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Cafe El Escorial

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Mercaderes No 317 Plaza Vieja | Old Havana, Havana, Cuba
868 3545
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Houston, Texas
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28 reviews
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

The coffee was ok once you got it but we got ripped off by at least half the wait staff. Be especially wary of the woman who aggressively pushes the iced coffee. She will overcharge you every time. We thought it was just her but then one of the guys did it too. Ask for a receipt and don't just... More 

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Ankara, Turkey
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61 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 120 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The place in a touristic place so we visited. Coffees were OK but not different other ones. If you want to feel environment and watch the crowd, you can go and order a coffee...

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The Hague, The Netherlands
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513 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 609 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The Cafe Escorial is nicely renovated and decorated. It does appear to be a state enterprise and the staff appear to be a bit spoiled by easy influx of tourists to the Plaza Vieja. Service was slow although still with a small smile. Coffee was good but not great. The terrace is a good place for people watching.

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Thank Hermes_NL
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62 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We waited 40 minutes for 2 cups of coffee. The price is high due to the placement. The coffee was not good and only filled half up. Turist trap!

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Thank Nicolai T
Toronto, Canada
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25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a coffee shop located in Plaza Vieja with seating inside and a large patio outside in full view of the square. The best espresso I've had in Havana. They also sell little cakes and sandwiches and ground coffee to take home.

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Thank Cubanoboy
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7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 27, 2016

Good coffee (and desserts) in a square where a lot of things happen and many local characters will appear every now and then (the Manicera singer/trovadora, The Zanquero/Stilt dancers, The human bronze statue guys, the kids on their PE class, etc)

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Thank Daniel R
comercial2015, Director Comercial at Cafe El Escorial, responded to this review
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Estimado Cliente: Agradecemos su válida opinión y realmente coincidimos con usted: El Café El Escorial y la Plaza Vieja son... More 

London, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 8, 2016 via mobile

Great coffee shop where you can people watch in the square. They sell the coffee so you can take some home with you and i would recommend the afogatto.

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Thank Lindsay H
comercial2015, Director Comercial at Cafe El Escorial, responded to this review
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Estimado Cliente: Agradecemos su válida opinión, tendremos en cuenta su criterio para perfeccionar nuestro servicio. Un placer saludarle More 

New York City, New York
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8 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 7, 2016

Was wonderful experience and also we buy some ground coffee for presents, and nice people with a lovely and special treatment.

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Thank martinezreina1954
comercial2015, Director Comercial at Cafe El Escorial, responded to this review
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Estimado Cliente: Agradecemos su válida opinión, tendremos en cuenta su criterio para perfeccionar nuestro servicio. Un placer saludarle More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 26, 2016 via mobile

Well we went there because it is a nice to sit.The Coffee and the cookies are great.The Tunasandwich is very good.But the Service is slow and ignorant but mostly to the Tourist.Helloooo the Tourists brings the money to your place don't be so ignorant.You don't have to like them.

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Thank Sabine D
comercial2015, Director Comercial at Cafe El Escorial, responded to this review
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Estimado Cliente: Agradecemos su válida opinión, tendremos en cuenta su criterio para perfeccionar nuestro servicio. Un placer saludarle More 

New York City, New York
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4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 16, 2016

We came here for a light breakfast. We went into the café to ask if we can sit outside. The server said yes go sit and I'll be there in 10 seconds. We waited 5 minutes and then he came out, completely ignored us and went back into the café. I went inside to order and just take my food... More 

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Thank Raul T
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    3 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
Cafe
Meals
Breakfast, Brunch, Late Night, Drinks
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Dining on a budget, Scenic view, Kids, Families with children
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Mercaderes No 317 Plaza Vieja | Old Havana, Havana, Cuba
  • Location: Caribbean  >  Cuba  >  Ciudad de la Habana Province  >  Havana
  • Phone Number: 868 3545

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