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“Good Value , Good Italian Food” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Marakas

Marakas
Calle O btwn 23 & 25, Havana, Cuba
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Ranked #272 of 357 restaurants in Havana
Cuisines: Italian
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Havana, Cuba
Top Contributor
137 reviews 137 reviews
75 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 23 cities Reviews in 23 cities
189 helpful votes 189 helpful votes
“Good Value , Good Italian Food”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2011

Went here a few days ago for lunch, I am actually quite impressed with this place, my wife and I actually enjoyed the food quite a bit, The pasta and pizza we ordered were actually quite good and the prices were very reasonable. The decor is not the greatest and there is not much lighting but other than that I cant really complain , we enjoyed our meal and will definitely go back again. We actually like the food better than the Italian restaurant in the Melia Cohiba and it was at half the cost.

  • Visited June 2011
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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  • English first
  • German first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
London
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92 reviews 92 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 51 cities Reviews in 51 cities
71 helpful votes 71 helpful votes
“Poor food, horrible waiter”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2011

We were really looking forward to dining here having read a couple of very favourable reports on other sites.
Unfortunately our experience was not positive. The pizza was very salty and the Carbonara was dry and lacked cream. The Lasagne was OK, but still one of the most inferior I’ve tasted in a restauarant , devoid of any tomato taste. The cannelloni was quite nice tasting with plenty of cheese, but it was so runny it was more like soup.
The local orange juice drink was first rate. One of the waiters was very impatient and surly. He didn’t even bother to get the bill when we asked. Another waiter quickly told us the cost and just presented us with a small tray with no bill to place the money on, which was only 13 CUC as we had 2 set menus.
This was undoubtedly the worst Italian we have ever tasted, with an overall score of 4/10. We definitely would not go back or recommend it.
I don’t doubt the accuracy of other peoples experience. I think its just that the quality varies from day to day depending on which chef cooks your meal, what ingredients are available and how he feels. Shortages are such in Cuba, I doubt they can even guarantee using being able to source the same tomato sauce.

  • Visited January 2011
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
    • 1 of 5 stars Food
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Havana, Cuba
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109 helpful votes 109 helpful votes
“Below average Italian food”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2010

Marakas will barely cure your cravings for Italian food. We went here twice in late November 2009. Shocked to see that their "cheap" bottle of red wine was 18CUC! Instead we had a few beers. The food was just adequate. Over our two trips we had the pizza and various pasta dishes. Nothing really positive or negative to say about it. The menu is only in Spanish, and the waiter's English is limited.

    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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