10319 Venice Blvd, Los Angeles, CA | Directions 9003434.020984 -118.403526
Neighborhoods: Palms, West LA
I go there for the yucks-well the yucca. really good vegeterian food.
Consistently good (not great) food – I love it. Waiters are dressed to the nines. Starches are lip-smacking rice, black beans, plantains and yucca. Meats are sauced with garlic, onion and butter as they should be. Yet somehow, it tastes tired. Maybe it's boring. Maybe I'm jaded as an Angeleno and I need some bells and whistles to make me believe that the Cuban food I'm eating is actually better than I think it is. It may be, 'cus I don't really know Cuban culture beyond their awesome contribution to jazz.
Good Food, Crappy Parking – The cuabn cuisine at this place is tasty and authentic. The prices are good and the staff is super friendly. My only gripe is that the parking at this place is VERY poorly laid out. I have seen an accident and more than a couple of dinged up car door in my travels to Versailles.
Great food guys, but gotta work on the parking lot.
Service! – This place sucks! I have been going to this place since i was a kid and i cant believe it has changed so much. You can tell they are using cheaper products cause thier chciken doesnt taste the same and I know for a fact thier servers pick their customers. They fight over the white people and sit them in the front of the restauratn and everyone else in the back. Next time you go in....chech that out its sad.
The servers are unattentive and rude. I will never be coming back
fast&tasty when you know what to order and sit where ordered – We always order and share #20. I don't remember the name but it is somewhat resembling beef stew meaty dish with red bell peppers and tomatoes - with rice, black beans, and plantains. Consistent good quality. Not too spicy, not fried, very soft, easy on my stomach. They bring it almost immediately. Good espresso.
Although, we noticed if we choose other seats than suggested, it takes much much longer to get your order.
THis all takes place during the day time, morning, lunch hours, so I don't know, maybe it is different at nights.
Mediocre Cuban – Been to both the Venice Blvd and La Cienaga locations to try the "Famous Chicken" dish. My GF got a small steak. We were both un-impressed. My chicken was dry. Her steak was below average. The high scores from other reviewers make me wonder what they ate that I didn't.
Cuban-style food is a hit with the masses, thanks to an almost-legendary garlic chicken dish. – In Short
The happy-go-lucky atmosphere in this non-descript dining room is fueled by low prices and the thick garlic aroma. Waiters in guayaberas serve groups of college students, families and pre-bar hoppers. The house favorite garlic chicken in citrus marinade anchors the Cuban menu. Roast pork and salted, bay leaf-infused black beans run a close second to the famous fowl. Order everything with a side of sweet fried plantains.
horrible manager – this used to be one of my favorite places. i went at least twice a month. i went last night and instead of chicken i got bones fat and skin as if the chicken was torn off. i told my waiter and he was very nice but when he brought the manager, the MANAGER ACCUSED ME of eating it all and trying to get a free meal! after yelling at me for 5 minutes he finally gave me the meal for free. we gave the waiter a 20 percent tip because it wasn't hiw fault but needless to say i'm not going back.
NOT real Cuban food – I was raised on Cuban food and have heard everyone in LA swear by it. I finally got to try it out myself and the food was just horrific. I got a Cuban sandwich, which must be the easiest thing on the menu to cook, and it came out so cold that the meat was cold and the cheese wasn't even melted. Normally, the sandwich is grilled. It seemed like it was nuked in a microwave. I'm never going back again.
Disappointed! – I went there for the first time yesterday. I was very excited, the line was long, the smell was wonderful.
I had a very good sized menu.
Then my food came. Pork chops with grilled onions, fried bananas and black beans and white rice.
I ate the bananas first....which were on the plate therefore sitting in the juice from the pork. The bananas tasting like pure garlic.
The pork chops tasted like pure garlic. I couldn't taste any of the natural flavoring of the pork shops. No seasonings...just garlic.
The onions were undercooked.
The beans were bland.
The rice was great!
I love garlic, but this was just too much. All I could smell and taste was garlic.
I was very disappointed.
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