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Cafe Lamparilla

Lamparilla, 54 | entre Mercaderes y San Ignacio, Havana, Cuba
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Ranked #110 of 443 restaurants in Havana
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Cuisines: Cuban
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Late Night
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Late Night
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London, United Kingdom
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15 reviews 15 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2014

Lovely location, and nice food at reasonable prices. Let down by a waiter who really just couldn't be bothered. He wasn't actively rude. He would acknowledge me when I asked to order or pay, but just would then continue to stand and talk to his friends for up to 10 minutes. Even when I could hear someone in the kitchen... More

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Berlin, Germany
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17 reviews 17 reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2014

Located in a nice side street of Oficio this is a lovely little place in the old town. Charming atmosphere, and nice food in home cooking style. Nothing fancy but very tasty. And very well priced. You could get a menu of Ropa Vieja including drinks for 7 CUC. More elaborated main courses were around 5 or 6 CUC.

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Perth, Australia
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14 reviews 14 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2014

For a government restaurant, this is good. We had the dinner special including 3 lobster tails which were very good. Our waitress was lovely and interested in answering our queries about old havana. She's spoke very good English.

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Grand Cayman
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10 reviews 10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2014

We went here for tapas and a drink and found the service to be very bad - rude wait staff that barely made it over to the table to serve you (and we were polite). On the plus side the tapas were nice and we looked at others dining and the food did look very good.

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Melbourne, Australia
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49 reviews 49 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2014

This restaurant has a pretty setting surrounded by greenery in a lane in Old Havana. We had the great value set menu for lunch...I can't remember the exact price but it was certainly cheap and good quality.

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Billericay, United Kingdom
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27 reviews 27 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2014

We stumbled upon Cafe Lamarilla on our last day in Havana so our judgement is fairly based on comparison with a few other restaurants in old Havana. It looked pretty and inviting for a lunch stop on a hot day as it's down a pedestrianised side street and tables are spread across the street. We sat outside and had a... More

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London, United Kingdom
Top Contributor
102 reviews 102 reviews
76 restaurant reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2014 via mobile

This place has a lot of outside seating with planting in a narrow pedestrianised street so it creates a nice location for eating outside. However the service was pretty miserable and the food on offer is ok but nothing special. We had the ropa Vieja (typical Cuban dish of shredded beef) which was quite nice but overall it is pretty... More

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london
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2014

The food was fine, nothing exceptional. The location is lovely but the atmosphere was let down by bad 80's pop videos taking the place of the usual trio of salsa entertainers, but then I have an aversion to TV in restaurants, so maybe it's just me. Staff were lovely

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Trieste, Italy
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131 reviews 131 reviews
103 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2013

Cuba is not exactly a vegetarian friendly place, but I found myself at home at Lamparilla. Fresh vegetables, good bread, nice location and friendly staff. Even their mojito was more than average.

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Espoo, Finland
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104 reviews 104 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2013

The restaurant is very nice and the facilities are fresh. The tapas were partly very good, but also pretty average, which does not add up to a memorable food experience. This works fine if just hungry and passing by in central Habana Vieja. They have local draft beer which is rare and adds up to the overall impression of the... More

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