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“Good food, superb service and presentation, great atmosphere” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Bar-Restaurante Guitarra Mia

Bar-Restaurante Guitarra Mia
Jesus Menendez (Alameda) #19 | Jesús Menéndez (Alameda) #19, Trinidad 62600, Cuba
0053-52703174
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Ranked #21 of 75 Restaurants in Trinidad
Price range: $7 - $15
Cuisines: Cuban, Seafood, Vegetarian, International
Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
Restaurant details
Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
Calgary, Canada
Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“Good food, superb service and presentation, great atmosphere”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2014

I think Trinidad, like many cities in Cuba, has an oversupply of restaurants/paladares these days. What else to explain so many inviting yet empty or almost-empty restaurants at supper time during high season? I think a lot of tourists in Trinidad are only there on day-trips from e.g. Varadero or Havana and don't stay for supper, those that are staying in hotels stick to the hotel restaurants, and many others gravitate to the already-crowded spots in the touristy centre of town, wary of the empty places just a few blocks away.

Fortunately we were brave enough to try several of these inviting but empty options, and Guitarra Mia was the best. A cosy, atmospheric spot with superb service and attention to detail.

The complementary crackers with 'pasta' (sort of a cream-cheese spread) was a nice touch. My wife and I share everything, and were also penny-pinching our last few CUCS, having only a few days left in Cuba, so we decided to order only one seafood soup. It was delicious, and when the chief waiter realized we wanted to share, he brought another bowl, not empty, but with extra broth and vegetables.

We also enjoyed the malanga (taro) chips, and shared a "peasant paella" with generous portions of chicken, beef, and goat. That plus drinks and dessert, and the bill came to a shade over 20 CUC, after which we were offered complementary cigars (we don't smoke, but they insisted we take them), and rum (my wife declined but I partook).

All the dishes were prepared and presented with skill and attention to detail. In summary, Guitarra Mia really stood out from the crowd.

The night we were there, a guitarist by the name of Anselmo was playing -- beautiful solo jazz on a classical guitar. If you go and can spare a set of classical strings, take them along for him as they are hard to get in Cuba!

  • Visited February 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Durham, United Kingdom
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49 reviews 49 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 17 cities Reviews in 17 cities
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
“Enjoyable dining experience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2014

The food was delicious, the service was friendly & efficient and the atmosphere was cosy & relaxed. The musicians were skilful & added to the ambience. There was nothing to dislike . We would highly recommend it.

Visited January 2014
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Victoria, Canada
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7 reviews 7 reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
“Excellent Restaurant”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2014

We had our best meal on our whole Cuba trip at this restaurant. The staff were enthusiastic and welcoming. The food was delicious. The lobster was tender and tasty (compared to several other restaurants where it was overdone and tough). They had a duo playing guitar and singing and that was very enjoyable and appropriate to the size of the restaurant.
It is on a back street and we had a bit of a challenge finding it but it was worth persevering and tracking it down!

  • Visited January 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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London
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
“Best Restaurant we found in Trinidad for dinner”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2013

Excellent restaurant, lovely helpful staff to deal with my allergies, although useful that I can speak Spanish to explain in more detail. Food was good, the band were very friendly, restaurant decorated with different guitars. It was a pity that the restaurant was not busy, but no idea why not as it was great value for money.

  • Visited February 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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London, United Kingdom
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7 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
“Warm and entertaining”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2013

This provided our best rstaurant meal during our four-day stay. We wished we had returned a second time. The atmosphere was cosy and the service enthusiastic without being pushy. Last but certainly not least the menu was appetising and very good value.

Visited February 2013
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