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Jul 18, 2021 — Rosalinda DeLucia
My sister eats here every year on her yearly trips to Aruba. This was my family’s first time and they did not disappoint. Great food, music and dancing. Thank you Cuba’s Cookin and Collyn
Mar 16, 2020 — Denise Horstman
With a heavy heart, I must cancel our dinner reservations for 3/20 and 3/29. After the pandemic, we will plan another trip to Aruba as soon as we can. :-(
Jul 29, 2019 — Douglass
See you guys at the beginning of September. don’t forget to reserve with time and # in the party!
see you soon,
Jul 29, 2019 — Teresa Dick
We are returning to Aruba in September for our 6th time. We travel every other year to this beautiful island and always have dinner at Cuba’s Cookin’. Sometimes we stop in twice during those trips! Our group is very much looking forward to an amazing dinner so see you soon!
Jun 5, 2019 — Douglass
Hi Kathleen, What a lovely note. Yes longevity and consistency are extremely rare, particularly in the hospitality business. Look forward to seeing you and your daughter soon. Make sure to come over and say high to me.
Jun 4, 2019 — Kathleen Katzenstein
Hi Doug! My name is Kathleen and my husband Steve. We came here 19 years ago when you first opened Cuba’s Cooking. We played a round of golf with you and your wife Cathy. You invited us to your restaurant and we came 3 times during our one week trip. Steve and I still own Sidelines Grille in Atlanta and it’s doing well. Isn’t longevity in your chosen business a great thing? My daughter and I are visiting Aruba this week and I told her we have to come to Cuba’s cooking and here we are! Here’s to your continued success and we wish you nothing but the best.
Oct 3, 2018 — Douglass
Thanks Jenny, we enjoyed the celebration too! It makes us all happy to sharein other’s joy. Best, Douglass
Oct 3, 2018 — jenny charran
Thank you for an amazing dinner and service.
And for making our son Chris feel so special for celebrating his birthday on a Monday evening.
Oct 17, 2017 — Douglass
You are so welcome Tara!
Oct 17, 2017 — Tara
Thank you Douglass!
Oct 4, 2017 — Douglass
You are an extremely lucky woman! I did a search on my computer for you and although quite old…I found what you want. So here you go. Happy cooking and eating and when you come back next year, let me know how your results were.
Marinade (enough for about 15 chicken pieces)
1 bottle white wine (cooking wine so it doesn’t have to be good quality)
1 cup brown sugar
4 cloves garlic (minced)
1 regular store size jar green olives stuffed with pimentos (you dump in the entire jar with the water and all)
1 ½ tsp. black pepper
½ tsp. mustard powder
2 tbs. tamari or soy sauce or if you have neither use some salt.
Mix marinade. Cut up chicken pieces and then add to marinade and let soak for about 6 hours (no more than 10 no less than 4hrs.)
Take chicken pieces out and arrange in a casserole dish –skin side up. Take olives out of marinade and arrange around the chicken pieces. Pour enough marinade on the chicken to cover the pieces by 2/3rds. You don’t want to cover the chicken completely because then it won’t brown. Bake for about 1 hour at 350. Baste every 15 minutes or so with the liquid in the pan. This helps to get the chicken to brown nicely. If at the very end you want the chicken browner – just run under a broiler for a few moments. Be careful because it burns easily because of the sugar.
Oct 4, 2017 — Tara
Hello! I just got back from my first visit to Aruba!! I have been craving the Chicken and Olives!! I cant find it anywhere here!! Would it be possible to get the recipe?! PLEASE!! Ill be visiting again next year, but I cant wait that long!
Sep 23, 2017 — Kimberley loverti
I was was wondering if your chief would share your pollo con aceitunas recipe?? I just got home and I’m trying to find a recipe in English ☹️, it’s not going well!
Obviously I highly recommend it!!
Aug 1, 2017 — Caryn & Bruce Shifrin
We made reservations for 3 persons for tomorrow at 7 pm with Coleen (spelling) -say hi to herbfrom us as we won’t see her at dinner- through Phoenix for our second night and are looking forward to seeing you, Adrianna and others. Our son came in this past weekend and is staying this week. Expecting a great night as usual.
Jul 17, 2017 — Douglass
See you tonight.
Jul 17, 2017 — Caryn & Bruce Shifrin
Made 7pm reservations tonite with Brenda. See you tonite!!
Hi Bruce & Caryn….no rest for the weary….see you tonight.
We just arrived in Aruba the other night from California and after reviving from lack of sleep we are ready to return to Cubas Cookin. Hope to be by tonite.
Apr 24, 2017 — Barry Levine
Nita and I have been to Aruba 5 times since 2000 and have dined at Cubas Cookin every visit…Love the food and music!!…We are looking forward to being there next Friday 6pm for dinner with the Maduro’s who I became friends with after running the Aruba Boulevard 10K five times…Running again this year…
Feb 28, 2017 — Douglass
Unfortunately the Cuban Cabaret Show stopped and returned to Cuba 3 years ago. What we have now is just the best Cuban band we’ve ever had in our 19 year history at Cuba’s Cookin’. Every evening people just get up and start dancing to them….that’s how good they are!
Hope to see you soon,
Feb 26, 2017 — Joanne jordan
Just wondering which nights you have cabaret dinner show as pictured in picture gallery
Dec 5, 2016 — Douglass
Just received your request now. Yes, we will book you for 6:30pm for the entire family of 17 and yes we will have a band playing live for you starting at 7pm sharp. all the best and see you soon.
Dec 5, 2016 — Flora Rosefsky
A family return visit to Aruba would not be the same without enjoyng an evening and delicious dinner with music at Cuba’s Cookin! I wasn’t sure I got the reservations right online, so I want to be sure you got it all ok – with 17 of us coming, to sit indoors, 2 tables are ok for Mon. Jan. 2nd 9 adults at one, and 8 grandkids at the other table – ages from 4 years old up to 20 years old.Mostly teenagers. We will be celebrating my husband’s 80th birthday withour 4 children, spouses, and 8 grandkids! You are at the top of our list of favorite places to get together. Happy Holidays! Feliz Navidad. Want to be sure too, that the singer and music will be there during the earlier dinner time. If not, let me know. Thanks!
A family return visit to Aruba would not be the same without enjoyng an evening and delicious dinner with music at Cuba’s Cookin! I wasn’t sure I got the reservations right online, so I want to be sure you got it all ok – with 17 of us coming, to sit indoors, 2 tables are ok for Mon. Jan. 2nd 9 adults at one, and 8 grandkids at the other table – ages from 4 years old up to 20 years old.Mostly teenagers. We will be celebrating my husband’s 80th birthday withour 4 children, spouses, and 8 grandkids! You are at the top of our list of favorite places to get together. Happy Holidays! Feliz Navidad. Want to be sure too, that the singer and music will be there at 6:30pm or by 7pm.
Aug 22, 2016 — Nagg Pai
Thanks for all you do Douglass!
Jun 13, 2016 — Douglass
Sorry I missed you guys. Hope you still had a wonderful time.
Jun 10, 2016 — Koehnke family
Douglass, we have visited Cubas Cookin every visit to Aruba…we think we are up to 7. You have seen our children since infants… I saw your history pictures from the old location. We have a picture of our daughter Sinclair playing maracas with El Gordo y la Flaca… Real cute! If you wish to see it, we can e-mail. We visit tonight at 7pm. Looking forward to our dinner! Stacey and George Koehnke.
Dec 1, 2015 — Douglass
All being well I should be her on the 7th.
See you soon,
Dec 1, 2015 — Alison Harris Mayas
Hi, Doug, Jean-Marie & I are hoping we’ll get to see you when we’re in Oranjestad on Jan 7th. We’ve already made our dinner reservation and are looking forward to great food, drinks, and conversation.
Warmest regards for best wishes for the holiday season. Alison
Sep 21, 2015 — Douglass
Hi Amber, ….it was my pleasure. Only request would be to make sure you contact me and give me a big hug when you’re at Cuba’s Cookin’ next. Sorry I don’t eat meat or I would join you.
All the best,
Sep 17, 2015 — Amber
Douglass, I cannot even BEGIN to tell you how thankful I am for that recipe. It tasted exactly as we remembered it. I’ve always been amazed at how the taste of a certain dish can evoke the memories of a particular time in our lives. I’ll be making it again on Sunday, when the rest of my family comes over for dinner, and although my mom can’t be with us, we’ll always have those memories. You have my deepest gratitude, and we look forward to being there again!
Sep 15, 2015 — Douglass
I spoke to my chef and here’s a go at it;
Lechon Creollo Asado.
For 10 +/- lbs pork: 10 garlic fingers, 1 cup orange juice, 1/2 cup lemon juice, salt & black pepper to taste & 1 teaspoon of cumin.
Marinate for 6 hours. Place in oven for 275 degrees for 2 hours and then raise temperature to 350 for final 1 1/2 hours more or less depending on size of pork.
After take the juice in the pan and make a gravy with it by putting it in a blender first.
That’s it good luck and let me know how it goes.
Sep 14, 2015 — Amber
My family tries to visit Aruba at least once a year, and Cuba’s Cookin’ became a family tradition during year #1. There’s nothing like being with your family and enjoying wonderful conversation and wonderful food in a wonderful atmosphere. Those are things that I will never again take for granted, after losing my mother to cancer earlier this year. She loved Cuba’s Cookin’, and we have many wonderful memories there! The lechon carrillo asado is unbelievable! While I’d completely understand if you can’t share the recipe, maybe you’d be so kind as to share the key ingredients, so that I might have a fighting chance! I would love to be able to make a dish that’s close enough, for the times that we can’t experience the original. Thank you.
Jul 23, 2015 — Douglass
We have a whole new menu indicating gluten free and vegan. many yummy things for you to eat for sure.
Jul 20, 2015 — Nadine Vantine-Kelley
We will be in Aruba this Friday. We’ve been coming to Cuba’s Cookin since 2007. Our daughter has celiac disease, gluten free allergy. Will you be able to help her? Your restaurant is her favorite on the island, but she’s recently found out she can’t eat anything with gluten. Can’t wait to see you all!
Jul 9, 2015 — Caryn & Bruce Shifrin
We start our journey back to Aruba in 24 hours. 3 hr drive to Lax, then air. Arrive Sat midday. Looking forward to being back (this time for three weeks). The best meals and entertainment is always at Cuba’s Cookin’. Been traveling to the island nearly 30 years.
Feb 10, 2015 — Sorush Batmangelich
We dined at your restaurant on January 31, 2015 during our visit to Aruba.
The service and cuisine was superb.
It also coincided with my wife’s birthday and the courtesy extended was nice.
Also had a chance to talk with the owner, Douglass Markus who was very gracious and welcoming.
Sorush Batmangelich & Marilyn Weisberg
Jan 16, 2015 — art
enjoyed drinks and lunch everyday and Denise was outstanding
Jan 13, 2015 — Jacqueline Bielicki
I had the best picadillo at the end of December, 2014. I have to find a recipe to at least copy it. My husband had grouper, my daughter had grilled garlic shrimp and my son in law had ribs. It was one of our best meals in the 2 weeks we were there. Would highly recommend. The black beans and rice were also great.
Dec 24, 2014 — Douglass
Hi Ilene….We’ll be here.
Dec 23, 2014 — Ilene Trachtenberg
We’ll be coming to Aruba early Jan. Hope to see you then.
May 18, 2014 — Caryn and Bruce Shifrin
Hope you and all the folks at Cuba’s Cookin’ are doing well. We will be back in Aruba the mid two weeks in July and plan to be at your place at least a couple of time. My accident last year prevented us from back for dinner the second week. All is well for us and we look forward to this July. Anything new we need to look out for?? Saw the new items on the menu posted as well as the expanded music and dance fri and sat night. Muy Bueno.
Caryn and Bruce
May 9, 2014 — Debra Macaluso
Been going to Aruba for 8 years and just found Cuba’s cooking June of 2013! headed back in Sept. 2014 and can’t wait to go back. The food is excellent as is the service and the staff!
Mar 18, 2014 — Curt
8 vacations to Aruba and 10 trips to Cuba’s Cookin… Always a good time, friendly staff and excellent food. Looking forward to next visit!
Feb 20, 2014 — Alison Harris Mayas
Hi, Doug –
Very, very long time since Jean-Marie and I have seen or talked to you. Hope all is well with you and yours. Our very good friends (the Spencers) will be in Aruba next week, and I’m recommending Cuba’s Cookin’ and that they meet you if you’ll be on island.
Warmest regards, Alison
Feb 12, 2014 — Brian and Trinity Smith
My wife and I saw an ad in the Nighttimes magazine
and had lunch last saturday. We enjoyed everything
about our experience: the food, service, decor and
music was sublime. One of our favorite moments from
our visit to Aruba. Hopefully someday we can take our
son to Cuba!
Nov 6, 2013 — Dave and Carole Stephenson
In the 8 years we’ve been visiting Aruba we have never missed a visit to Cuba Cooking. The music is great, the mojitos the best and the atmosphere warm and inviting. Doug, keep up the great work and we love the new location. Its much easier to find you now after a few rum drinks.
Regards and see you December 17th.
Dave and Carole
Jun 16, 2013 — Lisa Heinz
I ate there recently while on the ATEX 2013 trip put on by the Aruba Tourism Authority, this was AWESOME Cuban food. I would like the recipe for the Habenaro hot sauce we had with our chips, please share!! :)
May 20, 2013 — Bruce Shifrin
Good to hear back from you. Hopefully folks will take the trolley to ease up on the traffic that has built up over the past years. Hopefully the work is not disrupting downtown business too much. Way to much focus has been on building up the businesses in the Hi RIse area over the downtown. Maybe the Trolley will revitalize downtown.
We are really looking to be back in Aruba.
Is the group Son Cubana made up of Ramon and Sky? and have you heard from “La Flacka”.
May 13, 2013 — Douglass
Hi Bruce & Caryn,
How are you both? There is really not a whole lot to report especially in the restaurant department- and for that matter in any other department. Everything is pretty status quo in terms of any growth here. We’ll see you in July when you’ll have a chance to see for yourself discounting all of downtown being torn up for the new trolly car.
May 12, 2013 — Bruce Shifrin
Hope you, your family and the staff at Cuba’s Cookin are all doing well. Caryn and I will be returning to Aruba in mid July for to weeks and look forward to coming back to Cuba’s Cookin for the best food and entertainment on the island. We missed coming last year. I retired and we moved to our new home in La Quinta California (near Palm Springs). Having a great time and looking to Aruba to cool off (last year the high temp was 120 degrees F in July/August).
Since you are the expert in Aruba, with your tourist publications, can you make any recommendations regarding anything new over the past two years.
Thanks and best to all of you
Caryn and Bruce Shifrin
May 6, 2013 — Susan
My husband and I were at your restaurant on Saturday night (May 4, 2013) and we absolutely loved it!
We liked the live music and loved the food! My husband Doug had the garlic shrimp and a fantastic salad. I had the stuffed pork which was out of this world! I hope we get to come back to Aruba soon ( We are from NY) and when we do, we will surely be back to Cuba’s Cookin!
Feb 27, 2013 — Douglass
The woman’s photos are all pretty much in the new joint. Going across the street is now going upstairs. Only ice we got is in the mojitos! See you soon.
Feb 27, 2013 — Jane
Hi Doug, Congrats on your new place. Looks fabulous but where are the pictures of the naked women? I’ll miss going outside across the street to use the ladies room! Thanks for introducing me to Mojitos. I’m coming down to see you as soon as I can. My feet are frozen into the snow and ice here in Maine!
Jan 22, 2013 — Sam Gore
We come to Aruba every year and have NEVER been withour a trip to Cubas Cookin. Whether it be a family trip or just my wife and I, we always go! Great food, music and memories!
Dec 28, 2012 — Bob Forte
Have been to your restaurant every time we’re in Aruba! I tell all my friends to go there!
Dec 18, 2012 — Mark
My favorite meal in the world is Cuba’s Cookin Stuffed Pork. Is there anyway you could possibly send me the recipe?! PLEASE!
Oct 25, 2012 — Sunanda
Visiting Aruba is always a pleasure and some of my best memories are dining at Cuba’s Cookin’!! Great food, great ambiance, great music and lots of FUN…
Thank you Cuba’s Cookin’
Jun 13, 2012 — FRANK COHEN
It’s been four l-o-n-g years since our last visit to Aruba…and boy, did we miss CUBA’S COOKING. We will be back for a week as of October 3rd and we are planning at least one night with you.
We cant get to Cuba but this is a close second!
See you soon!
Frank and Sandy Cohen
Apr 11, 2012 — Bryan
See you in just three short weeks. Looking for the dance … again.
Feb 7, 2012 — Dara
Just wanted you to know that we really enjoyed our dinner at your restaurant last week. The new location is beautiful, although I do miss the writing on the walls :-) We wrote you a great review on TripAdvisor. I’m already looking forward to my trip back next year.
Dec 2, 2011 — Bernie
Atmosphere is great – service was terrific and the food was absolutely divine – I want another serving of their stuffed roast pork. I could not even find a comparable recipe on the internet to make it at home – so sad! Can’t wait to get back there. It is a “go to” must.
Nov 28, 2011 — Patty
Cannot visit Aruba without a visit to Cuba’s Cookin. Looking forward to seeing you in Dec. in your new location. Bringing new people to find out what a wonderful restaurant you have. Although we really miss Jessie.
Nov 26, 2011 — Jean from Lake Ariel
Can’t wait to see you in your new location! Best cuban food ever!!!
Nov 9, 2011 — Fernando Pinell
Best Chicken soup EVER!!!!! The only thing I miss from Aruba!!!!!
Oct 28, 2011 — Corey/ Delta Airlines
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Thank you for your assistance and best wishes,
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Aug 9, 2011 — Sam
What a fantastic place- we’ve been to Cuba twice and this place is just as good!Great food, even better entertainment- hello to Jessy and Ramon, see you next August.
Andrew, Lisa and India from England
Aug 9, 2011 — Dominic
My wife & I went to Aruba for our honeymoon last monthand ate at your restaurant 3 nights in a row – we loved it so much. The food was amazing and the service excellent. Thank you so much for making our honeymoon extra special.
Aug 3, 2011 — Margaret McCloskey
My husband and I travel to Aruba (with our 2yr. old son) at least twice a yr, and we ALWAYS make it a point to eat at Cubas Cookin. The food is AMAZING-the service is friendly and the atmosphere is super comfortable- our son gets to sing, dance and play instruments with the band, while mommy and daddy enjoy delicious mojitos :)
Jul 20, 2011 — Crystal Panag
My husband & I were just in Aruba for our honeymoon and Cuba’s Cookin was on our “must eat at” list. We ate there on our 3rd night and it was one of the best meals we had! Great environment! We hope to come again!
Jul 19, 2011 — Stephen Troy
Can’t wait to get back to one of the most delightful restaurants on the Island. One of the best. Good luck Douglass on your move. See you in August.
Jun 22, 2011 — Bruce Shifrin
Looking forward to coming back to Aruba a Cuba’s Cookin’ – the best experience on the island. We come back every two years for a few weeks (and multiple visits to Cuba’s Cookin’).
Jun 11, 2011 — Jerry York
just spend first week in June in Aruba…Midnighter still the TOPS!!…Douglass, I anticipate your move will be a grand success, and you will keep things awesome, as always…looking forward to next visit, and your new digs……Jerry
Mar 16, 2011 — David and Jen Logsdon
One of the best meals we’ve ever had, regardless of city or country! Absolutely lovely!!!
Jan 14, 2011 — Rob Friedman
We return to Aruba for the 22nd year, and since it’s been open, we haven’t missed at least one night in Douglass’s fantastic dining spot. Best Mojitos in the Western Hemisphere and m-m-m the menu!
Oct 4, 2010 — Bryan
Nothing says “Thanksgiving” more than a hand-muddled mojito. See you then.
Aug 22, 2010 — George Rivero
Being from Dallas, my wife and I experience great food and service on a daily basis. We ate @ Cuba’s twice while in Aruba because the food, atmosphere and service were so good. Five star restaurant. The chicken and olives entree was unbelievable. Any possibility of e-mailing me the recipe? I’m willing to pay for the recipe!
Jul 8, 2010 — Bill
We were at Cuba’s in July of 2007, and it was one of the most fun meals of any island trip that we have been on. And the food was great!
Apr 30, 2010 — Michael & Maureen Price
Will be arriving May 5th. Be visiting with our friends Ben & Gilda from N.Y. All can’t wait for awesome food, dancing, and the MOJITO’S!!!!!!!
Michael & Maureen
Feb 20, 2010 — Gilberto Rivera
Stay in Aruba for a week and I ate at your place three days out of the week I was…I will be traveling the week of May6,2010 hopefully I been eatting there…..Gilberto
Feb 17, 2010 — Amber Pursley
We came to your restaraunt in 2007 while on our honeymooon. We loved it so much we ate there twice while we were there. We just booked a cruise and one of our stops is Aruba in March 2011 and my husband and I already said we are for sure having dinner at your place while we are there!! Love the atmosphere, food, and entertainment. Cant wait to see you in 2011!!!
Feb 2, 2010 — Jen Pasquarello
My sister and I visited you reasturant 4/6 nights while we wrer in Aruba. It was so so yummy. I have been trying different “chicken and olive” recipes that I have found on the web- NONE have compared. You gave me a devilish smile when I asked for the recipe my last night there, was that maybe a yes??? Role it around and email me back- I will be excitedly waiting for your response !!! Thanks again for multiple amazing dinning experiences. Dawn and Jen
Jan 31, 2010 — Melissa Matthews
1/20/2010 was our seventh time at Cuba’s Cookin’ and as usual it was absolutely delicious! We look forward to this meal all year long. It is by far the most authentic Cuban restaurant I’ve ever been to. I particularly love the spiced pork bites and would be eternally grateful for the recipe!!!
Nov 7, 2009 — Paula
Douglas, Colly, Rhina, Yanina y toda la gente querida de Cuba s Cookin…los extraño muchisimo ! Creo que el año proximo Jesus, las niñas y yo nos instalaremos definitivamente en Aruba. Quiero verlos! Mandenme sus e mails asi nos comunicamos .Cuba s cooking is the best restaurant Ever!!! Music, enertainment…. it has it all Love from Argentina!!!!!! PAULA
Nov 1, 2009 — Bryan
I’m back. See you for Thanksgiving dinner.
Sep 12, 2009 — Jerry York
On Sept 08, 2009, my wife Sandy and I found ourselves once again soaking up the experience that is Cuba’s Cookin’…the historic building, the individual rooms that provide a virtual color-slide of technicolor images that leaves me, at least, awestruck…the food, the art, the over-all feeling of being in another time and place…I mean, for god’s sake, this place would be a hit IN Cuba..thanks again, wishing I was still there, but looking forward as always……PS, the Midnighter is still the best sandwich in the world….Jerry
Apr 3, 2009 — Tamara
A month ago I was at Aruba and I had a wonderfull diner in your restaurant.
There were some great paintings on the wall!
Is it possible to buy one of them?
Hope to hear from you soon.
Greetings from Tamara (the Netherlands)
Feb 22, 2009 — Bryan
See you in 69 days.
Jan 17, 2009 — Abraham Del Villar
Hi Gianny, this is not the best way to send you a message, But I need to talk with you. Please let me know if it is posible.
Dec 1, 2008 — Dave Walsh
Great new menu…food better than ever if that’s possible. We were in Aruba for a week and went to Cuba’s Cookin 5 out of 7 nights. That good! Best entertainment on the island, made our nights complete. Great value. We can’t wait to come back… Thank’s Jessie.
Oct 21, 2008 — Dave Billet
There is no other place in Aruba but Cuba’s Cookin’ where you can get the real deal Mojito. Everywhere else is a joke. Also best live Cuban music…love you Jessy & the wait staff are the best. You all made our vacation super!!!
Oct 4, 2008 — Donald York
Oct 01, 2008 I got my bi-yearly fix of the Midnighter sandwich….this is by far, the best sandwich in the world!….great, great place to eat, and enjoy life…outstanding service, and according to my wife (who knows these things), the cleanest restaurant she has ever seen! Now, you would have to know her to appreciate this comment..I simply love it for just being there..not just the food, it’s the entire experience… never change.
Jun 3, 2008 — Carol Bedford
We had a wonderful time in May at your restaurant and can’t wait to come back to Aruba. Jessie was terrific – dancing around even with her broken ankle. I have a great picture to send you – please let me know what email address to send it to.
Jun 1, 2008 — Holly Branthoover
It was our first trip to Aruba. We loved Cubas Cookin and will definitely return when we come back to Aruba. The Ropa Vieja was excellent. We recommend it! Great place.
Mar 12, 2008 — Carlyle Edwards
Just returned from Aruba. Visiting Cuba’s Cookin’ restaurant was the highlight of our visit. We enjoyed some of the best dancing ever, dancing to the best latin group on the island.
The service was outstanding and the food was excellent. Would recommend Cuba’s Cookin’ as the “IN” place to be when visiting Aruba.
Just like us, we witnessed several guests returning for repeat visits to the restaurant. It was that good.
Don’t miss Cuba’s Cookin’ while in Aruba.
Dec 31, 2007 — Nicholas
We are staying at the Marriott Surf Club. I dream about your resturant all year. I cant wait to get there and eat chicken with olives. It is the best dish in the world. See ya soon. Save me a mojito…
Dec 3, 2007 — Jona
Love love love this place! every year when I return to the island, this is the place to be! see you next year!
Aug 29, 2007 — Andrew Lodge
What a fantastic place- we’ve been to Cuba twice and this place is just as good!Great food, even better entertainment – hello to Jessy and Ramon, see you next August.
Jul 7, 2007 — El Chino
great times… love the music, good hospitality… see you in two months…
Apr 21, 2007 — Jenny & Brian
A great nite of Food, Drinks & Entertainment. Can’t wait till we come back next April. Love all ya Guys.
Mar 25, 2007 — Lou & Cheryl
Have been numerous times & it’s a better evening of food, drinks & entertainment every time. Can wait till we go back the first two weeks of April. We love ya Selena!!!
Feb 25, 2007 — joe and ellen
Just as all the other reviews state, this is the most fun restaraunt in Aruba including wonderful food drinks and the best entertainment on the island!! We love it and come back as often as possible.
Jan 2, 2007 — Miho & Eiichi
We loved this restaurant. The food was very fresh and tastey! The art was fabulous! We visited twice while we were in Aruba this past December. Planning another trip to Aruba this year (’07) and will definitely go back.
Dec 23, 2006 — Janice Fuller
We visted your resturant last year and again this year! It was one of the friendliest places we’ve been to. The food was great and the entertainment was wonderful. Everyone seemed to remember us from the year before! I loved the girls Cuban attire. See you again next year.
Nov 8, 2006 — Deb P.
Cuba’s Cooking is a must! Best food, mango mojitos, beautiful artwork, fun, friendliest staff on the island and great entertainment (best singer around hand’s down – Yessy, mi dushi!).
Pleasure to come back to after 3 yrs and hope to visit again asap!
Aug 29, 2006 — Kimberly S.
I wanted you to know that we had a FABULOUS Time at your restaurant. Your singer is just wonderful. Our kids were entertained and the food was great.
Thanks again for such a great time and we will see you next year!!
Aug 29, 2006 — randi r.
I know that it’s been a long time since Lindsay and myself were there on June 23rd for our rehersal dinner, but honeymoon, moving etc has stretched this out, but we just wanted to say THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I can’t tell you how many compliments we got from our guests about the quality of entertainment, service and ESPECIALLY the food. Oh my God was that good stuff. I can’t wait to come back next year. You have made it onto the list of recurring places to go when visiting Aruba. :-) On our honeymoon in Vegas, we met a bachelorette party and told the bride to be about it and sent them all of your info. Anyway, thanks again and good luck with everything.
Chris and Lindsay
Aug 10, 2006 — Randi Bunter
After six years of visiting Aruba we finally found Cuba’s Cookin’ What a wonderful, fun, delicious experience. Thanks for a memerable Aruban night – great food, fun music, & eye fulls of wonderful art.
Jul 24, 2006 — dave melon
Over the top music service, food & ambience. Thanks.
Jul 24, 2006 — Samantha
Loved this place!
Feb 3, 2006 — Amanda Hawkinson
Talk about delicious food! Everything we ordered was great. Great people, great food and great music. Went there for Valentines Day dinner. My husband thoroughly enjoyed the lady singer. The art work on the wall is fabulous. So bright and colorful. We can’t wait to come back to Aruba with our friends. Thank you so much for making our vacation extra special.
Jan 25, 2006 — Joe Vespucci
What can I say? Another trip back to Aruba and yet another highlight dinner at CUBA’S COOKIN’! Best food and value on the island! Thanks for making dining so special!
Jan 18, 2006 — Marc McGovern
We just got home after our second wonderful trip to Aruba. And, while on vacation, we made our second trip to Cuba’s Cookin’! I absolutly love this place. The food, atmosphere and music are all amazing! This time we were lucky enough to get a table right by the music. Jessi (spelling), the singer, is so much fun. She made members of our group get up and dance and sing with her. It was such a great time.
I am getting married in Aruba in January 2007. So we will definately be making another trip back to Cuba’s Cookin’. Just curious, does Jessi and the other musicians play for weddings?? If so, I would be very interested..
See you next year!
Jan 12, 2006 — Fodors
Locals (restaurateurs among them) agree that the food here is “authentic ethnic.” When you enter this old cunucu, head straight for the bar to order a mojito, a tasty mixture of light rum, sugar, mint, and soda. Afterward you can unwind in the art-filled dining room before digging into a truly Cuban dish such as ropa vieja, which, translated literally, means “old clothes.” It’s actually a sautéed skirt steak done to perfection. There’s live music nightly at this restaurant, which participates in AGA’s dine-around program.
Jan 5, 2006 — Rick Zelna
Reviewed By kboyk2, posted on Friday, 15 July 2005
Good food, very nice people and great entertainment. Very reasonable prices.
Food was so good, we went twice for dinner
A must visit while in Aruba!
Dec 27, 2005 — Charles Croes
Cubas Cookin is a great place to go especially if you are looking for something different. Waiters will tend to laugh alot and joke with you. The duo might stand up and walk over to your table. Everything is just a bit different.
The owner of Cubas Cookin is Mr. Douglas Markus. He is the Editor for Aruba NIghts and he and his ex-wife have a great looking little kid that plays with mine alot. Douglas is a good guy and makes his place happen.
I recommend it for the food, especially the “Ropa Vieja” and for the Ambiance.
Good place to go
Dec 27, 2005 — Brian Bridzilla
Real fun place…food is good..casual stuff-we have been for lunch and dinner…@ nite it is alot of fun…with “music”…try it you’ll like it….we sure did
Nov 2, 2005 — Judi Hern
We visted your resturant last year and again this year! It was one of the friendliest places we’ve been to. The food was great and the entertainment was wonderful. La Flaca seemed to remember us from the year before! I loved the girls Cuban attire. See you again next year.
Jul 26, 2005 — Clare
I was at your restaurant a couple years ago.. and I still recount my story, of standing outside wondering if we should go in.Having the BEST chiken soup, ever… and salsa/hot sauce… We came back the next day for the salsa/hot sauce. I would ration it out sparingly, until a roommate threw it OUT!! I want more.. I love the stuff.. How do I get more!!! Thank you!!
Jun 15, 2005 — Justin & Kate
Apr 4, 2005 — Brian E.
It’s one of the best places we ate. We went there for lunch. They close for lunch at 2:30p and reopen for dinner, it;s downtown. Awesome place, great pictures on the wall and great food! Be sure to get the mojito drink! Very refreshing! The food and service was one of the best we had while in Aruba! We had plantains, yucca and cuban sandwiches, YUM,YUM! They have entertainment at night, we missed that ubfortunately! It’s right across from the polis station, a few blocks from the Renissance Hotel.
Mar 29, 2005 — Eric Gemelli
I wanted to drop you a short note of appreciation for an excellent dinner. The friend that dined with me has been to over a dozen Cuban restaurants, mostly in Miami, and said your food was the best he’d ever had. I thoroughly enjoyed the meal as well. The music was excellent and the service was friendly. You can count on getting a hearty recommendation.
I recommended Cubascooking to several people and told them to tell you the writer sent them. I hope they followed through.
Thank you again for a pleasant evening,
Mar 21, 2005 — Jan Schwenke
Hello, This morning, we made an impulsive plan to return to Aruba for a visit in early July. As we talked about the things that we were looking forward to doing again on this trip, eating at Cuba’s Cookin’ popped out of our mouths at the same time. I am so happy to find that you are “still there” and am looking forward to enjoying dining in your wonderful restaurant again. Just thought that you’ll like to know that Cuba’s Cookin’ was one of the things at the top of our list of reasons to return to Aruba! Best regards, Jan
Feb 13, 2005 — Christine
Thanks for the inspiration. The music, the culture and the food wonderful. Havin a ‘Buena Vista’ valentine’s meal this year – if only we lived a little closer…
Jan 4, 2005 — Steve
Looking forward to Cuba Cookin this year.
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