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Reviewed October 4, 2020

I think La Guaridia is tied for the first place among Havana's restaurants. Like its co-winner, Paladar San Cristobel, it is extremely famous and hardly needs a recommendation from me But the beautiful interiors of this ancient building, its spiral staircase, the balcony that hosts...drinking and dancing to excellent Son, Trouva and Jazz musicians is a joy. But the real attraction is the interior of the restaurant where idols of Jesus and Karl Marx hover over your meal. The fish is fresh and delicious unlike most restaurants in Havana and make sure you try the mango lasagna which was worth the whole trip (in my gluttonous opinion) Steven Speilberg eats at La Guardia when he's in town. George Lukas eats at San Cristobel. I'm just a schmuck writer who likes really good food and good restaurants with friends. There are several in Havana. [For a VERY cheap good meal you might try Charlie Chaplin Paladar on Neptuno near the University where you may have to share a table with Spanish speaking medical students from the nearby teaching Hospital, but this is fun! You have to get there early 11:30ish before the fish choice runs out).More

Date of visit: March 2020
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Reviewed June 13, 2020

My travel buddy and I visited Cuba several times, and once we had a meal at La Guarida, it became one of our favorite restaurants in Havana. On one occasion, Susan Sarandon walked into our small dining area. If I had my wits with me,...I would have invited her to join our table. Opportunity lost forever; a regret for the rest of my life.More

Date of visit: August 2019
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Reviewed March 20, 2020

This restaurant was so good, we ate there twice in 5 days! The food was delicious and we had a romantic table on one of the balconies looking out over Havana. As soon as you walk in the building, you can see you are in...for a unique experience! Be sure to take some pics on the staircase before you go upstairs because you'll be so enthralled with your meal that you'll probably forget when you leave. Also, be sure to negotiate with the cabbies who wait out front. They tried to charge us 2x what it cost to get there from our hotel. We took a bicitaxi and it was cheaper and more fun!More

Date of visit: June 2019
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Reviewed March 13, 2020 via mobile

We booked months in advance to ensure we got in, we had been told to go here. Ok, food was nice, but definitely not the best we had in Havana, we paid around $95, a fair bit more than we paid anywhere else. Location is...really stunning, building is a gem, but there are quite a few Paladors to discover now in the old town and Centro areas.More

Date of visit: March 2020
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Reviewed March 9, 2020

What ever one says, this is the place to eat!!! Don’t be surprised of the entrance, they all start at street level with no real sense of arrival, but this place does not need it. Walk up 2 !! Floors on a marble staircase with...no sign or decoration in an empty building.untill u reach the roof. Packed with dining guests. Excellent service. ( better then in most worl class cities ) really amazing food, Seviche to die for. The Lobster seared to the best Quality, and even e amuse Bouche. The wine list is short due to import restrictions but has everything u need, Italian-white and reds, Australian sauvignon blanc and merlot from Chile. Mediocre but fine.More

Date of visit: February 2020
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Reviewed March 3, 2020

The location is on the outskirts of vieja Havana. The restaurant is a three story climb up steep marble steps and then a narrow staircase leading to the reservation desk. We were seated promptly and the service was outstanding. The gazpacho was marvelous as was...the duck appetizer and the amuse bouche promised something great! It was my 72nd birthday, which I told them, but they did nothing about. I asked for rare beef tenderloin and my friend asked for medium. I got the medium and she got the rare! I thought mine seemed a little overcooked, and never thought they would have mixed them up! The dessert was good. This was no where near the best meal we had in Cuba, but it was the most expensive. Since it was our farewell dinner and my birthday, I was banking on great, that was not the case. They need to step up their game big time.More

Date of visit: February 2020
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Reviewed March 3, 2020 via mobile

We had a booking (I assumed inside) but upon arrival was shown a table in the terrace. Ridiculous! It was cold & windy so we refused and had to wait a further 30 mins for a table 😕. The restaurant has nice deco. We ordered...lobster (which is accompanied with risotto (very little) & sweet potatoes. The lobster portion was small (don't expect shell presentation). Quite disappinting. Also ordered Pargo fish which was exquisite. The two side dishes were vegetables & creamy rice (10 CUCs!). We also ordeted Verdejo wine (cheapest) 35 CUCs. Overall it was a nice dinner but very overpriced.More

Date of visit: February 2020
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Reviewed March 1, 2020 via mobile

We had a reservation to the restaurant (28.2.2020). For our surprise we were told to eat at terrace and it was very windy and gold evening. It was so windy that wine glasses fell out from the table. It was frushtrating. We were freezing and...the food was cold because of the weather. What if it rains? There were only a few people eating on a terrace. We believe that the reason was a doublebooking. Allthough, the food was quite good. Service was average. You will find better place elsewhere in Havana.More

Date of visit: February 2020
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Reviewed February 29, 2020

You HAVE to go to Havana and when you go you HAVE to eat at La Guardia. This was by far my favorite meal I had on my trip to Cuba. Don’t forget to take the spiral staircase to the bar upstairs which has the...most amazing views of Havana. Make a reservation online, as it is quick and easy.More

Date of visit: February 2020
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Reviewed February 29, 2020 via mobile

Beautiful building and good food. We had better meals during our stay, but I’m glad we ate here for the wonderful ambiance. It was more expensive than other restaurants we tried in Havana, but still cheaper than a nice lunch/dinner in the USA.

Date of visit: February 2020
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jesssicaleighj
November 26, 2019|
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Response from donnamU6570OZ | Reviewed this property |
I’m sorry I just saw this question I really do not know we only went there in the evening
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MarkR5756
November 19, 2019|
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Response from syvyaw | Reviewed this property |
We were lucky and managed to get a reservation on the day but I would advise you to book early to avoid disappointment. You can book via their website but it has to be 2 days in advance or alternatively call them.
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kristenshoates
January 6, 2019|
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Response from beds45 | Reviewed this property |
I suggest booking a return cab in advance. We hired a taxi via the Casa where we stayed and he was sat waiting for us at the agreed time. There is no taxi rank close by to the restaurant
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