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Cafe Taberna

Calle Mercaderes #531 | esquina Brasil Teniente Rey, Havana, Cuba
+53 7 8611637
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  • Excellent37%
  • Very good35%
  • Average14%
  • Poor9%
  • Terrible5%
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Caribbean, Cuban, Latin, Spanish
$$ - $$$
Calle Mercaderes #531 | esquina Brasil Teniente Rey, Havana, Cuba
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Reviewed March 6, 2017 via mobile

The music and dancing are great. But the folks taking the nonstop cell phone and ipad videos almost spoil it. Skip the dinner. The 2 drinks included- limited to the basics mohito, Cuba libre etc. are terrible. The only beer available is Cristal and its...More

1  Thank William F
Reviewed February 15, 2017 via mobile

Our tour guide tried on short notice to try to get us into one of the popular jazz clubs in Old Havana. Since many of the better ones required advance reservations, he was able to arrange for a table for ten, for drinks. We considered...More

Thank Arthur G
Reviewed February 5, 2017 via mobile

We were recommended this place by our Havana walking guide The food is not great but it is edible. When we arrived in the evening the place soon filled up with lots of other tourists. Music was very loud but that is to be expected....More

Thank AEPat
Reviewed February 3, 2017

Over hyped as it really has no connection with the original Buenavista Social Club. It felt like a real tourist rip off and the pulling of people from the audience to be forced to dance was unnecessary and frankly embarrassing to watch. The music was...More

Thank Bob H
Reviewed February 1, 2017

Super expensive. Mediocre drinks. Stuffed with sweaty tourists. All forgotten once the hypnotic beats begin. Absolutely magical atmosphere! (You go for the music and dancing, NOT for the food!)

Thank Love2Escape
Reviewed January 31, 2017 via mobile

Tourist trap. Weak drinks, packed full of tourists. Music is geared towards tourists and feels like a cruise ship band. Find one of the local jazz bars for a better, more authentic experience.

Thank Mark F
Reviewed January 30, 2017

Service and drinks are very poor and bad quality. They have a great life music but its very touristy and nothing special.

Thank Alberto L
Reviewed January 22, 2017

This is noted location of nightly Cuban music sessions. Musicians from the Buena Vista Social Club and played here along with other local great talent. Packed with tourists, make sure you get a reservation. Did not eat here so can't comment.

Thank orv m
Reviewed January 9, 2017

We had a very short time to grab lunch during a busy walking tour of Old Havana and we stumbled upon Cafe Taberna. So glad we did. There were 6 of us with varied tastes and we each had outstanding choices. Best part of the...More

Thank WesternNYTravelFrog
comercial2015, Director Comercial at Cafe Taberna, responded to this reviewResponded January 17, 2017
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Estimado Cliente: Agradecemso su válida opinión. Un placer saludarle

Reviewed January 6, 2017

A lively restaurant and bar dedicated to the '50s Cuban musician and band leader Beny More. Pictures of him and other mambo acts give the place a vibrant feel. There is a very long bar which is impressively stocked. This is now purely a tourist...More

Thank Grahamthetraveller
comercial2015, Director Comercial at Cafe Taberna, responded to this reviewResponded January 17, 2017
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Estimado Cliente: Agradecemso su válida opinión. Un placer saludarle

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April 24, 2017|
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Response from Brit_in_Dubai | Reviewed this property |
This is Havana! it's warm and relaxed. wear what you'd expect. perhaps not shorts and beach shoes but shirt and tie wouldnt be comfortable either.
April 14, 2017|
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Response from Di B | Reviewed this property |
I'm really sorry I don't know the name. I hope someone else can help you.
February 7, 2017|
Response from comercial2015 | Property representative |
Estimado Cliente: El disfrute de nuestro espectáculo con tres cocteles incluidos (mojitos) tiene un precio de 30,00 cuc por persona y la opción de espectáculo con cena es de 50,00 cuc. Saludos
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Dinner, Late Night, Drinks
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Large groups, 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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