Cuba de Ayer

4.7
1020 reviews
$30 and under
Latin / Spanish
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.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 1020 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.7
Food
4.6
Service
4.5
Ambience
4.5
Value
Noise · Moderate
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Gregm
1 review
Dined on 21 January 2022
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Nice food, friendly waitress with great recommendations.

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vipfrequentdiner
Baltimore
15 reviews
Dined on 21 January 2022
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

My favorite restaurant with best food and services.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 21 January 2022
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent Cuban food! I loved the ambience and the interior decorations.

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CORKyVino
Washington DC
75 reviews
Dined on 20 January 2022
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Premier Cuban restaurant for authentic experience, but also just a great night out. The staff are friendly and energetic from the greeting at the door to the waitress at the table. They help you find tasty items on the menu. The food is consistent from visit to visit and enough to save some to take home. Dessert is varied to appeal to different tastes but each choice delicious.

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OpenTable Diner
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on 15 January 2022
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food & service, even during this pandemic!

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CherylA
1 review
Dined on 15 January 2022
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience5

The arrival was warm and welcoming. They did not get my order right and corrected my shrimp with garlic sauce dish with no fuss. The corrected meal looked scattered on the plate which then lacked presentation, and the shrimp was much too salty. Even my guest who has a high salt tolerance, remarked about the overly salty taste of the shrimp without any prompt from me. On the reservation, I indicated it's a birthday event for my guest. I confirmed that they'll recognize the celebration on my arrival and was told that they'll sing happy birthday. When my guest stepped away, I later reminded the server about the happy birthday singing and she acknowledged my statement. No happy birthday recognition was made which was a disappointment.

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IleneA
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on 8 January 2022
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

great waitress Deja
large part of teens, early 20s near us requesting separate checks, complaining and rude to staff
Manager handled expertly with calm and patience and resolving issues immediately
Great food and mojitos too!

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Natt
1 review
Dined on 8 January 2022
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Loved our experience. The food was great. Highly recommend getting croquetas and tostones rellenos with their batido de mango. And the tres leches simply exquisite.

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Sandra
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on 7 January 2022
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Alex was attentive, courteous,knowledgeable and professional.
Food was great! Loved Alex's favorite dish, the oxtail was delicious. Generous servings, sufficient to split between two.
Thank you for making our reunion of friends a memorable evening.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 26 December 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Our server was super patient with us...we were talking so much it took us forever to order. The mojitos were on point - one was Mango and the other, pineapple. All of our food was delicious. We sat for a long time and never felt like we were being pushed to leave. I have been here a number of times and have never been disappointed! I'll keep coming back.

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Charlie
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on 24 December 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

The server was shadowed by a trainer which had its pluses and minuses! She made one order error but the service was excellent!

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vipPatriceO
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on 24 December 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wonderful food, warm environment. We love visiting Cuba de Ayer. We’ve never had a bad experience. On Christmas Eve, we restaurant was busy but not packed. Food came promptly. Fresh, flavorful, and filling. Good portions and plenty of options for every pallet. There’s even a kids menu that offers something for the pickiest of eaters. While you wait on your order, watching the artwork and decor will keep your attention.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on 24 December 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Had a nice outside lunch and brought home leftovers and an additional order for dinner and Christmas lunch, following my wife’s family tradition. We were the only table outside but service was very attentive and friendly. Food was excellent and the whole experience was a joy. I can’t recommend this Cuban restaurant more highly. Wonderful meal!!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 23 December 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always a great experience. The food is outstanding and service is great! It’s our go-to place to take friends.

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Mlch
New England
2 reviews
Dined on 19 December 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Excellent food and service. Drinks were excellent

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VeroniqueG
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on 12 December 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Cuba de Ayer consistently serves up delicious food and awesome experiences! The staff is friendly and attentive. Thank you!

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FranzS
1 review
Dined on 12 December 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Thanks a lot for representing Caribbean cuisine, particularly Cuba. Happy Holidays !

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MichelleS
1 review
Dined on 11 December 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I’m Cuban and recently moved from Fort Lauderdale and have been searching for great Cuban place for some of the food I’ve been missing so much, this is a great authentic restaurant everything was delicious. I ordered a lot of different items and was not disappointed

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on 7 December 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

It was our anniversary and we decided to treat ourselves to a delicious dinner ! 💜

OT
OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 3 December 2021
Overall4Food5Service2Ambience4

Food was amazing service wasn’t great but food made up for it

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MJoD
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 26 November 2021
Overall3Food3Service1Ambience2

Poor service, overly salty food, and dining room needs to be updated. I’ve been here before but this was the first time I sat inside.

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SusanW
Tampa
1 review
Dined on 24 November 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Our party of 3 had different entrees: pork, steak, seafood. We shared and loved everything.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 20 November 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

Very good time!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 20 November 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Date night and she suggested this place for her birthday. It was great! Awesome food, great service and ambiance I will definitely be back.

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MaritzaF
1 review
Dined on 20 November 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

First time and can't wait to go back. Delicious food, great service, perfect ambiance.

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Theresa
Baltimore
30 reviews
Dined on 20 November 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Exceptional! Camarones en Aguacate and the Trucha are a must-try.

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vipPedro
Baltimore
17 reviews
Dined on 13 November 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

As a Cuban immigrant, I find that the food is very authentic. The best compliment I can give is that the food it’s like I’m eating at my mothers house!
I would strongly recommend a reservation. Some people were waiting about an hour for a table.

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Aplus
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 13 November 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food was good as always but our server was exceptionally attentive and helpful.

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JohnnieB
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 13 November 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

Only minor drawbacks: No non-alcoholic beers, no substitutes for the plantains, and only white rice (vs. Wild, brown, etc.). Overall, everyone raved about the food.

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vipsultry
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on 12 November 2021
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience3

Service was great

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oath101
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on 12 November 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Cuba de Ayer is a hole in the wall. A secret hideaway for authentic Cuban cuisine. The service was outstanding and the food superb. My friends had never eaten Cuban food before and they are most likely going to come back.

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LoidyC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 12 November 2021
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Always great ambiance and the food on its point. Being from the Caribbean this is the food that I missed the most. Cuba de Ayer provides me a mind escapade not only with the food but also with an authentic Cuban setting. Super clean and excellent service. The personnel was always so kind and smiling.

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jeff2eat
Baltimore
11 reviews
Dined on 7 November 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Loved it!! Great flavor and style

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EricC
1 review
Dined on 5 November 2021
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience4

Not expensive, great food and courteous service. Parking is not the best but you'll forget all about that once you dine there .

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vipfrequentdiner
Baltimore
16 reviews
Dined on 5 November 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

My favorite place to eat and gather together! Good service and food as always.

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KEVINT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 29 October 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Absolutely GREAT food. I have never had a bad meal. The atmosphere is wonderful and staff is impeccable

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AshleighD
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 29 October 2021
Overall3Food3Service2Ambience4

The food was pretty good, but mojito and margarita were both bad. Our server was nice but less than attentive. Everything was very, very overpriced. I won’t go back.

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Brendalisser
Caribbean
12 reviews
Dined on 9 October 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food was amazing! Service was great! Will visit again for sure!

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vipfrequentdiner
Baltimore
16 reviews
Dined on 5 October 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

My favorite place with good food and service!

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BrendaR
1 review
Dined on 2 October 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Best Cuban meal we’ve had since South Florida!👍🥰

FAQs

Cuba de Ayer does offer delivery in partnership with Postmates and Uber Eats. Cuba de Ayer also offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at (301) 476-9622.

Cuba de Ayer is rated 4.7 stars by 1020 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.