Hot Spot of the Week: El Sapo Cuban Social Club

El Sapo Cuban Social Club

This week’s Hot Spot is El Sapo Cuban Social Club.  As one of downtown Silver Spring’s newest eateries, it is well on it’s way to being one of the best spots for dining and drinks in the area.  El Sapo features delicious and authentic Cuban cuisine and plenty of room to make your next tropical memories.

El Sapo Cuban Social ClubThis restaurant is located on the first floor of the new Central apartment building across Fenton Street from the Silver Spring library.  “Sapo” means toad in Spanish, and the entire restaurant is decorated with a whimsical green color scheme.  The dining room is huge, with plenty of space for large parties to gather and get comfortable.  However, the focus of the layout is the giant “Mojito Garden” which is big enough for at least a dozen tables and bar seating at two garage-style windows.  We took advantage of a beautiful day and sat outside.


El Sapo Cuban Social ClubThey have very generous Happy Hour specials, which extend until 7:30 pm.  Mojitos cost $6 while you can pick up beer and wine for $5.  Mojitos also come in a pitcher which is a perfect size for two.

El Sapo Cuban Social ClubThe food is outstanding.  We ordered the classics: Ropa Vieja and Puerco Asado.  While these dishes can be a bit bland at other Cuban restaurants, that was not the case here.  Both entrees were extremely flavorful and left us wanting more.  These dishes were much better than what we’ve eaten at that chain restaurant in Miami with the year in the name.   We also shared a ceviche and an order of piping hot churros, which topped off a fabulous meal.

Bottom Line

El Sapo Cuban Social Club is a festive Cuban restaurant, tailor-made for an energetic crowd. Minty mojitos, lively music and terrific food make this the place to be for group celebrations or after-work meals. As a sister establishment to Georgia Avenue’s Urban Butcher, El Sapo is off to a hot start. Skip it if you’re looking for a quiet dinner conversation (it can get loud), but El Sapo rocks for everything else.


El Sapo Cuban Social ClubMap of restaurant

8455 Fenton Street Silver Spring, MD 20910

Public parking is available.

Silver Spring Metro Station two blocks away


Hours of operation are:

Sunday – Thursday, Sunday: 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Friday-Saturday: 5:00 pm – 11:00 pm

You can check out their menu and learn more about this restaurant on the webFacebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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