Cafe Laguardia

★★★★☆
  • 2111 W Armitage Ave

    Chicago, IL 60647

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  • 773-862-5996

About Cafe Laguardia

Hours
Monday 11:00 AM - 11:00 PM Tuesday 11:00 AM - 11:00 PM Wednesday 11:00 AM - 11:00 PM Thursday 11:00 AM - 11:00 PM Friday 11:00 AM - 11:00 PM Saturday 11:00 AM - 11:00 PM Sunday 12:00 PM - 8:00 PM

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cute little place with really funky and cool decor; setting a really nice atmospheric mood. the food is really delicious and though the waiters aren't too friendly, it's a great place to go for a good time, you'll enjoy none the less!

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★★★★★

cute little place with really funky and cool decor; setting a really nice atmospheric mood. the food is really delicious and though the waiters aren't too friendly, it's a great place to go for a good time, you'll enjoy none the less!

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All I have to say is this was some of the best food I've ever had. I went with friends on a Wed night and I have to say everything from the steak nachos, to the empanadas, to the band to the dancing was OFF THE HOOK. Our server was so attentive, not to mention Carlo the owner. I had the short ribs for dinner and they were delicious...fell off the bone and great flavor. I will definitely be heading back...probably this week...

p.s. get there early if there's band...

2
★★★★★

All I have to say is this was some of the best food I've ever had. I went with friends on a Wed night and I have to say everything from the steak nachos, to the empanadas, to the band to the dancing was OFF THE HOOK. Our server was so attentive, not to mention Carlo the owner. I had the short ribs for dinner and they were delicious...fell off the bone and great flavor. I will definitely be heading back...probably this week...

p.s. get there early if there's band...

Pros: Food, Drinks, Service, Band and Dancing

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My friends and I went here for a birthday celebration and the food was absolutely excellent! If you are not into spicy food, make sure you ask about the heat that comes in a some of the dishes, it may be too much for some to handle! The prices are great, and the portions of food are almost too much to eat in one sitting. We had a few coupons for the drink specials, which you can get offline, which is great as well. The atmosphere is relaxed, the owner is adorable, he makes sure everyone feels welcomed. Make sure you get there early, especially on the weekends, the wait time was a little long, but we were able to order drinks while we waited so we hardly noticed. Would definitely recommend this place!

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★★★★☆

My friends and I went here for a birthday celebration and the food was absolutely excellent! If you are not into spicy food, make sure you ask about the heat that comes in a some of the dishes, it may be too much for some to handle! The prices are great, and the portions of food are almost too much to eat in one sitting. We had a few coupons for the drink specials, which you can get offline, which is great as well. The atmosphere is relaxed, the owner is adorable, he makes sure everyone feels welcomed. Make sure you get there early, especially on the weekends, the wait time was a little long, but we were able to order drinks while we waited so we hardly noticed. Would definitely recommend this place!

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Went here for a lunch with five friends. Server must have been brand new but he was friendly and attentive. The questions he could not answer he found someone who could. One friend and I split the paella. It says it will feed 2-3 but it is more like 4. The paella was presented in the pan it was cooked in and looked and smelled great! We enjoyed it and had leftovers for another day. Our friends ordered a combo entree and they could have easily split it. The BBQ on their entree was yummy. We also ordered a pitcher of Sangria. It was tasty. We ate a late lunch so we did not wait for a table and it was not crowded. The tables are very close together though so I would guess they pack you in tight on busy nights. Good drink menu.

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★★★★☆

Went here for a lunch with five friends. Server must have been brand new but he was friendly and attentive. The questions he could not answer he found someone who could. One friend and I split the paella. It says it will feed 2-3 but it is more like 4. The paella was presented in the pan it was cooked in and looked and smelled great! We enjoyed it and had leftovers for another day. Our friends ordered a combo entree and they could have easily split it. The BBQ on their entree was yummy. We also ordered a pitcher of Sangria. It was tasty. We ate a late lunch so we did not wait for a table and it was not crowded. The tables are very close together though so I would guess they pack you in tight on busy nights. Good drink menu.

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We felt welcomed the moment we stepped in. The man who greeted us perhaps he was one of the owner was welcoming and we were seated promptly. We were not crazy with the ambience, we thought it was too dark. Perhaps if they can brighten up the room a bit I would give it 5 stars. However, we were not disappointed with the food. The price was reasonable. We might come back for the food but will sit by the window.

2
★★★★☆

We felt welcomed the moment we stepped in. The man who greeted us perhaps he was one of the owner was welcoming and we were seated promptly. We were not crazy with the ambience, we thought it was too dark. Perhaps if they can brighten up the room a bit I would give it 5 stars. However, we were not disappointed with the food. The price was reasonable. We might come back for the food but will sit by the window.

Pros: good food, good value

Cons: ambience, it was too dark.

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so i tried this infamous cuban restaurant and to my dismay was dissapointed. not only did i have to wait a lifetime to sit and when i did the older man who i believe is the owner gave us the worst table! He practically put us on top of the people next to us and there was no way out at one point when the owner kept stuffing more people inside (um fire hazard anyone) . the appetizers came out cold , the mojitos were mediocre and were bordering on lethal toxicity ( the bartender who was on check please is not very nice btw) and the rachel ray red " snapper" was salty , unedible and im pretty sure was tiliapia in disguise. the service was fine and the server was appologetic but seemed defeated when i pointed out the humongous cockaroach that ran across our table. despite the hype i highly suggest cafe bolero which is just 5 minutes down western.

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★☆☆☆☆

so i tried this infamous cuban restaurant and to my dismay was dissapointed. not only did i have to wait a lifetime to sit and when i did the older man who i believe is the owner gave us the worst table! He practically put us on top of the people next to us and there was no way out at one point when the owner kept stuffing more people inside (um fire hazard anyone) . the appetizers came out cold , the mojitos were mediocre and were bordering on lethal toxicity ( the bartender who was on check please is not very nice btw) and the rachel ray red " snapper" was salty , unedible and im pretty sure was tiliapia in disguise. the service was fine and the server was appologetic but seemed defeated when i pointed out the humongous cockaroach that ran across our table. despite the hype i highly suggest cafe bolero which is just 5 minutes down western.

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We showed up at 8pm and were told by Carlos (the owner) that the wait would be one hour, which seemed reasonable for that time of night. During our wait we tasted the mojitos and caiparinhas. The caiparinhas were well made and quite good, but the mojitos lacked flavor. 80 minutes later, we check in again since we had still not been seated and were told it would be another 40 minutes. After a two hours of waiting we were finally seated.

The food itself was ok, but nothing spectacular. It was actually less remarkable than my last visit a year ago. I had the Cuban nachos and seafood which were bland and uninspired. The table service was a welcome highlight being both friendly and accurate.

Overall, the atmosphere is interesting and it's not a bad place to grab a drink, but I wouldn't recommend the food and don't trust the quoted wait time estimates.

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★★☆☆☆

We showed up at 8pm and were told by Carlos (the owner) that the wait would be one hour, which seemed reasonable for that time of night. During our wait we tasted the mojitos and caiparinhas. The caiparinhas were well made and quite good, but the mojitos lacked flavor. 80 minutes later, we check in again since we had still not been seated and were told it would be another 40 minutes. After a two hours of waiting we were finally seated.

The food itself was ok, but nothing spectacular. It was actually less remarkable than my last visit a year ago. I had the Cuban nachos and seafood which were bland and uninspired. The table service was a welcome highlight being both friendly and accurate.

Overall, the atmosphere is interesting and it's not a bad place to grab a drink, but I wouldn't recommend the food and don't trust the quoted wait time estimates.

Pros: Caiparinhas

Cons: Service, food

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We celebrated my best friend's birthday at Cafe Laguardia, and we had enjoyed it quite a bit! The owner of the restaurant was extremely nice, and he truly cares about his customer. He kept coming to our table to make sure everything was perfect; and it was! The appetizers and entrees are delicious! Try the platano nachos, so yum!

5
★★★★★

We celebrated my best friend's birthday at Cafe Laguardia, and we had enjoyed it quite a bit! The owner of the restaurant was extremely nice, and he truly cares about his customer. He kept coming to our table to make sure everything was perfect; and it was! The appetizers and entrees are delicious! Try the platano nachos, so yum!

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Every one of my friends I've brought here has loved the place. I'm from Miami, and my Cuban friends agree that the food is about authentic as you can get outside of South Florida.

The atmosphere is fun and lively with a hip, energetic crowd. Live salsa music a couple nights a week adds to the excitement.

Also adding to the excitement are the delicious caipirnhas and possibly the best mojitos in the Chi.

My all time fave is the ropa vieja, but I dare you to finish all of the "taste of Cuba." It's a delicious dare, trust me.

5
★★★★★

Every one of my friends I've brought here has loved the place. I'm from Miami, and my Cuban friends agree that the food is about authentic as you can get outside of South Florida.

The atmosphere is fun and lively with a hip, energetic crowd. Live salsa music a couple nights a week adds to the excitement.

Also adding to the excitement are the delicious caipirnhas and possibly the best mojitos in the Chi.

My all time fave is the ropa vieja, but I dare you to finish all of the "taste of Cuba." It's a delicious dare, trust me.

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I first heard of this place on Food Network and decided to try it out. My boyfriend's family is Cuban so he is very familiar with amazing Cuban food. Our experience was amazing! The Taste of Cuba is a must have, as is the snapper. I've been several times now and have tried other Cuban dishes, they were all fantastic. The mojitos and the sangria are not to be missed. The flan makes the perfect finish to the meal. As if the food wasn't wonderful enough, the atmosphere is great and the owner always greets you at the door. I would highly recommend this place to people who enjoy great food and a good time. Parking is tricky, but certainly doable.

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★★★★★

I first heard of this place on Food Network and decided to try it out. My boyfriend's family is Cuban so he is very familiar with amazing Cuban food. Our experience was amazing! The Taste of Cuba is a must have, as is the snapper. I've been several times now and have tried other Cuban dishes, they were all fantastic. The mojitos and the sangria are not to be missed. The flan makes the perfect finish to the meal. As if the food wasn't wonderful enough, the atmosphere is great and the owner always greets you at the door. I would highly recommend this place to people who enjoy great food and a good time. Parking is tricky, but certainly doable.

Pros: Family service, amazing food, fun atmosphere

Cons: Parking

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Talk about inconsistant. I've been here a couple of time already; I try to go once every 3 months to get my somewhat cheap Latin cuisine on. I remember the first time I was here receiveing a tip from one of Rachael Ray's Food Network shows. I was seated right away, despite the somewhat short wait on a Saturday night, and the food was hot and phenominal that I gave this place 5 stars. Then the 2nd time came around and low and behold, down went the service and quality. The BAR WAS NOT STOCKED as I asked for 3 different mojitos only to get shot down 3 times and settling for a regular mojito. BARTENDER DIDN'T COMPENSATE!!! She also frequently left the bar area for times as long as 10 minutes. Although the appitizer I ordered was great, the entree I usually order took over 30 minutes to make, WAY LONGER than it usually takes, and SERVED LUKEWARM. It just took 1 bad visit to lower my rating from 5 stars to 2. But after a couple months, I gave them a 2nd chance and up went the service. Although some habits still remain even to my latest visit not too long ago: disappearing bartenders and lukewarm (but slightly hotter) food. I'm starting to question what ever happened to the 5 star experience I had the 1st time I was here? The food and drinks are great, no doubt (despite the problems). The decor can use updating since it looks like it hasn't changed since they opened. It wouldn't hurt to expand since it does get crowded. It reallt is a good place, but they need to get their act together.

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★★★☆☆

Talk about inconsistant. I've been here a couple of time already; I try to go once every 3 months to get my somewhat cheap Latin cuisine on. I remember the first time I was here receiveing a tip from one of Rachael Ray's Food Network shows. I was seated right away, despite the somewhat short wait on a Saturday night, and the food was hot and phenominal that I gave this place 5 stars. Then the 2nd time came around and low and behold, down went the service and quality. The BAR WAS NOT STOCKED as I asked for 3 different mojitos only to get shot down 3 times and settling for a regular mojito. BARTENDER DIDN'T COMPENSATE!!! She also frequently left the bar area for times as long as 10 minutes. Although the appitizer I ordered was great, the entree I usually order took over 30 minutes to make, WAY LONGER than it usually takes, and SERVED LUKEWARM. It just took 1 bad visit to lower my rating from 5 stars to 2. But after a couple months, I gave them a 2nd chance and up went the service. Although some habits still remain even to my latest visit not too long ago: disappearing bartenders and lukewarm (but slightly hotter) food. I'm starting to question what ever happened to the 5 star experience I had the 1st time I was here? The food and drinks are great, no doubt (despite the problems). The decor can use updating since it looks like it hasn't changed since they opened. It wouldn't hurt to expand since it does get crowded. It reallt is a good place, but they need to get their act together.

Pros: Good mojitos, yummy twist on Latin American cuisine with emphasis on seafood, live band on some nights

Cons: parking, NO WEEKEND RESERVATIONS, cramped on nights and weekends, LUKEWARM FOOD, Service went DOWN. Value could be cheaper, weekend reservations not allowed

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Before they redid the place, LaGuardia was okay food in a restaurant with tables on top of each other. Since the rehab, the seating is much more comfortable, but the okay food has declined to poor. None of the food has any flavor. How can ropa vieja with tomatos, onions and peppers have no flavor? Somehow they manage. The fried steak with onions was hands down the worst piece of beef I have ever had, including the $5.99 T-Bone special at the corner breakfast spot. The only food worth ordering are the beans. Both the red and black beans are very good. Why go here when Cafe Bolero is only a few blocks away?

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★★☆☆☆

Before they redid the place, LaGuardia was okay food in a restaurant with tables on top of each other. Since the rehab, the seating is much more comfortable, but the okay food has declined to poor. None of the food has any flavor. How can ropa vieja with tomatos, onions and peppers have no flavor? Somehow they manage. The fried steak with onions was hands down the worst piece of beef I have ever had, including the $5.99 T-Bone special at the corner breakfast spot. The only food worth ordering are the beans. Both the red and black beans are very good. Why go here when Cafe Bolero is only a few blocks away?

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Unfortunately, this place didn't live up to our expectations. What could have been a good dining experience was sorely lacking in authenticity. The menu featured the broad strokes of Cuban cuisine but missed the finer details in its choices. There were also too many "Americanized" concoctions clearly designed for people who don't know the difference. Disappointing. The restaurant clearly had a trendy feel. Nice decor, beautiful, friendly wait staff but, dining is about the food. I did have a good mojito but it and everything else was overpriced. The food was mediocre, at best. Who ever heard of not serving "maduros" with an entree at a Cuban restaurant. You had to request them, pay extra and then they were undercooked and cold. If you are looking for authentic Cuban, try Sabor a Cuba. The service is poor but, who cares, the food is great, authentic and cheap.

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★★☆☆☆

Unfortunately, this place didn't live up to our expectations. What could have been a good dining experience was sorely lacking in authenticity. The menu featured the broad strokes of Cuban cuisine but missed the finer details in its choices. There were also too many "Americanized" concoctions clearly designed for people who don't know the difference. Disappointing. The restaurant clearly had a trendy feel. Nice decor, beautiful, friendly wait staff but, dining is about the food. I did have a good mojito but it and everything else was overpriced. The food was mediocre, at best. Who ever heard of not serving "maduros" with an entree at a Cuban restaurant. You had to request them, pay extra and then they were undercooked and cold. If you are looking for authentic Cuban, try Sabor a Cuba. The service is poor but, who cares, the food is great, authentic and cheap.

Pros: Good mojito, Free parking in front

Cons: Lacks Authenticity, Overpriced, Mediocre food

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The food was amazing! The ropa vieja is to die for! My husband loved the mojitos and I couldn't stop eating the tostones. Some of the food is americanized, but it is still very delicious, the wait staff was attentive and very friendly. The decor is beautiful and it was easy to find parking even on a Friday night. Plus, the prices were very reasonable!

2
★★★★★

The food was amazing! The ropa vieja is to die for! My husband loved the mojitos and I couldn't stop eating the tostones. Some of the food is americanized, but it is still very delicious, the wait staff was attentive and very friendly. The decor is beautiful and it was easy to find parking even on a Friday night. Plus, the prices were very reasonable!

Pros: friendly staff, great food

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This restaurant has such a great feel to it. It is cozy and so welcoming. The service and food I recommend. A great place to go with a small group of people. The drinks are a little pricey, but worth it. Everyone will enjoy themselves! Their will be at least an hour wait on the weekends.

2
★★★★☆

This restaurant has such a great feel to it. It is cozy and so welcoming. The service and food I recommend. A great place to go with a small group of people. The drinks are a little pricey, but worth it. Everyone will enjoy themselves! Their will be at least an hour wait on the weekends.

Pros: atmosphere, food & drinks

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I loved every moment that I spent at Cafe Laguardia. The decor is vivid and lush, and the service was very attentive. I was made to feel as if I was part of the Cafe Laguardia family, and I appreciated the efforts made not only by the staff, but by the owner and his mother venturing throughout the crowd to make sure that their guests are properly attended to.

2
★★★★★

I loved every moment that I spent at Cafe Laguardia. The decor is vivid and lush, and the service was very attentive. I was made to feel as if I was part of the Cafe Laguardia family, and I appreciated the efforts made not only by the staff, but by the owner and his mother venturing throughout the crowd to make sure that their guests are properly attended to.

Pros: Service, Food, Personality

Cons: None

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I so want to find a good Cuban restaurant in Chicago, but this one isn't it. Picadillo with giant chunks of green peppers??? And the tostones were like leather. My grandmother would have marched into the kitchen and taught the cook a thing or two.

And who ever heard of Cuban nachos??? I'm so tired of Cuban restaurants that add Tex-Mex elements in an effort to make it seem familiar to Americans. The result is just a mess.

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★★☆☆☆

I so want to find a good Cuban restaurant in Chicago, but this one isn't it. Picadillo with giant chunks of green peppers??? And the tostones were like leather. My grandmother would have marched into the kitchen and taught the cook a thing or two.

And who ever heard of Cuban nachos??? I'm so tired of Cuban restaurants that add Tex-Mex elements in an effort to make it seem familiar to Americans. The result is just a mess.

Cons: Lack of authenticity, Tex-Mex-icanized food, Poor service

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If it's worth it to you to be ignored, rushed, given the wrong items and spend 2-3 hours on your dining experience, then by all means try Cafe LaGuardia.

The food is truly outstanding - I drool at the thought of it, however the servers tend to ruin the experience.

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★★★★☆

If it's worth it to you to be ignored, rushed, given the wrong items and spend 2-3 hours on your dining experience, then by all means try Cafe LaGuardia.

The food is truly outstanding - I drool at the thought of it, however the servers tend to ruin the experience.

Pros: ambience, food

Cons: service

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This place is intimate, with a great atmosphere, and outdoor dining on the sidewalk. They don't take reservations on weekends, but my party of 3 was seated quickly at 7:30PM on a Saturday. There are great mojitos and caipirinha and an okay Sangria (good tasting, but a little too sweet with no fruits in the pitcher). Overall, I felt like the food was adequate and relatively reasonable in price, but not particularly memorable or interesting regarding spice and flavor. Although everything is homemade, presentation and food overall had a diner quality, which is inconsistent with the amazing setting. It had a wide menu of sandwiches, to fish and shellfish, beef, pork and chicken dishes, including a fully separate drink menu and specials menu.

2
★★★★☆

This place is intimate, with a great atmosphere, and outdoor dining on the sidewalk. They don't take reservations on weekends, but my party of 3 was seated quickly at 7:30PM on a Saturday. There are great mojitos and caipirinha and an okay Sangria (good tasting, but a little too sweet with no fruits in the pitcher). Overall, I felt like the food was adequate and relatively reasonable in price, but not particularly memorable or interesting regarding spice and flavor. Although everything is homemade, presentation and food overall had a diner quality, which is inconsistent with the amazing setting. It had a wide menu of sandwiches, to fish and shellfish, beef, pork and chicken dishes, including a fully separate drink menu and specials menu.

Pros: Atmosphere

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I've stepped into another country! and I love it. I go here on Tuesdays for a great meal and drink specials! I have to many favorites to list: Platanos Fritos, Cuban style nachos, Moros y Cristianos... and the list goes on and on. Eating here reminds me of my mother's cooking.

2
★★★★★

I've stepped into another country! and I love it. I go here on Tuesdays for a great meal and drink specials! I have to many favorites to list: Platanos Fritos, Cuban style nachos, Moros y Cristianos... and the list goes on and on. Eating here reminds me of my mother's cooking.

Pros: Delicious, Great ambiance

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I highly recommend the restaurant, especially the sangria, which is a hidden recipe (so the owner tells me) The food is terrific and I have to say it is both romantic but also a nice place to go on a girls night out.

2
★★★★★

I highly recommend the restaurant, especially the sangria, which is a hidden recipe (so the owner tells me) The food is terrific and I have to say it is both romantic but also a nice place to go on a girls night out.

Pros: Ambience, Drinks, Food

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this restrant is a great place to sit back a have a few drinks and image your acually in the island of the tropics every one at this lovley resturant is very friendly and you always get greeted by a friendly face the food is great the sence is great and the sevice is great oh and get this carlos laguardia's ( the owner) brother jorge just opened up a new resturant as well cafe laguardia west nice name huh! between the two i dont know which one i like more but remember that if you choose to visit cafe laguardia west byob please take my advise go to both of these resturant and i garente that you will love every thing about then both!!!!!

2
★★★★★

this restrant is a great place to sit back a have a few drinks and image your acually in the island of the tropics every one at this lovley resturant is very friendly and you always get greeted by a friendly face the food is great the sence is great and the sevice is great oh and get this carlos laguardia's ( the owner) brother jorge just opened up a new resturant as well cafe laguardia west nice name huh! between the two i dont know which one i like more but remember that if you choose to visit cafe laguardia west byob please take my advise go to both of these resturant and i garente that you will love every thing about then both!!!!!

Pros: service, scene, food

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Nice decor. The food was good, but could've been better. There are some nice leather couches. In Cuba I can picture sitting there enjoying a mojito and a cigar.

2
★★★★☆

Nice decor. The food was good, but could've been better. There are some nice leather couches. In Cuba I can picture sitting there enjoying a mojito and a cigar.

Pros: Not-crowded

Cons: bland food

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Intimate and far from expansive, this leopard printed spot packs a punch. Lots of hearty, reasonably authentic Cuban fare mixes it up with traditional Mexican dishes like tacos and burritos. But for our money, Cuban is the way to go hereā€¦

 

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