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“Best meal I had in Cuba” 5 of 5 stars
Review of El Templete

El Templete
Ave. del Puerto esq. Narciso Lopez | Old Havana, Havana, Cuba
+53 7 8668807
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Ranked #76 of 357 restaurants in Havana
Price range: $20 - $25
Cuisines: Mediterranean
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Good for: Families with children, Romance, Doing business, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
Description: El Templete is a bayside restaurant. This restaurant is named ofter neighboring landmark built in 1928 that marks the spot where the settlement of San Cristóbal de la habana was founded in 1519. Originally opened sometimes between 1928 and 1931, it was the second restaurant in the city to have this name, and soon became the favorite of sailors, ahip captains and port pilots. Known since the 1950s as ¨The house of shellfish and international cuisine¨it was famous for its lobsters, shrimps, prawn, clams and delicious paellas, served while customers took in the splendid view of Havana.Today, El Templete revives its seafering tradition in the same atmosphere and continues serving delicious dishes prepared by its excellent Spanish Chef.Past and present come togetherto offer us first-class service and a wide variety of dishes to choose from.
Belfast
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Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
“Best meal I had in Cuba”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2013

Brilliant! Worth every penny. Cost 42 CUC's for starter, main, dessert and 2 glasses of wine but the food was superb!

Visited December 2012
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comercialrestaurante, Director de Relaciones Públicas at El Templete, responded to this review, January 13, 2013
Dear Sir:
Thanks for posting your positive feedback about our restaurant on the website. We are delighted that you felt comfortable and pleased with our offer. It is a pleasure to make customers feel welcome in our restaurant. We hope you decided come back when you visit Cuba again
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130 reviews 130 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 61 cities Reviews in 61 cities
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
“Would have to be the best in Havana”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2013

Our family went there one evening for a special meal. Food was fantastic as was service, surroundings and location. Certainly the best restaurant we went to in Cuba by far. Yet cost was still reasonable.

  • Visited December 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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comercialrestaurante, Director de Relaciones Públicas at El Templete, responded to this review, January 7, 2013
Dear Customer:
We are pleased about your satisfaction in our restaurant. Thank you for considering the best option. It is a great pleasure to hear such positive feedback from a client. Your review motivates us a lot. We invite you to return any time you visit our country again.
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
“Outstanding Fish!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2012

We visited this restaurant on the basis that our guide book strongly recommended the fish. And we were not disappointed. For the main course we ordered the catch of the day, and the fish was both fresh and cooked to perfection. There was also a good choice of starters and the whole meal, including the wine, was reasonably priced. Service was fine - prompt and efficient with, for example, an ice bucket being produced automatically and speedily for the white wine. The atmosphere was a little lacking, however. We could have been pretty much anywhere in the world, and one half of the outside space was occupied by a large tour group, but overall El Templete was our best eating experience in Havana.

  • Visited December 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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comercialrestaurante, Director de Relaciones Públicas at El Templete, responded to this review, January 2, 2013
Dear customer:
Thank you for considering the best option you had in your visit to Havana. We are delighted that you felt satisfied with our food and service and you've decided recommending us on the website. We hope you return any time to visit us.
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“One of the best restaurants in Havana”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2012

Okay, this is a little bit expencive restaurant in terms of cuban food but it is all worth it! The food is fresh and very good. Tastes very good. This restaurant is famous of their seafood but meat is also good. The atmosphere is actually quite international and this restaurant could be anywhere else in the world. So its not Cuban maybe but the food is delicious.

Visited March 2012
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comercialrestaurante, Director de Relaciones Públicas at El Templete, responded to this review, January 2, 2013
Dear customer
The restaurant management thank you for your positive comments published on the site. We are pleased that you are satisfied with our meal and it seems delicious. We hope that you always visit us when you return to Cuba.
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Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
“good food, good location”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2012

Had several meals here over the years. varying quality - good service and lots of well heeled Cubans eating here. YOu may spot a Cuban celebrity/politician/son of .........

Visited December 2011
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comercialrestaurante, Director de Relaciones Públicas at El Templete, responded to this review, January 13, 2013
Dear Sir:
It is a great pleasure to have your opinion posted on the website. Our restaurant has earned the reputation of clients over the years on the basis of the offers´quality and the service provided. Many customers decide to come back and visit us again and the attention always is very special without no matter origin or status. We consider all important customers and always receive them is a blessing back. We hope you will be included in our service loyal costumers
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