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    El Conejito: a classic from the family

    by gwened Written Feb 2, 2014

    one of the classic restos of Havana, done in 1966 and still going strong, this was the family tradition to come here always. lots of memories.

    its been years so the rating need to be updated by recent visitors. Mine is an old photo.

    The dishes are all around conejito or the rabbit meats.
    It is deco like an English tavern with chimney and all. Large vases of bronze to serve the wine. it had good prices

    I tend to read the tradition continues from the webpage cuba junky.

    Favorite Dish: my first taste of the rabbit and still my favorite meat, anyway done is good !

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    El Palenque: if you want to be Cuban

    by gwened Updated Apr 19, 2012

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    great Cuban desing, ambiance, friendly ,the real thing; cheap food by Cubans for Cubans but you are now invited, near pabexpo cuba, and done with traditional Cuban design and construction, the food is authentique, done like at home. Go there
    part of the Convention center

    Favorite Dish: pork, yucca and moro rice with a cristal beer, under the huts you will be back, I know I will
    very cheap prices for good food ,yummy.

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  • Santa Domingo Bakery and Cafe: Inexpensive but count your change

    by socheid Written Mar 12, 2012

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    I had a very basic pasta and tomato sauce from the cafe upstairs just for a quick fill. It was fairly bland but very inexpensive given the location, 1 cuc.

    On the way out I bought some bread from the balery downstair. The guy tried to short change me.

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    El Potin restaurant: Family tradition of 50 years

    by gwened Written Feb 25, 2012

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    well its not a family tradition of 50 yrs in the restaurant, they are a lot older, but ,it is 50 years that my family goes there!!! wanted to share with the world the traditional Cuban places not tourists. We need them but for real Cuban food, come here on your way by LInea just a sandwich, light meals place, good coffee, nice cold beer,a nd nice views of the world going by.

    Favorite Dish: coffee, sweets, sandwiches, hot chocolate, the juices, the ice cream, and the views on Linea street
    lovely and nostalgic, you too will be back

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    Factoria Plaza Vieja: best views to be seen

    by gwened Written Feb 25, 2012

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    Great ambiane with terrace on an old plaza,, plaza vieja. great views of restores beautiful buildings
    live Cuban music ,lively ,good;enjoy it

    Favorite Dish: skewed grill combination of shrimps,lobster,pork,and chicken. beer dark or oscura great!

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    The biggest portions in the world: Cuban food not the best BUT....

    by littlebush Written Nov 25, 2011

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    First up, Cuban food isnt that great in restaurants generally , mainly in state owned restaurants but if you go to a paladar , a private owned place, food can be great.
    we ate in these:

    -El Santo Angel - on Plaza Vieja - the service ist great, the food isnt well presented but actually tasted very good. its a good location right on the square. a meal for 2 was 28 cuc (£18) incl 4 cocktails.

    -Cafe Fiat on Malecon - poor food, salad was awful. 4.30 CUC for 2 salads and 2 beers (£3)

    -Dominica, italian resturant - we went for lunch and it was so huge, it filled us up and didnt need to eat at night!! we had a mixed platter to start to share, a pizza and pasta each and 2 cuba libres and a beer and a coffee, all for 34 CUC (£23).

    -Los Nardos - wow! read about the huge portions in the guide book and it was more than true. its opposite the capitilio and gets busy at weekends. just be very careful, theres another restaurant up the stairs above it and the guys at the door in the street work for this restaurant and will tell you to go up the stairs to their restaurant. At Los NArdos, it has a great ambience, dark with candles. The food is sublime but the portions huge. They will put any leftovers in a box so you can take home (which we did and make up some bread sandwiches the next day). If anything its all abit extravegent as no one would be able to finish the portions and given people there struggle to survive, i felt a littl guilty. We had a huge platter to start, and pork and chicken each, plus a bottle of white wine. the total was 36 CUC which is £25 which is incredible value. Highly recommended.

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    Santo Angel: Keep on walking...

    by ainsleigh Updated Oct 2, 2011

    I have come to appreciate that wherever there are lots of tourists, there are lousy restaurants like Santo Angel. Santo Angel uses its very appealing location in Plaza Vieja and great patio spreading out into the plaza to attract you to eat there. The outdoor layout really is nice, especially when it gets dark and the candles are lit, but that's where the good things about this restaurant stop. The service was very slow, food expensive, and we were charged an extra 3.00 CUC for asking a guy who was dressed like a waiter where the entrance was.

    They know that as a "tourist restaurant" they don't need to work as hard to earn a return visit. I think biggest the problem with the food was that the menu is too ambitious. Many of the entrees are French-style, with fancy sauces and pastes on grilled meats. I had fish in green sauce, which turned out to be a chalky and weak mint sauce on a small chunk of overcooked fish. My partner's pork roast and orange sauce was also overcooked. Portions are small.

    Overall Santo Angel was one of the priciest restaurants we visited, but was the least delicious. Best to keep walking and pick another patio place in Plaza Vieja.

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    Santo Angel: A bit of everything

    by draguza Updated May 3, 2011

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    With a handful of outdoor tables right on the Plaza Vieja, as well as others on the broad covered veranda facing the plaza, this is arguably one of the most atmospheric restaurants in Old Havana. You'll definitely want to choose one of the aforementioned tables over those in the indoor dining rooms.

    The restaurant offers the best dishes of Cuban and international cuisine. In its spacious terrace or in its beautiful inner patio, you will be able to enjoy classic cocktails, wines and bar snacks

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    El Patio: Oh so good!

    by Camping_Girl Written Feb 8, 2011

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    The restaurant El Patio is located in Cathedral Square. It is situated in a beautiful old mansion, and also has an outdoor patio, in the square. This is a top-notch restaurant, the food is excellent as is the service. I selected "seafood" as a theme for this restaurant, because they serve some really wonderful seafood dishes. But they also serve some great Cuban food as well. For great seafood try their house specialty, the Cathedral Mixed Grill.

    Favorite Dish: The Cathedral Mixed Grill, it's wonderful!

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    Al Medina: Middle eastern cuisine

    by Cyreni Updated Jan 10, 2010

    Situated near the Plaza de Armas with an attractive open courtyard this restaurants serves middle eastern dishes in a rather tranquil setting. Try this if you are bored of the usual Cuban food. This is my favourite restaurant in Old Havana.

    Favorite Dish: Vegetarian meze plate with hummus, falafel and salad.

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    Y Club supper club: a hip joint in Vedado

    by cochinjew Written Jul 6, 2009

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    For a moment i thought i was no longer in Havana but in a place like Panama. very nattily dressed cubans, black and white, eating and drinking.

    Favorite Dish: Better to go there during lunch since in the evening it is far noisier than during the day. extremely good service and unbelievably cheap.. three of us could eat for 10 cuc total including tips.. as in La roca.. main dish, a drink and a dessert..

    I had a supremo de pollo, to be on the safe side. there are pork dishes and also fish

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    Los Amigos: A Black Family owned Paladar

    by cochinjew Written Jul 6, 2009

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    a paladar in a private home. this one owned by black cubans, since most of the paladares are owned by white cubans, who have houses good enough to house the paladares or means.
    I normally dont go to paladares for many reasons some of which may be ideological. I had pariticpated once in a paladar operation when there were hundreds of paladares in havana and the owner cheated every one and is now running a restaurant in Miami. Good Riddance!

    Favorite Dish: the dishes are local. abundant and nothing that special that cuban families dont cook at home. so it is better to go there with visitors who enjoy the cuban ambience, the abundant cuban food and the enterpreunerial spirit of the cubans

    i had chicken as i was not advised to eat fish which may not have been fresh in this searing heat. i made the mistake of asking for anejo blanco rum which was more likely a mixture and bad to the stomach

    the bill was about 11 cuc per person. quality of food comparable to miami cuban restaurants but with less grease

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    La Roca: Good Ambience, Reasonably priced Cuban Food

    by cochinjew Written Jul 6, 2009

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    Favorite Dish: I usually order the lunch specials which come with a large main dish, a fruit juice or beer or water and icecream if you like. the price is around 4 cuc. an elderly pianist is there belting out romantic melodies . good service and air conditioned.
    Most of the clientele are cuban.

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    Don Cangrejo: State seafood!

    by Kindra Written Sep 17, 2008

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    This is a state-run restaurant and, at times, it shows- the service is rather slow (despite a nearly empty dining room) and the table cloths and walls a bit tattered etc. However, if you are growing sick of the typical "comida criolla" (aka rice and beans and meat every day), this is a good treat/alternative. They serve mostly seafood only here: fresh fish, crab, lobster, shrimps: all cooked in a variety of styles and served with different sauces. All plates come with rice and/or beans.

    Favorite Dish: Get the tostones rellenos to start! DELICIOUS (it is mashed up green plantain that is flavoured with salt and fried up and then filled with cheese and ham).

    Your pick: fresh fish, lobster and fish served in a creamy sauce, garlic shrimp etc.

    They also had a charming 3-piece house band that played Cuban classics at our request. The location is nice, located right on the ocean (though a little bit scary when you are there hours before a hurricane, like we were!)

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    La Guarida: Relive the movie "Fresa y Chocolate"

    by Kindra Written Sep 17, 2008

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    This is supposedly one of the more "famous" paladares (privately-owned restaurant) in Havana. Its location is almost as worth it as the food!

    It is on the third floor of a big old building in Centro Habana that was used in the famous movie Fresa y Chocolate.

    The ambience is great, service excellent (yay, no huge waiting for food) though the prices are higher than average, so this is a treat. The food is still typical "comida criolla" (classical Cuban fare) with your favourites 'congri' (rice and black beans mixed together), 'platano frito' (fried bananas), yuca con mojo (cooked yuca with a delicious garlic sauce), fresh fish dishes etc.

    This is not a very good place for non-fish eating vegetarians though they were more than happy to accommodate our two vegetarians by throwing some creative dishes together.

    Favorite Dish: I had fresh fish in the house sauce, delicious - Cherna a la caimanera (parsley, garlic, oil etc). You have to order your sides ("guarniciones") extra: so if you want rice, salad, beans etc. don't forget to order those.

    Alcoholic drinks are also about $3-4 CUC each, a bit higher than normal, but who can have a Cuban meal without a mojito?

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