Must see restaurants in Havana

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    Lamparilla 361 Tapas & Cervezas

    Havana’s best tapas bar might also be its finest all-round eating establishment, with food, presentation and service down to a fine art. Inside the loungy…

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    Doña Eutimia

    The secret at Doña Eutimia is that there is no secret: just serve decent-size portions of the best Cuban food. Expect the likes of ropa vieja (shredded…

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    La Fontana

    La Fontana, encased in a hard-to-find but beautiful house in Playa, is one of the best restaurants in Havana, a position it has enjoyed pretty much since…

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    El Rum Rum de la Habana

    Not every restaurant has a wine sommelier and a cigar sommelier, but this is Havana, and El Rum Rum (the name references both the drink and Cuban slang…

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    La Guarida

    Only in Havana! The entrance to the city's most legendary private restaurant greets you like a scene out of a 1940s film noir. A decapitated statue lies…

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    Ajiaco Café

    There are, arguably, two reasons to come to suburban Cojímar: 1) to pursue the ghost of Ernest Hemingway and 2) to visit this farm-to-table restaurant…

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    El del Frente

    When the owners of O'Reilly 304 wanted to expand their increasingly popular restaurant a few years back, they opened another one directly across the…

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    Café Laurent

    Talk about a hidden gem. The unsigned Café Laurent is a sophisticated fine-dining restaurant encased, incongruously, in a glaringly ugly 1950s apartment…

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    Lo de Monik

    Eschewing colonial splendor for a French bistro feel, the Monk blends seamlessly into the increasingly chic Loma del Ángel quarter, with a bright-white…

  • San Cristóbal

    San Cristóbal was knocking out fine food long before the US president dropped by in March 2016, although the publicity attending Barack Obama's visit…

  • Paladar Los Mercaderes

    This private restaurant in a historic building has to be one of Cuba's most refined paladares (privately run restaurants) for ambience, service and food,…

  • D'Next

    On the cusp of trendy Plaza del Cristo, the much-loved D’Next is ridiculously cheap, ridiculously busy and ridiculously good. Decorated sports-bar style…

  • Trattoria 5esquinas

    Best Italian restaurant in Havana? There are a few contenders, but 5esquinas makes a strong claim. It has the full trattoria vibe, right down to the glow…

  • Donde Lis

    The Lis' interior is like a modern love letter to Havana: iconography from the Rat Pack era of the 1950s, reproduced 20th-century tropical art, and bright…

  • El Café

    There are many cafes in Havana these days, but only one El Café, a delicious mix of tight service, exceptional coffee and homemade sourdough sandwiches…

  • La Casa del Gelato

    One of a small number of privately run ice-cream makers in Havana, this was one of the first in on the act and it's still one of the best. Unlike those…

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    5 Sentidos

    The romantically named five feelings (5 sentidos) ought to excite at least three of yours. The open kitchen allows for the free circulation of inviting…

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    Más Habana

    There are multiple reasons you may request más (more) of Havana once you’ve visited this new culinary institution. There’s the effortlessly cool interior …

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    Opera

    Hitting the high notes of Cuban-Italian cuisine, Opera is housed in a colonnaded villa with a billiard table in the front room and the strains of Carmen…

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    La Cocina de Lilliam

    One of the oldest private restaurants in Havana (since 1994) and one that seems to have survived all the aches and pains of Cuba’s economic roller coaster…