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Boston Restaurants

El Oriental de Cuba

  • 416 Centre St. Map It
  • Jamaica Plain
  • Cuban

Updated 11/13/2013

Fodor's Review

This light, airy haven with wooden tables and walls full of artwork—featuring tropical fruit, Cuban street life, and magazine covers—serves a large variety of excellent Cuban food, including a restorative chicken soup, a classic Cuban sub, superb rice and beans (opt for the red beans over the black), and sweet "tropical shakes." The menu, written in both English and Spanish begins with breakfast, mainly various preparations of eggs with added ham, chorizo, or cheese. Tostones (twice-fried plantains) are beloved during cold New England winters by the city's many Cuban transplants, who will also find such dishes as oxtail, braised beef tongue, and monfongo (fried mashed green plantains with pork rinds and garlic oil).

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416 Centre St., Boston, Massachusetts, 02130, United States

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Updated 11/13/2013


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Nov 25, 2008

Best Cuban place in Boston

The best Cuban restaurant in Boston, and a solid choice in Jamaica Plain. Excellent food, though service can be spotty. Place no longer looks like a glorified soup kitchen since remodeling after a disastrous fire, very pleasant inside.

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Apr 27, 2008

Always Deeeelish

I LOVE this place. If you like good Spanish food this is a MUST try. Its not terribly fancy or chic at all, but the service is always friendly and fast even if they are packed. Everything on the menu is to die for...

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