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Comedor Aguiar****

Hotel Nacional Tel. 873-3564 Stuffy over lit restaurant, but good food and service OK Creole and international food. This restaurant has an extensive menu and wine list and can offer a pretty high standard of international cuisine. The atmosphere is fairly formal and the food pretty dull, actually on second thoughts very dull.

Hostel Valencia****

Outstanding Paella. Oficios Street, Havana Vieja. Tel. 8671037 A lovely small hotel just off Plaza del Armas. The paella here is world-class, and this is the ideal place for a long lazy lunch with some lovely cold rosé wine. They often do an excellent Gazpacho soup if the chef has the ingredients. Other dishes are […]

La Ferminia****

Good food in a stunning garden 20 mins the centre. 5th Ave. corner 184, Playa Tel. 273-6555 On the way to Hemingway Marina. Good international food and a great atmosphere, with a lovely tropical gardens refreshed by fountains. This is the home of one of Havana’s top chef schools and many of the chefs cook […]

La Torre ****

Best drinks with a view and sunsets in town. Top floor of the Focsa Building. This is a great place for a cocktails with the best view in town. The food is not as good as Emperador and twice the price. Although they do cook a good steak.. It may be better to take in […]

Emperador ****

Cool 50s stye bar and restaurant without the tourists On the ground floor of the Fosca building, the ugly green apartment building behind the Nacional Hotel. This was one of the most famous restaurants and bars in Havana in the 50s, it has been refurbished in the Old Style and offers a great menu. Especially […]

Los Nardos*****

Excellent vibe and big portions Right opposite the Capitolio up a Narrow stair case with neon light signs Tel. 8632985 Stunning food is served here, with a splendid Lobster Thermador for around $9! It is impossible to book a table but worth waiting for a place. Excellent service, great atmosphere and good value. Upstairs is […]

El Aljibe*****

Avenida 7th, between 24 y 26, Miramar Tel. 2041583 Noon–midnight Order the house special: unlimited roast chicken with rice, beans and salad, this is the best “comfort food” in Havana. It’s unlikely you will have better chicken anywhere in the world. If you have a hangover or dodgy stomach this is the best recovery lunch […]

El Templete*****

Great reliable food by the Harbour in Old Havana. Ave Del Puerto, Old Havana Tel. 8668807 This very smart Spanish seafood restaurant overlooks the harbour entrance just behind the Santa Isabel Hotel. It is probably not necessary to reserve a table, except in high season. It offers a good selection of fish dishes, great steaks […]

La Campana*****

Super garden restaurant with a pool In the road behind El Pedregal Restaurant. This is a great place to go and hang out by the pool for a long lazy lunch and swimming. Great food and cocktails, and often good live music in the evenings. This is about 15 mins by taxi from the centre […]


Great sunsets and fabulous for lunch by the sea Avenida 1ra No, 2206, between 22 and 24, Miramar. Tel 2038328 This restaurant is a pleasant 1930s house right on the sea front with a swimming pool and terraces overlooking the sea. The food is interesting and you get good portions. The ideal place for a […]