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“Very good surprise” 4 of 5 stars
Review of El Idilio

El Idilio
Calle G 351, Esquina 15 Vedado, Havana, Cuba
831-8182
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Ranked #37 of 497 Restaurants in Havana
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Cuisines: Barbecue
Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations
Luxembourg City, Luxembourg
Top Contributor
164 reviews 164 reviews
82 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 60 cities Reviews in 60 cities
154 helpful votes 154 helpful votes
“Very good surprise”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2013

The staff was amazingly friendly and competent. We had "pulpo en la brasa" (grilled octopus) which was really fresh but a bit cold even if it came directly from the grill (?) and mixed "brocheta" (fish and seafood), delicious. The terrace is at the level of the street which is very quiet but sometimes you get some exhaust fumes from an old car. The dessert was great as well. I really recommend this paladar if you are staying in this area of Vedado.

  • Visited October 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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English first
Hayward, California, United States
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“Excellent but can be inconsistent”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2013

One of my best dining experiences whilst in Havana. Oscar the bar tender speaks great English and is a pleasure to hang out with. Betty and Gypsy, the wait staff and Oscar were my family away from home when I'd hang out everyday.

The lobster and grilled seafood platter was excellent. The lobster is served in a white wine sauce with mushrooms and chunks of pineapple and served in a half pineapple. Yummy but wasn't a good the second time around.

Definitely a place to visit though. Good food, really friendly staff, reasonable prices, and great atmosphere.

  • Visited October 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Riga
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3 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
“Best restaurant in Havana”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2013

This was a great find during our last days in Cuba, definitely the best service we had during our trip, the food was great and prices are more than reasonable. Dont miss this place, it is fantastic!

  • Visited October 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Pembroke Pines, Florida, United States
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“Superb!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2013

I visited this establishment and found it to be fantastic. The mix seafood plater is cooked outside on the grill. We also had the shrimp taco... D'lish

  • Visited October 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Bedford, United Kingdom
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Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
“Cuban food presented to very good standards”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2013

We went to have dinner there because it was close to the casa where we were staying. The food was very good and portions quite big (though the huge square plates in which it was presented made them look smaller than they actually were). It was weekend and the restaurant was pretty full (mostly non-cubans) and busy. The service was excellent and we did not feel rushed at all despite the fact that people were waiting outside for a table. We liked it so much that we returned a few days later in mid-week. Different staff were on duty and although if was much quieter that day the service was a little less attentive than on our previous visit, but still ok. DIshes we tried: ropa vieja (shredded beef), chilindrón de cordero (mutton), and garlic prawns fried in oolive oil. All very fresh and tasty.

Visited August 2013
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