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Cafe Lamparilla

Lamparilla, 54 | entre Mercaderes y San Ignacio, Havana, Cuba
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Ranked #122 of 453 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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Sydney, Australia
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2,317 reviews 2,317 reviews
1,302 restaurant reviews
939 helpful votes 939 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

Came here based on reviews on this site but the laneway was packed with large tables enjoying copious amounts of cheap beer. Persisted for a while but eventually moved around the corner to Parador which was more relaxing and quality.

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London, United Kingdom
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
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
14 reviews 14 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 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
12 reviews 12 reviews
8 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
58 helpful votes 58 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
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102 reviews 102 reviews
76 restaurant reviews
52 helpful votes 52 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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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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144 reviews 144 reviews
113 restaurant reviews
43 helpful votes 43 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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