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Antonio Maceo | entre Ciro Frias y Cespedes, Baracoa, Cuba
21643017
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Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff

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  • 39
    Excellent
  • 35
    Very good
  • 9
    Average
  • 5
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  • 0
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Great food

The food was good, as the waiters. Positive experience of a small town in Cuba. Great food, fine drinks and very friendly staff. Especially el poeta himself!

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Bekeerde S
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The food was good, as the waiters. Positive experience of a small town in Cuba. Great food, fine drinks and very friendly staff. Especially el poeta himself!

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Thank Bekeerde S
Aix-en-Provence, France
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17 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2015

This is my second trip to Cuba, and El Poeta is one of the best restaurants I've eaten in, both for the food, the drinks (decent wines!), the warmth of the hosts, and the very tasteful yet funky decor. I agree with another reviewer that the banana paste was so-so, but everything else was great, including the hot chocolate and... More 

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Thank marylouinaix
Ghent, Belgium
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92 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2015

Peculiar is a good word to describe this place. That means it has its good sides; quirky arty decoration, friendly service, sugar cane and rum surprise in the end. But also it's bad sides; I feel that there's room for improvement in hygenic department and also, the place was empty apart from us for most of the time (we were... More 

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Thank GeertL
Melbourne, Australia
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35 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2015

We originally planned to visit El Poeta at lunchtime but we thought it was closed. Turned out it was just the front of house staff were talking to a big group of their friends across the doorway. Grudgingly admitted in the evening. Poor food with attitude. Saw none of the welcome or friendliness highlighted by other reviews. Extremely expensive for... More 

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Thank mr_gimlet13
Sardinia, Italy
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77 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

Medium level dinner. We asked for a roast pork that was terribly cooked and worst cut and presented on the table. I give medium and not a lower judge just for the show of the owner at end with ron and juice of sugar cane.

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Thank Alberto R
Barcelona, Spain
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

Visited "El poeta" without knowing and we had a brilliant time. The food was great and he delated us with amusing stories. We had a good surprise too.

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Thank InesG G
Port of Spain, Trinidad
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7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

From the outside you may shy away from choosing to east here, but that would be a mistake! A truly unique and immersive Cuban experience - a family owned and operated restaurant, and by the end of your dining experience (can't just call it a meal) you will feel like you are part of the family. Truly local food (including... More 

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Thank Bogle S
Sebastopol, California
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20 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015

Many feel that it's the best in town and my dinner did nothing to dispute that claim. Family run and the owner, if you're lucky or perhaps just ask, compose his free-association poetry for you. I don't know what it was called but there was a delicious vegetable soup, something like a puree, that is part of the local cuisine.... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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46 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2015

Seafood was amazing and the host has stories to tell of Cuba. We had all kinds of fish and pork and so good

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Bruges, Belgium
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57 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2015

The chef of El Poeta doesn't work in his kitchen, but takes care of the fiesta on and around your table. He started by a surprise aperitif, which wasn't a real surprise but set the tone for a fantastic night out. We had to close our eyes, sit back and open our mouths. He first wrung some sugar cane in,... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Antonio Maceo | entre Ciro Frias y Cespedes, Baracoa, Cuba
  • Location: Caribbean  >  Cuba  >  Guantanamo Province  >  Baracoa
  • Phone Number: 21643017

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children

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