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So many people complain about food in Cuba, you'd think that their only reason for traveling to Varadero is to eat all day long. Personally, I was quite happy with the food that was served at our resort, and service was incredible. We met our favourite waiter Luis on the second day and from then on, he always made sure to save a table for us in his section - he was incredibly friendly and attentive! For breakfast, there was an impressive selection of hot and cold dishes, fresh breads and pastries, fruits, and it was always possible to get eggs or omelets prepared on the spot the way you wanted. For lunch and dinner at the buffet, the best options usually were the paella, fish, pork, salads, sandwiches and cold cuts; other dishes were hit and miss, but again it was impossible to leave the place still hungry - I certainly didn't lose any weight during the week I spent in Varadero!
Written Sep 23, 2012
When we were at the RIU, they had four restaurants open:
Las Margaritas which was the Main Buffet Restaurant
Orquidea - Gourmet Restaurant
Mostly, we ate at the Main Buffet Restaurant "Las Margaritas"
Eggs - scrambled, poached, hard-boiled, two "Omelette" stations, also made to order sunny-side up
Bacon, sausages, ham
Fruits - (pre-cut) pineapple, watermelon, grapefruit, oranges, papaya and guava
Cereals, croissants, bread, rolls
Fruit juices - orange and pineapple
pasta - pizza stations (most popular)
Grill stations - pork, beef, fish
assorted beans and rice
fruits - same as for breakfast
fruit juice, tea, coffee
bread, rolls, croissants
Mostly same as lunch
not much daily variety
Updated Dec 17, 2010
Address: RIU Restaurants
Melia Las Antillas offers one buffet restaurant and 3 a la Carte Restaurants.
The Buffet - Los Tainos - Open 7:30 - 10:00 for breakfast: 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. for lunch and 7:00 to 10:00 for dinner.
Breakfast was awesome with an omelette station, breads, pastry, fruits ( pineapple, grapefruit, papaya, oranges and guava ), various meats (sausages, ham bacon ) and other dishes too numerous to mention.
Lunch was always very good, with lots of fish selections, chicken, pork, beef dishes and always the pasta station where the chef cooks your meal fresh (after picking out your pasta, pasta sauce and ingredients)
Dinner always featured a carving station with hip of beef, ham or turkey.
Favorite Dish: Italian Restaurant - Don Peperone - we did not eat here as we opted to go to the seafood restaurant twice.
Seafood Restaurant - Ranchon El Conuco - Hans had grilled lobster twice. The lobster was halved and grilled and came with vegetables. I had chicken fillet and beef filet and both were very good.
Romantico - We enjoyed our meal here very much. We started off with the appetizer of shrimp marinated in orange over squid noodles. Hans had satay of chicken with peanut butter sauce and I had a delicious beef fillet with banana chips.
Updated May 10, 2009
Cuban food isn´t the best food I have tasted but you can find some restaurants that are quite good though you musn´t expect to get a big steak.
In 1 end of Varadero close to Hotel Kawama we found and italian restaurant where the food was really good, the staff was friendly and the atmosphere was nice.
Written May 30, 2007
We stumbled upon this restaurant by accident when we deciced to take a look at the park. From the outside it is nothing spectacular but the inside is a really pleasant surprise. It is divided into small rooms (great for groups) and a balcony seating area overlooking the water which was really lovely. We chose to sit out there and it was quite romantic.
While we were eating we had the usual transient Cuban musical accompaniment which was great as the musicians played our requests for some favorite songs we had picked up whilst in Cuba. We went for dinner about nine and had the balcony area and the musicians to ourselves for almost all of our dinner. We felt like royalty until some others came and sat outside just as we were about to leave. We were served by a wonderful Cuban lady called Clara. She was warm, helpful and chatty, especially when I tried to practice my very limited Spanish with her, and she helped to make the evening a great experience.
We ordered Lobster thermador (Langosta Termador) which was fantastic. I cant really compare it to a Lobster thermador from anywhere else because back home Lobster is so expensive that I have never bothered to order it. I made up for that in Cuba though, as it is really cheap. I think I ate lobster about 10 times in 14 days!!!!
There is a bit of history to this place too for those who have an interest, as it was formerly the home of Retiro Josone who was....er..umm...I learnt so much history in Cuba in 14 days that I cant remember now. Got brain freeze!!
I would definately reccommend this restaurant, and be sure to ask for Clara. Get her chatting (Spanish or English) and she is wonderful!
One small tip. Take tissues in your bag/pocket as there is no paper if you need the toilet! - But that was the only negative comment I could come up with.
Enjoy. Es fantástico!!!!!
Favorite Dish: Lobster! Its's the main dish on the menu, (which is very limited, but this is Cuba!!!) However it was absolutely wonderful!!
Written May 26, 2007
Address: Josone Park
There are plenty of places where you can eat in Varadero. Here, I found almost all the different restaurant types you can find! Just decide what you are in the mood for and enter the establishment! Prices of the meals are often posted outside the restaurant so you can browse by budget aswell.
Written Dec 4, 2006
When we did the trip of Havana we were looking for a place to eat, we look at places in the market area and found them expensive, so when we visited the Capitolio building we noticed that they had a cafeteria, you had a fantastic view of street down below and the food was fantastic and not expensive
Favorite Dish: We had the ham and cheese sandwiches and our friends had 2 subs each, which they gave one to the driver
Written Sep 17, 2003
Address: Capitolio Building
My sister and her husband found this cafe in Moscow when they were living there. It is called Varadero!
Updated Oct 22, 2002
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