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Restaurants in Havana

Havana's private restaurants (paladars) serve flavoursome, experimental food and are choice options for visitors. Miramar and Vedado are home to the best of these. Dine outdoors on La Fontana's patio or in La Cocina de Lilliam's romantic garden. In Centro, Restaurant Castropol on the Malecón has sea views. Old Havana's La Imprenta stands out among government-run restaurants and is a good place for typical local raw fish ceviches.

Paladar La Cocina de Lilliam, Havana. © Cocina de Lilliam
El Templete restaurant, Havana. Photo by Robin Thom
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El Templete

Superior portside seafood

El Templete is a culinary highlight in Old Havana, frequented by expats, government bigwigs and visitors in the know. The Spanish chef tempts with food not found elsewhere: tuna encrusted in sesame seeds, baby eels and delectable chocolate puddings. Dine in the Spanish colonial interior or under royal blue awnings opposite the harbour.



Opening Hours

Daily 12pm-12am

Address

Avenida del Puerto, corner of Calle Narciso López, La Habana Vieja

Telephone

+53 7 866 8807

Transport

Taxi

Paladar La Fontana, Havana © Paladar La Fontana
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Paladar La Fontana

Alfresco patio dining

A cool oasis in a private home surrounded by ferns, a waterfall and a fishpond, Miramar's La Fontana is a polished option offering rare tasty sauces served by very attentive staff. Dine on barbecued octopus and pesto sauce, shrimp ravioli or barbecued, grilled and redesigned fish. Visit at night for the live music.



Opening Hours

Daily 12pm-12am

Address

Calle 3 no. 305, corner of 46, Miramar

Telephone

+53 7 202-8337

Transport

Taxi

Website

Paladar La Fontana Website

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Restaurant Castropol

Seafood with sea view

The best restaurant on the Malecón has unrivalled panoramic views of Havana's ocean road. Opt for Castropol's balcony tables in the early evening for seafood ragout infused with beer or wander downstairs for aromatic barbecue. Neither government-run nor private, the Asturias Society is making its mark on Centro's culinary scene; service is excellent.



Opening Hours

Daily 12pm-12am

Address

Malecón 107, between Calle Genios and Calle Crespo, Centro Habana

Telephone

+53 7 861 4864

Transport

Taxi

Paladar La Cocina de Lilliam, Havana. © Cocina de Lilliam
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Paladar La Cocina de Lilliam

Home-cooking in garden patio

Dine on a patio decorated with trailing plants and Andalucian tiles in this romantic Miramar garden. La Cocina de Lilliam serves Cuban dishes like Ropa Vieja ‘old clothes' (shredded lamb stewed in its own juices, a twist on the usual beef dish) and fresh snapper. A popular spot with music moguls, reservations are essential.



Opening Hours

Sun-Fri 12pm-3pm & 7pm-10pm

Address

Calle 48 No 1311, between Calles 13 and 15, Miramar

Telephone

+53 7 209 6514

Transport

Taxi

Paladar La Guarida, Havana. © Paladar La Guarida
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Paladar La Guarida

Artfully decorated private restaurant

La Guarida is Havana's most famous paladar (private restaurant), noted for its culinary experience and bohemian atmosphere. Scenes from iconic movie Strawberry & Chocolate were filmed on its Centro premises and religious sculptures from movie scenes adorn the dining room. Try hearty rabbit lasagne or tuna cooked in refreshing sugar cane juice, glazed with coconut.



Opening Hours

Daily 12pm-12am

Address

Calle Concordia 418, between Calle Gervasio and Calle Escobar, Centro Habana

Telephone

+53 7 866 9047

Transport

Taxi

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La Imprenta

Stylish dining in restored printworks

La Imprenta is a welcome step up the culinary ladder for a government-run restaurant, with affordable dining in the heart of Old Havana. Admire the flourishing sunken fern garden and exposed frescoes at this restored printing press from the interior wooden benches or roadside dining tables, while enjoying marinaded raw fish ceviches and skewered meat.



Opening Hours

Daily 12pm-11pm

Address

Calle Mercaderes, between Calle Lamparilla and Amargura, La Habana Vieja

Telephone

+53 7 864 9581

Transport

Taxi

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