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Apr 29, 2011 08:42 PM

Great places to eat in Havana, Cuba

I sent out a cry for help before I one answered.

So in case anyone is looking for good places to eat in Havana, here they are. This is all relative by the way, the food in Cuba is not a high point.

1. La Guarida - so good we went twice. Great atmosphere, service, decor and food
2. La Fontana - good BBQ, but make sure you get an outside table
3. La Cocina de Lilliam - beautiful courtyard and pretty good food
4. Go to Chinatown for lunch - we ate at Tien-Tan twice - they have a chef from Shanghai and we really didn't care by that point if we were eating authentic Cuban food - we just wanted good food

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  1. We just returned from Havana, December 2011, I concur that La Guarida is a must for dinner (take your camera, too), and La Fontana was a lovely spot with good service-- the most expensive place we went to, but just by a bit. Didn't do Lilliam or Tien-Tan.

    But I'd add two Paradores (private restaurants) to your list: La Casa (in a residential neighborhood, take a cab) The owner is charming, and they offer several price points, including lobster (3 large spiny lobster tails for 20 CUC) prepared in several styles (we opted for ginger)

    The second is DeCameron, which is a short walk from the Melia Cohiba hotel. It's open for lunch (we didn't go, but the menu was simple and cheap); and we went twice for dinner -- again, great lobster and good steaks.)

    Also worth mentioning, in the Old City, on Plaza Vieja, is the microbrewery, with normal Cuban fare and grilled meat/fish skewers. They offer a burger and beer special for CUC 3.50 that looked like a bargain.

    At the time we went, 1 CUC = appx. $1.13

    Stick with the Paladars, and the food is pretty good. Coffee? Not so much. Order a thimbleful of Cuban coffee/espresso or it's pretty bland. Our American friends in the know brought Starbuck's individually packed VIA instant for breakfast. We brought a mix of black/red pepper to pass around for other meals. Something spicy to kick up the flavor is a good idea.