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120 Danforth Ave, Toronto, ON M4K 1N1
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Closed now 11:00 am - 2:00 pm

Methods of Payment:

  • amex
  • interac
  • masterCard
  • visa
  • cash

Rates:

  • < $10,

Opening Hours

Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
Saturday
Sunday

Cuisine type

  • Cuban,

Dishes

  • Tapas,
  • Sandwich,

Features

  • Restaurant With Terrace,
  • Wheelchair-accessible Restaurant,
  • Extensive Wine List,

Atmosphere

  • Trendy,
  • Casual,

Products and Services

  • Tapas,
  • Cuban,
  • Danforth,
  • Contemporary,
  • Eclectic,
  • Greektown,
    • Live Music,
    • Catering,
    • Take-out,
    • Live Entertainment,
    • Prix-fixe,
    • Dancing,
  • more...
  • less...

Languages Spoken

  • English,
  • Spanish,

Meet the owner

Opening Mambo Lounge was no first step into Cuban food and culture for owner Andres Gonzales. In the 1990s, after graduating from university as a nuclear engineer, he quickly shifted gears to promote tourism in his native country, Cuba. Andres helped develop Cayo Coco and Havana as major tourist destinations and was the director of one of the biggest hotels in Cuba. In 2001, he was promoted to Canada to run a major campaign for Cuban tourism.

Andres and his family fell in love with Toronto and decided to stay. But there was a piece missing. “I was missing my culture,” he explains. “Cubans enjoy life. It doesn’t matter who your parents are, or the situation you are in. We try to get the best out of life.” At first, he decided to start a place for him and his friends. “It was a place for us to hang out on the weekends and enjoy Cuban music and food.”

It wasn’t too long before the gathering of Cuban friends grew to the next level. “At the time, the Danforth was a hot spot,” recalls Andres. “We started to build a new hangout where people could experience a piece of Cuba.” In 2006, Mambo opened its doors to the Danforth community. While now much bigger than the original “friend” concept, it remains true to its family roots.

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Ratings & Reviews - Mambo Lounge

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    Great Atmosphere and amazing food with great prices. I recommend you check this place out.

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    July 14, 2018

    My friend and I thought we’d check out an authentic Cubian restaurant for dinner. We choice dinner from the Summerlicious menu. The food was prepared adequately but certainly nothing special and the only thing Cubian about our meals was the music. I had a salad to start with some type of canned mango dressing. Then I had sea bass that was cooked well. It was serviced with a coconut rice however there was no coconut flavour. Along with that came a small portion of bok choy and carrots. I’ve been to Cuba a few times and never saw boy choy served. For dessert was a chocolate mousse cake from Costco. The service was good and fast, no complaints there.

    Ambiance: 3/5

    Cuisine: 3/5

    Service: 4/5

    July 13, 2018

    Had a wonderful time at Mambo. The food was delicious, the drinks went down a treat, and the service was good. Would highly recommend this place

    Ambiance: 5/5

    Cuisine: 5/5

    Service: 5/5

    July 9, 2018

    If the gratuity is to be added automatically then that information should be noted on the menu.

    Ambiance: 4/5

    Cuisine: 5/5

    Service: 3/5

    June 27, 2018

    I love this place and especially Friday and Sat when they have music. Good food, service and atmosphere.

    Ambiance: 4/5

    Cuisine: 5/5

    Service: 5/5

    June 4, 2018

    Food was great! Will definitely be coming back!!!

    Ambiance: 4/5

    Cuisine: 5/5

    Service: 5/5

    June 3, 2018

    We had a Cuban reunion. Great place for that Usic , dancing or just a quiet chat on the patio at the back.

    Ambiance: 4/5

    Cuisine: 4/5

    Service: 3/5

    May 13, 2018

    Awesome place. Live music, great food, cool drinks.

    Ambiance: 5/5

    Cuisine: 5/5

    Service: 5/5

    May 14, 2018

    We got there 5 minutes before our 6pm reservation and the doors were locked. Had a minute of panic before they came to open the door for us. Service was prompt and friendly, and the food was both delicious and generously portioned. My favourite was the ropa vieja (and that may have been the rice and beans helping too) and the crab cake that came on the tapas platter. I didn't feel it all that badly but a few of my dinner companions complained it was too hot in the restaurant.

    Ambiance: 4/5

    Cuisine: 5/5

    Service: 5/5

    May 5, 2018

    Great food and atmosphere. Live music. Was good for birthday celebration.

    Ambiance: 5/5

    Cuisine: 5/5

    Service: 5/5

    April 22, 2018

    Loved the food, great service and fantastic music. I will be back.

    Ambiance: 5/5

    Cuisine: 5/5

    Service: 5/5

    March 24, 2018

    We had a great time! Great good and amazing live music! Will definitely come back!

    Ambiance: 5/5

    Cuisine: 5/5

    Service: 5/5

    February 25, 2018

    We have been to Mambo several times and have always been satisfied with the food and service. This time was no exception!

    Ambiance: 4/5

    Cuisine: 4/5

    Service: 4/5

    February 24, 2018

    Only one waitress for a busy Thursday night - poor her & no wonder she did a mediocre (at best) job. We had to wait & look out to catch her to order more drinks. My friend SPECIFICALLY asked for change from a large bill and she didn't bring it & when asked said "Oh I asked you if you wanted change and you said no" - absolutely untrue. The grilled calamari was dry & hard and inedible, so my friend returned it. She said after "the chef said it wasn't good tonight" - then why serve it? The replacement tapas arrived long after we had all finished - very poor service and it wasn't even comped! The fish dish was tasty but a small portion. The lamb shank was tender and lovely. Drinks were good, as were yucca fries.

    Ambiance: 4/5

    Cuisine: 2/5

    Service: 2/5

    February 23, 2018

    genuine flavours...delicious. warm welcome.

    Ambiance: 5/5

    Cuisine: 5/5

    Service: 5/5

    February 19, 2018

    Love this place. Staff is very friendly and accommodating. Had friends in from out of town so after enjoying my first visit I decided to try it again. Was not disappointed. Stay for the music. He is great too.

    Ambiance: 5/5

    Cuisine: 5/5

    Service: 5/5

    February 5, 2018

    Food was delicious, big portions of steak. The live music was an extra touch to a fun evening, everyone in our group said they want to return soon.

    Ambiance: 5/5

    Cuisine: 5/5

    Service: 5/5

    February 2, 2018

    First time visiting this venue - Went for Winterlicious Food, wine and service were very good. I would go again.

    Ambiance: 4/5

    Cuisine: 4/5

    Service: 4/5

    January 29, 2018

    Came here for winterlicious. Menu offerings were solid but the automatic 15% gratuity added to our bill left a sour taste in my mouth.

    Ambiance: 2/5

    Cuisine: 4/5

    Service: 4/5

    January 28, 2018

    Love the food and good service! Will come back again for sure :)

    Ambiance: 5/5

    Cuisine: 5/5

    Service: 5/5

    January 15, 2018

    Excellent service and food

    Ambiance: 5/5

    Cuisine: 5/5

    Service: 5/5

    December 14, 2017

    I am delighted to finally find a gem like Mambo that serves up authentic Cuban cuisine in an atmosphere that is inviting and warm just like my birthplace. Being a Cuban, I definitely recommend this understated treasure on Danforth.

    Ambiance: 5/5

    Cuisine: 5/5

    Service: 5/5

    November 19, 2017

    Amazing Cuban food for reasonable prices. It was presented in a gourmet style but nothing pretentious. The waiter was a very nice man who looked after us. The atmosphere suited for a romantic evening.

    Ambiance: 4/5

    Cuisine: 5/5

    Service: 5/5

    November 6, 2017

    Very nice and warm welcome all the time I've been there, food very cuban taste, I love it!

    Ambiance: 5/5

    Cuisine: 5/5

    Service: 5/5

    October 31, 2017

    Every tapas items was expertly prepared and tasted great. You are going to spend more here but overall I think it was worth it. Beer and wine by the glass selection lacking. Should have a Spanish beer on the menu. Minus 1 star.

    Ambiance: 5/5

    Cuisine: 4/5

    Service: 5/5

    October 27, 2017

    Fantastic live guitar which was the extra spice on a lovely meal. Very personal touch with the service. Great place for a date. ENJOY!

    Ambiance: 4/5

    Cuisine: 4/5

    Service: 4/5

    October 2, 2017

    Intimate vibe and friendly staff.

    Ambiance: 5/5

    Cuisine: 5/5

    Service: 5/5

    August 6, 2017

    Live music Friday and Saturday. The food was great! The service was excellent. We had a great time!

    Ambiance: 5/5

    Cuisine: 4/5

    Service: 4/5

    July 17, 2017

    Very good Cuban restaurant ! We went to Cuba last year and we found back all the Cuban savors at Mambo Loundge ! Thanks :)

    Ambiance: 5/5

    Cuisine: 5/5

    Service: 5/5

    July 16, 2017

    A lovely restaurant with friendly, attentive staff. The food was delicious, but entree portions could have been a bit larger. Also, we prefer restaurants that do not add a tip on to the total bill in advance, which they do here (we were a group of four).

    Ambiance: 5/5

    Cuisine: 4/5

    Service: 5/5

    July 15, 2017

    Dinner for summerlicious and they slapped a 15% gratuity on the bill for some odd reason. Kinda of ruined the good experience up until that point.

    Ambiance: 5/5

    Cuisine: 4/5

    Service: 3/5

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