Is It Any Good?

Good Cuban in that hotbed of the Caribbean, beautiful downtown Burbank.

Of all things it was getting my tires replaced that caused me to discover Guantanemera.

The Costco is across the street, my Dad and I found ourselves looking for a meal. We could have gone for the rather ordinary looking Tex-Mex place, or the Cuban place we saw.

Needless to say, we were pleasantly surprised. It wasn’t the greatest place in the world, but it certainly fell into the category of “Does Not Suck”. I guess the worst thing I can say about it is that you won’t go out of your way to go there over someplace like Versailles or Porto’s (and even Mambo’s, also in Burbank/Glendale). But you will have a nice meal here. They will treat you good, and you won’t have any regrets. And more to the point, they must be doing something right, that night at Costco was years ago, and they’re still there, plugging away at the same location.


WHAT SHOULD I GET?: Far be it from me to violate the Phillipe’s rule, but their Pollo Asado (what I think of as Roasted Garlic Chicken) wasn’t bad. It doesn’t come close to what you’ll get at Versailles, but they did not shame themselves in any way. My Father got himself the Masitas de Puerco, and left very very happy. Best of all, they have Ropa Vejas, always the mark of quality for any Cuban establishment.


IMPORTANT SAFETY TIP, PEOPLE: Just so you know, Guantanemera is buried in the back of a small strip mall. It’s barely visible from the street, so just know that going in. Look for a corner with a McDonalds, and you’re almost there.


PARKING: Not good. Did I mention that the strip mall they’re in is a busy strip mall? There is free parking, but there ain’t a lot of it. And worst of all, it’s not exactly a place where parking on the street would be a good idea. That’s of course, assuming there’s any Street Parking to begin with, the intersection where its located, is a throughfare leading to a bridge which leads to the 5 Freeway.


916 W. Burbank Blvd.
Burbank, CA. 91506
Phone: 818 846 8500
Fax: 818 846 0678

Sunday – Thursday from 12:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Friday – Saturday from 12:00 pm to 1:00 am