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Cafe Taberna

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

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Visit for the Music

Do visit to see the Buena Vista Social Club who deliver some enjoyable jazz and cuban music. The dancers were also very good. The cocktails were good but the food is no better than average. The best reason to eat is to get seats near the band.

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 26, 2014
Buckinghamshire, UK
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  • Bar scene
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2014

Do visit to see the Buena Vista Social Club who deliver some enjoyable jazz and cuban music. The dancers were also very good. The cocktails were good but the food is no better than average. The best reason to eat is to get seats near the band.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2014

This is the bar/restaurant to listen to the Buena Vista Social Club. The show is 90 minutes. It features some of the old members and some new members of the BVSC. The performance was good, not great. It was fun to hear but wouldn't make it a priority to visit unless you are a real fan of the BVSC.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2014

After buying tickets to see the Buena Vista Social Club, we went to the Café Taberna. Staff were unfriendly and surly. At the end of the show, a staff member asked us if we wanted a taxi back to our hotel. We said yes, and were asked to follow a man down several windy streets to a taxi which was... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2014

We didn't book the show and dinner and were seated on the balcony looking down on the show. Understandably the diners have the best seats, though where we were was OK to hear the music and watch the musicians and dancers . Three drinks were included in the price . Very good, lively music from the Buena Vista Social Club.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2014

We just bought tickets for the show with Buena Vista Social Club including 3 or 4 drinks. A fantastic evening. Some people were eating there while the show was going on. Don' t know if the food was good but I had read that it wasn't.

1 Thank Karminator
Fair Oaks, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2014

One of the highlights of our stay in Havana was experiencing the Buena Vista Social Club show. Our Friendly Planet Cuban tour guide, Ale, recommended that we purchase the dinner package since those clients get the best seats. We had read and heard that the food was not very good but we were going for the music, not the food... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2014

We booked here for my husbands 60th birthday celebration. We had the package of Dinner and drinks. We waited outside and were escorted in at 8:30pm. We were seated Right in the front of the stage. The food was not tops but we were here for the music. What a lovely night. The Buena Vista club members still perform. The... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2014

We went to the Café Taberna one evening for dinner and to see the Bueno Vista Social Club band, which had we had seen these the previous evening at the Hotel National de Cuba we thought we would be disappointed, however this band contained differing original band members. Again we were not disappointed with the performance. I would recommend anyone... More 

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2014

We didn't eat here so I can't comment on the food but we had an amazing evening drinking Mohitos, listening to fantastic music and dancing the night away! Several of the original Buena Vista Social Club members still perform here alongside many other talented musicians and singers who really engage with their audience and the atmosphere was brilliant! By the... More 

2 Thank Ros H
Danbury, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2014

Cafe Taberna has wonderful music at lunchtime and at dinnertime. We went there for lunch. I danced with the professional dancer to enjoy a superb salsa experience. Reservations are needed for both lunch and dinner. The food was great. At night we went to see the Buena Vista Social Club. The rhythms, the horns, the singers, the dancers, were full... 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
  • Phone Number: 5378611637

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Caribbean, Cuban

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Bar scene


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