Restaurants

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…
Cuban in Vedado

Atelier

The first thing that hits you here is the stupendous wall art – huge, thought-provoking, religious-tinged paintings. You'll also notice the antique wooden ceiling, Moorish-style roof terrace and old-school elegance …
Cuban in Habana Vieja

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 colors splashed onto old colonial walls. The menu is a carefu…
Cuban in Centro Habana

Castas y Tal

In its short life the C&T has gone from old-school paladar (ensconced in someone's 11th-floor apartment) to trendy bistro-style restaurant. High-quality and adventurous food, such as lamb with Indian masala, or …
Cuban in Habana Vieja

Mama Inés

Mama's is run by Fidel Castro's ex-chef Erasmo, whose CV lists a veritable who’s who of celebrity 'lefties' he's cooked for, from Hollywood actors to South American strongmen. Swept up in Cuba's culinary revolution,…
Cuban in Regla & Guanabacoa

La Brisilla

Unsignposted, hard to find and, consequently, almost 100% local, this is a rare private restaurant in Guanabacoa, where the food culture doesn't seem to have moved on much since the not-so-tasty '90s. You'll have to…
Cuban in Playa & Marianao

El Cucalambe

Jaimanitas, aka Fusterlandia, has recently sprouted a pretty good restaurant to serve the regular deluge of visitors. It's decorated, not surprisingly, with cutting-edge art and named (perhaps more surprisingly) for…
Cuban in Vedado

Paladar los Amigos

Not tempted to go modern and pretentious, Los Amigos sticks to the basics, offering traditional Cuban fare with lashings of rice and beans in a family home right under the noses of Vedado's finest hotels. It's been …
Cuban in Habana Vieja

Paladar Doña Carmela

On the eastern side of the harbor in the small community near the forts, this private eating option is generally full of tourists on their way to the nightly cañonazo ceremony. Book ahead. The food is good, if price…