Enjoy authentic Cuban specialties, such as; "Lechon Carrillo Asado" (roast pork) or the "Ropa Vieja" skirt steak sauteed in a rich "rojo" sauce, and accompanied by a new & extremely exciting "Nuevo Latino" menu featuring fresh seafood & fish done with a delicate, flavorful and colorful touch! Continue to enjoy Cuba's best Salsa music with "Son by Three" every Wednesday & Saturday evenings, when after dinner all the tables are moved off the floor to make way for some of the best "Merengue and Salsa" dancing on the island.
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Fax: +(297) - 582 4940
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Horrible. Don't waste your money
We had gone here a year earlier for lunch and found the place charming. The service was a bit slow, but we thought it was worth going again. Boy were we wrong. The waiter did not tell us about the specials and the food came out cold and wasn't very good. The pork chucks appetizers were drowning in oil. The service was horribly slow, we were never offered desert, I had to go to the bar to get more water, I had to chase the guy down for our check (I thought about walking out, but I would never. If we did, I'm sure they would not have noticed until the end of the night when they went to tally the nights checks), and they had the audacity to include a tip directly on the check (I guess they realize they wouldn't get it otherwise). While we were pissed off by the service, the owner / manager had no problem taking time out to dance, chat with friends and play with the band. Don't waste your money or time. We won't again.
Average, But was Authentic
Was originally drawn here last night by the advertised specials. My business associate had another place in mind. Tonight while alone I tried this out. Service was great, food was authentic but not outstanding. Price was a bit high, even for Aruba. The live entertainment was pretty good as well.
very pricey for kind of food i got
very expensive ,food presentation poor, notin special about the taste.wont be visiting again.
The ambiance is nice, rustic. The food is different form typical traditional "tex-mex" styled restaurants or italian. It seems to be authentic cuban, I like the plantain chips, different sauces, black beans, and their drinks.
In love with Cubas Cookin!
The food here is absolutely amazing, definitely go if your looking for a traditional caribbean meal, great mojitos and excellent music!!
Kept the soul
We were in Aruba in May 2012 after four year, I was disappointed to see that my favorite restaurant had moved from its original location. I was afraid that it had lost something in the move. Have no fear, the soul of Cuba's Cooking is still intact. The food is still has wonderful as I remembered. The Mojitos are still fantastic, but the heart of the place is still there. This is one of our must stops when visiting Aruba. I had the stuffed pork which is now one of my favorite dishes.
cubans cooking restaurant
I am a Cuban now living in the US and my wife was born in the US but we have been married for many year and she has been introduced to cuban cooking for 35 years. I will say that the food was excelent I had the palomilla which was great with yuca and white rice my wife had the ropa vieja which was also excellent the service that we had was incredible and the live entertaiment was also excellent.If you go to Aruba dont miss this restaurant you will enjoy great Cuban cooking and great service to go with it.The prices are comparable to any other restaurant in the area.I highly recomend this restaurant.
We were introduced to this wonderful establishment over 20 years ago and it is still on our short list of "musts" every year as we return to Aruba. The appetizers are suberb, the entrees as well (try the Mofungo for an incredible experience) and the desserts are top notch! Oh, did I mention the best Mojitos in the Western Hemisphere?
I have eaten at Cuba's Cooking several times over the years mostly for the atmosphere and entertainment, and secondly for the food which is always hit or miss. We went for lunch on one day and our 3 appetizers: empanadas, serviche, and calamari were all good. Our dinner later in the week was okay. My Cuban meat dish medley was good, presentation was lackluster and as other diners have noted the ropa vieja was very chewy. Pork roast and seasoned ground beef were good. My wife's Cuban Boulliabaise was good but nothing special. The service was mediocre after our entrees were served, our waitress disappeared until we grabbed her for our check. The entertainment was also not very good.
Went to Cuba's Cookin based on the recommendation of a friend and probably wont go back. The atmosphere was casual and ethnic, with a good vibe and entertainment, but the food although authentic, was hit or miss. The empoanadas were the best I;'ve ever had. The chicken soup was intensly flavored but they did not skim the fat off, so it just coated your whole mouth. And it was only chicken, nothing else in it. The black bean soup was different (a thick puree a little loser than refried beans) and good but definitely needed salt for flavor. Two of us had the roast prok that was great. The ropa vieja was flavorful but extremely stringy and tough to chew. Service was good. Watch the prices, they seem much less on the web site as compared to in person.
This is definitely a fine choice and we are so glad we came here. The staff are awesome and very friendly! The music was wonderful. We enjoyed the whole experience! I had the Seafood Garden Trio which consisted of shrimp, mussels and calamari. The grilled veggies and spiced sauces were to die for! My husband had ribs and a Chocolate cake dessert and then they brought us a rum flan dessert which we didn't order but left it with us! Delicious!!! We will definitely come back here again!
We own timeshare in Aruba and it is one of our favorite places to vacation. When we go down the first night dinner is always at Cuba's Cookin. 7 years ago while shopping in town we notice this cute little resturant and went in for lunch. We had the most amazing meal of our lives. Every year now we go there to celebrate the start of our week in Aruba. The staff is friendly, the music and entertainment is superb and the chicken with olives is to die for. Dont leave Aruba without checking out this little piece of heaven in Aruba.
Cuba's Cookin was an excellent choice. The atmosphere is quaint, the servers friendly, and the food and drink were exceptional. The authentic Cuban cuisine was extremely tasty and healthy portions in addition to some of the best mojitos on the island. Although the location is a couple blocks away from the center of downtown, the walk is well worth it. I highly recommend this restaurant to anyone interested in experiencing a little slice of Havana.
The food is amazing..one of the best dining experiences we had while in Aruba! The drinks are great..service very good. Love the decor, I tell everyone going to Aruba that this is a must dine!
We made yet another return visit to the restaurant in September 2010 - can't wait to be there again in December. It is definitely one of our favorites and so convenient, as we stay at the Renaissance. Since 2002, we have had consistently wonderful food, service, and especially Mojitos!
We were in Aruba for 1 week with our 2 adult children and one 9 month old grandchild. Our children wanted to come back to one of their favorite restaurants from previous visits. The food was a disappointment compared to every other restaurant we ate at last week. Sorry
What a fun place with great food! Love the ambiance of the old style cunucu house (had alot of character) and also live music (guitar) during dinner. Food was good, traditional Cuban food with alot of flavor. Staff was also excellent and even honored our free mojitos after I realized I had forgotten the coupon. It's also open for lunch, too, and this may become our new "lunch spot" when we're downtown shopping.
We found this eatery online prior to arriving in Aruba. It is a fairly small place so reservations are suggested. It has a nice, warm feel and the singer/guitar player was good. We ordered and shared a combination of items which was fun. Slow with taking our order, serving, etc. An unitemized check was presented to us and the total didn't look right. We were charge for an appetizer that we didn't receive. Keep track of what you order and especially how many Mojito's you get billed for. All in all, we enjoyed it.
What a perfect place to spend our final evening -- from the Mojitos to the ribs to the lively and friendly service -- to the live music. We felt like we had been invited into the owner's Cuban home and served a wonderful meal.
This is an amazing restaurant. Charming and delicious. Where else can you get great Cuban food, wonderful entertainment and a walk through the kitchen across a little alley to the restroom. All the charm wrapped up in one happy restaurant. Also, great mojitos. If you happen to go on an evening when Yessie is performing, well, you have everything there for you in one stop. She will even get you to join in on the fun. Don't miss this great restaurant.
We had a great time at Cuba's Cookin. It was one of the places we were looking forward to after much research. It is very close to the Renaissance Marina hotel; less than a 5 minute walk.
The bar was hopping and we waited only a little while for a table. We did not have a reservation but I would recommend one if you are on the island during high season.
The live music (and the free mojito!) helped the time pass quickly while we waited for our table! We enjoyed the plantain chips with the various dips served when we were seated. Had the guac and plantain chip appetizer but if we had known how large the meals were we probably would not have gotten an appetizer. My husband had the Shrimp Enchiladas and I had the Chicken and Olives. WOW! Both meals were delicious and very large. The black beans and rice sides were ample and very good.
The atmosphere was a lot of fun and the singer with the guitar was a wonderful entertainer. The crowd joined in on instruments, singing, and dancing. The time it took from placing our ordered until we had our food was longer than normal but the live music helped the time fly. Very reasonable prices and a free mojito with each entree. Highly recommend Cuba's Cookin' for an entertaining and lively dinner.
My wife and I ate at Cubans during our stay in Aruba.My wife had Ribs and I had the Pork. The ribs were great and the Pork so-so. There was a small group playing whom were great. All in all we had an enjoyable evening and the bill didn't break the bank.
We came to this restaurant 2 years ago and it was wonderful, this june of 2009 we retruned and brought back someone new to arbua and the restaurant. We where very very disappointed, we are all Cubans and we ask for a DAQUIRI, and the wait person didn't even know what it was , she offered frozen etc, the second national drink in cuba after the cuba libe is a daquiri, what came to the table was blue and inspidid. We ordered roast pork what came out was a piece of old cold and tough pork, with rice that u can make a ball and throw, we ordered mariquitas for appitizers they must have opened a bag and put them on a plate, another person orded the stuffed pork and what came out was the same abou meat with a teaspoon of dry chop meat from last week. WHAT HAS HAPPENED TO THIS PLACE? 2 years ago it was delicious , will never ever go back or recommend ur restaurant and u should be ashamed to call urselves a CUBAN RESTAURANT !!!
We went to Cuba Cooking 1-09 and had a horrible experience. We had a coupon for free mojitos which was not honored because we had to order them during the first round which was not stated on the coupon. I think they just made the rules up as they went along. They were out of black beans although the table next to us ordered after us and they got black beans. 2 out of 3 of the things we ordered they were out of. They served us rice from the bottom of the barrel (hard and dry. The waitress was not friendly at all which was surprising because most people in aruba are. I will never return to this place!!!
We ate at Cuba's Cookin' in June 2007 and really enjoyed it. I got the chicked entree and thought it was very tasty. There was a guitarist and vocalist there...there really added to the ambiance...we had a great time. Going back on our next visit!