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El Gijones

Prado 309 esq a Virtudes | La Habana Vieja, Havana, Cuba
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Ranked #66 of 331 restaurants in Havana
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Price range: $0 - $30
Cuisines: Cuban, Fusion
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Late Night
Restaurant details
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Late Night
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65 reviews from our community

84% Recommend
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English first
Ottawa, Canada
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63 reviews 63 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2014

Excellent restaurant, a little bit pricey for Cuba, similar prices like in Canada. The food is very well prepared. Actually you can see the kitchen from a bay view. We loved that restaurant. Waitresses are dressed a Mexican style and bread at the beginning is served in a sombrero with a dip. The menu has a great variety of choices... More

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3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2013

Don't be put off by the view from the street level, the Restaurant upstairs is excellent (as most of the reviews) here say. The Prices for the Main Dishes are on the higher end for Cuba but then the portions are huge. We actually came back the next day for Lunch and had only starters which where quite cheap (3-5... More

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Oakmont, Pennsylvania
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100 reviews 100 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2013

Our tour group had our farewell dinner at El Gijones, located on the Prado. We were on the second floor with nice balcony views of the Prado boulevard. Our meal was predetermined but consisted of salad, rice, beans, pork and chicken. The meal was excellent. Don't know the price since it was included, but we also had an orchestra serenade... More

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Toronto, Canada
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110 reviews 110 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
145 helpful votes 145 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2013

We had read all the great reviews about this restaurant and after searching for it, finally found it. The restaurant has 3 levels of dining as quoted by the staff, "1st floor - Italian, 2nd floor - Cuban, 3rd floor - grill". We ate on the second floor so that we could try Cuban food. I ordered the Ropa Vieja... More

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Lyon, France
11 reviews 11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2013

We read some comments about this restaurant on tripadvisor and wanted to try it. We were really satisfied. We enjoyed the dishes a lot. It was the restaurant we enjoyed the most during our trip. Not easy to find so you should ask for indication.

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Levanger, Norway
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70 reviews 70 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2013

The idea of three restaurants in one - pizza, cuban and BBQ - is good. But it doesn't quite fulfill. The food on the second floor (cuban) was just ok. A nice kitchen for cuban standard, but no applause. Good service, a nice place and a little view to the Prado if you choose the right table. Still worth a... More

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Los Angeles, California
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33 reviews 33 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2013

Stay away from the ground floor restaurant. Try the second floor for better quality and good service, and by all means try La Terraza on the third floor. It is hard to give a review because it would be excellent for the third floor, good to very good for the second floor and pretty bad for the first floor, with... More

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Denver, Colorado
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187 reviews 187 reviews
135 restaurant reviews
80 helpful votes 80 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2013

This restaurant is on the second floor and you can walk up or take the elevator. Once in the restaurant area things look a lot different than first appearances from the outside of the building. The lobster is huge. I could not eat it all. The service is wonderful and the food very well prepared and presented. You will not... More

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Top Contributor
69 reviews 69 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2013

the food will probably not disappoint. The service was great. Can't say I liked the furniture/chairs but who cares after a couple of Mojitos? when I'm talking food you need to know that virtually everything you will ever get includes rice and beans and the rolls look like out biscuits and are rather bland. The food prices in more upscale... More

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Apex, North Carolina
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8 reviews 8 reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2013

My best meal in Cuba was at El Gijones. The food was well-prepared, fresh, and beyond delicious. The service was attentive and friendly. Our waiter explained the dining room's history to our group. The unique dining room itself is worth a visit. If you have trouble finding the restaurant, call (+53) 5 291 3195 for directions and make your reservations.... More

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