Top ChoiceBarbecue in Playa & Marianao

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 its inception in 1995 (back in Cuba's culinary Stone Age)....

Top ChoiceTapas in Habana Vieja

Lamparilla 361 Tapas & Cervezas

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, romantically lit restaurant there’s plenty to look at as...

Top ChoiceCuban in Habana Vieja

Doña Eutimia

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 beef; there's also an interesting lamb version), epic...

Top ChoiceCuban in Habana del Este

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 named for a quintessential Cuban stew that headlines a menu...

Top ChoiceSeafood in Habana Vieja

El Rum Rum de la Habana

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 for ‘gossip’) can put you straight on every area of...

Top ChoiceInternational in Centro Habana

La Guarida

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 at the bottom of a grand but dilapidated staircase that...

Top ChoiceInternational in Habana Vieja

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 street and amusingly called it El del Frente ('The One in...

Top ChoiceInternational in Vedado

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 block next to the Focsa building. Starched white...

Top ChoiceTapas in Habana Vieja

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 interior and arguably the city’s friendliest and chattiest...

Cuban in Centro Habana

San Cristóbal

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 probably didn't hurt. Crammed into one of Centro Habana's...

International in Habana Vieja

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 aromas, the French-bistro decor (all painted wood and...

International in Habana Vieja

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 (nuevo industrial with artistic splashes), the happy-hour...

International in Vedado

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 or Aida fluttering over the sound system. The food is...

Fusion in Playa & Marianao

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, entertaining illustrious guests along the way (Jimmy...

Cuban in Vedado

El Cimarrón

Family-run farm-to-table restaurant and social project that hosts evening peñas (music and dance performances), organizes cooking classes, and oversees an on-site casa particular. El Cimarrón (the name means...

Cuban in Habana Vieja

Paladar Los Mercaderes

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, both Cuban and international. Follow a marble staircase to...

Cuban in Vedado

Casa Mia Paladar

Rather than blinding you with fancy decor, clean-lined Casa Mia, abutting the Malecón, saves its surprises for the food, a simple menu that rests proudly on the classic foundations of Cuban cooking. The highlight...

Cafeteria in Vedado

El Biky

Arriving like a breath of fresh air half a decade ago, Biky helped reinvent Havana’s evolving brunch-lunch scene with its affordable quick-fire food, served in a modern cafe-restaurant hung with retro...

Russian in Centro Habana

Nazdarovie

Cuba's 31-year dalliance with bolshevism is relived in this popular restaurant in prime digs overlooking the Malecón. Upstairs, the decor is awash with old Soviet propaganda posters, brotherly photos of Fidel...

International in Habana Vieja

O'Reilly 304

Fill a small bar-restaurant nightly with a buoyant crowd all happy to be enjoying potent cocktails, delectable food and Havana's tastiest plantain chips, and you've got a guaranteed recipe for success. As well as...