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El Chanchullero de Tapas

Caribbean, Spanish, Tapas, Cuban
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Teniente Rey, 457A bajos | Plaza El Cristo Habana Vieja, Havana, Cuba
537 861 0915
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  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Excellent Paladar

This paladar was within walking distance from our hotel the Saratoga and one of the best meals we had in Havana. It is a small place but has a really cool vibe and the food is off the charts. There is a wait due to the popularity and they do not take reservations but you can drink a beer out... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 29, 2015
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League City
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

This paladar was within walking distance from our hotel the Saratoga and one of the best meals we had in Havana. It is a small place but has a really cool vibe and the food is off the charts. There is a wait due to the popularity and they do not take reservations but you can drink a beer out... More 

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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

This place is great! Strong drinks. GREAT food. Fantastic atmosphere. Cheap!! Two of us had: one pina colada each, one mojito each, shared the delicious croquettes, and we each had a really tasty main dish: 20CUC!!! What's not to like?! It gets crowded, so beat the rush!

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London, United Kingdom
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015 NEW

Really cool decor with all sorts of interesting stuff posted all over the walls. The food is great too...the fricase is awesome! Be sure to get in early as this place fills up quick and there's often queues in the evening!

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Perth, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015 NEW

Cuba still has a long way to go when it comes to food......you will know what i mean when you get there. This place however is at the front of the pack! Would hold its own in Melbourne or Sydney. Cool vibe and great food! Go here early on in your trip as you might just find yourself coming back... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015 NEW

The food is always good and fast. Really cheap, especially when you come from abroad. They are always full and it's a cool spot to hang out. The only negative thing is how loud the music is, we can barely hear each other speak. Aside from that, definitely would recommend.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

Slick operation in the backstreets of Havana. Find it if you can and you won't regret it. Cool open kitchen and a really stylish interior complement a great menu.

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Durango, Colorado
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

This was a small restaurant and usually required a wait of about 10-15 minutes. Our first visit here we waited a bit longer but it was during the dinner rush and a big group went in before us. This was one of my top favorite restaurants in Havana-excellent food and strong delicious mojitos! Definitely worth the wait! Yumm Yummy!

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

I have seen comments below about the smoke and would say that (while it is not a problem unique to this restaurant) people smoking cigars and cigarettes in the vicinity of others eating was also an issue we encountered on our visit. The music was possibly a touch loud for my tastes too in the sense that you had to... More 

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Northwich, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

We visited El Chanchullero on our first night in Havana. It was a great introduction to the city - friendly staff, tasty food, and cheap (and strong) cocktails. It is a tiny bar on Calle Brasil, and was packed, so we sat at the bar. Tried most of the classic Cuban cocktails - mojitos, daiquiris, Cuba libre, etc, all of... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

Well-prepared mojitos ;) And good for tapas! :) The decoration in the place is worth seeing. Nice to stop by after a day walking around busy Havana

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Address: Teniente Rey, 457A bajos | Plaza El Cristo Habana Vieja, Havana, Cuba
Phone Number: 537 861 0915
Location: Caribbean  >  Cuba  >  Havana
Cuisine: Caribbean, Spanish, Tapas, Cuban

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  • Address: Teniente Rey, 457A bajos | Plaza El Cristo Habana Vieja, Havana, Cuba
  • Location: Caribbean  >  Cuba  >  Havana
  • Phone Number: 537 861 0915

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Caribbean, Spanish, Tapas, Cuban

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