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El Criollito

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Calle 33 N.o 5603, Cienfuegos, Cuba
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Spain
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20 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 July 2016

We had a lovely meal in this very friendly restaurant. They played live music and the service was great.

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Cork
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14 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 February 2016

We were there last week. Avoid this place. They charge you 10 to 15 cuc for a small plate of food (you can select between chicken, pork, lobster...) with a small portion of rice and fried banana. They say that service is 12% charge and they charged us 5cuc in a bill of 25 (total 30 cuc for 2 "main"... More 

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Vienna, Austria
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57 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 January 2016

Nice Restaurant with good Food. The meals are not very Big. Service is ok. They are a Little bit in hurry to get the Table free after you have finished dinner.

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Thank Norbert K
Leiden, The Netherlands
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8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 January 2016

This place is a scam, don't listen to the guys in the street (jineteros) that try to drag you to the place, they will tell you that they are taking you to a nice and less touristic place as a favour, but they get a commision for that and the place is horrible. We didn't like the food, it is... More 

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London E1 ,UK
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20 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2015

This is by far the worst meal I have eaten in a restaurant anywhere. The only plus point is I didn't get food poisoning. When we arrived for dinner the place was emply, this should have sent alarm bells ringing, and it remained empty for the duration of our meal. The dining room looked grim although the tables were dressed... More 

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Valladolid, Spain
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245 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 97 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 July 2015

It looks that the story of the guy recommending this restaurant, and whose grandfather is the chef is repeated among other reviews. I fell for it also. Only came because they offered me any meat dish for 8CUC, instead of the usual 10-12CUC. This is the only reason I will give 2 stars instead of 1. Anyway, I was the... More 

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Thank JesLon
London, United Kingdom
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32 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 February 2015

My boyfriend ate at El Criolitto after being handed a business card in the Parque José Martí. We only decided to eat there after another restaurant recommended to us was closed, and we struggled to find another option. The front door was locked, but after rattling it, a waitress came and let us in. The restaurant was empty bar one... More 

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Thank jodes999
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 October 2014

Our casa host recommended us this place so we ended up trying it. The main door was closed, but someone was just leaving so we simply stepped in. The atmosphere was pretty non-existant, lights were bright and all the doors and windows tightly closed. After seeing the menu we were pretty sure this place would suck and we turned out... More 

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Thank Sanna M
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 October 2013

Just like other tourists, we were approached by a local to be `taken` there. As we were very hungry, we followed him. The guy told us that the restaurant is run by his grandfather and recommended by lonely planet. At first everyone was friendly. We were the only customers there and there was a live music. Their attitude changed in... More 

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Bedford, United Kingdom
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19 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 September 2013

Just like another reviewer, we went to this restaurant because it was recommended in our guidebook (again, lack of access to internet prevented us from checking it out on Tripadvisor beforehand). First we had to fend off the guy in the street who tried to 'take' us there despite us knowing exactly where we were going. This is common practice... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    2 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    2.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    1.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    2.5 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
Caribbean, Cuban, Latin
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Calle 33 N.o 5603, Cienfuegos, Cuba
  • Location: Caribbean  >  Cuba  >  Cienfuegos Province  >  Cienfuegos

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