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Calle Mercaderes #531 | esquina Brasil (Teniente Rey), Havana, Cuba
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Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Drinks, Late Night, Reservations

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  • 12
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  • 4
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Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Impossible not to go, surely!

Day 1 in Havana and walking around the Old Town. We were approached on a couple of occasions to see the 'free afternoon show' at the Taberna which wasn't too far from where we were. Went along with a young couple to check it out. Said she was a dancer there (which turned out to be true - recognized... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 8, 2015
Ian M
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Sydney, Australia
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015

Cuba is a wonderful place but sadly our experience here was very scary. We politely declined to go in as we had eaten and were shouted at by the door staff and then they started following us down the road until for a short period. Not pleasant at all I think best avoided

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2015 via mobile

We were told to come and watch buena vista here... Food was not impressive at all, the concert was quite a spectacle for dancing which was not at all what we were expecting. I won't ever go back here... Music is great at Casa de la musica both in Havana and miramar

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2015

Music was jaded with artistes seemingly just going through the paces . Band members were even texting on their phones mid performances! The " free" mojitos ,are, of course, not free so way are they progressively watered down over the evening ending up tasting like weak sugar syrup. Disappointing and a travesty of the "real thing" Bring back Ry Cooder... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2015

Day 1 in Havana and walking around the Old Town. We were approached on a couple of occasions to see the 'free afternoon show' at the Taberna which wasn't too far from where we were. Went along with a young couple to check it out. Said she was a dancer there (which turned out to be true - recognized her... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2015

Great experience. Dinner with entertainment by (apparently) some of the original members of the Buena Vista Social Club. There were around 10-12 band members who were very lively as well as a couple of dancers who took people on the dance floor which was very fun. It was such a positive atmosphere, very cuban indeed. The food was average and... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2015

The Cafe Taberna in Habana Vieja is a fun nightclub with an excellent show featuring the music of the Buena Vista Social Club. Some of the band members are supposedly original members of the group but I am not familiar enough with them to know who is who. What I can say is that my group and I had a... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2015

I booked the music performance of the band, including three members of the Buena Vista Social Club, in advance. The show and dinner was 50 CUC. The dinner started at 8:30. Don't be too early as they won't let you in. I had a lobster dish that given Cuban culinary standards was fine. The performance was lively and two young... More 

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Calgary, Alberta
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

We popped in for a couple of quick cervezas one afternoon taking a break from our meanderings in the old town. Hardly anyone was there at the time but a band was playing "classic" Cuban rhythms and it was a pleasant respite from the heat. While reading other reviews, I was surprised to discover that a Buena Vista Social Club... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2015

My husband and I paid 50 cuc each for dinner and the show. The food was fine....mojitos not so much. We were disappointed with the show...thought there would be more than 1 pro couple dancing and the band members seemed "tired". Getting some of the audience into a conga line didn't add to the atmosphere ... at least for us.... More 

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Orlando, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2015

Visited the old city and found Cafe Taberna. Enjoyed the performance of the Buena Vista Social Club. Great music!! The drinks were good! The service was even better!

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Address: Calle Mercaderes #531 | esquina Brasil (Teniente Rey), Havana, Cuba
Location: Caribbean  >  Cuba  >  Havana
Cuisine: Cuban

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  • Address: Calle Mercaderes #531 | esquina Brasil (Teniente Rey), Havana, Cuba
  • Location: Caribbean  >  Cuba  >  Havana

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Cuban

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