Havana & Varadero Restaurants
There are many eating places in Havana, anything from fast food street snacks to haute cuisine restaurants. In general cuisine in Cuba is limited in variety; however there are some exceptions and we list a number here. Also, many of the 5* hotels in Havana, Varadero, Guardalavaca and the Cays have good international a la carte restaurants which normally require reservations by hotel guests.
Probably one of the best State run restaurants in Old Havana overlooking Havana Harbour with outdoor and indoor dining areas.
Offers international and Cuban cuisine with a special touch of traditional Spanish dishes such as ‘el pulpo a la gallega’ and ‘bacalao a la vizcaina’.
Other specialties include oyster and tomato cocktail, shrimps in garlic and beef Carpaccio perfectly accompanied by bread with virgin olive oil and balsamic vinegar .
Popular main courses include whole grilled lobster, chateaubriand and grilled red snapper. Crème brulee or chocolate brownies are a nice ending to the meal.
The per capita price range is from 30 – 50 CUC depending if you include wine. The resident Chef is Arkaitz Etxarte. Capacity for 158 covers. Open from 12 midday until 12 midnight. Address: Avenida del Puerto, esquina a Narciso López La Habana Vieja.
Café del Oriente
This elegant little restaurant sits just off the Plaza San Francisco and, when the weather permits, features a few outdoor tables. Inside you’ll find a cool, large room, with a beautiful patterned marble floor, high ceilings, and dark wainscoting on the walls. In the center of the restaurant is a large U‐shaped bar. The menu here is one of the more extravagant in Havana, with entrees that include Cesar Salad prepared at your table. For the main course, try the lamb loin with a chocolate sauce. Desserts include Baked Alaska and Crepe Suzette. Even if you don’t take a full meal here, this is a great place to stop for a drink or cup of coffee while touring Old Havana. Address: Oficios Street, No. 112 Corner to Amargura Street, San Francisco Plaza. Cuisine: International.
Another of Hemingway’s drinking haunts where he spent many hours drinking his favorite Daiquiri cocktail. There is a statue of him sitting at the end of the bar. The restaurant specializes in seafood.
La Torre Restaurant
Located on the top floor of the Focsa Building, the second – tallest building in Havana with mesmerizing views. Excellent French cuisine at this stylish restaurant. Dine on foie gras, filet of beef with rosemary; shrimps caramelized in honey, and profiteroles.
Club Habana Restaurant
This gourmet restaurant is within the exclusive private members Club Habana which used to be the Biltmore Yacht & Country Club. It overlooks the Club’s beach and Havana Bay. Club Habana represents a new concept designed for diplomats, executives, business people and travelers for their social and business contacts. Cuba Select Travel can arrange access to the Club for individuals and groups.
Sierra Maestra Restaurant: Known to be one of the most expensive restaurants in Havana at the top of the Havana Libre Hotel with amazing panoramic views.
El Patio Restaurant: Romantic setting in at Plaza Cathedral with live music. International and Creole cuisine. Plaza Cathedral, Old Havana.
La Mina Restaurant: A popular tourist restaurant at Plaza Armas. Creole cuisine. Arms Square, Old Havana.
La Dominica Restaurant: Italian cuisine. O’Reilly Street corner to Mercaderes Street.
Santo Angel Restaurant: Nice setting located in one of Old Havana’s colonial plazas. The Buena Vista Social Club performs weekly on Sunday nights. International and Creole cuisine. Teniente Rey Street corner to San Ignacio Street, Plaza Vieja.
La Paella Restaurant: Specialty in Paellas. Oficios Street corner to Obrapia.
Mesón de la Flota Restaurant: Spanish cuisine. Mercaderes Street between Rey and Amargura Street.
Prado y Neptuno Restaurant: Best restaurant for pastas and pizzas. Opposite the NH Park Central Hotel. Italian cuisine. Prado Street corner to Neptuno Street.
La Torre de Marfil Restaurant: Asiatic cuisine. Mercaderes Street between Obispo and Obrapia.
Café El Mercurio: International cuisine. Lonja del Comercio Building, Plaza San Francisco, Old Havana.
Café Taberna Restaurant: International and Creole cuisine. Mercaderes Street corner to Teniente Rey Street.
Europa Restaurant: Cuban Cuisine. Obispo Street corner to Aguiar Street.
There are a number of restaurants in Varadero; the following would be two of our favorite restaurants. Also, many of the all inclusive 5* hotels have some excellent a la carte restaurants.
Gaviota Marina Restaurant
Located at the end of the peninsula. This recently opened restaurant, overlooking the sea, is where you can select your own fresh lobster and enjoy some other excellent cuisine such as scallops and steaks. The artistic décor was designed by a famous Cuban artist.
Xanadu Mansion (DuPont Villa) Restaurant
Located next to the Golf Course in Varadero, this lovely building was built in 1929 by the DuPont de Nemour family. Following the Cuban revolution, it is now used as a restaurant, as well as housing very few rooms as a hotel. It makes for a stunning setting to have a drink or organize a meal for your group overlooking the ocean view and the sweeping garden.