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“A Foodie's Delight -- Best in Cuba!!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Starbien

Starbien
Calle 29 # 205 entre B y C., Havana, Cuba
+53 7 8300711
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Ranked #30 of 499 Restaurants in Havana
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $10 - $15
Cuisines: International, Cuban
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Good for: Doing business
Dining options: Dinner, Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations
Bellevue
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“A Foodie's Delight -- Best in Cuba!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2013

This foodie paradise in the growing foodie haven of Vedado neighborhood is only about 3 months old, and yet it has already established itself, in the eyes of ex-pats living there, as the best in town for serious diners. I took a group of 20 persons for lunch, and they all mentioned that it was one of the best cuisine experiences they've had anywhere. And because it's Cuba, at least for now, it is also the very best and highest value in all of Havana.

Whether you ordered Caribbean fish or lamb or pasta, everything was presented beautifully and and the flavors were off the charts. The house setting (including a secluded bar upstairs) is delightful. They obviously put in a substantial amount of funds into renovation of the property (thanks, no doubt, to recent changes allowing large US transmittal allowances to locals who have families in Miami). Although it is an old house, everything inside is freshly painted, with wonderful fixtures, plentiful wine options, etc.

The only downside is that they took about 20 minutes in between courses to properly prepare each meal, and it certainly showed it. So, no complaints about that. The kitchen does its very best.

So, hooray for the new private "paladar" dining opportunities in Havana. Starbien lives up to its name. It is very, very good indeed.

  • Visited March 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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Plymouth, United Kingdom
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“best in cuba”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2013

Have just returned from tour of Cuba, where the food is atrocious! What a wonderful find Starbien is. A really interesting and attractive house, where the staff are very attentive and the Chef excellent. The menu is short due to difficulties in sourcing provisions in Cuba, but what is offerred is high quality and delicious. Very good value for money as well.

P.S. The Hotel National is awful. Rude staff, horrid food. Typical of communist run establishment!

Liz Fourniss

  • Visited February 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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Sackville, Canada
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“Great Meal in a Grand Old Home”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2013

Great meal in a grand old home! Good service in both English and Spanish. We were welcomed in the two languages spoken by the twelve people in our group. Had our own room around a comfortable table set for the twelve of us. Gracious service.

  • Visited February 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Le Tignet, France
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“Excellent value”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2013

This restaurant is in a lovely setting with various attractive dinning rooms both indoor and outdoor to choose from. I went as a member of a group. Service was friendly and helpful. The food was not that special by international standard but still one of the best meals I ate during my 10 days visit to Cuba . I had snapper served with mixed vegetables. Fish cooked just as it should be and served with the head and tail still on. It's not expensive and, I think, good value for the money.

  • Visited January 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Coral Gables, Florida
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“Worth Finding! Best in Vedado”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2013

We came to "Starbien" last week for a friends birthday, I had never heard about the property before and wasn't expecting much, Boy was I wrong! This place was amazing. The restaurant is situated in a large colonial house. Offers a rooftop private dining area, cozy bar (feels like being in Europe) downstairs offers indoor and outdoor seating. Food and drinks here are excellently executed. Prices are mid to high. My wife and I ordered a Serrano ham appetizer, Filet Mignon and Homemade spinach ravioli. The food here was by far the best I have ever tried in Havana. The staff are efficient and very attentive.We will definitely be back!!

  • Visited January 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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