La Esperanza

restaurants / International

La Esperanza information

Playa & Marianao , Cuba
Street Calle 16 No 105
Extras btwn Avs 1 & 3
+53 7 202 4361
Opening hours
7-11pm Mon-Sat
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Lonely Planet review

An old-school paladar that still makes the cut, the unassuming Esperanza was being gastronomically creative long before the 2011 reforms made life for chefs a lot easier. While unspectacular from the street, the interior of this vine-covered house is a riot of quirky antiques, old portraits and refined 1940s furnishings.

The food, which is produced in a standard-sized family kitchen, includes such exquisite dishes as pollo luna de miel (chicken flambéed in rum), fish marinated in white wine, lemon and garlic, and a lamb brochette.