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$5 - $18
Caribbean, Latin, Cuban
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Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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All reviews ropa vieja pulled beef croquettes live music great band playing drinks menu friendly restaurant fun atmosphere a late lunch tasty food cuban restaurant instruments familia carlos street tourist
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Reviewed March 25, 2020

The restaurant had a nice atmosphere, and I absolutely loved the decor details - from "drying" clothes, to vintage car plate drinks menu, to ridiculously posh lady's bathroom. Food however was pretty average, I would highly recommend going there for drinks and live music though!

Date of visit: March 2020
Reviewed March 24, 2020

The food was average, portions were quite small. I would say that for this money i have excpected more. Service was ok.

Date of visit: February 2020
Reviewed February 19, 2020

This place was ok, the service was nice, the food was also good. There was a live band, the music was a bit loud.

Date of visit: February 2020
Reviewed February 18, 2020

The staff were very friendly and helpful. The band were great and the band leader is a real character - he asked the nationality of each new party as they were seated and when I said I was from the UK gave me a quick...rendition of Amy Winehouse! Welcoming atmosphere for a solo female traveller and a very quirky place. Check out the ladies loo too!More

Date of visit: February 2020
Reviewed February 9, 2020

Ropa vieja was really tender. The girl (waitress)had nice smile and was helpful with recommendations.

Date of visit: February 2020
Reviewed January 22, 2020

What a great place,,,unique interior, imaginative use of instruments in decor..Van Van is one of the best restaurants in Havana. Food was very good,..I had ropa vieja, my favorite, while my guest had a lobster dish which he described as delicious, very nicely served. Our...waitress, Mery, was very helpful in describing the dishes and was very efficient in getting the food to our table in a tomely manner. I found out she worked at one of the top resorts in Cayo coco so I had no concerns about her service.More

Date of visit: November 2019
Reviewed January 14, 2020 via mobile

First the good thing: the band is awesome, very good animation and good Mojitos, very heavy on alcohol, which I loved. Now all the not right, prices makes you thing is top cuisine, but it's not, it's normal food with expensive prices. The cocktails are...bad, with the exception of the mojito. The attention was very attentive the first 20 minutes, but after that something happened with the girl that was serving us, and we ended up asking for our own bill at the bar. I would go back just for the band and one mojito.More

Date of visit: January 2020
Reviewed January 7, 2020

Really not sure why everyone says this place is good. It was well below average. We had the croquettes which were hard and the bruschetta which tasted several days old. :(

Date of visit: January 2020
Reviewed December 6, 2019

The Van Van is a typical cuban restaurant / bar with live music and a good menu. I've had the typical dish "Roja viaja" which means "torn dress". It looks and tastes like pulled beef and is just yummie!

Date of visit: November 2019
Reviewed December 5, 2019 via mobile

This was the best dinner we had in Havana. Food was delicious, the atmosphere was great and the staff was super nice (especially the bartender). Prices are average, but the food is worth it. The mojitos and pina coladas are strong and super delicious.

Date of visit: December 2019
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November 1, 2018|
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Response from tempetownlake | Reviewed this property |
try MANGO HABANA, it is on the tripadvisor listings. must go inside and find nice seating with great service and food. they have vegan options. As its reviews indicate, it is off the central plaza behind the hotel with rows... More
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Response from Bela H | Reviewed this property |
I cannot recall anyone smoking in the restaurant.
March 10, 2018|
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Response from Chris R | Reviewed this property |
It is in Old Havana. We walked here from the cruise terminal in less than 10 minutes. It was delicious!
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