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Mambo's Cafe - 17 Reviews - 1701 Victory Blvd, Glendale, CA 91201-2833, Glendale, CA - Cuban Restaurants Reviews - Phone (818) 545-8613

Mambo's Cafe

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1701 Victory Blvd, Glendale, CA 91201-2833
Glendale, CA 91201
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(818) 545-8613
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Food & Dining , Caribbean Restaurants

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Mambo's Cafe - Glendale, CA
Mambo's Cafe - Glendale, CA
Mambo's Cafe - Glendale, CA
Mambo's Cafe - Glendale, CA
Mambo's Cafe - Glendale, CA
Mambo's Cafe - Glendale, CA

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Best

Mambos has all my favorite Cuban dishes and more. I love the breaded Chicken (Pollo Empanizado), Shredded Beef (Ropa Vieja) and Garlic Shrimp (Camarones al Ajillo). Home made Ta...

Worst

I had a similar experience as Hyperspin. When my sandwich arrived, it was cold and not pressed. They took it back to the kitchen. Instead of making a proper one, they overpressed ...

Best Authentic Cuban Food! 1/5/2010

Mambos has all my favorite Cuban dishes and more. I love the breaded Chicken (Pollo Empanizado), Shredded Beef (Ropa Vieja) and Garlic Shrimp (Camarones al Ajillo). Home made Tamales (pork or vegetable), Empanadas, Croquetas, papa rellena and Yuca Frita are all favorites of mine and they do them right. Great selection of drinks. They have the Cuban sodas that I grew up drinking, Malta, Materva, Iron Beer and Jupina. They also have dr pepper and root beer on tap. Save room for desert! They make a nice rice pudding (Arroz con Leche) and Flan. Finish off with a cuban espresso or cafe con leche. A+ Service! The staff is helpful and friendly. And the prices are great. Tuesday nights is music night. A live band really makes Mambos, ""The Place To Be!"" Make it a point to check this place out. Enjoy! Pros: Great Food, Drinks, Music and Service more

A diamond in the rough! 12/27/2009

We heard about this hidden gem on the popular tv show, "Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives"; and were eager to try... more

A diamond in the rough! 12/27/2009

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We heard about this hidden gem on the popular tv show, "Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives"; and were eager to try it even though it meant driving an hour... more

Excellent food! 6/8/2009

This is your place to find EXCELLENT Cuban food. If you love shredded juicy roast pork, plantains, black beans and rice, this is the place to be... come here for the food and service. It's not a quiet place. The acoustics are a bit loud, but that's only because it's always full, but that's because all the food is EXCELLENT! Pros: Best salmon or roast pork Cons: Decor and Noise level more

this place will get busy soon 6/2/2009

Guy Fieri will have this place on the show soon so expect it to get busy. I imagine that since he has it on the show it is worth 5 stars. more

One of My Faves! 11/1/2008

Mambo's is one of my fave places ever. Not only is the food absolutely fabulous, the service is just beyond lovely. I have never had a bad meal there or a bad experience with the staff or owners. In fact, I feel sorry for the person who fails to have the full Mambo's outing -- good food, good ambiance, good interaction with the awesome staff, all at a great price -- and I suggest giving the joint another shot. I'm a frugal foodie and I can't recommend this place more highly. I think I'l go there right now! more

Replace this place with Porto's. Boycott Mambos for unprofessionalism! Read Below! No lie! 9/2/2008

I had a similar experience as Hyperspin. When my sandwich arrived, it was cold and not pressed. They took it back to the kitchen. Instead of making a proper one, they overpressed the first one. It wasn't really even a sandwich anymore. Unprofessional & cheap of them! When I asked for a new one, the male owner did the same thing. He grabbed the plate away and told me never to return. His pride gets the best of him. He embarassed me and humilated me in front of other patrons. It was undeserved and uncalled for. Now, I have found other places to get a better priced and tasing medionoche anyway. I will never go back there and I will never recommend the place no matter how desperate a person may be. I even tried to deal with the Business advocacy organization (you know which one) about it, but to no avail. Hey you guys - just go to Porto's in Glendale or Burbank when you want cuban. Ban this place and these crazies owners for life. Don't let them get away with treating cutomers so poorly! Good riddance! Pros: Nothing good to say about it amymore. Read the review! Cons: Crazy owners who will 86 you whenever they want! more

One of our ""go to"" restaurants 8/7/2007

My wife and I have made this great Cuban restaurant one of our regular Friday/Saturday night dining spots. Everything on the menu is excellent and the prices are extremely reasonable by L.A. standards. Appetizer sampler platter is a must for groups of 4 or more. Mojitos are tasty, the music is excellent and the waitresses are great. The women in the kitchen are some of the best cooks anywhere. Pros: Fantastic food. Excellent service. No parking problems. Cons: None. more

Mmmmm Mmmmm Good! 12/8/2006

Great food! I was especially happy to discover their Picadilloskar, which is a vegetarian dish. Scumptious! The staff is friendly but if you plan on having lunch on a weekday, make sure to get there early! This place gets packed. Pros: Good food, inexpensive, friendly staff Cons: Can get a little loud at times. more

good food 7/12/2006

This place has nice food and the price is reasonable. My only suggestion is to be very nice to the owners. If you're not nice they won't be nice to you and you may even be asked to leave. Luckily they're nice to me but I had seen an innocent lady, with her co-workers, complain about something minor to the waiter and he became confrontational and told her to ""get out"". So, the moral of the story, good food and you'll get good service if you behave. more

Great Cuban food! 9/14/2005

If you want authentic Cuban food in Burbank, this is the best you'll get. The pork, steak, plaintains, black beans & rice- the whole meal feels like you're sitting in Little Havana. (Well, except for the salsa they serve with the Cuban bread - can we PLEASE just get some greasy butter on that?). It's a pretty small place that can get packed during peak hours, but I usually enjoy a late lunch on the patio without any trouble. Pros: authentic, good, filling meal more

Cozy! 7/15/2005

I love the food at MAMBO's as well as the atmosphere. An old garage has been converted into a great lunch spot. The walls are a deep red and adorned with black and white photos reflecting Cuban Arts. There's also outdoor seating ... great for an afternoon of Sangria and Pork Sandwiches. Pros: Atmosphere, Friendly Staff more

Cuban at best! 5/3/2005

I can't imagine that I would actually eat Cuban food again (after a bad taste at another restaurant). But this joint's really good, not the usual fruit and sweet juices running through your rice or meat (such a turn off). The dish kept the flavor, even with the plantains on the same plate and it didn't ruin the ""Mambo Chicken"". The place gets busy with a short wait even in lunch time. You'll spot a few famous people there, but with respect to everybody's privacy, we're all just enjoying the good food. Pros: Food, price Cons: wait, parking more

Good food 8/13/2004

This was a nice change from Versailles. The breast of chicken steak and the mambo chicken were good. The Carib-Bean salad was very yummy. Service was so-so, but considering there was only 1 waitress handling the place, it wasn't too shabby. Would definitely eat here again. Pros: Inexpensive, Cool ambience more

YUM!!! 7/24/2004

The food is consistently good, is always served with a smile, and the ambience is energizing and fun. Get the appetizer plate for a taste of everything - and it's not on the menu, but the chicken fajitas are delicious. The only sad thing is that they've stopped making milkshakes at night. They really need to bring them back! Otherwise, it's a great place! Pros: Inexpensive, good food, good music more

Horrible Service, Food and Experience 5/26/2004

Towards the end of our meal the waitress asked if the food was ok. I answered, ""Yes the chicken was good but the steak had an old taste to it"". She immediately said ""no!!"" and went to the kitchen. Shortly after that a man approached our table (looked like the owner) full of anger and told us he takes pride in his meat and we should have told him about it when the food arrived. He also told us he would not charge for the steak. He immediately took our plates and went to the back to get the bill. As we were paying the bill, he grabbed our drinks from our hands and told us to leave and not to come back. We left feeling ammused and wondering what happened? Why would you ask a person how their meal was if you can't accept a negative answer? more

Cozy atmosphere, great food! 6/23/2003

If you're looking for a chill place with great Cuban fare, Mambo's is just that spot. You come in, seat yourself and are immediately greeted by the very friendly staff. This is a family owned and operated restaurant and it shows in the way everyone works together to make it an enjoyable experience. The menu offers the right amount of choices...both for meat-lovers and vegetarians. Everything is delicious, which is why I have no exact recommendations. Heck, they even make a mean tuna melt! Pros: friendly staff, inexpensive, excellent service Cons: small parking lot more
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  • Hours:

    Mon: 11am-9pm, Fri: 11am-9pm, Sat: 12am-9pm, Sun: 12am-7pm
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  • Neighborhoods:

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