Danzón Cubano is a tribute to the Cuban people, their history, their culture, and their perseverance in the face of trials. Our restaurant was inspired by a gentleman born in Havana, Cuba. His father, a businessman and well-known big game fisherman, was a close friend of Ernest Hemingway—they fished together in Cuba, Key West and the Bahamas.
Many Cuban children came to the United States when they were 15 years-old as part of Operation Peter Pan—”Operación Pedro Pan”—an under the radar program that from 1960 to 1962 brought more than 14,000 unaccompanied Cuban children to the USA as exiles from the Communist regime of Fidel Castro.
When they left Cuba, many of these children barely knew English, had $5 in their pocket and a change of clothes. Today, many are successful members of society and credit the kindness of the American people for opening their arms of freedom to boys who had nothing to offer.
This historical event inspired us to create Danzón Cubano, and we want to dedicate the only Cuban restaurant in Grand Rapids to all of them and the many other millions of stories of Americans who have immigrated to the United States from all over the world and contributed to this beautiful country. Stories like this, have been and will continue to be the building block of the American dream, in which with persistence, dedication and hard work, you can build a successful life and contribute to the well-being of this nation.
Please take advantage of call ahead seating as we do not take reservations.
Had great service and delicious food tonight! Drinks were delicious, loved the mojito and the sangria. Paella was awesome and they had a fabulous appetizer special that was a scallop sofrito kinda crab cake sorta thing that was unreal how good it was.
Good place to hang with my friends.
Very authentic food and great drinks.
Amazing flavors and great service.
Very good Cuban and Cuban inspired food and drinks. The food came quickly and tasted fresh and authentic. They have a long cocktail menu that's full of great drinks, and the prices are not bad. I will definitely be back.
Wonderful vibe and EXCELLENT customer service! The food was STELLAR! If I could I would give this place 100 stars!
You MUST visit this restaurant! The food is fantastic, And the service is top notch! If you're into Rums they will take to a quick dive into the Caribbean with their variety of rooms from all over the Caribbean islands!
The empanadas were delicious!
We tried this place out. Food was really good and staff was very friendly. We definitely are going back.