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El Poeta

Antonio Maceo | entre Ciro Frias y Cespedes, Baracoa, Cuba
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Ranked #4 of 17 restaurants in Baracoa
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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86% Recommend
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  • French first
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  • Italian first
  • Russian first
  • Spanish first
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English first
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41 reviews 41 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014 NEW

you will be great to see it. the owner of the restaurant singers as you eat it. asn you will eat some typical dishes

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Toronto, Ontario
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24 reviews 24 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014 NEW

Food is excellent and preparation tasty. Do not miss river shrimps prepared with garlic and onions. Service is friendly and professional. Compliments to the waitress Kenia. I hope there will be more places like this in Cuba.

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Portland, Oregon
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32 reviews 32 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2014

We ate at El Poeta one night when in Baracoa. We were with a big group and they just kept bringing new dishes even though we'd had enough food. Out of the dozen items they served, only one or two were really tasty. They'd be better to focus on quality. Additionally I was really put off by the conversation about... More

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London, United Kingdom
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80 reviews 80 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2014

The Poet restaurant provided a reasonably priced evening of quirky good fun. The owner recites verse to his guests extemporising on the names and looks of diners. His family provided a huge range of food to satisfy most tastes with a drink included. A nice touch at the end of the meal was a sugar cane/rum cocktail mixed directly in... More

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Eindhoven, The Netherlands
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73 reviews 73 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2014

Last night in Baracoa and looking for a place to eat with a group of 7 we came across El Poeta The wide open door was already very inviting and the large group already inside didn't change our mind. The owner and all other staff are extremely friendly and are willing to go the extra mile to make the dinner... More

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Kingston, Ontario
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53 reviews 53 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
85 helpful votes 85 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2014

Very friendly staff who are very accommodating. Food was good and service extremely efficient. I had lobster and my wife fish. Soup was wonderful and reasonably priced.

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Top Contributor
56 reviews 56 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2013

The restaurant is amazing. The owner "O Poeta" really understood how things works. The food is different from the one you can normally eat in Cuba. The owner is very friendly and he likes to welcome his customers personally. The food is a lot, various and tasty. During the dinner "O Poeta" comes to the table to recite one of... More

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Top Contributor
68 reviews 68 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2013 via mobile

The best meal I have ever eaten in Cuba. Beautiful spiced pork and delicious octupus. The owner is utterly charming and engaging and the food is sublime. The entire evening is an experience never to be forgotten. Very highly recommended.

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maldon essex
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78 reviews 78 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2013

Set meals, very traditional and genuine Cuban (the banana dish served in a folded up banana leaf was really delicious) Friendly very enthusiastic owner. Prompt service. When we were there there was a large party of Danes and other nationalities. The owner had devised some games after dinner had been eaten and we were encouraged to join in. Great fun!... More

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Canberra, Australia
3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2013

As a large group we visited O Poeta (called 'El Poeta' on their business card) and were immediately immersed in the atmosphere and welcomed as long lost friends. The banquet served covered everything I could imagine in Cuban food, from Congri to Lobster!! Each cooked perfectly and served with an appropriate Cuban cocktail. We were drowned while trying the traditional... More

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