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Cubacan

800 Ocean Avenue, Asbury Park, NJ 07712
(732) 774-3007
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Ranked #24 of 91 Restaurants in Asbury Park
Price range: $20 - $25
Cuisines: Cuban
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Good for: Romance, Bar scene, Large groups, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Description: New restaurant, maybe March or April of 2011
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69% Recommend
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  • English first
  • Spanish first
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English first
NJ
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14 reviews 14 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

Great setting right on the Asbury Park Boardwalk, restaurant is beautifully decorated (although outdoor tables could use a tablecloth or table top). However, food is either a little too bland or overspiced. I would stick with the traditional Cuban fare (chicken with rice or pulled pork), which were tasty. Stay away from the other less traditional Cuban dishes, which lacked... More

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New York City, New York, USA
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41 reviews 41 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW credit card Amex Card Member Review

Cubacan is a bit of an enigma to me, moreso for location than anything else. Sitting right on the boardwalk in Asbury, and just under a favorite bar, it seems to be a place that based on prior boardwalk experience would be distributing funnel cakes and greasy hamburgers. However, it is very tasty Cuban-inspired food with a real flair, and... More

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014 NEW

I ordered the fish with coconut sauce and it was a tiny portion and it was also cold. Didn't taste good at all. The waitress was nowhere to be seen and the bathrooms were as dirty as I've ever seen. Will NEVER go back here

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3 reviews 3 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014 NEW

Friendly staff. Knowledgable wait staff. One of the dishes we ordered was arroz con pollo and the waiter told us that because it was made from scratch it would be about a 20 minute wait so we ordered an appetizer. We were happy for that information since we were quite hungry when we sat down. The arroz con pollo was... More

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Top Contributor
68 reviews 68 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014 NEW

Ate here with my husband on a Monday. I had the chilled shrimp salad with plantains as an ac-compliment to the dish, my husband had the octopus salad. Hands down his salad was the best octopus we have ever eaten. It was extremely tender and flavorful. I really wished I had gotten his dish after I had a bite. My... More

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Englewood, New Jersey
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117 restaurant reviews
117 helpful votes 117 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014 NEW

Friendly staff welcomed us to a lovely seaside table. We decided to have dinner for lunch and ordered pernil (roast pork) and skirt steak platters. Both were good but the skirt steak was outstanding. A side order of plantains chips were disappointing since they were from a bag and not freshly made. Cold water was served without ice which we... More

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Dayton, New Jersey, United States
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18 reviews 18 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

Ok, we stopped in for appetizers, so no main meals were consumed. I had a nice frosty beer and my girlfriend had a tasty Guava Mojito. Those were fine, but the Calamari had a lot to be desired. The presentation of the calamari itself was poor. The batter was very flaked off and bad that it resembled flaking's from a... More

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Bedminster, New Jersey
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37 reviews 37 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

My husband and I went here for dinner with a friend. We ordered the sea bass and it was delicious. The wait staff was very friendly and nice. It had a wonderful bar area and it is a nice atmosphere. We would definitely return.

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New York City, New York
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75 reviews 75 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

Summer lunch on the Boards during a daytrip from Manhattan on the bicycle. The ceviche was chunkier than I'm used to, but I've had only Spanish restaurant ceviche not cuban. I liked that it was served with dried plantains instead of standard corn chips. The elote on the Cuban street corn was simply perfect. Could this site become the Barceloneta... More

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Baltimore, MD,USA
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35 reviews 35 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

We were at a music festival at Asbury Park, and rather than settling on the festival fare, we were looking for a nice meal - Cubacan caught our attention even though we'd never had Cuban food before. Ever since then, Cubacan has been the subject of many conversations and is the birthplace of our love of Cuban food. We're sad... More

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