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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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Hours:
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: Dinner, Dessert
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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Good for:
Dinner
Dessert

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Visitor rating
  • 13
    Excellent
  • 13
    Very good
  • 4
    Average
  • 1
    Poor
  • 1
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Chicken soup for the soul

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed January 6, 2015
SLKJax
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jacksonville
Good for:
  • Dinner
  • Dessert
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32 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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jacksonville
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20 reviews 20 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
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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33 reviews 33 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
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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40 reviews 40 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
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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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
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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24 reviews 24 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
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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Senior Contributor
31 reviews 31 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
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
1 review
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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Cambridge, MA
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95 reviews 95 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
142 helpful votes 142 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2013

First things first: This place has the best flans you will get anywhere: deep sexy caramel taste that makes you crave for more! I also had a Cuban steak sandwich -- crispy bread, delicious insides, utterly Cuban and terrific!

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boston
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115 reviews 115 reviews
78 restaurant reviews
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2013

El Oriental de Cuba has finally allowed us to satisfy our craving for Cuban food in Boston. A year ago, my wife and I had our first exposure to Cuban food in Key West, FL. Since our return home to Boston, we have been searching for a Cuban restaurant in the area. We finally found one in El Oriental de... More 

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Rego Park, New York
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138 reviews 138 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
101 helpful votes 101 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2013

This is a terrific neighborhood restaurant. The staff is extraordinarily friendly, and attentive to customer's needs and wants. I was extremely impressed by the selection and variety of food. It was notable that both typical Cuban dishes were intermixed with daily specials. This is a very affordable, excellent restaurant.

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Restaurant Details

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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?