Best restaurants in Valle de Viñales

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    Tres Jotas

    One of the best restaurants in Cuba outside Havana, Tres Jotas is Viñales’ original tapas bar that has since been copied by all and sundry. Its inviting polished-wood interior is the perfect place to unwind after a day in the countryside, with classy cocktails, taste-exploding tapas, and boards piled high with cured ham and manchego cheese. For something more dinner-worthy, don’t leave before you’ve tasted the signature slow-cooked lamb stewed in red wine – not a tapa this one, but a real feast. The sociable manager Jean-Pierre is a perfect host, always on hand to ensure the atmosphere is nothing less than electric. He is backed up by a team of highly professional staff who offer sharp but highly discreet service.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Viñales

    El Olivo

    Viñales' most popular restaurant, as the happy buzz of conversation will testify, serves tremendous lasagna and pasta dishes, backed up by other Med classics such as duck à l'orange. The salads topped with goat's cheese and dried fruits are spectacular, while the joker in the pack is the rabbit dressed with herbs in a dark chocolate sauce. The secret? Olivo is a genuine farm-to-table affair. Most of what you eat here comes from its own farm, 3km up the road. If you liked what you ate, go and see where it came from.

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    Cubar

    A sophisticated new entry into Viñales' overcrowded dining scene, Cubar hits all the right notes with a smart dark-wood interior advertising the joys of Cuban rum and a menu that touts Cuban food colored with Italian and Spanish inflections. Expect fine tastes and creative presentation in dishes such as rabbit cacciatore, grilled octopus and a zesty lobster spaghetti. Cubar is the sort of place where you’ll feel hunger pangs for every plate that flies past your table (oh those burgers!). Moreover, it emits a classy aura with fresh flowers on the bar, romantic candles on the tables and extra virgin olive oil with which to dress your avocado salad.

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    Balcón del Valle

    With three deftly constructed wooden decks overhanging a panorama of tobacco fields, drying houses and craggy mogotes (limestone monoliths), 'Balcony of the Valley' has food that stands up to its sensational views. The unwritten menu includes half a dozen mains, all prepared country-style with copious trimmings. It's 3km outside Viñales toward Hotel Los Jazmines.

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    Restaurant La Berenjena

    A commendable attempt to fill a void in Cuba's food market – ie vegetarianism – La Berenjena inhabits a smart two-story house with an awning-covered terrace out front. This is a genuine ecorestaurant plying fruit shakes, vegetable lasagna, crepes, soups and a few meat dishes for those who can't be swayed. Furthermore it uses recycled rainwater, makes its own honey and uses ingredients from its own vegetable garden.

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    La Cuenca

    Looking less rustic than some of its Viñales brethren, La Cuenca's narrow covered terrace and funky black-and-white interior are rather tempting. The food is all over the map, from Spanish tapas to rack of lamb, although some dishes (rabbit with chocolate) seem to mimic some of its nearby competitors. If you're not lingering long, the coffee and cocktails are famously good.

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    La Dulce Vida

    The 'sweet life' Spanish style is another successful Viñales take on Italian food and does noteworthy pasta dishes – just choose your pasta shape and your sauce. Backing it up are some Cuban staples. The small interior is reminiscent of a simple trattoria in Puglia, and there are cushioned benches to sink into outside. Good desserts too!

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    Cocinita del Medio

    A radical rethink a couple of years ago has transformed Cocinita from a family dining room serving salt-of-the-earth Viñales staples to a chicer cafe plying Cuban dishes plus an augmented menu of pizzas, pasta and tapas. The staples are still pretty good (and cheap), the pizzas less so. Top marks to the generous slices of cake.

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    La Esquinita

    Born as a quick walk-up cafe several years back, the 'little corner' has grown bigger as the service has become concurrently slower. No matter: it's still a good place for simple sandwiches and – even better – Viñales' finest desert: hot chocolate-filled churros.

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    Restaurante la Casa de Don Tomás

    The oldest house in Viñales was once its only independent restaurant, but no more. Nonetheless, with its terracotta roof, terrace and flowering vines, it remains a salubrious place to try las delicias de Don Tomás: an egg-topped rice, lobster and meat fest (CUC$10).

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    El Barrio

    A fairly modest restaurant with a rarely crowded terrace overlooking the main drag, with kind and friendly staff plying plentiful if mediocre food – a mix of tapas, pizza and Cuban mains.