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“Great Cuban Eats!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Restaurante-Paladar Ajiaco Cafe

Restaurante-Paladar Ajiaco Cafe
Calle 92 (Los Pinos), #267 entre 5ta y 3ra E | La Habana, Cojimar 2306, Cuba
+53 7 7650514
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Ranked #1 of 5 Restaurants in Cojimar
Price range: $10 - $15
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Good for: Families with children
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Late Night
Fiddletown, California
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3 reviews 3 reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“Great Cuban Eats!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2014

My wife and I were on an Earthbound Expeditions Cuba "people-to-people" tour for a week. We ate very well, but one lunch stood out above the rest - lunch at Ajiaco Cafe. The service was fantastic. We received a very warm welcome and the food service was outstanding. I had marlin steak for the very first time and I was not disappointed - it was fantastic! My wife, who had her fill of fish during our tour decided to have the grilled chicken. It also was very tasty. The obligatory rice and beans dish and other sides were delicious. After lunch we were invited to grab a marker pen and leave a message on one of the walls - a nice, fun touch. If we ever get back to Cuba, we will certainly come back to Ajiaco Cafe!

  • Visited January 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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angelchef75, Propietario at Restaurante-Paladar Ajiaco Cafe, responded to this review, February 18, 2014
dear costumer, thank you for your great review about us, this is a great thing for our team work, thank you again and we hope to see you again in your next visit to cuba
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English first
Fullerton, California, USA
Top Contributor
89 reviews 89 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 29 cities Reviews in 29 cities
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
“Best meal we had in Havana!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2014

We spent seven days in Havana. Every meal we had was blander than the next for our first three days. Everything was overcooked and underseasoned at most of the restaurants in town. Then we came here. This was a gourmet restaurant that could compete with anything in a major city in the United States. For a very low fee we had an amazing meal of lobster, shrimp, one of the best soups I have ever had, with great seasoning, perfect cooking, and depth of flavor we didn't find anywhere else in Cuba.

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angelchef75, Propietario at Restaurante-Paladar Ajiaco Cafe, responded to this review, February 18, 2014
it´s a great pleasure for us to make you happy in our restaurant, thank you very much for your opinion, we hope to see you in your next visit to cuba, thanks again
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Brooklyn, NY
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37 reviews 37 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 27 cities Reviews in 27 cities
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
“Agree with the good reviews”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2014

We were with a small, 13-person group tour and had no say about where we went for lunch. This was our first privately owned and run restaurant (paladar) during our Havana area stay. What a pleasant surprise! Everyone in the group seemed extremely pleased with their food. As a vegetarian, I had been having a very hard time eating ANYTHING. At Ajiaco, I had the most delicious vegetables en brochette. Plus, dessert was a great combination of fresh fruit, unlike anything we ate elsewhere in Cuba. Highly recommended.

  • Visited January 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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angelchef75, Propietario at Restaurante-Paladar Ajiaco Cafe, responded to this review, February 6, 2014
dear costumer: it´s a pleasure for us that people like you enjoy our food and our service, we try to give happiness to our costumers, thank you very much for your opinion, we hope to see you again, thanks a lot
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Mendham, New Jersey
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
“I didn't know Cuban food could be this good”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2014

This was the first private restaurant we ate at on our tour. It was a revelation. The food was excellent, good choices, top quality and well-prepared. I ordered a special cocktail, "El Presidente," and was told the charming story behind the name. The staff were friendly and welcoming, I really enjoyed this meal. Highly recommended, you won't be disappointed.

Visited December 2013
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angelchef75, Propietario at Restaurante-Paladar Ajiaco Cafe, responded to this review, February 6, 2014
dear costumer: thank you very much for your review about our restaurant, we are very happy for this. it´s very important for us to give good service and great food. i´d like to thanks again, we hope to see you in another visit to cuba
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
1 review
“Great little restaurant”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2014

Lovely little restaurant off the beaten path. I went here with a tour group in early December. The food was delicious and the staff was great! It was the best meal I had while staying in Havana.

  • Visited December 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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angelchef75, Propietario at Restaurante-Paladar Ajiaco Cafe, responded to this review, February 6, 2014
dear costumer, we are very happy for your opinion about our restaurant, it´s a great pleasure for us.
thank you very much, we hope to see you again, we´ll be here for you. thanks again
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