Northern Matanzas restaurants

Top Choice International in Varadero

Varadero 60

Rivaling anything Varadero's five-star resorts can cough up, this 'five-star' fine-dining establishment exudes an aura of refinement not seen since Benny Moré twirled his cane. Lobster and solomillo (steak) are the …
Top Choice International in Varadero

Salsa Suárez

With possibly the most all-encompassing menu of Varadero's private restaurants, Salsa Suárez impresses with its salubrious greenery-covered patio and ultra-professional never-miss-a-beat service. Food influences are…
Top Choice International in Matanzas

El Chiquirrín

A pianist plays on a baby grand, chefs work artistically behind a glass partition in the kitchen, and a waiter carves Chateaubriand at your table. New York? Paris? No, the former culinary wasteland of Matanzas. A te…
Top Choice Cuban in Cárdenas

Don Qko

Don Qko is a well-executed and quietly sophisticated restaurant hidden in Cárdenas otherwise tatty street grid that serves classic Cuban dishes in a sprawling mini oasis that includes a cafe, restaurant, pool and fe…
Italian in Varadero

Paladar Nonna Tina

Veteran Cuba visitors will remember an era when the word 'pasta' was a euphemism for ‘mush.' But times have changed and, thanks to inspired new restaurants such as Italian-owned Nonna Tina, the term ‘al dente’ is no…
International in Varadero

Waco's Club

Travelers rate this sequestered-away spot, which was once Varadero's Club Náutico. The restaurant is clearly aiming high with its impressive international menu (nothing as wacko as you might think with a name like t…
Cuban in Matanzas

Amelia del Mar

Amelia del Mar brings tongue-in-cheek creativity to standard Cuban 'international' food through flashy presentation and then serves the concept in a neat open-air patio doubling as a lively bar. Dishes here have pla…
Tapas in Matanzas

Restaurant-Galería Esa Talla

An exclamation mark of artistic genius down by the river, the Talla could be your best bet for food among the new crop of bars and galleries hereabouts. There are fine meat skewers, snack-sized pizzas and well-const…
Steak in Varadero

Restaurante La Barbacoa

Varadero's best state-run restaurant is a steakhouse that serves relatively cheap steak and lobster in an old-world decor (stag's heads, horsey paraphernalia) staffed by very straight-faced wait staff
Ice Cream in Cárdenas

Plan B

Make Plan B your plan A when visiting Cárdenas – particularly if you’re in the mood for ice cream. This diminutive place with five tables rustles up superb ice-cream desserts dispatched out of a hidden back room. Tr…