Restaurants

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 International in Santiago de Cuba

St Pauli

In a city of no great culinary tradition, St Pauli arrived like a hurricane. Walk the long mural decorated corridor off Calle Saco to a bright room featuring blackboard menus and a glass-wall kitchen. Everything is …
Cuban in Santiago de Cuba

Madrileño

A well-respected, good-quality option, Madrileňo occupies a classy colonial abode in Vista Alegre with interior patio dining with chirping birds. Contrary to the name, this is Cuban comida criolla (creole food). Suc…
Italian in Santiago de Cuba

Ristorante Italiano la Fontana

Pizza deliciosa and lasagna formidable, ravioli and garlic bread; mamma mía, this has to be the number-one option for breaking away from all that chicken and pork! Prices are jacked up on Chilean wines, but it might…
Caribbean in Santiago de Cuba

Restaurante el Morro

Bravo to the spectacular cliffside location sporting huge sea views. Think classics: roast chicken and pork are nicely presented. A busload of European/North American 50-somethings can really slow down service, so t…
Caribbean in Santiago de Cuba

Bendita Farándula

You would probably never wander in here unbidden, but with an ambience reminiscent of a provincial French bistro, this cozy two-floored place with guests' musings on the walls does Santiago's only pescado con leche …
Cuban in Santiago de Cuba

Ranchon Los Naranjos

On a hilly residential street by Melia, this open-air restaurant offers great-value meals. Grilled fish and lamb stewed in tomato sauce come recommended. Maybe it's the out-of-the-way location, but it's conducive to…
Parrilla in Santiago de Cuba

El Palenquito

Barbecue is the specialty of this casual backyard restaurant on the outskirts of Santiago. Grilled pork and chicken are served with the typical sides, but the real star is dessert. Try rich zapote or coconut ice cre…
Caribbean in Santiago de Cuba

Restaurante Zunzún

Dine in bygone bourgeois style in this mansion-turned-restaurant. Zunzún, in the once upscale Vista Alegre neighborhood. It has always been lauded, though overpriced. Exotic dishes include chicken curry, paella or a…
Ice Cream in Santiago de Cuba

La Arboleda

Santiago's ice-cream cathedral is a little out of the center, not that this lessens the queue length. Yell out ¿Quién es último? (who is last?) and take your place on the Av de los Libertadores side of the parlor. M…