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0.2 km from Old Square (Plaza Vieja)
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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.
PRICE RANGE
$11 - $32
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
CUISINES
Italian, Fusion, Healthy
FEATURES
Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Cash Only, Table Service, Live Music
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Reviewed 3 days ago

Wonderful, authentic, family owned restaurant in old Havana. The restaurant is inside a beautifully renovated old apartment that belongs to the owners's family, a young looking smiley couple in their early 50s. The food is the best I have eaten in Havana. You must try...roba vieja, congri ( cuban rice and beans) and whatever fresh fish they offer, usually caught the day before by the owner's friend El Gordo. All the ingredients are raised locally and the profits of the restaurants go to support about 40 families. It was a very pleasant experience, I highly recommend it !More

Date of visit: March 2023
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We really enjoyed the meal specially crayfish which is not a lobster because normally lobster has nippers. All dishes where great .

Date of visit: March 2023
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The best restaurant we had in Cuba!!! Everything was very tasty, the risotto was the best I ever had. The service is also excellent, we even could talk to the manager to share our oppinion with him. HIGJLY RECOMENDED!!!

Date of visit: February 2023
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Beautiful building. They ring a bell to announce your presence. Gorgeous space, elegant and formal but still welcoming. We went with the chicken tacos that were recommended and then both ordered fish entrees - Hemingway style and Orio. Perfect. Service was professional and leisurely- more...time to enjoy the views and the live music. Highly recommend!More

Date of visit: February 2023
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

All the high ratings for this one are so well deserved! The staff are really friendly and the service is very professional. We shared a croquette starter and both had grilled fish with roasted veg for mains which was good quality, fresh and very well...cooked. More expensive than other paladares but worth every penny. Great live music and a really lovely vibe inside.More

Date of visit: March 2023
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Wonderful restaurant with some of the best food in Havana, met the chef and he was friendly and knowledgeable. Beautiful antique decor, great service and awesome live Cuban music. Met the owner as well, very nice and kind. Will come back for sure.

Date of visit: March 2023
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a fantastic place that would stand proud among reputable restaurants in Italy, for instance, at slightly less than half of what you would pay there. As you walk up the tight steps in an open stairway, they sound a series of bells so...that the gentle staff stands ready to receive you at the restaurant level. The main room has a very high ceiling, open windows and three balcony tables to boot. It is a fantastic choice for those on a medium budget (but feel free to go for the €/$800 Ribera del Duero Vega Sicilia Unico if you insist). We went twice and spent 60 and 45 euro/dollar p.p. respectively, which both times included a beer and a decent bottle of Argentinian Malbec c.q. Côte du Rhone. And dessert or, in my case, good espresso with a 12 y.o. rum standing in for cognac. Tips are included too. Do yourself and your companion a favor and start with sharing a plate of mushrooms with cured ham on toast. The second night we greedily ordered a plate each. After that I had a 7 cm high tip of tenderloin –prepared to my exact liking– with truffle sauce on the first night and slow cooked ribs like I never tasted them before on the second night. My companion had a surf ‘n turf of Cuban beef and various fishes the first day and tenderloin risotto with a helping of sautéed mushrooms the next. The menu is full of great choices an I saw only happy faces at other tables. If only we had one more night in Havana… I am curious what they make of Vieja Ropa, Cuba’s staple dish. Probably something amazing. Staff is proud and attentive and they are great communicators. Everybody speaks English way better than most Cubans do. The two chefs can be proud of their delicious work too. And of course the couple that owns the place. Together since they were fourteen, he told us. They buy the best local and regional Cuban produce and they decide what goes on the menu. Everything is high in taste and carefully balanced. You might be able to get a table without a reservation, but it’s better to reserve your spot. We went on week days in a very slow tourist season (poor Cuba…) and both days they were nearly fully booked. Highly recommended, no hesitation whatsoever. Don’t forget to tip the small combo of live musicians as you leave.More

Date of visit: February 2023
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This was my favourite restaurant out of those we visited. Tasty vegetarian options. Great place, friendly staff, live music, was very busy/popular would recommend booking but we didnt and managed to get the last table!

Date of visit: February 2023
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

It is not easy to find places like this! Not in Havanna!BUT WE HAD LUCK! EVERYTHING WAS JUST SPLENDID IN THIS RESTAURANT. IT STARTED ALREADY OUTSIDE! NICE MAN AT the door! !! If you are looking for a good evening out with some of the...best that Havanna can offer, try this and you will not be disappointed. We hope to come backMore

Date of visit: February 2023
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The place is a must. Despite the misery of Havana this place is a gem in the old town with cuban music and a wonderful cousine. Try it. We have been there twice and most important is a private business not a restaurant run by...the government. Highly recommended.More

Date of visit: February 2023
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Reviewed 20 February 2023

I chose this place due to very good reviews on here. The building is superb but unfrtunately the service weasn`t. Food was average, small portions and not good value for money. We were looking at dirty plates for ten minutes and were ignored by the...waiters, especially as a large group of Cubans arrived. My wife got up and handed the plates to a waiter.More

Date of visit: February 2023
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Reviewed 10 February 2023

A couple we met in Havana found this restaurant and had lunch. They took us back for dinner the same day - 8 Feb 2023. The food was the best we had in Cuba - and we went to a lot of good restaurants while...there. The facilities were clean and "civilized." We met the owner and learned of how he came to open Los Mercaderes. Don't miss this jewel.More

Date of visit: February 2023
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Reviewed 10 February 2023

Our guide gave us the name of this restaurant along with another as his recommendation for outstanding eating experiences. We were seated on the balcony over the small pedestrian street below while performers on stilts and musicians paraded below us. The experience as well as...the food quality and service was one we will fondly recall of our Havana experience. Local musicians performed on our second story level, also, further enhancing a wonderful evening for my wife and I.More

Date of visit: January 2023
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Reviewed 9 February 2023

Nice place, great food, authentic atmosphere. We returned to this restaurant several times during our visit to the city. Every time the meal was an experience. Every city should have a restaurant like this! Robert from the Czech Republic

Date of visit: February 2023
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Reviewed 6 February 2023 via mobile

Best restaurant in Havana! It is a wonderful place with an authentic decoration, that brings a unique atmosphere. The food is fantastic: you can really taste all the flavors while a local music band is playing. Unforgettable experience, 100% recommended.

Date of visit: February 2023
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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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