Esquina Latina Restaurant & Lounge

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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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4.5based on recent ratings
4.4
Food
4.4
Service
4.5
Ambience
4.3
Value
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KC
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
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.

B
New York Area
32 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!

OT
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on 11 January 2020
Overall3Food5Service3Ambience5

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

OT
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!

f
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.

L
San Francisco
5 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.

A
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.

C
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.

CR
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.

F
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.

OT
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on 7 December 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Good Cuban food with great music

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.

OT
Atlantic City
6 reviews
Dined on 30 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always had excellent food and service at this restaurant

FM
New York Area
23 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
18 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
16 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
5 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
5 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
173 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
9 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
91 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
16 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.

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