Esquina Latina Restaurant & Lounge

4.3
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470 reviews
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$30 and under
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Cuban
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.
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4.3based on recent ratings
4.2
Food
4.3
Service
4.4
Ambience
4.1
Value
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91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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r
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.

FM
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on 29 November 2019
Overall2Food1Service3Ambience2

The only reason I gave this restaurant 2 stars is because the other people in our party said it was ok, I thought it was awful. The tostones had no flavor, my margarita was fair at best. I had the ox tail stew and it was awful. Oxtail is supposed to be braised and fall off the bone, here it was tough. I will say our waitress Morgan was very nice. I will never return.

DI
1 review
Dined on 23 November 2019
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience4

The food was ok...I waited a while for the check and then I had to hunt down the waiter to pay. We brought a cake and they forgot to bring it to us after we asked a few times for it. I probably wouldn't go back.

K
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on 21 November 2019
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience5

Fresh and tasty food. Drinks and Appies are always fun, try and go for HHour it will help to keep bar bill down a wee bit.

JD
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on 16 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food. Great service. A real Latina feel. Good music but loud.

A
Miami
7 reviews
Dined on 16 November 2019
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

The food is always really great here. The tostones needed just a touch of salt though. Ceviche was great, husbands enjoyed the Argentine Steak and the tamales appetizer was really good too. It's always so hard to choose as the menu has great options. The drinks here are delicious too. My fave is the Limonada , but he capirinha runs a close 2nd.

MG
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 16 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

2 Birthday celebrations

b
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 10 November 2019
Overall3Food4Service1Ambience2

We went for preshow dinner on a Sunday evening. We had reservations, but the hostess recommended we eat at the bar for faster service. Unfortunately my friend had a cast and the bar seat was not comfortable. Well, the hostess wasn't kidding about table service being slow. The place was packed and loud and I only saw 2 waitresses, but there were probably more. It took a long time to get our food, our glasses of water, and our check. The food was delicious and hot, so that was good. I felt bad for the waitress, but she didn't seem all that concerned about us waiting so long.

D
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 8 November 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

Nice place
Nice people
Food good...could have used some bread before hand
Portions decent
Prices a little high for quantity but New Brunswick comes w a markup
Good atmosphere

EB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 1 November 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Happy Hour good value before Randy Rainbow Live at the State Therter.

CM
1 review
Dined on 1 November 2019
Overall4Food3Service5Ambience5

The ambience was great. The professionalism And friendliness of the waitress was great. The food was not bad just needs a little improvement coming from a Latino patron. The only negative is the parking.

DW
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on 1 November 2019
Overall4Food3Service4Ambience4

Good bar food. Fun, lively ambiance.

NM
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 1 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Best Mojito I've ever had. Great food. Great service and a block away from the State Theater. Perfect.

MK
New York Area
169 reviews
Dined on 27 October 2019
Overall3Food2Service4Ambience5

We enjoyed our cocktails and appetizers. Guacamole was nicely spicy and the sliders, tasty. Our waitress was a dynamo, maybe a bit over-attentive at times, but sunny and pleasant. At one point she must’ve taken a break or something because then we got a waiter whose bad attitude cast a pall over our whole table. Then the entrees arrived. While the one couple described their paella as “ok.” The chicken fricasee was confused and uninspired. The tops viejo was lost in a bed of rice that seemed to be meant for an army. Finally, for dessert we shared a piece of tres leches cake. Please explain how tres leches cake can be dry.

OT
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on 26 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

The service was excellent and the food was delicious. It is our favorite restaurant when we go to the State Theater or the George St. Playhouse.

P
New York Area
84 reviews
Dined on 25 October 2019
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience4

This was our first time at Esquina. The restaurant has a vibrant bar scene that occupies about half the space, but it doesn't impinge on the quiet restaurant side. The service is friendly and attentive. There is a nice cocktail list and several types of Sangria. The food is very tasty and the portions are large. We couldn't finish our entrees, and if we didn't have tickets to a show, we would have had a nice lunch the next day. Desserts are tasty as well. We will definitely return.

KM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 19 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food and service was amazing. I love Coming here, beautiful place and great nusic

f
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 18 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent! Excellent! Excellent! Our server was wonderful! She was very knowledgeable about the food and drinks, and her recommendations were spot on. We started with the Michelada and Caipirinha, yum! Tostada ceviche paired well with the Cuban Guacamole. I had the Ropa Vieja, hubby had Puerquito, both dishes were full of flavor and delicious! Friend had Bahia Salmon, light and tasty. Ended with Cuban Churros, OMG! Hot, crunchy, sweet cinnamon outside, served with vanilla ice cream. I'm drooling as I write this LOL! Can't wait to go back! Loved everything about this place!

LW
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 30 September 2019
Overall4Food5Service3Ambience5

Food is amazing but when I went the second time there was only one waitress working and she was doubling as the bartender as well. It took really long to get her attention to put in an order but the food came very fast.
The food is amazing!!!!!

NJ
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 21 September 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Very good food and ambiance. Celebrated my husbands birthday. We had a great time! Server was good! Went for dinner then went back after for drinks after our show. Bartender was excellent. We will be back for sure!!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 21 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food and drinks were exceptional. The place has a nice vibe to it and we are already planning s return trip.

l
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on 21 September 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

Food was very good. Drinks were either way too strong or way too sugary without much alcohol.

AC
1 review
Dined on 21 September 2019
Overall4Food3Service5Ambience5

I would recommend for the ambiance but the food is below average. Ropa Vieja dish is way to salty and mushy.

V
1 review
Dined on 15 September 2019
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience1

Over priced and entrees took 30 mins to be out !
The non alcoholic drinks were over priced. Though the staff was apologetic this is not a good value place.

S
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on 14 September 2019
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Great for a birthday celebration! Food is yummy and drinks too !

JH
1 review
Dined on 8 September 2019
Overall1Food1Service5Ambience5

Food too salty and unable to eat it. Manager minus the 2 meals from the bill.

MG
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall3Food5Service1Ambience5

Bartenders were unfriendly and inattentive.
Food was very taste though and came out fast, almost too fast.
Red sangria was good but sweet.
DJ and dancing gets loud and crowded on Saturday nights.

YJ
1 review
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had an amazing time w a group of 10! Myra was our server & she was delightful! The Sangrias are SOOOO GOOD & the food was DELICIOUS!! Wish we could’ve of stayed for the dancing, as it looked like it was a lot of fun! Great food, ambiance , & music.

JF
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Great service, food was good. Women bathroom need more attention.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 5 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Honestly one of the best experiences i’ve had in a restaurant. I would give them 10 stars if possible. I had a party of 11 guests we were celebrating a birthday and all of them had an amazing tome there

MN
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 30 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food is always amazing. I try something different every time I go and every time it’s fantastic. The drinks are delicious and the music is perfect. Always a good mix of reggaeton, salsa, bachata, merengue. I love it.

BH
1 review
Dined on 25 August 2019
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

I enjoyed spending my 21st Birthday at Esquina Latina! I was recommended by a friend and I must say the food was amazing; as a party of 10 I was very happy to hear that EVERYONE enjoyed their food and I think we were the loudest group in there on a Sunday afternoon lol but what an amazing time it was! Thank you so much for the experience and my waitress Nicole was truly outstanding! Thank you again!

AW
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 23 August 2019
Overall3Food4Service4Ambience4

The place is nice. Drinks just ok. I expected more. Food was decent. I think I would try someplace different before I went back.

DP
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 20 August 2019
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

Took my wife here for her birthday and I have no complaints. Food was amazing, service was great. Servers were very quick and attentive. Will definitely be revisiting this establishment soon.

NH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience3

My friends and I were there for my birthday dinner recently and overall everything was good besides the noise level. We didn’t mind having the music in the background, but it was so loud it was hard to have a conversation at the table. So then what happens is you talk louder and then everyone is talking louder. So then there’s loud music and loud talking. If the noise level was less, I would give it more stars.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 3 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

Birthday celebration was made special by the staff by singing and adding a sparkler to the desert. We enjoyed our dinners and drinks. Tostones, maduros, and yuca frita are delicious. So was the meat paella. We enjoyed our evening at Esquina Latina

BP
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 3 August 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Great hostess. Very accommodating in finding me a quiet table so my date and I could talk since this was our first date. Did not rush us out. Food was good and so was the service. Thanks for making it a nice experience and for making two gay men feel welcome.

J
1 review
Dined on 2 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food, service, and atmosphere was perfect for a double date! Definitely a great experience.

W
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined on 27 July 2019
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience5

Food was excellent. The octopus was my favorite.
The temperature of the restaurant itself was warm. Parking is an issue but that can be said for the whole area in downtown New Brunswick. Servers seem a little busy however extremely friendly.
Will return as I need to try some other items on the menu as my daughter only let me taste her steak and it was delicious. I had the Paella with seafood and it was also very good. Would grade it excellent but all I received was half a lobster tail and not a lot of seafood so for the price only very good in value but excellent in taste.

RR
1 review
Dined on 10 July 2019
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience4

Pulpo was over-sauced. Lots of greasy food. Waiter had dirty hands.

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