Top Choice Caribbean in Ciego de Ávila

Don Ávila

Numero uno in Ciego's culinary greatest all-time hits. Plaza-abutting Don Ávila impresses with its regal ambience, on-site cigar outlet, old-gents-style bar, typically friendly avileña service and generous portions …
Top Choice International in Matanzas

Restaurante Paladar Mallorca

The Mallorca out in Los Mangos neighborhood northwest of the center impresses with adventurous dishes such as fish in balsamic cream glaze, and some of Cuba's best piña coladas. Presentation is very nouveau and ther…
Top Choice Cuban in Centro Habana

San Cristóbal

At San Cristóbal you can sit down in front of a Catholic/Santería altar flanked by pictures of Maceo and Martí and give thanks for extraordinarily good food. Located in the thick of Centro Habana, the menu and decor…
Top Choice Cuban in Viñales

Balcón del Valle

With three deftly constructed wooden decks overhanging a panorama of tobacco fields, drying houses and craggy mogotes, this aptly named restaurant (translation: Balcony of the Valley) has food that stands up to its …
Top Choice International in Santiago de Cuba

St Pauli

In a city of no great culinary tradition, St Pauli has arrived like a hurricane in a stagnant gastronomic desert. Creep up its mural decorated corridor off pedestrianized Calle Saco and you’ll find a restaurant that…
Top Choice Cafe in Santiago de Cuba

Rumba Café

Imagine. It’s a typical Santiago afternoon. Boiling hot and on the run from your new posse of ‘fren’s’ trying to offer you cigars, chicas or a bike tour, you duck into the cool confines of Rumba Café. Appearing like…
Top Choice Cuban in Sancti Spíritus

Papo's Boulevard

The secret of Papo's – aside from its excellent boulevard location – is its congrí. Word on the street suggests that Sancti Spíritus mixes the best rice and beans in Cuba, and Papo's backs up the legend with subtly …
Top Choice Cuban in Viñales

Cocinita del Medio

Sometimes simple is best. Generous platters of grilled meat and fish – in size and in seasoning. Eat here at least once.
Chinese in Centro Habana

Restaurante Tien-Tan

One of the Barrio Chino's best authentic Chinese restaurants, Tien-Tan (the 'Temple of Heaven') is run by a Chinese-Cuban couple and serves up an incredible 130 different dishes.
Spanish in Centro Habana

Los Nardos

An open secret opposite the Capitolio, but easy to miss (look out for the queue), Los Nardos is a semi-private restaurant operated by the Spanish Asturianas society. Touted in some quarters as one of the best eateri…