La Isla Restaurant - Uptown, Hoboken, NJ:
A Restaurant Review

La Isla Restaurant - Uptown, Hoboken nj
La Isla Restaurant - Uptown
25 12th Street,

La Isla-Uptown Restaurant Highlights

Fare: Cuban

Price: Moderate

Food Quality: Well-executed, boldly seasoned, artfully presented, Cuban dishes.

Service: Friendly, unpretentious, and attentive.

Ambiance/Decor: A Cuban themed vibe with walls adorned with paintings by Cuban artist Humberto Benitez, and soft background Cuban music

Overall Rating: 3 Stars --- One of the best Cuban restaurants in the Hoboken area.

Note: Four-star Rating System from 1/2 Star = Poor to 4 stars = Best in Class

Noise Level: Moderate - High

Dress: Casual

Recommended For: Diners who enjoy well-executed, boldly seasoned Cuban dishes served in a festive atmosphere, at an affordable price.

Not Recommended For: Diners who prefer either an upscale fine dining restaurant, or a casual, traditional American restaurant

Recommended dishes: When available, The Churrasco grilled skirt steak with, chimichurri; The Pescado al Horno con Risoto de Calabaza with roasted branzino, caramelized butternut squash risotto, pomegranate, and mint; and The Tasajo Con Boniato braised salt-cured shredded beef, with Cuban sweet potato, and rice.

Liquor: Full bar service, with over fifty wines by the glass, featuring many affordably priced wines from Spain, Chile and Argentina, and a large selection of fine rums, original tropical drinks and a dynamic offering of craft beers and spirits.

Restaurant Review

La Isla - Uptown is a popular dining spot for diners who enjoy boldly seasoned Cuban dishes served in a festive atmosphere. A good spot for an affordable, romantic, dining experience.

The interior features a Cuban themed vibe with a white tiled floor. dark wood trimmed and light-colored walls adorned with paintings by Humberto Benitez, a Cuban artist living in Coral Gables, and soft background Cuban music

La Isla Restaurant - Uptown is under the management of Chef Owner Omar Giner. Chef Giner received his formal culinary education in Culinary Arts/Chef Training at Hudson Community College. He later honed and mastered his culinary skills at the family owned La Isla- Downtown in Hoboken before opening the Uptown La Isla restaurant in 2015.

La Isla serves a well-executed, artfully crafted. Selection of Cuban food including sandwiches, steaks and chicken, desserts, and an excellent brunch, all with world-class flavors. The dinner menu features small plates.

Originally a pastry chef, Omar's desserts are some of his most popular and creative dishes. Save room for The Frozen Key Lime Pie with cilantro-lime syrup, & toasted almonds, or The Tres Leches with three milk and rum soaked sponge cake, meringue.

La Isla is open six days/week for Brunch & Dinner:
Tue - Sat 11:00 AM - 9:00 PM, Sun 10:00 AM - 9:00 PM

(updated: January 2023)

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