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

Reviews

Kaye Souter

Great food. Lovely service. Very friendly and unobtrusive. Wrap up warm tho it's a big space and hard to heat. Bit of a worry when the staff are wearing puffer jackets. Overall great night just a bit chilly

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Good food good service nice feel to the place
Would go there again no problem

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Great food, great prices and weren't rushed at all!

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Using First Table enabled us to have plenty of time to enjoy a fantastic meal at The Cuban before we attended a show at the theatre. We will certainly be using this service again. Thanks Team, this is an amazing service you have created.

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Very nice meal.

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Good place to go for a meal. The atmosphere is a little dingy but the staff is super friendly and the food so delicious. So overall a good experience

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The shared platter was good and enough food for 2.

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Gavin Bishop

Excellent Cuban food , much more delicious than the real thing in Havana.

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Gregg Sales

What great service and the staff are awesome

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We had entree, main and dessert. Would recommend the tasting platter, "the Cuban" BBQ plate, chicken salad and banana chimmichanga. Avoid the pineapple chicken, it was extremely dry. The sangria was nice on a hot summers afternoon. We would return.

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Kirsty Mitchell

We had a lovely experience with my husband and 9yr old daughter. It was very quiet when we arrived, with a rustic interior.
The staff were attentive, and the food menu had a great selection of dishes. We ended up ordering the crispy chicken and shared platter. The food was full of flavour, we'd definitely be going back again.

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Platter was just delish! Plenty for 2 people and great variety & taste. Surprised that we were the only ones there on a Friday night from 5.30-6.45pm.

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Great early evening meal with my family,
Food was excellent and the service just as good.
We will definitely be back.

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Dee Upham

Love the platter - perfect dish to give lots of different and new taste experiences for my 86yr old mom

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The ambiance is great, three different settings, by the bar is a traditional type dining setup, in the lounge you have enormous comfy couches, and out front a patio dining experience.

The staff are attentive without being overbearing.

The Tapas were fantastic value, large servings, and very, very tasty. I was very disappointed by the burger though, it barely had more meat than a McDonalds hamburger, and while the bun had been toasted, it was cold when served. It tasted OK, but, the portion was small for a $22 burger.

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We went on a quiet Tuesday evening and sat outside. It’s a pretty big big bar and not really set upasa restaurant. The food was quite tasty bar food and we enjoyed our tasting platter but wouldn’t make any effort to come here again. A solid average.

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Really a good experience with the Cuban food and drinks. The Cuban Lager was crispy and tasty. An excellent brew.Recommend this restaurant to all first table patrons.

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Nikki Hawkey

yummy food, awesome team looking after us :)

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Tawera Clark

Love the ambience of The Cuban the music added to the mood of our dining experience. Our journey of different spices added an extra dimension to our palate.The food was well cooked and was presented beautifully.Next time will definitely have a custom made cocktail

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Antonina Shakhova

Love this place! Have been at the Cuban a few times and never been disappointed

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It was a great evening. Service was friendly and prompt. We had the platter for two, was very tasty and gave us a good idea about all the different food they had on offer.i had a nice talk with a very friendly waitress about the restaurant and food. We really enjoyed ourself. Will be back!!

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This was our first visit to the Cuban and it won’t be our last. We shared a platter which was ample for 2 people, got to taste a good variety of tapas. Loved the hot pork , perfect heat, and ceviche was lovely. We were off to see a show at 7.30 so first table is a great early option, thank you.

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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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Stephanie Colvill

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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