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…
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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…
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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…
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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 …
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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…
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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…
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La Fortaleza

In conducive setting amid Vista Alegre's mansions, a spacious, inviting shady patio serving above-average food (pay in pesos) alongside live music at lunchtime. But? A big fat zero for the quality of service.
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El Holandes

A small, pleasing paladar with seating indoors or on a pleasant elevated terrace. The food is classic Cuban, the setting clean and the location is right in the thick of things.
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El Barracón

El Barracón tries to reignite the roots of Afro-Cuban culture and cuisine with mixed results. The state-run restaurant's interior, a mix of atmospheric Santería shrine and cimarrón (runaway slave) is intriguing, but…
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Santiago 1900

In the former Bacardí residence you can dine on the standard chicken, fish or pork for Cuban pesos in a plush dining room that recently recovered its fin de siècle colonial airs. Beware the draconian dress code: no …