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

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  • 36
    Excellent
  • 28
    Very good
  • 6
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  • 2
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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, great host

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

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 11, 2015
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Los Angeles, California
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Los Angeles, California
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28 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 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 57 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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Saint Augustine, Florida
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32 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 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
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 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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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
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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51 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 91 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
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 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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51 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 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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110 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 71 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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139 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 59 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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Address: Antonio Maceo | entre Ciro Frias y Cespedes, Baracoa, Cuba
Location: Caribbean  >  Cuba  >  Guantanamo Province  >  Baracoa

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

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