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El Templete

#144 of 500 Restaurants in Havana
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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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Sun - Sat 12:00 pm - 12:00 am
Dining options: Dinner, Dessert, Breakfast, Lunch, Late Night, 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
Good food, not much atmosphere

This restaurant was recommended by our guide book, so we made a reservation and tried it out. The reservation was not actually needed on this occasion, there were only a few other people eating in the restaurant, which damped the atmosphere somewhat. Decoration was in a nautical theme, nice enough... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 18, 2015
BritBronco
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Tonbridge, United Kingdom
Good for:
  • Special occasions
  • Doing business
  • Romantic
  • Families with children
  • Entertaining clients
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Pasadena, California
Top Contributor
109 reviews 109 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
70 helpful votes 70 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015 NEW

This restaurant is nice, slow service and good food-not great. We found it to be overrated and expensive. There are so many other wonderful places to try in Havana that I would skip this place and go to Casa de Miglis, 304 O'Reilly, or Ivan Justo.

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Estimado señor Necesitamo conocer exactamente el día que usted visitó nuestro restaurante. no podemos permitirnos erroes de esa magnitud gracias... More 

Tonbridge, United Kingdom
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148 reviews 148 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
132 helpful votes 132 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015

This restaurant was recommended by our guide book, so we made a reservation and tried it out. The reservation was not actually needed on this occasion, there were only a few other people eating in the restaurant, which damped the atmosphere somewhat. Decoration was in a nautical theme, nice enough but not remarkable. I had a 'surf and turf', beef... More 

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Leicester, United Kingdom
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24 reviews 24 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015

Huge portions of well cooked food, efficient service, excellent choice on menu. Make sure to ask the staff which seafood options are fresh, as some are frozen. Location isn't great next to the main road: the covered outdoor area is quite noisy so we chose to eat indoors. However the air con was set quite cold which made it less... More 

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Long Beach, California
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30 reviews 30 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

We had a lovely lunch at Templete. Their fish is particularly tasty. Also, try the stuffed peppers. They look and taste wonderful! Service was good and the wine pours were generous. I would definitely recommend this restaurant to someone visiting Havana. Ask to be seated on the enclosed patio and you won't regret it.

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Bucharest
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112 reviews 112 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
84 helpful votes 84 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

I understand that is one of the best restaurants in Havana, food was good, especially the octopus salad, we could find also some "real" Coca Cola Light which is not easy there, the staff was friendly, in spite of the fact that they don't speak any English, only Spanish

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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18 reviews 18 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015

Came with a group of 25 for lunch. Appetizers were savory stuffed peppers, croquetas, and malanga and the entree was a flavorful fish with vegetables and rice. Located very conveniently near Havana Vieja and a great spot to stop during your tour.

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Esher, United Kingdom
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114 reviews 114 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
67 helpful votes 67 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015

El Templete is on the harbour front just behind the Santa Isabella hotel [qv] in Old Havana. We went on a Sunday evening so it was quite and really didn't need to book. You will need to in the high season. We ate paella with a mixed ceviche starter, the Chilean Chardonnay was tasty and well priced. The ceviche included... More 

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Marina, California
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20 reviews 20 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

This restaurant was our first to experience as a group of fourteen. ...went on a Sunday around 7ish; we were the only ones present except for one or two couples who were at different ends of the restaurant. ...had a pleasant and comfortable experience as the wind blew from the ocean. The food was tasty; the lobster here was better... More 

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Manchester
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

We stumbled across this place after walking along the Malecon - earlier in the day we'd said it'd be nice to have some seafood and when we got hungry we were walking past and literally just noticed a sign outside saying "seafood". What a great find! Great service from friendly waiting staff, delicious fresh fish (we had tuna and shrimp)... More 

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

Dear Customer: Thanks for the opinions published on the site to share. We are pleased that he's gone satisfied with our service and the food. It is a pleasure that customers like you choose to share their experiences with visitors to the site. We hope you come back if you decided to return to Cuba More 

Portland, Maine
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31 reviews 31 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015

El Templete is a State owned restaurant. Both the food and service were very nice. We were booked there as a part of our tour so the choices were limited to steak or fish. I had the steak which was good and well cooked to my taste. My wife had the fish which was very nice as was the dessert.... More 

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

Dear Sir: Thank you for let us know your opinion. You visited us as part of a group that has a set menu and we are pleased that despite having limited choice you are satisfied. We invite you to visit us always and have the opportunity to taste other options. More 

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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: Mediterranean

Restaurant Characteristics

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

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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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?