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Cafe Laurent

Calle M # 257. entre 19 y 21 (Penthouse) | Vedado, Havana 10400, Cuba
(537) 8312090
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Ranked #18 of 332 restaurants in Havana
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Cuisines: Fusion
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Good for: Scenic view
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Delivery, Late Night, Private Dining
Description: Brand new restaurant , opened in February 2011. We were one of it's first customers. A 'Palador 'style restaurant located in a penthouse apartment of an of classic 1950's building; with magnificent views over the city and of the ocean. interior decor is modern1950's cool, creative, and artfully appointed. the food was excellent!!! One could could compare easily to a fine restaurant in Paris, NY or London. staff are young and attentive and gave great service.
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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

We went to this restaurant twice on a recent holiday at the Hotel National. Very close. Friendly man at gate let us look at the menu without hassling us. Booked an outside table. Had fish dishes. Portions generous and well presented. Lovely to have fresh cooked food.

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Lorenzo N, Propietario at Cafe Laurent, responded to this review

Thank you very much for your comment that you to share on this website, it has been a pleasure to welcome you to know that you save a nice reminder of our food and our terrace. Thank you very much and hope to return More

New York City, New York
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10 reviews 10 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2014

It is very nice place (as for Havana). Make sure you make reservation to get the table outside. The service was really good. We have mixed feelings about the food becasue part of it was delishes and part overcooked (shrimps). For sure dishes are nicely served...they try to be an upscale restaurant but there is a long way still and... More

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Lorenzo N, Propietario at Cafe Laurent, responded to this review

Thank you for your comment and give on this site which is followed by travelers worldwide. Achieving a high standard requires a lot of daily work even many professional preparation by our team, we are a group of young people who love what we do and we put that passion every day in our restaurant. Sometimes it makes us difficult... More

Rochester, NY
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176 reviews 176 reviews
113 restaurant reviews
168 helpful votes 168 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2014

This is an easy 2 1/2 block walk from the Hotel Nacional, up a rickety elevator, but what a find. Gracious waitstaff, excellent food. We were a party of 12 with a reservation, and they easily accommodated separate checks. Many restaurants in Cuba do the best they can but don't approach excellence. We all were very pleased with our meal... More

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Lorenzo N, Propietario at Cafe Laurent, responded to this review

We are very grateful for your comment and give on this site which is followed by travelers worldwide. Dificl Cieratmente is sometimes the subject of provisions but every dish our chef prepares it with what we have in our markets trying to give a touch of difference for our customers to live a pleasant experience the taste of our food.... More

Tel Aviv, Israel
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35 reviews 35 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2014

On the top balcony hides this little place . you can make reservation and taste the good food very nicely served. good value for money

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Lorenzo N, Propietario at Cafe Laurent, responded to this review

Thanks for your comments and for sharing your experience with other travelers worldwide. It has been a pleasure to welcome you and hope that if he returns to Cuba, including our house this on their agenda to visit, this will be the exact expression of your satisfaction. Again thanks More

London, United Kingdom
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41 reviews 41 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2014

Probably the best meal we had in Cuba. Ring ahead to make a reservation and ask to be seated on the terrace; it is too popular to just walk. Fairly tricky to find, make sure you have the address on you. Huge portions, manchego to start is lush.... I only managed 3/4 of the lobster and prawn main; way too... More

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Lorenzo N, Propietario at Cafe Laurent, responded to this review

Thanks for your comments and for sharing your experience with other travelers worldwide. It has been a pleasure to welcome you and hope that if he returns to Cuba, including our house this on their agenda to visit, this will be the exact expression of your satisfaction. Again thanks More

London, United Kingdom
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10 reviews 10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2014

Tucked away in the penthouse of a colonial house, this restaurant is not easy to spot! Look up as you walk down Calle M and you will see the Cafe Laurent sign on a top floor balcony. Booking is essential, particularly for the tables with a view as the restaurant tends to get large groups. It is a tad touristy... More

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Lorenzo N, Propietario at Cafe Laurent, responded to this review

Thanks for your comments and for sharing your experience with other travelers worldwide. It has been a pleasure to welcome you and hope that if he returns to Cuba, including our house this on their agenda to visit, this will be the exact expression of your satisfaction. Again thanks More

London, United Kingdom
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5 reviews 5 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2014 via mobile

This place is great - food was lovely and very reasonably priced. Was a bit tricky to find - you need to know where you're going, it's at the top of an apartment block up a rickety lift. Only downside is that as on of the Rough Guides' highlights of the city it was filled with tourists...

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Lorenzo N, Propietario at Cafe Laurent, responded to this review

Thanks for your comments and for sharing your experience with other travelers worldwide. Certainly our restaurant is filled with many tourists, no doubt attracted by the beautiful views of the city and the food in the house, but certainly still full of foreign visitors, you felt the Cuban heat our house. Again thanks More

2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2014

We dined here on our 2nd night in Havana. Tried to go the first night but they were busy, so we had the hotel make our reservation for the next day. Based on this experience and others comments, I would definitely recommend the reservation. Our experience was wonderful. They had a nice table on the terrace waiting for us. Our... More

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Lorenzo N, Propietario at Cafe Laurent, responded to this review

Thanks for your comments and for sharing your experience with other travelers worldwide. It has been a pleasure to welcome you and hope that if he returns to Cuba, including our house this on their agenda to visit, this will be the exact expression of your satisfaction. Again thanks More

new york city
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34 reviews 34 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2014

We had lunch on the outside patio, large group of friends. Service was efficient, pleasant, bilingual. Food was prepared well and presented professionally and beautifully. The view of the city and water an added pleasure. And the walk up and down 5 flights (there is also an elevator) to the top makes you feel less guilty about the desserts!

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Lorenzo N, Propietario at Cafe Laurent, responded to this review

Thanks for sharing your opinion with other world travelers. Important is to know the satisfaction of our customers. It has been a pleasure to receive you in our house. Our construction elevator is 50s and luckily we managed to keep it going all these years, we know that means mounted on an adventure. And the best option as you say... More

miami
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2014

Hi guys , this one of the places that you never think find in Havana city, high standards , food full of flavor , awesome decoration , friendly staff . Definitely in all my trips to Havana have to eat there , thanks for this unforgettable place.

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Thanks for sharing your opinion with other world travelers. Important is to know the satisfaction of our customers. It has been a pleasure to welcome you to our home . Thanks again More

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