Esquina Latina Restaurant & Lounge

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509 reviews
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$30 and under
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Cuban
We will be reopening for patio reservations starting Monday June 15th!

Serafin Sarduy brings fun to New Brunswick with the fusion of Cuban and Latin cuisine. Esquina Latina offers a chiq restaurant and lounge atmosphere known for their tapas and authentic Sangrias.
Don't forget your family and friends as Esquina Latina is perfect for all occasions.
What 509 People Are Saying
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4.4based on recent ratings
4.3
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4.4
Service
4.4
Ambience
4.2
Value
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89% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience4

The food for my lady was good the salmon, but my steak just wasn’t as good as I had it before...

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vipKarenB
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on 1 August 2020
Overall2Food2Service2Ambience2

Sadly this was disappointing food was average to poor, ceviche was excellent however! Vaca Frits was dry, salmon just ok.
Noise level was way too loud and our waitress was overworked and although she was lovely she was not able
To meet the needs of every table.

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AshleyL
1 review
Dined on 25 July 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great experience despite the accommodations for COVID-19.

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NatalieB
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on 8 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Cool vibe of the restaurant with LOTS of choices, even if you have a picky eater. Greta selection of tapas, main courses and desert. The portions are generous, big enough. everything that we've tried was tasty and beautifully presented. Big shout out to our waitress, who was able to accommodate one of the guest with a special request.

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PhilipH
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on 4 March 2020
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience3

Very good place for a date night. Live Latin music and surprisingly good food. The ceviche is outstanding.
The decor is a little hit or miss. But festive for sure. I will surely dine here again.

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Bink
1 review
Dined on 22 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing as usual. Spent 2 birthdays there and had a blast both times.

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Carlos
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on 22 February 2020
Overall3Food4Service5Ambience5

Good Latin American food, but a little bit pricey.

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slsl
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience3

Some of the food was good but our orders did not come out timely and one dish was served cold twice despite the fact that it is a hot dish. Manager took a little convincing to provide us with a discount. In the long run they made it work but it was not a pleasant experience - we will not be dining here again.

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JMoney
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall4Food5Service2Ambience5

Our waiter sucked. We went for the valentine day special and they included gratuities automatic into the bill. We might of saw our server once throughout the whole meal.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall2Food2Service3Ambience2

Went in Valentine’s Day. Was very cramped. Food was so so. It was a prix fixe menu so selection was less than normal days. Was given someone else’s surf n turf as main meal. They realized their mistake when we told them
The food looked half eaten. Apparently the other customers had sent it back to the kitchen. Price was too high for the experience. And on a side note. Parking was horrible in the area

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JafferD
1 review
Dined on 13 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Had a great time... would definately return... out server Marilyn was always attentive, respectful and was extremely professional... she made our experience perfect.

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GoodEatsforFunPeeps
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 13 February 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

With my wife, friends, or colleagues in tow, we've always have a wonderful time her. The food never fails, the service is always prompt and pleasant, the art is ever inspiring, and the mood is a savory treat for the mind.

If there were one thing I would welcome as change, it would be the space between tables, especially in the rear. On our most recent occasion, however, we were fortunate to be seat next to an old acquaintance who only added to a wonderful night. Still, a little more space so as not to fight the urge to easedrop would be great.

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jwc17
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 13 February 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Always solid food.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
44 reviews
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience3

Food was authentic and good for the cost.

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vipHappyWhenEating
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on 4 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Glad I found this place. Excellent Latin cuisine in a very hip atmosphere. Drinks were great and service was attentive. They did put an automatic gratuity on the bill even though we were only a party of 5 which I thought was odd. Also, parking is limited but found a sot in the parking garage across Liberty St.
Overall, great experience and I will be back.

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Bingo
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 4 February 2020
Overall5Food4Service4Ambience4

Menu very varied. Something for everyone's diet. Chef will accommodate most change requests. Service excellent. Will definitely return. Enviance lovely. Good bar. Enjoyable evening

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LeahF
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 1 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food. Good service!
I had the shredded beef my husband had a salad and we tried the sliders they were very good

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Sippy
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 1 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Only went in for drinks and tapas after a show, but will definitely be going back!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 31 January 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Good food and very good service

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sqwalsh
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 31 January 2020
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

A great pre-show restaurant ! Steps away from State Theater, fun, energetic, great menu, well priced, great service - our server was very helpful with gluten-free ideas - festive atmosphere, great bar scene - highly recommend

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NJfamilyof6
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 27 January 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience5

We stopped in for a late lunch. The food was colorful and portions were generous. The dishes had plenty of flavor though one dish was on the edge of too much salt. My partner’s dish was amazing so I think I just chose the wrong item. Full drink menu is available. The service was adequate during the lunch hour but you get the feeling that during peak hours there would be more staff. Parking was an issue. The small lot next to the restaurant was full and the restarant was empty so leave time for parking at an area lot. I will definitely return for an evening encounter.

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FrederickS
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on 26 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Ambience is outstanding! Waiter was delightful! Food was excellent! A fun dining experience!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 25 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Server was outstanding & the food was flawlessly cooked

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Accountant78
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 25 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

My 1st time and can’t wait to go back! We went to celebrate my birthday. We ordered appetizers, sangria flights, and 2 desserts to celebrate the day. The waitress Kiara, was profoundly attentive and gave great recommendations. The tropical ceviche is a must try, it was delish along with the guacamole and the empanadas. The staff sang happy birthday with enthusiasm which I appreciated greatly. Afterwards, the music volume went up, tables were moved, and people were dancing the night away, myself included. The DJ was great playing a diverse range of Latin music for all to enjoy. What a great night! Looking forward to my next visit!!

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LorisA
1 review
Dined on 25 January 2020
Overall3Food4Service4Ambience2

Restaurant is nice. Food is decent but it’s a small place and when it turns into a club afterwards there is nowhere to sit. You have to be careful not to get hit by a table when they are moving the dining tables to allow for a dance floor.

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ShilpaP
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on 23 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Excellent food, service was great but a little slow. Great ambiance - especially for a night out!

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KevinC
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 19 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food was excellent, in a very pleasant environment and with very good service. We had a show to get to, and they were very prompt.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 17 January 2020
Overall2Food2Service3Ambience4

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vipBarb
New York Area
34 reviews
Dined on 14 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience3

We visited Esquina Latina at a very off-time, an early dinner on a Tuesday, so I'm not sure how accurately this review reflects a busier time.
Our server was lovely and very helpful. The happy hour drinks and eats are an excellent value and very satisfying. Our party of 4 found all of the dishes tasty, well-prepared and inviting. We'll be back!

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OpenTable Diner
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on 11 January 2020
Overall3Food5Service3Ambience5

Wouldn't hold a table where people had already shown up. Service slow.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 11 January 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

We had a great time! It was my boyfriends 40th birthday. We celebrated with good food and the service was wonderful. It was our first time there and we are most definitely going to go again!

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fabiog
1 review
Dined on 10 January 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Nice place for a good diner or just to hang out with friends for a drink. Excellent staff service.

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Lava
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on 1 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Bar conversation was a little overpowering with some loud patrons but they left. Restaurant might benefit from putting bar in front, side or back vs in center. Diners are ar mercy of bar patrons who might get loud.
Otherwise, Food Ambience and service was excellent!
Definitely would go back and recommend.

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Antoinette
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 30 December 2019
Overall4Food5Service3Ambience4

The food and drinks were good, but not worth the price. The service could also be better by communicating specials and being knowledgeable of the menu.

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Celeste
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 21 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Everything was amazing! The food was better then expected, cooked to perfection. The service was some of the best I ever experienced, anyone walking by checked in with us, but it wasnt obsessive, it was just perfect. We were headed to a play so we were pleasantly surprised at how quickly evrything arrived.

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CarlosR
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 14 December 2019
Overall4Food3Service4Ambience5

We had a reservation for 6 people on Saturday night. We had someone pop in last minute and the restaurant was super helpful and managed to accommodate the extra person with no issues. Drinks were very good (had some 4 different kinds of Sangria and a coconut Mojito, ). Food was OK. Not great, but definitely good. We had the two kinds of Ceviche, Bahia Salmom and the Flounder. The ambiance was very good. Lots of people, and the dance floor was rocking. I would definitely recommend the restaurant if you're looking for a fun, lively atmosphere and you like to dance. Only slight negative was the bar. The bartenders were great, but they definitely need extra help as they were seriously overwhelmed by the amount of customers they were dealing with. Overall though, we had a fantastic time.

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Fleur
1 review
Dined on 13 December 2019
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience3

The drinks were not good, barely any alcohol. The appetizers were so so. I had those in other restaurants and are more tasteful.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on 7 December 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Good Cuban food with great music

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restoretheshore
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 30 November 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

This was our first visit to Esquina Latina, which was recommended to me recently. The experience didn't disappoint as the restaurant has a good vibe, the staff was attentive, and the food was delicious (especially the churros desert which was amazing). Where the meal fell short was in the value as I felt the drinks were small (although very tasty), and the entrees were somewhat overpriced.

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OpenTable Diner
Atlantic City
7 reviews
Dined on 30 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always had excellent food and service at this restaurant

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Esquina Latina Restaurant & Lounge does offer delivery in partnership with Chow Now. Esquina Latina Restaurant & Lounge also offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at (732) 543-1630.

Esquina Latina Restaurant & Lounge is rated 4.4 stars by 509 OpenTable diners.

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