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El Oriental de Cuba

Restaurants, Cuban Jamaica Plain
5 out of 5 stars
El Oriental de Cuba
Photograph: Courtesy El Oriental de Cuba El Oriental de Cuba

This is your best bet for delicious Cuban in Boston. For over 20 years, the cheerily appointed Jamaica Plain restaurant has been the go-to spot for pork tamales, perfectly dressed Cubano sandwiches and massive plates of shredded beef piled alongside rice, beans and fried plantains (ripe or green). Even if you just pop in for a tres leches cake and a fruit batido (shake), you’ll leave happy—everything on the menu is that good. Don’t forget to visit the premise for breakfast and order a Cuban espresso and a classic Cuban toast. The venue’s only flaw? The restaurant is no longer an under-the-radar gem—be prepared to wait for a table. 


Venue name: El Oriental de Cuba
Address: 416 Centre St
Cross street: at Paul Gore St
Opening hours: Mon-Thu 8am-9pm; Fri, Sat 8am-10pm; Sun 8am-8pm
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