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  • Restaurante La Casa, Havana
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    Café Paris, Habana Vieja.: Reasonable.

    by pfsmalo Written Mar 27, 2015

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    You can get a reasonale meal here, pizzas or spaghettis for less than 5CUC but don't expect great cuisine. Mojitos are a little expensive at 3CUC. A can of Cristal or Bucanero beer is 1.50 CUC. What you do get, and that for most of the day and evening is a very good local group playing inside, so good are they that you have a job getting in the door. Much better on the terrace. As in most of the bars and restos in Cuba where there is music there'll be somebody coming round selling CD's or carrying a tip basket.

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    Restaurante La Casa: Lobster and Mojitos!

    by SWFC_Fan Written Feb 8, 2015

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    We ate lunch at Restaurante La Casa during a day trip to Havana in November 2014.

    We were taken there by our guide, Roly, and judging by the reviews on Tripadvisor, (where the restaurant is currently ranked 6th out of 479 in Havana), this is how most foreign guests arrive at the restaurant. It's not the kind of place that you would stumble across while exploring the city; it is located on a residential street, in the modern Vedado district of Havana, away from the main tourist sights. Even our local driver had a little difficulty finding it!

    Roly had informed us by email that he would be taking us to La Casa for lunch, so I had been able to read up on it prior to our trip. I'm always a little concerned about places that are included by tour guides on their trips (Are they overpriced? Does the guide get commission for taking us there?), but, after reading a few reviews, I had no such concerns about this place. Almost without exception, the reviews were complimentary about the idyllic setting, the friendly service, the tasty food and the excellent value for money. I had seen the menu on the restaurant's website, so I knew the latter was likely to be true.

    The restaurant's special menu starts at just 18 CUC (£11.50) and includes:

    Welcome Cocktail: Pina Colada, Mojito, Daiquiri, Cuba Libre, Sangria, local beer, glass of wine or soft drink;

    Starter: Chicken Soup or Pumpkin Cream;

    Main Dish: Grilled Chicken, Roast Pork, Stewed Rabbit, Lamb or Grilled Fish;

    Dessert: Caramel Custard with Ice Cream;

    Espresso coffee or tea.

    There are then small supplements if you wish to order an alternate main dish:

    2 CUC (£1.30) supplement for Grilled Lobster or Grilled Shrimps;

    7 CUC (£4.50) supplement for Seafood Grill (octopus, mussels, fish, lobster, shrimps and crab).

    All mains are served with boiled rice, black beans and salad.

    There were 16 adults and 3 children in our party. Roly had phoned ahead and booked the entire dining area out for us. It was a pleasant shaded courtyard, with greenery, water features and a small pool with turtles in. The decor was modern and bright, the tables were nicely set with tablecloths and gleaming crockery, cutlery and wine glasses and the walls were adorned with framed bank notes from all over the world. The journey upstairs to the toilets involved passing the framed photographs of the various celebrities that have eaten at La Casa during their visits to Havana. These included Diego Maradona, Gloria Estefan, Clive Owen and Martin Torrijos (who was President of Panama at the time of his visit in 2008).

    Between us, we sampled most of the main dishes on the menu and we were all impressed with the quality of the food and the friendly and efficient service. The host family (for this is a family-run restaurant located in a family home) were happy to keep the strong minty Mojitos (3 CUC / £1.90 each after the first, included cocktail) flowing.

    I chose a Mojito as my welcome cocktail. It packed a punch, with plenty of rum in, and was at least as good as those that we sampled in some of Havana's more famous bars.

    For my starter, I chose the Pumpkin Cream. This was a delicious creamy soup, served piping hot with an accompanying bread roll.

    I paid the 2 CUC supplement and had the Grilled Lobster for my main. The well cooked lobster tail tasted similar to prawn and was very enjoyable. It was served with cassava chips and salad (lettuce, cabbage, tomatoes and cucumber). Large communal bowls of boiled rice, black beans and boiled plantain were placed on each table.

    There were no choices for dessert; everyone had Caramel Custard and Ice Cream - a nice slice of creme caramel and a scoop of strawberry ice cream (other flavours available).

    I ended my meal with a strong espresso coffee...and another Mojito (or two!).

    Excellent value lunchtime meals in a delightful family home courtyard. The lobster was delicious and the Mojitos were potent! Highly recommended!!

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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 !

    inside El Conejito restaurant
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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.

    El Palenque resto typical plate of pork and moros rice with yucca
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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

    El Potin restaurant
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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!

    factoria plaza vieja resto terrace
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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!

    El Patio Restaurant El Patio on the left side of the photo
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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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