Casona, the little Havana in the heart of Collingswood, features a menu ranging from traditional Cuban fare to Nouveau Latin cuisine. Casona is the ... More
Casona, the little Havana in the heart of Collingswood, features a menu ranging from traditional Cuban fare to Nouveau Latin cuisine. Casona is the home to truly innovative mouth-watering traditional Cuban favorites that include many gluten free & vegetarian menu options. Our in-house coffee bar features an international line of authentic coffees, espressos & teas, as well as unique virgin smoothies, tropical combinations, imported sodas & ice teas. Our chef, Pedro Reyes, has created a tantalizing menu that is sure to satisfy even the most discerning of Latin palates. In addition to our cozy dining room, we offer outdoor seating on our tranquil wrap around porch that can be enjoyed all year round. Join us for lunch, dinner or our award winning Sunday brunch.
I've had nothing but the best experience at Casona! I have been there many times since we've first heard about it. I even had my fiancee's 30th surprise party there. EVERYONE was so accommodating! The manager helped me set up a plan to throw off my hunni and it worked like a charm! He was so surprised! Everyone raved about how amazing the food was for weeks after the party. Everyone chipped in extra because the service was so good they wanted to make sure our server was taken care of! We've been back a few times since the party and as always GREAT service! I actually went to dinner at another restaurant .. ordered the Filet after having it at Casona .. and asked my fiancee WHY didn't we go to Casona!! I won't be making that mistake again :) I would recommend EVERYONE to go to Casona and its BYOB so it makes your bill a lot cheaper if you like to have a drink with dinner! ALSO if you bring something like rum they can make pitchers of Mojitos for a low price of around $8 or so .. If you bring a bottle of Sangria they can make a pitcher of REAL sangria with it. AMAZING!!
We went to eat for the first time about four weeks ago on a Saturday night and the food was fabulous . The place was crowded , we had reservations and did wait but felt it was worth it when we dined. We went back today and the food was absolutely horrible . The rice was not cooked . the appetizers were soggy and quite frankly we think they were not fresh . I ordered a steak ..it was so tough I could not make the fork go into it. My husbands pork chops were overcooked to where he couldnt cut them ... When I complained to waiter he caught an attitude . We were so disappointed and will never go back .All we can think of is that there had to be a different chef there .
Service and staff were awful. We were seated 45 minutes after our reservation. The only thing that changed was our location. We were given a drink menu and a complimemtry glass of tap water. When my wife went to inquire she was blown off by a woman who claimed to own the establishment. We got up and left. When I confronted the hostess she was short and rude. She claimed that we were seated after people that arrived after us because there reservations were at 7:30. A curious claim since we arrived exactly on time for our 8pm reservations and these folks arrived 10-15 mins after us; maybe they were familiar with the service of this establishment. A more plausible explanation is that the hostess was lying. Don't waste your time, go anywhere else.
After being personally assured by the new management that Casona made major staffing changes and was re-committed to customer service, my girlfriends and I decided to give it another chance. Couldn't have been more pleased. I would rate the service level on par with any 5 star I've been to (ok, they didn't have the crumb scrapers or a sommelier - but were completely attentive!). We actually loved the appetizers more and next time will probably just order a ton of appies. We shared 3 desserts which were fabulous and my own tres-leches is fairly legendary. My entree, Lechon Asado, tasted authentic, I just like a little spicier food and I should have made a bolder choice. Delicious nevertheless. The live music and setting were perfect for a warm spring night. I would highly recommend Casona based on my experience last night.
We had a reservation last night for 7:30pm for a party of 8. We arrived at 7:25. We were told our table was almost ready, as another party was getting ready to leave our table.(We heard this excuse for an hour and a half). At 9:00pm, our entire party left and went to Cafe Aldo Lamberti on Rt. 70. We were never given an apology, never offered a complimentary mojito mixer, nothing. We had been to Casona's at least 2 dozen times before. In fact, my husband frequently entertains clients there and spends quite a lot of money there. We will never go back. It was truly, the worst experience we have ever had.
We went there on 10/25. The restaurant is elegant and charming. A definite for romantics. The food was okay. I especially liked the cole slaw. However, definitely not for someone who knows anything about Cuban/Caribbean food, but more for the inexperienced latin diner. I guess that is why they call it Neuvo Latin Cuisine. I didn’t think there was much in value when you consider the price. (One serving of Tres Leche desert cake was $9.95). One final note: I paid by credit card and the amount I put in the credit card tip line was increased by the server by several dollars (as observed on my monthly credit card bill). So if you want to pay for overpriced food and then pay a bit more without your knowledge, this is the place to go.
Wow, great night and great meal!
Hats off to our server Facundo(sp?) for great service and suggestions.
Our party of four started off with a couple of pitchers of mixers, margaritas and mojitos, and that got things rolling right along. Make sure you bring some tequila and rum! Gotta love BYOB!
We tried a lot of food that night. Highlights were the Empanadas de Queso, Churrasco Steak, Cuban Springrolls, and the Habana Maduro. The Habana Maduro was the surprise hit of the night, who knew plantains, pork and swiss cheese would work together so well, delicious.
We all also shared a sublime dessert(the name escapes me) consisting of a vanilla sponge cake topped with whipped cream and caramel sauce, in a pool of 3 sweetened milks, wow.
The house that the restaurant occupies has lots of character, and the huge porch looks like a great spot to dine, though we opted for a table inside Parking on that section of Haddon Ave. was a piece of cake too.
Definitely a 5 star dinner, we will be returning soon.
There is no place like Casona. It truly stands out. The open air Caribbean design of Casona makes you feel like you are on vacation. I have dined there many times and have never been disappointed. Sure they have occastional issues with wait times, etc., but it is worth it. It's such a beautiful and cozy, I can't help but want to take my time. The steaks and seafood are excellent. They have some authentic Cuban dishes but they are more Neuvo if you ask me. Brunch is awesome. It's great for large groups and private parties. Don't listen to any bashing about Casona. This place admits and makes up for mistakes.