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  • 48 Lower Marsh
    London SE1 7RG
    Southwark, Waterloo
  • Transit information Bakerloo Jubilee Northern Waterloo & City Get Directions
  • Phone number 020 7928 8778
  • Business website cubana.co.uk
  • “On most nights, you can expect a lively atmosphere, some colourful decorations, and mojitos galore.” in 17 reviews

  • “Sharing them with friends over some cocktails with the live music that plays Thursdays to Sundays is really good fun.” in 6 reviews

  • “Cubana is a busy little bar and restaurant that is quite good fun for jugs of cocktail and unusual cuban food.” in 6 reviews

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  • 4.0 star rating
    15/1/2014

    Cubana is a mixture of a bar and restaurant I think it succeeds on both ends. The cocktail menu is quite extensive and all of them are a good deal through the happy hour. I do get happy when I drink cocktails, I don't know why :)
    I loved the Ensalada Fresca - that's a vegetarian salad and comes as a starter but don't fill up on it as it is quite big and you wouldn't get to try the goodness that comes later. They also have all sorts of deals through lunchtime. That being said and topped with the high quality of the food itself adds up for a brilliant choice for a lunch spot.

    If you're in the area you should definitely try it, despite the lack of imagination regarding the design of Cubana - it seems quite unwelcoming to me.

  • 3.0 star rating
    15/2/2014

    We were looking forward to a fun night of dinner and live Latin American music. We got it, but it wasn't quite what we were hoping for.

    We made the latest possible dinner reservation, 9:30, hoping we would be well positioned to have a table to chill at once the live music started up. Unfortunately, we were only hurried through our meal faster, as they stack up all the tables and chairs to transition to club mode. That's right, once it is club time, don't expect to sit down for the rest of the night. There are not even any barstools, which is ridiculous when you consider people are dancing and might want to sit and rest a quick minute.

    Anyway, the food. I had the ropa vieja, which was a little bland. My wife had the slow-roasted pork and loved it. We ordered within minutes of sitting and had our food possibly less than 5, but not more than 10 minutes later. Service so fast it feels like the food has been sitting around all day waiting to be ordered. Uncomfortably fast. I didn't feel as though my meal was cooked for me in response to my order. The server was friendly, but the speed of the service prohibited enjoyment of the restaurant. And that's coming from an American, where you know we love our food fast! Perhaps my wife and I have grown to appreciate the European-style restaurant experience during our two years living in England, but I think it was a bit impersonal even by American standards.

    Then there was the "live music." It was live in that there were people being paid to be there, but it was more like glorified karaoke. A woman in control of an iPad would select a song, and then her counterparts with bongos would beat along with the background music and sing. I was hoping for a Latin salsa band, but instead we got a chick with an iPad.

    Still, the experience was a fun night out, so I can't knock it too much, I'm just not sure we will go back.

  • 5.0 star rating
    23/5/2014

    Absolutely adore the environment of this place. The cocktails and the food go together very well. Although it might be full if you don't book a table for evenings. 4-7 is their happy hour for jugs ang coctails 2 for1. During the day they've got street food style eating as well. Very vibrant and colorful !

  • 4.0 star rating
    30/12/2013

    Cubana is one of those bars which pops back into my life on an irregular but ever-loved cycle.  The location is nothing short of ideal: tons of transport, but definitely not cool, so it keeps away the hipsters.  Whilst I've never eaten there, I've been for drinks and dancing on more occasions than I care to remember and have never failed to enjoy myself.

    The place is Cuban-themed and easy to spot thanks to the gigantic mural outside.  Whilst it lacks the polished gleam of Floridita, it more than makes up for it in personality and vibrance.  I can't help imagining that this is a far more authentic slice of what one might hope to expect in a Cuban club after-hours; beautiful cracked floor tiles, faded posters adorning the walls, tables squeezed together, sweaty dancers leaking tears of laughter and a fantastic, raucous band so close to the dancefloor as to be almost on it.  It's lively, loud, and brilliant fun; boiling hot even in winter thanks to the energetic efforts of the punters but easily remedied by swigging one of their truly excellent mojitos which frankly are reason enough to pay them a visit even if you hate salsa.

    This isn't just a place for drunk young Londoners looking for cheap rum and good music: I've been flung around the tiny dancefloor by several snake-hipped older Latin gentlemen trying desperately to instil at least a modicum of elegance into my flailing feet.  No ulterior motives, they were just there for the footwork, although on each occasion they quickly realised that I was not, and departed as quickly as they'd arrived, nursing broken toes and deflated egos.  Sorry, nice dancing men, but my enthusiasm only masks my inability for so long.

    The toilets are a bit manky and as I recall there's only one for the ladies so you absolutely will queue and are advised to hold back on the mojitos for that reason alone.  There's a small room towards the back which can be reserved for private parties, with easy access to the dancefloor (and a handy view of the loos so you can keep a weather eye).  It's cosy and comfy, with cushions and brightly-coloured decor, and perfect for groups of ten or so people.

    Whichever room you find yourself in, it's easy to forget in Cubana that you're in the heart of rainy London, next to a railway terminus, and a stone's throw from the murky old Thames.  Step through the door and it's Cuba: warm, inviting, friendly, boisterous, happy, alcoholic.  I dare you to leave without new friends, and a smile plastered over your face.

  • 1.0 star rating
    13/4/2014
    2 check-ins here

    Empty tables and they wouldn't seat us. Has happened twice. Won't go here again. If you get in, the food is good Cuban.

  • 2.0 star rating
    24/4/2014
    1 check-in here

    Popped in for impromptu late lunch. They were out of many things we ordered. The food was okay. I have had a lot of Cuban food and this was not memorable. The decor was very focused on the Cuban Revolution, so I found it kitschy. One thing - their smoothies were made with real fruit and were very good.

  • 4.0 star rating
    16/9/2013
    2 check-ins here

    It's Monday and I survived. Celebratory cocktail time is completely in order! Meeting a friend by Waterloo she had never been here so what a great opportunity so close to the station.

    We only had cocktails here, but if you came at 6ish when we did you could definitely score a table for food. And the menu looked pretty good at a glance. Fusion of the Latina vibe with some Cuban influence (apparently). I reserve the right to review this when I actually do eat here.
    We knew we were onto a good thing when we turned up to happy hour (5pm - 7pm) and with free tables for bar drinkers only. We grabbed a cheeky table down some steps amidst the vibrant coloured walls and stocked up on cocktails before the deal ran out. Mojitos, not good. Strawberry daiquiri, much better. The problem is how can you really complain at 2 for £6??

    However after the deals were over we treated ourselves to full price caipirinha (£6.50) and this was WELL worth the money! Now this is my favourite cocktail so if I approve it is worth approving ;) great texture in the muddled sugar and good flavour balance. Tempted to try food next time, make a light of it

  • 4.0 star rating
    17/3/2013
    3 check-ins here ROTD 24/4/2013

    I went here for a friend's birthday party. It had a great atmosphere, fantastic music (and a later a live band whose bongo player caught me playing the air bongos :#)  ha!)
    Really nice mojitos (as everyone has mentioned) and for being in central London, prices were really reasonable. £5.50 for a mojito (£16 for the pitcher) and under £4 for a pint. Bargain. They are big into fresh fruit (not frozen stuff) and I respect that!

    Omni Monkey and I both had the (vegan) Cubana Vegetarian Plate and that included: "Cuban black beans, Falafel Cubana, plantain/chilli rice and sweet potato + plantain crisps" and at £7?! YES PLEASE.

    Holy crap, the falafels were out of this world!  "(P)repared with garbanzo beans, sweet potato, plantain, cilantro and spices" I couldn't get enough! Dense and delicious! Especially covered in the black beans.... drooolllll

    I saw there are lunch specials and happy hour drinks, and we enjoyed it so much we have already made a date to come back to try all those specials when it is not a bustling Saturday night.

    BONUS POINTS!!!! If you go to the website, there is a section on what is vegetarian and vegan on the menu. AND they have a whole allergy section as well for seeds, gluten, eggs, milk, etc and which dishes they are in.

    Great place to come if you have a group of mixed diets! Or if you just want to pig out on affordable Cuban food!

  • 4.0 star rating
    8/10/2013

    Only eaten there once and looking for any excuse to go back. Will you come with me?

    Looking for a quick spot to grab a tasty deal one lunch time me and friend tried out the lunch menu. Soul fool at it's finest. Although at first I was a bit concerned about the portion size, it turned out to be just right. The chicken was deliciously stewed and tender (and a healthy size!), the rice was perfectly cooked, the salad was delicious and the cocktails were wonderful.

    The atmosphere is intimate with the actual space being a nice size, loved the bright colours and murals and the Latin vibe was a wonderful get away from dreary London outside. Can't afford to go to Cuba, well, this may ease your pain a little.

    Can't wait to try the fuller menu...I will update then.

  • 4.0 star rating
    24/11/2013

    Went there after 11 on a Saturday evening. It was one of the most joyous experiences we've had.  The live band is incredibly good, and it's a nice little place for some crazy salsa dance. The only thing I'd complain is that the dance floor is a lil bit tiny...and I lost my favorite earing there! Would love to go there again and again.

  • 4.0 star rating
    26/1/2013
    2 check-ins here

    Count that as 3'5 stars.
    I went twice and the reservations seemed a mess. They refused to seat us when we arrived 20 minutes late although we called and were told that the table would wait for us.
    Twice the service wasn't good. I am not blaming it on the waitresses, they clearly have a lot on their plate.
    The second time I was even charged for something we did not order.
    Having said that, I must admit the food is pretty good. I mean, let's be honest, there are no plenty of choices in Cuba, so you can't expect that here. The ropa vieja is simply the best dish they serve. Really good, great portions and filling. The prawns are also one of my favourites as so are the croquettes. I even ordered the vegetarian plate and was ok although a bit dry.

    The drinks are really good. I would say I had the best mojitos outside Cuba, but they are a bit overpriced. Not too bad considering they are freshly made :)

    After eleven you can move your body with the latin music, which is really nice.

    Don't expect a lot from the service, have some patience and enjoy the music and the atmosphere. Also good it you want to hire one spaces to celebrate a birthday.

  • 2.0 star rating
    23/6/2013
    1 check-in here

    Cubana is maybe not the most polished of restaurants, but what it lacks in refinement it certainly makes up for in character.

    PROS
    The food is authentic & deliciously packed with flavour. It's also a bonus that it's also relatively healthy for those of us who are trying to keep control of our waistline.

    Less healthy but no less enjoyable are the cocktails - and you'll struggle to find a fun, lively but relaxed place to sip the night away in central London. They also do some really fresh smoothies & non-alcoholic cocktails.

    It's located just a 5 minute walk away from Waterloo station (15 mins if you've had a few too many cocktails) & is well priced with the typical bill for drinks, starters & mains landing in the £60-70 range per couple.

    CONS
    It can be busy, particularly during the week during & just after their happy hour (5pm-7pm)

    Side dishes are usually served with your starters (?) so make sure you clearly say which meal you want your sides with.

    For a place that claims to be the "home of the mojito" they are inconsistent & occasionally lacking in sufficient rum.

    The customer is not always right, hence the 2-stars. Twice now we have ordered & been billed for one thing but received something else. On the latest occasion the waitress insisted that our plate of fried plantain was in fact rice, chilli with plantain (despite there not being any rice or chilli anywhere in sight). Presuming your customers are stupid is never the right choice & is a great shame as it really detracts from what is otherwise a fantastic place in the city.

  • 4.0 star rating
    3/12/2012
    2 check-ins here

    Cubana is the simpler version of Floridita and I say that with all the love I can muster for a bar. Which, as it turns out, is quite a bit. As the name suggests, it's a Cuban themed bar and they do it well. On most nights, you can expect a lively atmosphere, some colourful decorations, and mojitos galore. But what really gets it going are the live acts on the weekends! The last time I was there, the band was composed of three middle aged guys that looked as if they had just strolled in off the streets of Havana. They were exceptional musicians and had the whole place dancing up a storm in short order.

    Unlike Floridita, where it seems that everyone is a professional salsa dancer, Cubana attracts the more amateur crowd and you can muddle your way through the basic steps without feeling too awkward. And after a few of the £17 mojito pitchers, it's unlikely that you'll give a damn and just go for it! They also have some crazy bright green drink (something Alligator) which looks ridiculous, tastes delicious, and has enough of a punch to floor an elephant.

    The minor gripe I have is the lack of dancing space given the various rooms and levels the bar is divided into. You can make do, but you're constantly dancing around the stream of people trying to make it to the bathroom or the bar. Still, given the fairly cheap drinks prices, the excellent music, and the great location next to Waterloo station, it's an easy win!.

  • 1.0 star rating
    18/5/2009

    Dear Cubana,

    Your food is mediocre and over-priced. But that still could have earned you three stars in my book--my standards really aren't that high.

    It was really the service that got me. Shall I count the ways?

    10 were the 2-tops that were open when I arrived. Yet, you refused to seat me at any of them claiming they were reserved. Despite an entirely empty restaurant, you put us between two other tables, with 6 inches on either side. In an empty restaurant. Why is that you reserve the tables for the groups that are sharing a £15 jug, when my group of two that you completely shafted on tables spent three times that? I also saw you seat a number of people without reservations at these so-called "reserved" tables.

    6 were the inches between our table and the two on either side of us. It was fun, at least, to find out what first dates were like again because I got to hear two up close and personal.

    7 were the tables that were still empty 90 minutes later when we left. Reservations, my ass.

    30 were the minutes that I waited for my starter, which ended up arriving after my main. Despite me pleading with the waitress for it.

    1/2 was the flan that you gave me. A flan mold is pretty small generally, so to find that you empty them, cut them in half and serve was heartbreaking.

    4 was the bites of flan I managed to eke out of my meager dessert.

    2 was the times I had to ask for my bill.

    12.5% was the service charge you tried to hit me with after giving me the worse service I've had in this price range in a long time.

    1 for the first time I've EVER refused to pay a discretionary service charge.

    I actually think you must be taking the piss--no one in their right mind would go back here unless they were so hopped up on mojitos that they didn't remember it clearly. I'd love to love you, you're so conveniently located and I love minty drinks. But seriously, fire your waitresses. Or teach them about seating. Maybe you provide a good bar-only experience but for a dinner date? Avoid avoid avoid.

    Love,
    LIna

  • 3.0 star rating
    20/10/2012
    1 check-in here

    Popped in here as I was told decent cocktails near to where I was wandering from Waterloo.

    It fit that description perfectly.

    When we got there it was happy hour 241 cocktails makes the mojitos eeeven better, I do wonder if they would be better getting rid of some of the food tables as the bar areas not massive and the whole time we were there very few came for food most just seemed interested in the drinks.

    Bar staff were friendly, or maybe my mates ability to chat to anyone in nearly any language won him some browny points.

    the 241 obviously made the drinks a reasonable price, I reckon if I went again outside of happy hour I'd just go straight to the jugs as they seemed like they'd work out as good value

  • 2.0 star rating
    26/6/2012
    2 check-ins here
    Listed in toXic

    Mediocre-hokey-pseudo Cuban bar/restaurant.

    The food was uninspired, menu unappetising and staff uncooperative.

    Drinks were OK, however, very stingy measures in the cocktails made them taste like Gatorade. With loads of ice. And fruit that clogged the straw.

    I liked the location at least. Apart from being accosted by the local homeless people.

    There are better versions of this type of place in London and certainly WAY better over the pond.

  • 4.0 star rating
    4/7/2012
    1 check-in here

    Some people hate this place.

    Personally, I can't see why.

    Is it a corporate re-badging of a quirky Cuban food concept? Possibly but the folks were friendly, the food was very tasty and the restaurant was a pleasant interior decorated in bright equatorial colours.

    Got in and the place was jumping. The colour scheme is a bit of an assault on the eyes after trudging through the longest rain season in London.

    Lass at the front takes us to a tiny corner table that had a serious equilibrium issue and one of the legs of the chair I was sitting on was about to give way.

    As I perched on the corner of the chair, I mentioned it to the fellow who came over first and he rushed away to grab an alternate.

    So sitting on a much more stable platform, we ordered.

    Peter, my fellow traveller, ordered the slow cooked beef hash and rice. I was put off by the word hash. I have had some bad experiences with hash in the past, so I ordered the steak. A couple Czech beers later and we were settled in and enjoying looking at the busy restaurant.

    Food came within 15 minutes and immediately regretted my decision. The steak was great with a really nice salsa verde and a spinach salad, but the "hash" looked like classic Barbacoa. Slow cooked beef and then pulled into tasty meaty pieces.

    It was 5 quid cheaper than the steak and I would say worth twice the price in terms of taste. I would definitely get this the next time here,

    Lots of options in this area for food but I would say that Cubana is a decent place to go.

  • 5.0 star rating
    6/12/2012
    2 check-ins here

    Even in the dead of the winter, after a day of bleak skies and light rain, I can turn the corner of Waterloo Station and it all washes away.

    It's the bright colours! And the guns on the wall! I might have the mind of a small, albeit disturbed child but the pretty colours just make me happy! It's impossible for me to have a bad time in this place...

    Of course, there is more to it than the paint job. I love cocktails, but I like them simple and strong. Cubana pulls it off with a pure, clean, mojito made with nothing but sugar, mint, and a wine glass of rum. Proper Cuban style.

    There's also a happy hour, which does indeed make me happy.

    Granted, the sugar will someday give me heart failure, but I'm ready for it. I'll take one for the team. I'll spend my remaining days drinking good cocktails with a big smile on my face.

    The food is good but I'd suggest this as a venue for large groups rather than intimate occasions. The menu is made up of sharing platters and Cuban style tapas, best served with a small lounge in the back, crammed full of good friends and enough mojito to drown a bear cub.

    Yes that's right.. I would drown a bear cub for these drinks.

  • 2.0 star rating
    5/1/2010
    1 check-in here

    I was torn between a 2.5 and a 3.  But I'm in a generous mood.

    I've come here several times for a drink.  The bar area is really tiny.  So if you are coming with a group, I would suggest calling ahead for a table.  Their drinks are pretty good.  I especially like their caprihinas.  They are also under a fiver which is always a good thing!

     The food is okay.  I ordered mostly tapas.  I really wanted f their ceviche but they ran out.  :-(    The chorizo and sweet potato croquettes sounded a lot better than they tasted.  But their chicken and chorizo skewers and chicken enpanadas are really good.

    The service could be better.  I remember that it took my friend and I forever to get someone to take our food order and for us to pay our bill.  The bar staff tend to me a lot friendlier

     If you are in the area, this is a good place to stop by for a drink and a quick bite.  But I wouldn't come for a full on meal.

  • 5.0 star rating
    16/9/2012
    2 check-ins here

    Opposite the old Vic theatre, The Cubana is a very popular & crowd restaurant and bar thIs place is a labyrinth of colourful murals cover the walls, palm trees, Cuba flag, revolutionist Che Guevara, and beautiful red & yellow flowers on each table.
    You sense this cubaness rustic feel as you walk in a passport to Havana.

    I'm giving Cubana five star..! And you may wonder why..! Well, if anyone know me I love Mojito and this vibrate place serve the best mojito hands down.
    My friend and I were totally surprised on how good this mojito taste. Why did this tasting so good where did the mint come from??
    I had to ask .... i was told that the mint came from Spain...!

    Latin-American chefs & bar staff that know what he is doing..
    I try the sharing platter of homemade tapes that just melt in you mouth..
    Hmmmmm....!

  • 4.0 star rating
    13/11/2008

    It was a happy accident the night I discovered Cubana. From what I remember of the evening it was a barmy summers night, and I had just tottered out of what I thought was the last bar of the night, when all of a sudden, I saw Cubanas bright red star staring down at me. As I walked, ok, staggered towards it, I could hear the loud hum of salsa going strong. There were almost as many people outside as in (the smoking ban had just come in), and I happily paid my £5 to get in.

    Inside was some kind of wild party with a salsa band playing, people throwing themselves around, everyone having a good time. Someone got me a Cuba Libra and a Mojito, both of which tasted fabulous.

    What I liked about this place was it felt authentic, not like some other Cuban bars in London which can feel a little contrived. Its also open quite late on a weekend, till 3am, so its a great place to end your evening.

  • 3.0 star rating
    13/10/2009

    This place is always absolutely rammed at the end of the week.  Parched young workers spill out onto the pavements, drinking their fill of the well priced cocktails.  What with the mural and lights on the outside wall, the music and the crowds, there's a party atmosphere.

    I've only tried the mohitos, which were cheap and minty minty minty.  I wouldn't fancy eating here because it's pretty noisy and a bit shabby.  A quirky little place to go a-drinkin' though.

  • 1.0 star rating
    6/10/2013

    This place is awful. First they would not let us sit where we wanted to, they would not give us happy hour drinks 2 minutes early, then overcharged me and were rude the entire time. Shame, it is such a unique venue.

  • 4.0 star rating
    22/12/2008

    As a previous reviewer mentioned, the squeezed juices are tasty indeed. If you fancy something a little more... alcoholic, try their delicious cocktails - they are divine! The Strawberry Mojito is really something else... The cocktails are the usual £6-£7 or you can buy a jug for around £15 - perfect for groups of friends!

    Their tapas are also worth a mention. The prices are so reasonable - around £4-£5 for tapas. I came here with a group of girlfriends and we had such a giggle getting drunk on jugs of cocktails and eating great food.

    This won't stretch your wallet by any means and the great atmosphere and brilliant food and drink are an absoloute must for any night out with your significant other or a large group of friends...

  • 3.0 star rating
    8/6/2010

    I really do like cuban-style drinks. Mojitos, cuba libres, etc. All tasty drinks indeed. Cubana Cafe does a fairly decent job of mixing these up for you and you can get them in a pitcher as well, which is totally worth the money.

    I wasn't there to have food, or listen to the music, so I can't really rate it on those points, but the fact that you can't drink outside after 11pm kinda ruined it for me.

    All in all, a decent place to check out. I think I would have liked to try the food, next time.

  • 4.0 star rating
    22/11/2008

    I like a little bit of Cubana, a place which retains a lot of soul and is very close to the southbank- bonus! Considerably cheap for the area and for what they have to offer, I would reccomend this place to groups of friends wanting to have a raucous meal out. They take bookings for up to six people which is advisable.I would reccomend some of the chicken dishes, spiced to perfection, and then the traditional coconut tart, heaven on the tastebuds. Don't stuff yourself too much though, as you will need to leave some breathing space to dance later on.

    The cocktails are really good, of course you should drink Cuba Libre. The atmosphere of the place is wild and authentic, the crowd is genuine and bonafide and everyone just wants to have a good time. If you are looking for a change from the normal London scene, then I would seriously advise that you give this place a good visit, maybe even plan a whole night, starting with a meal, moving onto drinkies and ending on your feet having a jive.

  • 5.0 star rating
    24/11/2008

    Oh Cubana! Aie aie aie!  Somebody quick, find me some castanets!  Cubana is just down the street from where I live and for a long time, I neglected it.  What a mistake.  Finally, one night, twas not a dark and stormy night, but a night nonetheless, I went to Cubana.  It was love at first sight.  We're going to get married in the fall, Cubana and I.

    So what do I love about Cubana?  Let me count the ways:

    1.  Decor.  Paintings of Latin figureheads on the walls.  Colors like a street parade in Key West.  A ripple painted around the place where one of the large lighting fixtures meets the ceiling as though the ceiling was a body of water.

    2.  Drinks.  Fresh fruit cocktails.  Crush me up those strawberries and lemons, raspberries and pineapple, and, baby, you've got delicious.  Although a bit pricey, the cocktails are scrumptious.

    3.  Music.  Oh salsa, oh tango, oh bachata, oh flamenco... oh Latin music how I love thee.  Both times I've been to Cubana, there has been a live band playing excellent Latin music - the kind that makes your hips have a life of their own as you groove groove groove away to the funky beats.  Mm mm I love it.

    Cubana is great - you should go there.  They charge an entry fee after 10 or 11 on the weekends, so go early.  But by all means, go!

    • Qype User Sian…
    • London
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    4.0 star rating
    24/8/2009

    Oh deary me. I came here on Saturday and then found myself really rather tipsy after a group of us shared SIX pitchers of mojitos. SIX! There was only four of us, it wasn't the cleverest thing I've ever done.

    But it was fun. Even though the bouncers give you attitude (you can take your drinks outside, but you can't drink out of them. Don't dare try and do that.) The whole place smells of sweat and mojitos. I imagine if I'd found myself in here sober, I wouldn't have had nearly as much fun.

    But fun was had, mojitos were drunk, and I arrived home rather later than planned. Considering how busy it was in here, the service was good and the prices aren't too bad. It's a fiver in, but you get a £1 off voucher meaning our fist cocktail pitcher was just over a tenner, I think they're about £14 otherwise.

    It's a lot of fun, the live music is a nice touch. Just don't go expecting anything but a great big cocktaily mess.

    • Qype User travel…
    • London
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    • 65 reviews
    3.0 star rating
    4/7/2008

    Some colleagues from out of town were in for a couple of days combined with a great two for one drinks offer made for a great evening excursion. The staff seemed a bit confused about the special, but in the end it all worked out. By 8 o'clock on a thursday the place was humming with activity.

    We grabbed a couple of tables for ten in the corner just to the left of the entrance which also made a great place for people watching. (There was a very tall woman who had hunched shoulders. We surmised it must be because she always has to lean over to talk to people).

    The seating is arranged on several different levels, each separated by a few stairs. It is a great layout to give an overall sense of activity and vibe, but still allows groups to have a bit of their own space.

    It is conveniently located just a 200 meter walk from the entry to waterloo train and tube station.

    • Qype User fidg…
    • London
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    • 9 reviews
    4.0 star rating
    3/8/2008

    Book in advance, we held a 50th Birthday party here for 15 people, the quality of the food was superb with all of us eating together and without feeling rushed but it was clear that you didn't have a chance of getting in without a reservation.

    Main courses range from about £6.00, i tried the Garbanzos Grillios with Chirozo - this was a chickpea stew with garlic and coriander and simply oozed flavour.

    The cocktails were fresh and very, very tasty (from what we can remember), especially those with lashings of fresh crushed mint leaves - buy the pitchers they work out better value.

    After dinner the restaurant becomes part of the bar with live music.

    Well worth staying around for after you've eaten.

    One tip - wear as little as possible this place gets very, very warm.

    • Qype User joshle…
    • London
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    • 9 reviews
    3.0 star rating
    30/7/2013

    Food was mostly good but the staff was a bit incompetent and bored from our presence. That's pretty much why there are three stars above.

    • Qype User BigDuc…
    • Prague, Czech Republic
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    • 10 reviews
    3.0 star rating
    5/2/2010

    Cubana,

    right next to the place I live so I pass by quite often.
    If you go there on weekends and there is live music you can have a great time. I expierenced that the quality of the mojito depends on the weekday and I did spot rotten limes in their lime juicer.

    So be suspicious of funny tastes...

    • Qype User wbroma…
    • Reading
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    • 10 reviews
    4.0 star rating
    1/9/2011

    Good atmosphere, and good food, reasonably priced. Great menu, though the kids menu is pretty weak, although the Tappas starters are a good alternative.
    Meal slightly displaced by the kids food order not being put through, meaning their food finally arrived 25 mins after ours had, once I had advised them it hadn't arrived. They hadn't noticed. They didn't seen unduly concerned to rush through the order ahead, once notified, either. Apart from that, a good place.

  • 4.0 star rating
    1/2/2013

    Delicious! Very colorful interior, service was OK, but anything would have been great after 12 hrs of traveling.

  • 3.0 star rating
    27/1/2010

    It was pretty quiet when we went in on a Thursday night. The cocktails were good but the tables are quite cramped due to the interesting shape of the building, lots of chairs wedged into nooks and crannies. We loved the decor, and felt inspired to join the Spanish revolution, fortunately for us it was over. The bar staff said they'd bring our cocktail over once it was ready and then tried to charge us an extra 2 quid for table service we hadn't asked for, so don't agree to them bringing you your drinks, wait at the bar for them. The upstairs bathroom was fine but the downstairs ladies appeared to have been host to some sort of pitched battle as several things were broken. We seem to have gone on the wrong night for music, only the echo of a dodgy electric keyboard playing Auld Lang Syne. It was shortly after New Year.

    • Qype User Janar…
    • London
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    • 2 reviews
    4.0 star rating
    27/6/2012

    The foodI had here was amazing, for the price charged the quality of the meat was excellent. Wash that down with a Gingery Mojito and you're onto a winner.
    The only slight problem was how busy it was, we were sitting up on one of the decks which meant we weren't in the staffs eye line, could have got more drinks a little quicker. Other than that the upstairs mezzanine was a great location, if a little hot before they turned the fans on.
    I would recommend!

    • Qype User Naomis…
    • London
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    • 2 reviews
    1.0 star rating
    8/3/2013

    Oh Cubana, I love to hate you!! You're so funky but have consistently bad service, the worst I've come across :( such a shame!
    Check out my full review here: naomisnotes.co.uk/2013/0…

  • 5.0 star rating
    9/11/2008
    First to Review

    This Trendy Cuban-Latino bar-restaurant makes you feel a bit of the atmosphere of the island. The old fashioned Cuban dishes and the freshly squeezed juices and premium liquors are part of the night. The food is amazing if your thinking fajitas that is nothing to what they offer on the menue and at cheap affordable meals from £5.00 it is one that you can enjoy without burning a hole in the pocket!. The staff are friendly and extra helpful which stands out from a lot of other resturants i have been to recently . This venue is an excellent pleace for salsa and Latin dance lovers because everyone gets down!

  • 4.0 star rating
    20/11/2010

    Like the most colourful children's playground you can imagine, only with a lot more cocktails! Fast, friendly service in this lively bar/restaurant. The chargrilled Bistec is particularly delicious, and comes with these amazing plantain-cakes. Empanadas a bit tired, but the frozen cocktails will perk anyone up!

    • Qype User Batter…
    • London
    • 23 friends
    • 105 reviews
    4.0 star rating
    16/6/2008

    Cubana is a busy little bar and restaurant that is quite good fun for jugs of cocktail and unusual cuban food. they also have live music on many nights which adds a nice flavour. I will say though that sometimes their happy hour jugs don't appear to pack the same punch as the full price variety and when it gets packed (and it does) the staff get a bit knarky in my experience. If you are going on a wed-sat eve and want a table, book ahead!

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