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El Palenque

Italian, Caribbean, International, Cuban
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Havana 11600, Cuba
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Dining options: Lunch, Late Night, Breakfast, Dinner, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff

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Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    3 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    3.5 of 5 stars
Multi restaurant complex

Made up of a half a dozen restaurants serving different types of food to cover all tastes except probably vegetarian. The 'Italian' ice cream parlor is a must. A scoop for a CUC - delicious.

4 of 5 starsReviewed December 24, 2015
Isla Mujeres, Mexico
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Isla Mujeres, Mexico
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52 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2015 via mobile

Made up of a half a dozen restaurants serving different types of food to cover all tastes except probably vegetarian. The 'Italian' ice cream parlor is a must. A scoop for a CUC - delicious.

Thank RobbyStarykon
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2015 via mobile

I went with my wife for a dinner. The steak was sumptuous and then I started eating the salad. Basically a lump of soil filled my mouth. This was not just a small piece, it was a big one. Definitely the people apologised and offered us a free dessert. It just says a lot about the hygiene and whole place.... More 

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Miami, Florida
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56 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015

I went there last November with my family and I asked a special Cuban sandwich and although it took more than 30 minutes to came the bread was so hard and cold I couldn't eat it. I asked the waiter to take it back and warm it and it took more that 30 minutes just to do that. I got... More 

Thank trip215
Petit Lancy, Switzerland
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93 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2015

I have been in this restaurant years ago, and now, when I went back, it was terribly disappointed. It surprised me that it was half empty, and then I understood why: Food quality has decreased, everything arrived to the table extremely cold and uneatable, choices were limited, service was slow... not recommended at all...

Thank RoMiHevi
London, United Kingdom
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9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015

Do not go at the disco. THe place is wonderful, but the quality of the club is disgusting... I would recomend to go and visit a simple cave

Thank Clod_rosa
Westlake Village, California
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140 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2015

this is where all the tourist end up after touring the caves where the slaves hid and lived. Some interesting lime stone formations.

Thank horse54
Orange Walk, Belize
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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

I was grateful to El Palenque while in Cuba. It had some good sangrias, the cheladas were good too. The food court has a grocery store in the same area. The food was ok, the tostones were nice as was the chicken and the pizza. This is the place to go if you want variety, you can find Cuban food... More 

Thank Diana P
Mexico City, Mexico
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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2014

A site that offers local food but very poor quality, of course the cost is proportional. The only good thing about this site is the new ice cream shop, which certainly is not cheap. If they can avoid eating here would be best.

Thank Furiegas
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9 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2014 via mobile

Leave your high North American expectations at home & order and eat like the locals do!!! This is a PORK place and that is what you should only order with a few of the local sides. Not chicken, not pizza, not seafood & not beef!!! Sit down on the hard wooden chairs, smile at your waitress, start with a double... More 

2 Thank Linco1960
Bucharest, Romania
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108 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2014

I was here twice in February and I was happy to find it. First of all, for the barbeque and then for the atmosphere. The barbeques meat are made in an interesting and very healthy way, because the coals are about 90 cm under the meat so the steaks (chicken, pork or beef) are fried without any tars. The beverages... More 

1 Thank Stoica D

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Havana 11600, Cuba
  • Location: Caribbean  >  Cuba  >  Havana

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 5 - 50
  • Cuisine: Italian, Caribbean, International, Cuban

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children, Dining on a budget, Large groups, Local cuisine

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