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Cafe Lamparilla

#183 of 486 Restaurants in Havana
Certificate of Excellence
Cuban
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Lamparilla, 54 | entre Mercaderes y San Ignacio, Havana, Cuba
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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
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Poor service and disturbing menu availability

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... read more

2 of 5 starsReviewed February 22, 2015
Will S
Good for:
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Late Night
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
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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399 helpful votes 399 helpful votes
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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England
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145 helpful votes 145 helpful votes
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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London, United Kingdom
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21 helpful votes 21 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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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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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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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Lamparilla, 54 | entre Mercaderes y San Ignacio, Havana, Cuba
  • Location: Caribbean  >  Cuba  >  Havana

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Cuban

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