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El Palenque

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

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  • Value
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very basic

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

3 of 5 starsReviewed May 3, 2015
Westlake Village, California
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Dining on a budget
  • Local cuisine
  • Large groups
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Petit Lancy, Switzerland
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88 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 74 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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8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 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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132 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 60 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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4 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 6, 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 

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Bucharest, Romania
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108 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 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
Coral Gables, Florida
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165 reviews
99 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 221 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2013

I have been visiting El Palenque for over 10 years, This place has had its high's and lows in terms of food quality and service. Unfortunately due to my recent visit I have to say this is by far the worst restaurant I have ever experienced in all of Cuba. The roast pork is dry , absolutely tasteless! Even with... More 

Thank simplycuba
Miami, Florida
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31 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2013

The only food court what is working properly is the pizzeria, because dont even try the pork meat,one of the worse quality in Cuba,standart services, not to clean,I personally pass by wiht my wife in a middle of a route to my hometown in Havana , they a little grocery stores inside with decent selection of basics need.

Thank jorge a
Temecula, California
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365 reviews
251 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 222 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2013

First time in Cuba, I thought "quick, afforable & reliable" ...after my third time back I would ONLY return "IF" I had a time constraint & needed something on the run! It's hardly "clean" their are fly's buzzing like no tomorrow all around the pork and the side dishes and what not, YUK! I am sorry, but that is hardly... More 

1 Thank billionsandnocure

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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, Pub, Cuban

Restaurant Characteristics

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


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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?