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San Cristobal Paladar

San Rafael No 469, Havana, Cuba
860-1705
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Ranked #2 of 443 restaurants in Havana
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Cuisines: Cuban
Good for: Romance, Local cuisine
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Restaurant details
Good for: Romance, Local cuisine
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
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Stanford-Le-Hope, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
24 reviews 24 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

In Havana most of the restaurants are the state owned ones. This means that the personnel get paid no matter what. Bad service, mediocre food and no incentive to be better. Some try but are mostly still lacking with younger staff having to be prompted by the more conscientious, and usually older staff. There are thankfully some that are better... More

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Moscow, Russia
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47 reviews 47 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

I discovered this restaurant on Tripadvisor, and mistakenly thought that it was a place for Fresa and Chocolate movie. No regrets that I was mistaken! Excellent food, 5-star service and lots of caracter in the design of the whole place. You immediately feel like you are in the setting of the movie - either Fresa and Chocolate or 7 dias... More

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Costa Mesa, California
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4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

What a magical night we had. The food was delicious and very reasonably priced. The staff was charming and the chef was so friendly. He came a spoke with us and had the nicest smile, you could tell he was happy doing what he does. On our last night there we danced and took photos with the whole staff. The... More

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Zurich, Switzerland
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2014

Absolutely delicious! Excellent service! We definitely recommend it and will return the next time we will be in havana.

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Bethesda, Maryland
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10 reviews 10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2014

Tucked away on a narrow street in seemingly dicey surroundings, this gem offers some of the finest dining in Havana or, for that matter, anywhere else. The private restaurants (paladares) recently allowed by the government are hospitality spaces within the owner's residence. The 100-year-old mansion hosting the restaurant is spacious and imposing, but nonetheless inviting. The walls are crowded with... More

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UNITED KINGDOM
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34 reviews 34 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2014 via mobile

My favourite place out of all places we had visited in Havana. Literally had the most amazing evening in probably the quirkiest, most interesting restaurant I have ever been in. From the second you walk in, you realise you're in for something different. The owner has a "slight" obsession with clocks and there are lots of them everywhere. The decor... More

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Nassau, New Providence Island
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4 reviews 4 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2014

Lovely private "Paladar" restaurant. Good food, beautiful setting, well rehearsed staff. Decent wine selection, especially the Spanish ones. Recommended.

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London, United Kingdom
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28 reviews 28 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2014

Cash only as are most restaurants in Havana but good (not great) food, good (not great) wine, in a stunning restaurant in real Havana. Save your pennies and make the pilgrimage.

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Silver Spring, Maryland, United States
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

Located in Cubas Habana Viejo neighborhood...From the moment we walked in to the end of our meal, my experience here was fabulous. We received a restaurant tour, then we sat for our meal and they brought us a wonderful appetizer of cheeses, olives, etc we loved it!!! Although they don't serve croquettes the chef/cooks made a special order for my... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

Came here last week, There were 14 of us and that was no problem at all, had a huge table that was set up lovely. Fantastic food (Seafood platter was huge!!! the mixed grill was so tasty & the starters were enhaled as they were so moreish!) great service & decor is amazing! i'll be back to Habana again and... More

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