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Cafe Taberna

#113 of 489 Restaurants in Havana
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Calle Mercaderes #531 | esquina Brasil (Teniente Rey), Havana, Cuba
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  • 9
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  • 2
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Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Great Find in Havana

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!

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 1, 2015
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Orlando, Florida
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Orlando, Florida
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15 reviews 15 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
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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Zurich, Switzerland
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24 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2015

Cuba is synonymous to funky and dynamic music. That's why when we set our foot on this beautiful Caribbean island we wanted to experience it. When we expressed for this desire the concierge of our hotel recommended this place and handed over to us a flyer. Seeing it with bold name "Buena Vista Social Club", we immediately bought 2 tickets... More 

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Fowey, England, United Kingdom
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50 restaurant reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2015

We were just staying down the road- what we got was an evening of great music and dance in a barn-like setting with 250+ people being served on a fixed-price drink and meal package. The food and drink was as average as might be expected, and the serving staff battled bravely with the groups of non-Spanish speaking tourists, music and... More 

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Hasselt, Belgium
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133 reviews 133 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
116 helpful votes 116 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2015

My wife and me absolutely wanted to have the "Buena Vista Social Club" experience, and we got that. The live show was absolutely fantastic, Ignacio demonstrated all the good things you can imagine from the "Club", and so we certainly recommend to go and watch the show. But if possible, really avoid the food. It's plainly disgusting for the price... More 

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Georgetown, Canada
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7 reviews 7 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2014

The band was okay, but the food was terrible and the overall cost was far more than we ended up paying at other Havana restaurants with much better food and atmosphere.

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Gloucestershire
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51 reviews 51 reviews
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33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2014

I was wondering how I was going to be able to visit this venue to watch a performance by The Buena Vista Social Club but our tour manager wondered if we would like to visit on our last evening in Havana and everyone in our group agreed. We weren't disappointed. The music and dancing were fantastic and everyone had a... More 

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kansas
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25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014

I had the great pleasure of enjoying an evening with the Buena Vista Social Club recently. For 30 CUC's, you can see this famous band perform a two hour show with three drinks included. We opted for the dinner option, which was 50 CUC's. It wasn't bad, but just average. Don't miss this show, but check out a local paladar... More 

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Sao Paulo, SP
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24 reviews 24 reviews
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2014

We went there to see a tipical show of Cuban Music. Band had 3 of Buena Vista Social Club members. Food was ok, drink was ok.

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Cheltenham, United Kingdom
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63 reviews 63 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014

Went for the buena vista social club music night, with meal and mojito thrown. My advice is skip the food and drink and prepare for a great night of music and dancing. The band of about 15 comprised about half a dozen who looked to be on deaths door and a few younger musicians. Well the old timers were brilliant,... More 

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Oxford, United Kingdom
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39 reviews 39 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2014

We can't comment on the food as we didn't eat here, but our tour guide had recommended the evening music show. It was a disappointment - tourists were packed in so tightly there was no room to move let alone dance! The band were competent, but the sound was badly mixed and too loud for the room. The dancers looked... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

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

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Cuban

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?