Gustazo Cuban Restaurant & Cafe – Waltham, MA

This past weekend me and Roosevelt ate at this incredible Cuban restaurant in Waltham. I had bookmarked it a while ago and we had never gotten around to going. On Saturday night we decided to drive down and try Gustazo Cuban Restaurant & Cafe and so glad we did. It was worth the wait and the trip.

A small cafe nestled into downtown Waltham on Main Street, you get the hustle and bustle while feeling transported somewhere else entirely. With an amazing wall of art and tables styled with old style art and newspaper elements I felt like I was on an island eating Cuban food directly from the kitchen of a home grown cook.

Every dish was flavorful and rich with distinct flavors. With a modern flair, Gustazo takes Cuban Cuisine into another dimension and introduces flavors to your palate you didn’t know could exist. With a mixture of small plates/tapas which includes both vegetarian and meat options along with large plates, the options make it harder to choose what you want to eat.Make the time to check them out, they are one of the few, true Cuban places around and you wont regret it!

As an added bonus there is a great park across the street from them detailing the service of veterans from all different eras of war. We walked around and took some pictures there as well. Great evening and so glad I have another place to add to my list of favorites!

Favorites of the night:

  • Maduros con Tocino (Sweet plantains wrapped in bacon, agave, orange slices, crumbled goat cheese & arugula) – Small Plate/Tapas
  • Spanish Latte – absolutely perfect coffee
  • Tamal en Cazuela (Cuban style polenta, mojo glazed pork tips, & caramelized onions)



Fresh cut flowers


Passion Fruit Juice




Puerco Asado: Slow roasted pork, caramelized onions, rice, black beans & maduros


Tamal en Cazuela: Cuban style polenta, mojo glazed pork tips, & caramelized onions


Cazuela de Coliflor Asada: Roasted cauliflower cazuela with manchego cheese, pistachios & sweet onions


Maduros con Tocino: sweet plantains wrapped in bacon, agave, orange slices, crumbled goat cheese, & arugula


Wall of art!


Our table


Spanish Latte- Coffee perfection


Pudin de Pan: Warm chocolate bread pudding with walnuts, vanilla ice cream, Crème de vie, chocolate syrup & Turron de Alicante


Close up


Flan: Traditional Cuban egg custard (Roo’s dessert)

This place was a gem, I can’t wait to go back and try more of their wonderful cuisine!

Try new things,



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