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Antonio Maceo | entre Ciro Frias y Cespedes, Baracoa, Cuba
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  • 32
    Excellent
  • 28
    Very good
  • 6
    Average
  • 2
    Poor
  • 0
    Terrible
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
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The Poet

The owner/operator writes and recites poetry, and sings to you. He is a retired sugar cane cutter with many wonderful stories. The food is well prepared, and if offered an opportunity to drink rum from the bottle while sugar cane juice is squeezed into your upturned mouth, don't hesitate to... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed October 1, 2014
radarharp
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Saint Augustine, Florida
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Saint Augustine, Florida
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34 reviews 34 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014

The owner/operator writes and recites poetry, and sings to you. He is a retired sugar cane cutter with many wonderful stories. The food is well prepared, and if offered an opportunity to drink rum from the bottle while sugar cane juice is squeezed into your upturned mouth, don't hesitate to participate. The Cuban coffee is wonderful.

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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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22 reviews 22 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014

very nice restaurant.the food at la poeta is very different from the rest of Cuba.i had an very amazing starter followed by some good fish in a very tasty coconutsauce. the waitress was freindly and spoke a bit of english. if you are in baracoa and wanna try something different try this restauarant.

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Brisbane, Australia
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

We were lucky to have been introduced to this restaurant by a local of Baracoa. Not only was the food great but the staff friendly. We were also very lucky the following evening to have the owner cook a whole pig in the ground down by the river. The owner is a character and his staff very helpful. Do yourself... More 

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Havana
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45 reviews 45 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
82 helpful votes 82 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

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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28 reviews 28 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

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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43 reviews 43 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 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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104 reviews 104 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
61 helpful votes 61 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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114 reviews 114 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
46 helpful votes 46 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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Washington, DC
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149 reviews 149 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
120 helpful votes 120 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2014

This place was a trip, in the best sense. It’s in the town of Baracoa, not far from the square, and we were greeted with a constantly playing video of Cuban/Latino dance music on a large screen. The owner of this paladar is a self-proclaimed poet and protector of the local endangered snail. Our group took over most, but not... More 

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Kingston, Ontario
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51 reviews 51 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
62 helpful votes 62 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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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

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

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