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“Great food but kitchen was un nervingly slow”
Review of El Ambia Cubano

El Ambia Cubano
Ranked #6 of 438 Restaurants in Melbourne
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $2 - $20
Cuisines: Cuban
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Restaurant details
Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Description: Family restaurant, with a history, excellent Cuban food and ambiance.
Barnegat, New Jersey
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48 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
“Great food but kitchen was un nervingly slow”
Reviewed October 3, 2013 via mobile

We went with a group of 15 and the staff insisted they could handle the crowd. The food, ambiance and such were great but when four people get served at 8, another 5 get served at 8 20 and the rest at 9, it is hard to fathom how a restaurant can not serve all these Meals at the same time. I had the fried pork special and it was great, but again, would have liked to share a meal not eat in shifts. I would go back but with a smaller party

Visited September 2013
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  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Spanish first
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English first
garrison, ny
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55 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
Reviewed September 28, 2013

My coworker and I stumbled on this place by accident after finding a menu in the training facility where we were attending classes. We decided to try it out and were so glad that we did. We walked in 5 minutes before they were supposed to close but they welcomed us in and told us to stay. Everything we ate was absolutely incredible. Just wonderful authentic Cuban food! The mojitos were delicious, the yuca fritas was out of this world and the cuban style roasted pork was as delicious as my grandmother's. The portions were large and the price was incredible. I would've paid twice what they charged and not blinked. We loved it so much that we went back again for dinner the next night. The service again was incredible and they even gave us complementary flan for being loyal customers! Overall this is a truly wonderful hidden gem that I would return to again and again.

Visited September 2013
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Malabar, Florida
1 review
“Better than family ;)”
Reviewed September 16, 2013

is a fantastic restaurant, I'm 1st born generation in the states of Cuban parents, but you don't have to be Cuban to enjoy this restaurant.

The food, the ambience, it's like being at your cool uncle's house -- only there's nothing sketchy and no family drama. ;) Haha!

Alfredo is very attentive, and as the owner, it spills over to the whole staff! Very amicable, exceptionally attentive, really.

I am insulin dependent diabetic, and he gave me one of a kind attention to detail. I asked if he could guess how much rice would come with the meal, and in the end he measure my serving exactly in a measuring cup.

Not only did I enjoy crispy-on-the-outside juicy-on-the-inside roast pork, with black beans, rice, and sweet plantains, but courtesy of knowing exactly how much rice I ate, I gave myself insulin for it, with no worries. [ Your ability to estimate glucose may vary ]

Excellent excellent excellent!

I find it hard to rate from a "$" perspective because during the day its great for a quick lunch, but many of my co-workers go there for dates at night!

They play live music as well too! Excellent ambience, hence the name.


  • Visited September 2013
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9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Great place, great food, great atmosphere”
Reviewed September 10, 2013

El Ambia Cubano is one of my favorite restaurants in the Melbourne area. The owner is a dynamic individual with a great story to tell. Ask about the airline pilot jacket hanging on the wall. The food is excellent. I highly recommend the Pollo Asado and the Maduros. The Mojitos are great as well. It is a small restaurant, but with a great staff, the atmosphere is wonderful as well. The pricing is very affordable as well.

  • Visited August 2013
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Thank tkillion
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90 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“Great place”
Reviewed August 19, 2013

Been here a number of times over the last two years. It's one of the few Cuban restaurants in town, but you don't need others with this one around.

The only critique is the size of the seating area. Get there early for lunch, or you'll be waiting.

Visited August 2013
Thank Jeff M
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