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Paladar Dona Carmela

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Near La Cabana's fort | Parque Histórico Militar Morro-Cabaña, Havana, Cuba
863 6048
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Milford, Connecticut
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

On our way from visiting the El Cristo de la Habana and one of the fortresses, we were recommended to go to this restaurant by one of the taxi cab drivers that were parked in the area. We were in the area to go to the fortress to see the show at 9pm and we were starving! It has a... More 

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UK
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20 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Our guidebook suggested there were bars and restaurants within La Cabaña fortress but as we were about to enter we checked with the security guy at the entrance who said they were closed (which they were) and recommended Paladar Doña Carmela. Fantastic meal in a lovely setting with live music.

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Thank mikebstravels
Vancouver, Canada
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

During a day trip to Havana, our tour guide brought us to Paladar Doña Carmela for an authentic Cuban lunch. My mom and I loved it! The food at our resort had been pretty underwhelming, so we weren't sure what to expect, but this was my favourite meal of our whole stay in Cuba. The portions are huge, so you... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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106 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We came upon this place by mistake one day while visiting the La Cabaña fortress located on eastern side of the harbor entrance in Havana, in other words, across the bay. We were looking for La Divina Pastora restaurant when we asked for directions and were pointed towards this restaurant instead. We arrived at the front door tired & hungry... More 

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Atlanta, Georgia
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16 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Outside of Havana city center, authentic and family owned. Great music and great service. Excellent food. We ate family style having fish, lobster, beef, pork chop, rabbit and of course beans and rice. Great atmosphere. We walked in (after a classic car ride :)) but get a reservation and ask for an outside table.

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Montreal, Canada
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7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 December 2016

Food is OK but overpriced, chicken 16CUC, Mohito 5CUC, Coffee 2CUC, you get the picture. Don't leave tip, it is included in price. We got re-routed from our cabby in going to this place. It was full of tourists and cabs outside bringing them. Service rude from our waitress was very rude. No Thank you. You can eat better and... More 

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Ajax, Canada
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8 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 November 2016

Our tour guide brought us here for lunch during our day in Havana (Oct 28, 2016). The food was very good and enjoyed by all. The service was also good, it was very busy in the restaurant so a little slow but overall we had a great lunch. The seating in the garden was very pretty. The cost of most... More 

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Whitby, Canada
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13 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 September 2016

Our tour guide took us to this restaurant in our day trip to Havana and it was very nice. Each main dish was approximately 16 pesos. The food was delicious, and the service was great. It was a very hot day and we didn't want to eat in the garden (which is too bad as it was beautiful) and they... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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160 reviews
91 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 June 2016

I agree with some of the reviews - it is a bit of a tourist trap (and, yes, we discovered that Beyonce had eaten there), but there was a mix of obvious foreigners (like ourselves) and also Spanish speaking people too. Lovely ambiance in the gardens. Service was most satisfactory. Not brilliant, but certainly not poor. Similarly, the live music... More 

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Tel Aviv, Israel
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40 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 June 2016

No one get to this restaurant by himself. Probably your driver will tell you that he is going to take you to a non-touristic authentic Cuban Homestyle food. It will be one of your more expensive meals in Cuba with an average food. But you will make your driver happy

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
Caribbean, Latin, Cuban
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Child-friendly
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Near La Cabana's fort | Parque Histórico Militar Morro-Cabaña, Havana, Cuba
  • Location: Caribbean  >  Cuba  >  Ciudad de la Habana Province  >  Havana
  • Phone Number: 863 6048

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?