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Our restaurant is located in the center of OLD HAVANA in a beautifully renovated colonial house built circa 1890. It has 2 salons, each with unique decorations, fabulous furnishings and signature tiles. There are also frescos from 1905 on all of the walls which brings an added facet to the style of the restaurant. Our beautiful interior hanging garden adds an enticing and pleasant ambience to your dining experience. Please join our family restaurant and enjoy fabulous Cuban food plus some international food , friendly service, great beverages and all the best of old Havana.
US$ 12 - US$ 36
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Italian, Fusion, Healthy
Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Cash Only, Table Service, Live Music
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Reviewed 20 December 2020

Almost every year when I visit Old Havana with my wife, we go to this place. It's our favorite spot of all and no matter the time, the place keeps providing great service and the food can compete with any restaurant that you can imagine....We went there right in the middle of the covid pandemic and even when there were no tourists in Havana, the place was still open waiting to receive anyone that is looking for a great time and food. The service is also great and the ability of their bartender is a magician, the best Piña Coladas in the whole of Cuba.More

Date of visit: December 2020
Reviewed 19 December 2020

Paladar Los Mercaderes is one of the most iconic restaurants not only in Old Havana but of Havana or even all of Cuba. With its "We love what we do here" sign as you enter the kitchen, Paladar Los Mercaderes is a must-visit gourmet food...experience. You will not regret it. Their dishes are prepared and served with impeccable delicacy. It is a true epicurean experience in Havana. They exude originality not only in their exquisite presentation but also in their conception under the expert guidance of owner and friend Yamil Alvarez. Yamil's menu has achieved the perfect fusion between European gourmet and traditional Cuban ingredients that accentuate the beautiful interior design and decoration. The charming 19th-century construction is the perfect canvas for the culinary and aesthetic creativity that Yamil brilliantly composed. I admire Yamil and appreciate his attentive care of guests. With Yamil, you can enjoy a pleasant chat and a tour of the Paladar. The staff is professional and knowledgeable. Every time I visit Paladar Los Mercaderes, I bring home a memorable experience of the perfectly narrow balcony overlooking the bustling Mercaderes street, and a yearning to return and taste the dishes such as the pumpkin creme brulee. Paladar Los Mercaderes is without a doubt the best food I have ever tasted in Havana. It is worth every penny of what you pay.More

Date of visit: December 2020
Reviewed 26 March 2020

Beautiful family restaurant with delicious food and great service! Best food of our stay in Havana! Highly recommend!

Date of visit: October 2019
Reviewed 26 March 2020

Everything about this restaurant is perfect. The waiter even offered us cigars on the house to pair with a rhum he recommended. While we were smoking said cigars, the owner came by and enquired about our experience and chatted with us for a while about...what they have been trying to do and the history of the house the restaurant is in and so much more. We felt like celebrities. One of the best meals I've had in my life.More

Date of visit: February 2020
Reviewed 25 March 2020 via mobile

Beautiful space, wonderful staff and the food was delicious. The best food we had durning our one week stay in Havana. I am vegetarian and they had plenty of delicious veggie options! Price points were very reasonable. The owner and staff are lovely! Thanks for...a great night!More

Date of visit: March 2020
Reviewed 18 March 2020

The food was delicious ,authentic and beautifully presented It was served by charming helpful staff.Gorgeous old building spotlessly clean We ate on the balcony with a view of the bustling street below .

Date of visit: January 2020
Reviewed 13 March 2020 via mobile

The best food we had in Havana. We visited La Guarida too, this pace was better. Great location in old town, lovely building too and great value - nothing was expensive here, but quality was excellent.

Date of visit: March 2020
Reviewed 12 March 2020

This is by far the best food I have had in Havana. I was blown by the quality and taste of the food in this restaurant. Friendly staff, very professional and knowledgeable. You will find the prices are higher than your normal restaurant in cuba...but is worth every penny. I can say this is as close as it gets to gourmet food in cuba. The boniato and lasagna appetizer are really good. The layered pastry and créeme brûlée deserts are to die for. You can expect great quality and flavor from any dish you get here. Highly recommend it!More

Date of visit: March 2020
Reviewed 8 March 2020

We spent 10 days in Havana, and Paladar Los Mercaderes was by far the best restaurant we ate at. We learned of it when we Googled for the best restaurants in Havana. It was so good, that we ate there twice. Everything about this restaurant...is superior. The prices are really resonable, too. Dinner for two with drinks and an appetizer, and tip will run you less than $60. Of course, you could buy a pizza on the street for $1, but if you are looking for great food, great service, and tasteful live music playing in the background, go to Paladar Los Mercaderes. I promise you won't regret it. Next trip to Havana, Yamil, we'll come to eat at your restaurant.More

Date of visit: March 2020
yamil749, Owner at Paladar Los Mercaderes, responded to this reviewResponded 9 March 2020
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Muchas gracias Stephen por su visita! Nos llena de mucha alegría su maravillosa opinión sobre nuestro restaurante familiar. Con esas...More

Reviewed 2 March 2020 via mobile

Best food in Cuba!! We were so tired of the mediocre food that we had in Cuba.... this restaurant would be a winner anywhere in the world. Excellent Tostones, best octopus, excellent rabbit tortellini, beautiful desserts!!! Don’t forget their wonderful selection of wines and rums!!...The service was great! We ended up going 3 times during our 3 weeks in Cuba!!More

Date of visit: February 2020
yamil749, Owner at Paladar Los Mercaderes, responded to this reviewResponded 5 March 2020
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Muchas gracias Shari por dejarnos tan excelente opinión sobre nuestro restaurante familiar. Nos llena de mucha alegría conocer que nos...More

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23 January 2020|
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Response from Jill B | Reviewed this property |
Do make a reservation for a window seat!
23 July 2019|
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Response from Yamil A | Property representative |
Hola Luna Dsiculpe la tardanza en la respuesta; nos ha sido imposible conectarnos a Tripadvisor en estos dias. Gracias por elegirnos y esperamos nos visite en otra oportunidad.
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20 June 2019|
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Response from Yamil A | Property representative |
Hello Angela, Thank you for choosing us. We confirm your reservation for 3 people at 8.30 pm on Saturday 22nd June. Regards. Armando
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  • Paladar Los Mercaderes is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
    • Food: 4.5
    • Service: 4.5
    • Value: 4
    • Atmosphere: 4.5