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Ave. del Puerto esq. Narciso Lopez | Old Havana, Havana, Cuba
+53 7 8668807
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12:00 pm - 12:00 am
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 12:00 pm - 12:00 am
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Reservations
Description: El Templete is a bayside restaurant. This restaurant is named ofter...
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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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Great Paellas

The portions here are huge, which sort of make up for the pricier than average meal. We love paella and normally find ourselves running a little short on paella towards the end of a meal. At El Templete, we had enough paella left over to feed a third person! We went for the seafood paella, which... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 30, 2015
Mei L
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Hong Kong, China
Good for:
  • Special occasions
  • Families with children
  • Doing business
  • Romantic
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015 NEW

My husband and I decided to treat ourselves to lunch here and we were not disappointed. The starters were the size of a main mean but were lovely - hummus and red snapper slices, followed by fish stuffed with lobster and serrano ham. There is an extensive wine list and we were given some background info by the sommelier. Definitely... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 NEW

Not a good treat. Bad service, food first than drinks (cocktails, ordered as aperitif). I ordered Cuban mineral water and got the twice as expensive Italian imported water. Our comment to this was not appreciated at all. We had Tuna, worst ever. Dry and mine was addled. Was sick of it for 2 days. And it was also to expensive... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

of the service level in a state run restaurant! They have excellent wine selection and most amazing lamb. Also non traditional (for Cuba) coctails are recommended as they really know how make them)

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Dear Customer Thank you for your opinion. We are pleased of your satisfaction with our cocktails and our selection of wines. For us it is a pleasure you have been pleasant. We hope you always back to visit us. More 

Bellevue, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

This was one of our favorite restaurants in Havana. El Templete serves delicious, fresh fish and seafood along with the usual beans and rice. We ate shrimps in butter and garlic, red snapper with potatoes and enjoyed a Chilean wine. Service is friendly, the restaurant is easy to find, although the patio is situated on a busy street, but the... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

The portions here are huge, which sort of make up for the pricier than average meal. We love paella and normally find ourselves running a little short on paella towards the end of a meal. At El Templete, we had enough paella left over to feed a third person! We went for the seafood paella, which was served with generous... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2015

A group of six. we shared nearly every thing including fideua and black rice. Prices not cheap. Good Parking

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2015

Excellent appetizers. Service was outstanding. Located with a nice view of Havana Bay. Great ending for an Old Havana journey.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2015

the appetizers are great and a selection of them makes for a great lunch. Otherwise too crowded with tourists and the mains really do not give a good dinner value. Not what it once was.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015

My firSt night in Havana and was recommended by a local. Is in old Havana, nice view, excellent food, especially the creole lobster with potatoes. Great wine .a little pricey but the service was perfect.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015

This place was a real revelation. The food was outstanding and quite different from anything else we ate in Cuba. We had other good meals, but this place really stood out for the quality of the food and the style of presentation. The staff were also good, helpful and friendly.

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Additional Information about El Templete

Address: Ave. del Puerto esq. Narciso Lopez | Old Havana, Havana, Cuba
Phone Number: +53 7 8668807
Location: Caribbean  >  Cuba  >  Havana
Open Hours:
Sunday 12:00 pm - 12:00 am
Monday 12:00 pm - 12:00 am
Tuesday 12:00 pm - 12:00 am
Wednesday 12:00 pm - 12:00 am
Thursday 12:00 pm - 12:00 am
Friday 12:00 pm - 12:00 am
Saturday 12:00 pm - 12:00 am
Average Prices: USD 20 - 25
Cuisine: Caribbean, Mediterranean, Cuban

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Ave. del Puerto esq. Narciso Lopez | Old Havana, Havana, Cuba
  • Location: Caribbean  >  Cuba  >  Havana
  • Phone Number: +53 7 8668807

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 20 - 25
  • Cuisine: Caribbean, Mediterranean, Cuban

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Special occasions, Families with children, Doing business, Romantic

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.
Open Hours
Sunday
12:00 pm - 12:00 am
Monday
12:00 pm - 12:00 am
Tuesday
12:00 pm - 12:00 am
Wednesday
12:00 pm - 12:00 am
Thursday
12:00 pm - 12:00 am
Friday
12:00 pm - 12:00 am
Saturday
12:00 pm - 12:00 am

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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?