Restaurants

Seafood in Cayo Coco

Lenny's Lobster Shack

Named unofficially after a Canadian tourist and regular patron, Lenny's is a beautiful opened-sided thatched rondavel on hotel-free Playa Prohibida decorated with old Canadian license plates and famed for one dish –…
International in Morón

Restaurante Maité la Qbana

Maité is a highly creative cook whose international dishes, prepared with mucho amor, will leave you wondering why insipid all-inclusive buffets ever got so popular. Prepare for al dente pasta, fine wine, homemade c…
Cuban in Florencia

Restaurante Presa de Florencia

A traditional open-sided restaurant under a thatched shelter on a small island in the middle of the Florencia reservoir. It serves straight-up Cuban food using whatever ingredients are available that day. Price is u…
Cuban in Morón

Don Papa

Despite being draped with international flags, Don Papa is 100% cubano. The food here is simply delicious and also abundant. Meat, fish and lobster come with lashings of root vegetables, plantains, rice and beans an…
Fusion in Ciego de Ávila

Solaris

City-center joint on the 12th floor of the rather ugly Doce Plantas building that recently reopened after a year-long refurbishment. Excellent city views, and it has now added a terrace and a parrillada (barbecue). …
Fish in Laguna de la Leche & Laguna la Redonda

La Atarraya

Raised on stilts in a clapboard building off the southern shoreline of Laguna de la Leche, you'll find one of Cuba's best local fish restaurants. The insanely cheap menu is headlined by paella valenciana and pescado…
International in Ciego de Ávila

El Camarote

Despite its strategic geographical position, Ciego isn't oozing good private restaurants – yet. For some respite, pop into this modest little place three blocks from the Carretera Central for pizza, tacos, spaghetti…
Cuban in Ciego de Ávila Province

Rancho Palma

This bucolic finca (farm) has a bar-restaurant where you can sample guarapo (pressed cane juice) and order lunch. A steam train chugs in here from the Central Patria o Muerte sugar museum daily and deposits a carria…
Cuban in Ciego de Ávila

Fonda la Estrella

Serving what is possibly the cheapest edible ropa vieja (spicy stewed beef) in Cuba, La Fonda (as it's always known), is a tiny corner bar where none of the dishes on the laconic menu break CUC$3. And everything com…
Cuban in Ciego de Ávila

Madre de Agua

The restaurante flotante (floating restaurant) is raised on stilts above the waters of Embalse la Turbina in Parque de la Ciudad, Ciego's commendable urban-regeneration project. It sells basic, but not bad, Cuban no…