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El Oriental de Cuba

$$ - $$$
Jamaica Plain
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416 Centre St, Boston, MA 02130-1876
+1 617-524-6464
8:00 am - 9:00 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
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56 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I'm from the UK and staying in the North End so it's not like I know my way around, I found this place on TripAdvisor and was really in the mood for Oxtail meal, now this isn't an easy meal to make if the meat goes too rough it's ruined.. so I planed my route out, hopped on the T... More 

Thank ThomasOldbury
Boston, Massachusetts
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78 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Food is excellent. Service great & very friendly. Enjoy the meal...everything is good. No booze! Sit close to hear!

Thank susan g
Boston, Massachusetts
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73 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 24, 2016

The meal was very good. My wife likes Cuban food and we heard from several people about this place. We went and we were not disappointed.

Thank henry j
Milton, Massachusetts
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18 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 8, 2016

I am cuban and love visiting places with the authentic flavor of cuban food, and for a while El Oriental de Cuba, had a great chef, but is like everything if you go to a chinese restaurant, you expect a chinese chef nor an american chef, the flavor change, is not the same, I am honest, I love the owner,... More 

Thank Crar101699
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22 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 6, 2016

This is a neighborhood spot that has regular clientele. The Cuban menu features various pork dishes, beans & rice, Cuban sandwiches, and, of course, plantanos. We had breakfast with eggs (fresh and cooked simply) and the coffee was good.

Thank Paula M
Malden, Massachusetts
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14 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 12, 2016 via mobile

If you want to have a taste of Cuban food you should try this restaurant. Their menu is out of this world!!! I've tried a lot of what's on the menu and I love everything on it.. Best place to eat in Jamaican Plain!! I had the Cuban Sandwich and a shake of Mamey, OMG it's Awesome. . This is... More 

Thank 325miriamh
Boston, Massachusetts
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72 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 7, 2016 via mobile

This little spot in Jamaica Plain is a favorite within locals. There is sense of family as soon as you walk in and the staff is very friendly. The food is great. Very tasty cuban and latino dishes. Huge portion sizes and at a very fair price. The milkshakes are a must-try!

Thank MDalmauDonato
Morrisville, North Carolina
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17 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 28, 2016 via mobile

Based on reviews, I walked over to El Oriental from where I was staying. I was pleasantly surprised by my experience. The food was quite good. Very well prepared. Had the drunken goat. Very tasty. I highly recommend this place!

Thank JimShields
Clemmons, North Carolina
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254 reviews
122 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 25, 2016

Jamaica Plain offers some of the best Cuban restaurants in Boston, and El Oriental de Cuba is a good example! I came here with my girlfriend a couple of weeks ago, and we split a few dishes off the appetizer menu. The Cuban pork tamales, Puerto Rican chicken pasteles, and the empanadas were all fantastic. I particularly recommend the guava... More 

Thank Andrei S
Boston, Massachusetts
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57 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 19, 2016

I stopped by after work because family and friends had heightened my anticipation of trying Cuban food again. I was not disappointed! The garlic shrimp, rice, black beans, and sweet plantains were full of flavor and cooked just right. My waitress was very friendly and it looked as though many locals came on a regular basis. I would recommend this... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$5 - $20
Caribbean, Latin, Spanish, Cuban
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff
Good for
Families with children, Kids, Dining on a budget
Open Hours
8:00 am - 8:00 pm
8:00 am - 9:00 pm
8:00 am - 9:00 pm
8:00 am - 9:00 pm
8:00 am - 9:00 pm
8:00 am - 10:00 pm
8:00 am - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 416 Centre St, Boston, MA 02130-1876
  • Location: United States  >  Massachusetts (MA)  >  Boston>  > Jamaica Plain
  • Neighborhood: Jamaica Plain
  • Phone Number: +1 617-524-6464
Serve a Variety of Traditional Cuban food, with a mix of Latin foods from different countrys

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

Staying in Jamaica Plain

Neighborhood Profile
Jamaica Plain
This Boston neighborhood feels like a distinct community unique and separate from the bustle of other areas. Beautiful Victorian homes, restaurants with an emphasis on being eco-friendly and providing local and organic food, and a large Hispanic community. Visit Centre and South streets for restaurants, cafes, and little shops. The Arnold Arboretum is a beautiful, large green space well worth a visit if you venture to JP.
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