Raleigh >Food & Dining > Cuba
19 W Hargett St, Raleigh, NC | Directions 2760135.778203 -78.639849
Mon-Thu 11am-2:30pm, 5pm-10pm
Fri 11am-2:30pm, 5pm-11pm
Awful Experience – Dined w/my wife Saturday night. Service was beyond terrible. Then came the food which was worse than the service. We know Cuban food and this was NOT Cuban food. Wrong spices, wrong everything,and very highly overpriced. Don't waste your time or money here.
Outright Terrible! – Went there on a Saturday night; party of two. The place was understaffed and the waitress lacked any sort of training. The food was of poor quality and tasteless. The ingredients were strait of your local grocery store's frozen and canned sections. The chicken dish contained bits and pieces of bone that you had to spit out after every bite. Spices for ropa vieja were not Cuban. The fried apetizer still was still frozen in the middle. The food is grossly overpriced for what it is (app. $15 per plate). Moreover, they kept playing one single CD taht kept skipping and making a terrible sound. I was veri dissapointed and dissatisfied with the experience. Would not recommend to anyone!
Only if you have too much time and $ – We, a group of 4, ate at Cuba Saturday night before going to see a play at the BTI. It took 1.5 hours for drinks, appetizers and dinner and not because we were reveling in the atmosphere and food. We ended up having two waiters because we begged for service from anyone that came by. The drinks were marginal as was the food but the price was way more than I would have expected - $31 per person (without tip) for drinks, part of an app and dinner. Overall I would not go back, the service was too slow and unfriendly and the food was too pricey.
Pricey, Bland & Rude!!! – Recently tried for the first time. Waitress was unbelievably RUDE and our party constantly ran out of beverages. Food took a long time to prepare - when plates came out they were hot like they had been under a food warming lamp but food was only moderately warm. WAY overpriced ($20 for a piece of salmon??)!!! Food was very bland. Overall a disappointing experience. Unfortunately our rude waitress got an 18% tip due to the "5 people and over in a party rule", she deserved maybe $5.00 at most and we are generous tippers normally. Steer clear of this place unless you enjoy rude service, mediocre food and PRICEY dishes.
off the chain! – Food is the best flavor and the service is great!
fast and friendly and atmosphere perfect!
Treat yourself to a delight today and try a Mojito it is the bomb!
What happened to good service?? – We've been to Cuba four times in the past year, but will not be going back after the rude treatment by the hostess and the lack of acknowledgement by the owner for our complaint. Upon arrival, we were told there was a table settling up, it would be a short wait and were asked to wait in the EstEstEst! bar. An appetizer, a bottle of wine, and an hour later, interspersed with numerous passes by the hostess, we were still waiting to be seated. I approached the hostess, but she curtly replied that they were full (despite three tables just waiting to be reset), and we could just order from the Cuba menu from the EstEstEst! bar. Ummmm, no thanks! Our gracious bartender alerted the owner, but nothing on our bill was comped nor did the owner attempt to rectify our issue. I'll be taking my business elsewhere.
Cuba! is a hot spot – I love going to Cuba Restaurant, the food is sssooo good me and my friends eat everything , then we take togo orders to are fam members bc ther isnt anyother great cuban food.. i shall say who ever came up with that cuban restuarant is pretty bright.. bc they now how to flavor ther food..ive been also hearing about this Anthony Rossicci chef.. my family and freinds are going to meet this guy ,,herd soo much about him.. i love a family owned restuarant
Tasty food in a quaint atmosphere. – Previous reviewers have slammed Cuba for not being as good as Miami Cuban...but I say who cares? We are in Raleigh, so some lack of authenticity it comes with the territory. I wouldn't know authentic Cuban, but I sympathize with their plight (I, myself crave the cheap and amazing Thai and Sushi of my days in Seattle).
My boyfriend and I really enjoyed the intimate atmosphere and the flavorful dishes. The big basket of plantain chips and the mojitos made us not bother with the great sounding appetizers, but we will next time. I had the Cerdo Mojo and loved it. Generous portions had me taking some home. Only problem I could see is that they they weren't turning over tables fast enough. We left with a line out the door and half a dozen empty table waiting to be cleared. They need to hire a busboy.
Original! – We were coming out from Est Est Est restaurant and we heard this latin music there is an Cuban restaurant next to Est! So we got the menu and came the next weekend to give it a try. Small but quainted! Original atmosphere! We all shared the Coconut Shrimp and Papas Rellenas (stuffed patatoes). Very tasteful! And my boy friend order Cocnut Salmon with a special lemon-lime souce. What I really like that everybody can pick their sides, like black beans, plantains, rice and yucca. I ordered pork with mango salsa. And the other couple had the marinated whole pargo (red snaper deep fried). And we had to share it! Wait staff was really friendly and helpful, trying to pick the right dish. They do have nice selection of latin and spanish wine and best mojito I've ever had!
Bueno! – What a great find! The best secret in Raleigh. Cuba takes you into a different world and doesn't let you down. From the mojitos to the plantain chips, this place serves up good eats! I went for the first time two months ago, and have been back twice a week ever since. Even Fidel would be proud.
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