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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: Lunch, Dinner, 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
Best traditional Cuban I tasted this visit

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 23, 2015
TMegg
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Ottawa, Canada
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London, United Kingdom
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17 reviews 17 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

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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58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
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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52 reviews 52 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
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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22 reviews 22 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
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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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
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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8 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
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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37 reviews 37 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
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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Montreal
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56 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2014

Stumbled upon this place after we were told the restaurant in which we wanted to eat was closed for renovations. Somewhat expensive for the quality of food we got though, I must admit, those who had seafood were happy with their meals. The worst part of it all was the service which was uneven at best. We seemed to be... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • 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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