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La Esquina

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Calle 36 esq a 1ra, Varadero, Cuba
(53 45) 61-4021
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Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Late Night, Reservations

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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
When in Cuba......Esquina Cuba seems to be one place to visit.....

You have to try local food, prepared in traditional fashion....We did just that on our recent visit to Varadero....We were way too early for the dinner hour and had the restaurant practically to ourselves with the band playing on valiantly.....When the place gets filled with diners it looks like... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 4, 2015
AmigoBert
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Burlington
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Burlington
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2015

You have to try local food, prepared in traditional fashion....We did just that on our recent visit to Varadero....We were way too early for the dinner hour and had the restaurant practically to ourselves with the band playing on valiantly.....When the place gets filled with diners it looks like it could be a very lively spot...... I was hoping for... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

Delicious and excellently sized portions of typical cuban food (meat+rice+frijoles) served with live music and very friendly staff.

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Edmonton, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015

I don't like loud Cuban music, my steak was terrible, they were out of a couple things I wanted to eat & there are so many better places to eat.

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Ottawa, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015

Nice atmosphere (with live music by Sextetto Calison), pleasant service, and good Cuban fare. It was a little outside the main drag of Varadero, but worth the walk. Had a platter of fried chicken, roast pork, and ropa vieja. Of the three ropas I tasted this trip, Esquina's was the most refined. Beans and rice were also delicious. I'll be... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2015

One thing is good: the bean soup. And that's all. Music is to loud, cocktails are just ok, the fish was super greasy and salty (mine was supposed to be in breadcrumbs but they just splashed it with eggs) and my husband's salad had a snail on it. No need to say we didn't even finish our meal there.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2015

We had one of our best meals here in Cuba and it wasn't expensive at all! Great service and lovely live music too.

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Regina, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2015

Trying to go to the International Bank the bus drops you off right in front of this restaurant, so why not stop in for lunch? Nice open air spot right on the main drag. Nice view of the street. Service was very good as we had servers who weren't ours stop by to check on us. There was a live... More 

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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015

Visited Varadero in Jan of this year, The hotel in which we were staying buffet food was getting very boring and disapointing so we decided to venture out of the hotel grounds and in to Varadero for some real food. We paid 10 CUC (£7) for an open top cadillac taxi to and from the restaurant which made the experience... More 

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Montreal, Quebec, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

Eat anything seafood and you'll leave with a smile and a hop in your step from the live music the present nightly. I love open concept restaurants, this one is beautiful.

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London, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2014

Awesome chicken, dinners for 2, delicious dessert, one of the best cocktail and coffee places (real milk), and yes, they have lettuce.

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Address: Calle 36 esq a 1ra, Varadero, Cuba
Phone Number: (53 45) 61-4021
Location: Caribbean  >  Cuba  >  Matanzas Province  >  Varadero
Average Prices: USD 15 - 20
Cuisine: Cuban

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  • Address: Calle 36 esq a 1ra, Varadero, Cuba
  • Location: Caribbean  >  Cuba  >  Matanzas Province  >  Varadero
  • Phone Number: (53 45) 61-4021

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 15 - 20
  • Cuisine: Cuban

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