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Paladar Dona Carmela

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Near La Cabana's fort | Parque Histórico Militar Morro-Cabaña, Havana, Cuba
863 6048
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Havana, Cuba
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed April 19, 2016

In general Food and Service were really very poor, mostly when compared to the astronomic prices of its menu, well It could be Menu1, or menu 2, or possibly Menu 3, yes its tricky but it's true, we felt deceived. Main dishes were equally overpriced no matter where the meat comes from. Food, flavours, environment were definitely not a wow.... More 

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Whitefish, Montana
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105 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
Reviewed April 2, 2016

We ate here our first night in Havana with our tour guide. The ambiance is very nice and the service is fantastic. Beyonce ate there so the kids were excited about that. It was very expensive and not much flavor in the food. We had much better meals at 1/3 of the price in other paladars. Great place to come... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
Reviewed April 1, 2016

Went to this paladar on March 25 for lunch with a friend. Ordered a fish dish that was supposed to be for two priced at 30 CUC, the currency used by tourists. The waiter who spoke perfect English brought us two extra small fish as a result of alleged confusion. Charged us double the price and only brought us skimpy... More 

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Red Deer, Alberta
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14 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
Reviewed February 22, 2016

The food was outstanding and a welcome treat from our resort food. The ambience was great and the live music is always a hit. It is close to the Castillo which is a great place to tour and buy rum and cigars.

Thank vacationseeker42
Austin, Texas
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119 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
Reviewed February 20, 2016

We went here on a tour with a guide & it was WONDERFUL! He said the Lobster was great & he was absolutely right!! Good drink, too. Highly recommend. One of the best meals we had in Havana, by far!

Thank AustinTikiGirl
Calgary, Canada
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7 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed February 18, 2016

We were taken to this restaurant operated in the restarants owners home and yard on a day trip to Havana. Food was great since we had the surf and turf for 2 people priced reasonably at 30 cuc with a couple drinks adding to the cost. Over all the food was good the service excellent and the surroundings provided a... More 

Thank wwbirds
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27 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed February 10, 2016

Beware: Tourist Trap! Yes, Beyonce and Jay-Z made an appearance here before -- I guess they fell for the tourist trap too. We were brought to the Paladar Dona Carmela restaurant as part of a day-trip Havana tour. We did not know we would be brought to this restaurant, as we would have preferred to have eaten at least in... More 

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Beatriz B, Propietario at Paladar Dona Carmela, responded to this review
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Solamente quisiera acotar a la persona que escribió,que en mi casa no hay carne de ternera.si hay cordero,cerdo y conejo.hay... More 

New York City
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151 reviews
113 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 84 helpful votes
Reviewed February 4, 2016

The wait staff is accommodating, the garden is very pleasant but the food is not great. The lobster was dry and the pork overcooked. However, the restaurant's proximity to the La Cabana fort makes it a great spot to visit the fort. If you finish your dinner by 8:30pm, you can then enjoy the nightly canonazo ceremony at the fort.... More 

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San Francisco, California
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697 reviews
181 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 304 helpful votes
Reviewed January 25, 2016

This is an example of a restaurant in someone's home that is quite the business all over Cuba. This particular restaurant is located in a residential area. We ate outdoor tables in the garden. The garden was quite nice and peaceful. The food (our party had the fish and the pork) was okay, a bit overcooked. Somehow I expected a... More 

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Clifton Hill
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85 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
Reviewed January 20, 2016 via mobile

Just as others had toured in their "Americanos" we had dined around the corner at two other paladares I cannot find listed but will do my best Dona caramela lived up to expectation - fresh fish from grilled fillets to crab , lobster and octopus Staff friendly and obliging , the setting great and my 19 and 15 year olds... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Latin, Seafood, Cuban, Caribbean
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Romantic, Families with children, Large groups
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Near La Cabana's fort | Parque Histórico Militar Morro-Cabaña, Havana, Cuba
  • Location: Caribbean  >  Cuba  >  Ciudad de la Habana Province  >  Havana
  • Phone Number: 863 6048

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?