Our Cuban culinary experience was a delicious one! We got there at 6:15 on a Thursday night and it was busy. Happy Hour ends at 6:00, so it worked out well. A few table moved on. Waited 5 minutes and had an inside table. Our server Dana was prompt to greet us in a very welcoming way and gave us drink menus. My husband had a Mojito, our friends had beer and I had red wine. Prices are quite in line with reality. We tried to have a conversation, but the music was SO loud, we could not talk. We asked if they could turn it down and were nicely told, the owner is Cuban and likes it loud, like in Cuba and South Florida. At the same time, a table was opening up outside on the covered patio, so we asked if we could move outside. No music outside and NO smoking either. There are fans blowing and it was quite comfortable, until the sun started setting. It went quickly and was not a problem. I do suggest that the owners invest in roll down shades to block the sun out. There are shades, but not sun blocking. We also noticed, when we left, the music was much softer. GOOD!!
I think after they get settled into a pattern and have time to establish what is needed, these matters will be taken care of.
Loved the decor. From the upside down row boat on the ceiling, to the glass round colored lights to the large mounted Marlin or Blue Fish (?) on the wall. Very authentic Cantina style.
We started with Empanadas and ceviche. Both were simply outstanding. Some of us had the Lechon asado- Cuban roasted pork or a Cuban marinated chicken. The citrus-garlic marinated chicken and pork were served with a hearty portions of Arroz congri- Black beans and rice.
The chicken was also served with fried plantains. All the entrees that we saw served looked amazing. The Cuban sandwich is a large sandwich and the dinner plates are quite a large portion. We did not have room for desert, sorry to say!
Look forward to returning again soon. If you cannot find street parking, the Cantina does offer complimentary valet parking.
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