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 Tapas in Viñales

Tres Jotas

Who knew that Viñales, long a bastion of cerdo asado (whole roast pig), also produces huge crayfish fresh from the Ancón River? For a reminder pop into 3J's, a tapas bar cum restaurant cum cocktail lounge cum breakf…
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 Santiago de Cuba

Roy's Terrace Inn Roof Garden Restaurant

If only the rest of Cuba could harness this formula: quality homemade food, caring service and excellent atmosphere. Reserve one day ahead for one of only six rooftop tables surrounded by tumbling flowers in candlel…
Top Choice Cuban in Santa Clara

Restaurant Florida Center

The Florida has been Santa Clara's best restaurant for at least a decade. The food is as good as the experience. Diners eat in a colonial, plant-festooned, candlelit courtyard full of interesting antiques. Owner Áng…
Top Choice International in Holguín

Restaurante 1910

Among Cuba's best offerings, count this elegant wood-trimmed colonial in. Guests tuck into thick steaks as if it were their last day on earth. There's also tender grilled octopus with garlic sauce, lovely chocolate …
Top Choice International in Varadero

Varadero 60

Upping the ante considerably in Varadero's new private-restaurant scene is this fine-dining establishment, that exudes an aura of refinement not seen since Benny Moré last cleared his throat and shouted ‘Dilo!’. Lob…
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…