La Isla Restaurant - Uptown

4.6
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373 reviews
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$30 and under
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Cuban

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Havana meets Miami in Hoboken!
After nearly 20 years of local cult status and high critical acclaim at a tiny location in downtown Hoboken, La Isla has expanded into a brand new 100 seat space near the city’s uptown waterfront at the Maxwell Project.
With acclaimed Chef Owner Omar Giner at the helm in a state-of-the-art facility, the new restaurant aims to capture the character and charm of the original with the same sense of authenticity and high value in a setting that would be at home in South Beach.
The new restaurant also features a full bar with over fifty wines by the glass, a large selection of fine rums, original tropical drinks and a dynamic offering of craft beers and spirits.
Come and experience the warm heart of the Cuban people, the fast beat of our music and the surprising character of our cuisine!

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What 373 People Are Saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.6
Food
4.4
Service
4.5
Ambience
4.4
Value
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98% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipamy3
New York Area
28 reviews
Dined on 22 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

What a great neighborhood find! Food and drinks were great, service was friendly, and the restaurant is conducive to quiet conversation. Can't wait to go back!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 21 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food, great atmosphere

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LocalDiner
Atlantic City
8 reviews
Dined on 16 February 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Food was good service was great. The snapper and steak were excellent. The paella was soupy and unexpected. Otherwise overall was good.

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Eatz
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 16 February 2020
Overall3Food4Service2Ambience5

Service could be better.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience5

Valentine’s Day

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IsabelV
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience5

As my wife has been there before her experience was great but I wouldn’t recommend this in a Valentine’s or big holidays . They were extremely busy the waiter ( Carlos ) completely forgot our main course and took and hour for it to arrive ,his service was horrible .As the managers were giving us different excuses why they forgot yet they couldn’t give us an accurate answer. Overall it can be great just not on special days .

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall3Food4Service5Ambience3

Went for Valentine’s Day. Booked with opentable app. The restaurant accidentally cancelled my reservation the night before. Then called me to tell me they made a mistake and told me i had to give my credit card over the phone to hold the reservation. Didn’t get my usual opentable dining points because the restaurant had technically cancelled it in the system and then reissued it on the restaurant side.

Waited for close to 30min past our reservation time to be seated. The pre fixe menu was our only option and at $65, extremely overpriced for a 3 course. The restaurant ran out of the desert. And because of Valentine’s Day extra tables were added so we packed in like sardines and held to time limit for dining. Food was fine, nothing special.

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vipLecianyc
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall3Food4Service3Ambience3

Food was good, but it was a tasting menu for Valentine’s Day and when it came to dessert they were out of two of the three options. Very crowded restaurant, tables were on top of each other. Service was good and food was good.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
9 reviews
Dined on 11 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fun time with drinks and amazing food. My wife and I come here at least twice a month for the fun Cuban food. Never disappoints.

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singinggal
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on 9 February 2020
Overall4Food4Service2Ambience3

The food was good, the service was not. We met family for brunch and the food was good, not incredible, but solid. We were just kind of amazed at how long we wandered around the restaurant looking for a hostess or someone who could seat us, since all 7 staff members who saw us on the floor and behind the bar just ignored us.

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vipPeterF
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Some of the new menu items are a great enhancement to an already great selection of authentic Cuban American cuisine.

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vipSundogguy
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 1 February 2020
Overall4Food5Service3Ambience3

Great place! I love the local N.J. beers on tap. Carlos at the bar knows them all and is very helpful in choosing one. I also think they have a great wine selection and the prices on both wine and food are fair. The food is great and authentic. My only complaint and it’s more of a suggestion, is regarding the garlic chicken in a cream sauce. I used to get this all the time - it was so good I couldn’t order anything else. Then they changed the recipe and I don’t like it anymore. Please bring back the old recipe. Otherwise it’s hard to get anything less than above average here.

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tl10
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 19 January 2020
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience4

Sangria is amazing! Overall great place to go for a group or on a date.

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vipYPENN5
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on 11 January 2020
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience3

Could be great. Layout of tables and very noisy environment make it less than ideal.

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NicoleM
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on 29 December 2019
Overall1Food1Service3Ambience2

Very disappointing food, not at all interesting/tasty/Cuban. Sauces were bland or non-existant, not a good value for money.

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vipFoodee63
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on 20 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Our server was on the ball. Food was delicious, good beer selection and overall good value.

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ChrisC
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 17 December 2019
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

Excellent in the cut spot for superb Cuban cuisine

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smerlesreview
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on 14 December 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

Good food and service, a little loud but we could still hear each other. A reliably good option. Delicious mojito, moros, maduros.

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JasmineH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 7 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We came with a larger party (6 people) and not only did the staff accommodate us comfortably, but we were well attended, had amazing food, and a lovely time at La Isla. I come here quite often, every month or so, and love the Tres Leches cake as well as their seafood and pork chops, everyone at the table loved their food and drinks. Thank you La Isla!

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JenniferK
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 7 December 2019
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience4

Ambiance was great and the food was delicious. A lot of menu options to choose from. Will have to go back to try more! Keeping me from giving 5 stars was that the server wasn't as attentive and never came back to offer dessert. But overall was very nice, would recommend and will revisit!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on 30 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

It was a lovely evening celebrating my daughter’s birthday. The food was excellent and our server was attentive and professional. Thank you

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Gmurolo
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on 20 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Everything was good from the service to the food.

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AmyS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 20 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Absolutely the best place ever food amazing service is awesome

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 10 November 2019
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience1

We sat there for 30 minutes before anyone came over to our table. They had given us the wrong menu (it was brunch time and they provided the lunch/dinner menu) so the items we were prepared to order after finally being acknowledged weren’t even available. We were so upset with the service that we decided to finally leave, which is very disappointing. I was looking forward to trying this restaurant

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on 9 November 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

We had a great meal during our visit. The portions were high and well prepared. The wait staff was attentive and friendly. Overall we had a very enjoyable dinner and experience. Thank you so much.

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vipGFff
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on 3 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent food and service. Great vibe.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 3 November 2019
Overall2Food1Service1Ambience3

Nothing like the original location. Super noisy, tiny tables and food was sub par. Never going back.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
31 reviews
Dined on 1 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Took my wife for a birthday dinner AWESOME👍👍👍as usual from the Food Service Staff and environment more than an hour drive from my home and worh it. Thanks see ya soon

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vipPeking1000
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on 25 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

It is now my favorite restaurant in Hoboken

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RachelE
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on 24 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great service and lovely experience! Will be back again!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 16 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Good food. Varied menu. Great service

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vipPeking1000
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on 15 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Looking forward to going back. Server was outstanding.

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TroonCCmember
Phoenix
3 reviews