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Cafe Lamparilla

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Lamparilla, 54 | entre Mercaderes y San Ignacio, Havana, Cuba
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London, United Kingdom
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234 reviews
155 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 126 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We came here for dinner by mistake, we were actually looking for Lamparilla Tapas & Cervezas. To be honest the service started off really well, they didn't have the wine we originally ordered and said that the higher price bottle in their opinion wasn't worth it, which we appreciated and instead we ordered 2 mojitos, which were very strong! The... More 

Paris, France
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35 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Worst place we've been in 2 weeks in Cuba. The food was not good and served in small portions despite being as pricy as any place around. The service was horrible. We waited for 47 minutes for our food, which was the most basic cuban meal we could ask. The waitress was rude and careless. I don't see any reason... More 

1 Thank AntoineHague
Ottawa, Canada
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75 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 March 2017

It looked so inviting! A terrace on the street just off Mercaderes, live music, completely packed. Stop for drink, if you are enchanted by the setting. But don't order food!!! To say that the service here was terrible would be a gross understatement. This was my third visit to Cuba (and Havana) in 15 years, and I remember what state... More 

1 Thank TMegg
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8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 March 2017

I've never given such a bad review but this place deserves it. We waited 2 hours for our meals. When we sat down, the waiter took 30min to come take our order, than another 20min to bring us our bottle of wine, another 30min to bring us our glasses and to open the bottle (and that's cause we waved him... More 

1 Thank Paul C
Sibenik, Croatia
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14 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 March 2017

We just came back from out second visit to Cuba (first one was in 2014). Both times we ate at Lamparilla several times so I think we got a pretty good impression. In 2014 Lamparilla had good and reasonably priced food (not cheap) - read a couple of good simple sea food dishes. This visit we were there three times.... More 

Thank AKrnic
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379 reviews
174 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 169 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 March 2017

Just down the road from our casa, we came here and enjoyed a fusion meal of  peanut pesto dip, veggie lasagne, meatballs and roasted veg which made a nice change from rice, beans and salad and returned a second night for burritos and a Cuban dish called Ropa Vieja of shredded beef with peppers and onion which was delicious. Quirky... More 

Thank elainejh
Grand Cayman
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 3 March 2017

We stumbled upon this little restaurant one day wandering around Havana and decided to stay for lunch as the outside tables were shady and the menu looked good. They had an offer of a main course meal with sides, dessert and coffee. We had a decent meal and my only complaint would be having to pay to use the restroom... More 

Thank KYgyal
Poughkeepsie, New York
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25 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 February 2017

I sat in the area outside and enjoyed the food and musical group. I don't know what the inside area is like. The service wasn't the best, but considering reasonable prices, not a big factor.

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Surf City, New Jersey
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134 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 117 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 January 2017

The chef special of the day was lobster with two sides, small dessert and coffee (cuban style) for 14 CUC. Probably my husband's best meal on our trip and compared to prices at home, a good value. Large lobster tail and it was delicious. Sides good too. It seemed like 90% of the plates coming out onto the outside seating... More 

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Athens, Greece
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40 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 January 2017

The only interesting thing in this restaurant was the duet playing trova. The food was very average, not good value for money. What was negatively exceptional was the service where the waiters took ages to come to the table and, when they did, they didn't look in the eyes and they were almost impolite. The place is very nice though,... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Cuban, Caribbean, Latin, Spanish
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Reservations, Full Bar
Good for
Cheap Eats, Child-friendly
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Lamparilla, 54 | entre Mercaderes y San Ignacio, Havana, Cuba
  • Location: Caribbean  >  Cuba  >  Ciudad de la Habana Province  >  Havana
  • Phone Number: 864-9580

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