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El Templete

Ave. del Puerto esq. Narciso Lopez | Old Havana, Havana, Cuba
+53 7 8668807
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Ranked #126 of 471 Restaurants in Havana
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $20 - $25
Sun - Sat 12:00 pm - 12:00 am
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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Rio de Janeiro, RJ
13 reviews 13 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015 NEW

Although state-owned restaurants are not often the best options, this is a good one. Food and service were good, but it is slightly expensive, considering its quality.

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Brasilia, DF
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34 reviews 34 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2015

El Template is located in by the port just a few steps from Plaza das Armas in Havana. I went with 6 friends and we ordered 3 rice dishes: paella, arroz caldoso and black rice. The three were all delicious. The first two are big enough from 3 people, the black rice not that much. The service is a little... More 

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22 reviews 22 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2015

I ate at this restaurant last year in Havana and we are expected to eat there again this year when I return. The staff is very pleasant, the food is quite good and the atmosphere when you first arrive in Havana is wonderful by the water and the street.

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Villingen-Schwenningen, Germany
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2015

Throughout the last ten years I have visited El Templete many times. Ususally, the quality of the food served is quite good - sometimes very good. Meat and Seafood, both are recommendable. The Wine-List is acceptable. Unfortunately - as in most Restaurants and Paladares in La Habana - Prices have reached an unacceptable high level now. And, to make it... More 

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Zurich, Switzerland
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62 reviews 62 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015

As you don't have much of a choice of private dining in Havana, we decided one night to have dinner in this place. Staff was quite attentive and friendly. However, the food was tasteless.

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Huddersfield, United Kingdom
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96 reviews 96 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
237 helpful votes 237 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2015

We enjoyed an excellent lunch here during a tour of Havana. It was a part of a package so was table d'hote but that didn't detract from the quality and choice. there was a delicious soup accompanied by fresh bread together with other starters, some fish based others with meat. The main dish was a choice of fish or chicken,... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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158 reviews 158 reviews
90 restaurant reviews
104 helpful votes 104 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2014

This restaurant accommodated us at very short notice when our plans changed. We had a very nice fish orientated dinner with a bottle of Spanish Rueda. They were out of my first choice - monkfish (rape), The 'en papillote' option was very tasty. My girlfriend had octopus and snapper. Nice!

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Monterrey, Mexico
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30 reviews 30 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2014

We had a great meal: a savory lobster, spanish type Arroz Caldoso (broth rice) ... Delicious !!! One of the best Restaurants we visited in La Havana.

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Ottawa, Canada
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179 reviews 179 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
123 helpful votes 123 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2014

Ate here two years ago and enjoyed it but it was a different experience on my most recent visit. Ordered mixed seafood appetizer, got a large plate of fried seafood, much of it breaded. Heavy food that all tasted the same. We also had grilled red snapper that must have been fried. It took force to scrape the flesh from... More 

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Atlanta, Georgia
20 reviews 20 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014

First of all, my meal at El Templete was included in the price of my tour -- so I am unable to comment on prices. We were simply given the choice of fish or beef -- no info was provided on how they were prepared, or the type of fish. We all chose fish. The first course was a shrimp... More 

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Dear Customer: Our management has analyzed the opinion that you have published on the site and would love us to explain some issues that you have no knowledge. The menu you paid in our restaurant is agreed by a Cuban travel agency and they are precisely those who choose options to offer, this is a fixed price that does not... More 

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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: Mediterranean

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