The Cuban - Bayside

4.4
92 Reviews
$30 and under
Cuban
We provide the best in Cuban food, exotic drinks and live entertainment that focuses on both the traditional and contemporary tastes.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
  • Diner temperature check required
  • Contact tracing information collected
What 92 people are saying
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4.4based on recent ratings
4.5
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4.3
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4.4
ambience
4.4
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83% of people would recommend it to a friend
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SarahS
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience4

The ambience, atmosphere, live music was great. I booked a 7:45 reservation and called bc we were going to be 5min due to parking. I was shock to be told that there is no reservation its more of a wait list and it will be another 30min wait bc our table was not available. Luckily once we got there the hostess said the table was actually ready and we didn't wait 30min. Why have an Open Table RESERVATION is beyond me. Service was a bit slow. Once we got our drinks my family and I were not too happy with them. Mine didn't taste like a mule, I was able to change it but they forgot to bring me my new drink. The waitress finally came with it after my food was already out and apologized for the bar forgetting to make my drink. The staff was friendly and she didn't charge for the 2nd drink or desert which I thought was very nice of her. Massive menu which is good. Food it self was OK.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was absolutely amazing and had a blast just hanging out with my friends and eating great food

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AyCu
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

I made a 10pm reservation inside, however, upon arrival I was told there are no tables for another 20 min unless we sit outside. I didn't want to bc it was 90 degrees but she mentioned they have AC outside so we took the table. The air was enough to be comfortable & the music is what set the vibe for us. As far as waiter server, just basic. Our waters were never refilled. What I didn't like was that our main course came out with the appetizers making me feel rushed. I ended up packing my dinner to go because I wanted to eat my appetizer. Overall it was just an OK experience.
Below is what we thought about our food/drinks:
Apps -
Ropa Vieja Empanadas - 10/10
Mariquitas - 10/10

Main course -
Churrasco Cubano - 7/10
Vaca Frita Cubana - 5/10

Drinks -
La Boca Azul - 10/10
Coquito Mojito - 4/10

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious live entertainment and great vibes the drinks and meals are 20 and up but it’s worth the buck also the area is located near a lot of other hotspots

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AlexandraF
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall3food5service1ambience4

When booking a reservation we requested a table upstairs. Upon arrival they told us they do not take reservations even though we had booked one through this app a week in advance. The hostess stated that you cannot request a table and the wait would be very long because they were expecting a table of 10 people. Which was a confusing statement considering she said they do not take reservations. We still ended up waiting 15 minutes for a table on the first floor. After being seated we unfortunately met with a rude waitress. When ordering drinks and dinner throughout the night she gave us an attitude, not knowing the drinks on the menu and making it seem like we were giving her a hard time. She clearly did not know the menu and later admitted to us that she was unfamiliar with it. One of our drinks came almost 15 minutes after everyone else’s and when asking her about where the drink was she was very rude saying “it is very busy upstairs you have to be patient.” Thankfully our food was amazing which helped with our poor service.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I took my lady out and it was amazing! Will visit again!!

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CarlaPlanas
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Good food and service, the place is cute. They don’t make reservations, they stated this systems works as a “waiting list” for them... just FYI.

JB
vipJBKS
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very nice and friendly spot to dine and hang out. Service is always friendly and no rushing. Great drinks.

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ReneeD
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

They ran out of a few items such as plantain to make tostones. But overall the food was great and the drinks were okay.

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JoanF
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Bayside location is a little chaotic but once we were seated upstairs all was well. My friends and I enjoyed the food and our waitress was awesome 👏. We will be back.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall3food4service1ambience2

After making the reservation with OpenTable I read some reviews about the restaurant. Most of the reviews stated that The Cuban doesn’t really honor reservations through this site. That was accurate. I called to confirm my reservation and the woman that answered the phone stated that they do not honor reservations and when you book a reservation through open table it just simply puts you on a waiting list and she also stated that it’s first come first serve. That confused me. So I went l, but not at the time that I initially made it for. I went a little later. The Hostess still asked if I made a reservation when I got there and I told her yes, through open table. Anyways, me and my two kids were there waiting because the fourth person went to park the car which was an issue because there’s hardly any parking. The hostess told us that all parties had to be present and we couldn’t wait inside, we needed to wait outside IN THE RAIN. SMH!
I would rather go to the Garden City location next time. I’ll never come back here.

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Susan
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was good
Was there for Brunch.
Nice ambiance
Loved the drinks

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

loved my experience. i am always coming back !

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Desss
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall2food5service1ambience1

Service was horrible got the unlimited mimosas brunch and only got refilled twice .. food was good but the server never checked on us !

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vipjennifers
Atlantic City
7 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is my go to place in Bayside. Every time the service is great and so is the food and drinks. Also has a great atmosphere. Love the Ropa Vieja and the Churrasco Cubano- The tostones rellenos are amazing as the guacamole and margaritas

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vipLilleth
New York Area
117 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Service was lovely. Drinks are strong. Delicious. Food was great and came out on time. Love the vibe.

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Lecee
1 review
Dined on May 16, 2021
Overall1food1service2ambience2

Water glasses were dirty. Food wasn’t fresh and was cold.

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BriaT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Great brunch special! Food was good and the staff was very nice!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience2

Place was nice,food was good ,busy night

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Sm1500
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good place. Food was great. I would def go back and tel friends

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service were excellent

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StephenJ
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

AMAZING. Every single time.

I wish they opened a location in Brooklyn.

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TraceyS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

don’t bother making a reservation on open table. as per the manager “it’s not an actual reservation, it’s just your name on the list” which wasn’t even true bc we had to write our name and number down.... they’re using open table as a bait and switch to get people in thinking they have a reservation but then telling them they have to wait 30 mins. complete scam. food was good when i had it on uber eats a couple times before actually visiting the restaurant. i won’t be doing either anymore.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall3food5service5ambience3

Prices are ridiculously high for the location and the place itself. I expected so much more from this place and left very disappointed. Food is ok. Service is really good. Staff very friendly but the prices will keep me away from here.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food3service5ambience4

The drinks are soooooooo good!!!!!!!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Hice una reservación por medio de esta aplicación para 8 personas para el día sábado a las 10pm, pero en el momento de llegar al restaurante, la señora que nos recibió en la puerta, parecía ser uno de los Managers (no era ninguna de las hostess) quien fue bastante descortés, grosera y tenía una actitud poco agradable con nosotros como clientes y dijo que los fines de semana si hacías una reserva después de las 4pm no era válida y lo que ellos hacen es ponerte en una lista de espera, cosa que en ningún momento te dejan saber y en ningún otro restaurante me había pasado después que te dan un número de confirmación de reserva.

Ya estando allá, nos tocó esperar pero antes de eso hablé con otra persona que trabaja en el lugar, parecía ser otro de los managers, esta vez fue un hombre, quien si fue amable y nos consiguió una mesa después de una espera de aproximadamente 20 minutos.

La comida en general, incluyendo aperitivos y postre estuvo rica, pero los tragos (mojitos de coco) no, optamos por cambiarlos por sangria roja y estuvo mucho mejor.

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reneew
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall2food1service5ambience5

Ok so we made an open table reservation for 8:15 seated at 9:30 ok little later than! why reserve at this time slot when it doesn’t actually occur! Unfortunately with my mother in-law & husband Aunts complaints it wasn’t a pleasant evening for me!so we finally were seated smh the thin sliced steak was so so salty to top off the evening it was myself, mother in law & Aunt who ordered same dish who were already complaining of the late dining now the food was awful, never again ! It was so embarrassing for me !
I’ve been here before but it was earlier and the food was better but I had ordered a different dish , my husband did mentioned twice the steak was tough , !!! Why did the DJ play YMCA it’s a Cuban restaurant at least play something more enjoyable for a Sat evening
I’ll pass on going again ! So embarrassing 🙈

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience2

First time there. Waitress disappeared for most of meal and after giving check also. One mixed drink served.was.pure alcohol. Took them fifteen minutes to correct.
Had heard good things about branch in Carle Place. Hope they fix this one and do as well

JM
JessicaM
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mojitos were great food was delicious

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Muy buen ambiente para compartir con tu pareja, rica comida

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Great food . Drinks wasn’t good

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ElizabethA
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thank you for making our friend’s birthday a great success. Diana is the best!!!
The food was amazing and we can’t say enough about the Mojitos.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was my first time dining here and everything was amazing. The ambiance was great, drinks were delicious and the food was everything just like if you were at someone’s home in cuba! I definitely will be back and become a regular

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ShantelG
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

From the food to the service, this place was OUTSTANDING!!!!!! The waiters are knowledgeable about their food and drinks. They are able to pair you with a great drink you would love as well as an amazing meal. I would definitely recommend this place and will definitely go back!!

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AnitaG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The shredded pork was a bit dry and a bit too salty. Everything else was delicious, including the drinks

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StephenD
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience5

Decent brunch and food overall. Main complaint is I selected outdoor dining when I reserved weeks ago; when I got there they said sorry indoor or nothing. My wife is 36 weeks pregnant and we were hoping to keep our group outside. Inconsiderate and sort of false advertising. No apologies either. On top of that they tried to tell our group of 9 we had a 90 minute dining limit. I get that restaurants don’t have full capacity (though they seemed to be doing fine), but we were a large group and rushing people in and out is still not good service. I fear restaurants are going to try keeping that “rule” in place post COVID.

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MARITZAH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Hermoso lugar y la comida deliciosa exelente servicio

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My second time dining at The Cuban but i’ve ordered food via ubereats. Hands down the best! Coconut shrimp and calamari was on point. The pollo sofrito and charrusco amazing! Great value for good portions. The drinks are great my fav are the rum cha cha cha and red sangria.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The food was good, the waiter could have been a little more attentive but overall drinks were good, the food was amazing and we had a great time.

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VikashB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall3food5service1ambience5

Server wasn’t the most friendly.. ended up leaving early.

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You can order delivery directly from The Cuban - Bayside using the Order Online button. The Cuban - Bayside also offers delivery in partnership with Postmates and Uber Eats. The Cuban - Bayside also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (347) 408-4559.

The Cuban - Bayside is rated 4.4 stars by 92 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.