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“Loud, rude hosts and bland food.”
Review of Mambo Tea House

Mambo Tea House
Ranked #5 of 61 Restaurants in Rutherford
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $0 - $37
Cuisines: Cuban
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Dining options: Late Night, Delivery, Reservations
Description: At Mambo Tea House, we offer authentic Cuban cuisine and Asian teas in a beautiful and cozy setting. The merge of two cultures is a direct reflection of the co-owners. The husband and wife team are from the Caribbean and Hong Kong, respectively. Come in for some delicious cuisine and friendly service! We are a BYOB!
New Jersey
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31 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Loud, rude hosts and bland food.”
Reviewed October 18, 2012 via mobile

My family and I have tried the mambo tea house several times and each time we have had a horrible experience with the hosts or wait staff. The food is not really Cuban and completely bland. I have to say the only food I've had there that was good was a Cuban sandwich and even that isn't always great. The host always has an issue with reservations. To be honest this restaurant is not at to par when it come to its customer service. The customer is always right especially when the restaurant is absolutely empty and your asked if your party of two has a reservation.

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English first
Wood RIdge, NJ
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96 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
“Excelente!”
Reviewed September 29, 2012

Great ambiance, and food. The service is inconsistant. We have had great service and poor service. BYOB. They will make sangria out of your wine. Excellent traditional Cuban food. The chorizo appetizer is excellent. We have been working our way through the menu. It is all great. The best is the Ropa Vieja (shreaded beef).

  • Visited August 2012
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Rutherford, New Jersey
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31 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Pre-fixe way to go”
Reviewed September 14, 2012

I was there twice - once with a very large group where we ordered fro the pre-fixe menu, which is a great value. They ran out of rice and gave me a generous portion of delicious fried plaintains instead. The next time I went with my daughter with a groupon coupon and by the time I was finished, the cost was not worth what we had. Food is tasty and served in little aluminum pots.

Visited November 2011
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Thank Ann Marie G
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NJ
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Nice change from typical food”
Reviewed September 4, 2012

We've been here a few times and really like it. The appetizers are great (empanadas are awesome) and the paella is good too. They have seating outside too which is nice. It is BYOB and they have sangria mix prepared if you bring wine.

  • Visited June 2012
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Rutherford, New Jersey
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54 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“not great”
Reviewed August 20, 2012

The food was dry and flavorless. The service was terrible. Went once and never went back...........................

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