Cubana

Restaurants , Cuban Waterloo
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Cubana
Venue name: Cubana
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Address: 48 Lower Marsh
London
SE1 7RG
Price: £25 and under
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Average User Rating

4 / 5

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  • 3 star:2
  • 2 star:1
  • 1 star:0
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Bonnie W
Tastemaker

Cubana offers a huge drink menu but as mojitos are my favourite drink and they’re native to Cuba, I had to try a few of them. They did not disappoint. And with happy hour every day from 4-7pm with two for one on certain drinks, including their classic mojito, you can’t go wrong. Especially when they only cost £6.50 at full price.The atmosphere is relaxed and the decor is very colourful. The menu mainly focuses on meat dishes, but there were a few vegetarian dishes, including plantains, tortilla and falafel done Cuban style. We sat outside and the service was slow and scattered but as we weren’t in a rush it wasn’t too bad. The focus here is mainly on the great cocktails but it was nice to also try the Cuban food as it doesn’t seem readily available in London.

Rose L

One of the best happy hours in town.. £12 for 2 sangria jugs. Tasty food reasonably priced. Fun atmosphere and handy location right bun waterloo - great if you're looking for something a bit different

MooseInLondon
Tastemaker

Had a wait for about 10 minutes for a table, but the bar wa slight so no issues ordering a beer (we were there well past happy hour). They seem to have a strict 90 minute table policy, which was making me nervous when the waitress kept passing us by. Eventually (it probably wasn't that long, but I was hangry), I ordered the avocado salad and slow cooked pork for my meal. I was surprised how much avo I got in my salad (I know the clue is in the title, but guys this is London) and how filling it was! The pork was undeniably delicious, and paired beautifully with the beans, rice and plantains that came with it. In fact, I encourage you to mix them all into one thing and eat-- fabulous. This may sicken some but I guarantee it tastes better combined than on its own.  

Leah P
tastemaker

Arrived at 7pm and the place was packed out which meant a long queue at the bar. We had a reservation at 8.15pm so we ended up going for a drink elsewhere to begin with as waiting at the bar for 30minutes wasn't fun. This might be due to the 2for1 of cocktails which ended at 7pm. The food & margaritas were average, staff were friendly & service good. Not sure I would go again unless friends really wanted to go or taking advantage of the happy hour deals.

Adrian H
Tastemaker

Having walked past Cubana a few times on our way to the Imperial War Museum, often hearing the Cuban music as we passed, we finally decided to embrace the salsa vibe and try out the food and cocktails. 


Featuring live music, 2-4-1 cocktails until 7pm, and a pre-theatre menu, Cubana offers something for everyone who wants to try the cuisine and drinks from Cuba.


The staff we very welcoming and friendly and we were seated and served quickly. There was a slight delay on the drinks as the bar area was very busy, but this just made the two jugs of frozen lime daiquiris(£18) more enjoyable when they arrived.


The food portions weren't the biggest, but this meant there was no wasteful leftovers and we were clearly fed enough as we declined the 3 course option and decided not to have pudding. 


Well worth a visit if you are in the area and fancy a drink. Also good for pre-theatre food and general relaxation.

Sheens86
Tastemaker

I had heard good things from friends a while ago about how authentic the food was here but I found it rather disappointing. We chose from the pre-theatre menu and had the Croquetas de boniato y chorizo, Tortilla Cubana and Picadillo. The tortilla was bland and the Picadillo was not very aesthetically pleasing, slapped onto the plate in a most unappetising way. Also, I’m not entirely convinced that I was served plantain and that it wasn’t just a regular cooked banana!

Despite the food, Cubana does have good drinking atmosphere and the cocktails were alright so would probably go back for a drink during Happy Hour.

Louisa

Great food. I love any kind of latin food anyway but this place also had a great atmosphere and lovely staff - even early in the evening when we got there ahead of schedule at 6. We took advantage of the £9 two course pre theatre menu and portions weren't huge but the food was really tasty (great plantain). The happy hour is 7 days a week until 7pm and we tried the two margharitas for £6, and the mojitos for the same price - both were lovely. So close to Waterloo that it was just a couple of minutes to our train down south.