Cuban Pete’s

The walls and the facade resemble that of cliche restaurant in old Cuba. Its appearance is so well done that it is with out a doubt the most recognizable spot on Bloomfield avenue. Just as awesome as the exterior is the interior with walls that are painted with murals and waiters buzzing everywhere with panama hats and off white button down shirts that are just a little to big for them. Besides the atmosphere, what makes Cuban Petes unique is its sangria. They have eight different flavors from Habana Banana to Limonada Espoñola. The only thing is if you would like to have it alcoholic you must bring your own wine or spirits, however it tastes great either way. I first tried it by accident when a mis-communication with a waiter ended in him dumping our entire bottle of wine into a pitcher of “Tony Ortiz’s Passhion”. None of us really wanted sangria as we were all accustomed to the Jug Colli Rossi you get for $10 at Wine Country, but luckily we decided to try it anyway and it was excellent. The food is also amazing, I recommend trying at least three different tapas if you are there with two or more people. My favorites are the Chicharon De Pollo which are incredible little chicken lollipops with cilantro mojo and the hazelnut stuffed goat cheese with honey vinegrette. For the entrees any dish of skirt steak, paella, or pork will have you hooked enough to come keep coming back. The only bad thing about Cuban Petes is that you are always waiting. There are sometimes long waits to be seated, it does take for ever to get your food, and the staff isn’t as attentive to you as most other restaurants. Besides that Cuban Pete’s will attract you with its unique exterior, captivate you with its atmosphere and keep you coming back for its incredible food and selection of sangria. Cuban Petes definitely deserves to be called awesome and its food is well worth the wait. Cuban Petes 428 Bloomfield Ave Montclair, NJ 07042-3504 (973)746-1100 www.cubanpetesrestaurant.com


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4 Responses to “Cuban Pete’s”

  1. Livingston

    Nov 18. 2010

    How come when everyone talks about this place, they talk about the food and how beautiful the walls are. When the owner was kicking us out of the place for no reason at the time when the place was empty, I forgot to see what was drawn on the walls. I have been there a few times, but never again will I subject myself to this person’s rudeness.

    My review is fair and realistic. I am not a kid and I am very serious about my dining experience. About a week ago, I might have given them 4 stars, because the food is pretty good and the service is ok. A little noisy for my taste, but fine, I am not a old man who can’t stand some loud music, but here is the problem.

    We went out Saturday to celebrate my wife’s birthday. I can understand that they don’t take reservations and I knew that, but when most of the party was already in and waiting to suprise my wife, they were not allowed to sit unless we were there. Not to mention they were treated rude and unfair. When I arived, I approached the manager who had a extremely nasty tone for no apparent reason and he refused, I repeat refused to give us a table. Basically we were told to leave. For what? There was no problem up to that point and there was no attitude from our side. The only attitude I noticed is from the girl at the front desk and the manager. When I asked him if the owners knew how he manages the place, telling a party of 20 to leave. His reply was ‘I don’t care, you have to leave now!!’. I have never been treated like that in my life. That only tells me one thing, the place doesn’t care about their customers. You will not want to waste your time hoping that the management might be in the good mood. You do not want to bring your friends and family only to embarass yourself and hope that someone, like a manager will do you a favor. This is not some kid that causes problems. We are all professional adults with the families, kids, good careers and it was uncalled for.

    Now, while we started telling this unfortunate experience to some people, we realize that it is not an isolated incident and strongly advice for people not to go Cuban Pete’s. Do not punish yourself and your party. Find a place that cares about you and your money. You will not be sorry you read this. It will ensure you avoid the same rudeness that we had to encounter.

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  2. Holyoke

    Sep 03. 2010

    I’m sitting in thenplace now. Attracts a crowd too big for the size of the establishment. The waiter referee to me as “boss” instead of sir. Very rude. Also, waited waited too long forbiur seat. Then, got my first and very simple order wrong, then got it qron a second time. And it was a plain chicken sandwhich. Didn’t n
    Live up to the hype. This place sucks, and I’m still sitting in it.

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  3. Emily

    Sep 23. 2009

    I love cuban petes!

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    • Charl

      Jan 02. 2017

      Now this post could break my heart, after holding two wonderful warm babies in my arms. Both, who had to be cut from me, and both births traucatim, I can feel the pain from these images of many broken hearts x

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