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Caribbean, Latin, Seafood, Cuban
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Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
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Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Table Service, Live Music
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Reviewed January 13, 2020

This is a tourist trap. Likely you will be brought to this restaurant by a tour guide who will tell you how fabulous it is. First of all the food is AWFUL, I felt so sick after eating here. It's extremely over priced and they...do not have the best Mojito. I think we paid $180 CDN for 3 people which is insane. Do not waste your time!More

Date of visit: December 2019
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Reviewed January 5, 2020 via mobile

We were trying to get into the El Canonazo restaurant next door .... but given the 45 minute wait decided, based on the recommendation of a local “pusher”, to go here. The ambience was very nice with outdoor seating in a nice tree canopy and...straw thatched structures and live music. Loved the drinks from the bar ... my better half tried an exotic monitor that was delicious and I got a local beer. I was a little disappointed in the food. I ordered a Red Snapper and was disappointed that the fish was chewy and appeared raw ... a big contrast for the Snapper I had at another restaurant a few days ago. I sent it back to be cooked some more ... even then the fish never got soft and flaky ... only chewy and rubbery.More

Date of visit: January 2020
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Reviewed December 27, 2019

Me and my girlfriend shared a dish of chicken in this restaurant and both got food poisoning from this! It was from this restaurants food as we did not share other meals before that. We were both sick two days with fewer and other food...poisoning symptoms. Most probably food hygiene is not very good at this restaurant.More

Date of visit: November 2019
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Reviewed December 22, 2019 via mobile

Went to Dona Carmela after we left Santa Maria beach. Very typical Cuban atmosphere. There is live music for entertainment. The service was on point. The food was delicious. I enjoyed a nice glass of sangria and the coffee was one of the best I...had while on Cuba. In front on the restaurant is a picture of Beyoncé. She and her husband Jay Z dined there and also inside is a picture of Kim K and Kanye West who also had patronized the place. It was a big plus.More

Date of visit: December 2019
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Reviewed November 6, 2019 via mobile

Doña Carmela was one of the best places we visited in Havana. Great food and live music, excellent service and a beautiful patio, backyard setting. We really enjoyed it and highly recommend it.

Date of visit: October 2019
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Reviewed June 13, 2019

The visit at Doña Carmela was a mixed experience. To be fair the food and most of the service was decent-to-good. The most problematic was about the payment. First of all the check was calculated wrongly. Besides that they took the liberty to add tip...of their own choice. Last but not least they added 10% service-tax, which they did not mention anything about when we got the price offer for the menus, and which was only mentioned in the bottom of the menu in spanish. - We can live with that not being in english, but it does need to be pointed out to tourists in our opinion. So, back to the check. We ordered a meat combo and a seafood combo, for 35 and 40 cuc respectively, on that 2 7up, 1 coke and a beer, 2 each, adding up to 83 in total. Our check was calculated to a massive 106 cuc. Even including the (non mentioned) service tax, which we have never experienced in other places either, that should not be more than 92 cuc at most. From 92 to the 106 there is more than 10% (tip?) difference, which they themselves thought to be fine to add without our acceptance nor knowledge. Needless to say we were not pleased with this and unfortunately left on less than good terms with the place, paying the 93 cuc. It’s a shame since the (head)waiter and food was actually rather nice, but the other waiter calculating the check was not able to do so in an acceptable way. - All that on top of being the, by far, most expensive place we’ve visited in Cuba, makes it a place i would sadly not recommend.More

Date of visit: June 2019
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Reviewed June 6, 2019

I left a bad review previosuly but had two dinners here last month and both times the food was fantastic. And the fresh pineapple juice was magical. Go and stop by the gallery next door to view some amazing Cuban art and grab a drink...at their swimmingpool bar or roof top terrace.More

Date of visit: June 2019
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Reviewed April 26, 2019 via mobile

Very popular with American Cadillac tour guides, restaurant was very busy with short queues for tables The staff took our order whilst we were waiting Food was reasonable but top end Cuban price wise, and cash only Not the most extensive menu, but no complaints...about availability of food on menu, which isn’t always the case in Cuba Service was ok by Cuban standards The band playing was atmospheric and they try to sell you their CD, or make a donation Pictures of famous guests adorn the walls Al fresco diningMore

Date of visit: April 2019
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Reviewed April 25, 2019

We were taken here by our tour guide and enjoyed a nice lunch. It was a lovely outdoor setting in the back of a house with the yard converted to a dining area with many tables under gazebos and there was a small band playing...music. The service was a bit slow, they didn't come to take our order until we called them over. The mojito was the best I had while in Cuba. The food was good, but not great. We had the ropa viejo which came with beans, rice and vegetables. It was tasty, but the beans seemed to be more liquid with only a few beans. The price seemed a bit high, overall it was a very nice experience and I would recommend it.More

Date of visit: April 2019
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Reviewed April 22, 2019

Terrible experience. Seated directly in sun. I moved to a table in the shade with a fan Told I couldn’t sit there and they moved me right back to my old spot in the sun even though there were shady tables open. I got soup...because there were flies all swarming my table and area. Once the waiter realized I only got soup, he disappeared on me. I asked for bread twice and when another waiter finally brought someone had broken off pieces from the loaf with their fingers. Expensive prices. Stopped on an old car tour because my driver and guide ate separately for free, no wonder they chose it.More

Date of visit: April 2019
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Michael T
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Response from christiem931 | Reviewed this property |
Depends which restaurant you go to. The more touristy ones cost us about 30 CUCs for food and a drink each and as low as 5 CUCs. If you’re going to Varadero we found Varadero 60 to be the best quality for about 15 CUCs a... More
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