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El Templete

Ave. del Puerto esq. Narciso Lopez | Old Havana, Havana, Cuba
+53 7 8668807
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Ranked #112 of 459 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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Atlanta, Georgia
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20 reviews 20 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014 NEW

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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Istanbul, Turkey
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12 reviews 12 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

Both food and service very standard if not poor, compared to other even more simpler Cuban restaurants.

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CT
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2014

Nothing memorable but great location. It was our first experiece at a Cuban restaurant on the first day of our trip. Our service was good.

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Oxford
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38 reviews 38 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2014

Excellent ropa vieja with good salad (first taste of Cuban avocado) dessert was average strawberry ice cream, starter was a reasonable vegetable soup . The restaurant is near the sea front but there were a lot of noisy road works at the time of our visit so we had to eat inside - the view must usually be good!

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7 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014

I have to agree with most of the feedback here. Decent food but nothing too special (at least the meat that we tried). And yes probably is among the most expensive restaurants in Havana. The scenery is nice since it is close to the sea. If your guide knows his/ hers way around Cuba he/she will not take you to... More

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c0mercialrestaurante, Director de Relaciones Públicas at El Templete, responded to this review

Dear Sir Our address thank you for letting us know your opinion. We regret that it was not your total satisfaction your visit to our restaurant but with great respect we inform you that we disagree with your views regarding price offer in our restaurant. It is true that our prices are not cheap but there are infinities business in... More

San Pedro Garza Garcia, Mexico
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69 reviews 69 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014

Went there by accident, just walking with my wife...the best lobster tail (and huge too) ever, it's an expensive restaurant considering the prices of any other one...but worth it...

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c0mercialrestaurante, Director de Relaciones Públicas at El Templete, responded to this review

Dear customer: Thanks for letting us know your comments and post them on the website. We are pleased that you felt comfortable with our offer and has been to your liking. It is true that our prices are not cheap, which goes in line with the guarantee, quality and safety of our products. It is also important to know that... More

Bruges, Belgium
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40 reviews 40 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014

This restaurant is mentioned in all travel guides as one of the best and most expensive in the city. The food was good, nothing to say, we expected much better service. Table was not so cleaned, and when you pay double compared to other paladar it has to be different!

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c0mercialrestaurante, Director de Relaciones Públicas at El Templete, responded to this review

Dear customer: We regret your dissatisfaction with our services. We are a prestigious restaurant that for 10 years has been in the customer preference due to the food supply and we know that sometimes several customers have complained of service received, but we are not aware of the details of the service with problems. We would like to know your... More

Melbourne, Australia
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522 reviews 522 reviews
136 restaurant reviews
303 helpful votes 303 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

A small historic building with the history of the tree where one walks around it three times and place money at the foot of the tree for your wish to come true. Good gimmick to donate money. Not sure who collects the money. In main square.

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c0mercialrestaurante, Director de Relaciones Públicas at El Templete, responded to this review

Dear Sir: I regret to inform you that you have the wrong place. It is true that there is a monument called The Templete located very close to our restaurant, but our site has the same name and is a restaurant. On the view that I can read you wrote, you are referring to the monument. Anyway, we invite you... More

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
11 helpful votes 11 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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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
Average Prices: USD 20 - 25
Cuisine: Mediterranean

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