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Alvarez Cafe

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511 Elizabeth Ave, Elizabeth, NJ 07206-1130 (5th Street)
+1 908-289-4011
07:00 - 00:00
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New Jersey
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12 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 March 2017

This is by far the worst cuban food, I have ever tasted in my life! This place was recommended by a friend who lives in the area, ordered a churascco and arroz congri, food came out cold the steak had absolutely no seasoning. DO NOT WASTE YOUR MONEY HERE THE WORST TASTING FOOD EVER!! THERE ARE BETTER CUBAN PLACES YOU... More 

Thank lucia78NewJersey
West New York, New Jersey
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14 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 4 April 2016

I have been to Alvarez Cafe several times - its a neighborhood place: nothing fancy but excellent food. Being of Cuban descent, we are always interested in seeing how "authentic" food is. Went to dinner with a group on Saturday night and the place continues to please our palate! This place is almost as good as home cooking. Bistec empanizado... More 

Thank Cristina6460
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7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 16 February 2016

Real Cuban taste without the fancy whistles of others who claim to be but are just expensive and watered down flavors. If you want authentic Cuban, this is the place to go!

Thank Clara F
New York City, New York
2 reviews
Reviewed 21 November 2015

I was excited to receive a flyer from a girl standing in front of my building advertising for Simply Cuban. It was only several blocks away and I love Cuban sandwiches. Several of us decided to try it out for lunch. First we sat at a table and the waitress didn't come around for 15 min. Finally she came brought... More 

Guaynabo, Puerto Rico
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68 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 May 2015

I would normally give this type of restaurant an average review, but had to give it a "very good" review due to their great service. Staff is very attentive and courteous. Mr Alvarez, the restaurant's proprietor, was extremely courteous. Visited the restaurant for breakfast and they had a great selection, with many options, from your typical Cuban breakfast to sandwich... More 

Thank gs07jas
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7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 April 2015 via mobile

I'm from Miami and Alvarez use to be the spot where I could feel like I was back in Miami. But lately service is terrible ( when usually only maybe two other people are in the place) I have a small child and I don't feel like children are welcomed. He isn't a "bad" child. But he is a child.... More 

Thank Anaelisa R
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17 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 February 2015

I did not have car, found out the hotel has delivery for free! great! and the flan with coconut, can't miss that one

Thank TexasPTY
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9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 January 2015

I have been eating here since I am a little boy, and as an adult I take my family here, even now order Christmas Eve dinner here. If you want to experience good ol' home made authentic cubin cuisine, this is the place to go! The atmosphere is still warm and inviting and the family who owns the business for... More 

1 Thank Hues G
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147 reviews
93 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 153 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 June 2013

I grew up in Elizabeth and Alvarez Cafe was the place to go. It is a family owned restaurant that has been in Elizabeth for ever. Their food is your authentic/traditional Cuban food and may I add the real thing.... from their rice and beans to their Cuban sandwich....Delish!

5 Thank blancanj
Santa Clara, California
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100 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 May 2013

We discovered the Alvarez Cafe driving around during a stop-over at the Newark airport [EWR]. Located on Elizabeth Ave in Elizabeth, it looked like a good place for lunch. It was that and more, featuring well prepared dishes with a Spanish-American flavor - maybe Cuban, but I've never been to Cuba so who knows? On subsequent EWR stop overs we... More 

1 Thank wolfg981

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$30 - US$30
Latin, Caribbean, Cuban
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Open Hours
07:00 - 00:00
07:00 - 00:00
07:00 - 00:00
07:00 - 00:00
07:00 - 00:00
07:00 - 00:00
07:00 - 00:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 511 Elizabeth Ave, Elizabeth, NJ 07206-1130
    (5th Street)
  • Location: United States  >  New Jersey (NJ)  >  Elizabeth
  • Phone Number: +1 908-289-4011
Cuban Food

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?