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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ML Kupfer
tastemaker

One of my all-time favourite lunches in London. I work in the area so I go here at least once a month because it is THAT good. For six quid (four if you're vegetarian), you get a box with rice, beans, and plantain, and you can get either beef, chicken or pork with it. GET THE PORK. It's so unbelievably tasty and juicy and it's such a filling dish and it tastes like real Latin American food (and I know because I come from Latin America). Get there early as the pork runs out the fastest though and have it with the orange sauce. They also have a sweet happy hour where you can get two cocktails for six pounds or two jugs for twelve between 4 and 7pm and they are super yummy. It gets crowded though, so try to get there fast! 

Jess V
tastemaker

The clue’s in the name: you go to Cubana to get your taste of Cuba without leaving central London. Through their 2-4-1 potent cocktail jugs, delicious tapas-style food and live Cuban music after 10 on the weekends, they’ll transport you there in no time; swapping jet-lag for a hangover and saw feet.


Sipping Mojitos under heaters on their front terrace is a great start to the night, but you haven’t seen anything yet. Cubana comes alive after dark. At around 10pm, the excited waiters start to clear the tables away and call you inside. Now the party begins.


Tables and chairs have been pushed back to reveal a make-shift dance floor, lights have been dimmed, the 3-piece Cuban band tunes up, and the bar man is cocktail-making whilst moving his hips to the music. It’s time to get your salsa game on. 

My recommendation? Don't just come here for a meal. Come on a weekend, make the most of the cocktail offers, line your stomach with a cuban snack or two and hit their sticky dance floor. 


Swap your quiet night out or drum-and-bass rave for a salsa fiesta this Friday. I promise, it won’t disappoint.

Neil H
tastemaker

I'm not 'Havana' laugh when I say this was an unexpected gem, hidden in the environs just behind Waterloo Station. Several of us visited for a pre-Christmas meal - whilst the service and seating weren't the best (likely due to the all the Christmas parties in), the food and drinks were excellent (I had the moreish fresh cod Veracruz - beautifully tangy adorned with olives). They also have a good vegetarian selection and Estrella draft on tap (£4  apint) . Tastemaker Tip - arrive early and indulge in Happy Hour every day between 4 and 7pm - 2 for 1 cocktails.

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.