8 Heavenly Delicious Restaurants In Havana, Cuba

Using few resources, Cubans have been able to create spectacular dishes with only a handful of ingredients.

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Havana, the capital city of Cuba, is known for its fascinating culture, Spanish-style architecture, and one-of-a-kind dishes. Cuban fare is a unique fusion of Spanish, African, and Caribbean flavors. There are many fantastic restaurants in Havana where travelers can sample the mouthwatering cuisine. As a disclaimer, keep in mind that oftentimes several menu items are not in stock due to Cuba’s continued food crisis. Also, expect long wait times since capacities at restaurants can be limited.

La Bodeguita del Medio

4JRX+835, Empedrado, La Habana, Cuba

La Bodeguita Del Medio
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Established in 1942, La Bodeguita del Medio is one of the most famous bar-restaurants located in the heart of Havana. There are multiple locations across 14 other countries including the United States, Spain, Mexico, and more. This spot has an old-world charm with wooden furniture and vintage decorations. There is also an outdoor patio that is perfect for some fresh air. Ernest Hemingway and many other celebrities are known to have dined in this establishment in the past. The menu features Creole lobster, pork steak with an onion sauce, chicken casserole, and more. For a sweet treat, try the Medio and Baracoa ice cream.

La Guarida

418 Concordia, La Habana, Cuba

La Guardia
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La Guarida is one of the most popular restaurants in Havana, located in a beautiful old mansion in the Chinatown neighborhood. There is a romantic and elegant atmosphere and it is known for its delicious food and stunning views of the city. Gordon Ramsey along with other celebrities has been spotted dining at the restaurant where the menu features traditional Cuban dishes, as well as creative and innovative dishes that fuse Cuban and international flavors. Some of the must-try dishes include the ropa vieja, a classic Cuban beef stew, the roasted chicken with honey lime sauce, and yucca with mojo sauce.

El Cocinero

4HGR+W2C, Calle 26, La Habana, Cuba

El Cocinero Cuba
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El Cocinero Cuba is a trendy and modern cash-only restaurant located in a former factory building in the Miramar neighborhood. The restaurant has a garden patio and a chic luxurious tropical interior. The menu features a mix of Cuban and international dishes, with a focus on fresh local seafood and grilled meats. Some of the standout dishes include pork tenderloin with cream of corn and coconut, filet mignon with pumpkin cream and a red wine reduction sauce, and cream of corn with Creole cheese and grilled shrimp.

Paladar Doña Eutimia

#60-C, Callejon del Chorro, La Habana, Cuba

Paladar Doña Eutimia is located in a beautiful and ancient colonial building in the center of Havana. The restaurant has a cozy and intimate atmosphere, with traditional Cuban décor and an outdoor patio. The menu highlights classic Cuban dishes, with a focus on roasted meats and vegetables. Some must-try entrées include the Arroz a la Cubana, which consists of fried eggs and fried plantains in a Cuban sauce, and the ropa vieja, a savory beef stew with onions, peppers, and tomatoes.

Paladar Dona Eutimia
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Paladar Los Mercaderes

207 Mercaderes, La Habana, Cuba

Paladar Los Mercaderes is a casual restaurant located in a former Spanish colonial building in the heart of Havana. It has a gorgeous and colorful interior with high ceilings, antique furnishings, and an outdoor courtyard that is perfect for hanging out with friends and family. The menu illustrates a mix of traditional Cuban dishes and Spanish cuisine, with a focus on fresh seafood and grilled meats. Some spectacular dishes to try include Creole pork with a curry sauce, slow-cooked ribs, and risotto.

Los Mercederes
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El Del Frente

4JQW+WHG, O'Reilly, La Habana, Cuba

El Del Frente is a hip and modern restaurant located in the trendy Vedado neighborhood. The restaurant has an industrial vibe with unique art pieces on the walls and antique furnishings, and an outdoor patio that is perfect for dining with a view of the city. The signature dish is the mix tacos, which is served in three shells topped with pickled red onions and a lime wedge.

El del Frente
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San Cristóbal

4JPM+FFQ, San Rafael, La Habana, Cuba

San Cristóbal is a long-standing restaurant located in the heart of Havana. The bright green paint in the entrance welcomes travelers to see a unique combination of crystal chandeliers and antique wooden furniture. Some of the standout dishes include the gazpacho soup and Cordero San Carlos which is lamb topped with a white sauce of onions, peppers, and mushrooms. For dessert, try the homemade flan topped with caramel syrup.

Paladar San Cristobal
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O’Reilly 304

4JQW+QM5, O'Reilly, La Habana, Cuba

O’Reilly 304 is a chic and trendy restaurant located in the heart of Havana. The restaurant has a cozy atmosphere with colorful modern furniture, and it also has an outdoor terrace that is perfect for dining under the stars. The menu features classic Cuban dishes as well as American favorites. Don’t miss the pumpkin soup, chicken pasta, or roasted chicken. For dessert, check out the lemon cake and Neapolitan cake. Make sure to save room for a cup of traditional Cuban espresso.

O'Reilly 304
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Natalia Guerra

Contributing Editor

Natalia Guerra was born in Miami and comes from a Cuban background. Aside from her passion for travel writing and culinary arts, she also loves to step out of her comfort zone to live life to the fullest. Her lifestyle is being a digital nomad, working remotely as she travels the world one city at a time. Her favorite country has been Spain for its beautiful architecture and food, which reminds her of her Cuban culture.

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