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El Templete

Ave. del Puerto esq. Narciso Lopez | Old Havana, Havana, Cuba
+53 7 8668807
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Ranked #83 of 446 restaurants in Havana
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $20 - $25
Cuisines: Mediterranean
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Good for: Families with children, Romance, Doing business, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
Description: El Templete is a bayside restaurant. This restaurant is named ofter neighboring landmark built in 1928 that marks the spot where the settlement of San Cristóbal de la habana was founded in 1519. Originally opened sometimes between 1928 and 1931, it was the second restaurant in the city to have this name, and soon became the favorite of sailors, ahip captains and port pilots. Known since the 1950s as ¨The house of shellfish and international cuisine¨it was famous for its lobsters, shrimps, prawn, clams and delicious paellas, served while customers took in the splendid view of Havana.Today, El Templete revives its seafering tradition in the same atmosphere and continues serving delicious dishes prepared by its excellent Spanish Chef.Past and present come togetherto offer us first-class service and a wide variety of dishes to choose from.
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014

Food ok but definitely not the best experience food wise or service Over priced for what you eat Would not go again

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comercialrestaurante, Director de Relaciones Públicas at El Templete, responded to this review

Dear Customer We thank you for having written and give us your opinions about your stay at our restaurant. We are very sorry you have decided not to return again for not feeling comfortable. We'd love to hear more details that make the arguments expressed in this way, please send the details if is possible about your concern about the... More

Essen, Germany
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16 reviews 16 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2014

Delicious food and international wine. Very friendly staff. The only fly in the ointment is a bit the busy street - you hardly see the water due to the cars and sometimes parking tourist buses. We enjoyed our stay.

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Istanbul, Turkey
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61 reviews 61 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2014

El Templete is located next to La Barca, both in Old Havana and on the Malecon. They are similar in food and service, both very good for individual tourists or for groups. We had good soup and a choice between 2 main meals, ropa vieja and shrimps with pineapple both of which were very good. We had ice cream and... More

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Estimada: Gracias por publicar su opinión favorable sobre el restaurante. Para nosotros es un placer que usted coloque sus comentarios... More

Dublin
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10 reviews 10 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2014

only ate 2 starters but they were excellent - shrimps in garlic and broken eggs. Drinks (mojitos and cuba libres) were ones of the best we've had. waiter was friendly. A little expensive.

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Estimado cliente: Gracias por la opinión publicada en el siiot sobre nuestro restaurante. Nos complace que se haya sentido a... More

London, United Kingdom
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72 reviews 72 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
78 helpful votes 78 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2014

Rated as one of the best restaurants in Havana and also, by Cuban standards, quite expensive. Most of the food was disappointing to say the least - a Shrimp Cocktail was just a small pile of shrimps on a plate with a small dollop of standard sauce. I had the grilled squid which was tough, rubbery and inedible. We finished... More

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comercialrestaurante, Director de Relaciones Públicas at El Templete, responded to this review

Dear Customer Thank you for publishing your views on the site but for us it would have been more effective than all your dissatisfactions were resolved in the restaurant. Regarding the food surprised us much feedback from some of the stars of the house dishes like squid, but we respect your opinion. If you would like to contact us, our... More

Honolulu, Hawaii
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241 reviews 241 reviews
131 restaurant reviews
159 helpful votes 159 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2014

Mar 23 We held our farewell dinner here on the terrace. Unfortunately, it is not an attractive terrace with its awning and abutting the crowded public sidewalk. The management told us not to place personal items, eg, cameras, purses, on the table's edge because passerbyes have known to swipe items off the tables. Plus being next to a busy street... More

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comercialrestaurante, Director de Relaciones Públicas at El Templete, responded to this review

Dear Customer. We appreciate your feedback on the site to share with our visitors. You went to this place as part of a group with a menu that we offer to our travel agency, at least that's what the menu description it says. Regarding outside noise due to the proximity of the cars, I think it is inevitable due to... More

Oslo
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23 reviews 23 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2014

We had heard both good and not so good things about this restaurant and I have to admit that I had second thoughts when we arrived. Location is not the best. However - we were positively surprised. Food was great - the seafood paella was just perfect and the service was quite good as well - especially considering that this... More

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London, United Kingdom
Top Contributor
228 reviews 228 reviews
174 restaurant reviews
142 helpful votes 142 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2014

We were strongly recommended to go to this place by our hotel concierge as we desperately wanted to eat fish and fresh seafood for lunch. As we were visiting the castle in this area we decided to try it. We had a salad and some little fried squids for starters and then a seafood paella. The starters were OK, but... More

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Beirut, Lebanon
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102 reviews 102 reviews
80 restaurant reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2014

Located in a historical building by the harbour minutes from the Plaza Das Armas, we had an excellent Paella. Lobster, shrimps and fish in very nicely cooked rice, rivals and Valencian paella. This is an upmarket destination for Havana but modest compared to European prices. A full meal with beer for two at 68 CUC. Note that the paella for... More

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London, United Kingdom
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15 reviews 15 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2014

Our guide book suggested this as one of the best seafood restaurants in Havana. We were obviously unlucky, although the food was OK, the service was poor and we chose an evening when there appeared to be a very large tour party dining. We found the indoor dining room rather soulless and overall, were disappointed with our evening.

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