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Calle Mercaderes #531 | esquina Brasil Teniente Rey, Havana, Cuba
5378611637
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sydney
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 95 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2016

Who am I to disagree with guitar legend Ry Cooder? The band is simply excellent. Trouble is that you can't just pay to see the band, you have to have a meal there. The food is ordinary at best with the meat being tough. However the worst experience was having to deal with the hostess who frankly was rude, abrupt... More 

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Farnborough, United Kingdom
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47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2016

We got brought here by our taxi driver who told us the cost was 50 CUC per head. When we got there is was suddenly 60 CUC per head including 3 course dinner and 3 drinks each. The music was good. The food was good. They accommodated the fact that my parents had got delayed. The sangria was really watered... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2016

Touristy waste of money old fashioned. Cramped tables and awful conga arranged for tourists . There are many excellent young bands playing in the streets and restaurants and bars. Give them a tip rather than pay for this outdated tourist trap.

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22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2016 via mobile

Traditional son music, zero dancing , average crowd above 60! Go only if you want to relax before sleeping ! Oh, and super expensive !

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San Diego, California
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36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2016

This is a "must" visit recommendation for Havana to enjoy the music of the Buena Vista Social Club. Nightly performances by this legendary band are the highlight. Three of the original members are still playing with the group after more than 50 years. The dancers engage the audience and the 90 minute show passes in a flash. The food and... More 

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Ashford, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2016 via mobile

This was one of the highlights of our Havana trip! We were recommended to see the band and Salsa Show by our local tour guide - we were looking for something different to the Tropicana type shows. We didn't dine but we got 3 free drinks included in our entrance fee. The music was very traditional and played with passion... More 

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London
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2016

A group of us went to this cafe on the understanding that we were going to see the Buena Visa Social Club. I am fully aware that the original band is no longer in play, however this venue is a restaurant with a band playing music with no atmosphere. The band themselves were very good as were the dancers but... More 

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Indian Rocks Beach, Florida
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35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2016

Before our Cuban Cruise out of Montego Bay, Jamaica, I Googled "Buena Vista Social Club" in Havana and this was pointed out as the location and we were thrilled to see how close it was to the cruise terminal--across the square in front, one block to the left and one block to the right--on the corner. I got there about... More 

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Huntington Beach, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 210 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2016

This was an included excursion on our cruise. The show started about 9:30PM and lasted about 90 minutes. The original Buena Vista Social Club musicians are quite old. They have split up. There are at least 3 current bands with each having at least one original member at some time. I found the music to be loud. All in Spanish... More 

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Rochester, New York
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2016

The Buena Vista Social Club Band was great. And the two dancers got many of us to join in the dancing. It was the highlight of our trip to Cuba. The food was on par with what we had at other places in Cuba, which was average. I loved the ambiance. It cost us 50 CUCs a head and that... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Cuisine
Caribbean, Latin, Cuban, Bar, Pub
Meals
Dinner, Lunch, Late Night, Drinks
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Bar scene, Large groups
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: 5378611637

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?