Cuba de Ayer Restaurant

15446 Old Columbia Pike , Burtonsville, Maryland 20866


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Bienvenidos a nuestra casa! Welcome to our home. Enjoy the tropical and exotic culinary tastes and ambience of Cuba without the expense of flying to Cuba! Our specialty is authentic home-style Cuban cuisine where our customers feel as though they are eating genuine home-cooked meals prepared in Grandma's kitchen. For lunch, start your tropical meal with one of our famous Mojitos, then have an appetizer such as a sample platter of roasted pork, croquettes and fried yucca, and finish with a Cuban grilled sandwich or a filling and tasting Spinach Avocado Salad. For dinner, start with one of our appetizers such as Camarones al Ajillo or Tostones Rellenos (stuffed, fried plantains filled with ground or shredded beef) followed by a main entree such as internationally renowned Ropa Vieja, Boliche, Masitas de Puerco or Lechon Asado. Finish your meal with a delicious cup of authentic Cuban coffee and a slice of tres-leches cake. Just heavenly! After work hours or on weekends enjoy our wide selection of tropical drinks at our newly renovated and expanded bar, whether with friends or family or just by yourself: At Cuba de Ayer, strangers are simply friends we've yet to meet.

Business Hours

  • Closed on Mondays
  • Tuesday - Thursday, Sunday: 11:30 AM - 9:00 PM
  • Friday - Saturday: 11:30 AM - 10:00 PM

Editorial Reviews

Cha cha cha your way to Cuba de Ayer Dining Review
Brian Patterson, | November 1, 2011

You don't just happen upon Cuba de Ayer Restaurant by wandering aimlessly around Burtonsville. It is so tucked away from Route 198 that you have to know exactly where to look. That the restaurant is packed with couples and families on a Sunday night is testament to the popularity generated by word of mouth, and by the croquetas de jamon. Once seated, just go right ahead and order a potent mint-flecked mojito ...

Editorial Review: Cuba de Ayer
Tom Sietsema, The Washington Post | October 18, 2009

"A good breaded steak isn't mushy; it's crisp," my Cuban-born friend says as he slices into a version of the entree that prompts a smile of recognition. The bouncy music and colorful paintings in the small dining room bring the island nation a little closer to Washington, but it's the cooking, from the recipe files of Mayra Lopez, that keeps bringing me back to the restaurant

Tasty, Home-stye Cuban Fare
By Richard Gorelick, The Baltimore Sun | November 5, 2009

Cuba de Ayer is the wonderful creation of Jessica Rodriguez, who thought so highly of his mother-in-law's home-style Cuban cooking that she decided to open a restaurant. Her mother-in-law, Mayra Lopez, from Camaguey in Cuba, was, I assume, first flattered and later surprised when this actually happened.

Cuba de Ayer: A Family-run Spot for Wonderfully Homey Cuban Fare
Todd Kliman, Ann Limpert, Cynthia Hacinli. Washingtonian | June 1, 2006

Cuban food is simple and soulful-the antithesis of most restaurant cooking. The places that do it best don't try to pretty up their plates or embroider them with detail to try to woo an upscale audience.



  • Attire: Casual
  • Parking: Private Parking Lot
  • Average Price ( Per Person ): Under $20
  • Family Restaurant: Yes
  • Alcoholic Beverages: Full Bar, Specialty: Rum, Mojitos
  • Carry Out: Yes
  • Outside Seating: No
  • Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
  • Has TV: No
  • Takes Reservations: Yes
  • Cuisine: Cuban, Caribbean, Bar
  • Credit Cards: Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express

Restaurant ID: 105

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