We are so happy to introduce El Sapo Cuban Social Club, a hip, festive, forward-thinking Cuban restaurant, and the first of its kind in the Washington, D.C. metro area. It’s been a long dream of Chef Raynold Mendizábal to represent and promote his culture through his craft, and here it is. Bright, open, and brimming with energy, El Sapo’s whole storefront lifts to let the breeze in. The fresh mojitos, upbeat music and bold island food really do require “no filter.” Our menu is rooted in tradition and unmistakably Cuban; full of intense flavors, colors and aromas. About half of the dishes are what Chef Mendizábal ate at home or on the streets of La Habana, while the other half tell the story of his journey as a chef.

If the heart of El Sapo is the kitchen, its soul is our signature open-air double bar, spilling out into a spacious private patio, which is perfect for parties and private events. The outdoor space continues around the corner into a sidewalk café where you can sip on cortaditos throughout the day and finish the evening with cocktails, aged rums and dinner al fresco. And in true Cuban form, we go social on weekends, hosting brunch with mojitos by the pitcher, La Habana street food and brunch fare done the El Sapo way.

So bring your friends and join me in downtown Silver Spring, and together we’ll bring El Sapo Cuban Social Club to life.

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