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El Oriental de Cuba

$$ - $$$
Jamaica Plain
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416 Centre St, Boston, MA 02130-1876
+1 617-524-6464
08:00 - 22:00
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Sun 08:00 - 20:00
Mon - Thu 08:00 - 21:00
Fri - Sat 08:00 - 22:00
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West Orange, New Jersey
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352 reviews
187 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 127 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 April 2017 via mobile

Off the beaten path away from downtown Boston, we came here for dinner. The restaurant is cute with memorabilia and photos from Cuba including photos of Luis Tiant and El Duque. You know the food is plentiful when my son who skipped lunch for a college tour could not finish his dinner. I had the chicken breast with rice and... More 

1 Thank Norjeff2
Boston, Massachusetts
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28 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 March 2017

I took a friend here for a birthday lunch and it was great! Our meals were delicious and we saw many other items on the menu that we want to try another time. The wait staff was very sweet and helpful in describing the menu items. One more good sign -- there were several customers in there speaking Spanish.

Thank 567travelrn
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22 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 January 2017

A very good restaurant in the heart of Jamaica Plain. The food is delicious and always tastes fresh. I love the cuban sandwich, and chicken noodle soup.

Thank Matthew D
Morris County, New Jersey
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120 reviews
76 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 December 2016

Having worked in Hudson County, NJ for decades and spending a lot of time in South Florida I consider myself somewhat of an expert on Cuban food. El Oriental is a busy place filled with locals who come for an authentic Cuban meal for a fair price. The chicken soup is very good, the "small" bowl is huge and the... More 

Thank papasmurf5069
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92 reviews
71 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 November 2016 via mobile

I'm from the UK and staying in the North End so it's not like I know my way around, I found this place on TripAdvisor and was really in the mood for Oxtail meal, now this isn't an easy meal to make if the meat goes too rough it's ruined.. so I planed my route out, hopped on the T... More 

Thank ThomasOldbury
Boston, Massachusetts
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92 reviews
71 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 November 2016

Food is excellent. Service great & very friendly. Enjoy the meal...everything is good. No booze! Sit close to hear!

Thank susan g
Boston, Massachusetts
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84 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 October 2016

The meal was very good. My wife likes Cuban food and we heard from several people about this place. We went and we were not disappointed.

Thank henry j
Milton, Massachusetts
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18 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 September 2016

I am cuban and love visiting places with the authentic flavor of cuban food, and for a while El Oriental de Cuba, had a great chef, but is like everything if you go to a chinese restaurant, you expect a chinese chef nor an american chef, the flavor change, is not the same, I am honest, I love the owner,... More 

Thank Crar101699
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25 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 September 2016

This is a neighborhood spot that has regular clientele. The Cuban menu features various pork dishes, beans & rice, Cuban sandwiches, and, of course, plantanos. We had breakfast with eggs (fresh and cooked simply) and the coffee was good.

Thank Paula M
Malden, Massachusetts
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14 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 12 August 2016 via mobile

If you want to have a taste of Cuban food you should try this restaurant. Their menu is out of this world!!! I've tried a lot of what's on the menu and I love everything on it.. Best place to eat in Jamaican Plain!! I had the Cuban Sandwich and a shake of Mamey, OMG it's Awesome. . This is... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
USD 5 - USD 20
Caribbean, Latin, Spanish, Cuban
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
08:00 - 20:00
08:00 - 21:00
08:00 - 21:00
08:00 - 21:00
08:00 - 21:00
08:00 - 22:00
08:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 416 Centre St, Boston, MA 02130-1876
  • Location: United States  >  Massachusetts (MA)  >  Boston>  > Jamaica Plain
  • Neighbourhood: Jamaica Plain
  • Phone Number: +1 617-524-6464
Serve a Variety of Traditional Cuban food, with a mix of Latin foods from different countrys

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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

Staying in Jamaica Plain

Neighbourhood Profile
Jamaica Plain
This Boston neighborhood feels like a distinct community unique and separate from the bustle of other areas. Beautiful Victorian homes, restaurants with an emphasis on being eco-friendly and providing local and organic food, and a large Hispanic community. Visit Centre and South streets for restaurants, cafes, and little shops. The Arnold Arboretum is a beautiful, large green space well worth a visit if you venture to JP.
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