Restaurants

Top Choice Barbecue 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). Th…
Top Choice Seafood in Habana Vieja

El Rum Rum de la Habana

In Cuba, eating establishments are full of rum (the vital ingredient for mojitos) and 'rum rum' (local term for gossip). And gossip we must, because El Rum Rum is the talk of Habana Vieja – an ambitious new restaura…
Top Choice Tapas in Habana Vieja

Lamparilla 361 Tapas & Cervezas

What makes a new restaurant just…click? Come to this nascent place on Lamparilla (never really a happening street – until now) and try to work out the secret. Maybe it's the perfect tapa-sized lasagna, the crisp sau…
Top Choice Cuban in Habana Vieja

Doña Eutimia

Keep it simple. The secret at Doña Eutimia is that there is no secret. Just serve decent-sized portions of incredibly tasty Cuban food. The ropa vieja – shredded beef – and minced beef picadillo both deserve mention…
Top Choice Cuban in Centro Habana

San Cristóbal

San Cristóbal was knocking out fine food long before the leader of the free world dropped by in March 2016, although the publicity garnered from President Obama's visit probably helped. Crammed into one of Centro Ha…
Top Choice Italian in Habana Vieja

Trattoria 5esquinas

Best Italian restaurant in Havana? There are a few contenders, but 5esquinas is making a strong claim. It has the full trattoria vibe right down to the open glow of the pizza oven and the aroma of roasted garlic. Vi…
Top Choice Tapas in Playa & Marianao

Espacios

A fabulously chilled tapas bar that occupies an unsignposted house in Miramar where hip people come to consume cocktails and art. Select from an internationally inspired menu while mingling with Havana's brainy and …
Top Choice International 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 tablecloths, …
Top Choice Italian in Habana del Este

Il Piccolo

This Guanabo old-school private restaurant has been around for eons and is a bit of an open secret among habaneros, some of whom consider its thin-crust wood-oven pizzas to be the best in Cuba. Out of the way and a …
Top Choice International in Vedado

Starbien

The ingredients: an elegant tucked-away Vedado mansion, an authentic Cuban welcome, complimentary bites to start you off, a great wine list, never-miss-a-beat service, and chicken in pineapple sauce. And it's all yo…