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El Oriental de Cuba

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Jamaica Plain / Mission Hill
Caribbean, Cuban
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416 Centre St, Boston, MA 02130-1876
+1 617-524-6464
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8:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Sun 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
Mon - Thu 8:00 am - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 8:00 am - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner
Description: Serve a Variety of Traditional Cuban food, with a mix of Latin foods from...
Serve a Variety of Traditional Cuban food, with a mix of Latin foods from different countrys
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  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Great lunch - authentic cuban!

Lots of really good cuban food. I had the cuban sandwich special, just awesome. my friend had the fried plantains which were great! Definate must go!

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 20, 2015
SALEM_JOHN
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Salem, Massachusetts
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

This has been a favorite restaurant of mine for over a dozen years. This review is long overdue. Simply put, they prepare and serve large portions of genuine and delicious Cuban food in a relaxed and fun atmosphere, all at a reasonable price! FOOD: I like to have several appetizers if I am taking a small group to El Oriental.... More 

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Salem, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2015

Lots of really good cuban food. I had the cuban sandwich special, just awesome. my friend had the fried plantains which were great! Definate must go!

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New York City, New York
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2015

I am on a low salt diet, and this was no place for me. I asked carefully, received a heavily salted meal, sent my food back, but it came out again heavily salted. My gluten free friends also had trouble because its almost all fried food. But the couple of us in our party with no dietary requirements loved it.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

Had a delightful lunch on a cold wintery afternoon. The surprising highlight was their chicken soup. It's hard to get excited by such a mundane dish but I have to say it was perfection. Service was great and the ambiance was cozy. Did not have the Cubano but it looked really good. The Cuban coffee was excellent.

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Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

On a bitter day, a cup of hot chocolate and a classic Cubano were welcome and delicious. Service was speedy and gracious. next time we are in Boston we'll go back for another sample. Easy to park, too, and lots of interesting decor.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

A classic cubano is a beautiful thing. There is not a consensus among cubano eating fans as to if the sandwich was invented in Florida or Cuba. But one thing is true, and that is that most places outside of Florida really F-it-up when it comes to the classic Cubano sandwich (never been to Cuba so I can't say). A... More 

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State College, Pennsylvania, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2013 credit card Amex Card Member Review

I don't know Cuban food all that well, except when it comes to Cubanos. I've had them in many settings with large local Cuban populations, and love the sandwich. El Oriental does it right. Their Cubano-especial with everything is a delicious, fresh, and filling lunch. The service is very pleasant and efficient. I'll eat here once every other week.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2013 credit card Amex Card Member Review

I discovered this place on my last year of college, and it's still the place we go to for consistent, delicious, Latin food from the Caribbean. The place is touted as Cuban, but it has gems from Puerto Rico and the Dominican republic (The cuisines are millimeters apart). The Congri and Carne frita is nostalgic. The Mofongo is one of... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2013 via mobile

Nice place to find to have a best possible coffee in an area! The staff are very friendly an helpful and addressed all needs while making a special coffee. There is cozy seating area infront of the place, so during goid weather you can seat and injoy your cap of coffee out side.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

One of the friendliest and tastiest food experiences ever. Terrific neighborhood restaurant. Great for a family with little kids.

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Additional Information about El Oriental de Cuba

Address: 416 Centre St, Boston, MA 02130-1876
Phone Number: +1 617-524-6464
Location: United States  >  Massachusetts (MA)  >  Boston>  > Jamaica Plain / Mission Hill
Open Hours:
Sunday 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
Monday 8:00 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday 8:00 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday 8:00 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday 8:00 am - 9:00 pm
Friday 8:00 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday 8:00 am - 10:00 pm
Average Prices: USD 5 - 20
Cuisine: Caribbean, Cuban

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Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 416 Centre St, Boston, MA 02130-1876
  • Location: United States  >  Massachusetts (MA)  >  Boston>  > Jamaica Plain / Mission Hill
  • Neighborhood: Jamaica Plain / Mission Hill
  • Phone Number: +1 617-524-6464

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 5 - 20
  • Cuisine: Caribbean, Cuban

Description

Serve a Variety of Traditional Cuban food, with a mix of Latin foods from different countrys
Open Hours
Sunday
8:00 am - 8:00 pm
Monday
8:00 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
8:00 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
8:00 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday
8:00 am - 9:00 pm
Friday
8:00 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday
8:00 am - 10:00 pm

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