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 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.
Cuban in Centro Habana

Castas y Tal

Recently relocated from Vedado to Centro Havana, C & T has gone from old-school paladar (esconded in someone's 11th floor apartment) to trendy bistro-style restaurant. What hasn't changed is the quality of the f…
Cuban in Ciego de Ávila

Restaurante el Avión

Touch down in Parque de la Ciudad for restaurant innovation. El Avión might not offer much extraordinary on its menu (although the ropa vieja – shredded beef – is great) but your repast will be in a novel venue: ins…
Cuban in Santiago de Cuba

La Fortaleza

What a shame. A conducive setting amid Vista Alegre's mansions, a spacious, inviting shady patio and above-average food (pay in pesos) made infinitely more palatable by the lunchtime live music. But? A big fat zero …
Cuban in Nuevitas

Restaurante Toscana

The town's best private restaurant is aimed mainly at Cubans (prices in moneda nacional), but will happily welcome non-Cubans. It's not well-signposted, but is only a block or so from the hotel. Seafood dominates.
Cuban in Banes

Restaurante Don Carlos

Salt-of-the-earth, meet-the-locals private restaurant where you can discover the other side of Cuba over some pretty decent seafood. Not 30 minutes from Guardalavaca's gigantic resorts.
Cuban in Banes

Casa del Chef

This Cuban chain acts as a training ground for young chefs hoping to gravitate to the resort kitchens but isn't as bad as it sounds. It's also great value for money in Banes, with most dishes going for $35 Cuban pes…