When Martino Linares opened the doors to his new restaurant in 1992, he was 61 years old with a young family and a dream to bring his passion for Cuba to the people of Somerville. More than 15 years late, Martino’s Cuban Restaurant is a beloved fixture of the Somerville Culinary scene. His four sons, exposed to the restaurant during their youth, are now involved in running the business and ensure that each dish that comes out of the kitchen retains the same level of quality that has been a hallmark of this community favorite.
With day-to-day operations now passed to his sons, the Linares family tradition of preparing flavorful and hearty pre-Castro style Cuban cuisine continues – with a modern twist added to some of the daily specials to keep it interesting. Everything is made from scratch and you’ll often be greeted by a member of the Linares clan when you enter the restaurant.
Your favorite entrees remain on the menu – Cuban Sandwiches (sliced pork, ham, Swiss cheese and pickles on French bread), Arroz con Pollo (chicken with rice), Mariscos a lo Martino (a house specialty with clams, mussels, shrimp, bay scallops and pieces of cod fish sautéed with garlic in a light, creamy lemon sauce with cilantro) and Ropa Vieja (pulled flank steak simmered with garlic onions, peppers and olives in a homemade tomato sauce).
Appetizers such as ham croquettes, meatpies, chicharrones and tostones can be ordered separately or as Sampler Plates for your entire party to enjoy. Soups are made daily, While the Black Bean soup is a perennial favorite, you might want to take a chance on their Chicken and Vegetable Soup or the Cuban Style Tripe Soup.
Every meal comes with rich, black beans and plantains. You have a choice of white rice, yellow rice, or congri. Leave room for one of their delicious desserts such as Tres Leches Cake or Flan Caramel Custard.
For the newcomer, the Executive Luncheon Buffet, available Tuesday through Friday from 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m., is a fabulous in introduction to the many traditional dishes of this flavorful cuisine. Entrees, soup and dessert are rotated daily – so there’s always variety. The buffet menu usually consists of: chicken, pork and/or beef entrée, two rice selections, appetizer and a homemade dessert. You’ll always find their incredible house salad with avocado dressing and of course, black beans and plantains. The $11.50 price (subject to change) includes the attentive service of friendly staff that are happy to tell you about the foods and served at the restaurant.
In addition to lunch and dinner, Martino’s can accommodate private parties for up to 35 guests in the restaurant. Or even bring a taste of Cuba to a catered event at your home or business.
Guests can take advantage of our wine delivery service and are also welcome to bring their own beverages to accompany their meals.