Cuisine: Cuban, Share Plates, Tapas/Small Plates
Price Point: Mains from $15 - $30

Celebrate authentic Cuban cuisine and culture at this unforgettable cantina!

The Cuban is a vibrant kitchen and bar in the heart of Christchurch, serving modern Cuban street food, rums and cocktails.

Share small bites of crispy chicken, spiced wedges and patata bravas, or dig into something bigger, like the rubbed Wakanui burger or pulled pork tostada. With tasty tapas and mouthwatering meat and vegetarian dishes to try, everyone will find something to love here.

From the bar, sample their very own brand of lager, or choose from over 60 different rums and cocktails, each inspired by Cuban culture. Don’t forget to try a classic cartel mojito (or several)!

With a buzzing atmosphere, friendly staff and superb food, head to The Cuban for a heavenly slice of Havana.

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The Cuban
236 St Asaph Street
Christchurch

Open Hours:
Tue: 3pm - 10pm
Wed - Sun: 11:30am - 10pm

Phone: 03 260 2605
Website: www.thecuban.co.nz

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The Cuban
Cuisine: Cuban, Share Plates, Tapas/Small Plates
Mains: $15 - $30

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Had a lovely meal at the cuban. The tapas selection was yum. Nice atmosphere. Def. go back.

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Caroline Bazsika

Good food! Good service! Atmosphere ie music etc could be a little better it was very quiet! But otherwise a nice dinner

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chrissie merritt

This is a great experience. Food was lovely. We tried all the entrees and went back for seconds on the garlic shrimps. Definitely coming back

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Victoria McVicar

The Cuban was warm and inviting on a rainy night in Christchurch. We started with croquettes and ccc chicken. Service was great, friendly and helpful guy. Then my husband had a beef burger and I had chicken tacos. Would recommend going for drinks and meal at the Cuban.

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Sarra Hunter-Weston

I already left a review but here goes again. Food and service really good. Music and wine pretty bad! Would go again though.

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Love the CCC, Prawns, Patavas(i think i spelt that right), croquettes. Not so keen on Jalepeno poppers they could do with a make over. Excellent service and great Cuban Lager

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The fish tacos are soooo good! Aways fresh and hot. The ribs and onion rings are also amazing!

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Food was flavourful and ambiance great

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Great spot great staff fantastic food big portions

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Good atmosphere, great service. We had a fun night.

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Great food and good service

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Andrew Woodhouse

Really enjoyed the chicken & fish tacos they were delicious. Great atmosphere with excellent service, will definitively be going back.

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Great food packed with flavour, we needed an early meal before a show & this fit the bill for us. Fast service & delicious food at a great price!

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Robyn White

great food, got a whole bunch of tapas to share and really enjoyed everything

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Hini Patel

The Cuban was a great dining experience. Lovely decor followed by friendly staff and great food. First table is a great way to try out restaurants you wouldn’t normally go to due the cost of a family of 4. Cuban plus first table is a double happy face.

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Shane Buckner

What a great meal we had! First Table booking for 4 and a chance to try this amazing place. Had been told it was great, with a pumping atmosphere on a Saturday night. We were attending on Wednesday and only another couple of diners were in the place at 5:30pm. Loved the fit-out, and the staff were friendly. Great food and good to have some authentic Cuban beers as well. Pricing was excellent and 2 teenage boys were more than happy with the size of the meals. We will be back soon.

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Had a great night out.
The staff were very friendly and excellent service.
Food was very tasty.. we had the tapas ( plenty of food )
Would definitely return and recommend.

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Rosana Yaxley

Food was fantastic.master 9 had the ribs, he absolutely loved them juicey and succulent with a sticky sauce and pickled onions to top, his clothes loved it too!!! Hubby started off hilariously, he’s not really into spicy food so he orders the spicy wedges. IKR they came out the were hot spicy and hot from the oven, not too sure how this happened but he took a bite and it flips off his lips and next thing he’s grabbing his eye from the chilli I was crying with laughter as he runs off to the bathroom to rinse it out. I loved the wedges great flavour, but I made myself too full by the time my main came the BBQ platter,but I did try it and yummo bbq ribs, jerk chick, Cajun sausage couldn’t fault it. Hubby had the pork Cuban sandwich and more of the spicy wedges safe to say he didn’t eat them. The boys both had dessert and loved it, they were both too full and couldn’t finish. Atmosphere was awesome plus the comedy show with my two. loved all the decor and the staff are so friendly. Highly recommend

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Great food and service.

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Atmosphere terrific, friendly attentive service and the food was delicious!! Highly recommend.

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Awesome!

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Time to revisit an old fave and we weren't disappointed! Service was friendly with no faults other than our mains taking quite a while to come out (we were one of only two or three tables in the restaurant).

The queso was scooped up quickly by the three of us; the black bean dip, not so quickly. We also had jalapeno rellenos (yum) and BBQ ribs - my pick of the night. Mains included the fish tacos, the pork 'tostada', and the platter.

I prefer 'proper' tostadas - a crispy corn tortilla with toppings, kinda like a flat taco. The pulled pork is tasty and the side of rice is also good, but it's all served with corn chips, which detracts from it IMO. The restaurant used to serve proper crispy corn tortillas and it'd be great if that was at least an option.

Overall the food was very good and I'll be back for those ribs.

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Great food and exceptional service. Lovely dinner on a quiet Sunday night.

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Emma Tyers

Lovely experience the food was great had the tasting platter lots of choice the cheese dip that comes with it was unreal !! Staff were very friendly would recommend

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The food was good and the staff were friendly. Would possibly go back in summer to enjoy the lovely outdoor dining.

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Kelly Henderson

Fantastic night at The Cuban! Atmosphere is awesome with a real South American feel. To begin with we were the only ones dining so service was excellent which did not dip when the restaurant started to fill up. We were treated to delicious food, we ordered all tapas style which was great for sharing. Overall was a wonderful meal and will definitely be going back :-)

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Thomas van Workum

Pleasant and quick service the ribs and CCC burger hit the spot and we all had a good night out!

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Anisa Kazemi

Great service and yummy food! Thanks!

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Tom Whitaker

Food spicy BUT that’s the Cuban way, had to ask for water at table

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Dale Leckie

Amazing experience. Food was absolutely delicious. Will be returning again soon!

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Alison Astwood

Great atmosphere. Live singer. Good sharing platter.

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Food was good and service was excellent!!!

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Cocktails are super good! Food was great will definitely be back

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First time dining at the Cuban and won't be the last! Food was delicious and such a funky setting. Need to come back for more of those ribs..and tacos...and everything!

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Great food and ambience

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Olivia Dowd

Food was really great! Little bit of a wait to get the food which was a little annoying, especially since we were the only ones in the restaurant. 4 different staff also asked how our meal was which was a little disruptive.

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Delicious stuffed capsicums (vegetarian). “The Cuban” platter could have had more meat on it! Overall quality of food was high, great atmosphere and decor of restaurant :-)

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Emily Smith

We had a great night - very good food options. I love spicy food and didn't think anything was too spicy at all (I'll be back for the Jalapeno Rellenos next time!). My friends have mixed tolerances of spice and didn't have any trouble. I let the manager/bartender? know that one of our crew had a shellfish prawn allergy, and when we ordered the tapas platter, they made a great substitution for the prawn tapas (pulled pork was really good). Absolutely everything we ate was well marinated, nothing was dry, nothing was single-flavoured. Everything came out in reasonable time and at a good temperature.
Regarding the portions, There is absolutely the ability to have the tapas-style eating with 2 to 4 people. We were four people so we just ordered some starters, a tapas platter, and then each couple split a main. The prices are modest enough that you can get a few different tapas, even if you're only two people, or sample everything on the menu if you're 4 =) Great eating experience.
Overall we very much enjoyed our night out. All the staff were pleasant and accommodating which is the most important thing to me.

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Lesley Dunn

A nice casual place to dine, good food to share. Will be going back

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Maddy Tatom

Service was really good. Food was lovely. Only problem was they ran out of dessert! Oh well, Will just have to go back!

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The food was delicious and the drinks were nice if a bit weak.

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Rachael Hunter

The waffle chips and ribs were delicious, also the croquettes.

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Liam Ambrose

We went for a few different little plates rather than a main each - the ribs, stuffed jalapeños, prawns, Cuban sausage and crispy chicken were all very tasty and enjoyable. The fish taco was pretty bland which was a bit of a dissappointment but overall it was very good. Thanks guys!

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Jo Musson

Great food. Wrap up warm.

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A very pleasant experience, wonderful tapas, especially the wee ribs, had grilled fish - fantastic and pulled pork which itself was so tasty, maybe a little let down with the Bach type carbs.
Service was excellent - would recommend!
JL

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