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Calle Mercaderes #531 | esquina Brasil Teniente Rey, Havana, Cuba
+53 7 8611637
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Leeds, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Managed a visit here recently whilst staying in Havana. Really great music and performers, good fun atmosphere. A group of 10 of us visited, The 3 cocktails included in the ticket price were good and service prompt. Loved the singers, dancers and musicians even got up and had a dance,

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Brighton, United Kingdom
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61 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Despite crticism this was one of the highlights of a visit to Havana. The Cafe Taberna markets itself as Buena Vista Social Club and although it is 'in the style of...'. Its never clear if any of the ensemble are actually associated with the original club of the 1940's or the subsequent 1990's band and its successors. Despite that -... More 

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Niagara Falls, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 17, 2016

We have visited this café twice now on a visit to Havana and love it here. We have not eaten so cannot comment on the food, but have had drinks while listening to the Jazz bands that entertain here and they are soooo good. Drinks are reasonably priced and you can people watch while listening to entertainment. It is just... More 

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austin tx
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 4, 2016

I would have given this 5 stars for the music but it had a cruise ship kind of feel to it. The audience was pulled up on stage randomly and that kind of attention can make me uncomfortable, plus it seemed a bit inauthentic as such. I would not hurry back there....

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London, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 29, 2016 via mobile

The show is very nice. That s the only good thing. The food is ok and the drinks are a joke! Mojitos with 0 alcohol, place super hot to make you drink more. The staff is the most unfriendly I ve ever seen. They asked if we wanted to give them the tip before even paying!!! And they were counting... More 

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Del Mar, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 27, 2016

We just had drinks, so we can not speak for the food. But the music was FANTASTIC! Among the cast were a few "old timers" who have a gift. The dancers were great too. it all reminded me of dinner clubs from the 40s and 50s (my parents generation). I truly felt like I was on the set of an... More 

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Brisbane, Australia
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 18, 2016

We went here as part of a tour booked by our travel agent for an 'authentic' experience. The staff of the actual restaurant were incredibly unwelcoming. No one even spoke to us when were were directed to our table. The drinks included with our package were mojitos only. No biggie. Except I am pretty sure one had zero alcohol and... More 

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 13, 2016

This was supposed to be the best place in Havana to watch live music/salsa. It was great but probably not one of the best i have seen. The 3 course meal that was part of the price wasn't too good either. BUT great mojitos tho! Suitable for all ages.

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Albi, France
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 12, 2016

We had the pleasure to meet the last singer of the original band. He is 88 years old. Fun place for music. We even danced!

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1 Thank Francine K
comercial2015, Director Comercial at Cafe Taberna, responded to this review
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Estimado Cliente: Agradecemos su válida opinión, nos alegra que haya disfutado de la estancia en nuestra instalación. Un placer saludarle More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 26, 2016

Cafe Taberna is a Havana club where local musicians play. Musicians are very good, the show we saw, and up to the moment we left was good too. Waiters are nice and competent. Nothing wrong here. Problem is the ambiance that is not the Cuban/Havana local nightclub thing we would expect, it’s a tourist spot, crowded by excursions in big... More 

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comercial2015, Director Comercial at Cafe Taberna, responded to this review
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Estimado Cliente: Nuestra instalación no es una discoteca como bien ha dicho usted, es un restaurante que acompaña y ameniza... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
Caribbean, Latin, Cuban, Spanish
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Drinks
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Large groups, Bar scene, Special occasions
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Calle Mercaderes #531 | esquina Brasil Teniente Rey, Havana, Cuba
  • Location: Caribbean  >  Cuba  >  Ciudad de la Habana Province  >  Havana
  • Phone Number: +53 7 8611637

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?