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El viejo amigo

#135 of 728 Restaurants in Havana
Certificate of Excellence
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Manrique & San Nicolas, Dragones No 356,, Havana, Cuba
861 8095
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 19, 2016

Even though located in Chinese quarter this is definitely not a typical China restaurant. Huge portions, Cordero perfectly tender, best Pina Coladas during our 16 days trip. Only one point: A/C was super cold, I was very much looking forward to finally get the orderd soup in order to get warmer again.

Thank HolgadieWaldfee
Mississauga, Canada
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65 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 5, 2016

We used to go to this place in the past and always enjoyed the food. However in our most recently visit we found the food ok, but they don't make one of their most famous desserts anymore (Mamey Glace), one of the reasons why we choose that restaurant in the past. The beer was cold but not cold enough. The... More 

Thank karelgc
Lyon, France
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146 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 90 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 12, 2015

Very clean. The persons who serve know their job and do it perfectly. The food is good and not that expensive, you can take back what you did not eat. Do not be afraid of the place when you arrive, the Inside is completly different from the street. We went there many time so...

Thank YinYang01
Bronx, New York
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69 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 19, 2015

The food here was great. The portions are very generous and the ambiance is awesome. The restaurant has Chinese décor, Cuban food on the menu, and Mexican music playing in the background. Talk about multi-cultural.

Thank Eduardo G
Miami Beach, Florida
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 22, 2015

this restaurant is located in China Town, you can't imagine such a great restaurant from outside, once inside I consider this to be a 5Star Restaurant, from the service to the food it was really really good and very inexpensive, we order a plate to share with lobster, fish and shrimps, special Chinese rice for 3, another plate that I... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 5, 2014 via mobile

Got here for lunch a very hot day. In chinatown. A long stair to climb until we reached a nice open cool restaurant. The windows were closed to make the sun keep out so it was a soft light indoors and a relaxed feeling. My husband is a celiac and the waiter was very helpful and guiding us in the... More 

2 Thank Karminator
Calgary, Canada
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15 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 23, 2014

Food was surprisingly tasty and the portion was big. We ate pork with rice and sea food. We were tired of eating bland and deep fried food in Havana, we were pleasantly surprised to eat here. And it was not as expensive as other restaurants we ate at, for two plates of good meals with two soft drinks, we paid... More 

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68 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 20, 2014

Large amount of dishes to choose - not all of them available. Go there with hunger to enjoy all the side-dishes. Forget about the sticky Piña coladas!

Thank martinribe
Zurich, Switzerland
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35 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 8, 2014

An ambassador invited me to this lovely place for my birthday dinner in January 2014. Even for a special occasion, the place is impressive: The décor is elegant, authentic, tasteful and inviting. The service was attentive and efficient, and the food was delicious. I shared a double portion of paella with my wife. With paella being a dish that is... More 

Thank SwissCharm1917
Bergenfield, New Jersey
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62 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 28, 2013

I was there for a graduation, the building s being renovated but still a very njce site. Good to see the proud students and families.

Thank Alfred C

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Cuban, Latin, International, Spanish
Dinner, Lunch, Late Night
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Reservations
Good for
Large groups, Business meetings, Dining on a budget, Families with children
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Manrique & San Nicolas, Dragones No 356,, Havana, Cuba
  • Location: Caribbean  >  Cuba  >  Ciudad de la Habana Province  >  Havana
  • Phone Number: 861 8095

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