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Cafe Lamparilla

#218 of 500 Restaurants in Havana
Certificate of Excellence
Cuban
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Lamparilla, 54 | entre Mercaderes y San Ignacio, Havana, Cuba
864-9580
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Late Night

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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Perfect spot for a quick lunch

Cafe Lamparilla is just off the busy, pedestrian street - Marcanderes - which is the main tourist drag in Old Havana. So it provides a perfect stop for lunch or dinner after a walk, it's also a perfect for spot for people watching and getting a bit of hassle off passing touts and hawkers! If that... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed November 9, 2014
LaurenDC90
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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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Cervia, Italy
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

We visited Cafe Lamparilla following the directions of the Lonely Planet guide (as plenty of others do). The service was very very slow and the food did not taste that good. We ordered a plate with chicken but that tasted like fish. Note aside: they also put the 10% service in the billl.

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Manta, Ecuador
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2015

I had read somewhere that this place was good, some guy's blog or something. So I went there. It's located in old Havana, it's basically on the street off Mercanderes street. So it's the perfect spot for a really nice little Café. But....service was horrible and the food was bad. A few days later, I decided to give it another... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

We were lured in by a very promising menu which had good prices despite being in a central tourist location. We went for lunch and the restaurant was very busy at all. The problems then began, first we were told that they had no hamburgers available, then there was no juice available either. After ordering our food and drinks, one... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2014

Lovely restaurant, great service, excellent food and portions, great value for money... I have been there 3 times in 2 days, enough said...

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2014

Cafe Lamparilla is just off the busy, pedestrian street - Marcanderes - which is the main tourist drag in Old Havana. So it provides a perfect stop for lunch or dinner after a walk, it's also a perfect for spot for people watching and getting a bit of hassle off passing touts and hawkers! If that bothers you, eat inside... More 

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Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2014

On our first visit, we had the lobster special... fantastic. On our second visit, we had a la carte meals... terrible We decided to return once more and have the lobster special again... just as great as our first visit. Recommendation: have the chef specials and avoid the rest of the menu. The seating outside was lovely and the live... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014 via mobile

we ate inside because it was raining but we had earlier seen the table in the street and would have enjoyed eating outside. The staff were very welcoming and the drinks were some of the best and cheapest we had in Havana. Food was ok but nothing special. However it was v good vfm. I would go back when in... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014

We at there in 2012 and then again in May 2014. The staff couldn't give a toss and it showed. The ordering took about 30 minutes and then another 30 minutes to get a sandwich. It is a cute location in a laneway, but the food is terrible.

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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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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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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Lamparilla, 54 | entre Mercaderes y San Ignacio, Havana, Cuba
  • Location: Caribbean  >  Cuba  >  Havana
  • Phone Number: 864-9580

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Cuban

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