Queens >Food & Dining > Cabana Restaurant & Bar
10710 70th Rd, Forest Hills, NY | Directions 1137540.722980 -73.841881
Mon. - Sun. 11:30am - 1am
Neighborhoods: Forest Hills
do not go unless you are planning on dinner.... – I was out in Forest Hills visiting friends - after dinner we decided to get drinks at Cabana. I had been to the one in Midtown east and had a bad experience there (my friend's birthday party reservation was told that they couldn't accommodate us after she had it reserved for a month) so I decided to not go in with any bias.
The 4 of us found a spot at the very busy bar and ordered drinks (they were ok & moderately priced) My friend went up to the hostess and asked her if we could be placed on a list for a table - she said yes. My friend also told her that we would just be having drinks and she said it wasn't a problem. 30 minutes later, the hostess took us to our table. Our waiter came with menus and we told him we were only drinking. The waiter actually crossed his arms and said THIS TABLE IS ONLY FOR PEOPLE EATING DINNER and stormed off to the hostess. My friend went up to the hostess to clear the problem and the hostess denied ever telling us we could sit at a table for drinks. I could not believe what I was hearing! We were planning on spending quite a bit of money on alcohol and they had the audacity to tell us we couldn't sit there unless we ate. This all would have been avoided if the hostess was paying attention!
Long story short, our drinks were not finished yet and there wasn't any room at the bar, so the manager told us we could sit at the table to finish our drinks. The waiter actually had the nerve to stand behind the table with his arms crossed and stare at us, waiting for us to finish. He did this until the manager came out and told him to knock it off. I have worked in the hospitality service and could not believe the attitude we received. Several couples saw what happened and left to go somewhere else. As did we - we went to the new wine bar down the street - BONFIRE and had a great night and great service!!
Next time you're in FH for the evening, do not come here -- spend your money elsewhere!
It is just Ok...... – I have eaten here a few times ( in a span of 3 years) due to hunger, convenience, friends etc.... I do not get it. People wait for a long time to eat here, why? Clearly people just will eat anything and be impressed. The food here is just ok. That's all it is. It is overly seasoned with a bunch of sazon goya and sold as Latin food. GO TO JACKSON HEIGHTS...EAT AND BE MERRY. You will know what real Latin food taste like and you will see how fakey latin the food is here!
Best Mojitos and Tres Leche Cake – I've been to Cabana numerous times before and lately I have stopped going. The food on the menu is the same that they've had for years! Even the specials! For appetizers I always have the Coconut Shrimp which is always good but, they only give you 4 pieces and they're overpriced. I must admit all their appetizers are a good selection with something for everbody's liking. For dinner I usually have the Churasco Steak or the Chicken and Shrimp. Good luck with the steak. At times, it can taste kinda rubbery. Oh and I've had the Pork Cops too which were pretty good. Two big pieces which two people can share. My boyfriend said the Salmon is pretty good too. Just make sure they cook it well in the middle. We had that issue already. For dessert, I never leave without getting the Tres Leche Cake. Delicious! The Bannana fritters are good too. The Mojitos are really good not bad for $6 bucks. We usually get rounds of mojitos or the White Sangria Pitcher. (they put real fruit in it). Tell them to make it strong! Now the place is WAY TOO SMALL! Seating is NOT prompt! It gets really crowded on fri and sat nights! After 8pm you basically will be waiting like 1hr for a table! Mind you since like I said the place is so tight that there's basically no room for you to even stand around and wait. Everybody is literally on top of each other waiting for their table. We usually wait outside but good luck if it's winter! Oh and by the way, there is NO reservations! The service is ok (waiters staff etc.) It's not worth the $100 you will pay for this place. Take the ride to Astoria Steinway way better selection of great Restaurants there. This place is good for a quick, near by, dinner date if you live in FH like I do. I guess after awhile I just got tired of the food. NEXT!
SLOOOOOOWWWWWW – Me and my girlfriend love to try new restaurants at least twice a month, so we decided to try Cabana, I read the reviews and was convinced that it might be as great as people say. we went on a thursday night at about 5:30pm, there was about 3 diners in the restaurant, they sat us down very quick, we ordered our food and began to wait, at this time i noticed that there were about 8 waiters/waitresses just standing around, 20 minutes later we are still waiting for our food, i see our waiter sit down at the end of the restaurant and he began to eat his dinner, 5 more minutes pass and we are still waiting, our waiter is done, one patron shows and as soon as he sits, 2 minutes later he gets a soup brought out, 10 minutes later a half a chicken and rice is brought out to him, we are still waiting, i told my girlfriend 2 more minutes and im walking out, finally the food came, the food was good, especially the jamaiquina chicken. but the service is below average, i had to call the waiter like 6 times to fill my glass of water. recommend CHIMU peruvian restaurant in williamsburg...great food great service.
Good place, good value – I have been to Cabana several times for their lunch special, which is very good and generous with their portions, and was not disspointed at dinner either. After shopping or window shopping at Bloomies, it's a good place to go to get transported into feeling like you're in another country. It was busy last Friday night, and they don't usually seat incomplete parties, but made an exception, since my friend was starving and the other two in our party were lagging behind! We asked for mojitos without so much sugar (since it's muddled w/sugar, has triple sec and 7up!), and they obliged-love the sugarcane stick that it comes with, too! Three of us got the shell steak, which was good, if not a little greasy, and our other friend got the La Playa salad, a huge delightful salad of mixed seafood! The steak came on a sizzling plate straight from the oven with whopping sides of rice and beans (and they do let you substitute if you want!) and a garlicky cilantro oil sauce on the side, which was great!
Service was friendly and obliging, and I will go back, although I am tempted to visit Sofrito, but didn't go there last night, because i didn't feel dressed up enough, since meeting and dinner was a last minute decision!
Great Place! – I love this place. I came here by a friend's reccommendation and was rather impressed. The atmosphere is great - salads huge - and love the plaintains. I also highly reccommend the Berry Mojitos. I can't wait until the next time I come back to Cabana.
Good Food, Honest Service, Upbeat Dining Experience – My fiance and I stopped by Cabana last Friday. We finally found parking across the street without having to search for over 30 minutes. The restaurant is pretty small, with a lot of the tables feeling a little bit too close to each other, but I liked the upbeat feeling of the place. We ordered two of the specials that night, Chilean sea bass for me and the steak and shrimp for him, and 2 glasses of pinot noir (mediocre) The shrimp and steak came out first and we were happily sharing the dishes when the manager came over to apolgize for giving us the wrong food. We didn't even know there had been a mistake! The coconut shrimp was divine and the steak had great flavoring although it was a bit tough. He said our correct dishes would be coming out soon and that we could finish what we started without charge. The steak the fiance had ordered wasn't as tough but didn't have much flavor and the shrimp was just ok. My chilean sea bass was good (not great, I've had better elsewhere) and I ended up doggy bagging it since I was so full from the wrong food we'd been eating. Overall it was a good night with good food in a relaxed atmosphere. If the fiance and I can find parking next time, we'll be back!
And prices are average, about $16-24/dinner entree
Great Experience – This place does not only have the latin vibe since the moment you walk into the door but the food is amazing. They give you big portions, spanish style, and the drinks are just as good. If you are looking for a quiet place this is not it, but it can be a bit romantic and fun at the same time.
Try the Mojitos!! – I am latino so I am hard to please when it comes to "Latin Food". The thing I hate most is when restaurants claim to serve "authentic" latin food, then they serve you some pre-made previously frozen stuff. Not the case at Cabana. I was extremely satisfied with all the food I tried here. The food definately had that homemade taste and even looked like real latin food. I visited the Forest Hills location many many times, and will warn you, the wait can be quite long on the weekends. The place is "very cozy" ;)....but have no fear, just snuggle up to the bar and order one of the many flavored mojitos. I've tried the original and the coconut myself. Bottom line: The food is excellent, the service is excellent, the drinks are excellent, the prices are great, and even if you have to wait.....THIS PLACE IS WORTH IT!! Buen Aprobecho.
Cabana – Great food, good service. But you must be willing to wait most evenings at peak dining times. It is a very attractive place ot dine.
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