a great experience! Food, service, ambience are top notch.

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  16. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 13, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Leila was our server. She was great and very friendly. The food was great, my favorite order was the Yucca fries and I don’t typically like yucca. I definitely go back again.

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  17. PhilipJ

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 9, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Very nice and busy establishment. Top option for Waltham.

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  18. 123eat

    Greater Boston

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on December 4, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Fabulous food, good service, fun ambiance, I love this place!

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  19. barryb

    Greater Boston

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on December 3, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Second time their food was excellent as was the service. A bit noisy but worth it!

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  20. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 3, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great selection of tapas, all of them delicious, and excellent service!

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  21. TraceyA

    Greater Boston

    54 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    54 reviews

    Dined on November 3, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Love everything about this place!

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  22. ElizabethW

    Greater Boston

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on October 28, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Always a great meal at Gustazos. They specialize in small plates (tapas) which were incredibly tasty. We especially enjoyed the Maduros wrapped in bacon. The cocktails were varied and delicious. Service was excellent. The noise level is exceedingly high, so if you are looking for a lot of conversation this may not be the place. Very convivial.

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  23. Orrerrific

    Greater Boston

    32 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on October 20, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 1
    The place was so noisy, it was impossible to have a conversation, and therefore to enjoy the meal. The food is good and the service was fine, but the noise was extremely uncomfortable.

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  24. Karen

    Greater Boston

    31 reviews

    1.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on October 14, 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    This was a birthday celebration, party of three. Two of us shared small plates, while I had a large plate of Cuban pork, rice, plantains, and garnish. The small plates were average, nothing that the diners would order again. The large plate was overwhelmingly greasy and the low lighting made it difficult to tell what was meat and what was meat fat. The final straw occurred with dessert. We did not order anything, but the server brought a dessert and candle for the birthday celebrant. Later when I looked over the check, we were charged for this unordered dessert. That’s truly cheesy. We will not be going to Gustazo again. Nor will we recommend it to friends.

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  25. KimmE

    Alabama

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on October 1, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This eatery should not be missed. Unique presentations and nomination of flavors. Truly one of my fave places in all of Boston! Amazing way to really dive into some great food.

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  26. Bonded

    Greater Boston

    3 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 27, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Noisy but great food - thumbs up!!!! For sure!!!!!

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  27. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    92 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    92 reviews

    Dined on September 23, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    always a good meal. we were a little late so did not get a good seat even though large space and many empty tables. service was spotty. will give another try.

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  28. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 23, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Delicious! I can’t wait to go back. Highly recommend. Driving around Waltham when a Moody Street is closed is difficult but worth the headache.

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  29. RAAL

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 15, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Dining out has gotten more expensive and I am will to pay the added expense if the food is excellent and the service is good. Gustazos is right up there on both counts. Delicious food with knowledgeable attentive staff.

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  30. JLH2862

    Greater Boston

    42 reviews

    3.0

    42 reviews

    Dined on August 27, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    We have enjoyed this restaurant in the past and were eager to go back. This restaurant is huge and it was pretty busy at 8 p.m. on Saturday night but there were available tables. We were led to the way back of the restaurant, which was fine. It took a while for a server to come to the table but she was very friendly. She was new to the job so was not able to answer a lot of questions and for some reason, all of our food was delivered to the table behind us. Most items were good, but not as good as I remembered on my first few visits. My son ordered a main dish (steak) that came with beans, rice, plantains, etc and he thought it was very good. I left this time having mixed feelings about the restaurant. Can a restaurant that seats that many always consistently deliver good food?

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  31. JulieWK

    Greater Boston

    20 reviews

    4.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on August 24, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Very nice. Service could have been much better. It’s generally good but maybe we were just unlucky.

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  32. NancyC

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 20, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    The food has gone downhill. Pork was dry and steak was over cooked even ask for medium rare. Hope they change back to old recipes.

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  33. GradeA

    Greater Boston

    52 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    52 reviews

    Dined on August 19, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Still good. Tasty and quick. Service was also good. A little pricey.

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  34. NancyL

    Greater Boston

    3 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 13, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Family get together. We ate outside which was really nice. They’ve done a good job making it inviting. The food is very good, I would just say the prices are a tad high for the volume. I don’t know why restaurants do this, but many offering came with 3 pieces. Since the vast majority of diners come in even numbers, can’t the plates reflect that? They did offer to add a fourth piece when needed, for a price, so it worked out.

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  35. iaboston

    Greater Boston

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on August 2, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great as always! I am sad they took the guacamole off the menu. But everything was delicious.

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  36. Terrific

    Greater Boston

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 27, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Had a lovely dinner with friends and were fortunate to be seated in a room that was pretty quiet. Terrific server and food was excellent!

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  37. Libby

    Greater Boston

    36 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    36 reviews

    Dined on July 26, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Absolutely fabulous food. Every single thing we ordered was delicious, and they had a wonderful selection of cocktails and mocktails. Very impressed, and the ambiance and styling of the restaurant is fabulous too.

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  38. Jimm

    Los Angeles

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on July 22, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Gustazo's served up great food and the service was exceptional!

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  39. AdamD

    Greater Boston

    8 reviews

    3.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on July 14, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    I have been going to Gustazo for a couple years, but hadn’t been in a few months. I hadn’t looked at the menu prior to dinner so when I arrived I was a little disappointed to see that some of my favorite items were no longer on the menu.  I loved guacamole with the plantain chips, and that was no longer on the menu. Also, the Cuban sandwich was no longer on the menu but I was told it was brought back but only available at the bar (where we weren’t seated). I did appreciate that they separated the tapas into vegetarian and meat options and that they had a handful of mocktails available ($9 each). But when I received my mocktail I was honestly shocked at how tiny it was. It could not have been more than 4 oz (I think it was smaller). This seemed ridiculous to me as I knew they would not be refillable. My friend did enjoy her rose sangria. The tacos, which were a new addition, were fine, but the plantain shells were a bit soggy and there was gristle in both of the carnitas tacos, which was unappetizing. I got an affogato, which I enjoyed, but the espresso was in a cup without a lip and spilled as I tried to add it to the ice cream. This was definitely my least enjoyable experience at Gustazo. I will check the menu beforehand if I go back.

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  40. Badtable

    Greater Boston

    32 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on July 8, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    They could not find my confirmed reservation, then tried to seat us in a dark corner surrounded by a a large, loud party. I asked for a different table and the hostess said that table was because we did not have a reservation.

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FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Gustazo Cuban Restaurant & Cafe - Waltham using the Order Online button. Gustazo Cuban Restaurant & Cafe - Waltham also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (855) 487-8296.

Gustazo Cuban Restaurant & Cafe - Waltham is rated 4.5 stars by 1367 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:30 p.m.


Booked 9 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Gustazo Cuban Restaurant & Cafe - Waltham

240 Moody Street, Waltham, MA 02453

Additional information

  • Cross Street
    Moody Street
  • Neighbourhood
    Waltham
  • Hours of Operation
    Dinner Wed, Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Cuban, Spanish, Tapas / Small Plates
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress Code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking Details
    Public parking lot behind building. Free after 6PM otherwise $1/hr. There is also street parking in front of the building.
  • Public Transit
    We are at the beginning of Moody street, where numerous bus lines and the Fitchburg Commuter Rail Line converge. We have a large public parking lot on the back of the building. $0.50/hr, free after 6pm and all day Sundays.
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Owned/operated by
    Latinx or Hispanic, Women
  • Executive Chef
    Patricia Estorino
  • Additional
    Banquet, Beer, Cocktails, Dancing, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Vegan, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (855) 487-8296
  • Catering
    We do cater. Please visit our website at gustazo-cubancafe.com/waltham or email us at gustazowaltham@gmail.com for menu updates.
  • Private party facilities
    Our main dining room can accommodate groups for any occasion of up to 200 people. Our private dining area on the back can accomodate up to 210 people. Both spaces are suitable for family and corporate events alike along with the delicious food and thoughtful service that guests have come to expect from Gustazo Restaurant Group.
  • Private party contact
    Ted Pepe: (855) 487-8296
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