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Mambo's Cafe

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1701 Victory Blvd, Glendale, CA 91201-2833
12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Closed now
All hours
Sun 12:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Mon - Fri 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Sat 12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Every time I visit family in Glendale I make it a point to get lunch at Mambo's. I had lunch there on the 26th, and as usual was not disappointed. My Cuban sandwich was perfect, service was was good during busy lunch hour. Two sandwiches with fries or other side and two drinks, get the iced coffee, will set you... More 

Thank David C
Pinehurst, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2016

This restaurant is one of the best kept secrets in Glendale. Definitely one of the BEST Cuban restaurants in the United States and I grew up near Miami. There is a wait sometimes because of their great food. Has a jazz flair with great authentic cuban food and the owners are Miami Dolphin's fans. I always eat here a few... More 

Thank SurfWriter1
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2016 via mobile

Came here for a Mother/Daughter lunch date and started with the 2 Papas rellano for appetizers which seemed a bit bland. I ordered the media noche sandwich while my mom ordered the pan con lechon. Sadly the Pan con lechon was dry so we asked for mayo to add to the sandwich. The media noche was decent but I really... More 

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Fresno, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2016

The smell was enticing, we decided to stop. Former experiences with Cuban food have been not so pleasant and very greasy. This place was not greasy, the veggies were fresh, the bread soft and freshly baked. We each had something different and all thoroughly enjoyed. Kind of fun that it is in what was probably and old gas station/mechanics work... More 

Thank Momza3
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2016

I personally like the "after hours" when all lunch regulars are gone ... best time of the day for ROAST PORK and PICADILLO ... my favorites ... and don't be shy ... there's some good Mexican and European beers ...

Thank climax56
Palmdale, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2016 via mobile

Tried them for the first time today and loved it! The pork and Cuban fried rice was fantastic! Live jams on Thursday evenings! Can't wait to go back... gonna work my way thru the entire menu... beer and wine choices are excellent to complement their wonderful food and great service!

Thank Doozer2015
Nashville, Tennessee
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81 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2016

I tried this restaurant after seeing it featured on DDD. I tried the shrimps Al Ajillo and I can't say that it was anything special. The staff were really friendly on the other hand.

Thank Mohammad A
Manassas, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2016

We visited this place because it was on Diners, Drive ins and Dives. And my wife wanted Spanish food. I had the Camarones Al Ajillo and she had the Mambo’s Chicken. Great food really well cooked and seasoned. The decor and atmosphere are nice and the wall behind the bar is decorated with the pictures and autographs of celebrities that... More 

Thank Serbio_Bombilla
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2015 via mobile

Very good food with vegetarian options. Live music on Tuesdays at 8pm, but get a reservation first! Apparently. We got there at 7 and had to be out by 8 because there were reservations. Great service made it worth it.

Thank Duncan C
Sacramento, California
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73 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2015

I am new to Cuban cuisine so I have to go with the other reviewers and say it's good. I certainly liked it. This little cafe used to be a gas station. If you use your imagination to can see it. It is on the corner of Western and Victory. Freeway access nearby! We were there early on a Thursday... More 

Thank KSparrow

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Average prices
Latin, Cuban, Caribbean, Spanish
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Outdoor Seating, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Dining on a budget, Families with children
Open Hours
12:00 pm - 7:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1701 Victory Blvd, Glendale, CA 91201-2833
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Glendale
  • Phone Number: 818-545-8613

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