Denver >Food & Dining > Cuba Cuba Cafe & Bar
1173 Delaware St, Denver, CO | Directions 8020439.735088 -104.993191
Neighborhoods: Southwest Denver, Golden Triangle, Civic Center
One of my favorite places to eat in Denver. Try the paella or pork sandwich. The pork they use is tender and tastes slightly gamy like the fresh pork my sister used to serve me on the ranch which I love, nothing like store-bought meat. Get there EARLY! or it's standing room only and you will have to wait a while. Lots of positive energy here and something else you won't find very often at any Denver eateries: great food and ambiance! I just wish I lived closer, but that's probably a good thing though, because I would just bankrupt myself eating here all the time.
Need to freshen the menu – Boring but with potential. Maybe when summer hits they will do something special with the menu. Sure the Mojitos are grand, but they need to make the menu a bit more interesting.
Ambiance is nice with a rustic flavor. Service decent but not intensely focused pros like Le Central.
Hope they pull themselves out of the rut.
They need some competition in the neighborhood.
Great Atmosphere & Tasty Menu – I have been to Cuba Cuba twice and loved it both times. First of all the decor and atmosphere is everything I love about going out to eat - intimate, unique and comfortable.
The steak with chimichurri sauce is EXCELLENT and so is the ceviche, but I just wish the portion size was bigger (because it is so good). The mojitos are also very refreshing!
The only downside is that they don't take reservations, so there can be a wait. We tried to go there for V-Day and there was a 2 1/2 hour wait! I guess there is a reason for that though : )
Mediocre at Best – I am from Tampa FL, known for authentic cuban food and "Cuba Cuba" does not come close. Not to say their food is bad, its just not great, especially for the price. Their black beans are not spanish at all and lack any real flavor. Their roasted pork was ok but overly citrusy...if you plan on eating here be prepared to drop around 15-20 per person on food alone. Since I got takeout, I want to go back and try their drinks and dessert to get a better overall perception of the place. As of now, I would not go to get food since it was not worth the price.
Oh sweet Jesus! – ok so i dont quite know how to tell you all this.. But the food here is simply Orgazmic!!! I wish there was a more appropriate way of saying it, but there you go. Everything Ive tried at this place from the appetizers down to the coffee was absolutely phenomenal! I dont know why its taken me so long to find this place!
We Love Cuba Cuba – We have dined at this restaurant about 6 times and are consistently pleased. We went last weekend for my birthday dinner and noticed that the menu had been changed since the last time we visited. We loved the new plantain platter appetizer so much that we actually ordered two of them. My husband ordered a seafood special which was fantastic and I ordered the pulled pork sandwich- also amazing. We love the food and the atmosphere, but don't expect a romantic dining experience; it gets extremely loud in the main dining room for dinner. The pros are the food, mojitos, polite service and entertaining atmosphere. The cons, which I admit there are some cons, are the fact that you can't make reservations and have to wait in a loud bar area for up to an hour at times, the restaurant is smaller than it should be for such great food and it can get pricey really quickly, also there is limited street parking.
Ripped off for New Years Eve, pass on this Cuban restaurant. – So dissapointed in this restaurant that I have previously dined in. Made reservations for NYE dinner and the person on the phone never relayed the suprising events that were to unfold later. Reservations were for 9 pm, we had to wait and buy drinks in the bar until 9:20 pm (the worst $7.50 mojitos in town, if they are going to charge $7.50 for a mojito using a premium rum may be a good idea). When seated we were informed that dinner would consist of a braised pork salad with yucca, soup, more mashed yucca with an 8 oz (or so) beef filet (cooked medium rare only) and creme brulee. Good thing there were no vegetatians in my party. We had no menu options. Dinner also included a free mojito. Then comes the bill, $187.50 for two people, the food was not even close to being worth the price. I have no problem paying for good food. But almost $90 a person for this type of meal was absurd. I felt like I was at a used car lot with hidden dealer handling charges. I spoke with one of the managers and told her what had transpired. She was shocked that at no point were we informed of the single menu selection and cost of the meal. What was even more dissapointing was that she offerred nothing to remedy the situation. You would think she would offer to buy a couple of drinks the next time I was in, which her cost would've been a few bucks. She offerred nothing. I was very friendly and polite as was she but offerring nothing in the future to make up for this bad experience is bad business. I do not recommend this restaraunt and will be on the search for an alternate Cuban restaraunt.
Excellent Food and Service – I can't say how wonderful and delighted it is to return to this little piece of Cuba. After five years I still walk away impressed. Food is exquisite, atmosphere is warm and worth every penny. Tie it all together with wonderful and welcoming service and this keeps me returning year after year. I recently celebrated an anniversary the other day and we are happy we chose to dine here.
Awesome experience without the attitude – My boyfriend and I went to Cuba Cuba on Saturday night, without a reservation. With both of use being in the industry- he a pastry chef and I a part-time server- we definitely go anywhere with high expectations. The hostess estimated a 30 minute wait for us so we decided to have a drink at the bar, quaint enough to feel like you really were in someone's home - true to the design of the restaurant. The pineapple mojito was awesome as was the service by the male bartender. We were then sat within fifteen minutes. I had Enrique's bistec (the NY strip with yuca fries) and my boyfriend had the Ropa Vieja (braised flank steak with rice and beans). The authenticity of this restaurant is not to be missed. A Denver gem in a sea of trendy places that often don't deliver. Try the flan dessert with caramel. I can't wait for the patio to open so we can go back soon!
Cuba Cuba is a small little place that could be overlooked from the street but once inside you see that there is nothing to be overlooked at Cuba Cuba. The owner has definitely taken her culture and made a niche for herself. They offer Mojito Happy Hour Monday-Friday this alone is worth the stop. The Mojitos are wonderful and I would recommend the pineapple Mojito and the blackberry Mojitio which is not only tasty but full of those antioxidants. Plantain chips and mojo sauce definitely bring a different taste to your mouth but they are yummy. Also had the Lechon Asado pork shoulder this meat was tender had a simple taste which melted in your mouth it was not overpowered by spices so the simple taste buds could definitely enjoy this meal. Cuba Cuba is about the culture, the food, and the drinks.
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