Wanna know the best restaurants in Havana for your trip? If you are a foodie like me, the first thing that excites you when traveling is food of course! I love nothing more than opening my palate and sampling the cuisine of another culture.
You may have heard those rumors the food in Havana lacks any type of flavor. However, during my visit the Cuban dishes I experienced are making my mouth water just writing about them. Keep on reading and find out where are the best places to eat in Havana to fill that belly. Trust me they are muy delicioso!
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BEST RESTAURANTS IN HAVANA TO EAT
Hours: 12:00-16:00, 18:00-23:25 Price: $$$$
La Guarida first opened in 1996 and is one of the most famous restaurants all over Cuba. Also, it is one of the top Havana attractions and has served Cuban dishes to numerous politicians and many celebrities. La Guarida puts a modern twist on traditional Cuban cuisine making it one of the best restaurants in Havana. Cost of food in Cuba is relatively cheap. However, La Guarida will be one of the most expensive meals you will pay for in Havana. But, it is so worth the price!
La Guarida pretty much looks like a dilapidated building on the outside. It may seem like an abandoned mansion when you arrive but walk up the stairs to the 3rd floor. There is a restaurant there I promise.
If you want to dine at one of the best restaurants in Havana then I highly recommend making reservations prior. They were completely booked for dinner both nights during my visit. But, I was super stoked to be squeezed in for lunch!
For my first cocktail, I decided to start off with a Bloody Mary. Not going to lie, I had too much fun and too many mojitos the night before. If you happen to end up in the same situation, skip the Bloody, it really wasn’t good or cured my situation. Instead save those extra bucks for dessert.
Second round I dove into the mango daiquiri and I have to say it was pretty darn tasty. It easily quenched my thirst from the Havana heat. This daiquiri was a perfect mixture of tart, fruity, and was overall very refreshing.
The Lasaña de Papaya and Tacos de Marlin were the perfect appetizer. My friend and I devoured them within seconds. Both dishes had some gusto with their vibrant and bold flavors.
I was very please with my entree Medallones de Cerdo con Salsa de Mango served with a malanga fritter. And, you are in Cuba, do order a side of Moros y Cristianos. This traditional Cuban food, is a mixture of rice and black beans and is one of my favorite Cuban dishes.
No meal is complete without dessert, right? Who can literally pass on dessert when you see Chocolate Tres Leches on the menu? The tres leches was so freaking creamy and eaten within 4-bites. Don’t forget to also try the Pie de Limon, which was a deconstructed lemon pie. It had the perfect amount of creaminess and a nice crunch from the graham cracker crumbs.
But, before you leave head to the rooftop bar that is deserving of your visit. It has one astonishing view of Havana. Grab a seat, chill out, order an authentic Cuban mojito, and admire one fabulous view of Havana. Take note that La Guarida’s rooftop bar is closed at lunch, but at you can still head to the rooftop and check out the view.
La Guarida will be one of the priciest restaurants you will come across, but it is one of the top places to visit in Havana, Cuba! I highly recommend this fine Havana dining experience during your visit.
El Cuarto De Tula
Hours: 8:00-23:00 Price: $$-$$$
El Cuarto de Tula, was by far one of the best restaurants in Havana I dined. These chefs at this adorable hostel and restaurant know how to throw down in the kitchen. El Cuarto de Tula’s decor is submerged with pure coziness from the decorative accents and tables you would find in your grandma’s kitchen.
Service is superb and staff are very welcoming. My whole dining experience felt like I was having dinner at a local’s home. El Cuarto de Tula’s cuisine is a unique fusion of both Cuban and Italian.
Just a tip for you, be on the lookout when heading to this treasure, as it can be easily missed on the street.
For a beverage, I started off with their version of a Cuban mojito. El Cuarto de Tula adds a slice of pineapple which gave this mojito a refreshing citrusy kick! Typically, a mojito is not a cocktail I order back home. I find them to be overly saturated with simple syrup and only one mint leaf. However, you will be surprised in Havana that mojitos are served pretty stiff and mostly consists of rum.
Ordering croquettas is a must when visiting Havana. At El Cuarto de Tula’s they were perfectly coated and crispy on the outside with a nice moist and tender center. Their croquettas were seriously the best I had in Havana and ever eaten. If you are not dining alone, I advise you double up and order two.
For dinner I ordered something light and if you are a fan of octopus you will enjoy this recommended entree. Order the Pulpo Encebollado al Pimentón, which is octopus coated in paprika. This seafood dish was surprisingly fresh and seasoned perfectly!
El Cuarto de Tula is one of the best restaurants in Havana and definitely a must try while you are there.
Hours: 24-Hours Price: $
Every restaurant I mentioned has some fusion or twist onCuban cuisine. El Bicky is where you will find nothing but pure authentic Cuban food. And most of the diners I noticed at El Bicky were locals, not tourists.
El Bicky has 2-floors in their restaurant. The lower level is more casual, while the upstairs is reserved for fine dining. Since it was located near where we were staying, I dined here frequently. El Bicky was so delicious and one of the best places in Havana.
If you dine at El Bicky I urge you to try their signature drink, The Bicky. This beverage made me feel nostalgic of my 7-Eleven days as a child sipping on a slurpee. This one was way better though! The Bicky was similar to a mojito slurpee. It wasn’t sweet, but very refreshing and minty. You will order more than one, or two!
For starters, I highly suggest ordering the Malanga Fritters and Croquettas (of course). They both were nice crunchy pieces of heaven with a chewy center. Even the garlic and honey sauces that accompanied these dishes are making my tastebuds dance just thinking about it.
For my entree, I ordered one of the most popular Cuban dishes, Ropa Vieja, which means “old clothes.” This didn’t taste like old clothes either. If you are craving some traditional Cuban food then El Bicky is your spot.
Vista Al Golfo Bar
Hours: 10:00-24:00 Price: $ (Drinks)
After all that eating, I am sure you are looking for some authentic Cuban drinks to quench your thirst. Head on over to Vista al Golfo Bar which is one of the best bars in Havana. This bar is located inside of the Hotel Nacional which has one stunning view of the ocean and Malecón.
Don’t rush to head to the bar, though take the long route and stroll through Hotel Nacional which is one of the best hotels in Cuba. Hotel Nacional’s architecture is Spanish style influenced and is absolutely breath taking. Walk out the back doors and through those beautiful white archways and the mist of the ocean will greet you immediately.
Once you make it to the bar, the inside of Vista al Golfo is pretty astonishing! Every inch of this bar has photographs of gangsters, politicians, writers, and celebrities who have visited dating all the way back to the 1930’s.
The Cubans may be known for daiquiris; however, I strongly suggest ordering their mojito it was my favorite Cuban beverage there. Vista al Golfo Bar, puts a twist on this popular Cuban drink that you will not find at any other bar in Havana.
Their mojito has a spin and is a concoction of both light and dark rum. I will admit the drinks at Vista al Golfo Bar are a little pricier than anywhere else in Havana costing you 6-CUC ($6 USD). Outside of the hotel mojitos usually run between 1-2 CUC. But, grab your drink head outside for the gorgeous view of the Malecon. It is definitely worth the extra bucks.
Hours: 11:00-24:00 Price: $ (Drinks)
If you feel you have you had your share of mojitos, head on over to La Floridita where the daiquiri was born. La Floridita is also known to be one of Ernest Hemingway’s favorite hangouts and best restaurants in Havana.
If you decide to visit the La Floridita, I highly suggest arriving before the bar opens. Otherwise, just forget finding a table and will be doomed to standing and your drink will get knocked out of your hand from the crowds. La Floridita gets packed very quickly from tour groups coming and going. So, if you want to grab a table, go early!
La Floridita has an unlimited variety of daiquiri flavors on the menu. Since I was unaware of the multitudes of people who visit this bar constantly, most flavors were not available during my trip to the bar. But, I wasn’t too disappointed though, the mango daiquiri was still available. The daiquiris at La Floridita are on the pricey side since it is a tourist trap costing around 6-7 CUCs.
CONCLUSION: BEST PLACES TO EAT IN HAVANA
Hungry yet? Follow this foodie travel guide and you will dine at the best restaurants in Havana. These eateries had some of the most scrumptious Cuban meals I have ever eaten. Trust me, Havana will not disappoint your tastebuds, you will see.
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