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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,
Location
120 Danforth Ave, Toronto, ON M4K 1N1
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Opening Hours *Holiday hours

Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
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Saturday
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  • < $10,

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

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September 12, 2020

Amazing service amazing owners and authentic.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

August 28, 2020

An unexpected gem! I was looking for a place to go on a first date. The reviews I read for the Mambo Lounge helped me decide this would be the perfect place. Our server was pleasant and fast and spoke to my date in Spanish which he seemed to appreciate. Delicious food served quickly, very good Mojitos...I would 100% come here again!

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

July 24, 2020

Food was delicious, the yuca fries are a favourite! Definitely would go back, taste like back home like my grandma makes in Cuba.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

March 5, 2020

Been going to this restaurant for several years. Food is always excellent and the service is impeccable.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

February 18, 2020

Best Cuban authentic restaurant (and Mojitos) in Canada.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

February 10, 2020

Tip was sneakily included in the bill — rude. Served wrong drinks. Long wait. Food is very good though.

Ambiance: 2/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 1/5

February 10, 2020

Even though it was a busy night, the service was attentive. Everyone enjoyed their meal.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

February 9, 2020

Absolutely loved Mambo Lounge. The food was hot and tasted delicious. I had the sea bass while the other members of my party had steak. Portion size was very good. The creme brûlée was to die for! Our waitress was very nice also, and very efficient. Would definitely visit again!!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

January 24, 2020

Loved this little gem, with the tapas appetizers & delicious mohitos snd warmth in the restaurant I felt I was in Cuba. Very authentic and fresh food. Would definitely go back. Apparently the have live music on weekends.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

January 12, 2020

It was closed and and no one was there at 1230pm even though it said it was open 12-2 on Saturdays

Ambiance: 1/5

Cuisine: 1/5

Service: 1/5

January 1, 2020

Everything was perfect!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

December 29, 2019

Very friendly attentive staff. Live music was excellent. Food was very tasty.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

December 19, 2019

Great place, excellent food best in TO for Cuban cuisine.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 5/5

December 6, 2019

top notch

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

October 22, 2019

Best Cuban food in town!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

September 18, 2019

Everything was excellent. Quaint and cozy rarity. Would definitely go back. Thank you for a lovely evening Andreas!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 5/5

September 7, 2019

Amazing food!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

July 28, 2019

Loved the place, food and the music. They had a guitar singing player

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

July 22, 2019

Four of us attended the restaurant on a nice summer evening, Friday July 12, 2019. We were very pleased with the authentic mojitos and ordered off the Summerlicious menu. Each of us had a salad to start and two of us had the grilled striploin, the other two, the fish. All of us enjoyed our meals and the quick service from our server, Gypsy. Dessert was the flan for two and a great creme brule for the other two. Everything was served promptly, hot and fresh. We're definitely going to make a return visit to this terrific spot on the Danforth. Thank you - Vince Manganaro

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

July 21, 2019

First time at the Mambo Lounge for dinner. Had the excellent Summerlicious menu on the patio. Food was outstanding - fresh and so tasty - and the service was very friendly and prompt. Great cocktails, too!

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

July 20, 2019

What a warm and wonderful restaurant! the food was impecable, drinks were great, we're going back soon.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 4/5

July 18, 2019

Good food. Server was way to serious. You have to smile its part of the whole experience.

Ambiance: 3/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 3/5

July 16, 2019

The coconut flan is the best!

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 5/5

July 9, 2019

Nice food, good music. Good for family meal

Ambiance: 3/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 4/5

July 1, 2019

Our birthday celebration was a dud as the restaurant was closed.

Ambiance: 1/5

Cuisine: 1/5

Service: 1/5

July 1, 2019

Excellent place for a night out and the entertainment was fantastic. Took us back to Cuba! Great job by the owners. Felt like family.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

June 19, 2019

My criterion is based on 1 day of visit only, and even just a couple of hours so, it has a lot of relativity. - Darkness catches you as soon as you enter, and for those who doesn't see well anymore, might be quite uncomfortable to find out what's in your food. - On the other hand, however, the food was just excellent. A little bit spicy for Cuban diet in general but very tasty! Maybe a prior warning from the waitress is the solution. It is a place we just can't miss visiting if wandering around. Having worked in the hospitality industry and representing the Cuban culture for over 26 years, I left the place with thousand of ideas in my head, and the desire to have interacted more with the owner who, even without knowing me, left what he was doing and accompanied me outside to make sure I got the proper taxi. Typical of Cuban people :) Thanks for the Cuban night, MANGO! Note: Good interpretation of Cuban music by the guitar guy.

Ambiance: 3/5

Cuisine: 3/5

Service: 4/5

June 9, 2019

Great service great food. Lovely environment. Definitely recommend.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

June 6, 2019

Not for a young couple,many older Roudy folks loud very dim small restaurant music was more for older folks slow not lively . My husband is Cuban and even he wasnt entertained. The portions was small rice was hard thought I was eating plastic . Cuba may lack resources but their pina coladas are unforgettable flavourful ,rich and creamy . Here we paid for what tasted liked like watered down pineapple juice poured over crushed ice . For an unsatisfactory meal we paid way too much . The best part was the flan which by the way we took to go because we were not enjoying the atmosphere.

Ambiance: 2/5

Cuisine: 2/5

Service: 2/5

June 4, 2019

This was our second time at Mambo Lounge and We had an awesome evening. Live latin music is a plus to those who like to hit the dancing floor. Besides that, our server, Ruben, was very attentive, pleasant and cheerful. Food was very tasty, traditional Cuban food, and I just loved their casava sticks. Keep in mind it is a Latin restaurant, so the atmosphere is casual, and food is served by a very friendly staff. My Birthday celebration was a success and everyone had a great time in the dancing floor. Andres and his wife Gipsy are excellent hosts and made our evening very special. Highly recommended!!!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

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