family run, from chef to servers, using charcoal for cooking ,nice setting using the entire old home, you come to taste the local food, come here, very friendly and cheap. All is good.
no web or tel i was there with my family , I am Cuban born, good food and cheap and great Cuban ambiance, cant beat it.
Favorite Dish: pork yucca, moro rice, and cristal beer cant beat it, indulge like a Cuban I was born.
We had dinner one night at this private family-owned restaurant (called a paladar), and it was one of our best meals. .
Open Noon to Midnight.
Most restaurants are owned by the state instead of by individuals. This one has been in business since 1995, and it is in their house. They are only allowed 50 guests (it used to be even less) and they are not allowed to hire any non-family members to work in it.
Good hearthy Italian food (with a Cuban spin of course) in a warm and welcoming atmosphere. The service is kind, the wine selection is good and the decor is quite interesting with the many antiques and cukoo clocks. I ate here many times in my past trips and I plan on going back many more times. My Cuban friends tell me that many local politicians, writers, artists and musicians frequent this establishment. Plan on 10 to 12 convertible pesos per person. I would recommend reservations, it's often full.
Favorite Dish: I enjoyed the pasta.
Food and ambience are the order of the day for this great paladar. Located in Vedado, this retro 1950's miami vice style paladar offers exceptional food and a great atmosphere and great prices. You certainly get the impression that you are eating in a cuban family's home annd they make you feel very welcome and comfortable. I ate at 3 paladars while in Havana and I would rate La Casa right up there with La Guarida and the great thing is it works out to half the price of La Guarida. I reccomend this paladar to anyone who visits Havana
Favorite Dish: Grilled Shrimp appetizer and steak for the main course
This restaurant was based out of a home (called paladars) but you find great but cheap food at these locations. This restaurant had been exposed to some international pop culture. It had been visited by Matt Dillon, Gloria Estafan and many Caribbean and South American entertainers. It had been written about in The New York Times (2001) as well as the Cigar magazine and many more Caribbean and South American magazines and newspapers.
I was in Havana for four days and ate at this location 3 nights of those days.
I had the snapper, Filet Mignon and Chicken Cordon Bleu . All we're amazing choices. The steak was made to my preference, and the Chicken was incredible and new to me.
Overall, the food was amazing, the service was genuine, the owner was entertaining and the atmosphere was beautiful in the outdoor patio style seating with turtles floating in the mini water fall.
Favorite Dish: I can't decide between the Chicken and the Steak but they were both amazing.
Paladares are privately-run small restaurants in somebody's house. This is home-cooking at its best. The Cuban government allows the owners of the paladares a certain degree of private enterprise as long as there is limited seating.
Food can range from basic to elaborate but will most likely always be better than in a official restaurant. Apart from the typical cuban plates like camarones enchiladas, picadillo, or ropa vieja, most of the good paladares serve fish and lobster. A nice lobster with rice or congri, salad, and tostadas will cost you around 15 pesos.
Support a local family, eat at their house and make friends!
Favorite Dish: lobster tail
The most famous paladar in Cuba owes its renown in equal parts to the wonderful ambience, excellent cuisine, and the starring role it played in several scenes in the Cuban blockbuster film Fresa y chocolate.
The three small rooms of this converted apartment are reached by climbing three stories of steep, rundown, and poorly lit stairs. The signed celebrity headshots let you see the stars in whose steps you have just followed.
I would recommend going for lunch or late lunch during daylight as the neighberhood - Centro Habana is slightly dodgy.
Favorite Dish: We had some delicious tuna and some sea food risotto, both of them being probably the best dishes that we had in Cuba.
This was, during my four days in Havana, the place where I had my diners. Quiet ambiance, nice hosts and very good food. I will recommend you if you are wandering in Centro Havana.
Favorite Dish: The "La Tasquita porc" is a kind of rolled porc steak with ham and cheese; The "Fish Filete" is so good. Every dish is server with black beans rice and salad.
Cuba is still one of the few remaining outposts of Communism in the world, but in line with other communist states the goverment has begun to allow limited amounts of public enterprise. A paralel case would be Vietnam a few years back and China a few more years back when it first began it's economic reforms.
One area that enterprise has been allowed to flourish small restaurants based in people's homes. The operators pay a fee to the government for the right to have up to eight tables. (which makes sure the business remains quite snall)
The food is often better than in the official restaurants, and the prices are much better. (about half)
Service can be extremely variable, as although invariably friendly, they are usually cooking from very limited facilities (i.e the home Kitchen)
The other problem is how to find them. On the more major roads they are quite obvious as they front onto the road bt sometime you see signs to one's hidden away in backstreets that can be nigh on impossible to seek out.
'Restaurants' run from home or food at your hosts' home is the only way. They may not have everything nor the licence to serve everything, but you will not get food better than this.
The official restaurants are expensive, have bad food and bad service. I went to one place that did not even leave our napkins on our table, but instead gave us half tissues...
Favorite Dish: Lobsters are fresh and gorgeous, but not available in government restaurants.
It was really interesting seeing how architecture evolves due to the climate. If you go into restaurants in Cuba, you'll immediately notice the wide open courtyards, big windows and tall shades. In the early afternoon, it's usually very warm outside, and big open courtyards promote big breezes. The restaurant I was in had one of these open courtyard styles.
Favorite Dish: You can't really get beef in Cuba, due to the trade restrictions, so you'll either be eating pork or chicken if you eat meat. Beans are a staple of the Cuban people as well.
I had a really tasty chicken plate, complete with beans and rice.
Paladar Torresson is on the second floor of a building at the East end of Malecon, overlooking the sea front. The tables are actually on the balcony and the ones near the edge offer a superb view.
Favorite Dish: The fish dish is usually nice.
There are two types of restaurants in Havana. The state owned ones that offer bland food at high prices or the small family run ones called paladares.
Each paladar is a small family affair and is legally restricted to 12 seats so they are not good for big parties. However, they are where you will get the best value for money because the people working there have a genuine interest in making sure you leave happy and come back.
However, make sure you ask for the price of meals and drinks first and walk out if it amounts to more than US$15
Favorite Dish: Paladares offer very little choice. It is usually limited to dishes of beans and rice with pork, chicken or fish. They are legally not allowed to offer beef, shrimps or lobster in order not to compete with state run restaurants but they might still do nonetheless so ask for the specials.
This is a great place to eat lunch or dinner. Part of a large Spanish colonial style house built in 1937, its green, lush garden, full of ferns and small palms, is bliss in the warm, humid Cuban weather. The food is hearty and flavorful, including such starters as roasted chickpeas mixed with pieces of ham, sausage and tomatoes, and a simple bruschetta topped with tuna. The pork loin rolled and stuffed with dates, peanuts, ham and sausage was delicious although extremely filling. Lilliam even offers a nice selection of wine from Spain's reliable producer Torres.
An excellent Italian private restaurant near the Neptuno and Comodoro hotels in Miramar features extra-fresh fish, grilled meats and a selection of pastas. An inviting garden patio and full bar contribute to an enjoyable experience.