Cuban Revolution

Cuban Revolution

Cuban Restaurant$$$$
Bull Durham, Durham
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  • The News & Observer
    "Cuban sandwich is a variation"(3 Tips)
    Lara F.
    "Tres Leche cake is WONDERFULLY RICH"(2 Tips)
    Melanie B.
    "Steak sandwich is delicious"(3 Tips)
    Burke W.
    "The empanadas are dank tho"(3 Tips)
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  • The News & Observer
    The News & ObserverAugust 2, 2012
    The Cuban sandwich is a variation on a popular classic in owner Mary Morabito's hometown of Tampa: roast pork, ham, salami, Swiss cheese, pickles, mustard and mayo on grill-pressed Cuban bread. Read more
  • Aaron H.
    Aaron HarrisApril 21, 2013
    use to be a server web I worked here...love the variety of food and the brief informational about the 1950's and the artist work!!!
  • Steven J.
    Steven JacksonDecember 6, 2015
    I really enjoy the live music and some of the dishes. A friendly lay back place for people to gather with good friends.
  • Philip V.
    Philip VJune 5, 2011
    The chicken sandwich may not have been the worlds best but it may be in the top 5. Service was a bit slow but there was a Bulls game going on and they were pretty busy.
  • Kendall T.
    Kendall TMarch 8, 2013
    Dinner was just ok, but the chocolate cake was outstanding! Come on Thursday nights for salsa dancing!
  • Beci M.
    Beci MarkijohnMay 23, 2014
    Try their mojito. It's awesome. Ask to add strawberry puree, it's even better.
  • Lara F.
    Lara FarrarNovember 28, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    The Tres Leche cake is WONDERFULLY RICH and free with dinner checkin. Their guacamole is the only one I like in the area! Love this venue :-)
  • Matt B.
    Matt BrewerMay 18, 2013
    Amazing food, but the place always feels understaffed. Servers are polite but frazzled. Order a simple drink if you want it quickly.
  • Rich K.
    Rich KingMarch 9, 2013
    Also.. If you come in expecting to get a great appetizer with the foursquare special... You only get ones less than $6.
  • Leonard K.
    Leonard KellyOctober 10, 2011
    Stone crab bisque was fantastic but the half sandwich could have used some more meat. 4 of 5 stars. I would eat here again.
  • allison
    allisonNovember 30, 2014
    Had Roja Stew, spicy Chicken Empanadas & Papa Rellenos. Enjoyed. Will come back.
  • Christi A.
    Christi AugustineDecember 5, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Can never go wrong with the fried green beans. Blue martini nice change from my usual mojito.
  • Rich K.
    Rich KingMarch 9, 2013
    Won't let you use the foursquare check in special with a restaurant.com gift card. They tell you it's a coupon.
  • Michael H.
    Michael HuberJanuary 12, 2015
    Good gluten free options. Decent place to have a meal prior to going over to DPAC.
  • Carlos G.
    Carlos GironFebruary 8, 2016
    The food was decent and the service was fine. However, the premise of the restaurant and its decor are extremely offensive. They glorify Fidel Castro, Che Guevara, revolutionary thieves and murderers.
  • Lyssa R.
    Lyssa ReynoldsDecember 18, 2013
    A great fun place to salsa and listen to jazz.
  • Laura M.
    Laura MartinSeptember 23, 2013
    You mustn't leave without tasting the flan!!
  • Johnny W.
    Johnny WilsonSeptember 6, 2011
    Awesome revolutionary decor, cheap but good food. I wasn't impressed with the drinks though - relatively expensive and stingy on the alcohol
  • William B.
    William BoydMay 25, 2013
    They make THE BEST gin and diets! Just ask for one at the bar!
  • Diane A.
    Diane AntonelliDecember 8, 2016
    Decent food, but nothing spectacular. Do not care for the nachos. Liquid cheese & more chips than anything else. Convenient if you're going to DPAC, but service is hit or miss. Sometimes very slow.
  • Michael G.
    Michael GreeneSeptember 22, 2012
    Drinks were decent, but the service was pretty bad. Starting the introduction by outlining all of the things on the menu you don't have anymore doesn't leave a great impression.
  • AJ T.
    AJ T.April 24, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    The food is amazing! However, the service hasn't been that great the last couple of times I've gone :(
  • Oris W.
    Oris WDecember 4, 2011
    The Flan is pretty authentic. Not overly sweet & firm. The Ropa Vieja was also authentic tasting.
  • Gretchen
    GretchenMarch 13, 2011
    The chocolate rebel cake is delicious! And big enough for 3 people to split!
  • Eric A.
    Eric AndersenDecember 9, 2010
    Great hours! Sun-Thurs 11AM-midnight, Fri/Sat 11AM-2AM…and full menu until close!
  • Gregory S.
    Gregory SegarraJune 10, 2013
    The tops vieja platter is off the chain
  • Evgeniya C.
    Evgeniya ChuryumovaAugust 19, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    New menu is fresh and fast!
  • Tonya E.
    Tonya EvansSeptember 28, 2016
    She left then came back and said they won't let us substitute the missing sides with salads but will give a discount for our meal.
  • Aly H.
    Aly H.May 29, 2012
    The maduros are delicious! I get them every time I go here.
  • Jessica T.
    Jessica TateMay 25, 2013
    The chips with mango salsa are amazing!
  • Tonya E.
    Tonya EvansSeptember 28, 2016
    It's only 12pm how can you be out of everything? Then the food she brought us were missing sides, when asked she apologized then asked if we wanted a salad.
  • Mollie O.
    Mollie O.September 23, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Pork sandwich & arroz con pollo are both delish!
  • Donna B.
    Donna BackshallDecember 11, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Stuffed peppedews are delicious. Don't be scared, they aren't hot, just yummy.
  • Tamara S.
    Tamara StraughnJune 25, 2013
    The "Hostess", Barbara, is an rude insufferable bitch an for the life of me I can't imagine why the owner wants her to be the very first person his patrons have contact with.
  • Jordan G.
    Jordan GrosecloseJanuary 26, 2015
    Pretty good cuban food. Don't skip out on plantains!
  • Christine V.
    Christine VandiverMarch 8, 2011
    Try the fried green beans with chipolte sauce. Better than french fries any day!
  • Aaron H.
    Aaron HoughtonMay 26, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Santiago Burrito is amazing, try adding pork too.
  • Arkarian X.
    Arkarian XerxesAugust 30, 2011
    If u use the four square free appitizer or desert be aware its up to six dollars so be careful
  • D. W.
    D. W.September 18, 2011
    Tres leches cake = awesome. Christy (sp?) the Barmaid = bitchy.
  • Christopher G.
    The Cuban Sandwich is really good, and my waitress Manita was awesome!
  • Gregory L.
    Gregory LoweMarch 24, 2013
    Try the Chicken Quesadilla - Very tasty.!
  • Israel N.
    Israel NelsonSeptember 18, 2011
    The gelato is brilliant as are the fish tacos!
  • Allea I.
    Allea IngramApril 12, 2014
    The trees leches cake was amazing.
  • Edward W.
    Edward WandoFebruary 23, 2015
    Love the lunch time atmosphere.
  • Pam ☕️ O.
    Pam ☕️ OApril 19, 2015
    Ropa vieja was a disappointing dish. Don't get it unless you like a scoop of meat with about 3 cups of white rice.
  • JT R.
    JT RoseJuly 15, 2012
    Food is great but the music is so loud you cant hear yourself think. When asking them to turn it down they say they cant. Wait staff look like they dont want to be here
  • Jed R.
    Jed RecordJuly 12, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    The sweet potato fries are delicious!
  • Nabarun D.
    Nabarun DasguptaJune 25, 2016
    Stale chips, oily/vinegar gazpacho, and downhill from tapas. I know restaurants are experience goods, but I didn't even want to pay the food was so bad!
  • Burke W.
    Burke WendtApril 5, 2010
    The crab cake is not the world's best, as the name would have you believe. The empanadas are dank tho
  • allison
    allisonDecember 1, 2014
    DO NOT order the Chocolate Cake! For the price, it's a definite rip-off! They should be ashamed!
  • Kristy T.
    Kristy TOctober 15, 2011
    Awful service! Waitress said my meal came w/ rice & beans. It didn't. Requested some rice and was charged for it. Mgr refused to remove it from the bill and chastised me for not understanding the menu
  • Andreia O.
    Check in with foursqaure and get free appetizer..
  • Jason R.
    Jason RhyneDecember 20, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Steak sandwich with black beans and rice.
  • April H.
    April HauckSeptember 22, 2012
    Not impressed. Empanadas tasted like they were frozen and reheated... Menu is having an identity crisis.. nice patio if the passerbys took an alternate route
  • Eric G.
    Eric GuessOctober 3, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Give the Maduros wrap a go! Seriously good food!
  • M K.
    M KillgoreJune 20, 2012
    The Jibarito Steakwiches are most tasty!
  • Mike W.
    Mike WeeksMarch 22, 2012
    Good Food. Slow to get check after several requests.
  • Anji S.
    Anji SaundersSeptember 19, 2013
    Got to get the Endless Chips and Mango Salsa!
  • Luci
    LuciJanuary 24, 2013
    Great place to go before a show!
  • Javier D.
    Javier Diaz de LeonJuly 31, 2013
    Tried the picadillo, it was fine. The service left a lot to be desired.
  • Dayna M.
    Dayna MusgroveAugust 25, 2012
    So far, no good! Drinks taste nasty, food menu is ALL over the place, really hard to understand, also very high priced.
  • Marydeth J.
    Marydeth JudgeNovember 16, 2013
    Good rice and beans ;()
  • Brian P.
    Brian PateMay 25, 2013
    Don't be in a hurry here. Slowest service in town. It took over an hour to eat when the restaurant was 1/4 full.
  • Zach F.
    Zach FreshwaterJanuary 17, 2011
    The service wasn't the best and the food wasn't anything spectacular... We weren't offered a single refill and they restricted the coupon foursquare provided. It was cuban, but not revolutionary.
  • Tonya E.
    Tonya EvansSeptember 28, 2016
    Our meal was only discounted -$1. I still left her a big tip because I'm never going back. I just wanted then to see they treated a well paying customer very badly!
  • Chela T.
    Chela TuMarch 23, 2012
    Salsa social every Thursday w free lesson @9 hosted by Cobo Brothers
  • Joyita W.
    Joyita WileyJuly 9, 2014
    Besides the drinks being water down the food was pretty decent
  • Cecil M.
    Cecil MJuly 12, 2013
    Amazing!!!!!!! Margaritas!!!!!!!
  • Renee D.
    Renee DickensApril 16, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    The managers suck there are only like five good servers, but the food is good.
  • Olya E.
    Olya EmelyanovaJuly 25, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    The best sandwiches
  • Daniel H.
    Daniel HedglinJune 5, 2013
    Great morning stuff!
  • Adam L.
    The Cubano tasted like a McDonald's cheeseburger. Not a good thing as there's a $10 difference
  • Stuart A.
    Stuart AllenJune 29, 2012
    The Santiago is a little bland. All white rice, was hoping for some flavor there.
  • george g.
    george grodyAugust 20, 2010
    Great deal for foursquare checkins, love the ropa viejo
  • Jason B.
    Jason BaxterJune 9, 2012
    Go to Old Havana Sandwich Shop or Dos Perros instead.
  • Duke University
    Duke UniversityMarch 1, 2012
    10% discount
  • Keenan B.
    Keenan BlackJune 14, 2013
    SALSAAAAA ALL NIGHT
  • Mary J.
    Mary JohnsonJanuary 17, 2011
    Only one free desert per table and the service is very slow. Also I haven't seen one refill.
  • Alex K.
    Alex KobzikJanuary 17, 2012
    Cheap local veer
  • Jay V.
    Jay VenaasOctober 18, 2010
    plantains with sour cream....mmmmmmmmmm
  • Rachel M.
    Rachel MarshallNovember 11, 2010
    The JFK is phenomenal.
  • Paqs H.
    Paqs HeinrichAugust 28, 2010
    Great meal! We'll be back!
  • Damo B.
    Damo BMarch 10, 2010
    Hard to find, not to be missed..
  • Meghan I.
    Meghan IreneFebruary 8, 2014
    Older bald bartender is rude and will talk about you with other employees! :( awful experience
  • Allyson
    AllysonNovember 5, 2009
    Go to Cuban Revolution and skip the crab cakes
  • Stephen W.
    Stephen WidbyDecember 4, 2010
    Great place
  • Erasmo P.
    Erasmo PerezAugust 8, 2011
    Just taught them how to make flatliners
  • Patrick J.
    Patrick JohnsonJuly 5, 2013
    Nothing very Cuban about it, unless Cuban food is supposed to be bland and boring.
  • Melanie B.
    Melanie BennettMarch 4, 2010
    Steak sandwich is delicious
  • Mark K.
    Mark KleinschmidtFebruary 1, 2010
    Yummy steak sandwich
  • Angela M.
    Angela MorabitoNovember 28, 2009
    the Che Fries are rad
  • Jeffrey P.
    Jeffrey PoundsJune 24, 2011
    Wack. Bland. Mediocre at best. Cheap beer though.
  • Tonya E.
    Tonya EvansSeptember 28, 2016
    Nothing! They have redone the whole menu and it's no longer authentic Cuban. 1st the waitress got it drink order wrong. Then everything we tried to order she told us that they were out of.
  • Amy W.
    Amy WardJuly 16, 2013
    Has terrible terrible service.
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